Originally Posted by pineapple
Thank you for the advice I did wake up with a headache but I took a look at my calorie intake and it was low. I really wasn't worried about it and it completely skipped my mind but today I bulked up and had two veggie burgers and fruit and a smoothie and I haven't gotten a headache tonight. Before I ate I had a really bad headache and it felt like a rubber band around my head but I feel a lot better after eating more calories today. Thank you for the advice!
I was also wondering what brand of tofu or veggie burgers you recommend? Because going out to eat and getting them is convenient but in the long run very pricy haha
Glad you are feeling better! Veggie burgers are great to buy on occasion, but I wouldn't make them a staple food. You can make your own veggie burgers (and freeze some for a convenient meal later) for a LOT cheaper. I can get six to eight decent sized burgers when I make my own, and freeze what I don't use and heat them up later. I have a few go to simple and economical veggie burger recipes I like to use similar to these:
It's hard to go wrong with making your own, as long as you have a good binder. Stuff like tomato paste, apple sauce, cooked rice, canned beans all make good binders.
I have only tried a few commercial veggie burgers. I enjoyed the bocca vegan burgers once, and Amy's veggie burgers. I think I tried Gardein burgers? or something like that a long time ago.
I don't find tofu to be that expensive (compared to most meats) where I live. I use silken tofu to make stuff like homemade mayonnaise or vegan puddings and in baking. I use the refrigerated larger packages of firm tofu for stir fries, scrambled tofu etc. I have used Nasoya brand, Mori Nu, House Foods, and Wildwood. I LOVE Wildwood hands down but it is a bit more expensive than some of the others.
If you are looking for plant based protein sources, beans are your best bet for excellent protein and low cost, especially if you buy them dried in bulk. But canned beans are great too and convenient. They can be eaten right out of the can (though I would recommend rinsing them first). Chickpeas for example can be tossed into a salad or mashed in a bowl with some mayonnaise (I use vegan mayonnaise), black pepper, chopped onion and celery, and the mix can be added to a sandwich for chickpea salad sandwiches or added to cooked pasta for pasta salad.
Whole grains can pack some protein in them too. Brown rice is great. If you want something that cooks fast, couscous is relatively cheap and convenient for a quick meal base. You just add the couscous uncooked to a bowl. Boil some water in a pan on the stove. Then pour the water over the couscous (I think it's a 2:1 ratio), cover the bowl with a plate, and let it sit five minutes and you have cooked fluffy couscous. Add some beans, veggies, sauces, or dried fruit, nuts, berries for a hot cereal. Oats are also quick cooking. Whole grains have about six grams of protein for one cup cooked. Add nuts or beans and a few veggies or fruits and you increase protein and nutrients considerably. Spaghetti, especially whole wheat, is great too and takes little time to make. I like to make a simple sauce using cooked red lentils (they cook in less than ten minutes, about the time it takes to heat spaghetti), can of tomato sauce, some fresh zucchini and mushrooms all mixed together and simmered a few minutes with seasonings like oregano and garlic powder.
I would write more but just realized something is going on with my internet so I better post now.