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Monday, June 6, 2016

Adulting: Feeding Yourself

Hey guys! Long time, no talk. As I mentioned in my last post, my laptop died before finals began. I'm am beyond thrilled to say that after 4.5 weeks of being laptop-less, we are BACK IN THE DIGITAL WORLD.

As I also mentioned, I'm living in Memphis this summer for an internship. I'm subletting a friend's apartment, and through this whole experience, I've discovered a whole new challenge - cooking for myself.

I've never really had to learn to cook. I've gone from living at home and having my mom cook for me (#healthytothemax) to a meal plan on campus (#no #done #overit), and right now, I'm tackling the challenge of grocery shopping, cooking, and even entertaining!

My roommate lovingly jokes that I'll be a good wife someday because she thinks I'm a good cook. Although I'm not quite sure that I've mastered a whole lot yet, I definitely wanted to share how I'm adulting thus far as a part of a new series here on Memphis Made. Although it's still kind of weird to be solely responsible for every single morsel that goes into my body (that's never happened before!), I think it's a really good thing and a big part of learning to take care of yourself.

My current routine is to go to the grocery store every weekend. I'm preparing every single meal for myself as well as paying for all of my own food with the money I earn from working, so I have to be smart about what I buy and make sure that it can a) feed me for a whole week, b) be healthy and c) not drain my bank account. Every week, I spend $70-80 at Kroger and periodically make the trek out to Costco with a friend to buy meat in bulk. My grocery staples are as follows:

  • Strawberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado(s)
  • Zucchini
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Lettuce (2 bags)
  • Potatoes (russet & sweet)
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Coffee creamer
  • Stevia
  • Almonds
  • Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Seasoning packets (major key for making boring food better!)
  • Peanut butter
  • Frozen broccoli
Fortunately I don't have to buy all of that stuff every week, but between all that stuff, it's pretty easy to get 21 meals out of it. I'll be sharing what I make and how I make it in posts to come!

How's adulting going for you?

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