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 |2|

At the Rijksmuseum earlier today!

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!

Jumbo

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).

Let’s get a closer look!

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!

Albert Heijn

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).

Meal Plan

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.

Disclaimer

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!


Homemade Almond Milk and Vegan Croissants!

I guess you could say I’ve been on a “make from scratch” roll. This blog and my Instagram (@cocoswellness) are certainly good motivators for content! The vegan croissants were a one-off treat, but the almond milk is something that I plan to start doing consistently now that I have all the right tools (why was it so hard to find a cheese cloth in Amsterdam?).

I’ve been loving Koffie ende Koeck‘s vegan croissants lately, but I’m all for not breaking the bank and trying to replicate recipes at home. I used this vegan croissant recipe from The Rose & Bean and was thoroughly impressed! I certainly didn’t have high expectations, given that the last time I made croissants was seven-ish years ago, let alone not even vegan croissants, but I was pleasantly surprised! Since I still have the ingredients on hand for at least 1-2 more batches, I’ll probably be doing so again soon.

Ah, homemade almond milk! I think it’s a love affair. I swear to people – once you taste it, you can never go back to conventional. Although, if I had access to the amazing and clean brands in the US, I might be a convert to that…

After learning about how disruptive gums and emulsifiers can be to our gut (thank you @hollyskeepingitreal!) I knew it would be a much better option to make from scratch. Plus easier on the budget.

I buy my almonds in bulk from Ekoplaza and us around 3/4-1 cups for every 450ml of blended water (depends on how strong you like the taste). Recipe is easy peasy:

  1. Soak almonds overnight in water. I’ve done as little at seven hours with fine results.
  2. Rinse. Blend on high for at least 60 seconds with approximately 450ml of water.
  3. Get creative! I add a dash of maple syrup and sea salt. You could also blend with a date.
  4. Strain through cheese cloth or thin dish towel.

I got the awesome (pictured) glass carafe at Ikea Netherlands. Only 2 euros!

Let’s see what cooking I get up to next week…