Iâ€™m a big fan of Sprouts Farmers Marketâ€”itâ€™s like Whole Foods for cheap people! The neighborhood Sprouts has become our go-to place for most grocery shopping excursions. They have awesome weekly specials, cheap fresh produce, and a nice selection of organic, gluten-free and bulk foods.
Sprouts also has a surprisingly good cook-and-serve/ready-to-eat sectionâ€”far better than the usual rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and coleslaw fare you see in most grocery stores. My husband and I frequently enjoy the Sprouts cook-and-serve meatloaf. Just like mom used to make. (Better than my momâ€™s last attempt at meatloaf, actually.) Itâ€™s cheap, and all we have to do is throw it in the oven for an hour or so, scrape together a side or two, and itâ€™s dinner time!
The Sprouts ready-to-eat food selection also includes (in addition to sandwiches, wraps and the like) a variety of pasta dishes, family-size meals with porkchops or chicken plus rolls and sides (feeds 4 people for about $12), single meals with a variety of meat and veggie options, and prepared vegetable dishes. For the most part it just needs to be microwaved, and youâ€™ve got a decent approximation of home-cooked goodness. And, itâ€™s usually cheaper than fast food.
So if youâ€™re a lazy person who doesnâ€™t always like to cook, and a cheap person who doesnâ€™t always like to spend money going out to eat, Iâ€™d encourage you to give the Sprouts ready-to-eat meals a shot.