Meal Plan and Grocery Haul #4: Banana Pie and Chowder!

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Zero Waste Meal Plan | Happy belated Earth Day, everyone! I know I was absent this past weekend but I swear I had a good reason! Do you ever just get to a point where you need to restart? Brace yourselves, IT analogy coming your way. You know when your PC gets really bogged down from too many processes operating in the background and you restart it to make it faster and to stop those unnecessary processes? Good gracious, congrats if you were able to follow along with that! Anyway – my point is – I decided to unplug. Relax, disconnect, and spend time with the ones I care for the most. I reflected, slept in, explored new places, and just – well – restarted. Things were getting a little overwhelming there for a bit so I apologize for my absence, even though I know you all completely understand and do not need an apology. 💗 
Despite my social media hiatus, I still had to get groceries this week. I guess I like to eat. The weather got a little colder than normal so that set the mood for my meal planning. Warmer, comfort dishes like curry and soup with some spring banana-y flair for dessert.
Some quick tips for those of you who are reading my grocery haul posts for the first time. Welcome!! I shop for items that I can get either completely package free, or come in non-plastic packaging like glass, paper, or metal. This allows for me to compost and recycle rather than send packaging to the landfill. I choose packaging that the Earth can digest – unlike plastic. So, here are a few past posts I’ve done explaining the process of shopping zero waste.

As you can see, I primarily eat a plant based diet, but you can alter these dishes for your meat loving friends and family if you need to. I spend the majority of my time in the produce aisle. I shop weekly because I find this to be better for me to avoid food waste. Now, I do buy my bulk staples in larger amounts since the shelf lives of pastas, rice, beans, and other bulk goodness is considerably longer than produce.

Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash with Canned Marinara and Toasted Garlic Rolls (Recipe coming soon!)

Wednesday: Seasoned Roasted Veggies with Quinoa

Lunch: Leftovers

Breakfast: Banana Muffins (Recipe coming soon!)

Baby: steamed squash, steamed broccoli, bananas, and what ever we are having.
And that’s a wrap and all for $81.03. The biggest expenditures were the components for the banana pie. Cashews and Walnuts are very expensive totaling about $14 together. The pie isn’t completely necessary but sometimes you just want to treat yourself.
As for the waste, the rubber bands and twisty ties I take to work for cable management, the glass jar from the coconut oil I’ll reuse for gifts, and the cans from the coconut milk are going to be reused for Oliver’s first birthday next month. That means that the only waste I’ll be sending to the landfill is the plastic seal around the coconut oil, produce stickers, and the receipt.

What are you having for dinner?

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4 thoughts on “Meal Plan and Grocery Haul #4: Banana Pie and Chowder!

  1. Just found your blog as I was looking for your “next 30” tips on zero waste. Are they out yet?

    Thanks for sharing your shop and thought processes behind each of the items you purchased. Question, isn't your receipt also recyclable?

    I subscribed and look forward to what you come up with next.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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