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Day 9 & 10

I was boiling potatoes for potato salad last night, and all but one came out overcooked.  I wanted to mash them, but I needed soy milk.  I figured I’d just mention it here and subtract it from next week’s $21, but I decided instead to put myself on a monthly budget of $84.  That had been my plan originally, and I don’t know what made me change my mind, but I’m changing it back.  Some readers had commented as well that this would make it easier for me to buy things in larger quantities that will last me for weeks.  This will also allow me to get healthier snacks, like nuts and hummus, because lately I’ve only been able to afford to snack on cheap carbs and fruit.  I’ll adjust my totals next post, because I need to check the cost of the sliced almonds I had in my freezer.  I also need to add the soy milk ($2.79), and a half package of Gardein ($2.50).

Day 9 – Sunday, May 9
Morning:  On Sunday morning, I made scrambled tofu for the first time.  I took some of my cubed tofu, squeezed out the moisture with my fingers, and crumbled it in a dish.  I sprinkled it with tumeric and a few drops of soy sauce, and added it to a pan with olive oil.  At this point I realized I had gotten so excited about the tofu — complicated by the fact that it was 6am — that I didn’t realize that wouldn’t make a meal on it’s own, so when the tofu was done I made home fries with onions and mushrooms.  I packed everything up and took it to work, and although the tofu came out a little dry, it was perfect mixed in with the potatoes.  This was my favorite meal of the project so far.. but it ended up tying with lunch.

Afternoon:  I had beans and rice for lunch at work on day 8, and honestly I’d be happy eating beans and rice almost every day, but they definitely taste better fresh out of the pan.  Also, I scored some free salsa from my parents’ Poquito Mas takeout.  I have turned down all free food so far, but I think free condiments are acceptable.

Evening:  I tried adding the same type of scrambled tofu to my fried rice, and while the tumeric did add a slightly different flavor, it mainly just turned everything yellow.  In this batch I added (in order):  carrots, onions, tofu, mushrooms, cooked white rice, soy sauce, and a few spoonsfuls of canned peas at the very end.

Day 10 – Monday, May 10
Morning:  I made another batch of muffins from How it All Vegan, with shredded carrots in place of blueberries, cinnamon, and topped with sliced almonds.  The recipe also includes a mashed banana, and a tablespoon of flax seed meal.

Afternoon:  I had one of the Gardein Chik’n Scallopinis I had in my freezer, topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions.  Potato salad on the side.

Evening:  For dinner tonight, I kept it simple with leftover fried rice.


May 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Week 2 Shopping & Day 8

I did my shopping at Vons this week.  I usually shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, so shopping for produce at a supermarket was pretty strange.  Everything was so uniform.  I felt like I had been transported to Stepford.

  • 5 lbs long grain rice  $3.59
  • 1 can black beans $1.00
  • 1 can pinto beans $1.00
  • 7 oz diced yellow onion $1.50
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes $1.00
  • 2 jalapenos $0.24
  • 1 package extra firm tofu $2.49
  • 1 can green peas $0.79
  • 5 lbs potatoes $1.75  (I actually bought a 10 lb bag for $3.50 and split it with my parents.)
  • 1 lb carrots $0.99
  • 1 artichoke $1.50
  • 1 package white mushrooms $2.99
  • 23 oz Motts unsweetened apple sauce $1.79
  • 1 banana $0.25

Total:  $20.88

Day 8 – Saturday, May 8
Morning:  I got up for work at 5am, and I was going to make scrambled tofu, but I only had time for a banana.  I made lunch for today (with leftovers), which took about 30 minutes.

Afternoon:  Black beans and Spanish rice with onion and stewed tomatoes, and two rice cakes.

Evening:  I had an artichoke, and applesauce.  The Stepford artichoke was huge and I could only finish about half of it.  I’ve always hated wasting food, and so far this project has kept me from doing so.  The only thing from last week that didn’t get eaten was half a can of garbanzo beans, which mysteriously disappeared.  I’m thinking someobody probably threw it out, and nobody is willing to fess up.  I suppose the culprit was afraid of facing my vegan fury.

May 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm 3 comments


To prove that I can feed myself tasty, ethical meals for cheaper than a fast food dollar menu.

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