There seems to be a myth circulating that eating vegan is expensive. I aim to do my best to disprove that in a BudgetBytes style, where I list out how much I spent on each item used in the meal, the total price, and the price per serving. My goal is to spend no more than $20 for two people to have multiple drinks and a vegan dinner filling enough to soak up all of that booze.
I do want to note that I live in Southern California, so for produce-heavy meals, the prices I show might be lower than national averages. I grew up in Massachusetts, I know 3 for 99cent avocados are not the norm in much of the country (in fact, not even here), so for some recipes you might be spending a dollar or two more for the produce than I paid. Of course, use your best judgement, make replacements based on what’s on sale in your area, used canned if they are cheaper at that time of year, omit pricey ingredients, etc etc.
Quite honestly, I expect most of my $20 budget will come from the drinks. No recipe will leave you drinking only one small drink. I aim to get you and your guest to a happy buzz!
All of the recipes on this site will be vegan and relatively healthy (relative to the alternative drunk food of pizza rolls and McDonalds). For the non-vegans reading, cutting the calories from the meat and cheese is a great excuse to allow yourself another empty calorie drink! For the vegans reading, we don’t need to torture an animal to have fun!
In full disclosure, I am not vegan, or even vegetarian. However, I am a huge supporter of the vegan diet and vegan causes. If you are reading this blog, most likely you are too, so I won’t reiterate too much. Basically, I don’t have the self-control to be completely vegan. However, I do believe the less meat (and more vegetables) we as a society eat, the better for our bodies, environment, and longevity. I try to rarely eat animal products, and I hope to share with other meat eaters that you too can cut out some meat from your diet and still have full-balanced, (maybe more) nutritious, filling, and delicious meals.
That said, if you are a vegan and see that I am using a product sourced by some evil company or so on and so forth, please be kind. And, for that matter, be kind to others who are just trying to do their best. It’s always better for your cause that people eat partially vegan than not vegan at all, so support other people who are trying to cut animal products out of their life, wherever they are on their journey.
The Frugal Drunk Vegan:
Hello! My name is Rita, I am a 26 year old woman who grew up in a suburb of Boston, MA and currently live in a San Diego, CA. I moved down here about a year ago after spending 7ish weeks traveling the country with my boyfriend. I started becoming more interested in food a few years ago and have since been slowly learning as much as I can about what is healthy for my body and the world. I spent 6 weeks in 2012 WWOOFing at Manda Farm, where I grew a great appreciation for farm animals and sustainable farming. I am starting this blog for fun. In the past few years, I have started a couple blogs that I lost interest in and never brought to their full potential (general hippie, chemical free life [not completely abandoned]). But, I’ve always loved to write and I’m just trying to find my niche in the blogging world. Writing about eating and drinking? I think that’s pretty relevant to my interests! So I hope you find something interesting or helpful or delicious in my future entries. And if you don’t, well, thank you for taking the time to read anyway!
(Posted as an Introduction 2/20/2014, Last Updated 2/20/2014)