Monday, January 26, 2015

Chipotle Sofritas

Alright, so I don't post about eating out much do to Vegan options being far, few and pricey.  However, for today only, February 26th, Chipotle is giving a coupon for a free item with any Sofritas (spicy tofu) purchase.  I ended up getting myself the Sofritas Burrito Bowl, Vegan style.  Some brown lime rice, black beans, Sofritas, mild tomatoe salsa, fajita vegetables and shredded lettuce.  This giant bowl is $7.15 after tax here and I get it with a bag of chips $1.65 after tax and some water (free).  It lasts me 3-4 meals when eaten with the chips which comes out to just $2.20 per serving.  Pretty good for fast food.

What makes today even better?  The free coupon which makes the next item free.  This translates into frugal as making the original item as well as the new item $1.25 a serving since the free item will only be 3 meals without the chips.  So, 7 meals total, $1.25 a serving and super tasty!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Healthy Lunches

Usually when someone says lunch, the normal American would think of a burger or sandwich like food.  While those are both yummy options, I sometimes like to go a little more raw than that.  My little prince likes to have finger food once in a while too even though he's already in Kindergarten.  But finger food is fun, so I get that.

I just thought I'd post a little example of how we eat on a normal basis since my recipes so far probably make me seem like I have $75 a week to spend on the two of us, which I don't.

Today we had a finger food lunch with 5 baby carrots, a cutie (tiny tangerine type fruit), 2TBSP garlic hummus, and 9 herbed pita chips.  The little man had a glass of unsweetened vanilla coconut milk and I had two glasses of water.

Pretty simple, fun to eat, and just 92¢ per person.  $1.17 if you have a glass of coconut milk with it.  I prefer to just drink water as it's the healthiest choice you can make, your body needs it and your 8 glasses a day doesn't even cost 1¢ a day if you drink tap or 3¢ if you drink filtered.  This is based on the lowest price (40-60% off) you can find these products at, which is the only time I buy them.

This idea is high in vitamin A (67%), vitamin C (66%), and has a good bit of other vitamins, minerals (iron 12% and calcium 5%) and daily needs such as protein (6g) and fiber (5g).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Budget

I was just reading an article on how to budget for $25 per person a month when you're Vegan.  It had some really good suggestions for simple foods to make that are pretty healthy.  Eating the same things over and over would drive me bananas (one of the foods she suggested, a lot) so I figured I'd give my opinion on the subject.  Not that anyone cares, but I figured what the heck.  I repeat the same items a lot, but make sure to change out things every week and buy at least two staples that will last for a while and can be used for lots of things.

I decided to take a look at my local Sprouts advertisement for the week even though I already have my groceries for a while.  I also checked out the 99¢ Store ads to see what I could get for cheap.  I like to think about nutrition as much as price when I start making meals for the week.  A lot of the traditional type foods that I've been making lately have been rather on the pricey end ($1.10 - $1.50), so I'm going to try and work more on budgeting down a bit more.  We eat four meals every day, so I'll make sure to be budgeting for that.

Grocery List (for 2)
1lbs Baby Carrots 99¢
2lbs Cauliflower $3.00
2lbs Halos/Cuties $1.98
2lbs Grapes $1.76
3 Small Apples $0.89
1 Carton Mushrooms $2.00
1 Can Black Beans 88¢
1 Can Green Beans 88¢
2 Bell Peppers $1.00
Small Bag Shredded Lettuce 98¢
1lb Roma tomatoes 88¢
3 Pack Seaweed Snack $0.99
8oz Daiya Cream Cheese $3.12
10oz Hummus $2.98
16oz Firm Tofu $3.00
16oz Peanut Butter 99¢
4 Vegan Muffins $2.99
1 Bag Pita Chips $2.50
1 Bag Pretzels 99¢
8 Tortillas 99¢
1 loaf Vegan Bread $3.79
1lb Brown Rice $0.88
3 Packets Yakisoba Noodles $2.99
1/2 Gallon Coconut Milk $2.00
8oz Olive Oil 99¢
4oz Liquid Smoke $2.00
1TBSP Garlic Powder 12¢
1 Bottle BBQ Sauce 99¢
1 Bottle Soy Sauce 99¢
10oz Mild Salsa 99¢
2 oz Coffee Grounds $1.24
Total $49.56

