An Average Shopping Trip
Unfortunately vegan shopping where I live tends to involve multiple grocery stores. Two of my main ones are conveniently located right next to each other, but the local health food store is a few miles away. That one is expensive, so it’s usually more like a monthly journey for bulk stuff or Daiya cheese. In an ideal world, everything I buy would be organic, as local as possible and bought from local stores. The real world? I live on an extremely tight budget, and local produce tends to trump organic produce (which around here is usually from Mexico), but I do what I can.
It seems like I spend an hour just prepping for a weekly grocery store run. Considering I buy pretty much the same things every time, and make similar meals each week, it is time for that to change.
Food for Less:
-Baking supplies (monthly re-stock)
-Almond butter (monthly-ish)
-salad dressings (I like making my own, but I am currently pretty obsessed with the sesame soy ginger vinaigrette)
One of the many beauties of living on the central coast of California is the long growing seasons! I have friends who supply me with citrus, avocados and corn.
Currently growing in my garden: tomatoes, beets, basil, spinach, lettuce, bell peppers and egg plant (but since it is pretty much November, I am not holding my breath on those ones)
Always on hand-restock as needed
-dried beans, lentils
-canned beans (black and refried)
-a can or two of soup
-a bag of frozen vegetables
-a few veggie burgers
-coffee and tea
-baking supplies (flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, yeast, etc)
-noodles (rice noodles for Asian dishes, pasta for spaghetti or macaroni and cheese)
Splurge items (I know there are more that I am forgetting…)
-Trader Joe’s Hummus (I think they put crack in it. Only explanation for why I can never get mine to taste like that)