vegetarian http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/482/all en-US Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-pumpkin-pie-80403716-small.jpg" alt="woman pumpkin pie" title="woman pumpkin pie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No turkey? No problem. I've been hosting meat-free Thanksgiving celebrations for the last decade. By the end of the evening, my friends and family are stuffed with amazingly nutritious and delicious foods from soup to nuts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-simple-ways-to-save-on-thanksgiving?ref=seealso">5 Simple Ways to Save on Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <p>This year we're hoping to do it all on a tighter budget. So, here are some recipes that will help you rock a vegetarian/vegan Turkey Day without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>Appetizers</h2> <p>Don't skimp on appetizers. You'll want to offer up something tasty and hearty to your guests while you finish all the last-minute dinner preparations. I keep our appetizers simple. Some dips, veggies, and carbs.</p> <h3>Fondue</h3> <p>Fondue is a big favorite in my household, no matter the time of year. This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/cheddar-and-hard-cider-fondue-recipe.html">Hard Cider and Cheddar Fondue</a> adds a nice twist for the holiday. Though the recipe calls for chicken broth, you can easily substitute in vegetable broth to suit your dietary needs. No hard cider in the house? Just use beer. And to add to the frugality, serve with your bakery's discount day-old bread &mdash; it soaks up the fondue better than fresh and costs less.</p> <h3>Hummus</h3> <p>Most dips you'll find on the table are vegetarian, but this smoky <a href="http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/2014/09/sweet-savory-smokey-butternut-hummus.html">Butternut Squash Hummus</a> is particularly festive. If you don't have butternut squash on hand, you can use acorn, delicata, or even canned pumpkin. Save some pennies (and salt content) by cooking your own chickpeas &mdash; you'll just need to soak them the night before.</p> <h3>Veggie Tray</h3> <p>For some visual pizazz, gather a medley of fresh produce, olives, and other foods to make this <a href="http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/10/turkey-vegetable-tray">Turkey Vegetable Tray</a>. It's much less expensive to buy, cut, and arrange the veggies yourself than it is to buy a pre-made tray at the store. Plus, you're giving vegetarians the symbolic turkey on Thanksgiving!</p> <h2>Side Dishes</h2> <p>My favorite part of dinner is making a variety of side dishes that span the spectrum of flavors. You can't go wrong with using fresh ingredients that you buy at your local farmers market. Usually these seasonal ingredients are cheaper than what you'd buy at the store since they don't travel as far from the farm to your table.</p> <h3>Dinner Rolls</h3> <p>We had a Thanksgiving brunch last year in place of dinner. I made these incredible <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/11/brie-stuffed-pumpkin-garlic-rolls.html">Pumpkin Garlic Rolls</a> stuffed with brie and served with jam. I buy brie at Aldi, where it's incredibly inexpensive, and it does the trick in a dish like this one. If anything, do a more refined jam &mdash; I like red pepper for a sweet and savory mix.</p> <h3>Roasted Veggies</h3> <p>Next, serve a simple side of roasted veggies. Any kind will do. We've had great success roasting asparagus, squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and all other vegetables with nothing more than olive oil, salt, and pepper. For a fun twist, try making these <a href="http://www.purevege.com/2012/02/poor-mans-feast.html">Brussels Sprout Kebabs</a>. Just roast the veggie, season, and then arrange on skewers.</p> <h3>Stuffing</h3> <p>Mushrooms are the key to any amazing vegetarian stuffing recipe. They give the dish an earthy flavor and marry well with sage, thyme, and other herbs. This <a href="http://bakeaholicmama.ziplist.com/recipes/vegan-stuffing/4cad6480-14b3-0130-9b0a-12313812a22c">Portabella Vegan Stuffing</a> is simple yet flavorful. If you'd rather not buy stuffing cubes, just cut cubes of any loaf, bake until dry &mdash; but not brown &mdash; and then use in your recipe.</p> <h3>Gravy</h3> <p>You can easily make most mashed potato recipes vegetarian or vegan by replacing chicken broth with vegetable and milk or cream with non-dairy substitutes. The gravy, however, can be more problematic. This <a href="http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-wild-mushroom-gravy/">Wild Mushroom Gravy</a> recipe takes on the same sort of flavors as your stuffing recipe, just in a new way. To make it vegan, use Earth Balance instead of butter.</p> <h2>Main Course</h2> <p>Admittedly, we tend to graze on all sorts of dishes without a hugely defined main course. But for more traditional vegetarians, I have some suggestions that are packed with protein and definitely worthy to place in the center of your table.</p> <h3>&quot;Meat&quot; Loaf</h3> <p>This vegetarian <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/winter-recipe-classic-vegetarian-nut-loaf-102222">Nut Loaf</a> has become a favorite comfort food in our house. Its components are humble and &mdash; for the most part &mdash; inexpensive. If the ingredients list is a bit too long for you, there's a simplified <a href="http://theveganstoner.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html">Lentil Loaf</a> that we make on weeknights that makes something amazing from frozen vegetables, cooked lentils, crackers, walnuts, and a few other things. It's also cheaper and faster to put together.</p> <h3>Quiche</h3> <p>Eggs make a solid protein for the Thanksgiving table. The key is transforming them from your breakfast favorite to something more refined. A few years ago, we made this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2009/11/mushroom-asparagus-quiche.html">Asparagus Quiche</a>. If you'd rather go crustless, try this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/11/mushroom-baby-kale-frittata.html">Mushroom and Kale Frittata</a> recipe that takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. With either of these recipes, you can double so your finished dish will serve more than 2-4 people.</p> <h3>Pasta</h3> <p>I love stuffed shells for special occasions. You can get particularly creative with them, too. For example, this <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/broccoli-alfredo-stuffed-shells.html">Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells</a> recipe goes beyond the usual red sauce and takes just 30 minutes to make. Don't forget to cook your pasta al dente before baking, so it isn't mushy when served. You can add tofu ricotta to this recipe (about 1 heaping tablespoon per shell) for extra protein by pressing a tofu cube until it drains, crumbling with your hands, and seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice.</p> <h2>Dessert</h2> <p>Most desserts are inherently vegetarian, so this category isn't so specific. It also happens to be my favorite, so I couldn't resist sharing a few Thanksgiving sweet dishes with you &mdash; and they're all vegan!</p> <h3>Pumpkin Pie(s)</h3> <p>I make these individual <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/11/chocolate-pumpkin-pie.html">Chocolate Pumpkin Pies</a> every year for the holiday. Peanut butter and chocolate take the dessert to another level &mdash; and if you have a peanut allergy, almond butter works just as well. Don't trust yourself to microwave the chocolate? Melt it using a double-boiler on the stove.</p> <h3>Butternut Crisp</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2014/9/22/butternut-squash-apple-pear-crisp.html">twist on apple crisp</a> will get your guests talking. Prepare butternut squash, apple, and pears for baking by tossing them in a mixture of brown sugar, lemon juice, oat flour, and spices. Then top with an oatmeal crumble. If you don't have oat flour, it's easy to make at home by pulsing uncooked rolled oats in a food processor. Bonus savings if you have squash leftover from any of the other recipes you've made for your meal.</p> <h3>Pecan Pie</h3> <p>Talk about wonderful flavors here, this <a href="http://dessertswithbenefits.com/vegan-maple-pecan-pie/">Maple Pecan Pie</a> recipe will please your vegan and carnivore guests all at the same time &mdash; and it contains silken tofu (they'll never know, I promise!). If you're looking to cut costs, use all-purpose flour versus brown rice and vanilla extract versus vanilla paste, but don't skimp on the real maple syrup.</p> <p><em>What are you making for Thanksgiving this year? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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If you're like many people, you'll probably answer with the word &quot;protein.&quot;</p> <p>You may already know that the protein in meat is &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complete_protein">complete</a>,&quot; meaning that it contains all nine of the essential amino acids in adequate proportions necessary for our dietary needs.</p> <p>But did you know that there are other, meatless foods that contain complete protein as well? And that in addition, did you know that these might even help you lose weight? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <p>Although meat has protein, it also tends to have zero fiber and lots of fat. For example, even <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/6193/2">90 percent lean ground beef</a> has 10 grams of fat per 100 gram serving. And one <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/pork-products/10297/2">pork chop</a> has 4 grams of fat.</p> <p>These eight meatless complete proteins, conversely, are generally low fat and high fiber. So what are you waiting for? Check them out &mdash; along with some recommended starter recipes below &mdash; and start eating complete, meat-free, protein.</p> <h2>1. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, and known for their use in the popular Chia Pets back in the 1980's, <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3061/2">chia seeds</a> pack 11 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein into just one ounce. Chia seeds have an Amino Acid Score of 115 (an Amino Acid Score of 100 or higher indicates a complete protein). And they make a mean <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chia-pudding">chia pudding</a>.</p> <h2>2. Soybeans</h2> <p>You've seen <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4376/2">soybeans</a> processed into tofu and soymilk, soybeans pack 10 grams of fiber and 29 grams of protein into a single cup. They also have an Amino Acid Score of 118, all of which you can drink with some beautiful homemade <a href="http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/2012/02/homemade-soy-milk.html">soymilk</a>.</p> <h2>3. Quinoa</h2> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2">Quinoa</a> (pronounced <em>keen-wah</em>) originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia, and is without a doubt &quot;the grain of the moment.&quot; One cup has 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein, and while very versatile, this <a href="http://kidtestedfirefighterapproved.com/2012/04/12/citrus-black-bean-quinoa-salad/">citrus black bean quinoa salad</a> is a great place to start.</p> <h2>4. Amaranth</h2> <p>Once a staple food of the Aztecs, <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5676/2">amaranth</a> has an Amino Acid Score of 108, and makes a hearty <a href="http://www.glowkitchen.com/2014/01/amaranth-breakfast-cereal-2/">amaranth breakfast cereal</a>.</p> <h2>5. Spinach</h2> <p>Ten grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber was enough for Popeye, so what about you? And if you think <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2">spinach</a> is all about salads, you clearly need to try this <a href="http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/beginners-luck">simple green smoothie</a>.</p> <h2>6. Black-Eyed Peas</h2> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4332/2">Black-eyed peas</a> are named for the black spots which looks like black eyes. They are traditionally eaten in the South, and on New Year's Day to bring good luck. One cup has 11 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of protein, and all of that goodness goes into these <a href="http://healthyslowcooking.com/2013/11/16/sloppy-black-eyed-peas/">sloppy black-eyed peas</a>.</p> <h2>7. Split Peas</h2> <p>Originally round when harvested, <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4354/2">split peas</a> are mechanically separated after they've been dried to encourage faster cooking. One cup has a whopping 16 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein, so demon-possessed girls aren't the only ones who should be enjoying <a href="http://cleangreensimple.com/2012/04/split-pea-soup/">split pea soup</a>.