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Good Cheap Vegan Blogs? [Jul. 8th, 2012|03:19 pm]

withinmywill
Hi vegans!

I'm looking for some good sites that feature super cheap vegan meals. I'm on a very restricted budget, and I'm trying to figure out how to make it stretch. I've seen a lot of omni blogs/sites like this one, so I'm looking for a similar vegan version.

Thanks!
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Introduction and My situation! [Jun. 14th, 2012|11:51 pm]

crys79
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Hey vegans!
First of all, I've been vegan for 10 years (just had my veganniversary). It's been a great 10 years and I've done a lot of cooking and a lot of learning. I'm a triathlete and even have a website called vegantriathlete.com, where I talk about my training etc. It's also mirrored to my lj account.

My situation is such that I'm in a tight financial position. In the past I've been so poor that I went on a juice fast for 3 weeks. That was intense! However, I don't want to do that again, so I'm allowing myself $25 for the next 3 weeks. I'm trying to eat all of the food that I have in my house right now. Luckily, I have a lot of rice and flour. I also have a lot of almond milk (a friend gave me a case of outdated almond milk bc she is freaked out my expired food, but i'm not!). I have lots of frozen berries and lots of flax (and access to flax - I have farmers as friends). So I'm actually starting out really well.

I'm thinking of making a whole list of the foods and then try to put together some sort of food plan. I make bread and have lots of flour so I'm going to bake a whole bunch of loaves this weekend. What I do is I bake them, slice them and freeze them to use as I go.

Anyway, I figured this might be a great community to share this project/experiment with. I wonder how little I can spend on food in the next month... or even the summer... or even the rest of the year! Would you all be cool if I posted it on here? Or even cross-posted some of the posts from my personal journal to here? I'm kind of stoked. :)
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eating vegan on vacation [Apr. 11th, 2012|07:49 pm]

voenne
Hello. First time poster here... Hope some of you can give me ideas.

I'm leaving for Hawaii in a week. I'll be there long enough that I won't be able to handle eating out everyday, nor afford it. All I will have in the room is a microwave and fridge, and I don't want to have to buy all frozen, microwaveable dishes, or eat all my fresh foods raw since it's really hard on my digestion. 

Does anyone have experience with microwave "cooking"? What healthy things do you like to make? Steaming veggies in the microwave is easy and boring - looking for a little bit more than that!

Will definitely need to get my veggies in so I don't feel yucky and sluggish. I'm sure I'll figure things out once I'm at the supermarket and see what's available, but I'd like to hear from you. Thanks in advance. :)
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Quick and easy vegan ranch [Apr. 9th, 2012|02:49 pm]

papergreen
I had a sudden craving for ranch dressing, and I came up with this from things I already had in the kitchen. It's not the most elegant recipe, nor is it particularly healthy, but I was pretty impressed with how authentic it tasted. The measurements are (obviously) approximate, but I think I got the spices pretty spot-on.

2 parts vegan sour cream (I like Tofutti)
1 part Veganaise
a hearty shake of dried dill
half as much of each of the following: onion powder, garlic powder, and dried parsley
a little bit of salt and black pepper
a small drizzle each of apple cider vinegar and agave nectar (just a little at first, taste it and add more if needed.)

Combine in a bowl, adjust to taste. It's also good it you refrigerate it for a while to let the flavors combine.

I ate it with carrot and celery sticks and a few chick'n fingers, for an elementary school-inspired snack.

Cross-posted to vegancooking
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Lentil Soup [Feb. 27th, 2012|02:22 pm]

grapesheezy
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Hello, everyone! I made a really good lentil soup the other day and thought I'd share with you all, since it was disgustingly easy and cheap.

1.5 medium onions
2 medium carrots
3 stalks celery
3 cloves garlic
3 cups dried lentils
approx. 6 cups vegan broth (I use Vegan Better than Bouillon. It's the best one I've had, by far)
3 tbsp vegan butter/olive oil
2 bay leaves
Thyme & sage (not sure how much exactly. I just kinda throw it in)
Salt & pepper to taste
A BIG stock pot

Saute all the veggies in your stock pot until soft (I usually cover them with a lid to speed it up). Add the garlic last so it doesn't burn. Add the lentils, broth and herbs. Cover. Let simmer for an hour at least, so the lentils can soak everything up. If it gets too dry, add a bit more water/broth. If you don't have time to let it simmer until it all breaks down, you can blend it all together to have a bit of a smoother consistancy, but I'm low matinence so I just eat it as-is. Serve with a good vegan bread or a home-made one.
This makes a lot of soup, so I like to make it & keep leftovers in my fridge or put it into smaller portions & freeze it.

