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5/7/09 8:48 P

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I think Trader Joe has really good prices for a lot of things. I was at Whole Foods the other day and it was pretty pricey but I shop at Byerly's, an upscale grocery store here in Minneapolis. I can't wait for the farmers markets to open up. We have a lot of them nearby.

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5/3/09 3:13 P

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I am just learning how to eat more naturally and I'm looking forward to really changing my whole diet to live a healthier life. I am slowly changing over and getting wonderful ideas here on Spark People. I am really cheap too, that is a lot of the reason for changing my nutritional intake is due to food prices being much too high. I hate to walk into the stores anymore. But I love my fresh fruit and veggies, so I must. emoticon

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4/2/09 5:05 P

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I'd love to have a peek at some of those 5 minute recipes -- I'm so guilty of wanting really fast meals (always in a hurry).

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3/31/09 11:23 A

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I think it is actually cheaper to eat this way. Dried beans, buying whole grains from bins, using farmers markets during the warmer months, making your own (much better, much fresher!) rice milk.......the food is filling, healthy, and the variety of meals you can make is endless! Did you ever notice in book stores how many cookbooks there are for cooking hamburger or chicken?? That's because you are so limited you need ideas. With whole grains and foods the combo's are endless. I can make something simple that takes 5 min. and is packs with good for you foods. Good luck and keep track of how much less you spend. You will be suprised!!
PS......must have a crockpot!! Everything tastes wonderful in a crockpot!

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3/31/09 9:02 A

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I use the crock pot a lot, but I'm not really much of a cook, so I've never been brave enough to invest in a pressure cooker. I guess crock pots are a lot like a pressure cooker, only pressure cookers are faster. Everything turns out so tender in them.

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Oh, that's so sad about the parakeet! Our parrots hate the sound of the pressure cooker and complain when I use it. Maybe they recognize the danger!

I live at almost 5,000 feet, so beans take a long time to cook. That's why I started using my pressure cooker. However, I recently discovered that I can successfully cook beans in my crockpot if I use the high setting.

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3/30/09 8:07 P

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I'm with you on that one. Many years ago, a neighbor told me about her first experience with a pressure cooker. The lid blew off -- landed on her Parakeet cage and killed the bird. :o

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3/30/09 8:03 P

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I'm still scared of the pressure cooker blowing up in my face. So I'm an Crockpot diva. I just put the cleaned dry beans in the crockpot and fill with water on low overnight.

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Great thread and topic. I am thinking a pressure cooker might save money in the long run. A can of beans is about a dollar...2 cups. A bag of dried beans is about a dollar and looks like 3 cups or so...doubled to 6?
Or plan ahead and soak em...


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ASHLEY072784's Photo ASHLEY072784 Posts: 53
1/14/09 7:45 P

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It took longer than I thought (we ate really late) but I was still glad that I tried it. Last night we made some noodles and through some fresh vegs on top (what we had left in the frige). It was great!

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1/7/09 9:15 P

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I always plan to soak the beans, then never remember to get them soaking in time.

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1/7/09 2:47 P

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Okay, So I tried the soaking of beans last night for dinner and they turned out great! I put some BBQ seasoning on them, and my husband put some chicken on the BBQ. Easy, simple, and cheap, just what I like!

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1/4/09 1:32 P

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So many good ideas. I'm in the same boat needing to save money -- but I'm not a good/experienced cook, and need things that the family will eat too.

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1/3/09 11:35 A

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(that fatfreevegan blog isn't mine or anything, it's just a really good one that I return to over and over)

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Oh my gosh, you HAVE to try the chickpea gravy! :-)

Also, I recommend that folks check out blog.fatfreevegan.com for lots of good recipes with whole foods.

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MACHHEL's Photo MACHHEL Posts: 64
1/2/09 9:03 P

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Post back to us and let us know how it goes. I am biased because I am a cookbook FIEND, but I would recommend getting some good vegan cookbooks, especially if you don't have a lot of cooking experience. I would have a hard time limiting it to a small list, but I could give you some recommendations if you are interested. Don't get discouraged. I have heard some vegans say that they never cooked before they went vegan, but learned so that they could get the food they needed.
Myoh, I have the Vegan with a Veneance cookbook, but have never tried the Punk Rock Chickpea gravy. You have inspired me to try it. Have you had the Lemon Corn Waffles with Blueberry Sauce? YUMMY!!!

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1/2/09 7:13 P

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Thanks guys for all the help!

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Soaking beans isn't difficult, and it's not even really necessary. It does make cooking times shorter, and some people prefer the texture of beans that have been pre-soaked, but if you don't soak the beans ahead, still go ahead and cook them. They're as easy as boiling water, and they're much cheaper and less salty than store-bought.

