I have been eating a more plant-based diet for a few months now. Whenever I stray from it, I feel awful and when I am filling my body with plants I feel amazing.
That being said, my husband and kids are not on the same track with me, and that’s fine. I am trying to have one to two nights a week where our dinners are 100% plant based and that helps, but what do I do the other nights?
This is a question I get asked a lot, so I thought I would share two meal plans for you. The first plan is MY meal plan, it is 100% plant based, except for Feta….I just can’t stop the Feta love affair that began when we traveled to Turkey before kids and I don’t know that I ever will.
The second meal plan is what I feed my kids and husband. You can see, especially with the dinners, how I make some slight modifications to allow us all to eat more or less the same things, while still being able to eat the foods that make me feel best.
I also have been diving into some bargain grocery shopping, and did a HUGE comparisson between my three favorite grocery stores: Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Costco. I sectioned out my grocery list to reflect where the best prices can be found!
A few caveats:
Almond Milk is cheapest at Aldi ($2.00 for 1/2 gallon) but ORGANIC Almond Milk at Costco is $2.60 and to me, the extra $0.60 is worth it an far cheaper than organic almond milk anywhere else, so I put it in the Costco list.
Also, I am a hummus snob (another casualty of our trip to Turkey) and although hummus is MUCH cheaper at Costco than both Aldi and TJ’s, the Organic Trader Joe’s brand hummus is just divine, so I splurge.
Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese, when on sale at Costco is crazy cheap, so I stock up when I see it.
The Oats, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds and Nuts at Costco are the true heroes here!!
We don’t eat a ton of meat – obviously, and on this list I got most of my meat at Aldi. The organic grass fed beef was $5.30 a lb at Aldi and $5.00 a lb at Costco, because I was already there, and didn’t want to but a TON of beef, I just paid the extra $0.30. Also, Aldi had it’s chicken breasts on sale, so I grabbed some there instead of going to Costco for it.
Produce is tricky, because it’s always changing. When I did my price comparison, Aldi and Costco were INCREDIBLY close. I think there was ONE amazing produce deal at Costco the week I went, but everything else was within pennies. Knowing that I will probably just look for seasonal fruits and buy them wherever I feel the quality looks best.
I hope this has been helpful! Feel free to comment with any questions you might have! It’s been a challenge to balance different diets, budget and my sanity, but I think I’m getting in the groove and enjoying it!