"Oh my god I just found out about your blog and I love it so much!! Your resources are super helpful, especially the "what poor vegans eat" tag. Greetings from Brazil!"
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This blog's mission is to dispel the myth that veganism is something only privileged middle-/upper-class people do, as well as discussing issues of poverty and veganism in general. For more info about this blog and the righteous babe who made it, click the "About Me" link.
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Asked by Anonymous
I usually pronounce it “say” as in to speak + “tan” as in baking your flesh in the sun. ;)
Reblogged from vegsofcolor
Cheap Vegan Grocery List
Since the Cheap Vegan Pantry article has been so popular, I am (by request) following up with a Cheap Vegan Grocery List. Here I’ll explain the different strategies I use and items I buy to stay healthy on a budget.
When you go to the grocery store, have in mind what percentage of what types of food you plan to buy. This should mirror your ideal plate of food. My goal is to eat mostly whole foods (foods that have not been processed), as many organic foods as I can afford to splurge on, and as little sugar and processed foods as possible. Besides obvious sugar like corn syrup, sugars also include white bread/pasta, anything made with white flour.
Once you have mentally prepared yourself for grocery shopping, you start from the bottom up. I shop at a few different sources to get what I need for the best bargain. Luckily, all of these places are walking distance to my house. But do what works best for you! If you’d rather only go to only one place, that might be more valuable than the $10-20 bucks you save a week going to multiple stores.
Start Literally Dirt-cheap
To start, check your garden. Whether you’re just planting some herbs or you have a whole veggie garden, there’s nothing better than home-grown food. As Ron Finley says, “Planting your own food is like printing your own money …plus you get strawberries.”
If you happen to get to a farmers market, check out their $1 rack. Often times they’ll have good deals of food they have too much of.
Figuratively Dirt Cheap
Next I go to the 99cent and up store—and I know what you’re thinking, we just went from the garden to the dollar store, but I’m broke people! …plus they’re really not all that bad. Especially here in Los Angeles! People tend to get sketched out by the dollar store but you just have to use common sense. If something looks a little suspect, don’t buy it. A lot of the food is even the same brand as what you’d get at a grocery store, just overstock.
At the 99c store I buy:
- Romaine Lettuce
- Any pre-cut, easy to prepare veggies that look good (ex. Shredded purple cabbage, carrots, etc.)
- Tortilla Chips
- Canned beans (at my location they have a variety of organic beans for a buck!)
- Corn Tortillas
- Canned Tomato Sauce/Diced tomatoes
- Random canned goods I might need
- Soy Milk
- Brown Rice
If I needed anything else I couldn’t find at the dollar store my next stop is usually my local…
The Mexican Super Market!
In LA I go to JON’s in Chicago I went to Devon Market, but most cities have their own Mexican supermarkets where you can get produce for a little cheaper.
Here I buy:
- Bell Peppers
- Any other produce I have a recipe in mind for
- Frozen Veggies
- Almond Milk
- Baking Items
- Whole grain pastas
Lastly, if I’m feeling a little fancy, having a craving, or just can’t find it at those two places, I go to…
The Bougie spots: Trader Joes and Whole Foods
Where I get…
- Low sugarGranola (a lot of times granola has just as much sugar as cereal like frosted flakes or cocoa pebbles)
Dr. Praegers veggie burgers (where their motto is making the ingredients recognizable)
- Trader Joe’s Tomatillo and Roasted Yellow Chilli Salsa (because it’s BOMB)
- Nutritional Yeast
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Natural Almond Butter
- Ezikiel Bread
…any little things that I can afford to splurge on
Always look for bargains. If there is a discount rack, start there, then move to the sections you would usually go to and keep looking for deals. If you’re afraid you can’t eat the 2 for 1 case of fruit, remember freezing. You can always save it for a smoothie or banana whip later! Same goes for canned goods and non-perishable foods. Sometimes buying in bulk can save you some cash in the long run.
I thought vegan food was expensive…
A big misconception about being vegan, and why many think it’s so expensive to eat a plant-based diet, is because of the processed foods that are catered to vegan consumers. Foods like Tofurky, Boca Burgers, Amy’s frozen dinners, daiya, and other pre-made vegan “meats” and “cheeses” are simply more expensive than produce AND worse than that, they’re not as healthy! It’s easy to be a healthy cheap vegan, but start throwing in processed foods and sugars and you start to dive into expensive territory. So make the healthier and less expensive choice and eat your whole fruits and veggies!
