You could have lentil bolognaise with spaghetti noodles. Im not sure how cheap that is though.<br><br><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pasta-with-Lentil-Bolognese-239172" target="_blank">http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...lognese-239172</a><br><br>
Sorry that is an omni website. But that is where I got the recipe I use.
My cheap meals are usually just those that don't include any expensive vegetables, but I do have an ample store-cupboard which most students don't, so spices/sauces/etc are always to hand, so if I try to pick ones that don't use too many of those...:<br><br>
Bean chilli! I usually use onion, garlic, a pepper (optional), three types of beans, a tin of tomatos, tomato puree (optional) and spices.<br><br>
Jacket potato with baked beans, or hummus and salad.<br><br>
Vegan pizza is pretty cheap (although I'm not actually a huge fan) if you make your own base (flour, yeast, water) and then spread on tomato puree and top with vegetables. It'd be expensive if you added vegan cheese though.<br><br>
Lots of stews and curries are cheap, if you pick your vegetables right, and make it from scratch (ie: don't use curry pastes or whatever). Something like this: <a href="http://www.secretsauce.co.uk/vegetarian/mushroom-recipes/moroccan-mushroom-couscous/" target="_blank">http://www.secretsauce.co.uk/vegetar...room-couscous/</a> I make a lot b ecause it's so quick, easy, yummy (I freeze portions of harrissa paste so once I've made a batch I'm set for a while) and of course cheap!<br><br>
Oh and stir fry! If you use "normal" veg like thinly sliced carrots, courgettes, mushrooms, peppers, etc (instead of things like mange tous, pak choi, etc which can be expensive).<br><br>
Hope those ideas helped! My main pointers would be don't use pre-made sauces, and use cheap vegetables and beans as the basis of your meals to keep costs down. Nuts, more expensive veg and dried fruit all make meals more expensive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
I add sauteed onions and tomatoes to a can of back beans and hot sauce. Easy and cheap, and for some reason, I love it. It's funny, I was talking to my little bro (who isn't veg), he's a super poor college student, and he said he does the same exact thing! It may just be because we're both in love with the Tabasco Chipotle sauce...
I'm a fan of most of Isa Chandra's lentil recipes. Like this one for lentil tacos: <a href="http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/ancho-lentil-tacos/" target="_blank">http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/ancho-lentil-tacos/</a><br><br>
Or this one for lentil meatballs: <a href="http://www.theppk.com/2011/03/spaghetti-nos-with-mini-lentil-meatballs/" target="_blank">http://www.theppk.com/2011/03/spaghe...til-meatballs/</a><br><br>
Oh and these chickpea cutlets are great. I either make my own onion gravy or top them with a pasta sauce and some Daiya : <a href="http://www.theppk.com/2010/11/doublebatch-chickpea-cutlets/" target="_blank">http://www.theppk.com/2010/11/double...ckpea-cutlets/</a><br><br>
None of these cost a lot to make and the yield ensures plenty of leftovers.
Ramen may not be healthy, but if you can get Top Ramen oriental flavor it is the only mainstream one I know that's vegan. It's a staple for me, add frozen broccoli or peas, maybe a bit of peanut butter, you're set.<br>
I shop Aldis, and the salsa, fat free refried beans, canned pintos and black beans are all good and cheap. Mix up for taco salad. Their mix of Chinese stir fry veggies is really good-let it dethaw for a quick stir fry.<br>
Quinoa isn't cheap-I get it for $3.99 a lb, which is a good amount, but so quick and protein packed I'd go for it.<br>
You could consider a rice cooker/veg steamer if you like that combo. brown rice or bulger with steamed veggies and beans. Siracha or hot sauce, packets of soy sauce and hot mustard stashed from chinese restaurants. I've seen them at discount stores for about $30. but have no personal experience with them.<br>
Peanut butter goes with all kinds of things, noodles, rice, smoothies, sauce for veggies.
