Vegetarian(ish) Grocery Shopping

Do you think somebody wanted me to get up at 7:30am on a Sunday? Oh well, he had no choice.Sunday always includes the grocery shopping ritual. I wanted to get a few things to up my protein and B12 intake. There are three things you need to be careful of when eating vegetarian; iron, protein and B12. Iron is not too much of an issue for me but I do want to be mindful of protein and especially B12 since I won’t be eating any meat.

Items that I have at home with B12 mixed in are Silk soy milk, Luna protein bar and Clif Kid’s bars. On this grocery trip I got some of my usual staples; bananas, black beans, oats, brown rice and kettle cooked chips. I got baby carrots and mandarins to snack on and pumpkin! I also wanted to remake the Tomato Basil Soup, hence the diced tomatoes.While looking for Nature’s Path Love Crunch (and being unsuccessful), I found this Pomegran Cherry Granola. It sounded delicious, so I had to buy it. More chickpeas to make delicious chickpea burgers too, sans meat of course! I’ve also been on a tomato kick too and my mom spotted this sun-dried tomato pesto. It just sounded really yummy. I already love basil pesto on pizzas. Hmm, idea?And since I am not eating meat, I really wanted to find a way to get some more protein in my diet besides from soy milk, beans and nuts. I found this honey-banana flavored Chobani kid’s Greek yogurt and I cannot wait to try it out. And since it’s for kids, I’m sure they made it taste yummy!Oh yes, and TOFU! I have never tried it before and I am super excited to experiment with it. It has 5 servings and it was $2.99. Not too terrible! I mixed some into a stir fry, since I didn’t have enough eggs. It even looked like scrambled eggs and smelled no different!In this stir-fry mix? Sugar snap peas, broccoli, shredded carrots, DAMY’s cauliflower “rice,” brown rice, and tofu (marinated in olive oil, onion, garlic, salt and pepper). This is going to be for dinner later today. I’ll tweet how it came out.

Here is a recap for Day Five of the 28 Day Challenge (Day One & Two, Day Three). You may notice there is no veggies for Sunday’s lunch. Well, it’s my tradition to have breakfast and then breakfast for lunch on Sundays. It’s always been that way. I just like it, like that!

Breakfast: Protein Pancake w/ Maple Syrup Drizzle & Banana
Lunch: Hard-boiled Egg on 1/2 Millet & Flax Bagel w/ Red Roasted PotatoesSnack: Grapes, Almonds & Light Babybel Cheese
Dinner: Veg Time’s Black Bean Burger & Yogurt (I subbed Chopped Cauliflower for Quinoa & Added 2 Tbsps Flour)
Dessert: Chocolate Covered Katie’s Vanilla Ice Milk (Using Soy milk) & Whip

I’m excited to think of new things to make with the tofu. Maybe add it to the black bean burgers? Pizzas? Oh the ideas that are jumbling in my mind!

Do you like tofu? What’s your favorite recipe?!

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