My Attempt At A Vegan, Organic, & Gluten-Free Haul

No, I'm not using Veganism as click bait.

But it probably got your attention, yeah?

Due to the many debates over "diets", nutrition, and health in general. I was curious to see what an entire grocery haul would be like with mostly vegan, organic, and gluten-free products. How much would they cost? Would I find enough? Well, I'm about to let you guys in on all the deets.

I noticed I say deets a lot.
Like I've probably said it in every post.
Sorrryyy!

And to be 100% honest - 'cause you all know I pride myself of no b.s. - I may be buying these products, but I don't have a gluten intolerance. I don't always buy organic. And I'm not vegan (yikes). Before you roll your eyes, I must tell you that I've tried transitioning to veganism before but failed due to completely depriving myself of anything I was used to... in plain words, I caved. SO, with more research and some awesome vegan products hitting the shelves... AND as my love grows for animals... I am most definitely attempting the transition again!

Again, I will say I'm not doing this for likes, gaining a following, or anything of that sort. I'm doing this because I've always felt a certain way about food and where it comes from. Especially with the knowledge that is accessible to the public on the harsh truths of slaughterhouses, farms, etc. It's had me question my ignorance and lack of empathy more than once...

But enough about me, let's get to the nitty-gritty of this post so you all can benefit from it!
(I hope)

All products were bought from Sprouts. I mean, there were definitely some items I could've snagged at other places but... I'm usually a one-stop shopper.

Ps. The reason I love Sprouts is that 1) Right down the street for me 2) The deals are worth it 3) All of the meat alternatives, cheese alternatives, dairy alternatives 4) We don't have Whole Foods near, so this is my mecca.


So here we go!

Sprouts Vegan Haul

PRODUCE:
Red Potatoes (4.79 lbs) | $7.09
Hass Avocados (4 @ 2 for $3.00) | $6.00
Organic Cauliflower (2.27 lbs) | $4.52
Organic Green Beans | $4.99
Organic Super Greens Powder | $4.98
Organic Green Kale | $0.88
Organic Green Onions | $0.99
Sweet Mini Peppers (1 @ 2 for $5.00) | $2.50
White Onions | $0.45
Yellow Onions | $0.33

GROCERY:
Avocado Oil | $12.49 (better to buy at Costco)
Kashi Cereal | $3.99
Organic Black Beans (2) | $1.88
Organic Vegan Elbows (aka Mac & Cheez) | $3.29
Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles | $2.99
Simply Naked Pita Chips | $3.29
Whole Wheat Flour | $4.49 (may be cheaper at competitors - i.e. Frazier Farms)
Boom Chicka Pop White Cheddar Popcorn | $2.79
Walden Farms Ranch & Honey Dijon Dressing (BOGO) | $4.99
Rx Bars (4 - BOGO) | $4.98

DAIRY:
Almond Cheese | $3.99
Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk | $2.99
Tofurkey Sausage | $4.49

BAKERY:
Garden Spinach Wraps | $3.49
Sesame Semolina Bread | $3.49

FROZEN:
Meatless Meatballs | $3.99
Organic Homestyle Waffles (2 for $4.00) | $4.00
Veggie Burgers (Comes in 4 pack) | $2.99
Spicy Chickn Veggie Burgers (Comes in 4 pack) | $2.99

VITAMINS:
Organic Superfood Smoothie Mix | $11.99

Drum roll please.....

TOTAL: 30 Items for $124.98
(Avg. $4.17/item)


For those thinking that's pricey, if you calculate how many times you go to Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Bars, etc. in a month I'm sure that total could equate to this grocery list. It's all about what you're willing to spend (I won't say health) on what matters to you!

So, is it worth it? For the amount of organic, vegan, gluten-free items I got... YES.
I'll have about two and half weeks of food from this haul.
& Why not save some lives, try something different, be surprised... I dare you!

And to those that think you can't have a delicious vegan meal filled with protein, feast your eyes on the recipe below!

You have to try it.
And comment how well you liked it.
Because I'm that certain you will love it...
:) :) :)


SPAGHETTI + MEAT(less)BALLS

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Ingredients:


1 Package of Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs
1 Can Unsalted Black Beans
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (With Additives)
1 Can Tomato Soup (Not Pictured)
1/3 Onion
1 Packet of Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles
Few slices of green onion (optional)
Few slices of avocado (optional)

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Spices:


(Only used a dash or two of each)
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Himalayan Pink Salt
Coarse Ground Black Pepper

Instructions:


1. Heat water until it boils
2. Add Spaghetti Noodles and heat until tender (cabinet test usually works lol)
3. Strain 1 can of black beans and heat on stove in saucepan on medium heat for about 10 mins
4. Heat a bit of avocado oil (or alternative) in a separate large pan
5. Cut 1/3 onion up toss in large pan
6. Put 1 can of tomato soup into large pan
7. Add spices to large pan
8. Add 1 bag of Gardein's Meatless Meatballs (cooks for 15 mins in sauce)
9. Remove black beans from saucepan and put directly into large pan
10. Put can of diced tomatoes into large pan.

Cook time is about 30 minutes. Garnish with green onions and a few slices of avocado.
 


I'll be posting weekly recipes with the groceries I bought, so keep your eyes peeled for more ;)


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