Enjoy!
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Food Processor [Jan. 20th, 2012|01:58 pm]

raayneforest
[feeling: |curiouscurious]

I'm looking to buy my first food processor for making hummus and raw food deserts. Does anyone have any recommendations? How about ones that are manually cranked?
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2012|11:32 pm]

dreamlesssleep
I didn't see tags for buckwheat or barley. Anyone use either and have good recs?

Anything in particular you all like to do with quinoa as well? I've got a lot and have run the gamut with my limited ideas. Still trying to figure out vegan on not just cheap but seriously hard core broke. Appreciate any help :)
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Recipe sharing! :D [Dec. 29th, 2011|11:01 am]

lethean_reverie
[feeling: |cheerfulcheerful]

A few posts down, I asked about how to make an easy mac'n cheese sauce. And well, after looking through all of the comments and doing some Google-fu of my own, I created my own recipe and it is so touch-your-self-delicious that I had to share! :D

I would've made a regular cashew sauce, but I didn't have nutritional yeast most of the required ingredients, soooo this is what I used:

* 1 cup soy milk
* 1 cup salted cashews (soaked in water for about 30 minutes) 
* 2 tablespoons earth balance (or any other vegan margarine)
* pinch of pepper
* pinch of cumin
* pinch of garlic
* pinch of thyme

I put all the stuff in a blender and BAM! Awesomesauce! I would've taken pictures to post, but I scarfed it down in a matter of seconds..... >_>

This is an easy recipe for people like me who don't keep special weird vegan ingredients in the house :D
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Crock pot recipes [Dec. 26th, 2011|09:16 pm]

leolapyre
Hey everyone. I recently acquired a crock pot and was wondering what some of your favorite recipes are?
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Mac'n Cheese! [Dec. 21st, 2011|12:47 pm]

lethean_reverie
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Before I was vegan, I would always but the cheapest brand macaroni and cheese from the grocery store for less than $1. Now, I don't have much choice. My favorite is Amy's (or is it Annie's? I forget.) dairy-free, gluten-free macaroni and "cheese". This stuff is an orgasm in my mouth. Better than dairy. But it's $4 for just one frozen entree. D: I want to make it myself, but I don't know what kind of fake chesses are the best to make sauce with. Daiya is pretty good, but is it possible to make a sauce out of it? It's still rather expensive, though. Does anyone have any better recipes/brands to give me? Eternal love and thanks to whoever does! =D
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Junk food [Dec. 21st, 2011|07:02 am]

midoriliem
I have been craving junk food lately...what's your favorite vegan junk food?

Thanks!

Yes, I know there are healthier things to eat.  I'm just choosing to take a break from oatmeal and vegetables...
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Vegan matzo ball soup [Dec. 14th, 2011|08:32 am]

midoriliem
http://www.theppk.com/2005/04/matzoh-ball-soup-recipe/

Has anyone tried this? Is it meshugeneh to think there might be a good, vegan matzo ball mix?

Thanks!
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(no subject) [Dec. 6th, 2011|09:51 pm]

midoriliem
Does anyone know of a vegan kugel recipe? Or a vegan latke recipe? Can I just sub potato starch for the eggs?


