vegetarian guide

Cheap Vegan Grocery List 

Since the Cheap Vegan Pantry article has been so popular, I am (by request) following up with a Cheap Vegan Grocery List. Here I’ll explain the different strategies I use and items I buy to stay healthy on a budget.

When you go to the grocery store, have in mind what percentage of what types of food you plan to buy. This should mirror your ideal plate of food. My goal is to eat mostly whole foods (foods that have not been processed), as many organic foods as I can afford to splurge on, and as little sugar and processed foods as possible. Besides obvious sugar like corn syrup, sugars also include white bread/pasta, anything made with white flour.

Once you have mentally prepared yourself for grocery shopping, you start from the bottom up. I shop at a few different sources to get what I need for the best bargain. Luckily, all of these places are walking distance to my house. But do what works best for you! If you’d rather only go to only one place, that might be more valuable than the $10-20 bucks you save a week going to multiple stores.

Start Literally Dirt-cheap
To start, check your garden. Whether you’re just planting some herbs or you have a whole veggie garden, there’s nothing better than home-grown food. As Ron Finley says, “Planting your own food is like printing your own money …plus you get strawberries.”

If you happen to get to a farmers market, check out their $1 rack. Often times they’ll have good deals of food they have too much of.

Figuratively Dirt Cheap
Next I go to the 99cent and up store—and I know what you’re thinking, we just went from the garden to the dollar store, but I’m broke people! …plus they’re really not all that bad. Especially here in Los Angeles! People tend to get sketched out by the dollar store but you just have to use common sense. If something looks a little suspect, don’t buy it. A lot of the food is even the same brand as what you’d get at a grocery store, just overstock.

At the 99c store I buy:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Any pre-cut, easy to prepare veggies that look good (ex. Shredded purple cabbage, carrots, etc.)
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Canned beans (at my location they have a variety of organic beans for a buck!)
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Canned Tomato Sauce/Diced tomatoes
  • Random canned goods I might need
  • Soy Milk
  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal

If I needed anything else I couldn’t find at the dollar store my next stop is usually my local…

The Mexican Super Market!
In LA I go to JON’s in Chicago I went to Devon Market, but most cities have their own Mexican supermarkets where you can get produce for a little cheaper.

Here I buy:
Bananas

  • Apples
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Any other produce I have a recipe in mind for
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Almond Milk
  • Cereal
  • Nuts
  • Baking Items
  • Whole grain pastas

 Lastly, if I’m feeling a little fancy, having a craving, or just can’t find it at those two places, I go to…

The Bougie spots: Trader Joes and Whole Foods

Where I get…

  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Low sugarGranola (a lot of times granola has just as much sugar as cereal like frosted flakes or cocoa pebbles)
    Dr. Praegers veggie burgers (where their motto is making the ingredients recognizable)
  • Trader Joe’s Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chilli Salsa (because it’s BOMB)
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Natural Almond Butter
  • Ezikiel Bread

…any little things that I can afford to splurge on

Extra tips…

Always look for bargains. If there is a discount rack, start there, then move to the sections you would usually go to and keep looking for deals. If you’re afraid you can’t eat the 2 for 1 case of fruit, remember freezing. You can always save it for a smoothie or banana whip later! Same goes for canned goods and non-perishable foods. Sometimes buying in bulk can save you some cash in the long run. 

I thought vegan food was expensive…
A big misconception about being vegan, and why many think it’s so expensive to eat a plant-based diet, is because of the processed foods that are catered to vegan consumers. Foods like Tofurky, Boca Burgers, Amy’s frozen dinners, daiya, and other pre-made vegan “meats” and “cheeses” are simply more expensive than produce AND worse than that, they’re not as healthy! It’s easy to be a healthy cheap vegan, but start throwing in processed foods and sugars and you start to dive into expensive territory. So make the healthier and less expensive choice and eat your whole fruits and veggies!

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CREAM OF SHIITAKE MUSHROOM & CARAMELIZED LEEK SOUP + A HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE.

Hello from Los Angeles, a city where it rains every day! For real—it’s rained almost daily for the past week, and I couldn’t be happier. We need this moisture so badly, so desperately that it would take a few months of regular rain to even begin thinking about saying things like, “This rain is great for the drought,” and “Let’s take a long hot bath (not together, tho)”. I’m loving every minute of it, despite the fact that I’m also running around like a maniac finishing up holiday gifts—most of which are actually very belated thank yous to the crew that helped test recipes for the Kale & Caramel cookbook. I’m also getting over a cold and generally feeling so, so exhausted. All I want to do is cuddle up with a bowl of soup and a blanket and have the people I love tell me stories and rub my back*. Is that so much to ask? (*ALSO WORLD PEACE.)

To fulfill at least one small part of that fantasy, I made this earthy, delicious cream of shiitake mushroom and caramelized leek soup from Jennifer Farley’s new book The Gourmet Kitchen. The book feels like one you can truly rely on—that book you can pick up when you’re looking to make just about anything, and it’ll have your answer. I came in search of a wintery soup, and a wintery soup I found.

Read more and get the recipe (and the giving guide) here!

smallg0als-deactivated20170525  asked:

Hey I want to eat more plant based/vegan/vegetarian because I want to care more about my ecological footprint. Do you have any good guides/resources to start?

