I enjoyed writing my first vegan grocery haul post, so I think I’ll keep doing them every now and then.
After looking at my first post, I realized we had gotten lazy about incorporating a lot of fresh produce into our diets, so over the past few months, we’ve changed that. Another food change we’ve made is buying less vegan convenience foods, like cream cheese and veggie sausage. We still get these occasionally, but they are no longer on our weekly list.
Before shopping, I wrote out our meals for the week.
Breakfasts: tofu scramble, green smoothies (2x), muesli for Andrew (which we already had in pantry); Alma eats tempeh bacon, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt & fruit
Lunches: soups & green smoothies for me, rice/beans/veggies for Andrew, hummus and pb&j sandwiches for Alma
Dinners: Vegetable Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta (2 nights); Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili (2 nights); Field Roast Vegan Sausages with Roasted Broccoli & Risotto (2 nights)
So here’s the haul:
- 10 (?) Organic Bananas
- 7 Organic Apples (Fuji & Pink Lady)
- 4 Organic White Nectarites
- 6 Organic Kiwis
- 1 pint Organic Blueberries
- 2 16 oz containers of Organic Grapes (green & red)
- 4 Organic Avocados
- 2 bags Organic Broccoli Florets
- 2 bags Organic Spinach
- 1 bag Organic Tuscan Kale
- 1 bag Organic Onions
- 2 pints Organic Mushrooms
- 2 Organic Zucchini
- 2 Organic Yellow Squash
- 1 Organic Sweet Potato
Fruits are mostly for snacking and green smoothies. Most of the veggies are for dinners, except one package of mushrooms (for tofu breakfast scramble) and the spinach/kale, which are for smoothies.
Not much here this week!
- Organic Blueberry Mini Waffles – for Alma
- Organic Broccoli Florets – just to have on hand
- Organic Chopped Spinach – Andrew’s lunch veggies
- Organic Foursome – Andrew’s lunch veggies
- 2 cartons Almond Milk (unsweetened vanilla) – cereal, smoothies
- 2 cartons Hemp Milk (vanilla) – for Alma
- Tempeh Bacon – for Alma
- 4 Field Roast Sausages – for 2 dinners (I share part of mine with Alma)
- Toasted Sesame Hummus – snacks & Alma’s lunches (I love the King Harvest brand!)
- 4 Coconut Milk Yogurts, 2 Almond Milk Yogurts – for Alma
We already had some tofu on hand for the breakfast scramble and lasagna. I think we’ve really cut back on this section!
- Organic Oatmeal packets – for Alma
- Panda Puffs cereal – for Alma
- Dave’s Killer Bread
- Organic Irish Breakfast Tea – for Andrew (we both are off coffee…for now!)
- Organic Peanut Butter
- Organic 100% Fruit Spread
- Organic Vegetable Stock
- Organic Hemp Protein Powder – not a usual purchase, I’m trying it out in my smoothies
- 3 cans Organic Black Beans – two for the chili, one for Andrew’s lunches
- 1 can Organic Garbanzo Beans – for Andrew’s lunches
- 3 cans Organic Soup (2 lentil, 1 black bean) – for my lunches
- Organic Spinach Florentine Risotto – for 2 dinners
- 6 0z Organic Tomato Paste – for chili
- 1 can Sliced Olives – for Alma
- 1 box Organic Whole Wheat No-Boil Lasagna
- 2 jars Organic Marinara
I technically only needed one jar of marinara for the lasagna, but sometimes one just isn’t quite enough. So we’ll probably freeze the rest of the sauce in cubes for Alma, and I’ll defrost for nights when we need a quick dinner for her.
- Organic Pretzel Sticks
- 13 Organic Fruit/Veggie pouches – for Alma, clearly
- Inner Peas (pea crisps)
- Just Peas (freeze dried) – for Alma; they were out of organic
- 4 Larabars – for Andrew’s snacks
- Pound Plus Dark Chocolate – this will last more than a week, I swear!
- 2 4-packs Organic Apple Sauce – Alma usually has one after her dinner
The expense of those pouches drives me crazy, but Alma likes them so much. I’ve been trying to make more green smoothies to replace the pouches, but she’s really hit or miss on those lately. She will usually have 2 pouches a day, and sometimes it’s the only vegetable she’ll take, so it is what it is! (For more of what Alma’s eating these days, check out the 18 month munchkin meals linkup.)
We didn’t need any non-food items this week, although I did pick up a bunch of flowers for $6.
This week, I shopped mainly at Trader Joe’s, but also picked up a bag of groceries at New Seasons. I spent $122.74 at Trader Joe’s and $88.59 at New Seasons. A grand total of $211.33 for the week.
Last time I tracked our groceries, we spent more than that on food-only items, and for only five dinners, instead of six. So our new habits are stretching our dollar a little further! It’s a small amount, but week by week, it adds up.
Of course, there are always changes we could make to lower the bill even more, but for now this is working for us!