I came across this Live Like a Vegan King on $50 a Week video series the other day and I HAD to write about it. The videos are co-created by these 2 brothers whose channel is called Brothers Green Eats, and they do all sorts of really creative cooking videos that are kind of no-frills.
One of them (Mike) took on a challenge to eat vegan for a week while only spending $50 on groceries. I was blown away and inspired by his creativity and resourcefulness. I recommend you watch it, but also here’s a summary of all the things he made:
- Zucchini oat muffins with chocolate
- Vegetable fried rice
The recipes for these are in the video description!
- Vegan burger with:
- beet ketchup
- purple cabbage and carrot slaw
- a home-made bun
- a black bean, rice, and sweet potato patty
- Banana slices dipped in chocolate and frozen
He used aluminum foil to shape the bun and patty into circles, which I thought was brilliant.
- Pan pizza with:
- beet ketchup (instead of tomato sauce)
- sauteed caramelized onions
- pieces of the leftover burger patty from Day 2
- Ramen with:
- home-made ramen noodles (you need a noodle maker)
- broth made with soy sauce, grated apple, coconut cream and leftover veggie scraps that he saved from the previous days of cooking
- scrambled/fried tofu
- zucchini, carrot, raddish
- Chickpea pancakes with a caramelized banana and apple sauce. He said these were the favorite dish he made out of everything in the series.
I wrote down the recipe because I want to try and make them, but there aren’t any measurements for the batter.
- Oat flour
- Baking powder
- Coconut cream
- Grated ginger
- Almond milk
Caramelized banana and apple sauce:
- 1 banana
- a squeeze lemon juice
- 1/2 apple
- liquid from the coconut milk can (not the cream part)
- Fry the bananas until browned
- Put everything in the food processor and process until it becomes smooth
- Put pancake batter on frying pan to form pancakes and cook for 3-4 mins per side
- Chickpea pancakes (using leftover batter from the previous day) this time made savory with sauteed cabbage and onion
- Vegan mac and cheese
- Coconut Almond Banana Ice Cream
Mac and cheese recipe
Again there aren’t any measurements because he was able to just eyeball everything:
- Boil potato, onion and carrot until soft. DON’T THROW OUT THE WATER. Strain and blend in a food processor or blender with grated ginger, coconut cream, salt and pepper. Make sure you add enough salt. The carrot turns the sauce a cheesy orange color!
- Boil pasta noodles in the water from the previous step, but leave the noodles slightly undercooked so they soak up the sauce.
- Sautee some zucchini, radish, and purple cabbage.
- Toss everything together.
Coconut almond banana ice cream recipe
- Put frozen banana, coconut cream, and almond milk in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Grate some chocolate on top
Some tips I learned about cooking frugally:
- Never buy light coconut milk — it’s the same price as regular coconut milk but just contains more water and less coconut milk. You can buy full-fat coconut milk and thin it out with water instead.
- You can try sweetening foods with grated apple instead of normal sweeteners
- If you don’t have enough lemon juice, try adding the rind for more lemon flavor
- You can make all kinds of sauces with blended up veggies
The entire series isn’t out yet, as of writing they have only released day 5. I’ll try to keep updating this when 6 and 7 come out.