I make alot of dished with grains like quinoa, bulgar and barley. I shop at a local co-op. They sell alot of things by bulk really cheap. Grains & rices are great for making cold salads. I make my own vinegarette and toss is veggies, chickpeas with the grains. Also lentils are cheap. Good for making lentil loaf, burgers, sloppy joes.
Porridge for breakfast is both a great way to set yourself up for the day, with complex carbohydrate and soluble fibre, and it is really cheap. Treat yourself by jazzing it up with dried fruit, berries, bananas, honey, jam or whatever takes your fancy, and fits your budget.
Home made soup can be highly nutritious, filling and cheap. My favourite tomato and lentil soup works out at about £1 for 5-6 servings, which can be frozen.
Unless you are really pressed for time, then avoid processed foods; they are usually hideously expensive for the nutrients they contain, and often hide high levels of salt, sugar and fat, as well as preservatives and other synthetic substances such as corn starch and trans fats.
Around here, Monday evenings is when they reduce much of the fresh produce in the supermarkets. Otherwise, the local greengrocer is often cheaper than the supermarket. Check around to see if your local area has a food cooperative. They buy at wholesale prices and then just add on enough to cover handling costs. Some of the savings can be substantial. Bulk-buying long-life products such as dried fruit, grains, pulses, pasta, flour, porridge, tinned goods, soya milk, coffee, cleaning products etc saves a lot compared to buying them regularly in small amounts.
Adriana asked me for this recipe a while ago, and I totally forgot!
Lentil and Tomato Soup
1 large onion
2 tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic
4 oz split red lentils
14 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 pt unsalted stock
hot pepper sauce
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1/2 tsp dried basil
fresh ground black pepper
1 tbs lemon juice
Finely chop onion and fry in olive oil until soft and transparent. Add chopped garlic, and fry for another minute or two. Stir in the lentils and allow to coat in the oil. Add the tomatoes and stock and bring to boil. Half cover the pan, and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the lentils are soft. Add a few drops of the hot pepper sauce, according to taste, and the dried herbs (grind the herbs in a pestle and mortar to release their flavour first). Liquidise the mixture in a blender, or with a blender wand, and return to the heat. Season with salt and pepper, and add the lemon juice. Serve immediately, or freeze when cool.
Sure, go ahead. It's my own adaptation of a Rose Elliot recipe, which I found many years ago (1988 recipe book - I went veggie in 1989, and celebrated my 21st anniversary last Sunday!), and it just evolved according to what I had in the cupboard on various occasions. That's how most of my recipes develop; I read a recipe, figure out what I like and don't like about it, re-write it, and then let it evolve each time I make it.
By the way, I use Jamaican Hot Pepper Sauce by Biona, myself, but Tabasco, Encona or any similar brand would do just fine.
It's great that you like to cook Adiran... And, ***CONGRATULATIONS*** 21years of saving lives of farm animals and living a healthier life is quite the accomplishment. Wish I could say the same... I only went fully vegetarian three years ago. Shame on me. (Still, better late than never.)
No particular kudos, Sydni! I am an environmental scientist, after all! Also, I was living with a veggie partner, and when the relationship ended I was quite ill after going back to a high meat diet. That spurred me to take a scientific approach, and to research all aspects of the vegetarian ethos, and its likely impacts on me and the planet. After that it was a "no-brainer"!
It's amazing that more of us (environmental scientists, that is) do not take that step, despite our awareness of the environmental impact of livestock production. It's interesting how we are able to disconnect our personal actions from the knowledge we have, whether this be environmental issues, animal welfare, poverty or health. I'm sure we all do it on some issue or other.
That's saying something. If Environmental Scientists are able to 'disconnect' what they know from how they act, no wonder, so many average people can't make the leap from denial to reality. Has Al Gore become a vegetarian yet???
Sorry Sydni... I couldn't reply to your post because we've carried it so far down. I just replied to Adrian's instead, because i know it will show up under yours.
I know that eating meat is worse for the environment than eating vegetarian.
I *think* that the less meat you eat, the healthier you will be (in respect to an equally balanced diet.)
So why then do I still eat meat?
Well, because it tastes good.
Hell, I do a lot of things just for pleasure, even though I know they aren't good for me. I drink a whole lot. I expose myself to various chemicals because I can't afford 'green' cosmetics and personal care products.
I don't always work out when I should. I don't always get enough sleep.
Frankly, my physical health doesn't take as high of a priority as it could.
So in the long run, meat eating isn't nearly as bad for me as some of the other things I do. As a human, I chose to get instant gratification for future costs.
Now, as for the compassionate side of the argument. I believe that death is natural. I cause death every time I inhale, exhale, drink water and eat a salad. Death isn't something I don't believe that any life is more 'sacred' than another just because of the intelligence factor, so killing an animal for my food isn't evil to me personally. Suffering, on the other hand.. well, that is another matter. I am actually very picky about what I buy, and the standard of living it had before it ended up on my plate.
The next argument to be had is that of environmental impact.
I believe (and this is open for debate) that procreating is much more detrimental to the planet than eating a steak. Propagating the human race causes much, much, MUCH more damage to Earth than killing a chicken. If I offset my meat consumption by self sterilization, I feel that I still come out ahead.
This is just a quick overview of my thinking. In no way do I want to hijack this thread.
If you'd like to email me personally through the site, please feel free. I'm honestly open to conversation without any nastiness or defensiveness. In fact, I'm stating these arguments simply because I'm interested on the topic, interested in what you have to say, and would like to help you convince others to live in a more responsible, humane way.
I might not give up my hotwings anytime soon, but if my opinions can help you formulate a way to convince others to, I think that would be a very good thing. After all, less is better and every little bit helps.