Happy Weekend, everyone! You know what that means…I finally have enough time off from work to leave my computer for more than 30 minutes – ha! I tend to do all big tasks over the weekend, as I find that makes me a lot less stressed during the week. Plus, nothing makes me happier than prepping things for the work week on a weekend, hence grocery shopping.
My girlfriend and I are keeping it pretty simple this week in terms of meals since we both have a lot going on. As such, we’re using up a ton of remnants in our pantry (think – quinoa, rice, pasta, lentils) and tried to stock up on just produce.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know we went to a painting class at the Rijksmuseum today (Saturday)! It was such a cool experience that got both of us out of our comfort zone and creative juices flowing. The one downside was I missed the farmer’s market I raved about in my last grocery haul. No problem for one week – I simply bought more produce at Albert Heijn (they have more organic + better quality options in this category over Jumbo).
Onto the haul!
I did most of my shopping here this week.
Produce: apples, broccoli, limes, lemons, bananas, ginger, mangoes, avocados, lettuce, and a ton of frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries, mango, cherries, pineapple).
Dry-goods: nuts, rice, oat milk (organic Oatly is the only brand I buy if I don’t have time to make my own since it only contains water + sea salt + oats), bread, popcorn kernels, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and a wheatgrass powder for smoothies.
Other: hummus and tempeh.
I spent approximately 60 euros here this week – pretty good and on track!
Produce: spinach, cauliflower, two zucchinis, and (more) broccoli.
Dry-goods: pasta, coffee, cauliflower, (more) peanut butter, and pasta sauce.
I spent 16 euros here, which brings the total weekly spend to 77 euros (38.5 euros for each of us).
You will soon begin to see I’m a creature of habit! But I think that’s okay as it makes eating healthy not too overwhelming. Find what you like and stick with it!
Breakfast: banana + cacao oatmeal with hemp + pumpkin seeds, blueberries + raspberries, and peanut butter.
Lunch: avocado toast with chickpea mash + smoothie (banana, mango, pineapple, cherries, wheatgrass powder, and spinach).
Dinner: a mix of many things this week! It will be a grain (quinoa/pasta/rice/lentils) + large serving of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini) + tempeh.
Snacks: nuts, apples, homemade popcorn, and chocolate.
I guess you could maybe call this a “Lazy Vegan Haul”! I’d love to know – do you stick with your favorite meals week after week or do you need more variety? Breakfast + Lunch is where I’m a creature of habit, so I try to incorporate some variety into dinner mostly.
So. Much. Plastic. Ugh. How do you shop without plastic + keep your grocery bill down? There’s an awesome bulk store close to me, but I’ve tested shopping there and it’s regularly 2-3 euros more expensive for the exact same thing/amount at Albert Heijn or Jumbo. Maybe that’s just an Amsterdam problem. I’m still on the hunt and mission to improve!