I had to sit in a restaurant watching my boyfriend and some friends feasting on delicious Turkish food (because it wasn’t gluten free friendly -_-) so I decided to make this simple Turkish inspired meal when I came back and it was so good! :)
Homemade basic Harissa hummus with paprika and fresh parsley sprinkled on top, pan fried halloumi, a very quick stir-fry (bell pepper, red onion and tomato slices pan fried with olive oil, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder) and a toasted slice of Warburtons sourdough bread. ♥♥♥
Food prep for the next couple of days: Blueberries, cleaned and chopped vegetables (carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini), marinated sriracha and soy sauce tofu, curried baked sweet potatoes, chopped and sliced watermelon, cleaned and chopped kale, veggies for snacking (grape tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli), whole wheat banana bread, and fruit prepped for freezing/smoothies (bananas, cherries, and raspberries.)
Some of the most affordable foods on the planet are vegan, including rice, beans, legumes, pasta, and all kinds of fruits and veggies. Despite this, people will often ask us about eating vegan on a budget.
So we’ve compiled some handy tips and tricks that will keep you veg without breaking the bank:
• Dry beans are worth the wait. Sure, you have to soak them overnight, but dry beans are exponentially cheaper than canned. They’re also a delicious, protein-packed essential in a budget-friendly vegan diet.
• Buy it frozen. One great way to save money is to reduce food waste. Frozen veggies like corn, peas, and green beans are great because they last almost forever.
• Get into oatmeal. Yeah, oatmeal is a super secret vegan hack. It’s filling, loaded with iron and calcium, and one of the cheapest things you could eat for breakfast.
• Stick with produce under $2 per pound. When choosing fresh fruits and veggies, try to stick with items under $2/lb.
• If you want to splurge, buy some Vegenaise. Of course you can just use it like mayo, but you can also create sour cream (just add lemon juice), salad dressings, and sauces with this must-have specialty item.
• Soup is a thing. Soups loaded with veggies, grains, and beans hold well as leftovers, stretch your dollars, and make great filling meals!
• Stick with staples. Rice, pasta, and peanut butter are all great choices for affordability and versatility.
• Every night can be taco night. Put those tasty veggies and beans to use inside a toasted tortilla! Add some Vegenaise sour cream and you’ve got yourself a tasty and inexpensive vegan dinner.