Sunday, March 20, 2011

aloha mela kelikimaka mahalo sikisukumeekamoka

We are not blogging because we are not cooking because we are on our HONEYMOON in HAWAII!!!!!

Eating out all the time!!!

See ya soon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Not Left Overs, Mom

Tonight we had left overs. . . kind of. We finished off last nights couscous and had it as a side.
Our main dish was cheesy bean and rice burritos. Mine had real cheese and Christina's had Daiya Cheese (vegan cheese). We used rice that belongs to my roommate. We made it with a vegetable bullion cube and added the rest of the can tomatoes and cut up a hand full of cilantro to add to it.
Along with the rice we added the black and kidney beans that we used last night for the couscous salad. It turned out really good and most important we didn't spend any money today on dinner. So the lessons you can take from this post are: Eat your leftovers and try to use food that you already have.

(sorry no pictures were taken, I blame Xtina(not really))(there are a lot of parentheses)

Total Cost of tonights meal = Free .99
(Besides the onion I insisted we buy and didn't use. I'm an idiot(There I go with the parentheses again))

We love you.

We made a couscous salad and it was really good.

Yesterday I got an e-mail from Livestrong asking if I was "vegan-ish." I think that means kind of vegan, so I said "hell no, I'm all the way vegan" and deleted their e-mail. Not really.

They had a recipe for a Mediterranean couscous salad with roasted vegetables. It was 50 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of cooking time and I just don't have that kind of time to be healthy. And I'm lazy.

Last semester when Zach worked almost every night, I ate couscous and canned vegetables. I'm still alive! So...we decided to take Livestrong's "vegan-ish" recipe and make it our own. We used vegetable bouillon cubes to make a broth to cook the couscous in and we added kidney beans, black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, lemon juice, and onions. It was really, really good! Maybe my taste buds were still stuck on canned green beans and couscous cooked with water, but it was great! Actually, I take that back. Zach liked it, too. We have a whole bowl filled of it, so we're going to eat it again tonight.

Price Breakdown:

Couscous: We buy it in bulk, but it is seriously the cheapest food around. I would say $1?
Tomato: 79 cents. We bought canned...
Kidney beans: 59 cents
Black Beans: 99 cents
Onion: 59 cents/lb? It was left over from a meal earlier in the week.
Cilantro: 79 cents, I think?

That's under $4. Cheap.

Monday, March 7, 2011

pad thai, pad thai.

(My old roommate Haylee got me these cute chopsticks on her trip to my city--SF.)

Tonight we used this pad thai recipe from the real great blog fat free vegan.
(I'm cheating because we're still cooking it, but I just tasted the sauce and it is soooo good.)
We adjusted because we didn't have things like rice vinegar and tamarind paste, but it still tastes great.
Our friend Tyler went down to Arizona a few weeks ago and brought us back a big tub of yellow curry paste that only cost us $4. If you're ever in Arizona, call Tyler (because I don't know where it is) and get some. For realz.

Post-meal (and nap) review:
It was incredible. The sauce was really flavorful unlike the pad thai we made last week. We still had half a package of rice noodles and used some whole wheat spaghetti noodles also. We threw in some broccoli and cabbage that were left over from last night's dinner. I recommend it to everyone. Love it forever.

Broccoli: 79 cents a head
Rice Noodles: $3? (but it lasted two meals)
Lemon: 50 cents
Ginger root: 9 cents
Green onions: 99 cents
Tofu: $1.99

We had peanut butter, sriracha, and curry paste already so that helped a lot. It was a very, very inexpensive and delicious dinner.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Cruciferous Halitosis(not really, but its really good)

Tonight we made creamy cruciferous with broccoli. What is that you ask? Well, let me tell you. It's cabbage and brussel sprouts (tonight we used broccoli instead of brussel sprouts)over rice or cous ous. You cook the cabbage and brussel sprouts with vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, a little cinnamon, soy sauce, and either red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
It's good stuff and cheap. We like it a lot. We made it last summer and have made it a bunch of times since. You should make it and eat it.

We found the recipe on

Cabbage = $2
Broccoli = 79 cents
nutritional yeast = $1 maybe, but I think it was like 50 cents.
we had the cinnamon, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.

Friday, March 4, 2011

oh hey there.

Well, we started this blog because well... we eat, we're mostly vegan, and we're poor (in college). We try to reserve eating out for Friday nights and that leaves six other nights of having to put in some work and make our own.
We'll try to keep all meals under $10, vegan, and good. With our digital camera, we'll capture the food with crappy photos.

We lost the receipt for this one (which I anticipate happening a lot), but we made this Ethiopian dish from the fat free vegan blog. Everything was under $10 for sure and most of her recipes are really easy. Looking forward to some real recipes soon.