Shopping list

The only shopping list you’ll ever need

Do you ever find yourself shuffling through the grocery store, staring at the shelves with no meal plan in mind? How about throwing out the leftover ingredients because all you needed was a handful for this one recipe? If yes, same. Meal planning and grocery shopping aren’t our favorite tasks, and it’s especially difficult when you’re only cooking for one or two people. But luckily, you don’t have to plan an entire week’s worth of meals every time you go grocery shopping. The key is to create a flexible grocery list that can adapt to your needs and wants for the week.

By sticking to a basic framework each week, grocery shopping takes a lot less effort. Try this grocery list template to help you shop smarter so you can eat everything you buy, prepare healthy meals, and save money for bigger splurges.

Grocery List Template for All Girls

While some people scroll through grocery stores equipped with a list based on specific recipes, we like to start each week with a grocery cart that leaves room for flexibility and creativity. This style of shopping is based on the Southern idea of ​​”shopping for groceries”. By offering a variety of options, you have the freedom to do what feels right on that day. Keep in mind that our list is ideal for someone cooking or shopping for one, but you can easily adjust the amount of each group to feed more people.

We use the following framework and a budget of $65 to guide our grocery list:

  • Two proteins: Select a cooked or prepared protein and a raw protein. Pre-marinated or prepared meats, such as roast chicken, help reduce cooking time, while fresh meats or fish inspire you to be creative.
  • Two vegetables: Choose fresh, seasonal produce that can be easily roasted or steamed as a side dish.
  • Two fruits: It’s too easy to buy a ton of fruit that inevitably spoils. Pick just two that you can eat with yogurt or grab in the morning.
  • Fresh herbs: All you need is a handful of herbs to add a kick of freshness to your morning eggs or spruce up your protein pick.
  • A dozen eggs : Eggs (preferably the nice brown ones!) are a weeknight essential that can be used in any meal or snack throughout the day.
  • Greek yogurt: Besides being a quick and healthy breakfast choice, Greek yogurt can be used in all kinds of creative ways. Think: instead of mayonnaise in chicken salads and instead of sour cream for tacos.
  • Choice of cheese: Always a fun part of shopping! Choose a cheese that you can add to omelets, toss into salads, or eat on its own.
  • Choice of cereals: Unless you’re on a low-carb diet, we think it’s always a good idea to include grains, such as basmati rice or quinoa, to round out a meal and help you feel full.
  • Granola: Whether homemade or store bought, we love topping our morning yogurt or vanilla ice cream with a little crunch.
  • Smart snack: Nuts and dried fruits are always a great choice, but we never rule out dark chocolate or popcorn!

With this formula in mind, you’ll end up with various items to mix and match for different meals throughout the week. For example, you can roast all the vegetables one day to reheat them and serve them with the protein for the week or mix all the vegetables together in a large pot of soup for the week. The options are endless!

Example of grocery transport

How you put this grocery list into practice is up to you. Here’s an example of what to buy and what you can craft based on this template:


  • Two proteins: one roast chicken and two 4 oz. fresh salmon fillets
  • Two vegetables: asparagus and carrots
  • Two fruits: a handful of bananas and two avocados
  • Fresh herbs: curly parsley
  • A dozen eggs
  • greek yogurt
  • Choice of cheese: feta cheese
  • Choice of cereals: quinoa
  • Granola: crunchy vanilla granola

Greek Yogurt with Bananas & Granola

1 cup Greek yogurt
1 banana
1/2 cup granola

Top Greek yogurt with banana slices and granola.

Roasted chicken with quinoa and roasted carrots

Store-bought roast chicken, sliced
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup of water
A handful of carrots, peeled and sliced
curly parsley
Salt pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare quinoa by adding quinoa and water to a saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Cover and simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Meanwhile, place the peeled carrots on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. To assemble, top quinoa with roasted chicken slices and fresh parsley, and serve carrots on the side.

Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Asparagus

3 eggs, scrambled
4-5 stalks of asparagus, ends trimmed
curly parsley
Salt pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil. Then season with salt and pepper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. To assemble, top roasted asparagus with scrambled eggs and curly parsley.

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