Posted on Sunday, October 25th, 2009 at 11:09 pm
I don’t eat dairy, but I suddenly and inexplicably wanted macaroni and cheese one day last week, so I gave it a try. The recipe made SO MUCH FOOD, but unfortunately it wasn’t the best vegan macaroni and cheese of all time. On the plus side, it was healthy (only a couple tablespoons of oil) and cheap (probably around $5 for at least eight servings), and I didn’t have to slave over a pot of boiling non-cheese sauce for too long. Still, I’m gonna stick with this awesome vegan mac & cheese recipe a friend told me about, which makes an equally enormous amount of food.
Also, it has broccoli.
A friend of mine recommended Kiva, a micro-lending organization that provides loans for individuals who are trying to lift themselves out of poverty. The minimum micro-loan is $25, so that’s what I’m lending to a yam vendor in Ghana. That money will mean a lot more to her, and I can re-lend it to someone else in need when the time comes. (“Money in the bank” was a figure of speech.)
Posted on Sunday, October 18th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
For my first week of lunches, I wanted to make a recipe I know and trust, and since I had everything in the kitchen already, I went with the Broccoli-Potato Soup with Fresh Herbs from Veganomicon. Turns out this light soup made a better breakfast than lunch (if you’re into that sort of thing). The entire pot of soup cost less than $5 to make, and that’s with organic ingredients.
Fancy presentation is not the goal here.
So compared to buying soup at a deli, I figure I’ve saved at least $20. Here’s where that money’s going:
VEGFAM funds sustainable food projects and safe drinking water for those in need overseas, while avoiding the exploitation of animals or the environment. To be honest, $20 doesn’t seem like enough, but according to the website, it still provides a couple of families with clean drinking water, so I feel like I’m doing at least some good.