Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Cozy Recipe List to Keep Your Wallet Happy

Autumn Coffee Table

Bowl of Pears

After our discussions about budgets and food shopping, I thought it might be nice to write a little recipe list for us.

As a nod both to my vegan readers and to thrifty cooking, all the recipes in this list are vegan.  These recipes are among my all-time favorites of all the recipes I’ve shared on this blog through four years of blogging.  Though I don’t follow a vegan diet, there’s a lot of crosstalk between vegetarian and vegan cookery; obviously the latter is a subset of the former.  I tend to gravitate toward vegan recipes that are heavy on the beans and vegetables—with some rice or bread on the side, a vegan meal can make me very happy.

To keep the ingredients for these recipes very affordable, I stayed away from the pricier items in the vegan pantry, such as canned artichokes or maple syrup.  And of course, since the recipes are vegan, there’s no concern about buying organic, local, free-range eggs or milk from grass-fed cows, both of which are expensive (as they should be, in my opinion).  These recipes build layers of flavor with not-too-pricy ingredients and a well-stocked spice cabinet.

Happy cooking! 

An Appetizer

* Roasted Chickpeas with Smoked Paprika (and I must add that this post is one of my all-time favorites.  This time of year makes me very nostalgic for my old life in Evanston.)

Soups and Stews to Keep You Warm

* Black Bean Soup with Rice

* Moroccan Carrot and Tomato Soup

* The Lazy Cook’s Tomatillo, Hominy, and Pumpkin Stew

A Lentil Dish

* Mujadara

A Tofu Dish

* Roasted Broccoli and Tofu

Some Side Dishes to Eat with Your Legumes

* Oil-and-Vinegar Oven Fries

* Nicole’s Mexican Coleslaw

And a Few Sweet Endings

* Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

* Walnut Wafers (yes, walnuts are an expensive ingredient, but this recipe only calls for 1 cup of walnuts and it makes a few dozen cookies)


Chrissy (The New Me) said...

What a lovely list of delicious looking recipes! I am excited to try to chickpeas and the oil and vinegar fries. Yum!

a said...

I'm in for at least a month of budget cooking myself. I'll use these to liven things up!

Rosiecat said...

Chrissy, I was thinking of you when I wrote this list! Mmm, faux-fried foods. Oven-frying is so much easier than frying on the stovetop--it's perfect for busy (or lazy!) cooks.

I'm glad to be helpful, a! A tiny cooking budget isn't fun, but a good recipe list can make it more palatable :-)

a said...

True! Although I will say I feel like my "beans and rice" recipe category is pretty impressive, which helps :)

Sarah said...

Mmm, great ideas! Can't wait to try out the black bean soup. Sounds delicious!

Shannon said...

ooh, so many good recipes :) hopefully i'll have a chance to cook this weekend!!

Rosiecat said...

I'd expect nothing less from you, a. A cook can do a lot with beans and rice! "Peasant food," in my mind, is code for "frugal and delicious."

Hi, Sarah! I hope you like the soup--it's got tons of flavor. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.

Me too, Shannon! Your kitchen sent me a note saying that it wants to spend the weekend with you :-) Hope you are having a good week.