Meal Plan Monday, Cinco

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I’m planning to make about 3 cooked meals and the rest will be raw vegan.  With that said here’s my meal plan for the week.  I’m making this last early on Tuesday morning, so my Monday is what I actually ate:
MONDAY-  Breakfast-rice crackers & tea       last week:banana icecream

Lunch- lentil soup   last week: plums

Dinner- lentil soup & rice last week: Cooked Gumbo and fresh made guacamole w/ chips  Midnight Snack-Papaya

TUESDAY- Breakfast- banana pudding birthday “cake”  last week: watermelon

Lunch- pears in banana icecream    last week: watermelon  

Dinner- mexican rice, zuke noodles

WEDNESDAY- Breakfast- nectarines, apples, banana milk    last week: Melon & grapes

Lunch- carrot/raisin salad     last week: Grapes     

Dinner- Salad w/ almond-orange dressing and corn pasta & black beans
THURSDAY- Breakfast- apples & bananas (oatmeal for whoever wants it)

Lunch- rice salad 

Dinner- Zuke noodles,  Jicama & hummus and Salad w/ avocado
FRIDAY -Breakfast-  Pears & bananas

Lunch- zuke noodles

Dinnerpolenta & zuke noodles & raw hummus SATURDAY- Breakfast- Apple cereal w/ banana milk            

Lunch- fruit salad & sweet potato fries       

Dinner- Zucchini hummus w/ veggie chips, Salad w/ pears
SUNDAY- Breakfast- Bananas smoothie             

Lunch- Cooked veggie soup                               

Dinner- zucchini noodles with mango/date sauce & herbs

Meal Plan Monday, Cuatro

Mangoes and bananas in boxes.

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This is my fourth week doing <a href=”http://orgjunkie.com/2011/08/menu-plan-monday-aug-2211.html&#8221; title=”Menu Plan Monday”></a>

I’m planning to make about 3 cooked meals and the rest will be raw vegan.  With that said here’s my meal plan for the week:
MONDAY-  Breakfast-banana icecream

Lunch- plums   

Dinner- Cooked Gumbo and fresh made guacamole w/ chips  Midnight Snack-Papaya

TUESDAY- Breakfast- watermelon    

Lunch- pears in banana icecream      

Dinner- Coleslaw, Cauliflower & plum sauce

WEDNESDAY- Breakfast- Melon & grapes

Lunch- Grapes & lettuce soup     

Dinner- Salad w/ almond-orange dressing and Nectarine/date drink
THURSDAY- Breakfast- Datorade & apples w/date sauce   

Lunch- Banana smoothie    

Dinner- Zuke noodles w/ cabbage,  Jicama & hummus and Salad w/ avocado
FRIDAY -Breakfast-  Plums & bananas

Lunch- Datorade & apples w/date sauce      

DinnerTacos (lettuce, nectarines, herbs, zuke noodles), zuke hummus
SATURDAY- Breakfast- Apple cereal w/ banana milk            

Lunch- Apple salad w/ date sauce       

Dinner- Zucchini hummus w/ veggie chips, Salad w/ pears
SUNDAY- Breakfast- Bananas              

Lunch- Mangoes                                         

Dinner- zucchini noodles with mango/date sauce & herbs

We’re actually having another VEGAN BIRTHDAY this week, so we’ll see how this all actually pans out.  I’m being pretty spontaneous with it, though the birthday girl says she wants a raw banana cake, somehow I’ll come through on that.

Raw Vegan Grocery Shopping

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I shop for my produce primarily at the flea market on the weekends. They have a good variety, local produce, some organics and a lower price than the grocery stores. They also usually have samples, give deals and allow for bulk purchases.

If you want to eat a lot of raw produce, a situation like this or something similar is very important. Going to the grocery store is daunting. The fruit there is rarely ripe and the goal is to get you to buy packaged foods anyway.   The prices and quality reflect this goal.  My eating goals do not coincide with grocery store shopping.

When I go to the regular supermarket for the bulk of my grocery purchases I always leave disappointed with too much stuff that I don’t need. If I do my shopping on the weekends, I usually supplement my week by getting a case of bananas from the organic co-op or Trader Joe’s. I might also get a box of dates, ordered online or from WinCo, and I might check out the 99 cents store or another discount grocery store or ethnic grocery store for organic deals.

Foraging or picking up fruit from home owners is another possibility. I would go to a regular farmer’s market or fruit stand if there was one close by but the flea market is in walking distance for me.

This week, I’m going to let you in on my grocery list and how I picked what I got, as well as the costs.

