Simple ingredients to make a variety of recipes with.
Each weekend, I make a trip to the grocery store to pick up simple, plant based ingredients that I can use to make a wide variety of recipes with. I try my best to stick to a budget of about $35 - $45 dollars, depending on which items I need to restock.
So, I thought I would share the purchases I made on my most recent trip to the store, along with a breakdown of the specific items I buy at each store while shopping on a budget in North Carolina.
Now, let's dive into the full rundown of what I purchased while grocery shopping on a budget for one person this past weekend.
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The First Grocery Store
The first grocery store I always shop at is Aldi. I find that they have a lot of budget friendly options, so I like to do the bulk of my shopping there. The following is everything I purchased at Aldi this past weekend:
- Roma Tomatoes
- Rice Cakes
- Pure Maple Syrup
- Fresh Blueberries
- Flat Leaf Spinach
- Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (x2)
- Steamed Mixed Vegetables (Frozen)
- Steamed California Medley Vegetables (Frozen)
- Fresh Strawberries
- Avocados (x2)
- Frozen Blueberries
The Second Grocery Store
The second grocery store I shop at most weekends is Wegman's. I really like some of their generic brand products, as they are priced well and great to use in a wide variety of recipes. This includes things such as tofu, beans, etc. I also like to pick up a few produce items that I don't necessarily want to buy in bulk from Aldi. This past weekend, I purchased the following items:
- Extra Firm Tofu
- Dark Red Kidney Beans
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Spaghetti Squash
- Russet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
I often buy some of my baking ingredients from Wegman's as well, such as whole wheat flour and unsweetened coconut flakes. However, since those items come in bulk, I don't need to purchase them often, which is why I didn't get them this past weekend.
The Third Grocery Store
The final grocery store I stopped at was Trader Joe's. I typically don't buy much from Trader Joe's, as I can get most of what I need from Aldi and Wegman's. However, there are a few specific items I really enjoy purchasing from Trader Joe's. A few of my favorites that I didn't need this week but really like include the "daily" bread, frozen edamame, chunky mild salsa, whole wheat english muffins, crumpets, and red lentil pasta. The items I did buy this week at Trader Joe's are as follows:
- Creamy Salted Peanut Butter (x2)
- Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- Corn Tortillas
And that completes the list of everything I purchased this past Saturday on my most recent grocery shopping trip. I also wanted to share a few recipes I like to make from the groceries I purchased this past weekend. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of some ways you can use these ingredients to make tasty dishes at home. The following are some of my favorite recipes to make with the ingredients I purchased:
- Loaded Salad Bowl With Potato/Sweet Potato
- Stuffed Pita Sandwich
- Oatmeal With Nut Butter and Fruit
- Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls
- Vegetable Pasta
All of the above options can be made from the dry pasta, veggies, frozen fruit, spinach, pita bread, etc. I hope you enjoyed reading about how I eat plant based on a budget. I think the most important takeaway is to buy in bulk when you can, stock up on ingredients you truly enjoy, and focus on what works for you, as everyone has individual needs and preferences.