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You don't have to blow your budget to eat great meatless and dairy-free meals every day. With Vegan on the Cheap, you can enjoy delicious vegan meals every day of the week. Veteran food writer and vegan authority Robin Robertson provides 150 mouth-watering, exciting recipes that cost just 50 cents to $2 per serving-hefty savings to go with hearty vegan meals.This book presYou don't have to blow your budget to eat great meatless and dairy-free meals every day. With Vegan on the Cheap, you can enjoy delicious vegan meals every day of the week. Veteran food writer and vegan authority Robin Robertson provides 150 mouth-watering, exciting recipes that cost just 50 cents to $2 per serving-hefty savings to go with hearty vegan meals.This book presents great options for savory soups and stews, satisfying salads, hearty noodle dishes, first-class casseroles, favorites for the slow cooker, and meatless and dairy-free recipes for classics like pizza, burgers, and sandwiches. Plus, there's even a chapter for desserts to satisfy every sweet tooth. Throughout the book, smart tips and creative ideas help you save money by cooking in bulk, prepping meals in advance, and finding tasty ways to reuse leftovers.Includes 150 money-saving recipes for delicious vegan meals like Walnut-Dusted Fettuccine with Caramelized Vegetables and Fresh Pear GaletteWritten by renowned vegan and vegetarian expert and food writer Robin Robertson, author of 1,000 Vegan Recipes Features cost-per-serving icons that highlight the cost of each affordable dishPacked with affordable recipes and money-saving tips, this is the ultimate resource for every vegan kitchen....

Title : Vegan on the Cheap
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ISBN : 9780470472248
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Number of Pages : 258 Pages
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Vegan on the Cheap Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-12-05 06:21

    I bought this because of the “cheap” description, but much to my delight most of these recipes are easy to make too, and many look incredibly delicious.I rely too much on convenience foods, which are sometimes less healthy and are almost always more expensive than making things from scratch. I’m fortunate to live in an area with many wonderful vegan restaurants, but it’s expensive to eat out, so I’m trying to spend less on my meals at home and save most of the splurges for when I do dine out. The only photo is the cover photo but I guess that’s befitting of a book that promotes frugality. All the dishes here cost between .50¢ and $2.00 a serving, and cost information per serving is given at each recipe. I love the personal stories related at each recipe and in-between recipes; there are many memories from her childhood and also stories about her current life with her husband. I love that substitutions are encouraged, for reasons of taste, availability, etc!!! I love the tidbits about the vegan diet, as it pertains to health and to a lesser extent the environment.The majority of the recipes are kid friendly so this is an excellent book for busy families on a budget. I love how some of the desserts contain beans! They’re much healthier than the typical dessert recipe and sweet at the same time. Included are many different ethnic recipes and also “standard American” fare as well.The author gives some wonderful tips. Yes, most of them are common sense, but it was helpful to see so many listed in one book. And I learned some new things, such as how to get the most juice out of limes and lemons when squeezing.The Contents:IntroductionThe Big PictureCooking BasicsSoup and Stew SavvySatisfying SaladsNoodle Know-HowSkillet SenseFirst-Class Bakes and CasserolesPizza, Burgers, and SandwichesSlow-Cooker FavoritesSweet DelightsOnline ResourcesIndexRecipes I just have to try (with some adjustments which include using whole grain pastas, leaving out mustard, and using less oil): Cheapamole (I have to try this guacamole substitute!), Four-Grain “Polenta”, Creamy Mushroom Gravy, Spinach Pie, Linguini with Lentils and Roasted Butternut Squash, Farfalle with White Beans and Cabbage, Deluxe Vegetable Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cashews and Kidney Beans, Sweet Potato Succotash Stew, Peanutty Pumpkin Stew, Southern New Year’s Stew, Sunday Supper Frittata, Polenta with Pan-Seared Mushrooms and Tomatoes, Tuscan White Bean Pizza, Polenta Pizza with Roasted Vegetables, Very Veggie Burgers, Black Bean Soup with Kale and Rice, Barley Vegetable Stew, Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup, Three Spicy Sisters Stew, Smokey Red Bean Chili with Chipotle-Cornbread Dumplings, Positively Pantry Chili, Pumpkin Spice Cake with Chocolate Glaze, Sesame Shortbread Cookies, and the (no bake!!!) Chocolate Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies.Yes, I left out many, many recipes, including quite a few others which appeal to me and which I might like to make.I really have more than enough cookbooks at this point, but I’m really glad I bought this one; it’s one of the relatively few cookbooks I’m likely to actually use on a regular basis. I do also plan to buy other cookbooks, including this upcoming one by this (prolific) cookbook writer and her huband: Vegan Unplugged: How To Eat Well When the Power Goes Out; I do live in earthquake country!