  • Pears are in season and a good source of calories so I got a bunch of them @ $1/lb.
  • I got grapes at $1.50/lb, not a great price but they’re local and a good source of carbs and calories.
  • The papayas were ripe, a bursting at the seams so I got one at 60 cents a pound.
  • I got the remainder of the organic plums, which I’d gotten a bunch of last week at $1/lb.
  • I got a bunch of white nectarines, since they were close to ripe, we love them here and I’ve gotten them consistently throughout the summer.
  • I got 8 limes for a dollar.  I use these for seasoning and for deodorant.
  • I got green plums at $1/lb.
  • I got a bunch of apples at 75 cents a pound.  My kids love apples, they’re in season, they were un-waxed and they go good in so many recipes.
  • I got about 8 oranges at 50 cents a pound.  They had them on display and they looked good, smelled good and were soft.  Mostly for salad dressing.
  • I got okra, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, a red bell pepper and jicama.  For cooking, salad and chopped veggies for dipping.
  • I got 3 very ripe avocados.  I’ll make them into a guacamole, pronto.
  • I got 22 squash.  For spiralized noodles, hummus and whatever else I can think of doing with them.

I would normally get melons but they only had personal sized watermelons and none of them seemed ripe, and they’re cantaloupes were $2 each, whereas they are 2 for $3 at the grocery store, and 99 cents at the 99 cents store.

Normally there are also mangoes and bananas, but I came pretty late so it was a no go this time. I spent less than $45 at the flea market.

I will need to get some bananas, melons, and probably dates this week, and water. I’m also open to getting more grapes or berries. I already have organic greens, dates and some leftover fruit from last week, including a huge watermelon, bananas and raisens.  I also have rice, polenta, oatmeal, sunflower seeds and almonds.  I have a lot of sweet fruit, I have a little bit of raw fat(avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds) and I have enough greens for a salad everyday.

If we add up what I spend weekly for produce, it ends up being about or less than $150. My goal is actually to spend about $50 more on food until the flea market opens again on Saturday, that would equal to less than $100.  I can easily feed my family a high carb vegan diet this way, cooked and/or raw.  The important thing is to have a variety of  locally ripe fruits and some high calorie fruits to base meals on.  Now that I know what I have I can plan my meals for the week.

Meal Plan Monday, Numero Tres

Little did I know, last weekend was a holiday.  I’m showing a pattern now of being swept away in my life and too busy to blog as I’ve planned.  Last week went by so fast, I didn’t even know it was Monday.  I didn’t shop very well at the market that weekend.  I went to get my veggies separate from my fruit and when I went to pay for my veggies the market’s card machine didn’t work.  They told me just to pay next week.  So I got free produce, but I didn’t get any fruit!

When I got home Grandma called to invite us to a party so I had to get ready, which is always panic mode for me.  How would I feed us at a party?  Luckily, DH went to the grocery store and got us “munchies”.  He decided not to go so I went with the two girls.  I got back Sunday afternoon and we all took a nice nap and just lounged, forgetting completely that it was Monday.

That week was a low-fruit week.  I think I ate a melon, some nectarines, strawberries and grapes, but mostly rice.  Anyway this week I did good on Saturday, but took Sunday off from everything.  I didn’t even step outside at all.  I spent less than $60 and that included my tab from last week.  I also got free tomatoes, cucumbers and pears.

My food list right now is: pears, nectarines, plums, apples, rice, polenta, oatmeal, limes, bananas, lettuce, herbs, 1 juan canary melon, 2 huge watermelons, dates, cucumber, squash, tomatillos, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, acai smoothie packets.  I’ll go need to go shopping on between today and Wednesday for grapes and/or berries, melons, more bananas, more dates and frozen fruit.  I’m sure DH will go for a box of bananas in the next few days.  I called Trader Joe’s and reserved a box days ago.  I’m not talking quantities for this list, I’m still in moving mode…  (I’ll post on that this week too.)

This is my third week doing <a href=”http://orgjunkie.com/2011/08/menu-plan-monday-aug-2211.html&#8221; title=”Menu Plan Monday”></a>

With that said here’s my meal plan for the week.
Monday- Breakfast-watermelon             Lunch- banana icecream shake    Dinner- Spiralized Zucchini/Squash, nectarine/romaine tacos
Tuesday- Breakfast- watermelon     Lunch- pears in banana icecream       Dinner- Coleslaw, Cauliflower & plum sauce
Wednesday- Breakfast- Juan Canary melon & grapes         Lunch- Grapes & lettuce soup      Dinner- Salad w/ almond-orange dressing and Nectarine/date drink
Thursday- Breakfast- Datorade & apples w/date sauce    Lunch- Banana smoothie            Dinner- Rice noodles w/ cabbage, tomato and Salad w/ avocado
Friday-Breakfast-  Plums & bananas                Lunch- Datorade & apples w/date sauce          Dinner-  Tacos(lettuce, nectarines, herbs, zuke noodles), zuke hummus
Saturday- Breakfast- Apple cereal w/ banana milk             Lunch- Apple salad w/ date sauce        Dinner- Zucchini hummus w/ veggie chips, Salad w/ pears
Sunday- Breakfast- Bananas               Lunch- Mangoes                                          Dinner- zucchini noodles with mango/date sauce & herbs

Starting next week, I’m (really) going to post what I actually ate throughout the week.  This is my guideline but I’ll certainly leave the possibility for spontaneous eating and deviations from the plan.  Also, I’m not writing out snacks ’cause I think that should happen as I please.