Tuesday, November 6, 2007

VeganMoFo and the great Grocery Experiment of 2007

Last year my cousin Leah and her boyfriend Tim did something amazing. They dubbed it "The Great Grocery Experiment" in which they vowed to only eat food they already had in their kitchen, and not to buy anything for an entire month!

Think about that. 30 days of eating only wht you already have. Most of us could do that, no problem. Go look in your pantry. There is enough rice, beans, pasta, quinoa, nuts, seeds, oatmeal and cereals in mine to last me until the end of the year! Not to mention the stuff in the freezer and fridge.

(Please ignore any cheese or mayo or ranch or diet pepsis or beers...those belong to my husband. Other than that, I think I have effectively pushed him and all of his animal products out of the kitchen!)

I am going to make an effort to only cook with what I have until the week of Thanksgiving. ( I have quite a feast to plan for that week, so I will surely need to shop for fresh produce at that time.) The challenge will be to make exciting dishes with things I already have, and not resort to rice and beans or simple pasta. From the looks of it, some soba noodles in a peanut sauce with frozen broccoli may just be the ticket for tonight's dinner. I will post everything I make, along with recipes and photos when possible.

I challenge you all to look into your kitchen's and do the same! Think of the money you will save!

Edited to add: I made my first meal, for lunch, with enough left over for dinner. I made Joanna's Spicy Almond Noodles from Yellow Rose Recipes . I subbed peanut butter for almond butter because I was still crving peanut sauce after being dissapointed at Mother's. This really is an excellent recipe! So today's food includes: Breakfast: Coffee, 3 cups with just a tad of soy vanilla creamer, Lunch, the above mentioned Spicy Almond Noodles and Dinner will also be those yummy noodles. I am also going to try to avoind any late night cookie binges too!


  1. This is certainly one of my biggest weaknesses. Who knows what I have lurking in my pantry or freezer. I was planning on posting the contents at some point dureing this VeganMoFo. Good luck with your challenge, can't wait to see what you cook up! (and lucky thing now you have all those frozen burgers!)

  2. I could certainly eat from my pantry for a month, but I don't have a refrigerator built well enough to hold enough produce for that month. I love my fresh produce! But otherwise, I'd be totally up for that challenge.

  3. hmm yeah produce would be a problem for me, too, but I've been wanting to do this. Well, maybe after I try all those interesting recipes I want to...

  4. I've actually been working on using up stuff in my pantry... For a single person, I keep sooo much stuff around.

    Unfortunately I am not a huge fan of canned vegetables, so I'd end up in a bit of trouble without picking up some fresh or frozen produce.

    However, I am slowly making my way through all these extra grains and beans in my kitchen!

    Those noodles look wonderful!

  5. Joni,
    I'm doing a similar thing! I'm so broke this month, that I thought of not going grocery shopping and cooking out of the pantry until Thanksgiving. That way, I'd get to think about the feast/famine aspect of life, and have something to be thankful for on the big day.
    Good luck to you!

  6. oh, good! I'm not the only one with 4 containers of Earth Balance in the fridge!

  7. i cant wait to see what you do from your pantry!

  8. Awesome experiment! I want those noodles! yum!


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