Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Budget

I was just reading an article on how to budget for $25 per person a month when you're Vegan.  It had some really good suggestions for simple foods to make that are pretty healthy.  Eating the same things over and over would drive me bananas (one of the foods she suggested, a lot) so I figured I'd give my opinion on the subject.  Not that anyone cares, but I figured what the heck.  I repeat the same items a lot, but make sure to change out things every week and buy at least two staples that will last for a while and can be used for lots of things.

I decided to take a look at my local Sprouts advertisement for the week even though I already have my groceries for a while.  I also checked out the 99¢ Store ads to see what I could get for cheap.  I like to think about nutrition as much as price when I start making meals for the week.  A lot of the traditional type foods that I've been making lately have been rather on the pricey end ($1.10 - $1.50), so I'm going to try and work more on budgeting down a bit more.  We eat four meals every day, so I'll make sure to be budgeting for that.

Grocery List (for 2)
1lbs Baby Carrots 99¢
2lbs Cauliflower $3.00
2lbs Halos/Cuties $1.98
2lbs Grapes $1.76
3 Small Apples $0.89
1 Carton Mushrooms $2.00
1 Can Black Beans 88¢
1 Can Green Beans 88¢
2 Bell Peppers $1.00
Small Bag Shredded Lettuce 98¢
1lb Roma tomatoes 88¢
3 Pack Seaweed Snack $0.99
8oz Daiya Cream Cheese $3.12
10oz Hummus $2.98
16oz Firm Tofu $3.00
16oz Peanut Butter 99¢
4 Vegan Muffins $2.99
1 Bag Pita Chips $2.50
1 Bag Pretzels 99¢
8 Tortillas 99¢
1 loaf Vegan Bread $3.79
1lb Brown Rice $0.88
3 Packets Yakisoba Noodles $2.99
1/2 Gallon Coconut Milk $2.00
8oz Olive Oil 99¢
4oz Liquid Smoke $2.00
1TBSP Garlic Powder 12¢
1 Bottle BBQ Sauce 99¢
1 Bottle Soy Sauce 99¢
10oz Mild Salsa 99¢
2 oz Coffee Grounds $1.24
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Total $49.56

Food listed is per person.  You can use the sauces as you please and try different combinations.  BBQ mixed with Soy Sauce tastes amazing as a heavier dish ~

Day 1
  • Breakfast - bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1 Cutie/Halo
  • Lunch - 2TBSP hummus, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 Cutie/Halo, and 9 pita chips (drink - 8oz coconut milk or water)
  • Snack - 1/4 cup pretzels and 1/2 cup grapes (drink - water)
  • Dinner - peanut butter sandwich w/ 1/2 sliced apple (drink - water, getting the idea?)
Day 2
  • Breakfast - 1 slice toasted bread, 2 TBSP peanut butter mixed w/ 1 TBSP cream cheese, and 1/2 cup gapes (drink - coffee/water)
  • Lunch - 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/4 cup diced mushrooms (sautéed), and 2oz tofu (sautéed) with seasoning (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 packet seaweed snacks and slice of toast w/ 1 TBSP peanut butter (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 2 TBSP hummus, 1/2 cup carrots and 9 pita chips (drink - water)
Day 3
  • Breakfast - bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1 Cutie/Halo
  • Lunch - 1/4 cup mushrooms, 1/2 bell pepper (all sautéed) and 1/2 cup Yakisoba noodles with seasoning (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 sliced Apple w/ 2 TBSP peanut butter
  • Dinner - 1/8 cup salsa, 2 TBSP hummus, 1/4 bell pepper strips and 9 pita chips (drink - water)
Day 4
  • Breakfast - 1 slice toast, 1/2 sliced apple and 2 TBSP peanut butter (drink - coffee/coconut milk)
  • Lunch - 1/4 cup mushrooms w/ 1/2 cup green beans steamed and 1/2 cup brown rice with seasoning (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/4 cup pretzels w/ 2 TBSP peanut butter (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 1/6 head cauliflower, 1/2 pack seaweed snacks, 1/2 packet Yakisoba noodles and 1oz tofu with seasoning (drink - water)
Day 5
  • Breakfast - 1 bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1 Cutie/Halo
  • Lunch - 1 flour tortilla, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 cup pretzels w/ 1 TBSP hummus (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 1/2 cup green beans, 1/4 cup brown rice and 1oz tofu (sautéed) (drink - water)
Day 6
  • Breakfast - 1/2 sliced apple, 1 slice toasted bread, and 2 TBSP peanut butter mixed w/ 1 TBSP cream cheese (drink - coffee/coconut milk)
  • Lunch - BBQ Cauliflower Wings and 1/2 cup brown rice (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 cup pretzels w/ 2 TBSP peanut butter (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 1/4 bell pepper, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4 cup brown rice and 2oz tofu seasoned (drink - water)
Day 7

  • Breakfast - 1 bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1/2 cup grapes (drink - water)
  • Lunch - 1 flour tortilla, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/8 cup diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/4 cup salsa, 1/4 bell pepper, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2oz seasoned tofu (drink - water)
  • Snack - remaining snack type food (drink - coconut milk/water)
  • Dinner - Yakisoba noodles mixed with remaining vegetables (drink - water)

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