  • Katey
    2018-12-04 06:07

    I have yet to make any recipes from this book, but just browsing through them they seem like they'll be decent. The other info in the book is pretty much right on the mark, and definitely provides good and practical advice for those vegans who need to budget, if you haven't already figured it out. I also appreciated the section titled "No Skimping Allowed," which names certain ingredients you should NEVER go the cheap way on, such as extra virgin olive oil, buying pure maple syrup, no imitation vanilla extract, fresh lemons and limes, etc. But I appreciate a truly practical look at vegan cooking on a budget, that really understands just how expensive those vegan convenience foods and substitutes are, and whose recipes exclude them. And it's nice to have all the recipes consolidated into one volume, instead of scouring o'er cookbook and internet trying to find recipes that will fit the criteria.Edit 5/28/17: This is my most used cookbook.

  • Blakely
    2018-11-21 04:16

    This book is good - I recommend it. So far most of the recipes I've tried have been winners and several have been added to our frequently cooked recipe rotations.Below are our comments on the recipes we've made so far.Cheezee Sauce - We made this as a sub-recipe for some other recipe. I thought Chreese (from Roads End Organic) is better, I would probably just make that moving forward instead of the sauceAlmost Instant Chickpea Tomato Soup - This was really good! the only bad thing was that even with doubling the recipe it didn't make much leftoversSweet Potato Succotash Stew - this turned out amazing though I deviated from the recipe a lot. I accidentally used tomato juice instead of vegetable broth and used chickpeas instead of lima beansCincinnati Suburb Chili - My boyfriend said that this felt like something you'd eat after the apocalypse because there was just so much of it and it was so absolutely adequate. If you do make this definitely don't double it!!Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cashews and Kidney Beans - This was also really good. I've made it twice, once with the dressing in the book and once with my Mom's garlic dijon dressing. It was good both times, but I thought it was better with my Moms dressing.Red Bean and Corn Salad - pretty good, but very similar to other bean salad recipes. Definitely add the rice and avocado.Thai-Style Rice Salad - really good! We've only made it once. Next time I might try it with brown rice instead of jasmine, although I worry it might not be quite as good.Ziti with Green Olives, White Beans, and Oven-Dried Tomatoes - really good! It was a little salty though. I think that was because we got olives in brine (from the olive bar at WF) and accidentally added the brine in with the olives, but I'm not positive.Polenta with Pan-Seared Mushrooms and tomatoes - this was awesome! I made the polenta in the pressure cooker, which is much easier. Next time I'd double the sauce but make 2.5-3 times the polenta.Tempeh Bobotee - we thought it was pretty good but might need a sauce.

  • Evanston PublicLibrary
    2018-11-15 02:19

    I have been on a cookbook kick lately, and although this one of the least flashy of the bunch (certainly not as hip or cool as Veganomicon), this is one of my favorites. Even though this book has no pictures, it has some simple recipes that do not cost much. The recipe that most made me giggle was "Cheapamole." As Ms. Robertson reiterates, avocados can be expensive, so her unique combination of frozen peas, white beans and other ingredients created an inexpensive faux-mole that can be served to a crowd. Some of the other highlights were: easy instructions for homemade meat, innovative casseroles and bakes, as well as thoughtful slow-cooker favorites. I say, "Budget conscious porcini stuffed dinner mushrooms for all!"-Juliette S.

  • Bunnyhugger
    2018-12-09 03:20

    1/31/2011 - I made two recipes from this last night and invited two friends to be my guinea pigs. The Baked Mac and Cheeze recipe looked quite simple but it had a fairly long list of ingredients. To avoid getting flustered, a couple of hours before I started cooking I laid out the ingredients on the kitchen table, measuring some, and making the bread crumbs. When I did start cooking I felt like I was on a TV show where it looks so effortless because all the prep work has been done! Coming out of the oven the bake looked very appealing and it was quite tasty too. We agreed, however, that it didn't taste particularly cheesy. For dessert, I made the Blueberry Chocolate Crumble. This was pretty easy and the result was delicious. The combination of ingredients was slightly unusual but incredibly comforting. Will definitely make this one again. Thumbs up so far for "Vegan on the Cheap"!

