reply to post by Rockpuck
What were you buying that was so much more expensive? I know it'd cost me a fortune if i bought all the products that told me they were
"healthy". The key is you gotta use cheap bulk raw stuff and cook. Most veggies are cheap, tofu is cheap, and seasonings, vinegars, oil, tamari
go a long way.
I can have cheaper and better non'dairy sour cream than i can buy anywhere by whipping up 5 simple cheap ingredients fir 2 minutes in a blender.
Works out to around $2.10 for a fat 16 0z of good stuff.
Same for breakfast, to replace animals on my plate it costs me about $2.50 to $3.00 to make 16 oz of "bacon and eggs", hashbrowns, and toast.
If you go out and buy everything that says organic or "healthy choice" or whatever marketing gimmick is used, you'll spend twice as much as you
would and still only get something that is marginally healthier.
Anybody want to try making bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns the way i do it? Next time you're shopping, pick up the stuff to try this, it's cheap and
should be readily available everywhere.
a package of "firm" Tofu (don't let the T-word scare you)
Salt and pepper
What to do:
First, drain the Tofu. This means you take it out of the package where it's kept in water, put the block on a plate, and then put another plate on
top of it to press down slightly. Put a can of beans or something of equal weight, about a pound of pressure, on top and let it sit for an hour.
After an hour there'll be water on the bottom plate, get rid of it and put your tofu on a dry cutting board. If you think tofu is gross, slimy
mushy tasteless crap you probably had tofu that wasn't drained or cooked well.
Once your tofu is drained, slice off thin strips about 1/4 thick or slightly thinner, from the long side of the tofu block. Make them about the size
of thick cut raw bacon. Do half the tofu this way and crumble the other half in a bowl. Just mash up the remaining block with a fork till it looks
like broken up egg whites.
Put a small amount of soy sauce in a small bowl and add some pepper.
Grate the potato with the rough side of a cheese grater. Skin on or off, either way, i like skins so i leave 'em on
Heat up a bit of oil to medium high heat in a nonstick pan, and when hot, toss in the potato in one pile and let it sizzle. When it starts to brown
on the bottom, flip it and brown the other side. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
You should have some oil still left in the pan, if not, ad a bit and heat to meduim high. Take your Tofu bacon strips and briefly dip in your soy
sauce and pepper (you can add a drop of liquid smoke and also a bit of maple syrup for "hickory maple" bacon but soy sauce and pepper will work just
fine) and then right into the pan. They'll sizzle and opp just like bacon, they'll ripple and dance in the oil, and they'll get brown on the
bottom in short order. Turn as you would bacon and fry till golden brown or dark brown. Golden brown would be like soft bacon, darker makes it
crispy and crunchy. Remove from pan and drain.
You STill should have some oil left in your pan, hopefully just a small amount. If there's a lot, lose some, you want just enough so that your eggs
don't stick. Medium heat, and toss a small pinch of tumeric into the oil and add the crumbled tofu. Scramble 'em up in the pan just like real
eggs until they're nice and egg-like. Slat and pepper to taste. The tumeric will turn the eggs a beautiful color yellow, and just the right
amount will make it look exactly like eggs.
The bacon will look and feel a lot like real swine, and will taste just like it.
Just put all this together, bacon, eggs, and hasbrowns and you've got a whole breakfast. Toss in a few slices of your favorite toast and your
preferred condiments and you're there.
Tofu is about $2.lb, tumeric is $5 for a bottle that'll last "forever", soy sauce, salt, pepper, potatoes, are all common stuff that you probably
have anyways, so for a startup cost of about $7 you can try this out. If you follow the recipe you'll get crispy bacon, fluffy eggs, and some tasty
hashbrowns without poisoning yourself.
You can also put non-crumbled slices of tofu in the pan like you do for scrambled eggs, and then just fry and turn till it feels rubbery like a cooked
egg does. Make these and use 'em for breakfast sandwiches.
Just put in a little culinary effort and you can really make eating healthy economical.
So i challenge you to try this recipe and see if you like it. There's tons of recipes like this that you can make just as easily, this is the tip of
the iceberg, but just try it once and see if you like it.
Once you see how easy it is to cook tofu and make it taste good, i bet you'll be using it a lot more often.
If anybody cares i'll post some more simple cheap vegan meals.