Food listed is per person.  You can use the sauces as you please and try different combinations.  BBQ mixed with Soy Sauce tastes amazing as a heavier dish ~

Day 1
  • Breakfast - bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1 Cutie/Halo
  • Lunch - 2TBSP hummus, 1/2 cup carrots, 1 Cutie/Halo, and 9 pita chips (drink - 8oz coconut milk or water)
  • Snack - 1/4 cup pretzels and 1/2 cup grapes (drink - water)
  • Dinner - peanut butter sandwich w/ 1/2 sliced apple (drink - water, getting the idea?)
Day 2
  • Breakfast - 1 slice toasted bread, 2 TBSP peanut butter mixed w/ 1 TBSP cream cheese, and 1/2 cup gapes (drink - coffee/water)
  • Lunch - 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/4 cup diced mushrooms (sautéed), and 2oz tofu (sautéed) with seasoning (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 packet seaweed snacks and slice of toast w/ 1 TBSP peanut butter (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 2 TBSP hummus, 1/2 cup carrots and 9 pita chips (drink - water)
Day 3
  • Breakfast - bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1 Cutie/Halo
  • Lunch - 1/4 cup mushrooms, 1/2 bell pepper (all sautéed) and 1/2 cup Yakisoba noodles with seasoning (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 sliced Apple w/ 2 TBSP peanut butter
  • Dinner - 1/8 cup salsa, 2 TBSP hummus, 1/4 bell pepper strips and 9 pita chips (drink - water)
Day 4
  • Breakfast - 1 slice toast, 1/2 sliced apple and 2 TBSP peanut butter (drink - coffee/coconut milk)
  • Lunch - 1/4 cup mushrooms w/ 1/2 cup green beans steamed and 1/2 cup brown rice with seasoning (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/4 cup pretzels w/ 2 TBSP peanut butter (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 1/6 head cauliflower, 1/2 pack seaweed snacks, 1/2 packet Yakisoba noodles and 1oz tofu with seasoning (drink - water)
Day 5
  • Breakfast - 1 bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1 Cutie/Halo
  • Lunch - 1 flour tortilla, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 cup pretzels w/ 1 TBSP hummus (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 1/2 cup green beans, 1/4 cup brown rice and 1oz tofu (sautéed) (drink - water)
Day 6
  • Breakfast - 1/2 sliced apple, 1 slice toasted bread, and 2 TBSP peanut butter mixed w/ 1 TBSP cream cheese (drink - coffee/coconut milk)
  • Lunch - BBQ Cauliflower Wings and 1/2 cup brown rice (drink - water)
  • Snack - 1/2 cup pretzels w/ 2 TBSP peanut butter (drink - water)
  • Dinner - 1/4 bell pepper, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4 cup brown rice and 2oz tofu seasoned (drink - water)
Day 7

  • Breakfast - 1 bran muffin in half w/ cream cheese spread (drink - coffee/water) and 1/2 cup grapes (drink - water)
  • Lunch - 1 flour tortilla, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/8 cup diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/4 cup salsa, 1/4 bell pepper, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2oz seasoned tofu (drink - water)
  • Snack - remaining snack type food (drink - coconut milk/water)
  • Dinner - Yakisoba noodles mixed with remaining vegetables (drink - water)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vegan Root Beer

We almost never drink soda, but I bought some of the root beer at Sprouts for our pizza nights.  The options they had were Hansen's, Zevia and a couple others I didn't look at.  I wanted to start with just these two and try them out.

