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Check out this fan photo from @yvonnerachelle following the New Orleans Style Beans and Rice Recipe from the Cheap Vegan Archive!
Quick Cooking Tips for Dried Beans
Soak overnight - this will prep your beans for cooking and also leech out some of the chemicals that give you gas.
Add Other Ingredients - Beans and rice are good, but beans, peppers, onions, garlic, celery, etc. etc… is better!
Don’t add salt until the very end!!! - This rule is super important! Adding salt before the beans have softened can make for gritty beans.

Check out this fan photo from @yvonnerachelle following the New Orleans Style Beans and Rice Recipe from the Cheap Vegan Archive!

Quick Cooking Tips for Dried Beans

  1. Soak overnight - this will prep your beans for cooking and also leech out some of the chemicals that give you gas.
  2. Add Other Ingredients - Beans and rice are good, but beans, peppers, onions, garlic, celery, etc. etc… is better!
  3. Don’t add salt until the very end!!! - This rule is super important! Adding salt before the beans have softened can make for gritty beans.
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Shout out to CVS for promoting Healthy Living over Profits!

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Today is Cheap Vegan’s 2nd Birthday!!!
Thanks to all of the readers, new and old, that keep inspiring me to write more post and are open to learning about their food and investing in their health.Stay healthy, compassionate, and un-broke!Love,
MadisonCheap Vegan

Today is Cheap Vegan’s 2nd Birthday!!!

Thanks to all of the readers, new and old, that keep inspiring me to write more post and are open to learning about their food and investing in their health.

Stay healthy, compassionate, and un-broke!

Love,

Madison
Cheap Vegan

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Rocket to Healthy Eating!Thoughtful gifts for thoughtful people
I recently was given a gift certificate to a vegan restaurant in LA called Sage. The gift came in a cute card with a personal message from the sender wishing me a happy holidays. It was printed from home on a piece of paper and it told me to go to the Gift Rocket website to redeem my gift. Once I got there I realized that this wasn’t your ordinary gift card, and that I could receive the amount on the card by direct deposit, check, credit card, or pay pal with no obligation to follow the sender’s suggestion.
While I personally will still take a visit to Sage, I thought this was a great way to give a thoughtful yet not limiting monetary gift. With Gift Rocket, you still get to show you put thought into your present but you’re not confining the recipient to spend it all in one place.
Just wanted to share this super cool service as a great way to promote the gift of healthy eating for any cheap vegan!

Rocket to Healthy Eating!
Thoughtful gifts for thoughtful people

I recently was given a gift certificate to a vegan restaurant in LA called Sage. The gift came in a cute card with a personal message from the sender wishing me a happy holidays. It was printed from home on a piece of paper and it told me to go to the Gift Rocket website to redeem my gift. Once I got there I realized that this wasn’t your ordinary gift card, and that I could receive the amount on the card by direct deposit, check, credit card, or pay pal with no obligation to follow the sender’s suggestion.

While I personally will still take a visit to Sage, I thought this was a great way to give a thoughtful yet not limiting monetary gift. With Gift Rocket, you still get to show you put thought into your present but you’re not confining the recipient to spend it all in one place.

Just wanted to share this super cool service as a great way to promote the gift of healthy eating for any cheap vegan!

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Merry Christmas from Cheap Vegan <3

Merry Christmas from Cheap Vegan <3

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Garden Critters are No Laughing Matter!
HOW TO KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN without hurting them :)
I recently have been plagued with mysterious garden critters! All of my Asian Greens have been eaten to the stalks and my beloved November strawberries were totally annihilated. But I found some cruelty-free/organic ways to keep out bugs, birds, and critters of the urban garden.
Cayenne Pepper - This worked great for me. Turned off by the spicy flavor, sprinkling cayenne pepper on your plants and soil keeps bugs and other animals from eating it.
Mirrors/Shiny things - Birds are cautious of getting close to shiny things because they mistake it for fire. Throw some pin wheels or old CDs in your garden for style and protection.
Dog hair - Little critters don&#8217;t want to mess with big ol&#8217; a dog, they&#8217;d much rather steal trash from the dumpster than risk a close encounter with a K9. If you have a big garden just let your pup run around out there. If you have a small garden like me, next time you brush your dog&#8217;s hair, sprinkle some of it on the edges of your garden.
Plant Anti-bug plants - For example, Marigold and basil are great pest deterrents because bugs don&#8217;t like the smell.
Coffee Grinds - Like me, some pests bug out when they have too much caffeine, sprinkle caffeinated coffee grinds around to protect plants and is also good adding minerals back to your soil!

Garden Critters are No Laughing Matter!

HOW TO KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN without hurting them :)

I recently have been plagued with mysterious garden critters! All of my Asian Greens have been eaten to the stalks and my beloved November strawberries were totally annihilated. But I found some cruelty-free/organic ways to keep out bugs, birds, and critters of the urban garden.

