A great giftbox for a financially struggling vegetarian.
A friend of ours is going through a lot right now, including some pretty hard financial times. Math has been done and it's been determined that a lot of money is being wasted on eating out because she has trouble figuring out how to cook for one person, and she's very busy (school, work, and she does lots of other volunteer work that is relevant to her school work). So, long story short, we want to put together a box of stuff for her to help her with this problem (we're not overstepping, she's asked for advice/help/etc on this and other issues). She will have access to a real kitchen and regular cooking tools. She will be cooking for herself, and will probably share with her roommate (who will kick in on food costs).
She's expressed a desire for this vegetarian cook book
. Things I've thought of putting in the box are as follows:
1) Selection of dried beans
2) Selection of pasta
3) Canned tomatoes and pasta sauce
4) Couscous, Bulgar wheat, quinoa, rice
5) A few favorite recipes of ours that are vegetarian
. . . and there I run out of good ideas.
Other things might include really good vegetarian recipes that can be made in a crock pot, soups, or casseroles that she can take to work or to her evening gigs. Cost isn't a huge concern, but we want to keep it reasonable.
Thank you in advance. It is really important to me to figure out a way to show her we care and provide her with the means to feed herself healthfully as she makes a new beginning in the new year.