36 Things For Anyone Who Hates Grocery Shopping In Real Life
Anyone else ever panic bought five blocks of cheese at the grocery store with no recipes on your shopping list that involve cheese? No? OK, just me.
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1. Pre-made simmer sauces you can lean on when you're craving a yummy, saucey dish that'd require approximately 58 ingredients if you were whipping it up from scratch. Pour out some Thai Coconut Sauce for all those spices in your cabinet you used *once*.
2. An EveryPlate subscription, aka an extremely affordable meal kit that includes not-a-million ingredients and will be ready to eat in about 30 minutes. Gone are the days of burning minutes wandering the aisle for that certain kinda sauce for a recipe you found on Pinterest.
3. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans, an extremely tasty recipe of a dinner staple already zhuzhed up for you, unlike the bulk bag of dried black beans you bought at the grocery store but have actively avoided because of all the extra work.
4. TJ's everything bagel seasoning to dump all over your toast because you'd LOVE an actual everything bagel but it's so not worth running to the store just to grab one. (I'm talking about me here, folks.)
5. Produce life extenders that'll help keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer which means that'll it'll look like your produce scrammed when the zombie apocalypse hit, instead of falling prey to it.
6. And an herb-saving container to house those beauts 'til you can use them... instead of finding them wilted in a produce bag. Repeat after me: Let's eat that food!
7. A Hungryroot grocery delivery with 10-minute recipes tailored to your dietary needs/wants because you've been meaning to do so more research into buys that don't have artificial sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. But that sounds like a whole lotta work. Let Hungryroot do it for ya.
8. A produce dicer that'll transform those whole veggies you buy to buy you extra time between grocery trips into the chopped wonders you can also buy at the grocery store BUT go bad lightning fast.
9. A trio of truffle hot sauces both Oprah and I adore, and think are worth you trying out for yourself. Leftovers and random egg whites that are somehow still not expired in your fridge have never tasted so good. There's no use in actually buying groceries if you have a perfectly good vehicle for consuming this stuff.
11. Atlas Coffee Club that'll help deliver some delicious caffeination straight to your doorstep and give you all the info on where it's sourced. I've tried several different coffee variations (I drink my coffee black too) and can vouch for its amazing ability to perk ya' right up.
12. Or an "ultra coffee" concentrate in case you'd rather just add water (and milk, in case you take it that way) for a quick, delicious caffeinated that is waaaay effective.
13. Nutpods dairy-free creamer made from almond and coconut can give your coffee a smooth taste without messing with your stomach. Plus, some reviewers say it makes your coffee a bit sweeter, so you could even skip other additions! No more running out the store (meaning, running by the coffee shop) bc you're out of creamer!
15. A super handy bacon keeper for keeping bacon strips (and other cold meats) safer for longer. Don't act like you've never thrown away some cold cuts you were a lil' lukewarm about eating because they're a bit off.
16. A GIANT box of 70 green tea bags that, I swear, costs about half of what a box of about 20 bags green tea bags costs in my neighborhood grocery store.
17. A Pig of the Month Club subscription – it comes with lots o' meaty options that are all but ready for ya'. Here's to the hard work having been already done for some amazing ribs that landed on your doorstep.
18. And while we're on the subject, some tangy Memphis-style BBQ sauce you'll want to pour over basically everything you forgot you had in your freezer.
19. Fresh & Ready Sun Basket meal kits you just simply pop in the oven, then do some very low-lift effort to finish it off like combine it with a sauce or sprinkle with a freshly cut lime. It's almost *too* easy. (And yes, the below is just as tasty as it looks.)
20. An Imperfect foods subscription to help cut down on food waste while keeping you well-fed because the service helps farmers (and you with cost-saving) by filling deliveries with surplus and imperfect items like off-size eggs, scarred almonds, and funny looking carrots that are deemed too ugly for grocery stores.
21. A Stasher reusable silicone bag you've probably seen on Shark Tank that's actually *airtight*, so if you're looking to use a lot fewer ziplock bags and lighten your grocery cart load they'll be worth your coins. (You can even throw it in the dishwasher and microwave — the dream!)
23. And while we're on the subject of household goods, some Bambooee reusable towels to replace most (if not all!) of the paper towels you go through on the reg. Look at you, Captain Planet!
24. A Blueland essentials starter kit with super durable refillable cleaning product bottles and cleaning tablets so you won't have to run to the store for window cleaner. Instead, there's a subscription model to help you re-up. No more staring at a toothpaste-flecked mirror and an empty bottle of glass cleaner.
25. A NatureBox pantry staples box to help you replenish some pantry snacks that aren't just potato chips. Plus this company has TONS of options for folks with food allergies or different dietary needs.
26. A 44-pack of Crystal Light packets that are good for a single glass or bottle of water so you aren't tied down to a craving you have for some weird juice OR won't weigh down a grocery order with a heavy jug.
27. A Home Chef subscription – it's a fan fave amongst my friend group thanks to its easy instructions and accurate cooking times. Oh, and the food is also great too! (And they offer protein packs and oven-ready meals.)
28. Individually portioned frozen fish for when you wanna whip up dinner for one (or four!) without having to run out to the fish market. Plus they're sustainably sourced so you get full transparency on where your food is sourced!
29. A vacuum sealing system to divvy up your bulk buys into normal-size portions — both for storage and meal prep — to make sure you finally eat all that food from your ambitious Costco haul because you prefer a one-and-done.
30. A ~spicy~ 28-pack of snacks with a lineup including all your faves, like THREE varieties of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, two spicy versions of Doritos, and, the pièce de résistance of the flamin' hot snack variety, Funyuns. Yes, go ahead and fight me about this.
31. A Drizly delivery that'll help restock the liquor cabinet for ya because it isn't a trip to the liquor store without forgetting a bottle of something. Or maybe that's just me.
32. And some environmentally friendly wine delivered to your home because if you want to drink rosé after Labor Day that's your own dang business, not your nosy neighbor you always run into at the wine shop. (OK there are other great nonrosé wines too.)
33. A SodaStream that comes with a carafe for your seltzer you can store in the fridge in a much smaller footprint than a bunch of cans. No more trips to the store to lug home heavy cans!
34. A set of silicone food huggers to preserve cut produce so you don't have to order extra lemons for tomorrow night's salmon because putting an open slice (as your fam tends to do) doesn't cut it.
35. Freshly pre-cooked meals that'll help sub in for other grab 'n' go lunches you can shove in the microwave for something that doesn't *taste* like a microwave meal.
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