While rummaging around in some old stuff still packed away from the move, I discovered that I have cheese clothe! I figured I’d put it to good use, so I made this:
PEPPER DILL SEITAN
So, what you’re going to need is all this stuff:
-2 cups vital wheat gluten
-1 cup garbanzo bean flour (or just get them called and blend them up real good)
-1/3 block of tofu
-1 to 1 1/2 cup water (if too dry, add more; if too wet, sprinkle extra bean flour or gluten in)
-a few squirts of agave nectar, or about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon onion powder
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
-a few drops of liquid smoke (I used mesquite)
-a whole lot of black pepper
-however much dill you want
Mash all that shit together, knead it real good with your hands, and form into a ball. It will look something like this (before ball shape):
Now wrap it in cheese clothe and stick it in a steamer pot. It doesn’t really take a lot of cheese clothe, but try to make sure every surface is covered.
If you don’t have a steamer pot, that sucks super hard. You have two options: try to find one at a thrift store, or go with the oven method. Oven method = sticking your wrapped seitan ball on a pan, and putting a casserole pan full of water underneath it, with the oven at about 350F. It will turn out a bit dryer this way, but I’ve had to do it before, and it’s fine.
If you are fortunate enough to have one of these types of pots, just put a bit of water in the bottom, cover with a lid, and let it simmer on low heat. Make sure to turn it occasionally as well. It will take at least 45 minutes to get thoroughly cooked. You’ll know it’s done when it feels bouncy, and no longer has any sponginess to it. It will look about like this:
Now just let it cool, slice it up, and feast! You can put it on sandwiches, throw it in soups, bread it and fry it, or whatever you like! You’ll get at least five servings out of this!
Reblogged from havocados
It is not, however, usually the fault of those living it. We did not create a system that can only function on the exploitation of the labor of the lower classes to the benefit of those at the top. We did not create the generational poverty that has kept our families trying to claw our way up for centuries. We did not ask for the plethora of mental health issues that living in poverty creates, which make it all the more difficult to escape from it. We are not the ones silencing our own voices when we demand fair wages.
We know who is responsible. And in time, we will ensure that they lose their power over us.
Reblogged from havocados
I have yet to see a vegan that looks healthy
so I don’t get it
So you can determine a persons health by just looking at them? Gee that’s a amazing!!! Where did you get your medical degree?
I didn’t even tag this post what are you the fucking vegan police bugger off you don’t need to know my personal business
Awww, so no med degree hm =[ thought so. It still shows up in the tag anyway bby ;)
Good to know one’s personal business is reduced to being a misguided charlatan.
By all means keep believing that silly notion while vegans of all health levels carry on without giving a single solitary crap about your personal business.
Reblogged from gorilla-warfare
Oh my god, he’s gone! :O
Well kids, Tumblr, in all its wisdom, decided to delete his blog. The reasons don’t make any sense at all, but that’s how Tumblr works.
If I find out any of you reported him, I’ll personally go after you and torture you endlessly.
Can you please reblog this and cheer him up and tell him you want him back?
BE THEY WERE JUST HERE YESTERDAY WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED
NO WHAT THE HELL
Tumblr; where neo-nazis, white supremacists, creep shot blogs, bestiality blogs, and gore blogs roam free but the vegan blog is the most offensive.
Literally this is the first thing reporting has done anything fuck this dumb site
This is a fucking tragedy. What possible reason could they have had for deleting what was basically just a vegan comedy blog? Who’s next, huh? Are we going to start getting deleted for posting pics of cute baby cows now because it offends some jerk off who wants to continue drinking veal milkshakes without people on the internet criticizing it? Un be-fucking-lievable.
Reblogged from soycrates
When people brag about being able to get the newest, fanciest tasty vegan food on the market like, “Oh? You haven’t tried Beyond Meat yet? How sad! I pity you! *swirls fair trade vegan wine in glass and cackles*”
"You haven’t made a triple layer ice cream cake out of cashews and coconut oil? But why, you poor soul! Coconut oil is on sale at Foody Whole Villa, it’s only 300 dollars per 3ml!”
That’s the shit that gets us all depicted as rich white spoiled brats. Putting what the general public thinks of veganism aside, it’s also really fucking annoying, especially for vegan people who can barely afford soap this month.
I don’t think that’s really much of a cause of the stereotype, especially when you consider that nonvegans do the same shit all the time and nobody really goes on tirades about it. Maybe this does happen to the actual rich nonvegans who eat foie gras burgers for lunch every day, but it’s especially overlooked for nonvegan foods that are associated with the lower classes but also happen to be rather expensive (more expensive than most vegan food even). For example, I’ve been told I haven’t lived until I try turducken, and that’s going to probably cost you at least $30. But nobody is ever going to accuse my country friend of being some sort of spoiled elitist.