The Creamy Root Beer was just that.  It tasted a lot like the normal brands of root beer you would get from a fountain drink dispenser, so tasty.

The Ginger Root Beer was a little different though.  It was made wih stevia, so it was 0 calories.  I was afraid the taste would be gross like most diet sodas, but it was pretty good.  It tasted like root beer with just a hint of ginger ale instead of vanilla like normal root beer.

After trying both, I think I'll be getting the Zevia do to it being just about the same price and having 0 calories.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vegan Oven Grilled Cheese

Dinner last night was grilled cheese, Vegan style.  I tried out three different cheeses with two different crispness makers (yeah, that's made up) and found the one that works best!

Ingredients you'll need:

* 4 slices wheat bread (check the label)
* 4 TBSP Mayo (I use Vegenaise)
* 2 Slices Cheddar Cheese (Go! Veggie)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Put a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet so that the grilled cheese will be cooked properly.

Place two slices of bread on the cooling rack, followed by cheese, two more slices of bread on top of the cheese and spread 1 TBSP mayo on the top side of each piece of bread.

Cook for 6-8 minutes or until mayo has settled in and looks bubbly golden.  Flip to other side.  This side should be the hardness of normal toast.  Spread the remaining mayo and cook an additional 6-8 minutes until both sides are golden.

Serve with some delicious tomato soup and you have yourselves an easy, cheap dinner for the night.

Vegan Chocolate Dream

Today I was craving something chocolatey, which is very rare for me.  I decided that after reading the article about Safeway carrying Vegan cake, I just had to have some.  To my dismay, my location does not and will not be carrying it.  So, I decided to make cake at home.  I really wanted cake and didn't want to wait (or have leftovers hanging about) so I decided to try making a mug cake.  I've never done this sort of thing before and it turned out so wonderful that I'm not sure I'll be baking cakes very much anymore.

Ingredients needed:

* 1/3 cup all purpose flour
* 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
* 3 TBSP granulated sugar
* 1/8 Tsp Salt
* 1/3 cup Regular soy milk (or coconut)
* 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
* 3 TBSP Chocolate Syrup
* 2 TBSP Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

Mix together the flour, cocoa, sugar and salt.  Make sure to get out any little lumps.  Slowly add in milk and oil until well blended and slightly thick.  Once mixed well, add chocolate syrup and mix until it looks like brownie batter.  Put in mug if you hadn't mixed the batter in one and pour chocolate chips on top.  Gently press them into the surface a little.  Cook in the microwave on high for 60-75 seconds.  The middle should still be slightly uncooked.  Voila!  A yummy, moist, chocolate cake in a mug with a gooey chocolate lava center.  Not healthy, but oh so tasty.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Impossibley Easy Vegan Pie

So, I decided to try something the other day and just decided to post it up.  I use to eat the Betty Crocker Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie a lot as a kid and wanted to make a Vegan version.  I made these in a muffin pan instead of as one big pie so that it's easier to serve and my little man could eat them with his hands.  This recipe makes four, but it's easily doubled or tripled if you have more mouths to feed.

Ingredients you will need:
1 Vegan Burger (I used Sprouts)
1/4 TSP dried or 1/8 of fresh white onion
1/8 TSP salt
1/8 TSP liquid amino acid (Braggs)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (Daiya)
1 TSP nutritional yeast (Braggs)
1/4 Cup Bisquick (original or heart)
1/4 Cup Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Egg Worth of Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/8 TSP liquid smoke
1 TSP Olive Oil
2 TSP Spreadable Butter (Earth Balance)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly grease spaces needed in muffin pan with butter or pop in liners if you prefer.

Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat and cook vegan burger until a little soft.  Toss onions and salt in and add liquid smoke.  Then chop up in to tiny pieces and continue cooking until browned and fully soft.

Evenly distribute burger pieces into muffin tins.  Then sprinkle half of the cheese evenly amongst the tins.  Then sprinkle on nutritional yeast.

