The biggest complaint I hear about vegan food is that it’s too expensive. How could this be? Beans are so cheap! I created Affordable Vegan Food for people who want to eat more vegan food, but don’t want to spend all their money on goji berries. We live in a health obsessed culture, overstuffing ourselves with superfoods and supplements, while simultaneously failing ourselves by eating out of season and out of country. Eating locally grown food, that is picked at the peak of it’s ripeness is the healthiest food you can eat. And it taste the best! So I encourage you to shop at a farmer’s market, go this weekend! Your produce will last longer and taste better. Small farmers at the farmer’s market may not have the resources (money) to become certified USDA organic, BUT they often form smaller state and county associations that follow many of the same guidelines. Superfoods, nuts, and other vegan speciality products make a great addition to dishes. And you will occasionally find recipes that feature these ingredients, but most of the recipes I create use basic ingredients that are accessible to everyone.
The second biggest complaint I hear about vegan food is that people don’t have time. Well, I create two types of recipes: recipes that can be prepared quickly, and recipes that make large batches. I either like to cook something quickly, or reheat something. I never appreciate spending hours in the kitchen for one meal, and who would?! Most of my recipes make large batches, because that’s how I like to eat. If you have a hard time eating the same thing for dinner five days in a row, try freezing leftovers. Freezing food is common practice in restaurants and catering companies, just be sure to eat in within six months.
If you follow me Instagram you will notice my love for seasonal fruit. #fivedollarfruitplate