I know, it sounds crazy. I am a foodie though, so maybe you can understand! I really love food so going to the store and staring at food is super fun for me. Sometimes all it takes is walking down an aisle and I will get some off the wall idea for a meal. It’s awesome! This Saturday, we hit up 3 of my favorite places ever: the local farmer’s market (it’s small, but it’s still great), Basic Foods (our knockoff Whole Foods since the closest one is like 80 miles away) and HEB Plus (the BIG HEB!). I had such a great time and bought so many awesome things, I wanted to show them off!
I bought a lot at the farmer’s market, but what I am most excited about is the granola and these crunchy little snacks I got from a local store. They are both so delicious. I haven’t used the granola yet (though I seriously can’t wait to!), but I have snacked on the crunchy nuts. They are awesome during a long workout and they have so much unique flavor! Love em.
After the farmer’s market, we stopped by Basic Foods. I hadn’t been there in a very long time so I was super excited to check it out. They had so many awesome organic items, it was really fun to stroll all their aisles. I will say though that since they sell a lot of things that you can only get there (ie no competition) the prices can be pretty steep. I did find a few things that weren’t too pricey: some frozen shelled edamame (I seriously can’t find this anywhere else), some tempeh and some fruits and veggies.
Side note: I am in love with edamame. It’s SO delicious. I don’t really like getting it shelled (I think part of the fun is shelling it… weird, yea, I know), but it was cheaper. Also, I have never had tempeh. I am super pumped about giving it a try. The best way I think to explain it is that it is fermented soybeans thrown into cake form. It’s got a ton of protein, fiber and vitamins and I am all about that!
Now onto HEB. I adore going there because they always have awesome coupons. I am honestly not big into coupons so I am totally for the coupons they throw at your face in the store. Yea, sometimes that means I buy stuff I didn’t plan to, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to eat it! So what goodies did I come home with?
Polenta. Now I know you can make your own polenta, but I never had it. I really didn’t want to make it myself the first time because I don’t have the required ingredients. I figured I could try the premade stuff and if that’s good, well then homemade is going to be awesome! I loved it by the way so I look forward to sharing some polenta goodness with you guys!
The best thing I came home with that day – sushi stuff! I had been dying to make my own sushi. It’s one of the best things ever, but we could never find the seaweed paper. I could have bought it online, but I really wanted to see it before I bought it so I knew what I was really getting. We got the seaweed and the bamboo mat. The seaweed paper is perfect, it’s not overpowering and it almost has a tad bit of a sweetness to it. It’s really, really good. We have already made sushi twice and I know it will be a weekly treat! It’s pretty easy, much easier than I expected. The hardest part is chopping up all the veggies! Can’t wait to share my sushi making as well!
I also grabbed a spaghetti squash while I was drooling over their massive produce section. I love squash (and I had just bought yellow squash at the farmer’s market) so I couldn’t resist. Spaghetti squash is really great and can be made into a sort of mock pasta. It’s awesome and once I have it cooked up, I will definately share my recipe! It’s delicious and a great way to get some veggies in.
Ok, I saved the most delicious for last! It might be that I love HEB because they have awesome wine deals. I wasn’t even going to get wine, but my husband told me I deserved it. What a sweetie! Normally I only buy Messina Hof’s White Zinfandel, but I decided to go super-mega budget friendly. Every wine I got was under 5 bucks. Yep, FIVE bucks. And I have had them all before and can honestly say they are delicious! I hate spending a lot on wine when I know there are cheap ones out there that tastes just as good (if not better) than the expensive ones.
Do you guys enjoy going grocery shopping or I am the only looney one here?! : )