In a tiny bowl, whisk the ener-G egg with water according to package directions.  Then add in the Bisquick and milk until well blended.  Distribute mixture over burger pieces and then top with the remaining cheese.

Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until tops are golden.  Serve or save for later.  This is real simple and tasty.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cauliflower Wings

Alright, so tonight is Friday which means it's "family night" aka. pizza night!  Had my little man help me with cooking tonight since he wants to learn how to do things.  We bought the pizza, some yummy Vegan cinnamon bread for dessert along with So Delicious vanilla creamy dessert (ice cream).

So, I made this version a little different.  Keep in mind, these serving sizes on my site are for about 2-3 people since we're just a two person family.  I never make leftovers as we do not eat them.  This recipe is to do half buffalo and half bbq.

Ingredients that you'll need are:

  • 1/3 head of organic cauliflower broken into small florets
  • 6 TBSP rice flour (1/2 in one tiny bowl, half in the other)
  • 6 TBSP water (ditto)
  • 6 TBSP BBQ Sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 6 TBSP Margarine (I used Earth Balance Organic)
  • 1/2 TBSP Frank's Red Hot Original (do not use buffalo, it's not Vegan)
  • 1/8 TSP Salt
  • 1/8 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 TSP Paprika
  • 1/4 TSP of liquid smoke
  • 2 TSP Olive Oil (optional if your baking sheet isn't non-stick)
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (approx 225 C).  Cut bottom off cauliflower and use break off about 1/3 of the head.  You can save the rest in a sealed baggie in the fridge for 2-4 weeks depending on your fridge temperature and how often you open it.  You'll want to wash these off and then gently pat dry.
  2. Get two small bowls (cereal bowls or a little smaller will do, I used my miso soup bowls) and put 1/2 of the rice flour in one bowl and half in the other.  Add 1/2 the water to each of the bowls.  In the right bowl, add in the garlic powder, paprika, a few dashes of liquid smoke, and about half the salt.  In the left bowl, add in the rest of the salt and liquid smoke.  Whisk until mixed together.
  3. Dip and evenly coat half the cauliflower into each bowl.  Lightly grease your baking sheet with olive oil if it's not non-stick before laying them onto a baking sheet.  Place into the oven and let crisp up until a little golden brown.  This should be about 25-30 minutes depending on your oven.
  4. When they're almost done, use two more small bowls (or the same ones well cleaned) to mix the sauces.  The right bowl (for the ones with the spice mixture on them) will have the butter, slightly melted, mixed with hot sauce.  This will make an orange coating when mixed together and will be mild.  Add more hot sauce for medium.  In the left bowl, just pour in the BBQ sauce.
  5. Coat the appropriate cauliflowers in each sauce and then lay back on the baking sheet.  Put back in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.  Take out and serve.
I'll be posting up a recipe for ranch dip for the buffalo wings later this week.  The dip suggested on the site was not tasty...

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My 2nd Week

Alright, so it's not January 8th and the 2nd week of me going Vegan.  Last week was alright, but lack of money on hand made it a little boring.  I didn't eat much more than raisin bran, soup, noodles and vegetables.  We had the pizza, which was rather tasty.  We also did spaghetti for dinner last night which was absolutely awesome!  I actually got my son to finish his food for once without asking and it was all gone within 30 minutes which is a feat if you knew him.  He's a slow eater, but sometimes dinner can turn into a three hour affair with him being annoyed by the time he turns in for bed.

So, I did 90% of my shopping for the next two weeks last night.  I got lots of dairy items, some fruit, veggies, more pizza, veggie burgers, (I used one for the spaghetti last night) lots of basic staples and spices, and of course a few snacks.

