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On the 8th we are going to a big town for a Dr. appointment. So I am starting a list of all the staples I want to buy. Here in this tiny town of less than 2500 on the coast, almost all the groceries are about 4 times more expensive than what big towns are. It is because of the cost of transporting groceries out here.
I will go through the posts on this board and write down a lot of the foods I have seen people talk about here.
Today, I had a really healthy eating day. I was low in calories and protein but I ate really healthy food, so I am satisfied.
I hope everyone has a really good night.
This is such a helpful post. Thank You Everyone for Sharing! I really need to learn a lot about this Healthy Lifestyle. This is Great!
i love this thread. it is very helpful.thanks
I'm pretty new to this lifestyle as well, many of my staples have moved from previous eating habits.
Pantry items: Black beans, whole wheat pasta(for my lazy dinners), cajun seasoning, pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder(lots of spices), Panko bread crumbs, veggie broth, Soy milk in the box, steel cut oatmeals, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard(several kinds).
Roots: I make sure to have lots of onions, sweet potatoes and garlic on hand. They last quite a while.
Veggies: I shop bi-weekly and stock up on spinach, beets with greens, cucumbers, avocados, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower and any other vegetable in season or on sale.
Dairy: I aways have a large container of plain greek yogurt, I sub anything that calls for sour cream or mayonaiise with greek yogurt. And I love it plain on my oatmeal.
I make a cup and a half of black beans at the beginning of the week and they last me all week. I eat them with salads, make spinach-bean wraps and as a side with other dishes. They're my favorite staple.
One item that is really helping me with dairy is nutritional yeast, and it is definitely a staple. Last night I mixed it with extra firm tofu, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and italian spices to make a filling for lasagna roll ups. It totally takes the place of romano or parmasen for me.
Garbanzos are another new staple for me. I've had them, but I am finding new ways to use them: Mock tuna salad is so yummy! All beans are good; Tons of kale, spinach, boy choy, peppers, and mushrooms, sweet potatoes, turnips (I like to bake them like fries), onions, garlic; Tons of fruit (mangos, berries, pears, apples, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapefruit, and oranges).
Oh, and I LOVE broccoli!
Looks like several of us are Veganomicon fans. I'm also a fan of recipe conversion. It is making me a better and more versitale cook.
Edited by: JULESRULES78 at: 4/16/2012 (14:05)
some good websites for recipes....
You may want to stock up on the frozen veggies too b/c the fresh stuff won't last the 2-3 weeks between grocery visits.... PS I thought the dairy was going to be really hard to give up too. But once you start eating this way your body craves the healthy food. Part of food cravings are caused by lack of nutrients in the body so your body needs more. However, you usually crave what you are used to eating..... High fat items are addictive so once they are removed it's easier than you would think.
thanks everyone. this has been so helpful. I will check out some of the food blogs. good idea. I'll stock up on beans and grains, and of course veggies and fruits. Have been working towards this for a little while, with adding veggies and fruits, and cutting out meats isn't too hard, but the dairy is sooo hard!
Oh and will look for pumpkin seeds. love them!
thanks for taking the time to help me out!
the grocery list is mainly vegetables; my DH does the shopping and unless i have a specific recipe in mind i tell him to get "whatever looks beautiful" - and he usually comes home with lots of leaves - collard greens, chard, kale (kurly and dino), broccoli, peppers (pasilla, bell), bok choy, salad greens, spinach. he also restocks the tofu and tempeh supply.
the pantry has mainly beans (garbanzo, black, cannelini, green lentils, red lentils), rice (brown basmati), and quinoa. i make my own beans in the pressure cooker and freeze in packages. also canned tomatoes, nutritional yeast, kombu seaweed.
i get a lot of recipes from the web (fatfree vegan, carrie on vegan), and have some favorite cookbooks - vegan fire and spice, 1000 vegan recipes, veganomicon.
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potato and tins of mexican chili beans are my favorite
My cupboard is always full of beans (black beans are my favorite), some canned veggies (when they're out of season), veggie soups/broth and seeds (pumpkin seeds are my favorite). Of course I'm stocked up on oatmeal and whole wheat bread. Spices are also essential: garlic powder, ground pepper, cinnamon, etc.
I find my fridge to be the more used of the two, however. I stock up on any fresh veggies I can find and incorporate into my meals: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, carrots, whatever is in season. I'm a HUGE fruit fan so I'm always buying bananas, apples, melons, berries, again whatever is in season. Also, I love salsa and hummus to dress up my veggies!
I stay away from faux-meats and highly processed foods, because that is counter-intuitive to me when I'm pursuing a more pure lifestyle/diet.
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is my go-to cookbook for great vegan meals! I also look at a lot of foodblogs (FatFreeVegan is my favorite).
Hope this is helpful!
Hi there everyone. i am just new to this group, and really very new to the plant based diet. It is hard for me to convert, but i really want to do this, so I was wondering just what are your "must haves" "always on the grocery list" type of foods. Like for my regular type diet, eggs bread milk.....!
What is always on your list, or what do you always keep in the house? I live quite a way from grocery stores and maybe get to a good one every 2-3 weeks.
Am really looking forward to doing this type of eating.
Also, is there a great cookbook that you could recommend?
thanks, and am looking forward to participating in this group.