Here's a good page on making beans: www.centralbean.com/cooking.html

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1/1/09 8:57 P

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I was once taught that ANTHING you put in your mouth is medicine. I WILL compromise ALOT to be green and cheap, but the quality and the expense of my food source is not one of them! After all you would not run your scooter on diesel because it may be cheeper? Pressure cookers are great for beans, but mixing beans with corn and squash is a better choice as this trio makes a perfect protein and the combinations in variety are never ending. I do compensate my expensive groceries by going to ethnic markets for certain ingredients over health food stores. and Living in a big city with tons of choices never hurts either, I have stores that are run by food banks and for a fraction of the cost I sometimes find great bargains!
Having a vehicle that gets great milage you can go a little further out of your way. (I only have public {IT'S THE PITS} transportation.) Your food is one way to ensure your health and if any saying were ever true you are what you eat is paramount. You could start a garden, but water, and time and space cost too. It is really about making better choices and not feeling deprived and Feeling that food is too expensive sounds like that.
Taco bell sounds like a carb fest too! Not to mention mostly synthetic. I'd love to offer you a great vegetarian home cooked meal if ever you are in Phoenix!

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1/1/09 7:04 P

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How do you soak beans when you do soak them, and does the pressure cooker do that? I am sorry, my idea of cooking up to now has been Taco Bell, and I am so done with that. I would love to cook more and if any of you are willing to help that you be great! Thank you all for all your help and advice.

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Machhel, I agree with you 100% about the pressure cooker. I make beans a lot. Heck, you can't beat the price, the freshness, or the texture. And you can't make Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy without cooked garbanzos! :-)

(I don't like paying so much for canned ones that are soaking in salt.)

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Myoh, you have lots of great information.
My top favorite cheap food is dried beans. They have tons of fiber and phytonutrients, lots of protein, and they have much lower impact on the environment than canned beans.
After I read in about 3 vegetarian cookbooks that I NEED a pressure cooker, I caved and ordered a "new generation" pressure cooker. I remembered my mom's noisy and frightening pressure cooker. The new ones are completely different and I LOVE it!
I cook beans from dried without having to pre-soak them at least 4 times a week.
I cook black beans 35-40 minutes, then mash or puree in the food processor
them to make refried black beans.
I cook garbanzo beans about 55 minutes and make many different flavors of hummus. I also like garbanzo beans on salads and roasted in the oven.
In the winter we have lots of soup and most of them contain some type of beans. I don't discard the bean cooking liquid. I add it to the soup with my other liquids so I'm not throwing away nutrients.
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Yep, lots! :-) This is something I'm good at, because we have a large family and not lots of money. Here are some of my ideas:

1) We go once every week or two to the Grocery Outlet for things
that are much cheaper than we can get in the store. I get a
big bag (eleven servings) of O'Brien potatoes there for $.99. Stuff
like that. The prices are worth the extra trip from time to time.

2) We make almost all our own meals. We nearly never eat out. We
like the food we cook, and we're fairly easy to please, so eating out
is saved for special occasions or for when we're away from home and
aren't likely to be home before it's time to eat again.

3) We shop for fresh produce every day or two (we walk a few miles a
day, and one of our walks is a mile each way to the wonderful natural
grocery near us). That way, nothing ever goes bad. It's *extremely*
rare that we throw food out.

4) In the same vein, we rarely cook enough to have leftovers. In
our house, unless it's something we adore, leftovers are likely to
sit in the fridge until they get tossed, so we've learned to make
just enough for a meal in most cases. (I will freeze extra portions
of sauces or beans, but only if they're favorites and they freeze
really well.)

5) We snack on popcorn (cooked in the kettle, not the microwave, for
much cheaper) and fruit most of the time, rather than expensive
packaged snacks. (If we want the expensive packaged snacks, we go
for it, but that's another thing we tend to pick up at the Grocery
Outlet.)

6) We pay attention to how much stuff costs. If I make my own
spaghetti sauce, it costs me a couple of dollars a quart. If I see
decent spaghetti sauce pre-made at the Grocery Outlet for $1.49, I
pick some up.

7) Sometimes I buy packaged soy/ricemilk, but I try to make my own
rice or nut milk because the price and freshness are much better. (1
cup of nuts or cooked rice, 4 cups of water, blend, strain.)

8) We make all our own bread and rolls. Bread is up to $3.50 a loaf or more in the stores, and I can make a loaf for under a dollar. It's the best way to go for us.

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I am cheap! I will just come out and say it. I hate spending money. The air and heater never go on in my house, and I drive a scooter that gets 90miles/per gallon. I can't remember the last time I bought clothing, and live very green. So when it comes to food, I want to eat right, but I find that "better" food cost more money. Sooo, ideas anyone?

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