Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to this week’s Vegan MoFo roundup for budget week, where I’ll be looking at what tricks MoFoers have up their sleeves for cutting the cost of eating (and living) as a vegan.
Sunday 16th: Pantry Meal
Sometimes a busy life or lack of funds can mean we have to make do with what’s in the pantry for a little while but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or unhealthy food, as demonstrated by Amber from This Vegan Lyfe
Just look at those omelettes! Such a cheap dinner to make but also easy, quick, healthy and by the looks of it, fudging tasty. I’m definitely making these next time I pick up some chickpea flour. Noms.
Another dish that caught my eye comes from Janyce at AfroVeganChick, who made these ‘fish’ balls. Check out her blog for the recipe, I can see these being a great alternative to falafels in our house. Can’t wait to make them!
17th: Super Cheap Sweets
Maaaate. Feast your eyes on this strawberry meringue dessert made from discounted strawberries by Just Bloggs Vegan. As well as looking incredible, it probably costs less to make than the non-vegan version as it uses chickpea juice. Sorry, aquafaba. One of these days I’ll get used to saying aquafaba. Anyways. Vegan meringue!
18th and 19th: Leftovers
Emma from Walks, Talks And Eats made a batch of seitan sausages ready for this prompt, making two different meals from them. Of course you can make all sorts of dishes using sausages; casseroles, pizza, toad in the hole, pasta etc. With these beauties how could you not make hot dogs, though? I wonder if she might post some to me, I do love a good sausage.
Holy shiitake. Gonna Go Walk The Dogs’ neatloaf recipe sure is golden. What a brilliant idea to make meatloaf in the air fryer, from leftovers! I know you’re meant to have neatloaf with ketchup but I can’t help thinking this would make an amazing roast dinner, smothered in gravy.
Go Vegga Makes the most of the last bits of produce in the fridge with this wonderful crisper drawer risotto. This is a perfect dinner to make with whatever veg you have at the end of the week, and looks tasty as heck.
20th: Four for $4 (or £, or €)
Oh my days, behold this buffalo cauliflower, steamed potato fries with dill and lemon garlic tahini tartar sauce made by Libby (@gogreenly318) . I mean, how good does this look?! A very creative use of humble ingredients and cheap to boot. Get in my face, immediately. Immediately!
My Cat Loves Daiya Shows us how to feed a family of 4 for up to $4 with a delicious bowl of stir-fried tofu and vegetables with rice noodles. This cost very little to make, is filling, nutritious and looks super tasty. I must remember to make more exciting stir fries like this, rice noodles are the bomb!
21st: Scratch and Dent
HahaVegan knows what’s up. If you’re skint then check what times your supermarket puts out it’s reduced produce, as it varies from store to store. I tend to go for the last one of the day (around 7pm in most supermarkets) as it’s the most they will reduce it by at that point. Our Marks & Spencer reduces stuff by up to 90%, and because they store their produce at cooler temperatures than other supermarkets, it’s still good for days! Anyhoo, check out their post about what they managed to find for some ideas of what to make.
Vegans need sauce’s Emily made an intriguing pizza with mushroom bacon made from discounted trumpet mushrooms, which is much cheaper than using store-bought vegan bacon. A great idea that I’ll be using next time I pick up a box of reduced mushrooms from the clearance section.
Another post I saw from today comes from @nomeatandthreeveg in the form of these warm pizza scrolls. Totally budget-friendly and great to put in lunch boxes for adults and kids alike.
22nd: Fancy but Frugal
Happy vegans Uses today’s prompt to make a gorgeous chocolate lava cake which I would love to cram into my face right now. Also, love the fork!
And last, but certainly not least, Jess from Ichiban vegan went all out on today’s prompt to make a frugal vegan high tea! Go check out her blog to see the lovely scones, finger sandwiches and biscuits she made.
That’s all from me for now, looking forward to seeing what everyone posts for the final week of Vegan MoFo 2018.