$100 Challenge-The Conclusion

The first 3 days

Day 4

Breakfast: Grits

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Lunch: Spicy wrap & smoothie with spinach, strawberries, soy milk, and banana

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Dinner:

Cleared out the fridge and ate leftovers

Day 5

Breakfast: Toast & smoothie with soy milk, spinach, blueberries, banana

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Lunch: Peanut butter & jelly, salad, carrots & cucumbers with hummus

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Day 6

Breakfast: Oatmeal

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Lunch: Seitan stir-fry with green pepper & red onion, pineapple

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Dinner: BBQ tofu, quinoa, mixed vegetables

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Day 7

Breakfast: grits

Lunch: Tempeh bacon, pineapple, biscuits

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Dinner:Alfredo pasta and peas 

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We also snacked on fresh fruit, carrot sticks, frozen apple pie, chocolate pudding, and cookies.

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$100 Challenge: The First 3 Days

I have to say this challenge is going better than the last one. I went into this feeling more confident about meal planning and tried to make meals somewhat basic. This challenge is reminding me that I should probably try to reduce our grocery bill.  The last time around, we maintained a $125 weekly budget for about one month afterwards. That felt great!

Why isn't our $650 food budget less? When grocery shopping, I tend to go back to buying a lot of organic produce/products. If you're not a vegan, don't feel like you have to buy organic food.  Do what works best for you and your budget. 

Day 1

Breakfast

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Granola cereal with flax seeds and soy milk

Lunch 

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Prepacked veggie burger (made from sunflower seeds & rice-kids didn't like it-I thought it was okay with mustard, vegan mayo and lettuce. Does that count? lol), baked fries, strawberries

Dinner

Simon helped me out in the kitchen....

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Portobello lasagna & Garlic bread

Day 2

Breakfast

Bagel & smoothie with blueberries, bananas and water

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Sorry, I don't have any lunch or dinner pictures.  I left hubby with the kids while I spent the day with my mom.

Lunch: French fries, frozen mixed veggies, grapes

Dinner: spaghetti & frozen broccoli

Day 3

I took some nice pictures of breakfast and lunch but deleted them. *sigh* I thought the pictures were already on my computer.  I did get a picture of dinner but it was just left over spaghetti and peas.

Breakfast French toast, apple slices

LunchChickpea tacos, basic salad with lettuce, tomato and carrots

Dinner

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Stay tuned for more meals.

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Grocery Shopping for $100 Vegan Challenge

Read more about the challenge here.

Here's what we had in the refrigerator, freezer, and cabinets before I went to the store....

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Cooked chickpeas, rice, spaghetti are in the plastic bowls

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We keep peanut butter, seeds, cacao powder, sugar, agave nectar, etc. in this cabinet.

What I picked up from the grocery store.....

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The bill came to $112.

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What's on the menu for the next week?

Chickpea tacos

BBQ tofu

Vegan Alfredo pasta

Portobello lasagna

Smoothies

Black bean wraps

French toast

Seitan Wraps

I plan to post pictures of each meal.

The $100 Vegan Challenge is Coming & Grocery Haul

I've learned a lot since my last $100 challenge and look forward to doing another one in the next few weeks.

If you're not familiar, last year I spent $100 on food for one week to debunk the myth that all vegan eating is expensive.

We typically spend about $650 per month on food, so $100 was really pushing it. We survived.

I'm feeling more confident this time around and look forward to sharing the recipes and our experience.

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Read more about the $100 challenge here.

Here's a video of my last grocery store trip...

I spent $135 on this trip but several factors went into the cost...

*I had all 3 kids with me

*I purchased a lot of organic products

*I purchased some vegan pre-packaged food-always a budget buster

Without those factors, my bill could have easily been reduced by about $25.