Grocery Shopping RI

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Grammy’s are starting soon, and I’m not sure if I want to watch them, so I’ll just type super fast just in case. Speaking of grammies, I saw mine today. But first, lunch.

Jalapeno Al Fresco Chicken Sausage, Broccoli With Soy Sauce

I just could not get in to the idea of “brunch” so I had a late breakfast and a small lunch. I wasn’t that hungry but I had an odd craving for broccoli and soy sauce(how good does that sound?) so I threw on one of these sausages and called it a meal. Voila! Plenty of sodium for one day. At the end of this, my dad arrived and brought a few goodies from home, mostly being things I forgot. Are chopsticks essentials? No, but they’re fun πŸ˜€ My mom and grandmother(who came along “for the ride”) were waiting in the car and they took me to Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe Groceries

Would you believe there’s just 1 Trader Joe’s in all of Rhode Island? The next closest one is the one in Framingham I go to when I’m home. I don’t know how you Trader Joe-less folks do it. Actually, I do know: You go to Whole Foods and pay a little more. Sorry 😦 I just wanted to get every simmer sauce and curry I could find for meals! But realizing that wasn’t practical in my dorm fridge I just got mostly plain things like tofu, tempeh, salmon, pilaf, and the rest of what you see. Clearly there’ll be more pudding with all them avocadoes πŸ˜‰

Libby's Pumpkin

After that, I made us take quick detour to McDonalds for coffee(which I defend by pointing out that everyone else in the car got coffee driving down and didn’t bring me one), and then we went to Stop & Shop for some pumpkin; I knew if I went in it would take 10 minutes and I’d come out with 5 extra things, so this time my dad just did the shopping. He still took 10 minutes, but got the 1 thing on the list.

Whole Foods Groceries

Whole Foods Groceries

And then, of course, it wouldn’t have been a trip without going to Whole Foods. I was actually a little disappointed with this sales period; there was soooo much I picked up and wanted to try but couldn’t really “justify” getting. Instead, I kept it simple again. I guess the two “treats” I got were the dark chocolate coconut candy bar(umm, yum!) and some dark meat turkey for dinner. The Crofter’s Organic Europe SuperfruitΒ spread I had a coupon for because, if you remember, I got a bunch of their jams to review for the blog but that one unfortunately broke during shipping. One “fun” thing I almost bought was vanilla goat milk frozen yogurt with brownie pieces in it coming off sale Tuesday. It took a lot of restraint from buying that, restraint and the promise of this:

Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Peanut Butter Chocolate Black Bean Brownie And Chocolate Peanut Butter

I defrosted one of the peanut butter gluten free brownies I made for New Years and crumbled it warm into a yogurt. Then I melted a little of the Justin’s chocolate peanut butter in the microwave to drizzle over. Holy yum! Vanilla brownie ice cream who? This completely had my attention while I was catching up on emails/putting groceries away. Unfortunately, I still felt like I could chew my arm off, so I had another snack while waiting for dinner.


A little mealy but not bad for free from the dining hall. Dinner was a sweet potato I threw in the oven at 5 and the dark meat turkey I bought. I really didn’t know how to make it so I called home. No answer. I then called my mom. No answer. Finally, my dad picked up his cell phone. Why was no one answering? Because they stopped at a casino on the way home. I’m glad nothings changed in my absence.

Cooking Dark Meat Turkey

Since I couldn’t get in touch with my mom, I went ahead and guessed that the turkey would be fine in a pan on its own since it should have enough fat in it already to cook. That was pretty much right. I cooked the meat through and then let it rest for 5-10 minutes while I worked with the sweet potato and such.

Turkey Burger With Ketchup, Sweet Potato With Cinnamon And Sea Salt

Ah, this came out wicked good*said in a Bauston accent*. I don’t think there is any real “trick” to meat; I think there are just old rules which people either follow or ignore. Don’t work with it too much. Let it sit. And, if you really want flavor, use a fatty cut. It’s that simple to get something juicy and delicious. The sweet potato was perfect and practically fell apart after roasting for 90 minutes. I was craving cinnamon on a sweet potato and that hit the spot. I think I will watch the Grammy’s soon; I hear Elton John and Lady Gaga are performing together and how could I miss that?

