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05-26-2008, 03:29 PM
I don't mind spending money on organic produce. I don't mind spending money on any ingredients, but I'd really like some ideas for more economic meals and snacks. I know sunflower seeds are cheaper than most nuts, so I'd love some new ideas with sunflower seeds. What other cheaper meal ideas have you guys made?
05-26-2008, 04:17 PM
I have mostly smoothies but got some ideas for you
Can make fermented cheeze rounds with sunflower seeds, or half sunflower half pumpkin seeds. These are pretty easy to make, only need overnight to drain.
Pop it into the banana search for full details. Or google raw vegan cheeze. I adapted the cashew cheeze to be made with seeds. It can be frozen or dehydrated for cheeze slices!
Kale salad with tomato's and avo
HUGE green smoothies -- talking blender sized
Zuchini pasta or squash pasta with a simple marinara sauce or a creamy sauce
Otherwise make a tapas style meals, lots of little dishes, easy to put together, and cheap..as you can then pack some up for lunch the following day, or chuck the left overs into a GS
Also you can do the mezze style with mexican, chinese/japanese.. the options are endless!!
Soups also-- with coconut noodles, kelp noodles, some flakes of nori on top
Simple soups-- carrot + corriander, tomato soup, "cream" of spinach,
Investing in Alissa's book would be a great asset for meal planning and awesome recipies!(assuming you dont have it yet!!)
05-26-2008, 07:54 PM
I just made a mock hummus from soaked sunflower seeds, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and salt...it was very good!
05-26-2008, 08:57 PM
A cheap way to make a lighter meal like salad more filling is to have coconut meat on the side. In my area, coconuts are $1 to $1.50 and they have something like 900 very healthy calories each...
I enjoy substituting sesame seeds for most or all of the nuts in recipes but I need to pre-grind them in my coffee grinder since they are so small. Also raisins can be substitued, at least in part, for dates if you like to make sweets.
Coleslaws are cheap and easy to share with family and friends...start sprouting, too, since sprouts make salads and wraps much more special and are oh so cheap
05-27-2008, 02:39 AM
i like to make unrefried beans w/sunflower seeds...but i half the ingrd. b/c it makes too much for me..it lasts me 4/5 days...
i also love tom, olive oil, salt & fresh basil...perfect for summer:)
05-27-2008, 01:40 PM
I really like the taco meat recipe (banana search) that's always floating around here. You can make taco's with it or put it on a salad or put it on crackers. It tastes great and you could substitute some of the walnuts with sunflower seeds.
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