I am learning so much about this plant-based lifestyle and my own ability to resist temptation (it’s not easy but I am doing it). The most important lesson that I have learned is that I need a new method or grocery store because I thought this new eating style would be cheaper and it hasn’t been. I spent $240 on groceries and it will only last me and the kids for two weeks. There has to be a better way and when I find it, I will share. Another hurdle is trying to recreate recipes that I have found on Pinterest. So far, I have made Garlic, Mushroom, Bok Choy Soup, Jamaican Corn Soup, Mango Avocado Salsa, Peanut Butter/Banana/Honey roll-ups, smoothies, and tostones. The soups were super involved and required a boat-load of ingredients and time. So, I have come up with some fairly simple recipes using the same ingredients that I have already purchased.
The positives are that the soups lasted me multiple days and the Jamaican Corn Soup was the best. My favorite soup by far is lentil and I cannot wait to make that sometime this week. The kids liked everything except the soups so I had to make alternate meals (more work).
Now for some transparency. In my effort to eliminate meat, I have binged on junk food (candy) quite a few times. So, my new goal besides eating plant-based is to cut the junk food. I’ll let you know how that goes. Please send positive energy and/or prayers my way. This is super hard and a two-fold goal (plant-based eating and discipline).