$100 Challenge-The Conclusion

The first 3 days

Day 4

Breakfast: Grits


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



Cleared out the fridge and ate leftovers

Day 5

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


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


Day 6

Breakfast: Oatmeal


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


Dinner: BBQ tofu, quinoa, mixed vegetables


Day 7

Breakfast: grits

Lunch: Tempeh bacon, pineapple, biscuits


Dinner:Alfredo pasta and peas 


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



Granola cereal with flax seeds and soy milk



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


Simon helped me out in the kitchen....


Portobello lasagna & Garlic bread

Day 2


Bagel & smoothie with blueberries, bananas and water


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



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....


Cooked chickpeas, rice, spaghetti are in the plastic bowls


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

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


The bill came to $112.


What's on the menu for the next week?

Chickpea tacos

BBQ tofu

Vegan Alfredo pasta

Portobello lasagna


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.