Farewell, meat and fish, hello vegetables!
July 8, 2010 11:51 AM Subscribe
Going to be vegetarian by necessity soon. Teach me cheap and amazing recipes!
posted by actionpact to Food & Drink (28 answers total) 82 users marked this as a favorite
I've read the archives (lots of useful info!
) so hopefully you don't mind a possible retread on familiar territory; I'm moving in three months and will be on a very, very, very shoestring budget. I'm used to living with someone who loathes most vegetables and loves meat-- I'll be on my own this time and I know I'll be limiting meat to the occasional treat or to use in very small amounts for flavoring. I'm using this opportunity as an excuse to improve my diet and get healthier too, so obviously packaged ramen or mac and cheese diets are not what I'm looking for at this stage in my life.
The good news- I like most all vegetables (although avocados aren't really my thing, and I'm still getting the hang of squash and some root vegetables-- haven't tried beets or turnips yet, for example)-- but I'm open to trying anything really. I have a rice cooker and a crockpot, and I'm going to buy a pressure cooker so I can cook beans better, as I suspect beans and rice may be a big staple. But apart from my recent education about the wonders of roasted veggies (oh my god so good!) I'm still a novice at vegetarian cooking. But I'm dying to know what kind of inexpensive and healthy meals I can learn to make the most of this change in diet. Are there specific processes or seasonings that totally change the way you think about X? Definitely interested in ethnic cooking (I especially love Indian and Asian cooking, but open to anything so long as it's mayonnaise free) and peasant cuisine from around the world/aka, simple and delicious foods. Meat isn't totally off the table, but if you know of any kind of recipe that uses it as a flavoring agent, that's more of what I'm interested in.