I’m a bit behind, so I might be forgetting something.
Friday: tofu scramble, chili with red beans, frozen and crumbled tofu, the rest of my jalapeno, the rest of the last zucchini, 1/8 of the new bell pepper. I also made my own tofu using vinegar as a coagulant since my nigari has not arrived yet. It was good, but more sour than I would like, unsurprsingly. I ate it fried with brown rice.
Saturday: toast with earth balance, plain lentils (with nutritional yeast), mashed potatoes, okara polenta, and some fresh soy milk with hazelnut syrup and a bit of vodka. The okara polenta was disgusting, and mostly got thrown out. I will have to try making okara tempeh in the future.
Yesterday, I made fresh soy milk, and I will make more today (a double batch) which will hopefully last until wednesday night.
I still have a lot of beans, enough to last me another week, except soybeans.
I went shopping today, and spent more than I’d hoped ($24), but mostly because I bought some expensive kitchen towels ($4.99 for two!) to try for straining soy milk and making tofu (my cheesecloth already has a hole, and besides, having to use 8 layers is ridiculous). I got soybeans, millet, two jars of tomato sauce, and produce (winter squash, zucchini, red potatoes, a sweet potato, brussels sprouts). I got tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes because I need the jars to store soy milk in (and besides, I want to support Kroger labeling its store brand stuff as vegan! Yay Kroger.). I got millet because it was 99 cents a pound for organic, which is cheaper than any other organic grain options (rice is 1.79). Unfortunately, since last week soybean prices went up a lot, to 1.79/lb instead of 99 cents/lb. This means that I will probably order soybeans on the internet next month (or maybe even later this month) instead of buying at the co-op.
Also, I will retro-actively post some pictures from this week in the appropriate posts when I get around to it. Unfortunately, cheap food is rarely pretty.
So far, this budget seems very realistic, and not even too restrictive. This past week was a bit restrictive on produce, but that’s because I was expecting it to be harder than it was. And I did definitely eat produce this past week, so it wasn’t even that restrictive.