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I was intrested to hear how some of you do your shopping? Do you plan your meals around what you will buy, or do you have set list of items you buy on a consistant bases? I am still really new to all this. I even bought a cookbook to guide me, but I am really intimidated to use it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
I know the hardest part of this transition for myself will be time management. It's tough for me to eat healthier because I don't have the time. Where the heck do I start? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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Here is what I do:<br><br>
I write a list of 7 meals I want to eat this week, usually by looking through my recipe books or for recipes online.<br><br>
I write down all the ingrediants I need for these meals - I try to get a balance so that I have 2 or 3 meals with more expensive ingrediants (nuts, more expensive vegetables) and the rest cheaper.<br><br>
I have a list on my fridge which I write on whenever we run out of anything, and I add these to my list (I sort my list by type too, so they're in the right order when I go around my supermarket, but I'm super-organised !)<br><br>
Then I (and my boyfriend) usually eat the same type of things for breakfast and lunch, so I add the foods I need for these on. I keep my lunches and breakfasta fairly cheap and simple and eat the same sorts of things.<br><br>
Finally I add on one or two snacks for me, and my boyfriend does the same, and two types of fresh fruit.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> and I'm all done.<br><br>
However my mum just got the same sorts of things every week and made meals from that, but I prefer my way as I eat a bigger variety and I don't get stuck in a rut of buying the same vegetables and fruits everyweek.<br><br>
What did you used to do? What are you finding difficult? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I shop once a week, I buy almost everything in bulk. On Sundays and Mondays I make big batches of stuff, soup, bean salad, brown rice, plain lentils, etc. and I portion it out so I have easy stuff to always grab or give to my hubby to take to work. I keep a mental list. I occasionally browse cookbooks and I will get a special ingredient if I need it but I am pretty stocked. I really only plan saturday and sunday dinners because my husband works 2nd shift on the week days.
 

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I shop when I need to, try to keep it in big batches once a week. Spend about $50 a week. I count calories and make exact meal plans for the week, depending on how much exercise I plan to do on whichever days.<br><br>
I may spend a little extra on eating out for entertainment, or random snacks like lara bars while on the go. But these are budgeted as entertainment/extra. My groceries are 200/month | 50/week , for myself.
 

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I shop the Farmer's Market for vegetables and fruits. One of the local ones has a deal for some low income people where for $20 a month you get $40 of tokens to spend! I have shifted to buying a lot of local produce that may or may not be organic here. This is how most of the fresh foods find their way into my home. My family eats whatever is local, fresh and seasonal!<br><br>
Besides that, I buy beans and legumes in bulk as well as quinoa, soy/coconut/almond milk, tofu, tempeh, nuts and seeds, and so on at trader Joe's, the local CoOp, CostCo and Whole foods, in addition to any produce they may have on sale.<br><br>
I do not shop by what I "want" to eat. I buy what is on sale and available and go from there.
 

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I have the same thing for breakfast every day: maple cinnamon oatmeal with walnuts and raisins. I have a set list of snacks that are always ready to go: fruits, homemade fruit popsicles, popcorn, trail mix, or a hummus and veggie plate. For lunch I eat last night's leftovers, soup, salad or a stir fry. So I end up spending very little in prep and clean-up throughout the day, and I can splurge on the time and resources I devote to dinner.
 

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"Meal plan"? "Cookbook"? What are these things? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I just buy the same stuff whenever I run out, unless I feel like cooking something different. Then I'll buy the ingredients for the different thing, too. Most of my diet revolves around pre-made or very easy to prepare foods, though. I don't really cook much.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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I keep a list on my fridge to write on when I run out of something. I also write on if I feel like making something in particular (eg chickpeas last week because I am going to make a batch of hummus). Then I also look out for things that I will always use on offer, like soy milk, I always buy a few cartons on offer so I never have to pay full price for them.<br>
I keep lots of tins of things like beans/corn/beetroot/tomatoes in the cupboard and replace them as I use them. I also keep tinned fruit, rice, pasta, couscous, cereals, sugar, flour, herbs, etc well stocked in my cupboard. My cupboard also sometimes has things like crackers and biscuits but I don't always buy those.<br>
In the fridge I have a selection of veg which I buy at the weekly farmer's market. It is a super cheap way to buy fruit and veg. I always take about $10 with me and it is all I need. This sunday, for example, I bought a bunch of spinach, lettuce, 2 tomatoes, 2 parsnips and a cucumber. I still had some pumpkin and a carrot left over from the previous week and plenty of fruit. My choices depend on what I plan on making and what is left over from the previous week.<br>
I don't really plan meals ahead. I usually decide an hour before dinner, though sometimes I have a look through my recipe books and pick a few things to make through the week.
 

