Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trying to experiment on planning!

Hello my RAW, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN Family!!

I have had a lot going on in the past few weeks which I am going to spend some time tonight (later) to catch you up to speed (hyper speed) LOL!! So, I am having this discussion with the AH (awesome hubby) and we are talking about setting up a budget for myself specifically for my lifestyle. I totally agree with this mind you. I am all for budgeting but what I was doing was as I felt the move of the wind, I would just get up and go shopping and getting whatever I saw in my path. I would get home and then I would try to figure out what I had bought and what I was going to use it for. I would wait until the last minute and see a recipe that I wanted to try, go and get the ingredients for it and would come out spending more than what I told my AH what it would be. I basically didn't have a plan.

Well, here is my experiment (of sorts). I spent some time today comprising a menu for myself of what I would eat for the week. I then created a list of ingredients for those dishes that I would need to get. Keep in mind that there are things that I already have at home so the list would be what I would need to pick up. I will document exactly the cost associated with what I have to get as well as how the week went planning this way. This might be a great way to get myself in order (let's see). So here is what my menu looks like this week:

Menu for the week:


Smoothies (everyday)


Cauliflower & Carrot Chips (from RawDog Rory)

Creamy Taco Sauce

Seeds/Nuts (various)

Home made Tahini


Creamy marinated Kale Salad (from Latrice at

JalapeƱo burger & Avocado fries (from Carmella) at

Kelp Noodles (my own creations)

Mock Tuna Salad (from Rawvolution by Matt Amsden)

Plenty of leafy green Salads

Raw black and blueberry pie (Ani’s Raw)
Raw chocolate Ice Cream (from Sheri at )

Chocolate Pudding (back up) (from Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis)

Here is my grocery list:

Grocery List

1 Cauliflower
2 Bags of Carrots
Hemp oil/Olive oil
Chili Powder
Nutritional yeast
3 bags of spinach
3 bunches of kale
2 packages of mixed organic greens (salad)
Tomatoes (various types) about 20
15 lemons (maybe more)
2 bags of raw sunflower seeds
1 bag of Raw Pecans
1 bag of Raw Walnuts
1 bag of Raw Cashews
1 bag of hemp seeds
2 bags of Dates (1 medjool and 1 honey)
1 bag of sun dried tomatoes
10 reg avocados and 2 California avocados (the big ones)
10 pounds of banana’s
2 onions (yellow)
1 bag of green onions
1 pound of ground flax seeds
Garlic (2 heads)
Chipotle powder
2 stalks of celery
10 coconuts
4-6 red and yellow peppers
Dulse flakes
Dried dill
2 pints of strawberries
2 pints of blueberries
2 pints of blackberries
2 pineapples
10 pounds of apples

Let's see how I do! Let's get this experiment party started! Dont forget I will be back tonight with how things have been going for me!!

Love ya;-)



  1. Miss Twinkie, I want to come eat at YOUR house! Your menu looks AMAZING! You've given me some great ideas for things to make for my family. I've made Rawvolution's Mock Tuna (yum) and am loving the Sunny Raw Kitchen blog.

    Your grocery list is impressive! I think that's a great way to stay on track and to keep the budget on track. I've been forgetting to menu plan, but I keep the pantry and fridge well-stocked which does help. I'd love to hear how this is working out for you -- it's very inspiring!

  2. ow about how inspiring you are Sheri! I am impressed and encouraged by reading your blog and all that you do. Now I need to study up on starting a garden and permaculture. You just keep on writing...and I will keep on reading! Have an incredible evening!