Though the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Plan utilizes leftovers, as you'll see again in today's post, it's definitely cost me way more than I typically spend on groceries in the average week. I usually spend about $85 or so for two weeks worth of groceries, but I've spent closer to $100 or more for the ingredients in weeks one and two.
Some of the extra expense has gone to pantry staples that I just didn't have, like buckwheat flour and oat bran. But I've shelled out the most on fresh veggies and fresh or frozen fruit for the varied meals and snacks throughout the cleanse. In a normal week, I might make two or three large meals and eat the leftovers for lunch and dinner all week. But the Kickstart plan has me making more dishes per week than usual. I enjoy the variety, but I couldn't afford to eat like this all the time.
Luckily, today was mostly a leftovers day, and that means saving money. Breakfast was the same old Smart Bran with Blueberries and Soymilk:
Lunch was leftover Creamy Broccoli Soup from last night and the last of the Missing Egg Sandwich spread on rye:
My snack was grapes — a new snack on the list. I ate lots of these at my desk and again after dinner during True Blood Tuesday:
Dinner was a little new since I made this Farmhouse Salad — a lettuce-less salad of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, capers, and chunks of multi-grain French bread:
I enjoyed my salad with more leftovers of last night's Quinoa Pilaf:
How much do you spend on groceries in a week? Do you rely on leftovers or do you cook every night?