Hi everyone, Tabatha here!
Ed usually goes shopping around midnight on the weekends, since we both work full time. This WW shopping list represents the bulk of what he purchases on a weekly basis as "staples" to construct his recipes during the week.
If you've ever tried dragging two toddlers through Wegmans during peak shopping hours, you can probably sympathize. He calls it "me time," and I can't say I disagree. During the rare times when I get to go out by myself, browsing the aisle of Target by myself feels like a luxury.
In this post, I have tried to compile a printable list of what we buy on a weekly or biweekly basis and which he remixes together to create meals that will keep me from eating 1SP hot dogs topped with Velveeta because I'm starving and trying to stay on track.
This WW shopping list encourages the use of real ingredients
One of Dwardcooks' missions has been to try to cook healthy food from scratch (or almost from scratch) that takes things I'd like to eat anyway and makes them WW-friendly. Ed tries to avoid using artificial ingredients and sweeteners when possible. While I'm not much of a cook, I've had the pleasure of eating these recipes at home and feeding them to my kids. I've appreciated eating real cheese and portions that don't make me miserable as I work through the WW plan.
We both work full-time as high school teachers. While some of Dwardcooks' recipes take a little more effort (and, lordy, does he make a MESS when he cooks), I've only had to take a frozen dinner to school for lunch a handful of times. They're usually about 7-9 points and much less filling with much smaller portions than our average leftovers.
Things we use all of the time
Some of the most versatile ingredients on the shopping list below help us to eat filling, healthy meals (with leftovers for the next day). Some of my favorites:
Some of my favorites
- Barilla ProteinPlus Pasta: Usually around 5SP per serving - an essential for any WW shopping list. The first time we did WW, we made the pasta "on the side," and I measured my serving with the food scale. I was definitely bummed out for the tiny portion of pasta I'd be able to eat. Dwardcooks tip: Use WW zero point foods and other ingredients to bulk up your serving of pasta. The Turkey Sausage Bake, for example, comes out to 7SP per 1lb serving of food because it incorporates zero point crockpot sauce and zero point turkey sausage with Trader Joe's Lite Mozzarella cheese. Not a bird portion. This pasta is also fortified with extra protein, and it truly is more filling and less filler than traditional dry pasta.
- 21 Seasoning Salute and Everything But the Bagel Seasoning: If you're fortunate enough to live near a Trader Joe's, then you know the unique joy of driving around the parking lot for a half hour to find a spot. But, really, their ever-rotating selection of interesting seasonal favorites and ready to heat meal options keeps us excited about each visit. These two seasonings are great for someone who likes to eat food with flavor but who doesn't quite understand the science of seasoning. Google just told me that you can buy these now on Amazon. You're welcome (cue Moana song).
- Cut da Carb Flatbreads and Schmidt 647 Italian Bread: As anyone familiar with a healthy eating plan knows, carbs are an issue. I am not a huge veggie eater, but I definitely love my carbs. These two products have helped me get my carb fix without having to plan my whole day around it. Some 647 bread with some peanut butter, or whatever random deli items I'm craving wrapped in a Cut da Carb Flatbread hits the spot at the end of a long workday. I'm a snacker.
The WW shopping list: The essentials
This shopping list will be updated as our meal planning habits change over time, I'm sure, but I'm excited to share with you this list that has made our grocery shopping more predictable and our meals more filling!