As promised in this post, I wanted to share a typical grocery haul with you. We try to do meal planning each week, and for the most part we stick with it. There are definitely nights where I beg Jimmy to run to Chipotle or El Nutritaco (…oh-emmm-geee, the best vegan Mexican food in Portland), but for the most part, we do meal planning once per week and a big grocery run.
For the most part, we eat organic. We buy everything organic that we can, and then choose the healthiest conventional options for everything else. The only dairy we buy is for Jim, and is usually cream cheese for bagels and eggs for his breakfast. We don’t ever buy meat, as we have a vegetarian household. Ideally, I’ be eating way less gluten, and buying less packages food. For now, it’s about making the healthiest choices, while realizing I have a 7 month old and I need to set myself up to make homemade meals. (How’s that for an excuse?)
On the menu this week was:
- A big salad with Gardein crispy chicken and vegan ranch
- Jerk bowls with black beans and sweet potatoes
- Fried polenta and BBQ chickpea bowls
- Spaghetti with a fresh cucumber salad
- Baked potatoes (prepared like tacos)
- Breakfast: vegan sausage sandwiches
- Breakfast: Toasted english muffins with peanut butter
- Breakfast: Hash with vegan sausage, peppers, onions, and hash browns
- Honorable mention (aka, a last minute run to the store on Sunday): this hummus platter. Yummmm!
This haul included:
- 2 cans organic black beans
- 1 can organic chickpeas
- organic polenta
- sprouted grain english muffins
- taco seasoning
- Gardein crispy chick’n
- Daiya mozzarella shreads
- 2 boxes of organic pasta
- tube of vegan sausage
- organic pasta sauce
- pure maple syrup
- bakers chocolate
- a bottle of rosé
(produce, all organic)
- 2 ears of sweet corn
- head of broccoli
- head of lettuce (first lettuce we’ve bought in months, since our garden went crazy)
- 1 cucumber
- broccoli slaw
- 4 potatoes
- a lime
- red onion
- 3 peaches
The total from Fred Meyer was $86.31, but I forgot white beans, a pineapple, and Vegenaise (I always forget things, even with a list). So, add $10.86 from New Seasons. I bought pure maple syrup this week (I hate syrup week … so expensive), and it was $20, which increased my total quite a bit. That’s a once-every-5-months purchase.
I was most excited to try these sprouted grain english muffins, and this vegan sausage. I love to make a batch of breakfast sandwiches for the freezer, then reheat in the mornings.
Personally, I love getting meal ideas (like above), and winging it in my own kitchen. But, if people are interested, I’m happy to share recipes. And, our pantry already includes things like spices, nutritional yeast, cashews, and other vegan staples, which makes weekly shopping much easier.
My goal for the next grocery haul is to have way more produce, and way less packaged food. With a baby, it’s easy to steer towards easy food, but I think I could figure out super-easy meals with less packaged food.