  1. Cayenne Pepper - This worked great for me. Turned off by the spicy flavor, sprinkling cayenne pepper on your plants and soil keeps bugs and other animals from eating it.
  2. Mirrors/Shiny things - Birds are cautious of getting close to shiny things because they mistake it for fire. Throw some pin wheels or old CDs in your garden for style and protection.
  3. Dog hair - Little critters don’t want to mess with big ol’ a dog, they’d much rather steal trash from the dumpster than risk a close encounter with a K9. If you have a big garden just let your pup run around out there. If you have a small garden like me, next time you brush your dog’s hair, sprinkle some of it on the edges of your garden.
  4. Plant Anti-bug plants - For example, Marigold and basil are great pest deterrents because bugs don’t like the smell.
  5. Coffee Grinds - Like me, some pests bug out when they have too much caffeine, sprinkle caffeinated coffee grinds around to protect plants and is also good adding minerals back to your soil!
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Homemade pumpkin spice banana whip ice cream
Learn how to make a Banana whip Here!
You can make any flavor, but to make pumpkin pie you just add 1 and a half bananas, 2-3 tbsp Pumpkin puree, a 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice and a splash of soy milk.
It&#8217;s amamzing.

Homemade pumpkin spice banana whip ice cream

Learn how to make a Banana whip Here!

You can make any flavor, but to make pumpkin pie you just add 1 and a half bananas, 2-3 tbsp Pumpkin puree, a 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie spice and a splash of soy milk.

It’s amamzing.

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Fall Food❤
Roasted brussel sprouts w apples and garlic, acorn squash with diced apples and oven baked white beans. mmmmmm&#8230;.. 

Fall Food

Roasted brussel sprouts w apples and garlic, acorn squash with diced apples and oven baked white beans. mmmmmm….. 

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Cooking for the Work-Week!

No more excuses for spending $50 a week on take-out! It’s time to work for your food and cook for yourself in advance.

I just started a new job and I’m learning that it really is hard to find the time to cook delicious/nutritious/cheap meals every single day, 3 meals a day. It’s so much easier to just get take out during your lunch break or on your drive to or from work. However the Cheap Vegan can not survive financially by eating out multiple meals a week. To keep your budget low you have to depend on some home cookin’.

Which is why we need to start cooking meals in advance! 

Here are some tips on cooking your weeks’ meals on the weekend:

  1. Cook meals that won’t get boring.
    Since you probably won’t be cooking too many more meals for yourself during the work week, try to think of food that you are always excited to eat. You don’t want to cook a giant batch of something just to get sick of it by Wednesday.
  2. Versatility. 
    Both nutritional and functional versatility is important when deciding what to cook. You want to make sure that you aren’t only eating one type of vegetable and that your meal can be altered to keep it interesting. A great example is vegetable stew (pictured above). It has a variety of different veggies and can be served alongside potatoes, kale, rice, or hearty bread.
    Another option is making a few sides that you can combine in different ways to create different meals. A batch of rice, a batch of beans, and a few vegetable choices can give you lots of variety depending what sauces and spices you add when you heat it up.
  3. Won’t Spoil.
    While cucumber/avocado sushi might sound delicious, chances are it’s going to start browning by Wednesday or Thursday. Try to think of recipes that will stay appetizing throughout the week. Tip: foods that stew into themselves are a good starting point.
    (ex: soup, beans, tomato sauce)
     
  4. Work Friendly.
    Since you are bringing this to work and will probably have to be around other people, try not to bring overly pungent foods or foods that are hard to transport. 
  5. Think Big!
    The bigger the batch you make over the weekend, the less you have to do during the week. Think of recipes that you can make in large quantities without too much effort. Soups or a chopped salad are great choices.

Meal Ideas:

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Feed Your Brain!Good Eating &#8212;&gt; Good Mental Health
While the brain is one of our most important organs, we often neglect to remember that it can get sick just like your heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys.
Mental illness is a huge problem all over the world that gets dismissed and stigmatized. If you are having a mental health problem like depression, anxiety, or even more serious problems, remember that it is not a reflection of your potential or even your personality. Our brains get sick the same as any other organ, and food can help make it better.
Whether you&#8217;re anxious over an exam or you&#8217;re going through a stressful episode, you can adjust your diet to help in the healing process.
Here are some foods to help your brain heal:
Berries


Berries are great for mental health. Blue berries in particular are exalted as one of the world&#8217;s best super foods! Anthocyanin compounds found in blueberries and raspberries assist with short term memory. Berries also help prevent long term age-related conditions like Alzheimer&#8217;s and Dementia or short term benefits like improved motor skills, focus, and learning capacity.
Avocado

Don&#8217;t be scared of their high calorie/fat content, avocados are one of the healthiest fruits around. Just 1/4 avocado per meal helps vitamin absorption, healthy blood flow, and lowers blood pressure.
Brussel Sprouts