</p> <h2>8. Cauliflower</h2> <p>And finally: <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2390/2">cauliflower</a> comes from the same species of vegetables that includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale. Although most commonly known for its white color, cauliflower also comes in orange and purple varieties, and just one small head has 7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Try some <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/roasted-cauliflower-steaks">Roasted Cauliflower Steak</a> and see how they stack up to those lesser, <em>actual</em> steaks.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite non-animal protein source? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/darren-wu">Darren Wu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-meatless-complete-proteins-that-will-help-you-lose-weight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diet-trends-that-can-hurt-you">7 Diet Trends That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty complete protein meat protein vegan vegetarian veggie protein Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:00:03 +0000 Darren Wu 1236727 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Amazing Veggie Burgers to Make Tonight http://www.wisebread.com/10-amazing-veggie-burgers-to-make-tonight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-amazing-veggie-burgers-to-make-tonight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/veggie-burger-492727429-small.jpg" alt="veggie burger" title="veggie burger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of my favorite weeknight meals includes the homemade veggie burger. Sure, you can buy burgers in the freezer section of your local grocery store &mdash; but have you seen their ingredients lists? Plus, homemade just tastes better. In fact, my husband and I enjoy our homemade burgers so much, we go out to eat far less often these days, saving us tons of money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes?ref=seealso">Cheaper and Healthier Than Store Bought: 10 Great Freeze Ahead Burrito Recipes</a>)</p> <p>Try this trick: Freeze veggie burgers for quick weeknight meals. Most recipes should respond well to this technique: Shape into patties, lay out on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Then transfer into airtight plastic bags and eat within six months (or longer, depending on your freezer and storage). To serve, let defrost for an hour or so, then cook on your stovetop over medium-high heat until golden on both sides and warm in the center.</p> <p>Now, on to the recipes!</p> <h2>1. Zucchini Black Bean Burgers</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.girlmakesfood.com/zucchini-and-black-bean-vegan-veggie-burgers/">Zucchini and Black Bean Burgers</a> are a wonderful source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. They also come together in a snap. Just combine shredded zucchini with a can of drained black beans and some flax meal. Season however you like, then form patties, and cook on your stovetop.</p> <h2>2. Quinoa White Bean Burgers</h2> <p>I love finding new ways to eat quinoa, so these <a href="http://thesimpleveganista.blogspot.com/2013/08/quinoa-white-bean-veggie-burgers.html">Quinoa and White Bean Burgers</a> are certainly on my to-try list. The author of this recipe shares that you can fry or bake them, and if you don't have all the ingredients on the list &mdash; just substitute in like things. For example, frozen corn could be swapped with frozen peas.</p> <h2>3. Chickpea Burgers</h2> <p>I created these <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/04/chickpea-burgers.html">Chickpea Burgers</a> when I discovered I was out of all other types of beans one night. Use two cans of beans with some chopped onion and chili pepper and bulk up using oats and flax meal. You can season however you like, but I recommend cumin and a dash of cayenne pepper.</p> <h2>4. Eggplant Burgers</h2> <p>These vegan <a href="http://thetolerantvegan.com/2011/08/baked-eggplant-burgers/">Baked Eggplant Burgers</a> contain some unexpected ingredients. Hummus makes the list along with pine nuts. In other words: Uniquely delicious! To continue on this theme, top burgers with tahini versus standard ketchup and mustard.</p> <h2>5. Beet Burgers</h2> <p>Shock your vegetarian and vegan friends by serving blood-red <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/02/we-heart-beet-burgers.html">Beet Burgers</a> at your next dinner party. Along with the amazingly vibrant color and delicious earthy-sweet flavor, they contain a good dose of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, and C.</p> <h2>6. Cauliflower Burgers</h2> <p>These Paleo-friendly <a href="http://blommi.com/paleo-veggie-burgers-gluten-free/?_szp=256279">Cauliflower and Carrot Burgers</a> bind together using protein-rich eggs. They are also gluten-free, grain-free, and and legume-free if you have special dietary restrictions. Oh, and if you have a nut allergy, you can also swap in sunflower kernels for the walnuts.</p> <h2>7. Tofu Burgers</h2> <p>I used to live two blocks from the famed Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY. So, when I found their <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/food/moosewoods-classic-tofu-burgers-86419421887.html">Classic Tofu Burger</a> recipe online, I knew it had to make this list. The mix creates eight good-sized burgers, but you can also choose to shape into faux &quot;meatballs&quot; and serve with spaghetti.</p> <h2>8. Cheese-Stuffed Burgers</h2> <p>I once saw an episode of <em>Man V. Food</em> where host Adam Richman explored the incredible Juicy Lucy, a stuffed cheeseburger native to Minneapolis, MN. It looked crazy good, so I just had to replicate it at home. And the <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/02/oh-so-vegetarian-juicy-lucy.html">Vegetarian Juicy Lucy</a> was born. I recommend serving this burger on sourdough buns atop a bed of sweet potato fries.</p> <h2>9. Copycat Sunshine Burgers</h2> <p>Do you like Sunshine Burgers? So do I! Here's a wonderful <a href="http://thefitchen.com/2013/07/25/sunshine-veggie-burgers/">copycat recipe</a> that is just as tasty, yet less expensive. All you need are sunflower kernels, brown rice, carrots, and garlic cloves. Like the original, these veggie burgers are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.</p> <h2>10. Sweet Potato Burgers</h2> <p>Think sweet potato fries go on the side? Think again! These <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/09/smoky-sweet-potato-burgers-with-roasted-garlic-cream-and-avocado/">Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers</a> have so many flavors and textures going on. Use your microwave to quickly cook potatoes in their skins before mashing coarsely. Then mix with the other ingredients and let cool before cooking on your stovetop.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite veggie burger recipe? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-amazing-veggie-burgers-to-make-tonight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-new-ways-to-top-your-burgers">15 Delicious and Easy New Ways to Top Your Burgers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink burgers vegan vegetarian veggie burgers Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1224392 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Satisfying Stir-Fries in 20 Minutes or Less http://www.wisebread.com/9-satisfying-stir-fries-in-20-minutes-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-satisfying-stir-fries-in-20-minutes-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stir-fry-cooking-87469726-small.jpg" alt="stir-fry cooking" title="stir-fry cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the fastest, cheapest meals I make on a regular basis is the stir-fry. As a vegetarian, it's a great way to get a big dose of vegetables and protein in one convenient pan. Meat eaters, too, can get their fill of healthy foods in just about 20 minutes. And the best part? There's little clean-up when you're done cooking. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-keeping-your-kitchen-clean-while-you-cook?ref=seealso">10 Tricks To Keep Your Kitchen Clean While You Cook</a>)</p> <p>So check out these 10 fantastic stir-fries that will have you eating more and scrubbing less.</p> <h2>1. Chicken and Broccoli</h2> <p>The most delectable part of this <a href="http://www.cookingminette.com/2013/01/chicken-and-broccoli-stir-fry-20-minute-meals.html">Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry</a> is the marinade, which features ginger, sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, and lemon zest. If you're not into meat, you can always substitute your favorite protein, like fried tofu. (The same trick applies to any non-vegetarian recipes that follow &mdash; and vice versa.)</p> <h2>2. Blackened Shrimp</h2> <p>Onions and peppers make up the veggies in this tasty <a href="http://sweetcsdesigns.com/20-minute-blackened-shrimp-stir-fry/">Blackened Shrimp Stir-Fry</a>. The seasoning is a hefty dose of Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Seafood Magic. If you cannot find it in your local grocery store, try this <a href="http://recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_0/2014/APR/87893.html">copycat recipe</a> that contains several common herbs and spices with a spicy kick of paprika.</p> <h2>3. Thai Peanut</h2> <p>One of my favorite meals is this delicious <a href="http://veggieandthebeastfeast.com/2013/09/17/simple-thai-peanut-noodle-stir-fry-and-exciting-news/">Thai Peanut Stir-Fry</a> with fresh veggies atop brown rice noodles. The sauce is made extra thick and creamy with full fat coconut milk. Don't skimp on the sprouts &mdash; they give the dish a nice crunch.</p> <h2>4. Chicken Fajita</h2> <p>Part stir-fry, part salad, this <a href="http://www.auntbeesrecipes.com/2014/07/stir-fry-chicken-fajita-salad.html">Chicken Fajita Salad</a> is ready in just 20 minutes. It's a healthy twist on this Tex-Mex favorite, complete with liquid smoke for extra flair. I'd use black beans in this recipe for some solid vegetarian protein.</p> <h2>5. Almond Veggie</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/almond-vegetable-stir-fry">Almond Vegetable Stir-Fry</a> recipe is simple yet complexly flavorful. You'll notice that cornstarch is a key ingredient in the sauce, which is meant to give the dish thicker texture and also a more vibrant color. You can also substitute in arrowroot powder at an equal ratio.</p> <h2>6. Indian Style</h2> <p>I adore Indian food, and this <a href="http://yummilyyours.com/vegetable-jalfrezi/">Vegetable Jalfrezi</a> recipe looks authentic without the fuss. The author claims this recipe takes 25 minutes to make from start to finish, but I imagine if you're in a pinch, you can cut off 5 minutes or more if you chop veggies in bulk at the beginning of the week. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend?ref=seealso">Save Time and Money with a Monthly Assembly Cooking Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>7. Easy Veggie</h2> <p>This <a href="http://greatist.com/health/vegetable-stir-fry-healthy-recipe">Vegetable Stir-Fry</a> is so fresh, it might just make your regular meal rotation. If you have a garden or CSA farm share for the growing season, you can always substitute in whatever you have in your fridge for the other vegetables in this recipe.</p> <h2>8. Fig, Apple, and Pear</h2> <p>Fruit for dinner? Yes! This <a href="http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fig-apple-and-chicken-stir-fry">Fig, Apple, and Chicken Stir-Fry</a> can be cooked in 20 minutes flat if you're smart with your preparation. The fruit only takes three minutes to cook, so the rest is in getting that chicken done. Cutting it into small chunks from the start should help.</p> <h2>9. Sumptuous Steak</h2> <p>I love the mix of vegetables that accompany this <a href="http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/recipe.aspx?id=3324">Steak Stir-Fry</a>. Bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, snow peas, and even edamame. Don't have all these on hand? No problem &mdash; use what you've got! And one of my favorite tricks for quick meals like these is using frozen mixes of veggies. They always stay good and require zero prepping before being tossed into the pan. Many also contain those more traditional blends of stir-fry vegetable favorites.</p> <h2>A Frozen Veggie Secret</h2> <p>And if you'd like to skip the marked-up frozen veggie packages at the store and make your own, <a href="http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/food/freezer-cooking/make-frozen-stir-fry-packages">this method</a> is the way to go. Chop up vegetables and then blanch them before cooling to freeze in plastic zip bags. Take advantage of in-season vegetables or whatever is on sale to make your custom mix. Then enjoy dinners in a flash whenever the days get busy. With back-to-school just around the corner, I think we all need a trick like this in our back pockets.