Rethink how you shop for food.Courtesy of Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
Many staples of a vegan diet like grains, beans, and nuts are cheap, and they usually store well if you buy them in bulk. Bechter also suggests you join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); shop at farmers’ markets an hour before closing for discounts; and visit VeganCuts.com for daily
deals and discounts on vegan food and lifestyle
products. You can also find more grocery shopping tips in the book Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, by Ellen Jaffe Jones, or at the site Plant Based on a Budget.
Pictured: Farmers Market Tacos on Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
You can still eat out.Beyond Meat
Even fast-food places are starting to offer vegan options on their menus. In select restaurants, Mexican chain Chipotle serves Sofritas, a shredded, organic tofu cooked with chipotle chiles and roasted poblanos. National chain Tropical Smoothie Cafe will substitute plant-based protein Beyond Meat (which shreds up like cooked chicken) in all salads and sandwiches at no extra cost. New York-based chain Fresh & Co., which also serves the “Vegan ‘Unchicken‘” says that items with it are among the most popular on its menu and even meat-eaters are opting for it. You can find other choices on this comprehensive list from PETA.
Try more ethnic foods.Courtesy of Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, be adventurous. Moran says, “Asian cuisines have tantalizing plant-based options originating from the spread of Buddhism.” She also likes Italian pastas; Ethiopian lentil stews; satisfying and spicy Indian curries; and Mexican veggie tacos, fajitas or burritos (“just hold the cheese”).
Pictured here: Green Curry Corn Chowder on Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes