daily links: affordable veganism and other foodish things

The Economics of Veganism (+ Proof A Fine Vegan Meal Can Be Made Cheaply) – I promise even if you’re a skeptic of veganism ,you won’t hate this piece. Gena Hamshaw gives plenty of recognition to the high cost of produce and lack of accessibility for some while also showing some good idea of how it can be affordable. Gods love her for stating some of the flaws in SNAP challenges,too

In some of our leaner times, we’ve become what I termed “accidental vegans” and as a general rule we eat a lot of vegetarian meals because plant based proteins are so much more affordable. I feel like the disadvantage many might have making veganism work on a low budget is that time is a huge factor in preparation, and it does require a bit of food and cooking knowledge beyond the basic.


Fall Chili, Soups & Stew Recipes and Learn How to Make a Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal ~ Weekly Round-Up – 31 days of soups and stews. I say it all the time…soups and stews are some of the most inexpensive meals you can make and you can stretch a pot through the week . My other tips is to substitute beans if a recipe calls for meat you can’t afford.


21 Budget-Friendly Recipes Starring Rice — Recipes from The Kitchn – essential reading for me this week. Oh,boy.


33 Bowl Recipes to Keep Your Belly Full and Life Easy – I made one of these recently for myself to eat during the week for lunches. Really ideal if it’s just you or you and your partner and maybe one or 2 non-picky kids that can deal with their food not touching .


The Middle-Eastern Cookie That Caused a Panic in Pennsylvania– I’m glad the recipe is included in this article because I immediately knew I had to have some but didn’t want to create hysteria by having something written in Arabic hanging around my house.Heavens no..



SPICY RED CURRY CAULIFLOWER “WINGS”

I have an enormous bag of chickpea flour to use up, so I’ve been making things like this (basically pakora) . I might make this one this week but commit some pantry anarchy by using a buffalo wing sauce my local produce guy gave me as a free samples.

Recipe: Super Simple & Totally Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

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This is a way cheap and easy recipe. It’s one of my daughter’s favorites.

For this recipe, I use:

  • 1 bag of dried split peas- about $1.60
  • a few potatoes – 50¢? I dunno.
  • an onion- cents.
  • a few cloves or garlic – also cents (although mine was free thanks to a gardener friend)
  • dashes of your fave seasonings. I used lovage,oregano,salt & pepper
  • water

That’s pretty much it but I did throw in a handful of spinach,too.Most people add carrots but I hate those things. Unlike most split pea soup recipes, this has no chicken or ham broth ,so it’s totally vegetarian /vegan. You could use veggie stock instead or water,but water is just fine.

I figure it’s roughly $2.50 for a whole pot and serves my family of 8 with leftovers.

Split peas are unlike dried beans that need an overnight soak. You don’t need to soak them.

To make the soup, do this:

  1. Put your split peas in a stock pot and add enough water so that the peas are covered with about an inch of water on top. Bring to a boil, then simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, cook diced potatoes,onions, and garlic in a skillet. When those are done, add to pot with peas & water.
    OR …. saute the onions & garlic in the stock pot before adding the peas,water and potatoes. Both ways work just fine. This time I just happened to do it separately. Like this:

    Taters,onion,garlic
    Taters,onion,garlic
Looks like what was spewed in The Exorcist but thankfully, it tastes much better
Looks like what was spewed in The Exorcist but thankfully, it tastes much better

3. The total cooking time of the peas should be about 30-40 minutes. When they’re soft and mushy, don’t even bother putting them in a blender or food processor. You should be able to mash them down in to a smooth consistency with a potato masher or a sturdy mixing spoon.

In my opinion, non-pureed split pea soup just looks more appetizing.

And that’s that.