Cheap (but healthy) Eats.

So often I hear people complaining about how expensive it is to eat healthfully or buy foods that will allow them to lose weight, after all, a bag of chips really is a bargain.  Additionally, when people hear I am a vegan, they think I have to buy all my food at pricey stores like Whole Foods, or farmers markets.

1905 Quaker Oats magazine advertisement

1905 Quaker Oats magazine advertisement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was thinking about just this, yesterday morning, as I was making my oatmeal.  I used to buy only steal cut oats, but honestly, when Quaker Oats (and I buy the old fashioned ones) goes on sale, it’s about 3 bucks for a huge canister that lasts for weeks.  I buy flax seeds and grind them (takes 2 seconds) myself.  I add that and some vegetable protein to my oatmeal, sprinkle with cinnamon and I have an insanely inexpensive, healthy, low calorie, high fiber, breakfast…almost every day.

Same thing goes for the soup I make, and I do make a pot every week of winter.  For the most part, soup always starts with chopped onion and celery which I think most everyone has hanging around.  Whether I add a cup of lentils, or beans, or cut up some sweet potatoes and simmer, the only other expense is the veggie broth if I choose to use that along with water.  (I never use straight broth because it is way too salty!)  You can feed a family of 4 for 2 nights with that pot of soup that costs a couple of dollars.

Whether you are attempting to lose weight, get healthier or stay away from animal products, there are a world of foods available that will help save you money, as well.  You have to compare prices, too.  Whole Foods sells their brand of uncooked tofu for 1.99 while it is 2.99 at my local Publix.  Sometimes the foods that are novel at your local grocery store, will actually be a better deal at a store where they aren’t so novel, like Whole Foods, and locally, Tunies.  Compare prices on organic produce as well.  Sometimes, I find will find them to be very comparable to the non-organic version.  Often at my local Doris’ Market, I can find some beautiful organic kale and mushrooms for the same price as I would pay for the non-organic at another store. Finally, when you buy seasonal items, they will always be a great deal, and if you can’t buy organic, know that veggies grown in the USA are at least monitored for certain pesticides, so they are always  a better choice than buying foods from other countries.

So today, on Vegan (Feast) Thursday, there are no excuses to eat the foods that are good for you, for our animal friends and for the environment.  Thanks for stopping in.  I am always grateful for your visit!

For the Animal Lovers


Happy Vegan Thursday.  Loved these pics…

At the TIGERS institute in South Carolina, a chimp raises tiger cubs after they were separated from their mother.

you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn’t
done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of
murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a
bunny rabbit’s eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson’s eyes and
ask him if it hurts.”
Ellen DeGeneres, My Point… And I Do Have One

A totally different kind of animal…..

Charles Manson

Charles Manson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have a wonderful Thursday.  If you read my blog at all,  you know what I always say on Thursdays.  Just ONE meal void of animal products makes a difference to you, to the animals and to our planet….and like Ellen always says, be kind to one another.

Thursday Funnies….

Something light this VFT.   Make it a great one.  Remember, considering a plant-based meal or 2, today or any day.  It will do a world of good for your own well-being as well as the well-being of our animal friends and our Mother Earth.  Peace….


What WOULDN’T You do for Your Child?

English: Medical Marijuana surrounding a vapor...

English: Medical Marijuana surrounding a vaporizer for healthy intake of the medicine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday afternoon Mitch and I watched the second part of the Sanjay Gupta special about medical marijuana and it was incredibly interesting.  Watching it had a very emotional impact on me for many reasons.

First of all, I am truly happy to be alive to see this huge change in the way people can be treated for many illnesses as well as for pain management.  I cried for the families that have to uproot their lives because the state and federal governments are not yet on the same page (but I am confident this is just a learning curve and all will be on the same page sooner than later).  I felt a lot of frustration over the fact that our government continues to classify this as a drug that is highly addictive and has no medical value (a class A drug) yet holds patents for medical uses of the plant.  What??  I felt thankful that a man as well respected as Sanjay Gupta has made it a mission to fight for change and has “doubled down” on his support of making medical marijuana available for all that might benefit from the medicinal components.

Suffice to say, I cried for the entire hour.  Tears of joy and celebration, tears of anger and frustration and certainly tears of sorrow as I watched parents watch their own children struggle with countless seizures, but now hold on to hope and in many cases, finally a possible treatment better than any traditional medicine has yet been able to provide.

I always like to blog about all things plant-based on Thursdays, so I really only went off topic a little today, since marijuana IS a plant, after all.  If you haven’t seen this special, I am sure it will air again so check your local CNN listings.

FYI, last night I made the easiest bean burgers.  I mashed a 15 ounce can of black beans (rinsed and drained), added some diced, lightly sautéed assorted mushrooms and garlic and enough bread crumbs to hold the patties together.  The key to keeping the patties firm is definitely to refrigerate them for at least an hour before cooking.  This made 4 nice size patties which I sautéed in a drop of oil for about 5 minutes on each side.  Inexpensive, high in fiber, low in calories, high in non-animal protein, and easy peasy, I not only have leftovers, but will be making them again soon and often.

As you go through your Thursday, I hope you will give thought to your food choices and consider a meatless meal or 3.   Once you realize that you don’t need an animal protein to complete your meal, the rest is only limited by your own imagination.