The So Delicious Coconut Milk for on sale for 2/$4 this week at Sprouts, so I'm actually going to have to go back and get some more.  My son tried the vanilla this morning and he says it's way better than soy milk.  Also got some Vegenaise (used a little for the cheesy garlic bread) and I hate mayo.  Like, I seriously absolutely hate the smell and taste of mayo.  This was different though and I found it to be tasty.  Got some So Delicious coconut milk creamer in French vanilla flavor, some earth balance organic Vegan butter, Go Veggie! cheese slices, daiya cheddar style shreds (which taste amazing), and some different flavors of silk yogurt which was $0.99/ea. this week at Sprouts.

Not pictured, I also purchased some Oroweat Master's Best Winter Wheat bread (all other styles of Oroweat bread are NOT Vegan, they all contain Whey or D3 now), whole wheat hamburger buns, Amy's Vegan Margherita Pizza With Daiya Cheese (it was the cheapest one this week at $4.09 at Sprouts), Yellow Corn Chips, Popchips sea salt & vinegar flavor, Bisquick Heart Smart (yes, this is Vegan), Ener-G Egg Replacer, Braggs Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, Organic Vanilla Extract, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Cumin, Chili Spice (both of which are sold in the bulk area of Sprouts; $0.11 for a little over a TBSP of the Chili and $0.25 for 1/2 TBSP of the Cumin), Organic Baking Cocoa, Liquid Smoke, Liquid Amino Acids, California Raisins, Oranges (and lots of them this time; actually going to go buy more on Tuesday before the price goes up.  It's $0.48/lb at Sprouts right now.  Got 8 nice ones for $0.77!), Organic Cauliflower, Red Kale, Pace Picante Medium, Hansen's Natural Cane Soda - Creamy Root Beer, and Marketside Lemonade.

For $106 in groceries, I think I'll be set for a while.  At least I hope so!

Vegan Spaghetti Dinner

So, I decided to start eating more than just soup broth and vegetables for dinner and am going to be trying out a few things in the coming weeks.  Last night I made spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread for dinner - all Vegan, all very yummy!

The spaghetti was just some normal spaghetti noodles (American Beauty brand), spaghetti sauce (Prego Traditional), and a crumbled Vegan patty (Sprouts Original).

For the cheesy garlic bread, I used a slice of wheat bread (Oroweat winter wheat) and spread on 1tbsp of Vegenaise original mayo, an then sprinkled about 1/4 cup of Daiya cheddar style shreds, a little dash of minced garlic, sprinklings of garlic powder, a little bit of chives and a finishing of parsley.  Toasted in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes with a little olive oil underneath the opposite side and voila!  Dinner for two in less than 20 minutes and tasty as can be!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Johnny Rocket's

I almost never eat out, but we do usually do so when we go to the LEGO build at the mall once a month.  This month we decided to go to Johnny Rocket's.  I've never been before and I heard they have Vegan eats.

When we got there, the place was cute and the service was good.  They have mini Jukebox machines on all the tables.  The menu is simple, but sadly so much so that our only options were the boca burger (we got it plain with ketchup), fries and onion rings.  The total was $10.76 at our restaurant and I was sadly a bit disappointed.  Sure, the food was pretty good, but it tasted just the same as a boca burger and a handful of Alexandra fries at home.  Not worth the price and not coming back.  I could have made the same thing at home for $5.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My 1st Week

January 1st started the first week of me changing my diet over to Vegan.  I'd have to say that some things are a lot easier to notice than others and that having a Whole Foods or Sprouts grocery store (west coast USA) makes things a little easier.  While Safeway has a few Vegan options, most things they have are too hard to figure out and you end up having to spend an extra hour just reading labels.  I did manage to find a few things though that I think that I'm going to buy more often.

I'm sure that people who have the time or who enjoy cooking 100% of the time won't be buying any processed foods while Vegan, but for the rest of us or those who are having a lazy day, pre-packaged it is.  I'll be doing some of my shopping at my local Safeway (it's only about a 20 minute walk from my apartment) and Sprouts (this is 40 minutes away) when I can.  Obviously, Sprouts will be easier as it's a health food store and has lots and lots of Vegan options.