People rave about their love of special “sometimes” foods that might happen to be on the pricier side all the time (and even sometimes in a snarky sort of way). Why is it just when a vegan does it that it’s assumed it’s something we eat all the time, and so we are all therefor snobby, rich, white, elitist assholes? There’s a difference between, as in your example, trying Beyond Meat, and eating it for breakfast every morning. (I myself have had it about 4 times in my life, and each time someone else bought it for me, but I would still say that it’s good enough to recommend to others!)
Nonvegans just want to find any excuse to vilify us so that they don’t have to think about the choices they themselves are making every day. So through some heavy confirmation bias, they tend to only focus on the things that could make us look bad, which can then start making us paranoid about these little things that aren’t actually all that different from what everyone else does.
However, I will say that if anyone is trying to make you feel like shit for not being able to afford something, they can probably go merrily straight to hell. That shit is not cool, no matter who you are.
Asked by Anonymous
It’s funny because I turned anon off for about an hour and within 2 minutes of it being back, this was in my inbox. It’s as if you just sit and refresh my page all day. Goodness gracious. Also heyits-taylorthevegan is literally gorgeous and I don’t know fatassvegan but I bet they’re damn fine too!
Its funny because i’m munching on potato chips now.
Like i’m laughing so hard because i am actually eating potato chips now.
What a load of bullshit anon!
fatassvegan and Mary are LOVELY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.
STEP OFF CARNIST!
I mean jesus, that one cut right to the HEART!!
I mean, I’ve already told you all how much it hurts to be compared to a cow… but no to be compared to a WHALE??? OH GOD, HOW WILL I LIVE WITH MYSELF KNOWING I LOOK LIKE THESE HIDEOUS
Ugh look at THIS one with it’s HORN YOU SICKEN ME
Maybe I should go live at the bottom of the ocean… Then I won’t have to deal with these brilliant, insightful anons anymore… I mean what next, are they going to call me a manatee?
Ugh, look at that horrible animal. Just revolting.
Well you got me, I guess I’ll recede back into the ocean where I belong, with all my hideous whale friends.
And as for you anon, I know middle school is hard but I promise you’re going to get through it. Have a wonderful day. XOXO
FAV is fukken hawt like woah!
And now I want to be a gorgeous fat vegan mermaid. Like the kind that lures fishermen to their death.
Reblogged from fightingforanimals
[Updated 11:00 PM EST 19 July, 2014]
Follow some of these vegan blogs! If you’re a vegan blogger and would like to be added to the list, please send me a message. Enjoy!
This is awesome.
ALL OF THE COOL KIDS! ALL OF THEM! ALL IN ONE PLACE!
Good LAWD, that would be one hell of a slumber party
Reblogged from fightingforanimals
People who eat meat from animals who are fed lots of soy (via learned—helplessness)
Also, people who conveniently ignore all the soy already added to their food. Or for the ones that are like “OMG soy estrogen!” ignoring the amount of actual non-plant hormones that goes directly into the animals they eat.
Reblogged from fanbladesubmarine
Because I just found some for $1.99 a pound and got 2 pounds of them. I’m pretty sure I’m used to seeing them a lot more expensive than this, which is why I usually don’t buy them. Fuck, these are good though.
I got 2lbs recently for a little less than $7…I was only willing to pay that much because I haven’t had cherries in over a year :(
Yeah, I snooped around online and saw that there’s some sort of cherry shortage, and that’s about the price they’re going for now. Holy shit, I should go back and buy more if the ones I found are so incredibly cheap comparably!
Asked by Anonymous
I honestly follow SO many vegan blogs and so many of them are really excellent, it’s hard for me to narrow it down to just a few, but some of the ones that might be most useful for someone starting out in veganism would be vegan vulcan, the vegan squid, the very hungry vegan, what do vegans eat really, and fuck yeah poor vegans. Like I said though, there are literally SO many good helpful vegan blogs on here I could spend all day listing them. If you ever run short of vegan blogs to follow just look in the notes in my posts, so many of them are so supportive and they have so many good food/cruelty-free product ideas and recommendations. As a matter of fact if you are a vegan blog could you like or reblog this post so this anon can find you? Let’s show this person some support!
20 new followers in the last couple hours? Yup, FAV is singing my praises again (as well as many other lovelies). This girl is after my heart, I swear! <3