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Hey all,<br><br><br><br>
I've been sick with a cold and haven't left the house in a few days so I took the time to empty the fridge/freezer/pantry of all meat/animal containing products. Surprise, surpise I have little left to eat! I need to go grocery shopping and am not sure what to buy. Since I am a new veg it feels a little overwhelming (why I don't know.) I'm trying to think outside the box of carrot sticks and salads but that's all I"m coming up with. So, keeping in mind that I'm trying to stick to a budget of about $160.00 total for the month in food (that's home, work, restaurants, etc) what staples do you think I should get so that I can make quick, nutritious meals after work? I usually only like to cook once or twice a week and freeze portions for later use. And I'm trying to cut out dairy and eggs as well in addition to not relying on pre-packaged foods. Yikes! Any thoughts??? Thanks!<br><br><br><br>
Heidi
 

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Hmmm, you can do lots of things with dried lentils.<br><br>
Also, dried beans of all sorts.<br><br>
You can make a LOT of dishes with TVP.<br><br>
I always keep bread & peanut butter.<br><br>
Pasta<br><br>
A decent selection of fresh and/or frozen veggies<br><br>
Tofu<br><br>
Vegetable broth is always good to have on hand.<br><br>
Rice for stir-frys<br><br>
Nuts<br><br>
Cereal & soymilk, oatmeal is handy.<br><br>
Taco/Fajita fixin's: you can make anything with taco shells, TVP, seasoning, and various "fixin's"<br><br><br><br>
I think I've just described my pantry - hope that helps!
 

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I usually post a link to this thread: <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=35919&page=2" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...t=35919&page=2</a> because it already has a lot of good suggestions, including from me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Also, since you're new to vegetarianism, see if you can obtain a copy of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBeing-Vegetarian-Dummies-Suzanne-Havala%2Fdp%2F0764563351%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F002-0287746-6338425%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1174774923%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Being Vegetarian for Dummies</a> It has a lot of good information for new veges, including lists of suggested pantry staples, one labeled Shopping for the week and one labeled Shopping for the Month.
 

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I just finished with Being Vegetarian for Dummies (I got it at the library.) I'll look in it again for the pantry staples. Again, I'm sick and obviously not thinking very clearly....plus I am a little bewildered by the unusual lack of things I care to eat in my house.
 
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