We all know how to grocery shop, but grocery shopping looks a bit different right now. You may be thinking: Are there items I should be stocking up on? How do I make nourishing meals out of the food that I’m buying?

Here is a list of wholesome, less perishable foods to pick up. Items marked with a * can also be frozen, if needed.

  • Canned beans, tomatoes, tuna, salmon and soups
  • Chia seeds and ground flax seeds*
  • Nut butters and nuts*
  • Whole grains like whole wheat pasta, quinoa, oats/oatmeal, brown rice* and whole grain bread*
  • Chicken, beef and vegetable stock*
  • Tofu
  • Cheese* and yogurt*
  • Hummus*
  • Jarred salsa
  • Frozen fruits* and frozen vegetables*
  • Longer lasting fresh produce, like citrus fruit, apples, pears, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, squash, onions and unripe avocados* (when ripe, pit, slice and freeze)
  • Ground beef, turkey and chicken*
  • Frozen shrimp* and frozen fish*
  • Better-for-you frozen pizzas*
  • Olive oil and canola oil

Now that you’ve filled your refrigerator, freezer and pantry with these items, what do you make with all this food? Here are a few ideas to fuel your family.

Seven Can Soup

This recipes is made exactly how it sounds – place all seven cans into a slow cooker or stock pot and heat until warm. One serving provides a mighty 13 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber – the perfect way to fill a family up!

Skillet Cheeseburger Mac

This better-for-you spin on the traditional boxed mix features whole grains, lower fat meat and skim milk. Serve with a side of cooked frozen veggies for a complete meal.

Salsa Chicken Tacos

Dig out your slow cooker or Instant Pot for this super simple meal that uses chicken breasts, a jar of salsa and traditional spices. Make a double batch and freeze for future meals!

Cheesy Chicken, Spinach & Artichoke Rice Casserole

Comfort food at its finest, this easy casserole recipe features brown rice, cooked chicken, spinach, canned artichokes and cheese.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

These pizza bites are a great way to turn cooked quinoa into a fun finger food! Make extra and freeze for quick snacks or meals.

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.