  • Laurie
    2018-12-03 07:17

    This gem of a cookbook from Robin Robertson starts off with some really helpful tips on how to save money on your grocery shopping and menu planning.`Recipe Sections are divided into Basics, Soups/Stews, Salads, Noodles, Skillet Dishes, Bakes/Casseroles, Pizzas/Burgers/Sandwiches, Slow-Cooker Dishes & Desserts.I've been cooking from this book for less than a month and have seen a decrease in my weekly grocery bill. Everything I've tried so far has been pretty yummy.~French Lentil Chili~Smoky Tempeh w/ Potatoes & Cabbage~Three-Bean Loaf w/ Creamy Mushroom Gravy (the most delicious loaf I've had w/ some of the best gravy)~Deconstructed Enchilada Bake~Better Bean Burgers (So simple & delicious; my go-to burgers now)~Pepperoni-Mushroom Pizza

  • Denni
    2018-12-03 07:15

    I'm not ready to take this one back to the library. There are some great meatless recipes- just what I was looking for. Handy Hummus p.44,Pot of Beans p.46, Rice Two Ways p.47, Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Chowder p. 68 (really good),Summer Garden Soup p. 69, Black & White Bean Chili p.78, Salsa Rice and Red (used Black) Beans p. 132 Curried Red Bean Pilaf with Walnuts and Raisins P. 133,Coconut Curry Rice p. 134, Three Bean Loaf p. 155, Very Veggie Burgers p. 179

  • Virginia Messina
    2018-11-19 05:11

    I just reviewed this on the examiner site today. Lots of great recipes and good tips for saving both time and money.

  • Angie Kimmell
    2018-11-29 06:33

    I've been vegan for 5 years, & I'm a frugal minimalist to boot. I cook A LOT, & have used many a vegan cookbook. This is hands down the best vegan cookbook I've ever used. It uses inexpensive, accessible ingredients, has realistic prep & cooking time, & interesting & delicious meals. I think I've made nearly every recipe in here & the few "bad" ones were only mediocre, not terrible. It also has the absolute best seitan & sausage recipes I've ever made. I literally haven't touched another cookbook since getting this one. 6 stars. Very well done!

  • Robin
    2018-11-26 09:34

    Practical RecipesUsing everyday ingredients to make easy and tasty looking vegan recipes at home. Some convenience foods like canned goods used but overall practical recipes that anyone might enjoy.

  • Heather
    2018-11-30 04:15

    I have several vegan/vegetarian cookbooks, but I know that this one will be my go-to. The premise behind this cookbook is that every recipe ends up costing $2 or less per serving. However, this does assume that you have a decently stocked pantry already. For example, if you are going to be making the Stovetop Cheezee Mac but don't already have nutritional yeast, that alone will set you back about $13.I've only tried a handful of recipes from the hundreds that are in this book, but I have not been disappointed so far. Since I have a gluten intolerance, I sadly can't try to make my own seitan or some of the other fun recipes in this book. Luckily, many of the dishes are pasta-based and I can just switch in brown rice pasta when needed.Vegan on the Cheap definitely values utility over prettiness, so there are no pictures of the dishes to accompany the recipes. The best thing about this cookbook is that it is SO EASY to just scavenge through your pantry, pull out a few cans of whatever you've been meaning to use up, and flip through the recipes until you find something you can make with it. A lot of the recipes rely on the same staples: peanut butter, soy milk, rice, peppers, onions, beans. Robertson is a big fan of not letting things go to waste, so there are also plenty of suggestions of how to build on leftovers to make new meals.

  • Amber
    2018-11-15 04:30

    The beganning part about how to save ect I knew most of but for those who arejust venturing into the saving money and cooking I think it was good info to know and have on hand. I like how the recipes are easy and basic and made with basic staples most people have on a regular basis in their home. Even for meat eaters who's out to try something new it has stuff they can easily make and try out with without having to go to whole foods and such stores looking for that random ingredient you've never heard of. so that is what I really like, you won't have to drive all over town looking for an unknown or high cost ingredient you've never used before. Wish I had this book quite a few years ago, also wish I had this book and didn't just borrow it from the library. So now I'm def gonna have to go out and buy it I'd love to have it right there on my shelf easy to go to and find a recipe.

  • Philip Jenks
    2018-12-06 09:33

    incredible: great for vegans, nonvegans - it's a really useful book for whenever I'm broke as hell and that's most of the time. and the food tastes wonderful. I use Molly Katzen's work as well but find her Moosewood recipes more complex and time consuming. Robertson senses time - and economizes it as well. That may sound "capitalistic" of me but hell, I work a lot and cooking taketh time. another great thing is - this is fantastic for the omnivore with the sort of classic "americana" taste. old recipes from home are transformed into healthy, cruelty free joyous experiences. I'm thrilled to get this and now, even when I *can* eat out it's not as good as what I'm making at home. I'm not skilled, and yet, put this in front of me and one might think otherwise.

