If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of quarantining alone, having some healthy and delicious food on hand can bump up the reading on your happiness meter. With the recent explosion of grocery delivery services, you shouldn’t have to rely on canned and dried goods. Choosing a good delivery service and having a comprehensive shopping list are key to well-balanced and creative meals.
Today is the last day of my 14-day quarantine imposed on travelers entering Canada. The experience of managing my food during this time brings a great appreciation for the value of a reliable food delivery service that provides high quality food. Up until the start of my quarantine, I have not ordered groceries online because I wasn’t confident that they can deliver freshness, quality, and suitable substitutions if my items were out of stock.
A Canadian friend had referred me to SPUD, a local delivery company in Vancouver. Their service has impressed me in more ways than one. They offer a wild selection of food including plant-based and gluten-free, high quality products such as local, organic and sustainable, and a reliable delivery schedule. This post is not about promoting food delivery services but SPUD may have converted me into a believer of online grocery shopping. I can shop anytime of the day and night – something to do when stuck at home, read food labels for ingredients and nutrition information – can enlarge font size on the screen for readability, see my total cost before the checkout, and discover new products. I may never go back to in-person shopping in the grocery store!
If you are an online shopper for apparel, you know it is really easy to spend too much money and still result in mismatched outfits. Online grocery shopping is the same. You can click away with adding food to your shopping cart and still end up missing ingredients to assemble some well-balanced meals. You can avoid wasting money and food with a planned menu and a well curated shopping list.
I am sharing my 7-day menu and grocery list for the first week of my quarantine. This can serves as a template for weekly menu planning. Plan well, eat well, and stay well!
Organic Love Crunch Granola
Organic Ready-to-Bake whole wheat croissants, 6 heat-and-serve
Organic Corn Tortilla – 6” – 1 doz.
Roasted garlic & asiago sacchettini
Organic black soybean spaghetti (200 g)
Organic Gala apples – 3 lb. bag
Organic Mango – 2
Organic Black berries – 2 x 6 oz. box
mushrooms – 1 lb.
Organic Avocado – 2
Organic Broccoli crown – 1 lb.
Organic Red Local peppers – 1
organic tomatoes – 1 lb.
Unsweetened Almond milk – 1.89L
Organic coconut milk – 1 cam
Pacific cod portion – 2 (4 oz. pieces)
Ocean Wise wild sockeye salmon portion – 1 (4 oz. piece)
Organic medium firm tofu – 350 g
Organic eggs – 1 doz.
Roasted garlic & asiago sacchettini -350 g
Smoked Salmon & Dill quiche – 2
Baba Ganoush eggplant dip
Thai Kitchen Green curry paste
Organic Pasta Pomodoro
Granola with mango slices and almond milk
Oatmeal with chopped apple
Scrambled egg tortilla wraps drizzled with pomodoro sauce
Whole wheat croissant stuffed with scrambled eggs and avocado slices.
Granola with black berries and almond milk
Tofu scrumbled with apple wedges
Oatmeal with black berries
Smoke salmon & dill quiche with apple slices
Homemade tortilla chips with Baba Ganoush. Fruit salad
Whole wheat croissant sandwich filled with sliced hard-boiled eggs, tomato and avocado slices.
Mediterranean Fish taco – panfried sliced cod, topped with chopped tomatoes and Baba Ganoush
Sacchettini and red pepper salad (tossed with your favorite dressing)
Smoke salmon & dill quiche with tomato salad
Black soybean pasta salad with chopped mushrooms, tomatoes and red pepper, tossed in soy and sesame dressing.
Green curry pan-fried cod with mushroom and black soybean spaghetti
Stir-fry tofu and broccoli with steamed brown rice
Roasted garlic & asiago sacchettini with mushroom pomodoro sauce
Thai vegetable curry (curry paste and coconut milk) with brown rice
Mushroom and red bell pepper pomodoro with pasta
Grilled salmon with sauté broccoli and brown rice
Tofu and vegetable fried rice