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What’s in my grocery bag

Since I decided to eat Pescetarian for the month (just vegetables and fish – no meat!), I decided to show you what I’ve been buying to eat!

Over the weekend I went shopping, and spent $31.77 on groceries:

groceries

The food pictured above will last me a week (except for the yogurt and shrimp, which will last me 2 weeks).

Produce (Asian grocery store) – $20.78

– Mushrooms
– Bananas
– Baby bok choy
– Yellow onion
– Green grapes
– Lemon
– Orange pepper
– Kale (2 bunches)
– Zucchini
– Cucumber
– Avocado
– Eggplant

Safeway – $10.99

– Frozen shrimp
– Yogurt (8 cups)

I purchase most of my produce from a local Asian grocery store, and if I only have a few other things to pick up, I’ll go to Safeway. But for bigger shopping trips when I need to stock up on bulk items (like pasta, rice, quinoa, frozen fruit, etc.) I’ll go to Superstore.

As for the yogurt, I like to put a few tablespoons in my morning fruit smoothies because I find it helps with the consistency. I normally buy a tub of yogurt, instead of individual cups, but this week it was cheaper to buy the cups. :)

Here are the meals I’ll likely make from this grocery trip:

  • Pan fried eggplant (this is just delicious by itself)
  • Chinese stir fry (with zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and baby bok choy over rice)
  • Udon noodles (with baby bok choy, mushrooms, onion)
  • Stuffed pepper (with veggie ground round that I already have, onion, and spices)
  • Vietnamese salad rolls (shrimp, vermicelli noodles, rice wraps, and my special spicy peanut sauce)

Snacks will be kale chips, bananas, and green grapes.

As for eating pescetarian, it hasn’t been that hard of an adjustment for me, but I think it has been for Nic. Whenever we cook food together, I know I have to add in some fish – or he cooks meat separately. It took me 8 days to finally crave the taste of meat. Management at the office brought in pizza for everyone, and I was a little bit sad eating my cheese pizza, while the meat toppings smelled so good. :) But if I’m cooking at home, I can control everything and I’m fine.

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


Comments

  1. Have you noticed a change in your grocery bill since changing your eating? Has it gone up and down. I recently became a casual vegetarian for health reasons and am wondering if it will throw a wrench in my food budget.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      I’ve actually noticed that my bill has gone down. Meat was the most expensive thing I would buy. And of course I’m substituting with seafood, but I’m buying a lot less of it, and eating mostly a vegetarian diet. I think the key for me is to shop at local produce stores and Asian grocery stores, because buying veggies at big chains like Safeway will absolutely ruin anyone’s budget.

  2. Morgaine says:

    We now shop at an Asian market for our produce and meat and its meant a huge reduction in our grocery shopping bill. We also eat a lot less processed food than we used to and stock up on things we know we’re going to eat and won’t go bad (e.g. pasta) when its on sale. Meal planning is also such a huge help in keeping grocery costs down :)

  3. Leanna says:

    Any recipe for your peanut sauce for your Vietnamese salad rolls? I love them and have tried countless recipes for the sauce but no good ones yet!

  4. Josy says:

    Hi Krystal, how do you make kale chips?

  5. ooh, that looks good! I went crazy in the food store today, after the gym, and bought a lot of vegetables and fruits, so now the fridge is filled with good stuff!

  6. Jen says:

    I second the comments for recipes!

    Everything you listed above sounds great. Can you share your recipes?

  7. Cassie says:

    Have you noticed any physical benefits yet? Skin glowing, etc… ?

    • Krystal Yee says:

      Well it’s only been 12 days, but I’m actually finding that I feel better in the mornings. I have a lot more energy, which I’m hoping will help me once I start running in the mornings again later this month.

  8. missyvonne says:

    Hi,
    I love your blog. One quick thing: be careful about where you get your shrimp:

    http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23236/cheap_shrimp

    Best,
    MissYvonne

  9. Obec says:

    I love posts like this. Just curious: what are you doing for lunches? Leftovers?

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