You can stock up on tofu and freeze it as well. Actually tofu that has been frozen has a tougher texture that is good for things like lasagne and stir fries.
Planning is the key though. I also like the quick meals that Jeff Novick a vegan dietitian has on his FB page. Here is a link. His meals are very good, can be made in about 20 min and are very good for you. I find I can make his meals even cheaper by cooking my own rice from scratch, and not using the high end tomatoes and beans that he uses. (using dried beans make his meals even cheaper but take more time and planning)
I bought his video. It only has 5 recipes on it but they have turned into my fall back recipes for busy days, or days I am too ill to stay too long in the kitchen. We are eating his Jambalaya recipe right now.
I think it is the planning that gets me! I've got to remember to stock up on a variety of frozen veggies. Normally I do have them on hand, but I get stuck as to what to do with them sometimes.
Planning is the issues with beans as well. I've got them but I don't think ahead enough to cook them much of the time!
I definitely don't do any of the pre-done meals or fake meat or anything. I would love to find a more affordable tofu source near where I live. There is a great Asian food store about an hour and a half from my house that sells many different types of tofu and they are great, but I don't get down there very often.
Hi, I find that I actually spend less on food being vegan.. I don't buy fake vegan meats though, which can be expensive. I find that frozen veggies are less expensive than fresh, so when I make a cooked dish, I use frozen spinach, squash, peas, etc and when I add them at the end of cooking they stay crisp tender and delish! I only buy fresh veggies when making dishes like salads. I buy fruit in season or use frozen in cooking like the way I use the frozen veggies.
If I want a faux chicken dish, I make my own seitan. It takes a while but it is not processed like the ones you can buy in a store.When I make it, I make a lot and then freeze for later. I make my own veggie burgers. They only take about 10 minutes of prep and are better than boca ones.
Beans and other legumes are not expensive and if you buy the dried ones they are even cheaper. Most of my meals cost about $4.00 - $6.00 to make and the dishes make at least 6 servings.
It takes planning but eating vegan can be really cheap.
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