While not always the first kid picked on the dinner team, brussel sprouts are a great free radical fighter. These little green veggies help protect us against cancer and boost our immune system protecting our brain cells.
Coffee and Dark Chocolate

While these two are usually associated with unhealthy habits, small amounts of coffee and dark chocolate actually help brain health. It&#8217;s when you start adding milk and sugar to these tasty treats that they become less healthy.
Beets

Beets contain a chemical called Boron that helps us process our memories. They also help combat depression. However, make sure you&#8217;re eating fresh beets. Canned beets may contain chemicals that can disrupt hormonal cycles.
Green Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale are a vital staple in our diets. Their high amount of iron, folate, and other vitamins help with circulation, inflammation, preventing Alzheimer&#8217;s, improving memory, and assisting with cognitive brain functions. 
Don&#8217;t &#8220;go nuts&#8221;, Eat Nuts! (and seeds!)

Walnuts, they sort of look like little brains, and they also help with brain function! Walnuts are a good source of ALAs which help with blood flow to all of your body, including your brain. They have also been proven to assist in preventing brain-aging diseases and assist in memory, learning, and motor skills.
But walnuts aren&#8217;t the only good nuts for your noggin, almonds, hazelnuts, filberts, cashews, peanuts, various nut butters, and even seeds are full of healthy fat and Vitamin E that is good for your brain. 
Cayenne Pepper

This spicy pepper helps with pain relief and fat fighting. Eating spicy Cayenne gives your brain a boost and helps with focus.
Avoid Saturated Fats

Saturated fats have been proven to disrupt brain function and damage memory. Saturated fats are often found in meat, dairy, and egg products, but are also in vegetable shortening and anything starting with the words &#8220;partially hydrogenated.&#8221; Avoid these foods for better brain health. 
Remember&#8230;
Always consult a doctor if you are having unusual thoughts or tendencies. With mental illness, it is better to be on the safe side. Talk to someone you trust at the onset of unusual symptoms.

Feed Your Brain!
Good Eating —> Good Mental Health

While the brain is one of our most important organs, we often neglect to remember that it can get sick just like your heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys.

Mental illness is a huge problem all over the world that gets dismissed and stigmatized. If you are having a mental health problem like depression, anxiety, or even more serious problems, remember that it is not a reflection of your potential or even your personality. Our brains get sick the same as any other organ, and food can help make it better.

Whether you’re anxious over an exam or you’re going through a stressful episode, you can adjust your diet to help in the healing process.

Here are some foods to help your brain heal:

Berries


Berries are great for mental health. Blue berries in particular are exalted as one of the world’s best super foods! Anthocyanin compounds found in blueberries and raspberries assist with short term memory. Berries also help prevent long term age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia or short term benefits like improved motor skills, focus, and learning capacity.

Avocado

Don’t be scared of their high calorie/fat content, avocados are one of the healthiest fruits around. Just 1/4 avocado per meal helps vitamin absorption, healthy blood flow, and lowers blood pressure.

Brussel Sprouts

While not always the first kid picked on the dinner team, brussel sprouts are a great free radical fighter. These little green veggies help protect us against cancer and boost our immune system protecting our brain cells.

Coffee and Dark Chocolate

While these two are usually associated with unhealthy habits, small amounts of coffee and dark chocolate actually help brain health. It’s when you start adding milk and sugar to these tasty treats that they become less healthy.

Beets

Beets contain a chemical called Boron that helps us process our memories. They also help combat depression. However, make sure you’re eating fresh beets. Canned beets may contain chemicals that can disrupt hormonal cycles.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale are a vital staple in our diets. Their high amount of iron, folate, and other vitamins help with circulation, inflammation, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving memory, and assisting with cognitive brain functions. 

Don’t “go nuts”, Eat Nuts! (and seeds!)

Walnuts, they sort of look like little brains, and they also help with brain function! Walnuts are a good source of ALAs which help with blood flow to all of your body, including your brain. They have also been proven to assist in preventing brain-aging diseases and assist in memory, learning, and motor skills.

But walnuts aren’t the only good nuts for your noggin, almonds, hazelnuts, filberts, cashews, peanuts, various nut butters, and even seeds are full of healthy fat and Vitamin E that is good for your brain. 

Cayenne Pepper

This spicy pepper helps with pain relief and fat fighting. Eating spicy Cayenne gives your brain a boost and helps with focus.

Avoid Saturated Fats

Saturated fats have been proven to disrupt brain function and damage memory. Saturated fats are often found in meat, dairy, and egg products, but are also in vegetable shortening and anything starting with the words “partially hydrogenated.” Avoid these foods for better brain health. 

Remember…

Always consult a doctor if you are having unusual thoughts or tendencies. With mental illness, it is better to be on the safe side. Talk to someone you trust at the onset of unusual symptoms.