Back to Basics

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I’ve lived in Stockholm for one week now.  My sense of time is completely off – it feels like I just got here, but that was probably the longest week of my life.

I mentioned in my last post that my appetite was way out of whack the past week.  After a few days, and some real sleep, I finally feel more like myself.  As far as meals go, I’ve kept it simple and basic.  But of course – still healthy and delicious!

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Banana oats with chia, topped with cinnamon and peanut butter.  Cup of home-brewed (read: cheap!) coffee with soy milk.  Always satisfies.  Speaking of coffee…

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I finally have a way to make coffee at home! Plus some cheap measuring cups/spoons.  Plastic is not ideal for me, but I’m trying to save a little money, and I’m planning to leave some things I buy here at the end of the semester.

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Salad beast – the ultimate staple meal.  Bed of spinach, with chopped veggies (mushrooms, peppers, hidden tomatoes), cooked red lentils, hummus, herbs, a bit of EVOO and ACV (you follow me there? ha.) and mustard.  I’m on a serious mustard kick. No shame.

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Egg-rito, a staple light lunch/ mini meal.  I love having one of these after an afternoon or evening workout.  Steam-fried veggies, 2 eggs, mustard, wholemeal tortilla.

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They don’t have Starbucks here.  Honestly, I’m kind of relieved – the temptation of having an extra-sugary espresso drink is pretty much gone.  We do have very similar cafés like Wayne’s Coffee, but I can’t understand the descriptions of most of the fancy drinks.  Again – no temptation.  Sticking to the classics – soy latte.

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Speaking of staples, I finally did a major grocery shop to stock up on staples.  Soymilk, eggs, peppermint tea (this is a good one!), coffee, brown rice, herb mix, vanilla extract, oats, seeded bread, peanut butter, tomatoes.  I also got a bunch of produce and hummus and things, but didn’t feel like photographing it all.  It came out under $50!

I’m sacrificing organic for some things here, because groceries are definitely more expensive here.  Sad day.  I don’t think I’ll be doing much experimenting with new ingredients or baking.  Time for meals on a budget!

What are your favorite staple meals?

Any tips for cooking/eating healthy on a budget?

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8 thoughts on “Back to Basics

  1. Lyn @ FueledBySalad

    Salad beasts! 😀 Those are my staple meals too, heh. I think the key to cooking healthy on a budget is really just to buy in bulk your staple items, like beans and grains. Here, they sell rice in 10kg bags!
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  2. Pure2raw Twins

    cooking on a budget ideas buying bulk if possible, try to eat seasonally. and be on the look out for great deals going on at stores. that is what I think of at the top of our heads 😉

    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks for the tips! I’m gonna make it work as best I can, but (kind of unsurprisingly) not a lot is sold in bulk in Europe. Also I was told that there’s not really any seasonal produce in this area until spring. Crazy!


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