I have a love-hate relationship with all grocery stores. No store carries everything I desire. Certain stores sell certain ingredients others don’t, or certain items are cheaper one place than the other. Basically this means I go to multiple stores for what I buy. I’m particular when it comes to the quality of the meat and seafood I cook, mainly shopping at Whole Foods for these. We also have a Trader Joe’s in town, where I can get much cheaper organic produce than Whole Foods sells. I have come to appreciate a few pantry items from Trader Joe’s.. raw nuts, canned olives, organic Tunisian olive oil, organic broth, and a few snacks for the kids. I cook just about everything from scratch so I don’t get into the prepared foods sections (frozen and fresh) of stores, particularly Trader Joe’s. I see the convenience factor but there is plenty of added crap that I try to avoid consuming. And then we have Natural Grocer’s where I prefer to buy dairy, vitamins, and house goods. Oh and lastly King Sooper’s which is a few blocks from home, for last minute items in need. I try to keep food costs down which is why I shop at so many stores. I realize I’m ranting here but this is what’s going through my mind as I prepared and now write about this meal. Am I the only crazy one who shops at so many stores? In the end I’ve come to embrace the experience of grocery shopping at multiple stores with two little kids, but in all honesty I wish it were an easier/quicker experience. Many may say why not just suck it up and shop at one store? Because I care about the foods I consume and try to get the best antibiotic, hormone, gmo, pesticide, and potentially sugar free ingredients I can find. We all have our priorities. Thanks for hearing me out.
In the previous post I made a batch of meyer lemon pesto. I was all over the place with what I planned to cook for this week. Or rather what I did not plan. I bought ingredients with no thoughts about what I intended to make. Sometimes I hit overdrive and just need to let organization go to the wayside and wing it for a few days. This week is one of these. So I opened up the fridge and saw pesto, broccoli, peas, bacon, and mozzarella. I figured I could make something work with this and by all means I did : ).