Minimalist One-Ingredient Groceries

May 17, 2017 minimalism, youtube
for family of 10

I was raised on healthy food but in my late teens and early twenties, I fell off the healthy wagon and began eating the standard American diet. I bought the typical food products on my weekly trips to the grocery store: bread, jelly, cereal, cookies, muffins, granola bars, cake mixes, can goods, salad dressings and many many other processed food. It took my 6-year-old daughter’s allergy to MSG at the time (she is now 18), to really make me stop and realize what we were putting into our bodies.

I began by reading every ingredient label to make sure it didn’t have MSG. But then I found out that MSG is naturally occurring in many foods and so it could still be there but not in the ingredient list. This is when I decided we needed to make everything from scratch to ensure that we didn’t accidentally feed her something with MSG in it.

We started by making our own salad dressings which are still the easiest recipes to make. We then moved on to making our own bread, jam, peanut butter, pie, cereal and anything that required more than one ingredient. What we found was that we actually loved this food! The taste was delicious and I felt better knowing that this food wouldn’t hurt my daughter.

A few years went by and I ended up getting an ulcer, having nothing to do with my daughter’s MSG allergy. 😊 This is what lead me to Dr. Norman Walker and his book “Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices.” I healed that ulcer by drinking fresh vegetable juice and aloe vera juice rather than go on medication. Through continued research of eating healthier, I came across the book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Dr. Weston Price. Both of these books are excellent reads and just may change your life!

With that said, our family doesn’t follow one diet. This is because our bodies are all so unique and individual that what may be beneficial to one of us, isn’t always beneficial to all of us. For example, I have allergies and sensitivities to many fruits and vegetables. Yes, a very odd intolerant because when anyone thinks of produce, they think healthy. Not always in my case. Beets will have me throwing up, consuming sweet potatoes will cause me extreme pain and the smell of tangerines or cantaloupe makes me nauseous. There are more but I’m sure you get the point.

Because of all this, our weekly grocery shopping is filled with a variety of one-ingredient foods. The majority of us go heavy on fruits, vegetables, dairy and eggs, in the middle with meat and light on the grain. We have ALL had bad reactions to grain, especially wheat. This is why I believe the wheat of today, whether because it’s a hybrid wheat that is mass produced or because people are simply not soaking/souring it before consumption, is why so many in the world suffer from celiac disease, gluten-intolerance and other complications.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the video!


  1. Priscilla says:

    I’ve watched your videos but for some reason I didn’t know you had a blog. Yay, I’m glad I saw the link! Such a lovely, navigable blog with colorful pics. You got a new follower.:-)

  2. Diana says:

    Hi I watch you on YouTube I love your videos and family. Think you guys are awesome and very strong. Now I have a question you talked about souring /soaking/fermenting beans and rice can u talk about that in a video or which book u got that out of.

  3. Nicole says:

    Hello! I love your videos. I think of myself as a minimalist who people hoards. I have 8 kids.
    What is the approximate food bill for the week for you guys? My husband is concerned about the cost of a 1 ingredient food diet.


  4. Alicia says:

    LOVE the produce shelf! As we have transitioned into more and more fresh produce I run out of space for it. A produce shelf would be awesome!

  5. Kristi Robbins says:

    Love your videos- the good ones are very inspirational, I have been having a lot of digestive issues lately and so it’s one ingredient meals for me! Thanks for the inspiration and ideas!

    • Kristi Robbins says:

      Auto correct!!! Argh! I put the food ones and it typed the good ones- they’re all good! Sorry about that!!

  6. Lissa says:

    Hi – I’ve watched several of your YouTube videos, esp the ones about food. I have 7 boys and boy can they pack it away! You mentioned that your kids make a 5 ingredient bread – care to share the recipe? Thanks!

  7. Alison says:

    Love your Kitchen tour, the food shelf especially. If my kids don’t see it in front of them, they won’t know to eat it. Thank you. Also where did you get your fantastic storage jars for beans, rice, oatmeal, etc. Thank you.

  8. Alison says:

    Though I don’t have a large family, I an trying to get them to eat healthier. Thank you so much for your inspiration. Love ALL your websites (blog, .com, and youtube. Keep going and love and blessings to you and yours.


  9. I love watching your videos, I binge watch them. What store do you buy most of your produce from? I love your big family, thanks for sharing all of them and your minimalist ideas! We only have 6 kids and every one looks at us like we have 20! I love having a larger than “normal” family and would love to blog more.

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