Tomorrow’s the first day of February, and let’s just say there’s a bit of a special surprise in store for the morning post. I also have my “long run” of 8 miles first thing. Ahhh I need to start stockpiling fuel via chocolate!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog! It looks like we have very similar food tastes, and I’m so jealous you’ve found Libby’s pumpkin somewhere! I can’t find it anywhere 😦

Please read my post on Tuesday, it will be a lot of information, but it may be helpful. I really wouldn’t recommend self-diagnosis of a gluten allergy, and keep in mind if you go to get tested, and you’ve been avoiding gluten, your results will be inaccurate! So if you are going to get tested, be sure to consume regular amount of gluten the weeks before hand.

Have a great evening!

You’re so lucky that you are near a Trader Joe’s AND Whole Foods! The closest ones to me are in Ann Arbor, MI, about a 1.5 hour drive 😦 luckily though we have a health food store in town but it isn’t nearly as awesome as Whole Foods (which I just shopped for the first time a month ago!) and I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s.

anyway, great blog πŸ˜‰

I wish I had a TJ’s here. Or a WF’s. They’re both hours away 😦

What a great spread you got though! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

“Ahhh I need to start stockpiling fuel via chocolate!”- sounds good to me! πŸ™‚

aw man I have a sudden urge to go grocery shopping right now – dang it!

That yogurt, chocolate, pb combo looks right up my alley….yum.

That’s a DARK apple! Yum! Looks like a great grocery store trip. I still need to try that gimme lean sausage (soysauge?)

Love the TJ’s and WF haul! I bought some Libby’s today too…I heard it’s great mixed with quinoa! Good luck on your run tomorrow!

ahah to stopping at the casino! and i’m not sure how i feel about brunch either. i like getting both meals πŸ™‚

i go to school in tallahassee, fl and we don’t have a whole foods OR a tj’s. fml.

also, i was just watching iron chef america and the secret ingredient was avocado. it reminded me of you (weird?) and i was waiting for somebody to make some chocolate avocado pudding, but nobody did! the challenger did make a white chocolate avocado “mousse” which i guess is close enough.

Lol! I need to track down that episode and that recipe, because both sound right up my alley. I hope my Tivo caught it!

Your yogurt dish looks delish, and I had a sweet potato with cinnamon with my dinner too. I have the same “going into the store for one thing and coming out with ten” problem too! Also, refueling with chocolate isn’t such a bad thing πŸ™‚

It seems like you are enjoying the dorm kitchen! I know people who have a full kitchen and still buy frozen meals. Now that is sad.

i bought those beef crumbles today too! let me know if u try them soon!

Did you get the crumbles or a gimme lean log? I’ve actually nevver tried the Lightlife crumbles, but I’ve tried both logs(Beef and sausage) and they’re pretty good. The sausage definitely has more flavor on its own than the beef. The trick with them is just figuring out what you want to do with them

There were NO TJs in RI back in my day (at least, that I knew of!), but I was all about the two Whole Foods within a mile of campus! Rock that run tomorrow!

elton john and gaga?? i wish i had a working tv here in berkeley!! hey that rhymes. haha “wicked” all my boston family says that and i was so confused at first, but they feel the same way when i say “hella.” so cute that you saw your grammy today πŸ™‚

Great grocery finds.. Our Trader Joes and Whole Foods are right next to each other in Chapel Hill.. its fabulous!!

Oooh I’ve JUST discovered your blog after seeing you comment on graduatemeghann, and I have to say – I love it! I’ve read this one post so far (I’ll catch up :p), but you seem like my kinda person – running, loads of trips to the supermarket, sweet potato, cinnamon, PB, ice cream, broccoli w/soy sauce….seriously, I feel like you just raided my mental list of Foods I Love!!
I’ll definetly be coming back πŸ™‚
(oh, and I hope you enjoyed the Grammys! They’re not being shown over here til tomorrow I don’t think…)

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