</p> <p><em>Do you have any favorite go to stir-fry recipes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-satisfying-stir-fries-in-20-minutes-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-recipes-for-lazy-people">25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-low-cost-foods-for-everyday-italian-cooking">4 Low-Cost Foods for Everyday Italian Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink easy meals quick meals recipes stir-fry vegetarian Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1193087 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tasty and Frugal Chickpea Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-and-frugal-chickpea-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tasty-and-frugal-chickpea-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-179234895.jpg" alt="chickpeas" title="chickpeas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are one of the healthiest legumes on the planet. They are a great source fiber, and they offer digestive support, better regulation of blood sugar, and a unique supply of antioxidants. They&#39;re also <a href="http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/display.asp?CAT=2&amp;ID=86">heart healthy</a> and could lower the risk of breast cancer. What&#39;s more, in a recent study, those who ate garbanzo beans consumed less food overall, so they&#39;re also a great way to curb your appetite. And they&#39;re one of the most affordable legumes on the planet, so that&#39;s important to note too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-cheap-and-healthy-filler-foods?ref=seealso">Cheap and Healthy Filler Foods</a>)</p> <p>Below are 10 ways to use chickpeas besides just hummus and falafel (although don&#39;t discount those ways &mdash; they&#39;re delicious). Almost all of the recipes below are vegetarian, and all of them are definitely <em>pescatarian</em>.</p> <h2>1. Couscous With Chickpeas, Tomato, and Edamame</h2> <p>This is my absolute <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2008/12/healthy-delicious-couscous-with-chickpeas-tomatos-edamame-recipe.html">favorite couscous recipe</a>. Using couscous, feta, canned tomato, edamame, and green onions, it&#39;s quick and yields quite a few meals. It&#39;s good as a side dish or as a main dish. You can also make it even cheaper by leaving out the edamame.</p> <h2>2. Roasted Chickpeas</h2> <p>Having friends over for a game night any time soon? These <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-chickpeas/">roasted chickpeas</a> make for a fast and frugal snack, and an alternative to peanuts or almonds. Simply toss the chickpeas in olive oil and season with garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and salt. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. For a more typical chickpea party food, check out this recipe for <a href="http://greek.food.com/recipe/spiced-sweet-roasted-red-pepper-feta-hummus-38846">sweet roasted red pepper and feta hummus</a>.</p> <h2>3. Garlic Shrimp and Chickpeas</h2> <p>The seafood in this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/garlic-shrimp-and-chickpeas-recipe/index.html">shrimp and garbanzo bean recipe</a> makes it sound like it could be expensive, but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">frozen, uncooked shrimp</a> are often on sale at the supermarket. Otherwise, the chickpeas and all the other ingredients might already be in your pantry, ready for cooking. Pair with rice or steamed vegetables, and you&#39;ve got a healthy meal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes?ref=seealso">70 Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Sweet Potato Curry With Spinach and Chickpeas</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-potato-curry-with-spinach-and-chickpeas-84474">curry recipe is vegetarian</a> and features sweet potatoes, spinach, sweet onions, and basic curry spices. Do like the recipe says, and serve over rice.</p> <h2>5. Creamy Chickpea and Rosemary Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-chickpea-rosemary-soup-133563">chickpea and rosemary soup</a> is easy and delicious, with garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, and lemon juice. To make, you&#39;ll need a blender. After cooking everything except the lemon juice, blend together and add the lemon juice and sea salt to taste. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blenders?ref=seealso">5 Best Blenders</a>)</p> <h2>6. Easy Chickpea Burgers</h2> <p>Not sure what to make tonight? These <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/special-dietary-needs/easy-chickpea-burgers/">chickpea burgers</a> only take about 15 minutes. The ingredients are simpler to obtain than falafel. Along with chickpeas, you&#39;ll need cannellini beans, garlic powder, bread crumbs, flour, paprika, and sunflower oil. If you don&#39;t have sunflower oil, you can use corn, vegetable, and canola. After they&#39;re cooked, either put them on buns or crumble them on a salad.</p> <h2>7. Chickpea Casserole With Lemon, Herbs, and Shallots</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chickpea-casserole-with-137473">casserole recipe</a> is from The Kitchn, which is one of my favorite blogs. Along with the ingredients listed in the title, add healthy brown rice, and various dairy products (cottage cheese, plain yogurt, and eggs). Simply mix the ingredients together and spread into a casserole dish. Top with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs and either bake immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and bubbly.</p> <h2>8. Lemon Pepper Garbanzo Salad</h2> <p>This <a href="http://nancycreative.com/2012/03/18/lemon-pepper-garbanzo-salad/">lemon pepper garbanzo salad</a> is great as a side dish or paired with chips. Combine garbanzo beans with black beans, and add celery, red and green bell peppers, and red onions. Season with cilantro, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic, cumin, apple cider vinegar, and lime juice. Let the salad sit for one hour, and serve. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-money-saving-healthy-homemade-salad-dressings?ref=seealso">5 Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressings</a>)</p> <h2>9. Smoky Chickpea Tacos</h2> <p>These <a href="http://familystylefood.com/2013/04/smoky-chickpea-tacos/">chickpea tacos</a> are a unique twist on the Mexican staple. For this recipe, you&#39;ll need onions, jalapenos, and paprika to season the chickpeas; and avocados, tomatoes, arugula, goat cheese, and lime juice to fill the tortillas. If you can&#39;t find ripe avocados, buy some premade guacamole.</p> <h2>10. Garbanzo Bean Brownies</h2> <p>To finish this list, I found a recipe for dessert. <a href="http://www.theroastedroot.net/garbanzo-bean-brownies/">Garbanzo bean brownies</a> are a great alternative for those who have a gluten allergy. Using the normal ingredients of brownies sans flour and adding dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, and confectioner&#39;s sugar, these brownies make for a great end to a meal. There is no difference in taste, only consistency as these brownies have the consistency of fudge. Make sure to refrigerate the leftovers!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to use chickpeas?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-and-frugal-chickpea-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">70 Scrumptious Shrimp Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-chicken-leg-and-thigh-recipes-from-around-the-world">15 Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes From Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes chickpeas garbanzo beans vegetarian Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:36:12 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1110361 at http://www.wisebread.com 35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lentil-100441514.jpg" alt="lentil buger" title="lentil burger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lentils were one of the first crops domesticated by our Neolithic ancestors, and for over 10,000 years these flavorful legumes have carved out a delicious little place in the human diet. Enjoy these frugal, protein-dense little guys in one of these 35 tasty and cheap lentil recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein">Beyond Beef: Tasty and Frugal Protein</a>)</p> <h2>1. Lentil Burgers</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/lentil_burgers.html">great lentil burger</a> recipe is a delicious hamburger substitute that's low-calorie, high in fiber, and takes just 25 minutes to prepare.</p> <h2>2. Lentil and Egg Omelet</h2> <p>Fold in some cooked lentils with your eggs (and hey, if you've got it, throw in some spinach) for a protein-punch to get your morning started.</p> <h2>3. Lentil &amp; Split Pea Spread</h2> <p>This Indian <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/INDIAN-LENTIL-AND-SPLIT-PEA-SPREAD-4280">lentil and split pea spread</a> is flavorful and nutritious. It's a hit with pita crisps, flat bread, cucumber rounds, and even toasted wheat crackers. In addition, you don't have to go shopping for many of the ingredients &mdash; the list is composed mainly of items most people have in their pantries. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-a-natural-food-pantry-for-less">How to Stock a Natural Food Pantry for Less</a>)</p> <h2>4. Lentil and Quinoa Chili</h2> <p>Make this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/lentil-and-quinoa-chili-507595">Quinoa and Lentil Chili recipe</a> on a cold day.</p> <h2>5. Tacos</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lentil-164661466-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Everybody makes tacos, so it's easy to incorporate some lentils into the meat of a vegan, vegetarian, or meaty taco recipe. Just mix them in with your main protein, and you'll give your tacos a frugal boost of protein and flavor.</p> <h2>6. Indian Mango Dal</h2> <p>So many different types of dal (or <em>dhal</em>), and so little time! Dal is a basic Indian dish containing lentils that are stewed and flavored with spices. This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/indian_mango_dal.html">Indian Mango Dal recipe</a> is sweet and savory, incorporating delicious mangoes into the mix. It's also easy for first-time dal makers!</p> <h2>7. Risotto</h2> <p>Did you know that Lentil combined with rice form a complete protein? Try this popular <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/355364/french-lentil-and-swiss-chard-risotto">French lentil and Swiss chard risotto</a> from Martha Stewart.</p> <h2>8. Persian Lentil Salad</h2> <p>This light, crunchy <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lentil-Salad-with-a-Persian-Twist/Detail.aspx?prop24=hn_slide1_Lentil-Salad-with-a-Persian-Twist&amp;evt19=1">lentil salad</a> uses reasonably priced veggies and lentils to create refreshing, complex flavors. Make as a side dish for dinner or for a nutritious vegetarian lunch!</p> <h2>9. Asian Cabbage Rolls</h2> <p>It's always fun to find a good cabbage recipe (cabbage, like lentils, is often misunderstood and ill-prepared), but this great <a href="http://batterlicker.com/2011/03/asian-cabbage-rolls-with-spicy-lentils/">Asian Cabbage Roll recipe</a> is both super-cheap to make and extra flavorful, combining mushrooms, ginger, and sesame seeds to make an amazing vegan meal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">Delicious Ways to Prepare Cabbage</a>)</p> <h2>10. Lentil Sprouts</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lentil-158754740-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Grab some lentil sprouts and put them on top of tuna, in a salad, or as a savory dish garnish. The sprouts are also high in nutritional value and have a spicy, fun flavor.</p> <h2>11. Lentil Pate</h2> <p>Party guests and snackers alike will be impressed with this zesty lentil pate recipe. Paired with toasted bread, this <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/appetizerrecipes/r/blapp34.htm">simple, healthy pate recipe</a> will appeal to your vegetarians and meat-eating pals.</p> <h2>12. Tomato and Lentil Soup</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheaprecipeblog.com/2013/01/the-10-food-day-tomato-and-lentil-soup-recipe/">This hearty soup recipe</a> uses what spices you probably already have around the house, ketchup, tomatoes, and lentils that's tasty and cheap.</p> <h2>13. Sloppy Joes</h2> <p>Even meat lovers will love this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/lentil-sloppy-joes-recipe/index.html">Lentil Sloppy Joes recipe</a>. You'll get that great hearty texture and sweet flavor, with less fat.</p> <h2>14. Vegetarian Moussaka</h2> <p>Want to get ambitious with your lentils? Try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Vegetarian-Moussaka/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">veggie Moussaka recipe</a> that is delicious and inexpensive. Skip the cheese to make your Moussaka easier on your wallet (and with fewer calories).