A few weeks ago I was chatting with Lisa while unloading groceries and our conversation went a little like this:
“What did you buy?”
“What do you mean?”
“Specifically, what did you buy? Have you ever taken pictures of it and posted it on your blog?”
“Umm… no. Why? Should I?”
“Of course! I want to know what’s in your shopping cart! You need to do a post about this so I can see exactly what you buy at the store.”
I love Lisa’s practical mindset. I usually like things looking tidy and neat in my photographs, but she had a point. I took a step back from the “pretty” food photography to show you some of my “real life” food. Last week, after doing my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, I placed most of the food out and took photos for you. This is the real deal. This is what it looks like.
Our family has been eating a grain-free diet since last September, so my grocery cart is full of vegetables, good fats, a bit of fruit, eggs, organic meats, whole yogurts, nuts, seeds, and some dark chocolate (We eat as well as we can, but we are human). We recently bought our beef from a local organic farmer, so I have an entire freezer full of pastured beef.
Most meals in our home consist of pastured meats, good fats, vegetables, and usually a little cheese. I truly love the grain-free lifestyle as it has simplified my shopping and cooking. Most of my meals take about 30 minutes of hands-on work and then I let the oven, stove or grill do the rest of the cooking.While I prefer to buy all raw, cultured dairy and pastured eggs, sometimes I can’t make it to the market, so I buy the best next option. I use the Weston Price Shopping Guide to know which items are preferred at the grocery store.
A vegetable tian is one of my favorite recipes to make when the zucchini, tomatoes and fresh herbs are in abundance. We paired this with some grass-fed steaks on Sunday and it was a complete and filling meal. Years ago, I would have thought cooking with unprocessed ingredients would be difficult. The real thing is far easier than I ever would have expected.