Saving money means more money towards spending on our trip. My last two weeks have been living pretty frugal. And I am okay with that.
This week’s meal planning, I thought it would be frugal to combine a few items from the grocery store to go with the food already in the cupboard. Let’s see how this goes (pen and paper on the kitchen table. Let’s see what I can scribble down).
- Sunday: Crispy Panko-Encrusted Tofu (S), Mashed Cauliflower(F), Salad (F), and sliced Apples (C)
- Monday: Spaghetti(C), Vegan Dinner Rolls(C), Salad(F)
- Tuesday: Vegetable Paella (S)and a mixed greens salad(F).
- Wednesday: Bean Burgers(C), Zucchini Fries(S), Strawberries(S)
- Thursday: 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili(C) with Vegan Sour Cream(S), Sweet Potato Fries(S)
- Friday: Fend For Yourself Friday (C/F)
(C)(F) = 9
(S) = 5 (panko tofu & vegan sour cream are from same package)
Not bad. With more practice I will get better. As you can see, most of what I need to shop for is produce. With that, I will only buy what is needed. And most of what already have stocked is produce that needs to be used up before it goes bad.
I know this is a financial blog and I am rambling raw-vegan. But I am stoked! It’s been great! I have been listening to my body and what it desires to eat. I have been whipping up smoothies and eating salads like crazy! Those salads… I have been craving. Weird! But totally delish! And my body has been quenching up the thirst with water or tea. Last night I was offered a beer and I turned it down. Like my body doesn’t even desire or want it. Tried a soda the other day and it was the sweetest un-tastiest thing I’ve had. Out to dinner and it was a baked potato and salad for me. Or I’ve had soup and salad for lunch during work. Snacks: I mix my own trail mix with cranberries, nuts, and pretzels or eat an apple. I crave yummy goodness now. I love it!
I’ve also been listening to my body when it tells me its full. And my portions are rather small now. But I also eat 6 mini meals/snacks throughout the day to keep me nourished. I haven’t lost anymore weight, but I have maintained it well. I feel great.
Financially with a Vegan diet: it is not expensive for me. I am still trying to figure out why people think it is expensive to eat healthy. I think it might be that people are not aware of how to substitute products when cooking. There are always frugal alternatives to expensive ingredients when called for in a recipe.
When I shop, this is usually what I pay:
- A block of tofu is $1.30 – $2.00.
- Can of beans is $0.89 – $2.00 (usually get 2 servings, at least). or buy a bag of beans to cook and freeze in individual servings. Then you’ll get a lot for your money!
- My salad bags are $2.00 and feed for a week.
- Soup – buy what is on sale or even better make you own! When produce is near its end and needs to be used, I whip up soups for lunch.
- Produce/Fruit – buy what is on sale
And all those meals will make great lunch leftovers (save more $$ ) and the extra fruit will be used up in my morning smoothies. Loving it!
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