Sunday, February 01, 2009

Vegan eating for $3.33 a day!

Chipotle Vegetable Chowdah

As many of you know, I was laid off in December and have not found a job yet. I know I'm not alone in this horrible situation and it is quite scary. Out of necessity, I have had to cut my expenses down to the bare minimum. This means I have around $100 a month for food. I have two teenage boys, but only have one kid here at a time (I share custody).

So, $100 bucks works out to roughly $3.33 a day. I love a challenge and am actually excited about this. As anyone who has read me for a while knows, I struggle with my weight, so I am looking at this as a very positive thing when it comes to food. Kill two birds with one stone. Cheap eats and using food as fuel. So many people have the mistaken notion that if you don't have money, you can't eat healthy foods. My intention with this blog is to share my journey during these trying times.

I will be focusing on a whole food, vegan diet. I want to get as much nutrition from each bite as I can and avoid the ramen noodle trap. (although that won't be hard... I have never been into ramen).. I will be coming up with creative cheap eats that are more than just rice and beans!

Now, to ease me into this transition, I am VERY grateful that I have a full pantry. The next two weeks, I can definitely spend less than my planned $3.33. I have a large supply of nutritional yeast, tvp, wheatberries, sun dried tomatoes, some nuts and a well stocked freezer. I am giving myself an allowance of $10/week for the next two weeks.



Lavash with veggies and Seitan

I have done several seitan experiments lately. My younger son is the only one who enjoys it, but that's fine. This was a ham style lunchmeat and it was pretty good.

13 comments:

  1. If anyone can do it with grace and love...it's YOU!

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  2. It will be interesting to see your posts on eating on a budget--I too am cutting back and have had to drastically cut my food spending. I will look forward to your budget friendly eats!

    Courtney

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  3. yikes, i'm so sorry to hear that! but it's incredible what you're doing. it totally proves that you don't have to buy the expensive stuff at whole foods or even spend that much at a less expensive grocery store to eat well!! best of luck, i'll be checking back for sure.

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  4. I'll be following your posts with interest - I'm always trying to pare down my spending on food simply to try and conserve our money for other concerns - like fuel, savings and holidays! Great that you're tackling this head-on! And good luck with your continuing search for a job that fulfils you, as well as paying your bills.

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  5. Good for you--I am really excited to see what you come up with. Your meals are always so creative--I have no doubt you'll be making some amazing, frugal foods!

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  6. Best of luck! I will be intrigued to see what you come up with, because I think it is possible and can result in some great things.

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  7. That chowdah looks so creamy and comforting! :) I am excited to see what you do on a budget, I am always looking for ways to save at the store!

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  8. Wow girl, $100 per month? Good for you. I'm very confident you can do it because you make such wonderful things!

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  9. Go you girl! :D I can't wait to see your creations! :D

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  10. I think we're all cutting back these days . . . I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!

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  11. I hope you will find a job soon! The chowda looks delicious.

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  12. I'll be reading with interest... last year, Lindyloo had an interesting rant (partly) about the cost of vegan food (or of vegan food blogging, specifically) which I wasn't too sure I agreed with. But it did get me thinking about the prices of everything I cook. Me and the gf spend about $125/month each on food at the moment. I think $100/month will be a challenge but I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    I need to know -- what was the ham recipe? It looks really interesting in the photo.

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  13. Howdy "neighbor." Thanks for commenting on my blog. Funny your $3.33 is so close to the $3.13 a day challenge of my post. Though we came to these numbers via different routes, the circumstances of our journeys are the same. Feel free to write and commiserate anytime!

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