</p> <h2>15. Lentil Stew</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lentil-181444846-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You can make this&nbsp;<a href="http://crockpot.betterrecipes.com/hearty-sweet-potato-and-french-lentil-stew.html">French lentil and sweet potato stew</a> in a slow cooker for some delicious comfort food. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>16. Summer Salad</h2> <p>A good <a href="http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/summer-salads/?page=5">summer salad</a> should be light and flavorful, but also leave you satisfied. Put lentils in a summer salad recipe instead of noodles to skip the carbs that tend to skew salad into unhealthy territory.</p> <h2>17. Madras Lentil Curry</h2> <p>Curry's a classic, and you can make a cheap, flavorful version with some lentils and a blend of the right spices. Check out this <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/recipes/madras-lentil-curry-0711">madras curry recipe</a> (madras refers to the particular blend of spices used in the dish), and enjoy lentils that pack a tasty punch.</p> <h2>18. Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole</h2> <p>This is a very simple recipe for a nice, wintry dish. You can make this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/brown-rice-and-lentil-casserole-74629">popular lentil casserole recipe</a> vegan or non, depending on what broth and cheese you decide to use. Freeze it, and you'll have delicious casserole for many meals to come.</p> <h2>19. Hummus</h2> <p>This recipe for a <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/14110-red-lentil-hummus">red lentil hummus</a> is delicious and easier to prepare than your regular garbanzo bean-variety hummus. Try it out for some tasty hummus 2.0.</p> <h2>20. Potato-Lentil Pancakes</h2> <p>This authentic <a href="http://www.russiancuisine.us/node/1020">Russian Potato-Lentil pancake recipe</a> has lots of rich flavors. A savory pancake can be a great light lunch or a fun hors d'oeuvre with some creme fraiche, and the ingredients (potatoes, lentils, flour) are some of the most cost-effective around. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>21. Cracked Wheat and Lentils</h2> <p>This great <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michele-urvater/spiced-cracked-wheat-and-lentils-for-grown-ups-recipe/index.html">cracked wheat and lentils recipe</a> is simple and cheap, though it takes time to develop the flavors of this dish.</p> <h2>22. Menestra</h2> <p>This saucy bean dish is originally from the Ecuadorian province of Manabi, but its popularity has made it one of South America's most eaten meals. Make your own <a href="http://suite101.com/a/south-american-menestra-recipe-a65305">Menestra</a> with simple ingredients like cilantro, garlic, green peppers, and of course, the lentil.</p> <h2>23. Vegetarian Lentil Loaf</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lentil-177426479-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Stretch your budget and your culinary imagination with this <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/maindishentreerecipes/r/ricelentilloaf.htm">vegetarian lentil loaf recipe</a>! Simple staples like lentils and rice make up the bulk of the dish, garnished with classic favorites like ketchup or barbecue sauce and Italian seasoning. It's an American favorite, reinvented.</p> <h2>24. Asian Lentil and Peanut Salad</h2> <p>Peanut sauces and salads are pretty popular and delicious, but the incorporation of lentils into this <a href="http://www.mamaloutiesrecipes.com/2009/07/asian-lentil-peanut-salad.html">peanut salad</a> creates a welcome depth of flavor with the use of our friend the lentil.</p> <h2>25. Bobotie</h2> <p>Bobotie is a South African dish, which has been around since around the 17th Century. Use lentils instead of the traditional mutton or pork in <a href="http://www.africaontheblog.com/lentil-bobotie-recipe-from-south-africa/">this Bobotie recipe,</a> and shave some cash (but not flavor) off the dish's preparation.</p> <h2>26. Very Green Lentil Soup</h2> <p>Like your soups green and hearty? Try this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/lentil_soup_more_healthy_recipes_for_lentils?slide=19#leaderboardad">Very Green Lentil Soup</a>, which uses lots of delicious veggies, potatoes, and lentils for a soup that will satisfy. Top it off with some goat cheese for extra flavor!</p> <h2>27. Lentil Dumplings</h2> <p>Wild rice, lentil dumplings, and tomato sauce? You're definitely going to wow everyone with this very vegan, very delicious play on the traditional dumpling. Check out this great <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/recipes/4539">lentil dumpling recipe on TheDailyGreen</a>, and enjoy being the hit of your dinner party.</p> <h2>28. Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lentil-155174052-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Craving some meat with your lentils? A couple slices of sausage with lentils make an excellent pairing. Try this <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/lentil-soup-with-spicy-italian-sausage">Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup recipe</a>, which uses spicy Italian sausage along with veggie ingredients for a healthy non-vegetarian lentil option!</p> <h2>29. Coconut Green Curry Lentils</h2> <p>This tasty and cost-effective <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/coconut-green-curry-lentils">lentil curry</a> will give you a little taste of Thailand, wherever you are. The most expensive things you'll need are coconut milk and yogurt (which is optional), so taking your taste buds to Thailand won't break the bank, either.</p> <h2>30 Lentil Cookies</h2> <p>Craving sweets? This offbeat but awesome <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/bals-lentil-cookies.html">lentil cookie recipe</a> will take your cookie to a whole new delicious level. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans">Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans</a>)</p> <h2>31. Lentil Quiche</h2> <p>Make a tasty, protein-filled lentil quiche, and you'll have breakfasts and lunches for the week. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lentil-Quiche/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Lentil Quiche recipe</a> uses simple ingredients with optional added cheese. Yum!</p> <h2>32. Pasta and Lentils</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lentil-148992783-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Give your pasta a boost by tossing in some lentils! Prepare your usual pasta dishes, but this time put a handful of cooked lentils into the mix. Popping lentils into a dish you love to make won't take away any flavor, but add a lot of fiber and protein. It's pasta your way, with a healthy twist.</p> <h2>33. Harira</h2> <p>A traditional Moroccan soup, Harira can be made with lamb or as a vegetarian dish. Allrecipes has a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Harira/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">simple Harira recipe</a> that you can get to work on! Try making it with lentils and garbanzo beans together, and your Harira will be a hit, promise!</p> <h2>34. Goat Cheese, Lentil, and Brown Rice Rolls</h2> <p>With simple ingredients like marinara sauce, goat cheese, rice, and lentils, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/goat-cheese-lentil-and-brown-rice-rolls-recipe2/index.html">Giada De Laurentiis' Goat Cheese, Lentil and Brown Rice Rolls</a> are unique, fun to make, and very healthy!</p> <h2>35. Lentil Tuna Salad</h2> <p>For those who love tuna, this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/health/nutrition/16recipehealth.html?ref=lentils&amp;_r=0">Lentil Tuna Salad</a> takes the traditional dish to a whole new level! Use canned tuna and stuff around your house to elevate a tuna salad and give it a boost of protein. If you're really going lentil-crazy... top it with lentil sprouts!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite lentil recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-vegan-grill-recipes">Great Vegan Grill Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-vegan-on-the-cheap">Eating Vegan on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes lentils vegan vegetarian Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:20:23 +0000 Rebecca Leib 915136 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/groceries-5228193-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've depended on a plant-based diet for well over a decade to sustain my activity and satisfy my hunger. Originally, I thought nixing the meat, cheese, and other animal products would mean big bucks saved at the checkout. Thing is, the words &quot;organic&quot; and &quot;vegan&quot; can be expensive adjectives to add to the grocery list. By developing a go-to vegan pantry and paying close attention to some key grocery savings tips, however, a plant-based, whole foods diet need not be unattainable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <h2>Savings Tips</h2> <p>Sticking to a vegan diet doesn't have to break the bank. There are many ways to save on your grocery list.</p> <p><strong>Shop Farmers Markets or Get a CSA Share</strong></p> <p>Not only is supporting local agriculture an awesome thing to do, but you can usually get great deals on farm-to-market foods that grocery stores can't offer due to their overhead. The benefit beyond the savings is getting produce picked often that very day. The truth is in the flavor.</p> <p><strong>Avoid Products With Excess Packaging</strong></p> <p>Shop the bulk section whenever possible and consider getting your own containers. Prices of food in bins is lower on most everything &mdash; just compare packaged oats to bulk or almond butter to the kind in those gigantic tubs and you'll see the difference.</p> <p><strong>Skip Meat and Dairy Substitutes</strong></p> <p>It can be tempting when banishing animal products to return to those creature comforts in their veganized form. These items, usually found in the frozen or refrigerated sections, are highly processed and, as a result, expensive. Included in this group is anything from ground &quot;beef&quot; to non-dairy &quot;cheese&quot; to fake lunch &quot;meat.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Stock Up on Seasonal Produce</strong></p> <p>It makes perfect sense that when a fruit or vegetable is in season, its stock will be plentiful and, therefore, price will be lower than more exotic, far-travelling items like avocados or star fruits. Buy in bulk and preserve for the rest of the year by freezing (easiest), canning, pickling, or using other preservation techniques. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/preserving-in-season-foods-for-off-season-feasts">Preserving Your Bounty</a>)</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5245027-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Pick and Choose Your Organics</strong></p> <p>I'd love to fill my cart with everything as natural and organic as possible, but it's not always an option for my family. Instead, we buy the &quot;<a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php">dirty dozen</a>&quot; organic and the rest conventional, unless we can get it locally for less. Beware that regulations can be lax &mdash; many packaged products (cereals, cookies, and other snacks) claiming an organic status might not be quite as pure as you'd assume.</p> <p><strong>Plan Your Menu Ahead of Time</strong></p> <p>Taking fifteen minutes to draft out a weekly dinner menu might sound like a bore, but with direction, your grocery list will be much more targeted. Skipping the extras will save you money, too. I sit down with different cookbooks from time to time and also keep a mental library of family favorites that are easy to make and nutritious. For more savings, try overlapping ingredients or even trying to use leftovers from one meal to the next. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-cooking-apps-to-make-mealtimes-manageable">8 Best Cooking Apps to Manage Meals</a>)</p> <p><strong>Write a List Before Heading to the Store</strong></p> <p>This tip goes hand in hand with menu planning. Although most people I see in the aisles at the grocery store are listless, or, rather, list-less, their carts are overfull. Write a list, check it twice, and don't deviate. Random $4 boxes of cereal or $3 condiments add up at the register. A list helps ensure you stay on task &mdash; whether it is handwritten or typed neatly on your phone.</p> <p><strong>Try Different Grocery Stores</strong></p> <p>I have my all-time favorite store in my hometown, but when I venture out, I often am surprised at how different stores provide different items at &mdash; yup &mdash; <em>different </em>price points. Next time you're on the other side of town, check out some of your favorite items. Rotating stores different weeks might allow you to stock up on certain ingredients for $1 or more less than you're used to paying.