Thursday, October 31, 2013

Whole Food Dollar Store Week Long Challenge: $25

I will definitely be making a Vegan Broccoli Soup! 

So, as long time readers know, for several years, I ate a vegan diet for $3.33 a day, or $100 a month.  I have always been passionate about frugal, healthy food and it really gets to me when people think they can't eat a whole food, plant-based diet on a budget!

Now, I have to clarify this.  I am not talking about people in Food Deserts.   I am certainly not saying that EVERYONE has access to food like I do.

So, earlier today, I stopped in at the Dollar Store to pick up a notebook and reading glasses.  I decided to look at the food selection.  This store in in a neighborhood definitely caters to minorities, but it is not in an inner city or a food desert.  In fact, there is a supermarket in the same shopping plaza.  (Although, I rarely shop there due to their high prices.)

I also received an email asking me about how to eat a Plant - Based diet on a budget, so that was in my mind as I browsed the aisles.

I was amazed at the selection of foods, and it reminded me of how I shopped when I was doing Vegan for $3.33 a Day.   The main difference, was that I bought fresh produce.  This Dollar Store only had frozen produce, but I have been inspired to spend $25 for the week starting Monday  the 4th.  I will shop on Sunday evening.

I will allow myself SOME pantry items:

  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Spices
  • Hot Sauce 
  • Stevia
  • Flax Meal
I am going to keep this 100% whole foods.  The way *I* define whole foods, is no white flour, sugar, white rice, white pasta.  

Here is the shopping list I have come up with in my mind.  This is obviously subject to change given what they have on hand when I shop, but I KNOW that I can create a lot of awesome food with these ingredients:

  1. 1 pound dry beans
  2. 1 pound dry beans
  3. 1 pound dry beans
  4. Soy Milk
  5. Soy Milk
  6. Rice (only if I can find non-white rice)
  7. Sunflower Seeds
  8. Green Olives
  9.  Roasted Red Peppers
  10.  1 lb. Frozen Broccoli
  11.  1 lb. Frozen Broccoli
  12. Jarred Garlic
  13.  Frozen Pepper/Onions
  14.  Frozen Peppers/Onions
  15.  28 oz. Canned tomatoes
  16.  28 oz. Canned Tomatoes
  17. 28 oz. Canned Tomatoes
  18.  Canned Sauerkraut
  19.  Pickled Jalapenos
  20. Pasta (only if I can find non-white pasta)
  21.  MISC. Frozen Veggies
  22. MISC. Frozen Veggies
  23. MISC. Frozen Veggies
  24. Frozen Fruit
  25. Oatmeal 
Each item is $1.  

Stay tuned this coming week to see what I make with the items!  I know I will miss fresh produce the most. 

5 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  2. AWESOME! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make with that! ...so inspiring...

    ~Have a lovely day!

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  3. I am excited to see how you plan your meals. On a tight budget, I would prefer to nix the olives and sunflower seeds and try to buy potatoes, carrots and cabbage. I don't like to be hungry!

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  4. Unless I'm using veggies or fruit in a salad (or eating them directly), I often buy frozen during the winter months. I'm less likely to waste the produce plus I have a lot more control over how much I use. The cost savings are a bonus.

    I'm glad you're doing this. I'm looking for some inspiration, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    1. Just realized one part of the first sentence doesn't make sense -- by "directly" I actually mean "raw." Basically, I usually can't taste the difference between using fresh versus frozen veggies if everything ends up cooked. (Unless maybe in a stirfry, but even then only sometimes.)

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