A Peek at My Week

Fridge - Produce - May

The good, the bad, the ugly. For better or worse. Random, unplanned, unedited, unapologetic, this is my world – or rather this is the grocery list in my food world for the week.  For those who cannot imagine what a vegan diet looks like (“so, what do you eat?”) or for anyone interested in eating a more whole foods, plant based diet, this is what my shopping list for a family of three looks like almost four years into eating vegan.  This is not meant to impress or exalt myself while making anyone else feel bad, or to act as a confession of dirty vegan secrets (yes, I do buy my son some snack foods with animal products in them … shhhhh!!).  Rather, this is an example of what a real whole foods, plant based (or plant strong!) shopping list looks like for a middle-class, married mom of one young boy who works full-time.  There are probably healthier, more organic, less processed foods lists, and most certainly there could also be less ideal, more processed food lists.  But this isn’t meant to be a competition, just an example and a peek into what a practical, non-celebrity, budget-restricted whole foods vegan shopping list looks like.  All the items below were purchased in northern Manitoba, mostly at our local Safeway but some items were purchased at Wal-Mart (don’t judge me Wal-Mart, big-chain haters!);  I am thankful that there are increasingly more health-conscious options available at Wal-Mart (eg, whole grain pasta, natural peanut butter, alternative milks and Mary’s organic crackers – go figure!), especially as such a large portion of our community and the outlying communities rely on the availability of more economical food choices. The total for this week’s groceries was approximately $210, give or take a few cents.  As I mentioned before, we are following a strict budget this year and that applies to our grocery bill as well; some weeks we need to buy toilet paper or laundry detergent and those more pricey items can eat into that week’s allotment which means I have to carefully decide what other food items are necessary for the week.  While I would like to support the organic food industry more, this year it is just not in the budget and that is ok because it’s not about being perfect or eating perfectly.  It is about being aware, informed and striving to make the best food choices for you and your family based on your income and the accessibility of resources, financially and geographically.  So I for one am going to enjoy the bounty that God has blessed me with this week.  What’s on your list??

Happy Cooking!!

Fridge - Produce - Milk - May

Shopping List for the Week of May 10 – 16, 2014


  • Bananas, one dozen
  • Pineapple, whole
  • Oranges, bag
  • Carrots, bag, organic
  • Onions, yellow, one bag
  • Ginger, section of one root
  • Garlic, one bulb
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Red Peppers, 3
  • Cauliflower, one head
  • Asparagus, one bunch
  • Cilantro, one bunch, organic
  • Green Leaf Lettuce, one head
  • Avocado, one
  • Dark Cherries, frozen


  • Waffles, Nature’s Path, vegan, organic , 2 boxes (maple cinnamon & blueberry)
  • Brown Rice Pasta, Tinkyada, 2 packages
  • Quinoa, one package
  • Chia Seeds, organic, one package
  • Raisin Bran, 650g box
  • Baked Goldfish Crackers, pretzel flavor, 3 bags


  • Green Olives, sliced
  • Peaches, in grape concentrate
  • Applesauce, unsweetened plain
  • Chickpeas
  • Cannellini Beans


  • Almond Butter, natural
  • Almonds, Slivered, small bag
  • Almond Meal, small bag
  • Pepita or Pumpkin Seeds, raw
  • Sunflower Seeds, raw, bulk
  • Sesame Seeds, bulk
  • Cashews, raw
  • Almond/Coconut Milk, unsweetened Silk brand, one carton
  • Almond Milk, Silk, one carton


  • Tofu, one small block, organic
  • Simulated Chick’n Nuggets, Veggie Patch, vegetarian, one package
  • Margarine, vegan
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, vegan
  • Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Frozen Dessert
  • White Vinegar (for laundry)
  • Orange juice, 2, frozen, from concentrate with added calcium & vitamin D
  • Kleenex
  • Listerine

Fridge - Full - May




About dosedependent

Hello! I'm passionate about my faith in Jesus Christ, eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet and living life with my family in northern Manitoba.
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