Hi !! I’m sorry, I just saw this ask omg, but yes I can help you out! I hope it’s ok if I post this publicly since it could provide good resources for others as well. 

Here is a link that I think is helpful to learn about veganism and what it really is. It also has some helpful links about finding vegan foods, and how to properly go about transitioning to veganism. Also wonderful links about environmental aspects of the movement

Choose Veg is full of good resources on vegan foods and starter kits. Here’s a free vegetarian starter guide that you can have mailed to you! 

There are also a lot of vegan food blogs that can be found right here on tumblr that I love and have actually gotten my lazy ass to try and branch out and make fun recipes lol. Also a good tip I think is to remember that substitutes, while they certainly aren’t necessary or accessible to everyone, can be really good when transitioning! Here’s a wonderful list of some really tasty substitutes, so keep an eye out for vegan brands such as these.

Transitioning to a more eco friendly, plant based diet is different for everyone. Some people rely heavily on substitutes, and some never touch em. If you think vegan cheese tastes nasty the first time around, go without dairy for about a month or two and try it again lol, your tastebuds will change significantly. Don’t be afraid to try foods two or even three times! It takes a lot of getting used to, but once the food habits are formed, it’s smooth sailing from there, trust me.

I hope this helped you out, have a nice day bud!

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My guide to green smoothies! Included is a big list of tons of different things to add to your smoothie and my favorite basic recipe. I also put my 3 favorite green smoothies and a do & don’t guideline. I do want to add, however, that this guide is based on my experiences with smoothies and what I say at the end is the most important thing. This is your smoothie so make it the way you want it. Like a thicker smoothie? Add more ice! Like a more creamy smoothie? Add more frozen fruit. Enjoy raw cauliflower? Go right ahead! Use this guide as the jumping point for your own creativity! :)

Oh and the second most important thing: get a good blender! I cannot even begin to tell you how revolutionary it was getting a good quality blender after my old one broke. My old one just tore the greens to shreds so I ended up drinking leafy pieces. My new one truly breaks them down so it’s a drink not a liquid salad haha! :)

Want more smoothie ideas? Go here!

Holiday Stuffing


Yields one 3 quart casserole

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 large loaf French bread
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup minced fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup minced fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 cups onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 small granny smith apples, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
Equipment
  • Bread knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • 3 quart baking dish

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  3. Cut a loaf of bread into cubes and then place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until dried out and then transfer them into a large bowl.
  5. Turn oven up to 325ºF.
  6. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, carrots, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and salt and pepper. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until soft.
  7. Add aromatics to bowl of bread cubes and stir in stock, apples, and almonds.
  8. Transfer stuffing to a buttered casserole dish. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until top is slightly crispy and golden brown.

anonymous asked:

But i would have to buy meat to my cat, hence supporting the meat industry. A can of cat meat a day! thats more animal food than my fellow vegetarian? Please guide me: can i make my cat vegetarian?

This is my response to this issue (I copied it from my main blog)

I think that there are lots of animals that can eat vegans diets and there are lots of animals that cannot be feed vegan diets. It’s not a questions of should I feed my pet based on how I eat but is instead a question of is this animal a herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, or so forth. It would not be vegan to withhold vital nutrients essential to your pets well being, but there are some alternative foods that may offer the same nutrients without containing animal products. As a conscious pet owner, you will have to examine your pets natural diet while also examining the food options you have available. Some non-vegan pet foods are no better health wise than vegan diets. In the end, you are going to have to look at that animal and make an informed decision about what will best suit your pets health.

Each situation is going to be different, and I do not won’t to make blanket statements.

Hey guys I know I’ve been M.I.A., but I’m back, and I’ve been working on some really exciting and new stuff! Stay tuned, because you know I’ll be doing a relaunch giveaway to some ladies committed to changing their lives in favour of a healthier lifestyle as usual!

Currently revamping my website again because I’m forever evolving and you guys will definitely also reap the benefits of that evolution. You can message me on here if you need any assistance in the mean time. I may choose some of your questions to be answered in a video so go ahead and send them. Sending you love on your journeys!😘😘😘

Empower Yourself Through Wellness Here! 

Love you guys.

in that night sky - (be-the-peaf week 70)

Title: in that night sky
Word Count:
4,843
Summary:
[Republic City picks up the pieces. | Mako. Korra. OC’s. Makorra. Post-Book 4.]

A/N: LAST PROMPT FOR BE-THE-PEAF EVER and I honestly think I might die. I wanted to do a piece about Mako and Republic City after the fight, but I don’t know how well it presents itself in the end. But I’ve been planning / writing / editing this for the last two days straight, so it might be better to someone with a fresh set of eyes and a not-dead brain. 

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be-the-peaf · Prompt 070 – for the future

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The damage takes its toll.

Downtown is more in ruins than pieces – Harmony Tower and Kwongs are gone. The police station has another building buried in its side and Avatar Korra Park is littered with debris from the fight. Trees broken and pathways ripped apart. The list of places Mako knows is thinning, and everywhere else is a mess as the citizens displaced in the chaos try to find means of shelter and work. The whole of the populace gathers supplies for the long months of rebuilding ahead. Time moves on, slowly and surely, and Republic City does too.

They’re winners, after all.

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