I started this blog in 2006. At the time, I was married and cooking daily for my family. My sons were 13 and 14 at the time. I did a lot of big batch frugal cooking, but was not on a budget. During those years, my marriage ended. I moved out of my house and into an apartment. I shared custody of my sons with my ex. Life changed a lot! I went back to work full time at several chef jobs.
December of 2008, I was laid off from my job and had to get serious about my budget and realized I could only afford to spend $100 a month on food for me and my two sons who lived with me part time. That worked out to around $3.33 a day, so the focus of my blog changed.
After 5 months of unemployment, I found full time work again in kitchens. Over the next year and a half, I started to hone my photography skills and discovered a new passion; one that is now is part of my full time career. I am diving off the deep end; doing what I love to do. Creating healthy and delicious recipes and doing photography.
I am seriously writing my Vegan for $3.33 a Day cookbook and am going to start looking for a publisher soon. I've also started my business, Melody Polakow Photography.
Being is business for myself, I am on a very strict budget again. This is an amazing, exciting time in my life and every day, I am learning new things and connecting with wonderful people.
I am super excited to announce that I have been asked to speak at the upcoming Vida Vegan Food Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon in August! Not only will it be a fun time, but I get to meet so many of my favorite bloggers! I can't wait!
OK, now onto some food which is why you are here, right?
I love roasted chickpeas. Simple, healthy and delicious.
- 2 c chickpeas, drained
- 1.5 t salt
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- 1 t cumin
- 1/2 t chipotle powder
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1 T nutritional yeast
- 2 t balsamic vinegar
- 1 T olive oil
Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the peas are in a single layer on a sheet pan.
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