</p> <p><strong>Cook From Scratch</strong></p> <p>Throughout these tips, you may notice I avoid packaged foods. Convenience is nice, but whenever you can make something from raw ingredients in your own oven, you'll save money. At least that's my experience. I often make my own large batches of waffles, breakfast bars, breads, bagels, soups, applesauce, etc. and freeze to make the best use of my time and foods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-time-for-home-cooked-meals">How to Find Time for Home Cooking</a>)</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-361360-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Consider Learning Techniques Like Canning and Freezing</strong></p> <p>Another common theme throughout this list is food preservation, which is somewhat antithetical to food waste, thus a budget-friendly practice. Freezing is a good place to begin if you're unfamiliar. And just because you don't have tons of space doesn't mean you can't still practice this method. Even a small freezer or pantry can accommodate a week's worth of healthful meals.</p> <h2>Grocery List</h2> <p>Here's a list of versatile items to keep in your pantry, and also ways to turn a non-vegan recipe to vegan with a few substitutes.</p> <p><strong>Flax Seeds</strong></p> <p>I can't think of a day when I don't toss some ground flax meal into a smoothie, oatmeal, or something I'm baking. Flax is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital to vegetarians and vegans alike (similar fats are found mostly in fish). Flax seeds can also be used in baking as a binder &mdash; a replacement for eggs &mdash; just combine 1 tablespoon with 2&ndash;3 tablespoons boiling water, mix, and add into the recipe per each egg required.</p> <p><strong>Bananas</strong></p> <p>Boasting a huge dose of potassium and vitamins A, C, and E, bananas are extremely versatile as part of a vegan diet. I use them in baking (a quarter cup mashed can replace oil or even an egg), freeze them and blend to make an ice cream-like treat, or enjoy alone as part of a portable snack. The obvious: Bananas are also inexpensive, earning them a permanent spot on my grocery list.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-2502721-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Rolled Oats</strong></p> <p>A quick stroll through any bulk foods section should yield quite a savings on rolled oats, steel cut oats, etc. Oatmeal is a great alternative to cereal and can be served hot or cold and sweet or savory, depending on different flavorings, fixings, and additions. Oats can also be pulsed in a food processor and used as flour to substitute or enhance cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. Read labels carefully, but some varieties are even gluten-free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats</a>)</p> <p><strong>Sweet Potatoes</strong></p> <p>Traditionally topped with toasted marshmallows at the Thanksgiving dinner table, sweet potatoes are now considered a powerhouse in the vegan world. They can be roasted in cubes, cut up and baked as crisp fries, mashed in place of white potatoes, or even microwaved for a hearty work day lunch.</p> <p><strong>Peanut Butter</strong></p> <p>Perhaps I'm alone in this way of thinking, but peanut butter makes everything taste better. That, and because it's high in protein, peanut butter keeps me full. Slathered between two slices of bread, spread atop celery, or whisked together in a quick Thai peanut sauce, I always have a jar in the pantry to use in a pinch. There's also nothing wrong with a spoonful of the stuff just because.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-3529075-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Coconut Milk</strong></p> <p>One of my favorite ways to take a stir-fry from blah to blissful is to add coconut milk to whatever sauce I'm making. The light, rich flavor enhances sweet and savory dishes and is especially tasty with red, green, and yellow curry pastes. Coconut milk can also be a 1:1 substitute for cow's milk in baking.</p> <p><strong>Canned Tomatoes</strong></p> <p>In the dead of winter when fresh just isn't an option, I turn to canned tomato products to fill my favorite crock pot chili and vegetable soups, make delicious pizza sauces, and top heaping bowls of pasta. If BPA is a concern, shop carefully. One of my favorite &quot;canned&quot; brands isn't canned at all, but comes in a BPA-free box. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-vegetarian-crock-pot-recipes">Vegan Crockpot Recipes</a>)</p> <p><strong>Tofu</strong></p> <p>When I was first starting my vegetarian adventure, there was maybe one type of tofu at my disposal. Now, there are many different varieties and textures from which to choose. Tofu cubed and fried is a simple addition to stir-fries or even alone as a side dish. However, did you know that the silken variety can make a <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/05/nutella-pie-with-strawberries.html">mean chocolate pie</a>?</p> <p><strong>Carrots</strong></p> <p>All year long, the price of organic carrots impresses me. So does the nutritional profile, with high marks in vitamins A, K, and C &mdash; along with folate, potassium, and dietary fiber, just to name a few. Carrots can be roasted whole, chopped up and added to soups, and eaten raw for a crunchy snack. They're also on the &quot;first foods&quot; list if you're interested in extending the grocery savings by making homemade purees for your baby.</p> <p><strong>Greens</strong></p> <p>When purchased in smaller amounts, greens might not seem like a steal &mdash; but be sure to check out big bins and those double packs that can be found at many warehouse stores. Greens &mdash; kale, baby spinach, spring mix, arugula, and the list goes on &mdash; are a healthy finish to many sandwiches and burgers. They are tasty sauteed with olive oil and lemon juice and added to pasta. I even toss a handful in my hummus or pesto recipes.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5324808-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Cider Vinegar</strong></p> <p>From adding a tangy flavor to sauces and stir-fries to thickening non-dairy milks for use in baking, apple cider vinegar (sometimes known as just &quot;ACV&quot;) is a powerful ingredient to add to your kitchen's arsenal. Some swear by the purported health benefits of (unfiltered) ACV, including clearer skin, better digestion, lessened leg cramping, and more.</p> <p><strong>Frozen Veggies and Berries</strong></p> <p>For nights when cooking long hours just isn't an option, I turn to frozen veggies to fill my nutritional needs. Peas are a favorite side-dish at our house (and kids love them, too), but if you seek it out &mdash; you can even find economical frozen CSA shares loaded with local organic produce in the off-season. (We budget ahead of time to accommodate this expense week to week.) Frozen berries can seem costly, but since they don't spoil and can be used in smoothies, pies, and all sorts of other dishes &mdash; they're worth a trip to the chilly section.</p> <p><strong>Raisins</strong></p> <p>My toddler thinks raisins are candy. They add extra oomph to sweet breads, homemade bagels, trail mix, and more. Raisins can even be used in place of pricier medjool dates in no-bake energy bar recipes. Consider also serving them alone as a natural source of fuel (instead of gels, bars, etc.) for long runs or bike rides along the countryside.</p> <p><strong>Soy Sauce</strong></p> <p>A great flavor booster in its own right, soy sauce is undeniably addicting when mixed in equal parts with sesame oil and drizzled over steamed broccoli and brown rice. Dunk homemade dumplings in the salty sauce for an at-home takeout experience.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-4262387-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="302" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Almonds</strong></p> <p>Nuts might not top your list of what's considered frugal at the store, but almonds can go a long way. Soak for a few hours, blend, and strain for homemade almond milk, pulse in your food processor for almond meal (great in chocolate chip cookies!), use dry roasted to blend into homemade almond butter, or even eat a handful as a quick snack.</p> <p><strong>Canned Pumpkin</strong></p> <p>This is another case of fresh being best, but with regard to nutrition and availability &mdash; canned pumpkin is king. Look beyond the pie section at the store to find the good stuff, which I use in pumpkin chili, as a base for my homemade garlic knots, and in sliced and dessert breads.</p> <p><strong>Squash</strong></p> <p>If you visit the market during squash season, which between the summer squash and fall varieties is quite a long while, you'll likely find more than you know what to do with. And at low prices per pound, it might be worth picking up too much and searching for recipes. I like zucchini, summer squash, acorn squash, butternut, opo, etc. as simply as you can prepare them &mdash; sliced, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted at around 400 degrees F until browned and softened.</p> <p><strong>Tomatoes</strong></p> <p>Best when they're in season, tomatoes turn into sauce in minutes, can blend into a tasty barbeque sauce, and &mdash; sliced thickly &mdash; are a substantial addition to salads (my favorite being caprese) and vegan burgers. Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, antioxidants, and vitamin C. With so many varieties, they're also just fun to cook with.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5198265-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Mushrooms</strong></p> <p>Portabella mushrooms can serve as a hearty base for a filling vegan meal. Simply grill outdoors or simmer on the stovetop. Other varieties, like shiitake, can make a delicious vegan gravy for holidays (or anytime, really), creamy soups, and wonderful savory side at brunch.</p> <p><strong>Vegetable Stock</strong></p> <p>Making stock at home can be an easy way to save money and use up leftover vegetable scraps. However, it can also be time intensive and store-bought stocks don't typically break the bank. We use veggie stock to flavor stuffing and even in place of water in pizza crust. Make soups and stews more flavorful with a few cups of stock or use as a liquid base for a casserole.</p> <p><strong>Whole Wheat Flour</strong></p> <p>An often overlooked way to save each week is baking bread at home. We don't limit &quot;bread&quot; to the standard sliced loaf in our home. Think of all the pizza crusts, naan, pita, bagels, English muffins, and other varieties out there. I prefer using whole wheat as an alternative to all-purpose, sometimes mixing the two half and half to increase nutritional value with whole grain.</p> <p><strong>Bell Peppers</strong></p> <p>One of my all-time favorite childhood meals was stuffed peppers. Back then, my mom made them with ground beef. Today, I stuff them with quinoa, beans, tofu, rice, and any other number of healthy vegan fillers. Bell peppers come in many colors and also chop well into stir-fries and salads.</p> <p><strong>Olive Oil</strong></p> <p>As a dressing or dip, olive oil is easily dressed up with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I also use olive oil as a healthy substitute for butter in baking. Its mild flavor lends well to a multitude of uses and substitutions. It's also a great source of healthy, unsaturated fats.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-4614395-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Beans</strong></p> <p>I'm making a rather broad category here because beans &ndash; from black beans to kidney to garbanzos &ndash; can be used in a multitude of ways. Together with spices and veggies, beans can be used in homemade vegan burgers. Soups and salads get a dose of protein by adding a few handfuls. Hummus is much cheaper (and customizable) when made at home, too. Beans come canned, but a lot of people like dried to eliminate BPA fears and get the most bang for the buck.</p> <p><strong>Cocoa Powder</strong></p> <p>Many new vegans are surprised to find out they can add chocolate flavor to almost anything with unsweetened cocoa powder &mdash; at just 10 calories per tablespoon. I toss it into smoothies, cookies, brownies, and even vegan mole sauce or hot cocoa. High in antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other minerals, cocoa powder adds far more than flavor.</p> <p><em>What ingredients are on your budget-friendly vegan/vegetarian grocery list? With so many options, it's hard to list them all!