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In the same vein as the "Frugally Veg*n," here's a place where we can share those recipes that really get us through the periods of tight budgeting. Post any recipes (yours or otherwise) that can go a long way on just a little or that can be thrown together with whatever is in the kitchen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:"><br><br><br><br><br><br><b>30-Minute Easy Pizza</b><br><br>
(From vegweb.com)<br><br>
Ingredients (use vegan versions):<br><br><br><br>
3 3/4 cup flour approx.<br><br>
1 pkg yeast<br><br>
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water<br><br>
1/2 teaspoon salt<br><br>
1 tablespoon sugar<br><br>
1-3 tablespoon olive oil<br><br>
topping: tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder, mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions<br><br>
vegan soy cheese<br><br>
anything else you like<br><br><br><br>
Directions:<br><br><br><br>
This is an easy way to make a home-baked pizza in a short time. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water with the vegan sugar and let stand for 5 minutes. Mix in the oil, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Add the rest of the flour a cup at a time until it becomes too hard to stir with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead for 8-10 minutes, until its smooth and elastic. Have your oven preheating at 375 while you're kneading the dough (I have my pizza stone in the oven warming up). Let the dough rest for a few minutes while preparing the green peppers, olives, mushrooms, onions, etc. When you have all the ingredients ready, roll the dough out into a large circle and place on the stone or baking sheet--sprinkle cornmeal on it first--and spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough. I then add my seasonings (I even like a touch of lemon pepper). Follow this with the olives, mushrooms, and onions, green peppers and whatever else you like. Top with the soy cheese. On the baking stone, it usually takes only about 15 minutes or bake until the cheese browns slightly. My husband likes a thinner crust so sometimes I will make two smaller pies instead of one large one.<br><br><br><br>
Serves: 4<br><br><br><br>
Preparation time: 30 min<br><br><br><br><i>Leave out the soy cheese (a/o use nutritional yeast instead) and this is a great recipe for those days when you're just trying to use up old veggies or are looking for a place to use that leftover tofu.</i>
 

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<b>Spinach and Hummus Pasta</b><br><br>
(From vegweb.com)<br><br><br><br>
Ingredients (use vegan versions):<br><br><br><br>
1 box whole wheat pasta<br><br>
3 cups liquidy hummus (best if homemade)<br><br>
1 package frozen whole leaf spinach (thawed)<br><br>
1 red onion, sliced<br><br>
chopped parsley<br><br>
nutritional yeast to taste<br><br>
lots of garlic, diced<br><br>
olive oil<br><br><br><br>
Directions:<br><br><br><br>
**Its very important that the hummus be nearly free flowing for this recipe. Try adding water/lemon juice mixture to liquidize without compromising flavor.<br><br><br><br>
Cook pasta according to package directions.<br><br><br><br>
Meanwhile, sauté onions, spinach and diced garlic in an iron skillet with a little olive oil or vegan margarine (I like Smart Balance).<br><br><br><br>
Add onions and spinach to pasta and Stir.<br><br><br><br>
Cover pasta generously with hummus and add parsley.<br><br><br><br>
ENJOY with black olives, roasted red peppers, and roasted garlic cloves!<br><br><br><br>
Serves: 4<br><br><br><br>
Preparation time: 30 minutes<br><br><br><br><i>A great one if you aren't sure what to do with that leftover hummus...</i>
 

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Here's my easy, cheap vegan "pizza"... put a couple pieces of whole wheat bread into the toaster... toast to your liking, spread some tomato sauce on top, add any misc veggies you have lying around (such as mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, black olives, some garlic...etc..) any spices you like- ta-da... delicious! Add a veggie salad on the side, bazaam, a decent meal in 5mins!
 

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Learn Indian cookingyou wont regret it. Check out some of <b>Verdants</b> recipes for starters:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=6969&c=506" target="_blank">Rajma Rasmisa</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=6968&c=506" target="_blank">Palak Dal</a><br><br><br><br>
If you buy your legumes and grains in bulk, you should be able to prepare either of these dishes for about 75 cents or even less. Add a cup of basmati (about 25 cents) and half a bag of frozen vegetables, and you have dinner for two for $2.00 or less. This stuff freezes extremely well; make a double or triple batch and freeze the rest for lunch the following day or for a future dinner. Being vegan <i>does not</i> have to entail buying expensive foods or involve hours of laborious food preparation. It can be just as easy and convenient as the typical Omni-American fast-food lifestyle.
 
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