  • West Hartford Public Library
    2018-11-27 08:34

    This book lives up to it's title- these are fast, easy, and cheap vegan recipes that everyone will love. You can save a lot of money because most of the ingredients are items that you probably already have at home (if not, they can be easily located at your local supermarket). I liked this so much that I bought a copy to keep at home! Highlights are the stove top mac and 'cheese' and pumpkin cake with chocolate glaze.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-09 08:07

    Great cookbook! All the recipes so far have been wonderful (except the one I messed up on, totally my fault). Has great money saving tips that should have been obvious to me, but were not. Her seitan recipes are outstanding. After a previous attempt to make it myself, I had given up, but Robin's recipes keep it simple. This is going to be my go-to cookbook for a long time and has definitely helped me save money on vegan food.

  • Karen!
    2018-12-08 04:33

    I really liked this book. This is, obviously, a book about saving money on food, and it gives great recipes that cut back on cost without cutting back on variety, fun, or flavor. The top of each page give a approximate amount per serving, with nothing coming out to more than $2 per serving. After the recipe, there are sometimes "splurges" or substitutions that would make the meal more expensive, but might be worth it to some people.I will definitely be cooking from this book!

  • Davida
    2018-12-08 09:07

    I love the <$2 per serving recipes. All delicious and easy and mostly using ingredients I already have in my house. Very encouraging and friendly tone makes this cookbook even more enjoyable.Have made savory sausage and peppers, farfalle with cabbage and white beans, hearty lentil stew - all yummy.

  • David Tan
    2018-12-10 03:24

    Many vegan books are great and creative, but they ask for ingredients that are quite expensive. Also, since many vegetables have gone up in price since the publishing of other vegan books, it makes it almost impractical to anyone on even a moderate budget. This book is both simple in preparation and the inexpensive ingredients can be found pretty much in any standard American grocery store.

  • Carrie Schindele Cupples
    2018-11-26 02:17

    Only made one recipe so far but love how she makes everything from simple ingredients. Looking through the others, I found plenty to try. Thriftiness in her approach is just an added bonus. Edit: I've now made the seitan loaf and the cheezy sauce -- very good and balanced takes on staple-type recipes.

  • Joan
    2018-12-02 04:34

    This was a library book and I had to take a photo of the one recipe I'd planned to try because I had to return it. The recipes definitely are inexpensive and I look forward to owning the book so I can try more recipes. I may change the rating when I can try out some of them.

  • Marian
    2018-11-26 06:15

    Some of the advice seemed pretty obvious, like make big bathces of dried beans or brown rice. But the tips on where to buy products and the recipes were good. Many vegan cookbooks do not factor in diabetics--

  • Bess
    2018-11-15 09:06

    Only deducted a star because there were no recipes in the ENTIRE book...but can't wait to whip up all these delicious and affordable vegan creations...wide range of cuisines which I really appreciate.

  • Deyara
    2018-12-11 05:19

    Lots of recipes I want to try, and she gives good tips on how to make nice food cheaply. No pictures, which is a little annoying as I am not a cook and dont really know what half of these things are supposed to look like.

  • Deb
    2018-12-10 03:23

    The French Lentil Chili is easy and delicious (recipe here: and I have several others tagged to make. Next up Lemony Garlic Chickpea Patties I think. A good guide to easy vegan recipes on a budget.

  • F.P.
    2018-12-11 06:24

    It is what it says: low-cost (and mostly easy) vegan recipes. I cannot stop eating and desiring the Corned Seitan And Cabbage (I modify the recipe because I don't have a slow cooker). Wish I had a personal chef who could make that dish for me every day lol.

  • Kerri
    2018-11-16 02:27

    I tried and loved the following recipes:- Chocolate Blueberry Crumble - so good and so easy!- Chocolate Surprise Brownies- Lemony Garlic Chickpea Patties- Pumpkin Spice Cake with Chocolate Glaze- Sesame Shortbread Cookies- Faux Parm- Wheatballs

  • Dana
    2018-11-26 04:07

    No photos. Recipes not my taste.

  • LemontreeLime
    2018-11-14 05:10

    Some good ideas.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-24 09:20

    There are quite a few recipes in the book, but they're a bit exotic for our tastes.

  • Pam
    2018-12-01 07:24

    Great tips in here for using every bit of what you buy and there's some recipes in here that sound good.