What’s in My Cart? My COVID-19 Shopping List


DC Supermarket

Now that most of us have toilet paper and water for the end of time, it’s time to think what else would we need as we begin to limiting outings and exposures to crowds. Supermarkets are now full of empty isles, but there are plenty of things available that will help you get through this. Here is what was on my shopping list.

  • Chicken Nuggets: The boys love them and make perfect quick lunches.
  • Frozen veggies: This is an easy product to use for soups, stir-fries, or simply steamed over some rice. They keep for long and you can avoid trips to the supermarket.
  • Frozen Fruits: Smoothies, baked goods, or straight frozen. Just like with frozen, these could be lifesavers. Mix with veggies and you will get great immune booster drinks. You can also add some frozen berries to your mimosas to keep things fun. 
  • Chips, Salsa and Guacamole: Perfect for a quick snack or Taco Night.
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Tuna and other canned items: Salads for sandwiches, over pasta, a salad or in a casserole.
  • Snacks: Because I need a quick answer to “mommy I’m hungry.” I like the coconut clusters form Innofoods, Zbars, potato chips, string cheese are some of my favorite options.  
  • Ground meats: You can freeze them for a long time and use on soups, for wraps, and pasta. 
  • Sausages and hot dogs: for pasta or in your slow cooker with peppers and tomatoes. Simple hot dogs are also great for lunch and snacks.
  • Flour, baking powder, baking soda, and butter: Because pancakes, waffles and bread are all great and also fun to do with the kids.

Having a stock refrigerator makes the long days a little easier. It’s difficult to prioritize what to get and to stay within a budget when you go shopping, so a list of must-haves makes things easier. You can also think about this list if you come to your local food bank. You can definitely substitute frozen for canned if it makes more sense to you. During these difficult times, reach out to your neighbors and friends and do not hesitate to ask for help!

Shopping list items

Shopping list items

Shopping list items

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Tatiana was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States at age 15. She moved from Houston to DC in 2007 to work for an international organization. She met her husband at work and married in 2011. She has two children: Santiago (2013) and Antonio (2015) and a Masters degree in Conflict Resoliution. After the birth of her second child, she decided to take time off to stay home and focus on the kids. She is passionate about nutrition, self-led weaning and homemade food. The Story of My Table is her Instagram account and blog where she shares her adventures in the kitchen. She strongly believes that a wine a day keeps the doctor away and that the key to parenting two boys is to keep in good shape. She is not a fan of baking, but would occasionally do it to avoid highly processed food. She is an advocate for natural foods, Montessori education and allowing children to get bored. One day she dreams of building an organization where she can combine her passion for food with peacebuilding.