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-vegan-on-the-cheap">Eating Vegan on the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-amazing-veggie-burgers-to-make-tonight">10 Amazing Veggie Burgers to Make Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink pantry shopping groceries vegan vegetarian Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:55:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 711191 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Money by Going (Mostly) Meatless http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-by-going-mostly-meatless <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-money-by-going-mostly-meatless" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5058385985_6b9ae6d8d5_z.jpg" alt="vegetables" title="vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let me start by saying this &mdash; I like a big, fat steak as much the next omnivore. I like roasted chickens and sausages. And I really like bacon.</p> <p>My wallet doesn&rsquo;t love it quite so much, however.</p> <p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/06/08/154568945/what-america-spends-on-groceries">meat makes up about 21%</a> of the average American grocery budget, making it the most expensive category after processed foods. That suggests that many of us eat quite a lot of meat, and that it has a pretty significant effect on our bottom line.</p> <p>Of course, most of us also know that adding more plants to our meals is good for our health. A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in June found that those who followed a vegetarian diet were <a target="_blank" href="http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/vegetarian-diet-healthy-medical-study-20120604-1zr6t.html">less likely to have heart disease</a>, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. They were also less likely to be obese. In other words, money isn&rsquo;t the only reason to consider cutting a down your meat consumption. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-vegetarian-crock-pot-recipes">25 Tasty Vegetarian Crock Pot Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>Meat and Money</h2> <p>How can adding a few vegetarian staples to your week cut your grocery bill? Let&rsquo;s break it down.</p> <p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, common cuts of meat cost between $1.59 per pound (for chicken legs) to $4.90 per pound (for steak). (My old friend, bacon, comes out at $4.53 per pound.) According to the U.S. food pyramid, which calls a serving 2&ndash;3 ounces, that pound of meat should feed between five and eight people.</p> <p>That sounds pretty frugal, but most meat wouldn&rsquo;t stretch that far in my house, especially when you add the weight of the bones and loss of weight in cooking into the equation.</p> <p>The BLS says that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-enjoy-beans-and-rice">dried beans</a>, for example, go for about $1.46 per pound. If you consider one cup of cooked beans to be a serving, that means you&rsquo;ll get up to five servings in each pound, bringing each person&rsquo;s serving of protein to about 29 cents. That&rsquo;s the base of a very inexpensive &mdash; and healthy &mdash; meal. So, even when you weigh them against the cheapest meat options, most vegetarian options are a whole lot cheaper.</p> <h2>Ways to Go Meatless</h2> <p>Cutting grocery expenses is just one of the many great reasons to reduce the amount of meat in your diet. But the question for many meat eaters is how to do it without missing, well, the meat. Here are some ideas.</p> <p><strong>1. Look to Culture</strong></p> <p>There are several cultures that are entirely vegetarian, such as some Sikhs and Hindus, Jains, and Seventh Day Adventists. Many others use meat more as a garnish than as a main course. Because these groups have been using vegetarian ingredients for many generations, they&rsquo;ve figured out how to make their signature dishes as comforting, delicious, and filling as any meat-based meal.</p> <ul> <li>For example, <a target="_blank" href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/02/red-kidney-bean-curry/">red bean curry</a> is a popular staple in some parts of India.</li> <li>Or try a <a target="_blank" href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pakistani-Lentil-Curry/Detail.aspx?prop24=RD_RelatedRecipes">Pakistani</a> lentil curry.</li> <li>And if you want to try tofu, check out a cookbook from Japan, where tofu has been an important staple for centuries. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/miso-soup-recipe.html">Miso soup</a> anyone?</li> </ul> <p>Note that cooking ethnic recipes does require some investment in terms of spices and other pantry staples. The good news? A little goes a long way with most of these ingredients. Look for them at an ethnic grocery store if you have any near you &mdash; they&rsquo;re likely to be cheaper.</p> <p><strong>2. Spice Things Up</strong></p> <p>Speaking of spices, there&rsquo;s a reason they&rsquo;re so prominent in vegetarian recipes.</p> <p>Unlike a steak, which tastes pretty great seasoned with only a little salt, a kidney bean needs a little more finessing. That isn&rsquo;t to say that vegetarian food is bland, but cooking vegetarian does require a bit of a shift in thinking.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a meat-and-potatoes kind of person, you probably think of meat as what&rsquo;s for dinner. When you&rsquo;re cooking vegetarian, you need to think of your proteins as just one of many ingredients that go into the pot. Individually, none of them will knock your socks off. Together, they can be magic!</p> <p><strong>3. Ease Into It</strong></p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t eat any vegetarian meals, just reducing the amount of meat in your meals using vegetarian ingredients can be a great start. For example, rather than cutting meat right out of your chilli, why not cut the usual amount of meat you use in half, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dilutions-of-grandeur-stretch-your-food-at-every-meal">fill up the rest of the pot</a> with more beans and vegetables?</p> <p>I also recommend bacon (did I mention that I like bacon?) as a substitute in many dishes. Just a couple of slices can make a big pot of (mostly) vegetarian <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/corn-chowder-with-chilies/">corn chowder</a>, or this healthy version of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/02/baked-potato-soup.html">baked potato soup,</a> taste as rich and delicious as any meat-based meal. Plus, if you can learn to make a little bit of meat go a long way, it&rsquo;ll be good for both your budget and your body.</p> <p><strong>4. Eat Whole Foods</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re going to try eating vegetarian, there&rsquo;s one big trap to avoid in terms of cost &mdash; processed foods.</p> <p>Whole foods are always the way to go in terms of price; eat a lot of beans and rice and you can survive on a few dollars a day. Veggie burgers and tofu dogs? Not so much.</p> <p>In fact, processed vegetarian items are often <a target="_blank" href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2011/07/tofu-or-not-tofu-the-high-cost-of-vegetarianism.html">a lot more expensive than their animal-based buddies</a> in the meat aisle. That price discrepancy isn&rsquo;t discrimination against those who abstain from meat; it&rsquo;s just simple economics. Less demand equals higher prices. If you&rsquo;re eating vegetarian to save money, stick to whole foods and learn to cook them, otherwise you may end up paying more for your veggie burger than you would for the real thing!</p> <p>Eating more vegetarian meals can help you cut down your grocery bill, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be an exercise in culinary asceticism. With a few <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-organize-your-pantry-and-save-cash">pantry staples</a> and a little practice, you can cook vegetarian meals that&rsquo;ll have you saying &ldquo;hold the meat&rdquo; more often.</p> <p><em>Have any staple vegetarian recipes of your own? Share them in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-by-going-mostly-meatless">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">Waste Not, Want Not: Stop Throwing Away Your Food!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save">Lentil Love: How to Sex Up a Simple Staple and Save</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink meat alternatives reduce grocery bill vegetarian Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:00:31 +0000 Tara Struyk 967388 at http://www.wisebread.com Eating Vegan on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/eating-vegan-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eating-vegan-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/people_holding_produce.jpg" alt="People holding produce" title="People holding produce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring a plant-centered lifestyle is popular these days, but with it comes the common concern of a cost increase for the household grocery budget. Now that I've been in a (mostly) vegan household for a little more than two years, I&rsquo;ve learned a thing or two about going vegan on the cheap. Here are a handful of my top tips. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25 Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>Select Seeds</h2> <p>When it comes to vegan protein, many people gravitate immediately towards nuts. While I love a good cashew-pepper stir fry as much as the next girl, stocking your pantry with even conventionally grown nuts can cost as much per pound as high-quality organic meat. If you&rsquo;re looking to spend less, seeds are a safe bet. For example, <a href="http://webesharin.com/2011/07/19/creative-uses-for-sunflower-seed-kernels/">sunflower seed kernels</a> can be used to make spreads, seed butter, gluten-free baked goods, and more. I&rsquo;ve also found that organic versions of popular seeds such as pumpkin, flax, sesame, and others actually cost less than conventional nuts as well. Bonus? Those with nut allergies can feel free to indulge.</p> <h2>Season With Liquid Smoke</h2> <p>This is one of the best-kept secrets of maintaining a successful <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-plant-based-diet-tricks-for-carnivores">plant-based diet</a>. If you&rsquo;re new to being vegan and are concerned about filling your flavor requirements affordably, liquid smoke is something you are going to want to purchase for your refrigerator. Available in a variety of flavors, it adds smoky goodness to any dish you want, making it more like the meat dishes you may have previously been used to. I use it in Middle Eastern eggplant dip, pea soup, and other dishes to add &ldquo;meaty&rdquo; flavor without the actual meat.</p> <h2>Stock Up on Beans and Legumes</h2> <p>In addition to the seed suggestion above, beans and other legumes and pulses pack a nutritional punch as well. For example, there are several <a href="http://webesharin.com/2011/11/17/sassy-and-simple-split-pea-recipes/">split pea recipes</a> that are very affordable and easy to make. And not all of them are soup based. Another often-overlooked vegan grocery item is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lentil-love-how-to-sex-up-a-simple-staple-and-save">lentils</a>. There a number of varieties that can be used in pilafs, soups, vegan meatloaf, and more.</p> <h2>Go for Green Groceries</h2> <p>While <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organic-groceries-on-a-budget">organic groceries</a> are great, what I&rsquo;m talking about here are fresh grocery items that are actually green in color. They tend to be some of the highest-rated items on the nutrient density index and can be remarkably affordable. Organic romaine hearts go on sale all the time, making them a steal for salad fans. Other affordable ideas include incorporating some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-cheap-and-tasty-frozen-broccoli-recipes">frozen broccoli recipes</a>, roasting Brussels sprouts, and trying out baby spinach as an add-in for some of your favorite sandwiches and pasta dishes.</p> <h2>Try Toppings</h2> <p>Incorporating a few toppings is a great way to jazz up a meal. They don't have to be expensive, either. For instance, chopped scallions are one of my favorite <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/soup-toppers-with-style">soup garnishes</a> for simple broths, tomato bisques, and old-fashioned potato soup. They dress things up, are nutritious, and can be prepared relatively quickly with a chef&rsquo;s knife and cutting board. Another option for enhancing a meal affordably is to use creative <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-salad-add-ins">salad add-ins</a>. Bacos &mdash; believe it or not &mdash; are actually vegan. I love to use them on top of salads, on pizzas and even in tortilla wraps. Homemade croutons are another one of my favorite salad ingredients.</p> <h2>Choose Long-Lasting Produce Items</h2> <p>For those with crazy schedules, watching produce go bad due to lack of time can be disheartening. That&rsquo;s why shopping for long-lasting veggies such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-cabbage-ten-cheap-meal-ideas">cabbage</a> and onions can keep you on track financially while still keeping you stocked with vegetables. This might mean you eat fewer salads and enjoy winter squash more often, but in general you&rsquo;ll have more flexibility with your groceries when work keeps you on the go.