Cheap 'student' here living on a tight budget and I'm actually getting tired of eating meat. I'm looking for some cheap vegetarian ideas, no matter how simple the recipe is, preferably cooked over raw.
There's actually a whole plethora of things you can make without meat, and for good prices, too!
I don't know if you like Mexican as much as I do (I'm kind of a BIG fan of Mexican food), but I'm always making tacos, taco salads, enchiladas, quesadillas, etc. using vegetarian refried beans (some refried beans are made using lard, so I have to be wary of this) or even whole beans sometimes (I like black beans and pinto beans best), rice, shredded cheese, and whatever other yummeh goodies I have that would go well with whatever I'm making. And I make all of my own salsa and guacamole.
On days I feel like something sorta Italian/Mediterranean, I'll make pasta dishes, going all out making them fancy and delicious. Whenever I use sauce, I always make my own, it's cheaper that way. A lot of times I don't even use a sauce, but use olive oil, diced tomatoes, chopped mushrooms, chopped olives, minced garlic, diced onion, cooked spinach, sliced and steamed zuchini, herbs, and breadcrumbs in it. I don't usually follow recipes, I experiment and play with my own. Pasta with diced tomatoes and white beans is really simple and delicious too! And angel hair with broccoli...SO GOOD! A quick and easy thing to make is a personal pizza made with pita bread!
Honestly, the possibilities are ENDLESS. Your parent/guardian probably told you growing up to not play with your food, but totally play with it...who knows what yummeh creations you may make? biggrin
I personally love lentil soup, tempeh, apples and peanut butter, pb & js, pasta, bean burritos with grilled corn, avocado, lettuce, grilled onions and green peppers, pico de gallo, and cilantro lime rice (yeah, I'm a big fan of Chipotle).
Vegan food is actually really cheap when you stick to whole foods.
If you ever want to make your own cheap version of the fake meats in the grocery store though, you can make your own seitan.
Unfortunately I'm sensitive to gluten so I have no experience in making seitan myself, but I've tried it before and it's very good. Still though, I love tempeh.
There's this food..which taste like flowers..except it's savory..
In the Philippines it's called Ginataan Langka. I think it means coconut milk and jackfruit.
3 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons ginger slivers
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 cups young langka, sliced
2 cups fresh gata (unang piga)<--I'm not sure what this is..
2 cups gata (pangalawang piga)<---I don't know what that is either >.<"
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sitaw<--(I think ginger..again,I'm not sure what it is xP), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 siling labuyo(I definitely have no idea what that is..), chopped
In a large pan, saute onions, garlic and ginger slivers in oil for 8 minutes.
Add langka, mix well.
Add the 2 cups gata (pangalawang piga) mix well and let it boil, lower heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the 2 cups fresh gata (unang piga), season with salt and pepper then simmer for 10 minutes.
Add sitaw and siling labuyo, cover and let it simmer for 8 minutes or until the sitaw is cooked.
Continue to simmer until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Another one is..an indian dish which I ate in Singapore.
It's tofu curry..basically it's just...tofu and red curry...xP
Here's one from Saikung,Hong Kong.
It's made of sea vegetables(seaweeds...kinda) chopped and saute with mushroom sauce then add tofu strings..
And the last but not the least.
Saute Mushrooms! Saute garlic and onions.Just toss different kinds of mushrooms in to a pan.Add a little mushroom sauce(the brown type..this is optional.You can just use water). Put salt and pepper (if you want). and then serve! I ate this in Shangri-la Hotel. smile it was really good.
Get some ramen. Throw out the seasoning packet. Cook the noodles in a broth of your choice, or just water. Add in veggies of your choice, cooked, frozen, raw - whatever you have/want. Season it with things like soy sauce, red pepper flakes, ginger, garlic and a tiny drop of honey for sweetness. You can easily do the same thing with rice instead of ramen noodles.
Scrambled eggs. I don't mean just plain, oh no. I mean scrambled eggs cooked with hot sauce, cauliflower, squash, spices and whatever other yummy veggies you wanna put in it. Cooking times will very with the things you put in it, so remember that when making it. (Cooking it with the hot sauce in it MAY cause it to turn pink or curdle..but it is possible to make it without that happening, and even if it does happen it's still edible and yummy!)
Do you have a microwave only or an oven too?
I love fried zuchini with lemon and garlic seasoning. Our zuchinni grow like weeds in the summer so you may be able to find them really cheap!
Indian food is pretty cheap - noodles with curry sauce.