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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Mar. 13, 2010 5:38 pm 
If you're looking for ways to cut your grocery bill, consider adding a few Vegan recipes to your week.  Beans, tofu, lentils, seitan, tempeh, nuts and vegetables can all give you the proteins we in the USA are so parranoid about getting........  2 oz of ground beef (which should be a serving!) has 10.6 grams of that with 1/2 cup of tofu which is 19.9 grams of protein or 1 cup of lentils at 17.9 grams or 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds at 17  grams.  I don't really have a personal "bone to pick" with animal products but it is interesting to read that we are the ONLY country in the world that consumes such huge amounts  of animal products.  Maybe for our bodies sake and our pocket books, we should make attempts to try some plant based recipes!

Here's a couple of cheap but tasty ones:

Lentil Soup

6 cups veg stock
1 cup red lentils
1 bay leaf
2 carrots
2 potatoes
1 tsp vinegar (optional)

Bring stock to boil with bay leaf....add lentils and simmer until mushy.  Add vegetables and simmer until tender...just before serving add vinegar  Add a salad and some hefty bread and you've got a very filling, cheap meal.

"Egg" Salad for sandwiches....Alicia Silverstone.

2  12 oz cakes firm tofu
2 small onions, diced
2 clery stalks, diced
2 TBSP Shoyu or other soy sauce
1 TBSP canola oil
1 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 Tsp Vegan Mayonaisse.....I like Nayonaisse.

Mash the tofu, add the rest, combine well and refrigerate to use for sandwiches.  You'll be surprised how much this tastes like egg salad!

Polenta Samachiz with Oven fries.

cut ready made polenta rolls in 1/2 slices and fry in a little EVO until crispy on both sides

Assemble onto 1/2 a ww bagel...honey dijon mustard, a polenta slice, a slice of tomato,  spinach leaves that have been tossed with a little balsamic vinegar

Cut baking potatoes into wedges, toos with a little EVO,S&P and then bake at 400 until soft...about 20 min.

Hope you enjoy !

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Loving life at 50ish. Kids are gone and I'm focusing on my career! I enjoyed running a chocolate truffle business for 3 years and now teach adults and children about chocolate. I also teach hands on cooking classes at a local cooking school and am writing my first cookbook! Please visit me at my blog
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I love to cook almost anything but particularly enjoy Italian. I have been studying Vegetarian and Vegan cooking for the last few years and love to make healthy meals.
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from scratch cinnamon buns on Christmas morning...they take forever but Oh! so worth it!
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landing my dream job as a teaching chef.
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when I was teaching myself to cook way back in college, I made these wonderful oatmeal raisin cookies for my roomies....only problem was I forgot the flour! The cookies became one big mass that overflowed the cookie sheet and made a huge mess in the oven!
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