Plant Based On a Budget has produced a challenge for this month in which they are making FREE meal plans that will allow someone to spend $25/person a week. I am actually really excited to be doing this challenge. I might fail right off the bat because I don't think I'm going to make the 25 dollar cut. I'm still going to save so much money. I'm not incredibly irresponsible with money, but I am in need of saving up. Please check it out: http://plantbasedonabudget.com/plant-based-on-a-budget-challenge/. This is wonderful. I struggled through most of my health issues in college and still don't make a ton of money. I still have medical bills that come in on a regular basis. It's always good to save money so you can keep up on those unexpected medical expenses.
I have not been feeling great lately. It has been incredibly
difficult to find motivation to do much of anything, but I've still
been able to cook the meals from the plan. I wasn't able to go
through with my personal plan which was to make sure I'm eating at
appropriate intervals during the day and eat some protein a bit
before bed. I heard it helps your insulin control during the night. I
was hoping it would just help me out of bed in the morning. That's
why there are some extra ingredients on my shopping list because I
was hoping to make some protein rich snacks. I never got around to it
:( I still have the ingredients so I will try for next week.
I have really good things to say about this week's plan. This is
similar to how I would create a meal plan when low on money: lots of
soup! Soup is cheap, comforting, and filling. I've always bought in
bulk, but never bought just what I needed. Only buying the cup that
you need for the recipe really helps. Also, Toni did a great job in
picking cheap ingredients. The broccoli may be a bit repetitive, but
it's good for you and I'm glad there's more than just celery or
cabbage to eat. I cheated and added cauliflower to the first soup to
just mix it up. Cruciferous vegetables are great for my estrogen
production. They help make good estrogen, not the breast cancer kind.
That will also allow me to stay away from birth control.
Tonight I made the Curry Chickpeas. So Yummy! The spices are great
and I love baked chickpeas. It could have used a bit of tomato to
bind it together more, so if you wanted to spend extra on the can of
tomatoes, I might try it. The recipes so far are tasty, filling, and
quick to make. The last one being my favorite. The recipes make very
large portions. This is great if you are worried about snacking.
Having a small bowl of soup for a mid day snack is a great idea. I
still have some leftover pasta in the fridge at work I will probably
get to tomorrow as I graze through the day. Nonetheless, next week I
may try to make the snacks I was planning on doing this week and make
smaller versions of the recipes. Right now I have enough food to last
me through most of next week as well. Which would be great, but I
want to try the new meal plan when it comes out! I will have lots of
soup in the freezer :)
Whether you want to do the challenge or not, I would check out the
site to get recipe ideas for nights when you don't feel like cooking.
I already peaked at the family plan to get some ideas as well. Most
of the recipes are made in less than thirty minutes and could be made
with things you probably already have. In fact, I didn't have to buy
many things from the shopping list. I already had them, saving me
more money! Even so, my total at WinCo came to $35.33.
I'll leave the extra expensive items that I bought at the end so
you can see how much I would have saved if I had kept on track.
Better Than Bullion Vegetable Broth $3.48
Corn Tortillas (30Ct) $1.36
Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta (Instead of the Mexican stars) $.79
Garbanzo beans $.83
Brown Rice Rotini Pasta $.99
Pumpkin Flax Granola (So Delicious! Probably not good for my blood
sugar though!) $2.22
Pinto beans $.57
Pearl Barley $.30
2 Bananas $.44
3 lbs of Fuji Apples (I actually eat an apple a day. They are so
3 Cucumbers (I usually eat a salad every day) $1.74
Redleaf Lettuce $1.68
Total of needed items: $21.05
If I add what I didn't buy from the list with the prices she gives
it comes to $4.78. Therefore, the price should have been $25.83.
I bought some staples I was missing and ingredients for quinoa
). I'll probably still make these this weekend!
Peanut Butter $2.82
Hot Sauce (I'm obsessed!) $2.08
½ lb Quinoa $2.27
Trail Mix $1.24
Baby Carrots $.98
Total of extras: $14.28
Next time I will try my best to stick to the budget. In the mean
time I learned more about meal planning than I ever have by doing it
on my own. I'm somehow more aware of where the cheap ingredients are.
I'm hoping to learn even more this month! Thank you Toni for this
great resource. I look forward to more easy recipes!
No pics this week of food so here's a picture of my baby boy: The guy that keeps me going :)