First off, my first purchases were the soy vanilla "ice cream" and veggie chips.  I wanted to test these out first since most people, especially Omnivores, can't live without a little snacking every now and then.  I really wanted to find a substitute for ice cream that tasted really good and something crunchy that would take away the need for other chips.  It's easier to see yourself sticking to a lifestyle choice when you can have your favorites, just in another form.

  • So Delicious Soymilk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert - Creamy Vanilla : I used a scoop of this to eat the rest of my apple pie leftover from the holidays.  If you've ever had soy milk, it tastes somewhere between that if you were to freeze it and light milk ice cream.  I thought it was rather delicious, but not so sweet that I'm going to go crazy and over indulge.  Also, since it's not made from an animal product, the dietary label is different.  It's still about the same calories as a normal 1/2 cup of your favorite vanilla ice cream, though it has iron and fiber in it instead the normal calcium.  I'd rate it a 3 out of 5 compared to normal ice cream and would definitely buy it again if it's the best option out there, though I'll make sure to review another brand later on for those of you who aren't convinced it's the answer to your cold creamy cravings.  Note: I bought this at Safeway for $4.99/1 QT. Carton.  No price for Sprouts.  For some reason I totally skipped the dessert area.  Oops...
  • Popchips Tuscan Herb Veggie Chips : I know veggie chips are a little odd for some people to purchase, let alone a flavor that nobody would normally think of purchasing... but hear me out on this when I say I went to Safeway first and they only had two flavors of popchips.  The other flavor of the normal potato kind did not have the Vegan logo on the back.  I bought them, I tried them, and I have to say I am now totally addicted!  They have a bold spice flavor that has just the tiniest hint of sweetness.  They were a great switch up from the normal sour cream & onion chips I buy.  I'd give them a 4 out of 5 for their awesome flavor and crunchy and would suggest you go pick up a pack.  Did I mention you get 23 chips for about the same nutrition as 12-15 normal potato chips?  Yay!  Though I only ate 1/2 of a serving and was satisfied with the amount.  Note: I bought these at Safeway for $2.50/3 oz Bag (about 69 chips).  I did find these at Sprouts on my night trip and they were $2.69/3 oz Bag.  Safeway is cheaper on this one.
I somehow convinced myself to take a walk to Sprouts even though it was cold outside and I've been sick for a while now.  I had to check out their selection seeing as I just knew I'd see more Vegan options than I'd know what to do with, and I was right.  I took pictures of the isles so that I'd have a log of what the prices were for the next time I went to Safeway to go shopping.  There was so much, I wasn't sure what to get, especially since I only had about $7 to my name.  My little guy kept bugging me for pizza because we always do pizza on Friday nights, so that's what we got.  After much staring at the freezer case, I decided to get the one I saw first because that's just how I roll.
  • American Flatbread Vegan Harvest : The cook time on this was a lot less than a normal pizza, so I did it at maximum suggested time to see how things went.  It was done when the time was up, but it is a little different than a normal pizza.  First of all, Vegan cheese does not melt.  I have no clue as to why this is, but it keeps the same form as when you put it in the oven, it might have expanded a microscopic amount, but I didn't see much difference.  There is also not too much cheese on it for those who love cheese.  The flavor though was nice and much better than expected when you think of the words Vegan and Pizza in the same sentence.  It overall had a sort of sweet, herby flavor to it that I liked.  The bread was a little fluffy and pretty easy to cut.  It doesn't really crisp up like some thinner pizzas, but that didn't bother me.  I'd have to say that I give this one a 3 out of 5 only because I'm a cheese person and it needed more cheese.  I might buy some Vegan cheese to sprinkle on this before making it next time.  Which I will be buying it again.  This one was $6.99 at Sprouts and made about 4 medium slices.  They did not have any Vegan pizzas at my local Safeway.
I didn't go shopping at all yesterday do to the walk from the other day pushing me back health wise.  I did however head over to Fry's and Safeway with my little sister today.  Do to her having a car and mom's credit card, I decided to buy a few more groceries than I would have otherwise (which would probably have been none).  I got some orange juice, soymilk, tangelos, and almond yogurt.
  • Disney Donald Duck Original No Pulp Orange Juice : Pretty much all orange juice is Vegan unless you can find one otherwise, but being that it's so expensive I bought this one.  It tastes just like pretty much any other orange juice you would buy and was at Fry's for $2.50/59 oz.  The cheapest orange juice at Safeway today was $2.89/59 oz and Sprouts was $2.50/64 oz, but I didn't want to bug her to drive there just to get the orange juice cheaper.
  • Simple Truth Organic Playing Soymilk : This taste just like pretty much any other plain soymilk.  I don't know if I've grown accustom to the taste or if it's actually just tasty, but I like the flavor.  Plain is best to get if you bake, cook, or do pretty much anything else with milk besides drink it.  You can drink it too, but I know some people prefer vanilla for drinking.  This was at Fry's for $2.50/0.5 Gal.  The cheapest soymilk at both Sprouts and Safeway is $2.99/0.5 Gal.
  • Tangelos : These are just another basic thing that is always Vegan and always taste pretty much the same as long as you get them fresh.  Right now they were $0.49/lb. at Fry's, so I just thought to pick a couple up for snacking on.
  • Almond Dream Almond Non-Dairy Yogurt Mixed Berry : I don't eat yogurt, so this was my little man doing the test.  Just looking at it, it looked a lot thicker than even greek yogurt, like almost Jell-O consistency.  It smelled about the same as other flavored berry yogurt, he ate the whole thing and he seemed to like it, so I'm going to have to say that it's about the same as anything else.  It was $1.49/6 oz at Safeway.
Well, that's it for my lovely grocery finds for the first week of the year and my first week starting a Vegan diet.  I'll post my finds for next week as well as maybe a recipe or two in the coming week.  Any other Vegans out there who would like to make some suggestions, that would be great and good luck to those who are just now changing over their eating habits.  For those who haven't yet, check out the Veganuary website for more information on going Vegan this 2015.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to Vegan Family!