Thanks!
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doggy biscuits [Dec. 5th, 2011|06:36 pm]

elf_owl
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Hi! I'm interested in making some vegan dog biscuits for my dog and several others (as Christmas gifts for the others). I'm particularly interested in those that contain veggies or fruit and very little or no grain. Because I want to make them for many dogs (6 total dogs), some of which are large, cheap would be awesome. I just read through a bunch of recipes online, but would like some tried & true. Complex is fine. I have more time than money to spend on this endeavor. Any really great cheap vegan dog biscuits recipes hanging out in the paws of this community? Thank you!
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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2011|10:31 pm]
thevegancooker
Hi im Heather and i started a youtube channel called TheVeganCooker http://www.youtube.com/user/thevegancooker
and i put up my first video today. i'd appretiate it if you guys checked it out


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(no subject) [Oct. 22nd, 2011|10:07 am]

violentdragking
I just started eating vegan, and I feel like while I've been doing really well (the cheese craving is fading slooooowly) but I feel like I've been going a little overboard on things like pasta, bread, rice, etc.

I'm pretty broke, but thankfully I'm a cook at a really nice private club - so I get to eat way above my means at work. (Though with having to hide eating vegan so I don't get laughed out of the kitchen, and being surrounded by so much meat and cheese, sometimes I think it's less a bonus and more of a burden to eating right...)

So - is my concern about eating too much pasta/bread/rice a legit concern, or is it just that stupid "omg carbs are bad" infecting my thinking? Any suggestions for good substitutes? It's not that I don't eat lots of veggies and fruits - it's that if I don't eat some sort of bread, I end up feeling really hungry and I don't always have time to eat again, and the hungrier I get the worse the craving for cheese seems to get.
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stocking up for the winter (zucchinis, eggplants/aubergines and squahes, oh my) [Oct. 16th, 2011|08:12 pm]

coldagain
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I want to be more prepared for this coming winter than last year (when I ended up eating potatoes, beets, cabbage and beets as the only vegetables available on the somewhat-farmers market) so I've decided to stock up the freezer with some cheap-ish seasonal veggies. My problem: I'm not sure how well these freeze, or what can be done with them when thawed.

Discussing ways of freezing and/or preparing zucchinnis, eggplants and squashes under the cutCollapse )
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Cheese [Oct. 14th, 2011|03:10 am]

like_drowning
I'm fairly new to being vegan and I'm trying not to give in to my cravings for cheese.

Is there anything that actually tastes like REAL cheese and it isn't made with mustard/seed/powder or chemicals????

Open to making it myself or buying it and I no longer care about the cost.

Thanks!
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Peanutty Pumpkin Stew [Oct. 9th, 2011|02:26 pm]

raayneforest
[feeling: |accomplished]
[sound: |deadmau5]

Hello!

Since caned pumpkin has been going on sale I wanted to make a pumpkin dish.   On a whim I tried the Peanutty Pumpkin Stew from the Vegan on the Cheap cookbook.  It turned out to be one of the best dishes I ever made!  It has a thai curry like flavor.  It turns out pumpkin is amazing addition to curry dishes.   

 


Here is the recipe...Collapse )edited to add recipe
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Vegan Nutella [Sep. 30th, 2011|10:42 am]

rikkitsune
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[feeling: |happyhappy]

Hi everyone!
I am lactose intolerant (which in a lot of ways makes being vegan easier I suppose) but I still get killer chocolate cravings. In desperation the other night, I looked up some dairy-free nutella recipes.

I found this recipe and decided to give it a go.

For the link-phobic, here's how I did it:
1 cup raw hazelnuts. I roasted them in the oven at 180C for 10 minutes until the skins were almost black, then rubbed them vigorously in a tea towel to get the skins off. Don't worry if you can't get them completely skin-free.

I popped them in a food processor and blitzed them. You'll get a fine powdery nut meal at first - keep blitzing, and make sure to scrape the sides occasionally. After a few minutes, the nut meal will ball up around the blade. Keep going. Eventually, you'll see the stuff liquefy as the oils come out. That's what you're aiming for.

Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar), 1/5 cup unsweetened cocoa and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. As you blitz again, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of peanut oil (vegetable oil is also fine). You'll end up with a slightly gritty texture, unless you have a thermomix or a professional nut grinder. BUT THAT DOESN'T MATTER, because it is DELICIOUS, and way better than the stuff you get in a jar. And vegan. :D

Those quantities made me about 2/3 cup of "nutella", which is all I needed. You can double or triple the recipe accordingly. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container and stir before spreading.
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(no subject) [Sep. 29th, 2011|02:22 pm]

missmicrophone
I wanted to thank everyone for all their awesome suggestions for tomatoes on the last entry! I really appreciate it. On that note, I'm a brand new vegan and a fairly inexperienced cook (I just got my first "big girl" job about a year ago and just saved up enough to move out on my own after college). Does anyone have any quick, easy recipes they use a lot that work well for one-person dinners? I could just google it, but I do like the personal opinions that LJ communities give, so I'd appreciate it! I'm also trying to lose some weight, so while some doughs, breads and pastas are great, I'm trying not to get too addicted ;). Thanks everyone!
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2011|12:14 pm]

missmicrophone
So my roommates have an overload of tomatoes growing in their backyard and polluting the kitchen. Any fun delicious recipes using a LOT of tomatoes that anyone has on hand?
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Easy, cheap make-ahead salad dressing recipes? [Sep. 27th, 2011|12:17 pm]

papergreen
Does anyone have favorite salad dressing recipes to share? I'm looking for something that I can make a lot of that will keep in a the fridge for a week or two. My go-to is balsamic vinegar, olive oil, spicy brown mustard, and agave nectar, poured into a jar and then adjusted until it tastes right. But that gets a little boring several days a week. I have all the basic oils and vinegars as well as some of the fancier ones (and some miso I could stand to use up, if there are any ideas for that), and I know there must be some great combinations out there that I have tried yet.

Thanks!

Cross-posted to vegrecipes
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Bad-ass Breakfast Quinoa [Sep. 20th, 2011|12:53 pm]
mangiati_vivi
So, I found this recipe a little while ago online and wanted to share the love. I've had hit-or-miss luck with quinoa, but this recipe is a definite win. Cheap, filling, VERY nutritous, and makes enough for the entire week.



INGREDIENTS:
4 cups cooked quinoa (maybe a buck)
4 medium bananas (eighty cents @ Trader Joes)
5 Tbs peanut butter (maybe a buck and a half)

Total for the entire recipe - less than four bucks.

METHOD:
Cook rinsed quinoa as per package instructions. While quinoa is cooking, mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Add peanut butter, stir a bit to combine. When quinoa is done, transfer while still warm to bowl containing banana and peanut butter, and mix well.

Makes approx. 8 slightly-heaping 1/2 cup servings. Cals/serving: approx. 270
Serve warm, or cold. Reheats nicely.

Note: the quinoa will turn somewhat brownish when stored in the fridge - this is just the bananas in the mix oxidizing. It's still good to eat!
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Coupons [Sep. 9th, 2011|12:15 pm]

oxymoron02
Taste The Dream, the website for Rice/Soy/Almond Dream products, has a $1 off internet printable coupon if you click the banner on the top right of the page. If you've never printed an IP coupon before, you will have to download the coupon printer, which is a piece of software that will show up as spyware if you run a scan. I've been using this program for over a year and it's never messed up my computer. They do track your IP address. If you make photocopies of a coupon, they'll know because each is assigned a unique serial number, and they'll ban your IP address from printing in the future.

Most of the time you're allowed to do 2 prints of a coupon. Go back to the website and print it again if you want. Just don't make copies.
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(no subject) [Sep. 2nd, 2011|05:51 pm]

rakehell
What do you like to keep stashed in your vehicle for the munchies?
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energy [Aug. 31st, 2011|05:12 pm]

rakehell
I found that oats were giving me a ton of energy in the mornings, but now I'm tired of them. Brown rice was ok too, but I am getting a bit tired of that.

What else would you suggest?
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2011|06:16 pm]

rakehell
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions re additions to oatmeal (posting anew is easier than thanking individually).

I just thought of another item I've added in the past and I don't think anyone mentioned: trail mix!
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2011|03:41 pm]

rakehell
What do you like to add to your oatmeal?
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Psyllium Powder [Aug. 20th, 2011|12:41 pm]

xonaraatamax
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My doctor has me on Psyllium Husk Powder for my IBS. This stuff.. is so gross.. I have to make enough smoothie to fill three pint glasses to stomach 2 tablespoons of the stuff.. Anyone have any tips to make this easier?? I don't want to put the powder in capsules because I would have to take so many capsules in one day to equal what I am supposed to be taking. Yuck..
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