How about making curry in a small crockpot. I can feed my family for pretty cheap on a batch. Do you have a kitchen? If it was just me I would buy some freezer containers and start freezing leftovers. But, you might not have access to one.<br><br>
I find the jarred sauces mixed with one can of coconut is really yummy. I toss it with veg and beans in the crockpot. I serve it with limes and cilantro. You can save some of the coconut milk to serve on the side like you would yoghurt. I like cauliflower and potatoes.
When I was a student I used to make batches of curry/chilli and eat that for several meals in a row with rice/pasta/Jacket potato. That's pretty cheap, partcularly if you buy large bags of pasta/rice and use dried beans/pulses.<br><br>
Also, try to buy veg in season and/or on offer.<br><br>
Oh, and take lunch if you're often out for the day!
There's a thread in the frugal forum about cheap veg*n meals.<br><br>
I like to make chilli, stew, pie, and other large dishes and freeze what I don't use. Buying in bulk is cheaper.<br><br>
Also, cheap things like rice and pasta can be made pretty tasty with the addition of some sauce and a few fresh veggies.
-Baked potato with assorted fillings<br>
-PB and jelly/banana<br>
-Amy's Organic canned soups (I add veggies)<br>
-Whole wheat pasta<br>
-Whatever vegan cereal is on sale (check generic brands!)<br>
-Oatmeal with raisins/brown sugar/protein powder/banana/whatever else you want<br>
-Brown rice with veggies and tofu<br>
-Curries lentils with rice<br><br>
Those are some of my staples! It's a good idea to invest in some bulk spices as well. Check out your local Indian/Asian market for spices and other bulk items like rice and lentils.
I was talking to someone at work a while ago and remembered one of my staple recipes as a vegan student.<br><br>
1 can chickpeas<br>
1 can chopped tomatoes<br>
1 can coconut milk<br>
chilli (powder is cheapest)<br>
1 large onion/couple smaller<br>
1 inch ginger<br>
add tinned stuff & chilli powder<br>
cook for as little or as long as you like and season it as much or as little as you like.<br><br>
EAT WITH YOUR PENNILESS STUDENT FACE (with rice or something).
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Discobanditt</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2930259"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
-Amy's Organic canned soups (I add veggies).</div>
While they may taste good, they are not cheap! They're about $3 a can usually and for that, I can make an entire pot of homemade soup! All the other stuff you listed are great for those on a budget. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
I buy whatever vegetables are on sale or low cost, usually it includes cabbage, carrots and onions. Even just that with a potato and seasonings, along with some lentils or beans makes a hearty, affordable meal!
Amy's soups aren't cheap, the Progresso versions are much cheaper. Progresso has a delicious lentil soup packed with veggies and lentils for a little over a dollar. They also have some other good veggie stews, but the lentil soup is my favorite meal, I'd eat it every meal if I could. Also, WalMart's brand of refried no fat beans is vegan and they sell them for 92¢. They're filling, you can eat them by themselves or a can make about two overflowing extra large tortilla burritos or three average filled extra large tortilla burritos. If you make a small side it can easily last you two meals if you saran wrap the extra burrito(s) and reheat them in the microwave. If you want them in a tortilla I believe WalMart's brand of large burrito tortillas are about a dollar for several (I think about 8-10). A can of black beans over brown rice is an way meal, or you can just make some black bean burritos, or even just black beans plain, also a can of vegetarian baked beans is a good meal. I'm really odd, I like to put baked beans or pinto beans into hot dog buns. The extra juice from the canned beans soaks into the bread and it makes a good handheld meal. Beans are usually salty like hot dogs so I usually eat these when my family barbecues if we can't afford veggie burgers. For some reason, the Bush brand of vegetarian bake beans is about ten cents cheaper than WalMart's version, so I get the brand one of course.<br><br>
Chickpeas are always good to have on hand. My favorite easy chickpea meal is draining and mashing them, then preparing like egg salad, with mustard and paprika, which is cheaper than typical chickpea sandwiches that call for expensive veganaise. I refrigerate extra sandwich filling and it can last me a few sandwiches, depending on how much you put on one and how big the bread is.<br><br>
Do you have a CostCo membership? Spaghetti is a good dish to make, I buy seven pounds of pasta at a time, separate into one pound bags, then buy sauce in bulk. I make a pound at a time with one jar of sauce and save the rest of the spaghetti for later. Costco has cheap brands like ragu in bulk, but I'd you can afford about a dollar more, my favorite sauce is the Mario Batali one. It's a traditional marinara sauce with organic veggies, produced in a green facility, and has slivers of garlic. It reminds me of Buca di Beppo's spaghetti.<br><br>
Also, if you get sick of eating the same flavor of oriental top ramen, you can cook the noodles, drain them, fry in a little soy sauce and season them with season salt and garlic salt while frying. Instead of using the oriental season packet to season the noodles, you can save it and use it to season veggies or any other dish you want to add it to.