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Thanks everyone for your tips<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have never been much of a cook in the kitchen, usually just quick unhealthy frozen stuff (when I was eating meat). Now that I eat a lot more veggies, fruits, and beans I seem to be more hungry than before. So I am going to try to cook some easy more filling meals and see if it helps. Anyone have any recipes they would like to share?
 

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First, I look at the weekly sales brochures, then I choose recipes based on whatever organic produce is on sale. I usally plan out about 3 dinners per week, eating leftovers, frozen dinners or out, the rest of the week.
 

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I'm not the worlds best vegan cook just yet so i pick the brains of the vegans i know in real life who are good cooks, then i just go and buy the stuff that i need to make some of the same meals they do.<br><br>
the rest of the time i just look for recipes on the internet and then go make a third rate version of it. oh yum.
 

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I look at the weekly ads for local stores. I search recipes to choose meals based on what's on sale and in season. I make a grocery list for the ingredients i don't have and for stocking up on shelf-stable and frozen items i use a lot that are on sale.<br>
I cook for myself and a habit i developed while in school, since i didn't have a lot of time, that still do b/c i'm lazy, is to cook something and eat the leftovers the following days. I works for me because i don't mind eating the same thing 4-6 days in a row and i'm careful to choose recipes that work as leftovers. Sometimes i'll freeze things for later use.<br>
This is the usual pattern for my meals throughout the day<br>
Breakfast:<br>
Baked oatmeal or quinoa or amaranth with miso<br>
Almond milk or OJ<br>
Maybe fruit<br>
Lunch:<br>
1 or 2 legume (and maybe grain) based dish(es) with vegetables<br>
Dinner:<br>
Soup and/or Salad<br>
I snack on fruit, veg, bread, nuts, and/or seeds
 

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I pick up groceries every 10 days or so. Used to be weekly, but I don't really spend any more stretching a little longer. Breakfasts I rarely vary from a few things, so I just pick up granola bars every time I shop, and oatmeal and cream of wheat when I'm running low. Always have real maple syrup on hand. It's expensive, but I'm only using a Tablespoon at a time, so it lasts.<br><br>
Dinner and lunch I keep a few things on hand - Tandoor Chef Kofta Curry, Smart Dogs ... I plan to cook something more involved for meals otherwise, but often have something left over from an earlier shopping trip that I have to use before it goes bad which I have to build around. Fresh veggies and fruit I pretty much buy as needed (and as available - I really try to stick with seasonal and local stuff which just tastes better).<br><br>
I live alone, so almost everything I buy is effectively 'bulk'.
 

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We shop about once a month, except for topping up fresh produce. Mostly buy the same items all the time. I cook mostly from scratch, so I have a fairly well stocked pantry and could easily go about 3 months without needing to buy much. I like to have that security.<br><br>
We eat a lot of rice, lentils, beans, some pasta, lots of soups at the moment cause it's freezing.
 

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we shop every other thursday or Friday, which my hubby gets, and then I buy all the food inbetween. On the regular shopping days, I make a list by going through the fridge and cupboards to see what we need, and also just add what I know we've used up. Sometimes I start from a recipe first, but the cupboards and herbs/spices are well stocked. I buy a lot of produce like cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, red/green peppers, eggplant and squashes, and then find recipes based around them. If it's getting down to the wire of some things starting to go bad, it's time to make an everything vegetable soup!<br><br>
what's the cookbook you bought to help you get started?
 

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@Photojess- I bought Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by: Deborah Madison<br>
It got great reviews on Amazon so I thought it could help me. I live in a house where everyone else eat's meat. I don't expect a separate meal at dinner so I just eat everything else that's cooked. I want to learn how to shop smart and cook at least a few dishes so I don't feel awkward when eating dinner with everyone else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Good choice. I don't use it much (I do stuff based on pantry staples most often). I wish I did more with fresh ingredients, but there are realities to living alone! I hate wasting food.
 

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ever week i choose a new recipe to cook and buy ingredients for it along with some food to eat on other days; frozen food, instant noodles, potatoes. and add some fruits and snacks
 
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