</p> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve done your research and test driven a few types of recipes to determine what&rsquo;s right for you and your family, you&rsquo;ll see that pulling off vegan on the cheap isn&rsquo;t necessarily as difficult as you might have previously have thought. For those more experienced vegans reading, what are some areas of savings that might surprise the rest of us?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-vegan-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-amazing-veggie-burgers-to-make-tonight">10 Amazing Veggie Burgers to Make Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Cheap Food grocery list vegan vegetarian Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:24:13 +0000 Staff 895853 at http://www.wisebread.com Soy Milk, Tofu, and Veggie Burgers for pennies, anyone? http://www.wisebread.com/soy-milk-tofu-and-veggie-burgers-for-pennies-anyone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/soy-milk-tofu-and-veggie-burgers-for-pennies-anyone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soy milk tofu veggie burgers.jpg" alt="soy beans" title="soy beans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoPlainText">Those who are vegetarians, lactose intolerant, or just plain omnivores who like soy products know how much it can hurt the pocketbook. Staying stocked in soy milk, cooking with tofu, and grilling up veggie burgers can be downright financially painful, especially if you have a larger family to feed. But making your own soy products isn’t as difficult as you may think, and you can do it all for literally pennies on the dollar.</p> <p><em><strong>The last batch of soy beans I processed cost $1.50 and produced 24 meals. Want to know how? Read on... </strong></em><br /> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Buy dried soy beans in bulk.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">These days you can find them pretty much anywhere; bulk food stores, health food stores, and even pre-packaged in many grocery stores. You’ll need a fair amount, and will probably want to prepare this recipe in larger quantities, so don’t be afraid to stock up. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Soak your beans overnight.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">Exact amounts aren’t relevant for these recipes. However for your first batch, try soaking three cups of soy beans in water. Be prepared for them to swell in size dramatically…a large container with lots of water is in order. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Grind up those beans.</strong></h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">Put the beans and water in a blender and go to town. You’ll probably find that you have to do this and the next few steps in batches, depending on the amount of beans you soaked. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">You want your blender mix to be pretty watery, so don’t be afraid to add more water to the bean mixture. Once blended, it should be the consistency of a thin milkshake. </p> <p>  <br /> <h3><strong>Squeeze those beans.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">Line a large pot with a pillowcase (or cheese cloth if you have an abundance of cheese cloths lying around) and pour your blender mix into the pillowcase. Then, squeeze the pillowcase for all it’s worth! This is best accomplished with two people: one holding the pillowcase over the pot, and the other squeezing the soy – you’ll definitely need two hands and some elbow grease for this one. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">You’ll notice a white milky substance coming from the ground up mixture (soy mash)…this is the first step to making soy milk. If you think that after squeezing you could get some more milk from your soy mash, then add more water to the soy mash in the pillowcase and keep squeezing. You’ll know you got everything out of the mash when the liquid coming from the squeezing starts to pale in colour. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Repeat this step until all your beans are ground and squeezed.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">I did this the other day, and three cups of beans yielded three blenders full, and hence three squeezing sessions. It’s messy work, but fun too! (Another reason why it is best done with a friend. Kids will dig this too). </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">This is the basic work for all three recipes: soy milk, veggie burgers, and tofu. And now for the individual recipes:</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h2>VEGGIE BURGERS</h2> <p class="MsoPlainText">The leftover soy mash is your base for veggie burgers. Season it to your heart’s content, add an egg and/or bread crumbs if you like, form patties, and grill them up. The consistency won’t exactly be like beef, but then again what veggie burger is?! </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">If you want to have some fun, add some finely grated carrots or other veggies to your patties for extra colour and flavour. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Or if you have lots of soy mash and a large family to feed, try making a <strong>veggie loaf</strong>! Add some canned diced tomatoes, bread crumbs, an egg or two, worstershire, seasonings, and bake it up! I  actually prefer this to the veggie burger option; the consistency of the soy mash is more conducive to baking a loaf in my mind. </p> <p>  <br /> <h2>SOY MILK</h2> <p class="MsoPlainText">Now for the milk you laboriously squeezed into your large pot. Put that sucker on the stove, and boil it gently, stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes. This is not an exact science. You will notice the frothy bubbles on top will dissipate, which is a sign that the milk is coming along nicely. Remove from heat. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">And whamo – you have soy milk! Feel free to add flavouring (eg: vanilla and sugar if you like the flavoured stuff), or leave it au natural for your enjoyment. Be sure to store it in the fridge once cooled. </p> <p>  <br /> <h2>TOFU</h2> <p class="MsoPlainText">Whatever milk you don’t wish to keep as soy milk will become your tofu. T<em>he entire batch (3 cups of dry soy beans) will yield about 500grams (18 ounces) of firm tofu</em>, so it’s up to you how to divide your soy-squeezing efforts between soy milk and tofu. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Add flavour (optional).</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">If you like flavoured tofu, now is the time to add it. Simply mix your flavour in with the hot soy milk. I tend to skip this step (and add flavour when I’m cooking up the tofu instead), so I can’t be of much help here. But feel free to get creative; curry power, teriyaki sauce, or some fresh herbs would all make interesting additions. </p> <p>  <br /> <h3><strong>Add something sour to the hot milk.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">The choice it up to you: for the best results, use either Epsom salts or white vinegar. You can also use tamarind juice (which I like to use), or other types of vinegar, but be aware that the tofu will take on the flavour of what you use, so choose carefully. White vinegar is the most conventional and  least expensive option. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Stir, then let sit.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">The amount of sour to add to your milk is also not an exact science. Stir it for a minute, then let the mixture sit for a few minutes. As it sits, you will see the milk will separate and curdle. Once you see that the milk is fully curdled and the remaining liquid is clear, you have added enough.  If not, then add some more vinegar, stir, and let sit again. </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Drain and press.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">Pour the curdled milk mixture back through your pillowcase, retaining the curdles and discarding the liquid. Squeeze the pillowcase gently to get the remaining liquid out (watch out: it’s hot!). Then set the pillowcase with your tofu-to-be on a flat surface where liquid can continue to seep out without ruining anything (a cutting board in the sink works well), and put something heavy on top to press the tofu into its firm and final form. </p> <p>  <br /> <h3><strong>Allow to sit.</strong> </h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">Let your tofu sit under the weight for 20 minutes or so. You will know it is done when you open up the pillowcase and discover a block of firm tofu inside! </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Enjoy!</strong></h3> <p> <span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Courier New'">Your tofu will keep best if stored in a tight container in the fridge. Cut it into pieces and add to stir frys, salads, or fry it up on its own with some seasonings. The consistency is firm, and it will absorb flavour nicely when you cook with it. You may even catch yourself eating it on its own…it is that good! </span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/soy-milk-tofu-and-veggie-burgers-for-pennies-anyone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-deter-garden-pests">8 Cheap Ways to Deter Garden Pests</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-eliminate-ants-without-an-exterminator">8 Ways to Eliminate Ants Without an Exterminator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-wonderful-household-uses-for-essential-oils">13 Wonderful Household Uses for Essential Oils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-homemade-stain-removers-that-actually-work">5 Homemade Stain Removers That Actually Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY Food and Drink Green Living Lifestyle homemade soy milk homemade tofu homemade veggie burgers soy products vegetarian Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:50:37 +0000 Nora Dunn 2319 at http://www.wisebread.com So, You Think You're a Carnivore? http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lion.jpg" alt="" title="Hm, you look so tasty..." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Purely from a taste standpoint, very few things are as tasty to my tongue as  tender Steak Diane with a nice glass of cabernet. But because I try to minimize my consumption of meat, I occasionally have to explain my near-vegetarian diet preferences to a dining companion. This is usually the point at which said friend or date will feel the need to verify that they, in fact, <em><strong>will be consuming meat</strong></em>. The testimony to their preference of carnivorous indulgences is usually accompanied by some sort of grunt or chest thump - sometimes self-consciously and with a hint of guilt, and sometimes provocatively, with a combative edge. </p> <p>The funny thing about most people I meet who behave this way is that while they&#39;ll happily tear into a fillet mignon with bare hands and a smattering of A-1 sauce, the thought of eating <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/RockyMtnOyster.htm">breaded-and-fried calf testicles</a> with garlic aioli makes them turn a little green around the gills. </p> <p>Frankly, I&#39;m of the opinion that if you can&#39;t dig into a big bowl of <a href="http://www.mexican-barbecue-recipes.com/menudo-recipes.html#Menudo_Sonora">menudo</a>, then <strong>you&#39;re not a carnivore</strong>: you&#39;re a <em>musculutarian.</em> Yeah, I said it. If you&#39;re a <strong>real</strong> carnivore, you don&#39;t pick and choose the bits of the animal that you find the most acceptable; you have to go for the whole hog. None of this prissy &quot;Oh, well, I really only like the <em>white</em> meat&quot; or &quot;I only eat the shoulder&quot;. Nah, that ain&#39;t right. In for the penny, in for the pound, as it were. </p> <p>If you are going to contribute to the death of countless animals through your consumption of their flesh (and hey, that&#39;s your right), you should at least try to eat as <strong>much</strong> of the animal as you possibly can. Waste not, and all that. It&#39;s not so much self-righteous as it is old-fashioned; you know, in the olden days, they found a use for every part of the pig except the squeal.</p> <p>This philosophy extends beyond merely being adventurous (or guilt-ridden); pig&#39;s feet are cheap AND delicious. Tripe has an amazing texture and absorbs spicy sauces like you wouldn&#39;t believe. Liver is so versatile (and nutritious) that you can add bits of it nearly everywhere. <a href="http://www.erik-rasmussen.com/blog/2007/03/26/spanish-cow-tongue-recipe/">Tongue</a> is exquisitely tasty if cooked correctly.