First off, I would like to say Happy Mew Year and Happy Veganuary to everyone!  I'd like to welcome everyone to my newest blog for Vegan eating by me, the self-proclaimed Budget Lolita Princess.  I'm ready for 2015 - how about the rest of you?  I just got my computer fixed and am super excited.  Why?  Because I love gaming, searching the net on something that's screen isn't as big as a credit card and blogging.  I love blogging so much that I'd marry my blogs if I could.

I'll make this introduction of myself short, sweet and to the point.  My name is Courtney, I'm a witch, a bit of a kinkster, very much into everything Fairy-kei, Lolita and cute, and also going Vegan this year.  I've been a Pescatarian and Vegetarian on and off through my life and now have decided to join up with thousands of other people for Veganuary this year.  Unlike Vegetarians, which I'm sure most of the general population is aware of now, Vegans are a bit more eco-loving and animal hugging.  Besides the major health benefits, you're helping out your community, the animals and the Earth.  Vegans omit eggs and dairy products, as well as meat and other animal products.  And though it's a popular debate for some reason, no, Vegans do not eat honey.

So, if you've read some on Vegan eating and how it can help you be a better you this year, I'm here to help those of you who want to know what actually is out there without having to read through boring lists or bland posts.  I'm going to be making sure that this blog has a nice list of the ingredients not to be consumed on this diet, the tricky ones, what is out there for a quick bite, reviews and some recipes that I'm going to be trying out or already adore.

Eating Vegan isn't as hard as you think and it doesn't mean that you have to give up flavor or creativity.  Vegans have just as many delicious options as Vegetarians and Omnivores, though I'd have to say that some of them are a bit tastier in my humble opinion.  I want this blog to be as helpful and fun as possible, so please feel free to put in your two cents on anything Vegan.