Plant Based on a Budget Challenge – Family of 4 – Week 3

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Welcome to week 3 of the budget challenge.  It has been a lot of fun, but a lot of work! I hope you all are enjoying the meals.

The items came in under $100 for me again.  Also, I understand you may not all live on the westcoast and have access to these prices, but I encourage you to shop around, use coupons, and look for the best deal.  Good luck, and have fun!

If you’re looking for additional resources to help you with a plant-based diet: Check out this support group on Facebook where you can share tips and low-cost plant-based recipes. The New York Times bestseller called How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger is a fantastic resource to learn about plant-based nutrition. He also has a great website, Nutrition Facts, that has a ton of free resources. If you’re interested in stopping your consumption of dairy, The Dairy Detox can help you out with an entire online detox guide for only $10!

Grocery List

10-14 Bananas
Bag of Apples
3 Onions
Bulb of Garlic
6 Green Bell Peppers
3 Red Bell Peppers
Bag of Carrots
2 Heads of Kale
Head of Celery
Alfalfa Sprouts
Lime
Tofu
Tofurky or Vegan Lunch Meat
Shallots
1lb of Green Bean (frozen is fine)
Head of Broccoli
Zucchini
2 Cups of Basil
2 Heads of Romaine
3 Sweet Potatoes
5 Tomatoes
4 Cucumbers
Vegetable Bouillon
Tortillas
Hard Shell Tortillas
4 Cans of Black Beans
4  Cans of Chickpeas
Kidney Beans
Angel Hair Pasta
Jelly
Peanut Butter
Lemon Juice
1 1/4 Cup of Walnuts
1 Cup of Cashews
1 Cup of Quinoa
Brown Rice
2 Cans of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Bread Crumbs
Buns
Pita Bread
Whole Wheat Bread
Oatmeal
Apple Sauce
Frozen Blue Berries
4 Bags of Frozen Vegetables (stir fry blend, California blend, etc)

Total Cost: $91.00

Day 1

Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter and an Apple
Kids Lunch: Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich
Adult Lunch: Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich
Dinner: Sweet Lime Tofu & Green Bean Bowl

Day 2

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Banana and Apple
Kids Lunch: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches with Celery Sticks
Adult Lunch: Steamed Stir Fry Veggies
Dinner: Veggie Pesto Pasta with Side Salad

Day 3

Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter and a Banana
Kids Lunch: Tofurky and Veggie Sandwich with Carrot Sticks
Adult Lunch: Tofurky and Veggie Sandwich with Carrot Sticks
Dinner: Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers with Chips and Salsa

Day 4

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Banana and Apple
Kids Lunch: Celery Sticks, Carrot Sticks, Cucumber Slices and Hummus Plate
Adult Lunch: Steamed Veggies with Cashews
Dinner: Black Bean & Quinoa Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Day 5

Breakfast: Toast with Peanut Butter and a Banana
Kids Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with Kale Chips 
Adult Lunch: Tofurky Sandwich and Kale Chips
Dinner: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Wraps with Salad

Day 6

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Banana and Apple
Kids Lunch: Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Adult Lunch: Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Dinner: Lentil Tacos with Black Beans

Day 7

Breakfast: Blueberry Waffles  (May need to double the batch)
Kids Lunch: Salads (use any veggies left over from the week)
Adult Lunch: Salads
Dinner: Curry Garbanzo Pitas