Thursday, January 20, 2011

Project Food Budget: Week 2, Splurging on Specialty Vegan Foods

This week, I was bad and I didn’t eat a lot. My live-in boyfriend Dave is in the hospital, and he’s okay, but since I was only cooking for myself I ate poorly. I ate boxed macaroni and chreese, a frozen burrito, frozen waffles with ice cream, and several peanut butter and Ricemellow Crème sandwiches. Those foods are all so addicting and simple… it’s hard to resist the temptation.

At least I did make one healthy food yesterday, the whole wheat peanut spaghetti I posted about. I had a lot of time on my hands and I was craving peanut sauce, so that gave me the motivation. Hopefully next week I can cook two healthy meals! Or seven.

Shopping List: Soy milk; Ricemellow Crème; 2 boxes of macaroni and chreese; Daiya mozzarella-style shreds

Budget reminder: $20

Estimated Cost: $20… It’s good that it meets my budget goals, but bad because I am only buying 5 items. I could get several pounds of vegetables for the same price.

I consider soy milk to be a staple. But I will replace the other items for when I get a craving, not for eating regularly, since they won’t go bad for a while.

Goals for next week:
* Meal ideas: Roasted vegetable pizza; simple stir-fry; vegetable soup; butternut squash pasta.
* Plan and cook more nutritious meals.
* Get Dave to eat healthy, vegan meals and like it.
* Actually use the cheap ingredients I already have.

See how the other participants are faring:
Reluctant Vegetarian
Maria Marz
Veggie Converter
Ashley's Dairy Free Cooking Blog
Beauty, Fitness, and Health...Oh My!
Motor City Girl In the Steel City
Veggie Burgher
Baked Beans and Broccoli...Vegetarian Budgeting
Sweet Rehab
The Happy Cactus
The Vegetarian Salmon


  1. your budget goal and the goal of eating healthy can compete with each other. i find that the more fresh ingredients i buy, the more we tend to spend on groceries.

    hope dave is doing better!

  2. Hm. I don't know, I can never get myself to buy all fresh ingredients! All I know is I crave imitation animal products and the prices always get me. They're not too healthy either.