Brothers Green Eats – Live Like a Vegan King on $50 a Week Video Series Recap

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:

Day 1

  • Zucchini oat muffins with chocolate
  • Vegetable fried rice

The recipes for these are in the video description!

Day 2

  • 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.

Day 3

  • 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

Day 4

  • Chickpea pancakes with a caramelized banana and apple sauce. He said these were the favorite dish he made out of everything in the series.

Pancake recipe

I wrote down the recipe because I want to try and make them, but there aren’t any measurements for the batter.

Pancake batter:

  • Oat flour
  • Baking powder
  • Coconut cream
  • Chickpeas
  • Grated ginger
  • Salt
  • 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)

Directions:

  • 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

Day 5

  • 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:

“Cheese” sauce:

  1. 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!
  2. Boil pasta noodles in the water from the previous step, but leave the noodles slightly undercooked so they soak up the sauce.
  3. Sautee some zucchini, radish, and purple cabbage.
  4. Toss everything together.

Coconut almond banana ice cream recipe

  1. Put frozen banana, coconut cream, and almond milk in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. 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.

Homemade popcorn secrets

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I’m a HUGE popcorn lover, and I only like to buy kernels because it’s way cheaper. Take a look at these price comparisons from the same online store:

Bob’s Red Mill White Popcorn – 27 oz bag – $3.69 – $0.14/ounce

Newman’s Own Natural Microwave Popcorn 10.5 Ounce – $3.79 –  $0.36/ounce

Skinny Pop Popcorn – 4.4 oz bag – $2.83 – $0.64/ounce

The downside of making popcorn from kernels is it can be a pain to pop them. You can pop them on the stove or in a paper bag, but the best method I’ve found is to use this silicone bowl. I love it because it can fit a LOT of popcorn compared to a paper bag and it’s faster than stove-popping.

My other problem with homemade popcorn is HOW DO YOU SEASON IT? Because I don’t want to use too much oil, anything I put on it falls to the bottom!

I’ve found the best technique.

First, use a mortar and pestle to grind up my salt and other seasonings (I love nutritional yeast) to a fine powder. This is the most important part, because it makes everything small enough to stick to the popcorn.

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Then, spray the popcorn 2-3 times in different areas with olive oil from my mister and sprinkle the ground up seasoning on top.

Enjoy!

Meal prep for beginners

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When you first think about meal prepping, it can seem really overwhelming, especially if you don’t already cook much.

I don’t really know how to cook.

Do I have to buy a million containers?

What do I make?

Am I going to be in the kitchen for a million hours?

You can start as small as making sandwiches, pasta, salad, or whatever it is you already know how to make. It will be a process of trial and error and you’ll learn along the way. Over time, your dishes will get more creative or elaborate if you want them to.

As for containers, you can buy a couple of plastic Glad containers, which are less than $10 for a pack of 5.

 

This is the typical meal prep process, which you can do all on the same day or on different days.

Step 1. Figure out what you want to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. This is my favorite part because I love looking for new recipes to try.

Step 2. Make a grocery list

Step 3. Go to the grocery store and get all the ingredients

Step 4. Cook all the meals at once and put them into containers. I personally spend between 2-4 hours meal prepping, depending on how complicated the dishes I’m making are. Factoring cleaning up afterward, that’s not that much time, compared to if I were cooking every meal every day of the week.

It sounds like a lot of work initially but if you set aside a few hours on Sunday, you’ll save so much time and effort during the week.

Try and it and let me know what your pain points are!

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