Do you like saving money on groceries? Have you ever been to Sprouts Farmers Market? If you’ve been following Mom’s Bistro for a while then you know that it is my absolute FAVORITE grocery store. The store is filled with fresh ingredients, and their prices are fantastic for anyone looking to eat healthy on a budget. Just this week alone, I got red bell peppers for only 48 cents each. Anywhere else, they’d be $2 a piece, if not more.
If you haven’t heard of Sprouts Farmers Market, or have never been to one, you’re definitely missing out. They have stores across the southwest, and are growing more and more with stores throughout the south. I first heard of the store when D.J. and I were getting ready to move to Colorado. He came out here first to visit and interview with his boss, and got to check out some of the local scenery. The first thing he told me when he called was about Sprouts. He told me how I was going to fall in love with the store from the moment I stepped in the door and boy was he right.
Sprouts believes healthy living is a journey and every meal is a choice. They love to inspire, educate and empower every person to eat healthier and live a better life. This isn’t just a mission. It’s their passion.
Sprouts Farmers Market or Sprouts, is somewhere between a Trader Joes and Whole Foods. They have the charm of a small store like you’d think of from days past, with the high quality standards of ingredients like Whole Foods without the outrageous prices. And if you’re like me and love grocery shopping, from the moment you walk into the store, you’ll be in awe. The first thing that draws my attention is the abundance of produce. The colors of all the different fruits and veggies make the store so bright and cheery, and as you walk through the store, you become even more immersed in the feeling of the farmers market.
Sprouts does it right. They have an enormous collection of bulk items; from coffee, rice, beans, oats, flour, cornmeal, salt and spices, chia seeds, candy… you name it, Sprouts’ bulk section delivers. They also have an excellent dairy section filled with local milk and other dairy and non-dairy items. Their meat and seafood selection is impressive as well with many free-range, natural and grass-fed selections. My last trip to Sprouts, I was able to get all natural, hormone-free, boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.77 per pound. It’s a wonder that I didn’t buy out the whole store at that price. As you go through the aisles, Sprouts has a small, but ample collection of basic grocery items like canned tomatoes, juice, sauces, pasta, etc., it’s everything you need, without being overwhelmed, and for organic choices, you’ll only pay around 20 – 50 cents more per item. Sprouts also carries vitamins and supplements, and in most stores a wide array of bath products, and personal hygiene items. You really can get all of your grocery shopping done at Sprouts. I do.
Saving money on groceries is important to all of us, and Sprouts delivers just that, which is why I get all of my produce, bulk items and meat at Sprouts for my monthly menus. Their prices are very reasonable, and you get quality ingredients for less. This week, organic apples are 98 cents a pound, when I looked at the price of organic apples at my local King Soopers, the same organic apples were $3 a pound. It’s just a no-brainer to go to Sprouts. They also do “Double Ad Wednesday’s”, where you get the sales for the previous week and the current week. Shopping on a Wednesday at Sprouts really gives you the best bang for your buck.
Sprouts has fantastic customer service as well. When I was working at the preschool, most of my groceries, and all of my produce came from Sprouts. I was able to work with the store manager and place an order every week so that all I had to do was show up, pick up my groceries and pay. Even with feeding 200+ kids three meals a day for a week, my usual bill from Sprouts was only around $200-$250. It’s just a no brainer to shop at Sprouts.
My last trip to Sprouts was abundant. I got a ton of groceries, and only paid around $30. This included chicken, chicken stock, some bulk chocolate covered almonds (my guilty pleasure), and a TON of veggies. I didn’t have a grocery list, which can be dangerous, I just walked through the store, and picked up with caught my eye. I wanted to feature all of the fresh ingredients that I got from Sprouts into a warm and delicious meal that everyone will love, and came up with this easy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup.
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
1 lb chicken breast, cubed
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic minced
4 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced (not included in February’s grocery list)
2 tsp – 1/2 tbsp ginger, grated
1 32 oz chicken stock
1 jalapeño, finely minced, optional
bean sprouts – as much as you like
1 carrot shredded
1/4 cup shredded cabbage
cilantro, optional topping
1/2 pkg rice noodles, soaked in HOT HOT HOT water
1/8 cup soy sauce.
2 tbsp tahini paste, optional
Soak rice noodles in the hottest water that comes out of the sink.
In a medium pot over medium high heat add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add chicken and soy sauce cook until all sides are browned.
Add green onions, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms (if using), jalapeño, garlic and ginger. Cook until onions start to turn translucent – it won’t take long since they are green onions. Reduce heat to medium low.
Add chicken stock and tahini (if using). Simmer for about 20-30 minutes – or longer if you have time – up to 1 1/2 hours.
When ready to serve, turn up heat to medium-high, drain and add rice noodles. Cook for 3 more minutes.
When ready to serve top with bean sprouts and cilantro. Serve with additional soy sauce and sirarcha.
Quick, simple and easy. My kind of meal, and your kids will love it too. Anthony devoured an entire bowl, slurping up the rice noodles with every bite. Sprouts really delivers fresh, quality ingredients for less, and has become my grocery store of choice from the moment I came to Colorado.
If you’re looking to save money on groceries, Sprouts is the place to go. You won’t be disappointed. I never have been, and don’t foresee it happening any time in the future. Sprouts gets a 10/10 in my book!
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*Although I did receive compensation from Sprouts, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. From the time I moved to Colorado, Sprouts has been my favorite grocery store, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!*