</p> <p>Just because you&#39;ve never enjoyed chicken feet before doesn&#39;t meant that you can&#39;t start now. There are some dishes that your average American or Canadian might balk at that are actually quite good, and if you do have the opportunity to try them out, be it while traveling abroad, dining with someone with less conventional tastes, or upon seeing just how affordable chicken hearts really are at your local supermarket, well... give it a shot for the following reasons:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Bragging rights</strong>. If nothing else, your less adventurous friends will think you&#39;re a stud for eating sheep&#39;s eyeballs at an Afghani restaurant.</li> <li><strong>Hey, you eat sausage, right</strong>? Do you know what they put in sausage? You think you&#39;re too good for pig&#39;s lips or something?</li> <li>Every self-respecting meat-eater should be brave enough to <strong>accept responsibility</strong> for the pain that their eating habits cause. I&#39;m not saying this with a judgmental tone - I&#39;m being as earnest as I can be. We all need to be aware of the impact that our lifestyles have on others. Recognizing that <em>there is more to a living animal than a delectable tenderloin</em> is a part of this process. When you dig into a heaping dish of haggis, you are recognizing the the animal that gave its life for your meal is made up of more than chops. Either that, or you are really, really drunk. Or both.</li> </ol> <p>Here are some things I&#39;ve tasted over the past few years that I have found to be utterly delectable, AND cheap:</p> <p><strong>Gizzards.</strong> There used to be a stand at the Public Market in Seattle that sold little bags of deep-fried gizzards, and my visiting family members would devour them like they were going out of style. It turns out that they were, because I can&#39;t find the guy who used to sell them, but if you ever get a chance to try them anywhere else, I highly recommend them. In fact, I&#39;ve taken to fighting my dad for the turkey gizzard every Thanksgiving. You can easily fix them yourself if you have a deep fryer or a deep enough pan and a good deal of vegetable oil. When fresh, they really are a treat.</p> <p><strong>Tripe (cow&#39;s stomach lining).</strong> Tripe is the man ingredient in menudo, which I simply adore, and it&#39;s also a common ingredient in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_pot">Chinese hotpot</a>, which I love to enjoy with big groups of friends for special occasions. Also referred to as &quot;honeycomb&quot;, tripe has a unique texture that reminds me of a thinly-sliced calamari; a little chewy and very satisfying. Pig tripe is also quite good, but of a vastly different texture.</p> <p><strong>Blood.</strong> I&#39;ve had a couple of variations of this, but my favorite is a Korean version known as soon dae. Soon dae is a sausage that is made of blood and vermicelli noodles or rice, rather like Irish black pudding (which is a really good hangover food). Soon dae is served with some slight-spiced dipping salt, and sometimes sliced liver. It is incredibly delicious. The first time I ate it, I had no idea it was made of blood, and there&#39;s nothing in the taste of cooked blood that is similar to the taste of, say, the blood that comes out of your finger when you cut it.</p> <p><strong>Liver.</strong> When done right, liver can be a thing of beauty. My grandmother used to stuff piroshki with it, and it was so rich that I never really got accustomed to the taste in large quantities. However, I have found joy in sauces, such as a <a href="http://fxcuisine.com/default.asp?language=2&amp;Display=150&amp;resolution=high">good bolognese</a>, that have had liver added to them. </p> <p><strong>Glands.</strong> Be they testes, the thymus gland, or the pancreas, animal glands have an interesting texture that always makes me think of a slightly fluffy wonton. I&#39;ve found them to be fairly affordable in some fancier restaurants, at least, compared to the lobster.</p> <p><strong>Feet.</strong> Cow feet can be used in a variety of recipes. Calf&#39;s foot is used to make really delicious <a href="http://www.stratsplace.com/rogov/israel/joys_jewish_kit.htm">savory gelatins</a>. Pig&#39;s feet, when braised in soy sauce and star anise, are incredibly tender. Chicken legs and feet are one of my favorite Chinese dishes, but I&#39;ve never attempted to make them at home. My grandmother also used to make <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/154189">headcheese</a> (also known as souse meat, a sort of gelatin made with chunks of meat and eaten with vinegar), something that was very popular in her village in the Ukraine before the Nazi take-over. I believe that she used a combination of chicken meat and calf&#39;s foot, because she had learned how to make the kosher version. I used to hate it as a kid, but now that I&#39;m old, I can see the appeal. </p> <p><strong>Bones.</strong> Every frugal kitchen knows the value of some good soup bones. If you get the right kind of bone, you can always let the dogs enjoy the remainder, but don&#39;t forget the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/dining/311mrex.html">marrow</a>. If the idea of eating roasted marrow with bread is too much for you, you can always make that fillet mignon <a href="http://www.theworldwidegourmet.com/recipes/beef-tenderloin-with-fleurie-wine-and-marrow/">with marrow</a>. Fancy schmancy, eh?</p> <p><strong>Fish skin.</strong> It took me a very long time to appreciate the taste of fried salmon skin, but now that I&#39;ve been turned onto it, I can&#39;t get enough. Whenever I make salmon, which is rarely, I like to remove the skin and broil it until it&#39;s brown and incredibly crispy, then eat it over rice with chopped green onions and grated ginger.</p> <p><strong>Fish belly.</strong> The fish belly is the fattiest part of most fish, and thus, the most mouthwateringly melty and delicious. It&#39;s often removed by fishmongers and used in other deli dishes or discarded altogether. If you are lucky enough to find sashimi-quality salmon belly, I recommend indulging. Fish cheeks are also extremely delicious, if you can find them. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty carnivore diet Food Health meat omnivore's dilemma vegan vegetarian Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:05:11 +0000 Andrea Karim 2313 at http://www.wisebread.com Perfect Peanut Sauce http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/perfect-peanut-sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4448026843_d41fe36559_z_0.jpg" alt="peanut sauce" title="peanut sauce" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="202" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've been trying, almost unsuccessfully, to become a vegan again. It's difficult, especially when you are surrounded by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-plant-based-diet-tricks-for-carnivores">carnivores</a>. Especially dismissive carnivores. But I was vegan once before, and I'd like to try it again, since it was the only time in my life where I truly felt healthy and vibrant. I'm pretty sure that (along with exercise) veganism is the key to being a good diabetic, and to weight loss &mdash; at least for me.</p> <p>One of the things I've noticed about veganism is the importance of getting enough fat in your diet. Oh, sure, there's the protein issue, but I eat lots of tofu and have never had a problem with anemia. Another problem for vegans, especially busy vegans who don't live on organic vegetable farms with their dreadlocked children and professional chef spouse, is making veggies taste really good, good enough to overpower the desire to give up and head to the nearest fast food chain. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <p>You can only sautee some kale in olive oil and garlic so many times before you want to scream.</p> <p>But without fat, you can stuff your face with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-cheap-and-tasty-frozen-broccoli-recipes">broccoli</a> until the cows come home, and you'll still be hungry. In fact, you might start eyeing the cows with newfound enthusiasm.</p> <p>Behold peanut sauce! One of my new tactics is to whip up a bunch of kick-ass vegan sauces that I can just throw on top of whatever it is that I'm planning on eating. I'll be publishing others over the next few weeks. None of the recipes will be limited to vegans, of course. They taste great on fish and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-chicken-leg-quarters">chicken</a>, or even other meats. You can throw them on at the last minute, or add broth and stew all kinds of things in them.</p> <p><em>Note: People with peanut allergies can substitute other nut butters, or soy butter, in place of the peanut butter.</em></p> <h2>Perfect Peanut Sauce</h2> <p>My first recipe comes from <a href="http://cookingwithamy.blogspot.com/2005/07/perfect-peanut-sauce-recipe.html">Cooking with Amy</a>. It's my favorite one, and so easy to make. It's what I use for dipping vegan spring rolls.</p> <ul> <li>1/4 cup peanut butter (natural, no sugar added kind)</li> <li>2 teaspoons soy sauce</li> <li>1 tablespoon brown sugar</li> <li>1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice</li> <li>1/4 cup coconut milk (lite is fine, if you prefer or substitute water)</li> <li>1/4 cup water</li> <li>red chili flake to taste</li> <li>chili garlic sauce to taste or 1 clove crushed garlic</li> </ul> <p><strong>Optional</strong></p> <ul> <li>sesame oil</li> <li>curry paste</li> <li>grated ginger</li> <li>shallots sauteed till brown in oil</li> <li>Worcestershire sauce (Raedia's idea)* <em>Editor's update - Worcestershire sauce is not vegan</em></li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl, adding the water last. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until sauce begins to bubble and thicken. Experiment with this sauce adding a teaspoon at a time of one the optional additions and tasting as you go. Serve hot or cold.</p> <h2>Thai Peanut Sauce</h2> <p>AllRecipes.com offers this great recipe for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/The-Best-Thai-Peanut-Sauce/Detail.aspx">Thai peanut sauce</a>, which I like best with tofu. I LOVE the cilantro in it.</p> <ul> <li>1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter</li> <li>1/2 cup coconut milk</li> <li>3 tablespoons water</li> <li>3 tablespoons fresh lime juice</li> <li>3 tablespoons soy sauce</li> <li>1 tablespoon fish sauce</li> <li>1 tablespoon hot sauce</li> <li>1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root</li> <li>3 cloves garlic, minced</li> <li>1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro</li> </ul> <p>In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, ginger, and garlic. Mix in the cilantro just before serving.</p> <h2>Indonesian Peanut Sauce</h2> <p><a href="http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blsauce33.htm">About.com</a> offers this recipe for Indonesian peanut sauce. It's a little tangier, and perfect over salads (like Indonesian specialty salad gado gado &mdash; and yes, I know that gado gado isn't technically vegan, but it's close enough for this post). It's a little more labor-intensive, but lip-smackingly good!</p> <p>Yield: 1 cup</p> <ul> <li>1 teaspoon sea salt</li> <li>2 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)</li> <li>12 chiles de arbol or chiles Japones, softened in hot water, dried, seeded, and minced</li> <li>1 tablespoon minced galangal or ginger</li> <li>1 stalk lemongrass, tough outer layers and green parts removed, minced (1/4 cup)</li> <li>2 shallots, minced (1/4 cup)</li> <li>1 teaspoon red miso</li> <li>3 tablespoon vegetable oil</li> <li>1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar</li> <li>1/4 cup creamy peanut butter</li> <li>1/2 cup coconut cream</li> <li>1/4 cup tamarind juice</li> </ul> <p>Pound the salt and garlic in a mortar with a pestle into a fine paste. Add the chiles and pound to a puree. One at a time, add the galangal, lemongrass, shallots, and red miso, in sequence, adding each one only after the previous ingredient has been completely pureed and incorporated into the paste. Transfer to a bowl or to a glass jar with a right-fitting lid. Refrigerated, the seasoning paste will keep for a month.</p> <p>Or, if using a blender, add all the above ingredients plus the vegetable oil and puree.</p> <p>Saute the chile paste in the oil (or the chile paste-oil mixture) in a saucepan over mediium-high heat until it exudes a pleasant aroma, about 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat and add the sugar, peanut butter, coconut cream and tamarind juice. Stir to mix, and heat until the mixture boils and thickens, about 2 minutes.</p> <p>Transfer to a bowl and let cool before serving. Stored in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator, the sauce will keep for a couple of weeks. If it congeals and thickens, dilute with 2 to 3 tablespoons water and cook over low heat in a saucepan, stirring until smooth.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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