Shopping List, part 2

As we were driving down the road the other day, testing the Rendezvous, the Nanny and I made a list of what we considered the “Essentials” of the kitchen. When we were done with that, we started listing things that I make that are yummy and the basic ingredients of each. I removed all the ingredients that are on our “Essentials” list. This is what we came up with (I call it the “Dinner Essentials” list):

  • Chili: 2 pounds ground beef, onion, garlic
  • Chicken Noodle Soup: 2 to 3 chicken breasts, noodles, chicken broth, celery
  • Meat Loaf: 2 pounds ground beef, bacon, onion
  • Pork Chops in Salad: pork chops (various flavors)
  • Spaghetti: 2 pounds hamburger, (secret ingredients), noodles
  • Chicken in Salad: 2 to 3 chicken breasts (various flavors)
  • Quiche: bacon, shredded cheese (flavor is personal taste preference), onion
  • Baked Chicken Breasts: 2 to 3 chicken breasts (various flavors)
  • Pork Chops in Mustard Sauce: pork chops (plain)
  • Cold Spaghetti: ham, bacon bits, pees, noodles
  • Zataran’s Blackened Chicken: purchased in a box at Sam’s Club
  • Mac n Cheese bake: macaroni noodles, whatever other ingredient you want to bake with it
  • Tacos: 1 lb to 1.5 pound hamburger, tomatoes, sour cream, taco shells, taco seasoning
  • Chicken Enchiladas: green sauce, 2 to 3 chicken breasts (plain), parsley, garlic, cilantro, soft taco shells
  • Ballpark Hamburgers: bag of Ballpark Hamburgers, hamburger buns
  • Crepes: all from essentials
  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup: tomato soup
  • Upside Down Pizza: (secret ingredients), pizza dough, mozarella cheese (shredded)
  • Schwan’s Pizza: purchased from Schwan’s
  • Pot Roast: pot roast, carrots, celery, small potatoes

That’s pretty much the list of different dinners we came up with. I’m sure there’s more, but that was while driving and brain-storming. The ingredients list, when you remove the “Essentials” is actually pretty small. You can just pick the one you have money for and get the non-essentials you have on hand. Or, you could take a second list of “dinner essentials” and purchase those. Then, you know you have all the ingredients to make any dinner at any given time.

That’s my next shopping trip. Purchasing the “Dinner Essentials” next. I think I will generate a list based on these “core” meals we came up with. If I buy exactly what’s on the list, I’ll have enough food for 21 days. That’s not counting leftovers and various things I can make from uncooked/unused items. The “Essentials List” cost me $94 dollars. I want to see what the “Dinner Essentials” comes out to be.

Thank you for listening,


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