That’s the amount I spent on groceries for a week. It’s kind of average for me but it never ceases to amaze me how possible it is to live on the cheap and still eat really well.
I’ve said it before but we eat a whole foods mostly plant based diet. We don’t eat many processed food items. There are a number of factors that have led us to eat this way. My parents went vegan about 15 years ago, for one. This introduced me to a very different way of eating. My dad and his wife still eat a mostly vegan diet. They don’t sweat the small stuff, like if there happens to be a bit of butter in a cookie etc. Reading The China Study made a strong impression on me as well. It’s not touting any specific or fad diet. It shares long term scientific evidence of the health benefits behind eating whole foods and a lot less animal protein than is usually consumed by people today. Another factor is our small budget. It’s been pretty tight around here the last few years. We’ve had to make our dollars stretch further and further and yet my enjoyment in the kitchen has actually been growing and growing. You have to get creative when you have less to work with!
I’m planning on making these meals (in no particular order) this week:
- Ashram Lentil Soup with Baking Powder Biscuits
- Shepherd’s Pie with Spicy Broccoli (I guess I need to add both recipes still!)
- Thai Peanut Burger Wraps with sauted asparagus
- Roasted Yam and Swiss Chard Enchiladas with sauted asparagus
- Yam and Honey Biscuits
- Roasted Vegetables with Miso Gravy
So $112 paid for all the fresh ingredients I needed to make a weeks worth of food. As well, it went towards stocking up on a few staples I had run out of. I go with a rough plan but a willingness to change my mind depending on what I see on sale. Asparagus, for example is really affordable so I bought three bunches of it. For the recipes I don’t make all the time, I write the ingredients I need on the list that also includes the meals I’m planning on making and the random things we also need to buy. I never plan to make meals on certain nights and I always include a couple easy to make meals for the days I might find myself rushed. When the week is up, the food is gone! Buying only what we need saves us a lot of money and garbage/compost!