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2930306"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
While they may taste good, they are not cheap! They're about $3 a can usually and for that, I can make an entire pot of homemade soup! All the other stuff you listed are great for those on a budget. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"></div>
Yeah, touche'.. For me, $3 for a meal is still relatively cheap compared to eating out all the time (which is what I am inclined to do, as a natural city-dweller). You're right though, homemade soup is MUCH cheaper per serving. Probably has less sodium too.
The cheapest thing \\i know is to cook your own beans from scratch. Then add spices or a dressing over a grain and throw in whatever veg were on sale. Here black beans are 90p a tin and i bought a bag of dried black beans for 75p and I cooked up 1 1/2 cups and it made the same as 3 tins of beans.
My breakfasts are cheap, and are generally either oatmeal or a PB&J.<br>
Oatmeal, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, sugar, salt, flaxseed<br>
wheat bread, natural PB, blueberry preserves<br>
Yes, they both include a few pricey ingredients, but they last a few weeks before you have to repurchase them, and they are high protein and cover multiple food groups. These really are perfect breakfasts.<br><br>
When I discover that I can't buy groceries, I'll make a soup, and have the soup with either a Bisquik dumpling cooked in, or pour the soup over a bowl of rice.<br><br>
To start a soup, all you really need is salt, pepper, a bay leaf, and some kind of vegetable (frozen, canned, or something that's been in the fridge too long). Marjoram is an herb that also gives a good soupy flavor. Toss in whatever you have on hand, even some ramen noodles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=""> if you want.<br><br>
*** To give the broth substance, throw in something like a small bean, lentils, or a small potato. If you don't have anything like that, then add a small can of tomato sauce. Cheap generic canned tomato sauce can be bought here for less than a quarter a can, and they're good to keep on hand for emergencies.<br><br>
Example of how this cheap soup would work...feeds your for days<br>
Cook up a bag of rice. If you have it, a 50-50 mix of white and brown rice works great for this. Store the rice for later.<br><br>
Put about a cup of cheap lentils in a saucepan (the tiny ones on the Hispanic foods isle are very cheap!) and rinse them.<br>
Fill pan with water (4 cups or so), and bring to a boil.<br>
Add the bay leaf, salt, and pepper.... also a bit of onion powder or garlic powder if you have them already.<br>
Once the lentils are cooked, pour in the can of tomato sauce.<br>
Add more salt and pepper to taste.<br>
Store in fridge.<br><br>
To serve through the week, put rice in one bowl, and soup in another bowl. Microwave them.<br>
I like to make a pit in the middle of the bowl of rice... pour a little bit of the soup into the rice, and eat the soup with the rice.<br><br>
*** If I discover that I have leftover soup, I'll put it in a jar and freeze it. Next time I have to make "broke vegan soup" I thaw out the old soup and use it for a base. Over time, it acquires a variety of flavors and ingredients.
I have found that Ramen is better if you throw out the flavor packet and use a cube of vegetarian boullion and maybe some garlic and onion powder instead; then some chopped veggies and a dash of soy sauce.
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I say yes to soup!<br><br>
I just made a great stew like soup that had mostly organic/unsprayed ingredients and cost around $5 to make. Served with brown rice or quinoa, it will bring the cost to $6 or $7 for 6 hearty servings.<br><br>
It has: Canellini beans, 2 bunches Swiss chard, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 1 yellow bell pepper, 4 tomatoes, 1 Serrano chile, garlic, sage, thyme, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, tomato paste and cayenne pepper.
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