Hey, it’s Patsy. Okay, it’s time to talk dollars and cents, or dollars and sense, when it comes to the vegan diet. It’s so doable on any budget. But you may not have thought so reading my posts.
I’ve been guilty as heck when it comes to posting recipes. Some of the ingredients are hard to find, and when you can find them they are hard on the pocketbook. My bad! But cooking is my hobby, and I lavish money on it like most people do with their favorite pastime. So I promise to do better, starting right now.
Too Darn Expensive? Nah!
Many people considering a vegan diet think that it would be too darn expensive to do all the time. Like everything, it is a matter of taste, how important eating is to you — do you live to eat or eat to live? How much can you and willing to spend? I think those questions apply to any kind of diet, don’t you?
Whichever, you can just eat loads of vegetables, grains and fruits which are very satisfying and make you feel great. Omitting only animal products. No meat. A no brainer statement right? You can find meat replacements in the freezer section — everything from vegan hot dogs to bacon to . . . well, you get the picture. Browse it sometime to see what if anything appeals. The costs are nothing like they used to be when I started out 12 years or so ago. I was a vegetarian before that.
What about other animal products such as dairy? Nut based “milks” were expensive but with increase in demand the prices there have come down. I make my own. Not sure it saves a lot of money for me it’s fun.
I have picked out some starter cookbooks with tasty, easy on the budget recipes. I will pass them along over the next few weeks, one at a time. Don’t want to overwhelm y’all.
So here’s today’s pick coming up. After that, I’ll show you a most awesome pasta recipe from it. We can’t get enough of it at my house. So easy to make; so easy to find the ingredients (smile). But first the cookbook!
The Frugal Vegan
As of this writing, you can get it at Amazon in paperback, a spiral-bound (love it) version, and it’s also available on kindle.
“The love of easy and comforting food shines in Frugal Vegan. With smart ingredient swaps to help you work with your pantry and preferences, and beautiful photography throughout, this book has recipes that are accessible, exciting and delicious.”
— Richa Hingle, bestselling author of Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen
Whole Wheat Penne with Avocado Pesto and Peas
Wow. So, how about that recipe? Look. Yummmmmmm!
I fix this for my family all the time who happen to love, love, love pasta. And avocado. My little girl adores peas. My husband is always, always happy to see me putting this on the table. Got you hooked?
Kate Kasbee who wrote the recipe for Well Vegan says :—
Ever since I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I’ve been a lot more conscious of creating meals with a healthy balance of carbs, protein, and fat. These are called macronutrients, or macros for short, and they all play important roles in our health. I’ve been paying special attention to protein and fat lately. Can I just say that it’s a shame how fat has gotten such a bad rap over the last 20 years? I recently learned that the brain is made up of 60 percent fat, which goes to show how important it is to include in our diets — as long as its not in the form of french fries and processed foods, of course.
Did you know that about the brain?
This 15-minute pasta dish is brimming with brain food and plenty of plant-based protein to curb cravings and build lean muscle. Finish it off with a sprinkle of hemp seeds for an extra boost of protein, healthy fat, and fiber, adds Kate.
I don’t know about you, but I can use all the brain food I can get. Hahahaha. Yes!
2 cups whole wheat penne
1/2 cup avocado pesto (recipe follows)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed and warmed
2 Tbsp. hemp seeds, for garnish (optional)
1 .75-oz. package fresh basil leaves
2/3 cup salted sunflower seed kernels
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 tsp. sea salt
A few twists of black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
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I did it. Hooray! See you again soon. Hugs, Patsy