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Here's a shopping list to get you ready for the five days' worth of quick dinners we proposed today. We're assuming you have a good supply of staples like onions, olive oil,chicken broth, sugar, soy sauce, spices, etc., but be sure to check your cupboards anyway. You don't want any unpleasant surprises.

Day One:

1 package penne pasta

one bunch broccoli

fresh garlic

1/4 -pound pecorino (or parmesan) cheese foccacia

1 small jar salsa

fresh berries, fresh pineapple

salad greens


Day Two:

4 fish fillets at least half-inch thick if possible (haddock, sole, orange roughy or salmon will do)

1 lemon

fresh herbs

bread to make crumbs

2 pounds small potatoes

3 cucumbers

1 small bunch dill



1 bunch bananas, ice cream (or unflavored yogurt, if preferred)

Day Three:

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 small bunch celery

1 medium yellow squash

1 medium zucchini

1 sweet red pepper

1 small package couscous

1 bunch fresh spinach

1/4 -pound blue cheese (to sprinkle on salad) or bottled blue-cheese dressing

1 small watermelon


Day Four:

1/2 pound andouille sausage or any hot smoked Italian sausage

1 small red pepper

2 small tomatoes

2 small cans corn kernels

fresh basil

1 1/2 cups arugula leaves or field greens or 1 bunch of romaine

1 loaf French bread

1 small jar tapenade

radishes, celery

ice cream

chocolate sauce, peanuts (for sundaes)

Day Five:

1 small bottle sherry wine

1 small bunch fresh ginger

1 flank steak (2 pounds or larger)

1 small package rice, enough for four servings

1 small eggplant

1 small sweet red pepper

1 small sweet green pepper

1/2 pint mushrooms (for grilling)

1 small bunch snow peas

3 medium tomatoes

chocolate bars, graham crackers, marshmallows (for s'mores.)

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