Weekly Vegan Grocery Haul + Meal Plan |3|

Hello again! I’m quite liking this series and hope you are too. It’s nice because it’s intentional. It makes me slow down and take stock of what I’ve bought and plan to do in the coming week. A good reflection process, and it’s allowed me to narrow in on what doesn’t really need to be bought (to save on the budget). Bye hummus, lemons, and limes!

Albert Heijn and Jumbo

Sorry, got these two mixed up since I did the shopping at the same time! But I would say: 80% from Jumbo and 20% from Albert Heijn.

Produce: bananas, ginger, frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries), spinach, apples, zuchini, and passion fruit.

Dry goods: chia seeds, nuts, lentils, pasta, granola, buckwheat flour, oatmeal, maple syrup, rice, peanut butter, and pasta sauce,

Other: tempeh (what category does this go in?!)

This was a good week! I only spent 59 euros here even though I felt like I stocked up on a lot.

Farmer’s Market

If you checked out my post from yesterday, you know it was a beautiful day at the Farmer’s Market! I swear, not much else makes me happier than a sunny spring Saturday.

I picked up: beets, broccoli. cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.

All for just 15 euros! For organic, local produce, I consider that awesome.

That means I spent 74 euros, equaling 37 euros for each of us. I’m happy with that! We each may spend another 5 euros later in the week picking up more milk or pasta sauce, but we’ll see.

Meal Plan

Total creature of habit…

Breakfast: banana + cacao oatmeal with hemp + pumpkin + chia seeds, blueberries + raspberries, and peanut butter.

Lunch: Smoothie bowl + granola.

Dinner: (like last week) a variety of grains + a veggie. Keeps things super simple and affordable! If pasta, we just use pasta sauce. If rice or quinoa, I mix in fresh ginger and turmeric. And of course, tempeh!

Snacks: sweet potato fries, nuts, apples, and passion fruit.

Have a wonderful Sunday, and let me know if you have any questions!


Have a Beautiful Weekend

Farmers Market earlier today.

It’s absolutely lovely in Amsterdam this weekend, and I’m feeling confident we’ve turned the corner with spring! April and May are my favorite months in the Netherlands by far (although I’ve never really visited in the summer as my girlfriend and I were always in America then). Despite having a lot of work stress at the moment, the sunny weather is helping immensely.

Before running out to an Info Session for a local Yoga Teacher Training I’m thinking of choosing, here are a few weekend links.

With some granola, this smoothie is on rotation through lunch this week. As soon as it starts to get warm, all I crave are smoothies!

I’m super intrigued by Lush’s Shampoo Bars. Since I have to head there this weekend anyway to stock up on some face wash (this is a favorite), I’m thinking I might try one out!

I cannot the believe the news on Wow Airlines. We almost bought tickets to Iceland with them for June! In retrospect, so happy we did not as it’s looking like no one will be getting their money back…

I really love this “Living with Kids” series on Design Mom (and I’m far away from being a mom!). It’s just so interesting to get a peak into peoples homes.

What is going on in the world of veganism? I have some thoughts about this that I’m thinking of turning into a blog post. But let me preface it by saying I have absolutely nothing but love for people doing what they feel they need to for their health. I don’t like or participate in internet judgement.

I have this new album on repeat.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Weekly Vegan Grocery Haul + Meal Plan (Round 1)

I love getting a peak into other people’s grocery hauls, so I thought – why not share mine? I typically do a large shop on Saturday or Sunday that gets us through until (maybe) Thursday, when we need to do a small shop to get us through a few more days.

I would LOVE to be able to go to the grocery store only once I week (I think that’s the American in me), but I can never seem to buy enough (or rather, carry enough…) to last us through. And I’m always the girl at the checkout counter with 3x more than anyone else!

It’s very European to grocery shop every few days, which is something I realized living in London last year and now living in Amsterdam. I think it’s the combination of smaller refrigerator/freezers and also less-treated produce. It goes bad much faster than produce in America, and I consider that a good thing! Less chemicals going into my body.

One last disclaimer – this is for two people. I live with my partner and we make all meals together.

