It's time for a theme week for a change. I want to share some affordable vegetarian and vegan recipes with you during the coming week. Money has been quite tight for me lately and I thought that it would be nice to make some simple and cheap dishes to save a little bit of money. It's nice to notice the price difference between eating out and making a more affordable version at home. Quite often the homemade version is tastier, as you can make it exactly as you like. I think that vegetarian cooking is always fairly cheap, if you stick to basic pulses, seasonal vegetables, grains etc., but isn't it nice to be able to save a bit every now and then. Please also share your cheapskate recipe ideas here in the comments section and post them onto your blog. I'm excited to see some cheap eats.
There is a vegetarian cookbook Veggienomics by Nicola Graimes that is dedicated to vegetarian cooking on budget. It contains plenty of affordable recipes, but also hints and tips on how to be an economical cook. I will be posting one recipe from that book this week. This would also be a very good book for students, as they often live on tight budgets. Back in my student days I tended to eat fairly one sided, as I didn't really know how to make lovely cheap meals. Maybe I'll even share some of my student day favourites with you.
Here are already some affordable dishes that I have recently cooked:
Pasta with roasted pepper pesto – Roasted pepper pesto can be made from the antipasti type roasted peppers, garlic, olive oil and I normally also add cashew nuts. When it's then combined with pasta, so good! Cheese of course improves things, but isn't mandatory.
Potato wedges – Potato wedges are easy and cheap. Just cut some potatoes into wedges, brush them with oil, sprinkle some salt and smoked paprika on the top and bake in the oven until done.
Tomato alphabet soup – This is a tomato soup with added alphabet pasta and mozzarella. The mozzarella and bread are optional, but add something nice to this dish. I can't believe how filling this soup is!
There are also a few more affordable older recipes of mine under the Cheap eats label.
Have a good week and let's save some money!