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« on: May 12, 2010 08:10:40 PM »

Gimme yo' recipes  Tongue haha, jk. I am interested in becoming vegan, but I'm kinda strapped for cash so I'm looking for some good, but inexpensive recipes. Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010 08:18:52 AM »

What kind of foods do you like?  There are so many options!  You can't go wrong with combinations of veggies, beans and grains.  Prepared foods like veggie burgers are more expensive, so save those for when you're really in a rush.  Or learn to make your own and freeze them.

For general inspiration, I would recommend checking out a few cookbooks from your local library, if they are available - a couple good ones are Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker (I think all the recipes can be made vegan, too), and Veganomicon.  The slow cooker one is perfect because so many of the recipes require mostly pantry staples (beans, canned tomatoes, onions, etc).  If you don't have a slow cooker, the recipes can probably be adapted to stovetop, with adjustments in liquid amounts.  Also, www.vegweb.com is a great website for vegan recipes, and their forum has reviews of lots of vegan cookbooks.

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010 02:06:15 PM »

I'd suggest the PDQ Vegetarian Cookbook, by Donna Klein. Fast, simple, family sized meals that reheat well for tomorrow (And the rest of the week, if there's only one person eating it. Carnivores, sigh.)

Also, as less of a recipe than a tip, rice and other grains soak up the water they're cooked in. Flavoring the water (I like to steep a cinamon stick and a little garlic) before cooking the rice in it can give the rice a subtle flavour. It also makes the kitchen smell great!
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2010 02:29:56 PM »

Peta has a strapped-for-cash college student's vegan cookbook out, though I haven't tried it myself.

My suggestions are these: Buy in bulk, especially spices, rice and beans-- cook big batches of beans in the slowcooker and save some for later. Also, watch what veggies are in season, and don't be afraid to substitute veggies you got on sale for those in the recipe book. It'll still be delicious Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010 08:02:41 AM »


It is easy to be a frugal veggie/vegan, buy veggies in season (so they are cheap!), bulk buy lentils, beans, rice etc, and check out chinese supermarkets for tofu (usually a lot cheaper than the regular supermarket).  What can cost is branded meat/dairy subsitutes so buy these to use as treats & in the meantime learn how to cook with lentils / beans etc.

Some vegan frugal recipies can be found at the 'frugal living in the UK' website here.

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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2010 01:37:37 PM »

Beans are cheap, even canned organic beans can be found at the $1 store. Try hitting up farmer's markets to get in season (cheaper) produce. I love the bulk bins. Stay away from packaged foods unless it is tofu, tofu should cost no more that $1.90 a box (at least in my area)...Spices are good, get better quality so you need to use less and still have great flavor!

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010 09:39:44 PM »

Think bread and soups - cheap, hearty and filling. I've got a pot of French onion soup on now, and I used onions, water, garlic, soy sauce (very French, I know!  Cheesy) olive oil, spices and a little wine. It's so yummy.
Also, there are few foods I love more than roasted veggies blended into soup. Garlic and pumpkin are the only constants in my soup. Anything else goes!

Rice porridge (congee, zang, jook...) is a great meal. 3tbs rice with 1 litre (2 pints, 4 cups) of water. Bring it to the boil then slowly simmer. It goes thick and yummy. You can add pretty much any flavouring.
- sweet: Brown sugar and cinnamon, poached fruit
- savoury: leftover soups, lentils, onions, spices, pasta sauce, veggies, whatever
My favourites are green lentil porridge and leftover Italian-style pasta sauce porridge.

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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2010 05:01:00 PM »

The best way to be frugal about veganism is to realize that you need to eat good, whole foods--veggies, fruits, grains, etc--instead of pre-packaged vegan meals.  It's impossible to be a cheap vegan if you can't or won't cook.  Start small, with salads and stir-fries before graduating to harder things.  Soups are FANTASTIC for the cheap vegan, as you can make a lot of food without a lot of ingredients, and you can freeze whatever you don't eat for an easy meal later.

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