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  • crys79

Introduction and My situation!

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, 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 I also have a lot of almond milk (a friend gave me a case of outdated almond milk bc she is freaked out my expired food, but i'm not!).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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  • voenne

eating vegan on vacation

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. :)
viaje luna

Quick and easy vegan ranch

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

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.

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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 :)
Mana Raptor

Recipe sharing! :D

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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