Let’s get to it!

Farmer’s Market

I feel so lucky to live so close to, what I consider to be, the best farmer’s market in all of Amsterdam! Noodermarkt. Big claim there, considering this city has so many, but hear me out.

Everything is 100% organic.

It’s small enough to not be overwhelming, but big enough to have everything you need.

The variety is fantastic. Produce, dry goods, breads, pottery, fish & meats (if you’re into that), and more. If my budget was big enough for 100% artisanal and organic foods, I could do all my shopping here. Maybe one day!

I typically stick to getting as much produce as I can here, and if my budget allows it, a large loaf of sourdough bread (it’s a few euros more expensive than the grocery store).

This week, I purchased: carrots, broccoli, spinach, kale, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and a cucumber. All for 15 euros! If you look at the amounts of spinach and kale, I don’t consider that price half bad.

The produce part of the market runs every Saturday from 9am-4pm, and do I sound older than I am when I say I look forward to it every week?

Jumbo

Oh, how I love Jumbo too! I used to shop solely at its more upscale competitor, Albert Heijn, before finally trying and converting on the spot.

Surprisingly, Jumbo has a much better selection of vegan items than Albert Heijn, and nearly the exact same items when it comes to dry goods, at a significantly cheaper price. I save a lot of money by shopping here.

This week, I bought…

Dry goods: two loaves of bread, oatmeal, maple syrup, black beans, peanut butter, nuts, quinoa, hemp seeds, and yeast.

Produce: two frozen raspberries, two frozen blueberries, lemons, limes, passion fruit, three avocados, four apples, tempeh, hummus, and five bananas.

Un-pictured: Toilet paper, dishwasher pods, and dish soap.

I spent 55 euros.

Specialty Item Stores

Depending on what I’m making and what I need for that week, I’ll frequent either Vegabond, Marqt, or Ekoplaza for a better selection of bulk or specialty items.

This week I stopped by Vegabond for it’s awesome selection of chocolate, and Ekoplaza to get almonds and hazelnuts in bulk to make homemade milk! Chocolate picture above, and no pictures of the nuts unfortunately.

I spent 3.25 euros at Vegabond, and 8 euros at Ekoplaza.

What I’m Making This Week

If any of the recipes call for items I haven’t bought this week, it’s because I already have them on hand.

Breakfast: Banana + Cacao oatmeal with frozen fruit + peanut butter + hemp seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

Lunch: Avocado toast, cucumber + hummus, nuts, sweet potato fries.

Dinner: Kale, Black Bean, and Avocado bowl, and Anything-Goes Kale Salad (switching kale for spinach). + both with added tempeh.

Extra: these to-die-for croissants!

Final Price Tally

All in all, I spent 81.25 euros this week. So approximately 40 euros for each person. I don’t consider this too bad, although I typically come closer to 30 or 35 euros for this shop! I think the bulk nuts I had to stock up on again for milk pushed this week higher.

On our Thursday shop, we’ll probably spend 10 euros (5 euros per person), which will get us in at around 50 euros per person this week. 50 euros is my max, so at least we’ll have stayed under that.

Organic?

I would love for everything I put into my mouth to be organic. I believe in it’s benefits over conventional farming practices so much. However, my budget doesn’t always allow for it.

I know, I know…consistently buying and eating organic now could save on hundreds or thousands of dollars on health care costs in the future. I believe in this so much! Alas yet, I really can’t stretch my budget to eat 100% organic.

Right now, I aim for 90% organic with my produce (the farmers market really helps this!), and always buying the dirty dozen organic.

For dry goods, I try to make one product switch at a time. For example, I started with grains. The quinoa I bought this week is organic, and I’ll continue to buy that organic. In a few weeks, I’ll start buying, say, my peanut butter or oatmeal organic. I think making these small steps is the best way to long term consistency and sustainability. I started with the produce, and now I’m working through my dry goods!

Hope you all enjoyed! I plan to do this as a weekly series, and I think it will be a really interesting experience to document what I buy, what I’m making, and what I spend to see if there are any patterns or habits I can deduce.