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Grocery Haul & What's Always On My Grocery List (VIDEO)

It's time for another grocery haul! This time I went to the store with my camera and Brandon.

I forgot to hit record (more than once), so I missed a lot of great footage of Bran loading up the cart with produce. Major FAIL.

I did remember to take pictures of what we picked up and put together a short vlog with the footage I did get.

We spent $113.43 on this grocery trip.

I plan to make bean enchiladas, vegetable stir-fry, kale chips, green juice, chickpea salad sandwiches, vegetable quesadillas & lentils and rice. The boys will snack on pineapple, strawberries, carrots & hummus and blueberry & banana smoothies.

Items that are always on my grocery list:

Check out the vlog video below

What are the top 5 items that always make your grocery list? 

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3 Simple & Affordable Vegan Dinners


I mentioned before that I'm working on showing more vegan meals with accessible ingredients.  I recorded a video featuring 3 vegan dinners using simple & affordable ingredients that can be found in any grocery store.

Here's the YouTube video :-) 

Dinner #1


*****Be sure to check the ingredient list on the bread to ensure it doesn't contain dairy and/or eggs.*****

Full recipe from Chloe Coscarelli (the ingredients and method are listed in the description box of Chloe's video) 

*Click here for the recipe video*

Dinner #2


Vegan Red Beans & Rice

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 8 hours

Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients (Serves 5)

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb dried red beans, soaked overnight
  • 8 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (typically found in the same aisle as the BBQ sauce)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • To garnish: green onion, chopped
  • 4 cups of cooked rice


In a large stockpot, sauté onion, garlic and celery for 5 minutes on medium-high heat with oil. Add in cayenne pepper, all-purpose seasoning and salt.

Add in beans, vegetable broth (or water), liquid smoke and bay leaf

Reduce heat to med-lo, cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours, or until the liquid is thick or beans split open. If the water absorbs too quickly, add more ½ cup more at a time.

Remove bay leaf.

Adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serve with rice.

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Dinner #3


Vegan Stuffed Shells

by Brown Vegan

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 8 oz jumbo shells
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 oz firm tofu, drained
  • Jar of spaghetti sauce


Preheat oven at 400º

Boil jumbo shells in water until al dente.

In a food processor, blend together garlic, basil, onion, salt, pepper and oregano. Scrap down the sides of the food processor with a fork.

Crumble tofu with your hands and blend until smooth in the food processor.

Fill each shell with the tofu filling.

Line the bottom of a casserole dish with ½ cup of spaghetti sauce.

Cover with the shells and spoon on additional spaghetti sauce.

Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.

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Come Grocery Shopping with Me! #1 (Video)


Hey! I hope you're having a great weekend. :-)

When I went grocery shopping the other day, I decided to take the camera along to talk about organic food, my love of Wegmans (and grits lol) , the numerous emails I get telling me to stop eating tofu, and also do a mini-haul of some of the items I picked up.


Check out the video below and be sure to subscribe to my channel for more vlogs and recipe videos.  Thanks for reading & watching!

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Grocery Shopping with Kids & Small Grocery Haul (VIDEO)

Since my husband isn't with us during the week (he's away for work), I take the boys grocery shopping a lot more than I used to.  We head to the store (usually during off-peak hours) with a list and a prayer that I don't have to hear complaints, arguments, or no one asks for anything.

When I took them to the store yesterday, we left with 3 bags filled with produce and minimum sugary snacks. 

What was so different this time?

*Say no to the inner aisles-I typically use the inner aisles for oatmeal, pasta and a 4 pack of Izze drinks. Since I didn't need any of those items, we avoided the temptation of cookies, chips, and candy that the inner aisles offer.

*Distraction-I sent them to retrieve items off my list, so there was no time to ask for anything.

*I kept the list shorter than usual-getting the boys in and out saved time, energy, and money


*Candy-free checkout line-Our grocery store has a few registers where books are sold instead of candy, so we utilized one of those check-out lines. *In my Soup Nazi voice* No candy for you! lol

Success! I went home and recorded a little vlog about it....

Notes from the vlog:

I spent $118 today-Monthly budget is typically $600 

Ice Cream recipe

using young Thai coconut

The Sweetest Vegan's pesto recipe

Tempeh, Kale, Sweet Potato Skillet from

Veg Kitchen

I've been thinking about getting a vegetable spiralizer to make zucchini pasta but the julienne peeler is about $30 cheaper.  I got the idea from a

post on OhSheGlows

How do you stay within budget and maintain a healthy grocery cart while shopping with your kids?

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