Vegan Recipes

Hi! We have been vegan since this summer and, though it seems as though this should be a no-brainer money saver, it seems like our grocery budget is still pretty much the same. We would love some satisfying, nutritionally balanced recipes that don’t break the bank.

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deva - December 22, 2009

i don’t know what you are eating, but vegetables are not cheap. also, if you are buying organic or meat substitute type stuff, that is expensive.

i find the best way to save money is to buy in bulk, either as part of a buying club/co-op or from health food stores (they give 10 percent off bulk purchase).

Davi - December 23, 2009

Fresh vegetables are not cheap especially if you get them organic. What I do is search for local farmers in the area that need help picking for their farmers markets etc.. I work for them usually once a week and have more than enough to eat for the summer and freeze or jar the rest. This summer I worked for a man with some of my other friends b/c it’s a 45 mile drive to the farm and we kept half of what we picked and paid $4.00 a bushel for anything over our half that we wanted to keep. I have also made friends with most of our local farmer’s market merchants and was asked twice this year to fill in for one b/c her daughter was sick and I was allowed my pick of her produce. Another trick is to show up fairly close to the closing time of the farmer’s market as they will make better deals so they don’t have to store as much before their next selling day. I also buy from our local co op in bulk for my grains to make my breads. I invested in a high end grain mill so I just mill what I need at a time and the grain lasts practically forever if stored properly. The price of a single loaf of bread here is $3.09 and it just seems outrageous! As far as the imitation meats go, I consider them a treat and rarely use them. They are very processed so they really aren’t the best choice for healthy foods either. I try to buy them only on sale and stock up and plan to use them only once or twice a month. The Quron brand of chicken is my favorite but it’s $5.49 per box here. Hallelujah acres has some recipes and healthy meatless dishes I use a lot. I hope this helps.

Kathy - December 23, 2009

Nutritions and delicious dried beans are always a good staple to have on hand. Lentils are very good and they cook up in about an hour (without having to be soaked). Add some brown rice and you’ve got a meal.

Rose - December 23, 2009

Our favorite dal, we make about once a week even though we’re not vegan or vegetarian! It’s hearty and delish!
1 cup lentils
6 cups water
3 ripe tomatoes (i use i sweet potato instead)
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves (or more!)
2 TBS chopped fresh ginger
4 TBS ghee (use oil of choice instead)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
2 dry hot peppers
1/2 cup fresh corriander

Instead of the last 4 ingredients, I use a couple spoons full of Simply Organic curry powder. Bring all together, boil on high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes untillentils are tender. Serve as is as a stew or over rice as a side dish. Healthy! Delish!! (And very economical!)

deanna - June 25, 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes

We used this recipe with no eggs because of an egg allergy. Because there are no eggs I believe it is vegan.
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 c. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 tsp. vanilla
Comcine sugar,flour,baking soda, salt and cocoa; stir well. Combine water,oil,vinegar and vanilla; add to dry ingredients. Beat until well blended.
Spoon batter into paper lined muffin tins, filling 2/3 full. Bake @ 350 for 25-30 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.

    Lily - September 12, 2010

    I’m pretty sure that in the cupcake recipe submitted by Deanna where it says, “1 Tbsp. vanilla”, she meant, “1 Tbsp. vinegar”. That recipe is very close to one I saw on that calls for 1 T. vinegar.

    Super Moist Chocolate Cake

    Here is a slightly different one that I use and makes a 9×13 inch cake.

    Super Easy and Hyper Tasty Chocolate Cake

    It’s good with the Glossy Dark Chocolate Frosting from Hillbilly Housewife, using vegan margarine. The following frosting from VegWeb is also good, easy, and cheap. Make sure you use powdered sugar as it doesn’t specify which kind of sugar to use. Granulated just won’t work.

    Chocolate Frosting/Glaze has other vegan recipes which you may find helpful and frugal. Although, not all of them are necessarily frugal. I like these lentil burgers. The nutritional yeast isn’t necessary in my opinion.

    Lentil Burgers

    You may also find these egg substitution ideas helpful.

    Egg Substitutes

deanna - September 24, 2010

You’re right! I did mean vinegar. Thanks for pointing that out.

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