Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Making it Stretch: Creative Food on a Budget

I know it's been a while since I've blogged!  My Southern Veg life has been in transition lately and I have found myself been pushed to give and do more for others.  I've been volunteering and gave away huge bags of clothes and things I don't like and wear anymore.  Why was I keeping that stuff anyway?  At one point I was into this flower phase where I had flower glasses, bowls, and plates.  As I was organizing my kitchen I looked at those things and thought, "What was I thinking"?
Needless to say, I promply gave them away :-). 

Another thing that has been going on is that I've had to work within a tighter food budget.  Lately my local Whole Foods has been carrying Nature's Burger in the bulk section (just add hot water and you got a meat free burger).  Well,  I found that if I put a vegetable boullion cube in the water and add frozen chopped spinach that has been sauteed in onion and garlic to the mix, it makes for a hearty burger.  With the spinach I got a little more out of my burger mix and also beefed up the taste.   I also do this with the Lightlife vegan sausage mix by adding things like mushrooms, carrots, and other veggies to add just a little something more to make things stretch.  Just becuase you have to spend less doesn't mean food has to be taste-less:-).  Take care of yourselves folks and if you have a great veg cooking budget idea, let me know!

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