I have a confession to make...
I'm a bit of a food snob. I do nearly all my shopping at Wegmans, where I can get fancy vegan meat alternatives, organic store brand food at a fraction of the price & vegan snacks not found in most grocery stores.
I'm really working on eating more whole foods and making a vegan lifestyle more obtainable for other families. I know a lot of people don't live near Wegmans, Whole Foods & Trader Joe's, so I want to focus more on every day ingredients in future recipes. I want to show that vegan family meals can be accessible, delicious and affordable.
In the most simplest terms, vegan meals are truly just vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts & seeds. All of those items can be found in the most basic grocery store.
I did some light shopping at Food Lion last week to check out their options. I was surprised at how many plant-based items they have outside of the produce department. I was disappointed they didn't have tempeh or vegetable broth (can you believe no vegetable broth?) but I did see tofu, Tofurky vegan sausage (I don't usually buy this brand), and pre-packaged vegan entrees. I spent $28 on all the items above.
I'm not aiming for perfection but I know eating more whole foods will save us money and encourage more families to experiment with vegan meals.