From: lisette ( -188.8.131.52)
Subject: Re: vegan on a budget
Date: April 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm PST
In Reply to: Re: vegan on a budget posted by Jo Stepaniak on February 27, 2012 at 5:45 am:
depending on your physical ability to manage it, you might try raising a garden. Even if you have very little room, or even just an apartment balcony, it is possible to raise a lot of food. I tend to grow the expensive stuff - spinach, broccoli, salad greens, tomatoes, squash - and buy potatoes, onions, turnips, etc in bulk at a farmer's market or coop. you might even be able to go halves with a friend on by-the--bushel items. Rice, beans, oatmeal, peas, and often even pasta are available in bulk. I splurged on two crockpots and a rice coker. The rice cooekr fills up at night with oatmeal for the morning, The next day, it fills up with rice or barley for the evening meal. The crockpots are used to cook a couple of types of soup, stew, veg chili, etc that lasts a coupel days. I talked to some old-timers of variying ethnic groups to learn how poor folks ate before fast food. Bubble and squeak, colcannon (potatoes and cabbage), pinto beans and cornbread with collards, dal and rice, brown bread and beans, most southwestern food, all are really cheap. try cabbage and beet borscht, pasta dishes, pierogi or knishes, kugels for other ethic and delicious twists on realy cheap food. Being on disability means your money is tight, but you do have time to cook, and that helps.good luck!
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