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you have won half the budget battle by not eating veggie meats cause they are expensive.
Rice, dry beans, potatoes, carrots, celery, greens (kale, collards, ect) are the cheapest, followed by broccoli, spinach, onions, sweat potatoes. All of these type of veggies (when they are not on sale) are cheapest to buy and you get alot of food too.
Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson
Eat Vegan on $4 A Day by Jones, Ellen Jaffe
are some good cookbooks
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Here are 2 great recipes I use all the time - I love the NYTIMES burgers from the ENGINE 2 diet because they are not mushy at all! Plus you bake them. and they are cheap to make and easy to throw together in just a few minutes. ENJOY!
I use fresh parsley instead of cilantro in this because to my daughter cilantro tastes like soap! LOL it does that to some folks (TIP store the rest of your parsley or cilantro in a zip lock bag in your freezer for another recipe it keeps for months and can be used like fresh, just grab it out and use scissors to cut off the amount you need)
These take a few extra minutes to make but you don't really taste the beets per say in them. They are my favorite now. SOOOO GOOOD. I use Oats instead of bread crumbs in them. I learned from the NY TIMES recipe above that the oats give the burgers a tooth feel like boca burgers. They are firm and NOT mushy at all. YUM!
thank you so much for the info. I have a menu planner ready to go. I hate wasting food, so this will help tons!! I have been trying to find a good "burger" recipe. I will check out Jeff Novick's page- :) you are very much appreciated!!
Eating a plant based diet is really economical if you buy and eat whole foods and cook for yourself. Dried beans are much cheaper than canned. Buy an inexpensive crock pot and cook them overnight or look for a pressure cooker at a thrift store or buy an electric pressure cooker at Target or Walmart and you can make beans in less than 10 minutes after soaking overnight.
Frozen veggies for soups and stews are less expensive than fresh and if you add them at the end of the cooking time they can be crisp tender and not mushy. The key is to not over cook them because they are partially cooked when they are frozen. Frozen veggies are flash frozen when they are picked and just as good for you as fresh.
Buy fresh veggies in season and on sale. Plan your menus ahead of time and only buy what you need. This one thing will save you more money than anything. People who plan their menus every week and buy only what they need spend much less money than people who go to the store without a menu plan.
Jeff Novick is a Registered Dietician and has a FB page. He has recipes in his photo albums the album is titled MY SIMPLE RECIPES click on a photo and the recipe is in the comments under the photo.
Hope this helps some.
BTW my lunch today probably cost me about 30 cents, if that. I cooked up a batch of brown rice in my pressure cooker to make veggie burgers. So I had some left over. Then I had some of the lentils for the veggie burgers left over too. I put some adobo seasoning and cumin in the lentils and tossed in some of the brown rice. It was super yummy. LUNCH!
Edited by: IMVEGAN at: 1/8/2013 (11:56)
Hi, I have started eating a plant based diet and my biggest obstacle is finding foods/recipes that I can afford. I am on a strict budget-150/month allotted for groceries. The summer months aren't nearly as bad because I can get deals at the farmers market. Does anyone have suggestions for eating on a budget? thanks!
Oh, and I don't eat soy products or faux meats or cheeses. I look forward from hearing from you