Wednesday, February 18, 2009

$3.33 a day: Indian Food and Raw Cashew Cheesesticks

Indian Spiced Cabbage and Caramelized Onions

First of all, I want to than everyone for their support yesterday. I am still in shock a bit about Mark's layoff. We knew it was a very real possibility, but I was in denial. It will be very interesting to see what the future holds for our family. Even though Mark and I are getting a divorce, we are good friends and our first priority is our children.

Onto the food! The above dish is highly spiced and so good. I used whole black mustard, cumin and coriander seeds which I toasted in a T of dark sesame oil. I chopped up a bunch of ginger and added it to the spices along with a huge sweet onion, pinch of salt and red pepper flakes. I allowed the onions to caramelize and added the cabbage, red pepper and cilantro after they were good and brown. Dark soy sauce, siracha and lime juice finished the dish off. It is actually what we are having for dinner tonight along with the curried potatoes and peas and some dahl(click for recipe) from the freezer.

Curried Potatoes and Peas

If we have any leftovers, I will mix them together sans the dhal and use them as filling for samosas later in the week. Cold samosas pack well in a lunch box and my kids love them. I will bake the samosas the same day I bake bread to save energy.

Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

I had two grapefruits that had seen better days, but they were perfect for juice. This hit the spot this morning! I will definitely look for old grapefruits and other citrus on the bargain table.

Raw Flatbread/Tortillas

I turned pulled out the dehydrator yesterday to make a bunch of flatbreads. I have a 4 tray and I made 1 large pizza crust, 4 tortilla shells and 4 large pieces of bread. My older son and I are going to have a big raw pizza later in the week. It's also nice to use these in place of bread for hummus and to top with avocado and greens.
Raw Mozzarella Sticks and Kale Chips

Oh boy were these good! I used my cashew cheese and just rolled in in raw 'parmesan' which I make out of sesame seeds, walnuts, nutritional yeast and spices. They dehydrated for around 4 hours or so and the cheese was warm and gooey! The kale was dipped in some of my balsamic flax vinaigrette and topped with raw parm. The dipping sauce was a marinara made from sun dried tomatoes.
Raw Vegan Goodness!

I initially got this idea from the Ebook, Frugal Raw. It is a great cookbook and you should go buy it!

I have had so many emails over the past year asking me for recipes, so I've decided to get them all together and write my own Ebook. I need the focus and frankly, I need the money too! I started writing down outline today and expect to be finished within 6 weeks at the most! I have been flirting with the cookbook thing forever, but to really measure everything I cook is challenging because my brain doesn't work that way! I just throw things together figure it out as I go along..

The challenge will be creating, testing and writing all of these recipes while sticking to $3.33 a day!

Vegan for $3.33 a Day is going to be the name of it!

Total spent this month: $34.80
Total Banked in Bulk Food Fund: $10.20
Left to spend this week: $0.00

29 comments:

  1. LOOOOVE Indian food!!

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  2. You're doing an ebook?!!! Yay. I will buy for sure. :)

    I love how the cheesesticks look, and the flatbreads are making me hungry.

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  3. sorry to hear your ex lost his job. hang in there! i think it's great that you are both friends & put your children first.

    the indian food looks wonderful, Melody! it sounds amazing, too! i didn't even know there was such a thing as black mustard! i'm going to be keeping an eye out for some! i looooove mustard yumminess! hooray for adding in some sriracha! dan & i enjoy it on everything!

    i think i need to talk to dan about purchasing a dehydrator. i would love to try raw goodies! your raw mozzarella sticks look awesome - i need to check out that Ebook!

    i think an Ebook of your own would be a great idea! i would purchase one, for sure! :D

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  4. Those cheese sticks look SO GOOD! I don't have a dehydrator- do you think it would work in a turned-as-low-as-it-will-go oven?

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  5. I think a book is a GREAT idea! I hope you include the cashew cheese sticks...those sound amazing! Good luck!

    Courtney

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  6. Perfect! I cannot wait for your cookbook.

    And OMG, I NEED those cheeze sticks. I'm gonna have to get that recipe from Frugal Raw and borrow a dehydrator...seriously.

    Sorry to hear about the job loss! I hope Mark (and you!) finds another one soon. Good luck!

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  7. Great idea!!! I would love to buy that book!!! Your meals look so delicious!! I have not had raw pizza yet, nor have I made my own raw crackers or tortillas!! Yours are so beautiful. And I love those "mozerella sticks" YUMMMMY!

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  8. I've been lurking around your blog for a while now, and I just want to say that the cookbook news is quite exciting! :)

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  9. The cabbage looks super good! I have a used dehydrator someone gave and I'm dying to try it out on some cracker type things.

    I'm soooooo glad you've decided to an ebook. I know it will be a huge hit!

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  10. Everything looks yummy!

    I am so glad that you're going to do the E Book Melody. I will first in line to order it!

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  11. You sure make the most of your money! Everything you make looks so fancy, nobody would ever guess that you're on a $3.33 daily budget!

    YAY for writing an e-book with all your recipes! It's going to be fabulous! I know what you mean about measuring, it's so confining!

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  12. Vegan for $3.33 a Day is going to be the name of it!

    YES YES YES YES!

    (and you are going to market the heck out of it!)

    Yes!

    :D

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  13. I am sooo buying your e-book!
    And those cheese sticks look so fun; making the dehydrator my next purchase.

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  14. Jody, that would definitely work...

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  15. Your food is Amazing! Cookbook? Can't have enough!

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  16. Your pictures are all so colorful and vibrant- Everything looks amazingly delicious!

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  17. Those cheesesticks look AMAZING! And I love the colour of the grapefruit juice.

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  18. THose cheese sticks sound amazing. And yay for the cookbook--sign me up!

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  19. Curried peas and potatoes is one of my standbyes!

    I am glad you finally decided to write a cookbook. I love your way of cooking so much!

    I hope you'll include those mozzarella sticks!

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  20. Hey!! Those cheeze sticks look rawesome!!! Thanks for the mention:) I appreciate you!

    Love you blog - the concept is wonderful!!!

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  21. I think a e-book is a great idea. The cabbage looks super good. Your meals look so delicious. Your pictures are all so colorful everything looks amazingly delicious. I love cabbage i really want to eat them. yummy... great ideas and recipes! Keep up the awesome work. thank you for posting and sharing it.

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  26. I love it indian food, is one of the best food from the world, is cheapest and very delicious, the cheesesticks ROCK'S.

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  27. I allowed the onions to caramelize and added the cabbage, red pepper and cilantro after they were good and brown.

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  28. I chopped up a bunch of ginger and added it to the spices along with a huge sweet onion, pinch of salt and red pepper flakes.

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