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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    It's up to everyone how to handle this situation for themselves, and you can't tell how someone else's family are going to react to a sudden switch to vegan food. I agree that if people feel a change...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    I'm terrible at planning, but I tend to try and decide what to cook based on what I've got, rather than buy stuff for a particular dish.

    In addition to soups, stirfries, stews, pizza toppings,...
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    FWIW I live in an old draughty house too and manage to sprout seeds OK so you might find it works. I actually do it more in winter because if the weather is warm they tend to go a bit manky unless...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    You sound pretty healthy amethyst! If you do want cheap fruit and veg you can try the following (which are probably all covered above and you probably know about them anyway)

    - grow your own (even...
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    Yes I'd agree with Ananas that it's probably better to treat the grains and beans as an adjunct to the veg rather than vice versa, because I think there are more nutrients in veg., and also because I...
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    Re: Cheap vegan food

    You never know, she may remember at some level. Anyway if she made it that's probably a sign she likes it, at least!
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    Re: Cheap vegan food

    I was looking at a website that suggests barm brack and bara brith are pretty much the same thing - think barm brack is Irish and bara brith is Welsh?
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    Even though I am not a big fan of tea as a drink I think cakes etc with tea in are really good - barm brack, which can also be vegan, has tea in it as well I think?

    Talking of war-time recipes I...
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    Not sure why the food bank idea has been so slow to take off here - some of them do do it http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/8329781.stm but I don't think it's nearly as widespread as in...
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    I think maybe they are better in the US about giving out-of-date food to food banks etc than we are here? So perhaps that reduces the motivation to reduce the price in the hope of shifting it,...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    Don't your supermarkets reduce the price of stuff that's about to expire, RubyDuby? I wonder why not.

    Can you get your money back on the expired stuff? Although it may well be OK to eat of...
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    Re: weight-loss foods that are cheap and filling

    What do you mean by "considered low carb"? I thought the carbohydrate content of rices was similar, but that basmati rice is supposed to have a lower glycaemic index. Mind you, perhaps we should be...
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    Re: weight-loss foods that are cheap and filling

    I think rolled oats might be a reasonable compromise, they are pre-processed to some extent so don't take too long to prepare but still have a moderate Glycaemic Index IIRC - but don't take my word...
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    Re: weight-loss foods that are cheap and filling

    I think instant oatmeal/porridge has a higher glycaemic/glycemic index, i.e. the energy in it is processed faster by the body, so it would be more likely to leave you feeling hungry than the...
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    Re: Vegan student

    Some advice about rice:
    http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/asksam/keepingfoodsafe/asksamcooking/#A220063

    A microbiologist told me they often use rice to grow bacteria cultures, because they like it so...
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    Re: Vegan student

    Hello - I second the lentil and veg soup recommendation. It's really cheap if you use seasonal veg, and if you make a big batch and it should last for a few days (if you can keep it away from the...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    :( Annoying, that. I always lose receipts, too. I suppose I need a System for keeping them.
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    Can you take the rice back to the shop, stickydate?
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    I don't like to add it up as I'm not all that frugal really. However our Woodfield Organics fruit and veg box hasn't gone up in price since we started with them last autumn/winter and doesn't seem to...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    Here at any rate, it does work out cheaper to buy lettuces or bunches of watercress rather than those bags of salad leaves, and it's nicer and probably healthier as well. In addition you can use just...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    Actually this says a full freezer uses less energy than a less full one, as long as air can circulate

    http://www.tiptheplanet.com/index.php?title=Refrigerator_and_Freezer_tips

    I used to cook...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    I must admit I usually do use canned ones (apart from my mung bean sprouts) but IIRC it's not that much trouble to use dried ones, provided you plan ahead of course!

    I think the recommended thing...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    What Wikipedia says is what I've always heard: it's a good idea when using dried beans to make sure you start the cooking process by boiling them fast, i.e. a rolling boil, for 10 minutes to deal...
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    Re: New, cheap vegan

    If I was really smart I'd have figured out how to attach the 'cheap living' tag to this thread! Maybe the person who started the thread has to do it?
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    Re: New, cheap vegan

    You can get rice noodles that just have rice in them and that just need to be steeped in boiling water for 5 minutes, but I'm not sure if they're particularly cheap. Like someone already said, if you...
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    Re: New, cheap vegan

    It might work out cheaper if you can mostly use the same foods your parents are already buying for themselves, and just add a few bits and pieces of your own (such as nuts, seeds and beans)....
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    Re: weight-loss foods that are cheap and filling

    Carrots are OK, surely - if you ate a whole kilo there would only be about 300 calories, as far as I can tell. (If you kept doing this you might o/d and turn orange but I thought this mainly happened...
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    Re: Cheapest, Healthy Vegan Diet.

    When I'm on an economy drive, rather than going shopping with a list, I look to see what's going cheap (e.g. buy fruit and veg in season, and see what's been marked down at the end of the day as long...
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    Sorry about your foot cw - that must be v difficult. I hope it's getting better?

    Apart from walking I sometimes wave weights around (carefully and using light ones so as not to do more harm than...
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    Re: weight-loss foods that are cheap and filling

    I shouldn't worry cobweb - people are mostly just listing their favourite foods that are cheap and filling, not commenting on you. These sorts of threads develop lives of their own don't they.

    I...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    They generally need soaking overnight first (ETA maybe they don't from what heartsease says but I always do anyway!). If you use mung beans you're better off using boiling water to soak them as they...
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    Re: Cheap Vegan Shopping in the UK for newbie vegan

    I was going to mention lentils as well. You can make a big pot of lentil and vegetable soup or stew, keep it in the fridge and eat it for a while, so you won't use up too much energy cooking (must...
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    Re: Poor vegan, cheap living

    We get veg and fruit delivered too, but this week there was no fruit (they'd run out apparently).

    I need to go out and buy some but there's very little in season at the moment - if I limit it to...
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    Re: healthy but cheap foods?

    As already mentioned, dried lentils, beans and peas are incredibly cheap. You need to remember to soak them overnight or for a few hours (apart from lentils which don't need it) and then cook them...
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    Wow, Banana - you must be the healthiest student...

    Wow, Banana - you must be the healthiest student in the world. Actually your store cupboard sounds pretty similar to ours so I don't feel sorry for you being hard up ;) Wish I'd been as sensible when...
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