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From: David ( -
Subject: Food Costs for Vegan Groceries?
Date: July 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm PST

I'm embracing vegan cuisine on a trial basis through the end of July. I'm now into Day 11 of this experiment and have been having a lot of fun producing vegan meals.

My pantry is now stocked with all sorts of vegan ingredients; agave, date sugar, agar powder, raw cashews, almonds, Lieber's sugar free unflavored gel, TVP, vegan bouillon, etc. My refrigerator has bean curd, soy cheese, and soy milk.

I've also been buying a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables.

This leads me to a question about grocery budgets. Is a vegan diet more expensive than a non-vegan diet? On the one hand, fresh fruit and vegetables can be expensive. On the other hand, I'm not purchasing meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, or eggs ... so in terms of cost, does everything balance out?

I haven't been doing this long enough to have a sense of cost ... particularly since I had to spend some money to initially stock my pantry with vegan friendly ingredients.

As a chef, I also tend to make nearly everything from scratch. I tend to avoid using processed foods ... though I had to purchase some vegan breakfast sausage, Harvest burgers, and hotdogs just to see what they tasted like.

BTW, I loved the Harvest burgers. I thought the breakfast sausage had a great texture but was too dry. I'm going to crumble it and add it to a batch of pumpkin, spinach, and almond enchiladas. I thought the hotdogs were ghastly. I'll have to reuse them by pulsing them in a food processor and adding them to diced potatoes and onions to make a hash.

Nothing goes to waste in my kitchen. (GRIN)

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