So, I’ve been vegan for about 3 1/2 years now. It’s never been a problem for me, and as much as I like to try to eat healthy, it really is easier for me to just go and buy the processed vegan mock-foods that are not only not all too healthy, but also more expensive than eating naturally.
The problem is my family is going through some financial trouble right now. Usually I buy what I can at Walmart and then all my specialty foods come from Wegman’s. Also, I am currently unemployed. I’ve been looking for a job, but the job search is now on hold because of a recent injury to my knee and an impending possible surgery.
I was wondering if anyone hand any really cheap recipes that don’t take a lot of prep time (being on my feet too much is hard because of my knee, fortunately my boyfriend and mother help with the cooking and stuff right now). Also, we have a vegetable garden, which helps defer costs a little, but I’d like to also buy things that will last a while, so I don’t have to try to eat everything I buy within a week or else it goes bad.
Really anything to help defer costs a little.
Also, if you have an extra $5 and wanna help out, I have a few Fiverr gigs up right now if you wanna check them out (http://fiverr.com/ikki_nikki)
I*m sorry to hear about your situation!!! Hope everything go better for you soon!!! Have a quick knee recover as well!!!
About quick Vegan food that you can prepare, I like to prepare quick things as well & cheap stuffs!!!
Something that I always do is Nachos with veggies!!! Just cut tomatoes, onions & parsley!!! All raw, mix everything with salt & oil & then eat it with some nachos!!! :]
Another one is Pita pizza, you just do the same veggie dip, cut tomatoes, onions & parsley mixed with salt & oil!! I recommend to put the Pita bread on the toaster for a few mins so it get soft, if you dont have a toaster you can use a pan!!! :]
If you can use your street team points I’d say get peta’s college cookbook 🙂 I love it and most things I can find at the store like beans, quinoa, ect, nothing fancy. Also peta has some great recipes here. But yes shop in bulk, when you are poor beans are your friend. rice too and tortillas are cheap to buy or the mix and make your own. Wraps too with some hummus, off-brand, just a smidge and throw in some rice and beans and seasoning. Yummy.
It seems like a lot of work and ingredients but they’re all cheap and make A LOT of food. I like to eat it over rice and a bag is real cheap.
To make it for simple and cheaper I use peanut butter instead of Sunbutter. Frozen spinach and leave out the arugula. You don’t really need to chilli peppers because I feel they didn’t add heat at all (I ended up using hot sauce in my bowl). And I prefer to use yukon potatoes instead of the sweet. It just tasted odd using the sweet, I liked to spice mine up and make it have a mexican feel then I would taste a sweet potato and the falvors clashed.