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Vegan Cauliflower Bites – 96 cents total
I’ve made Kung Pao Cauliflower bites, Sesame Orange Chick’n Cauliflower bites and Buffalo Cauliflower bites on the blog before. That was a while ago. The other night I made some plain cauliflower bites and just dipped them. Dude, I’m pretty much making these once a week. I will say that the prices and the size of cauliflower can range wildly. Sometimes you’ll get a huge one for $2 while other times you’ll get a tiny one for $4. Today’s cauliflower was pretty small but only $1.50 for the whole thing.
1/2 small cauliflower 75 cents, 1/2 cup any flour 2 cents, 1/2 cup water (or less), 1/4 ts garlic powder 1 cent, 1/4 ts onion powder 1 cent, dash of salt 1 cent, dipping sauce of choice (1.5 TB vegan mayo 10 cents + hot sauce 6 cents) = 96 cents total
- Chop cauliflower into bite sized pieces
- Mix flour, salt and spices in a bowl. Add water and mix. I like my batter slightly thicker like pancake batter.
- Mix cauliflower with batter and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake for 10-15 more minutes. You’ll want all of the batter to be completely dry. If you see any wet spots just bake longer.
- Put it on plate with dipping sauce. ENOY
Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs in Pretzel Buns – 45 cents Each
Finally! I’ve been wanting to make carrot hot dogs for a while. I have made carrot salmon twice on the blog. Once I made Vegan Philly Sushi Roll and another time I made Vegan Lox + Cream Chz on a bagel. How do I feel about carrot hot dog? I’m not 100% sure. The first bite my mind was like, “Salty! YES!”. And the pretzel buns completely sold the dish. I love watching Veggie Rose’s vegan youtube channel. She was saying that she makes large batches of these and just leaves them in the fridge since her kids love them so much. That pretty much got me off my ass and had me thinking, “I should make these”.
4 carrots 29 cents, 1 TB oil 1 cent, 1 TB soy sauce 1 cent, 1/2 ts liquid smoke 10 cents, 1/2 cup water, 1.5 ts salt 1 cent, 1 ts dried oregano 1 cent, 1/2 ts poultry seasoning 1 cent, 2 ts paprika 1 cent, 1 lb pizza dough (I used trader joes) $1.19, extra flour 5 cent, 4 cups water, 1/4 cup baking soda 10 cents, salt/oil to coat pretzels = $1.79 total // 45 cents
- Peel carrots. I did peel mine extra to give them a even hot dog shape.
- Boil carrots til soft. Not crunchy or mushy. You want to be able to slide a toothpick through the carrot.
- Mix oil, water, soy sauce, salt, liquid smoke and herbs together. Put soft carrots in marinade and place in the fridge overnight. I’ve heard it said 18 hours is an ideal minimum but 4 hours is the very minimum. Marinading them longer is the plan.
- Once carrots are ready to eat make pretzel buns. I added a little flour to my work surface and to the dough to make it less sticky.
- Cut dough into 4 pieces for large hot dog buns and set aside for 20 minutes. Place these on the counter top with plastic wrap over them.
- Add 1/4 baking soda to 4 cups of cold water. Bring water up to a simmer and cook each piece for dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Place on a baking sheet and top with a little oil and salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.
- Cut your pretzel buns and add carrot hot dog. Top as you like. ENJOY
Inspired by Veggie Rose
Veggie + Potato Tacos – 42 Cents Each
I like refried bean tacos with crispy shells but I love cooked veggie tacos in soft shells. I’ve made these a bunch. In my 7 Vegan Dipping Sauce post I made these tacos and topped them with chipotle mayo. Dude, DUDE, DDDDUDE. Veggie tacos with chipotle mayo will rock your world.
There’s a million ways make the veggies for these tacos. I think the very best way is to saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in a skillet with salt and oil. Then add in the veggies and more salt. At some point add dried or fresh herbs of choice. Maybe finish with a squeeze of lime, fresh cilantro and green onion. (maybe leave out the potatoes or bake separately if you haven’t mastered the art of skillet fries)
But I didn’t do that this time. I was soooo lazy. I didn’t want to hang out at the stove. So I chopped and baked zucchini/yellow squash and potatoes with oil & salt. Then George Foreman grilled (no oil) the bell peppers, onion and mushrooms.
Sauteing everything would be a 10 out of 10. Baking was maybe a 7 out of 10. Still great but more hands on. PEACE ha ha ha
1 yellow squash 120g 33 cents, 1 zucchini 154g 45 cents, 2 carrots 115g 15 cents, 1 TB + .5 TB oil 2 cents, 3 potatoes 370g 25 cents , couple mushrooms 98g 56 cents, 1 serving frozen bell pepper/onion mix 80g 50 cents, 7 med size tortillas 69 cents, hot sauce or dressing of choice = $2.97 Each // 42 Cents Each
- Chop veggies and mix with oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes until everything is looking soft and golden. *or saute as mentioned above
- Heat tortillas and fill with veggies. ENJOY