Yesterday was grocery day and time to prep for next 2 weeks of meals. The food for the next two weeks is pictured above. I finally broke the $200 barrier with the cost being 186.84. Buying a whole butternut squash and dried beans would have lowered the cost, but I like the convenience. I also bought premade Italian bread, English muffins, and a baguette. I still have quiet a few staple items like olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper spray oil, whole wheat flour, and spices. I keep thinking that the week will come when I have all that stuff on hand. I did have the dried cranberries, walnuts, and nutritional yeast on hand that I used in making food for yesterday and today.
One of my goals was to start making my own faux meats. First up are meatballs. I used one pound of the textured soy protein shown above with almond milk soaked Italian bread slices, nutritional yeast, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. For the egg I used ground flax seed, olive oil, baking powder, and potato starch. I tried to mix everything together with my hands like you would do with regular meatballs, but the soy protein would not mix well. I had to use the food processor to incorporate everything. The result looks very meatball like. I will see how they taste later in the week. This recipe idea came from an old Bon Appetite magazine for traditional meatballs made with sirloin.
So from this point on I am finding recipes and ideas from other sources.