Quick Ⓥ Pasta (LBⓋ 22)

Good pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Vegan pasta is healthier and ultimately fun. Vegan pasta can be extremely expensive, rather inexpensive and all in between. This Vegan Pasta took 15 minutes if prepping was overlapped as I prepared.


  • Veggie Broth (4) @ $1.99 = $0.50 per serving
  • Ⓥ Brats (4) @ $3.29 = $0.82 per serving
  • Seasonings = $0.25 per serving

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  • Spinach (6) @ $2.75 = $0.46 per serving
  • Bow Tie Noodles (6) @ $0.99 = $0.17 per serving


This deliciously quick & easy pasta was $2.20 per serving.


The Ⓥ Brats were grilled on all sides while the water was boiled for the Bow Tie Noodle to be cooked in. A larger pot was heated to add Broth and Seasonings. Noodles were drained and rinsed while the Ⓥ Brats were sliced. Noodles, Pasta and Brats were mixed in and Instant Mashed Potatoes were added for thicker consistency.




Ⓥegan Aldi Hot Dawg (LBⓋ 21)

Aldi Vegan Hot Dogs were tried and enjoyed for the first time today. A year has passed since my last LBⓋ (Low Budget Ⓥeganism) post. If you dig deep enough, I promise you, they started with LBⓋ#1. Here is a link, Zelda….




These Ⓥegan Dawgs do have more preservatives than I’d care for, but were still consumed and delicious. Here is the equation that will explain how I list and price the ingredients.


Ingredient (servings per container) @ $Container.Price = $PricePER.Serving


At the end, the overall Price Per Serving is tallied and summed to an overall price that seems accurate of how much all of the ingredients cost per serving.

  • Sauerkraut (21) @ $2.69 = $0.13 per serving
  • Mustard (112) @ $2.18 = $0.02 per serving
  • Tomato (2) @ $0.25 = $0.13 per serving
  • Onion (6) @ $1.59 = $0.27 per serving
  • Cucumber (8) @ $0.88 = $0.11 per serving
  • Buns (8) @ $0.85 = $0.11 per serving
  • Vegan Hot Dog @ (5) $2.99 = $0.60 per serving


This Dawg would tally to $1.37 per serving. And even cheaper if all of the ingredients were purchased at Aldi.


Go ride a bicycle. Drink a good Beer. Watch Baseball. Enjoy a Ⓥegan Dawg!


LBⓋ 13/10 Lentili ‘Cheese’ Fries

Last year, I wanted to share 10 LBⓋ ideas. Low Budget Vegan is more fun to me than probably helpful to anyone else. As I do not have anyone ever reading these, it is a better way of organizing ideas and hopefully one day I’ll influence someone to go Vegetarian, Vegan or just to cook for themselves.


I bought new wheels for my (bicycle) Trek Darth Vader, hence low budget Veganism. Don’t get me started with these wheels. They have already been returned for a wheelset that’ll work for me better. Anyways….


LBⓋ 13/10 Lentili ‘Cheese’ Fries ingredients:

  • Daiya, block ‘cheddar’ – chopped (7) @ $5.98 = $0.85 per serving
  • Fries, frozen & roasted (9) @ $2.98 = $0.33 per serving
  • Lentil, canned soup – simmered (2) @ $1.50 = $0.75 per serving
  • Sriracha (96) @ $2.97 = $0.04 per serving
  • Seasonings (GarlicP/OnionP/BrownSugar/LiquidSmoke/SeaSalt/ Pepper/CornStarch) @ $0.07 per serving
  • Broth, Veggie (4) @ $1.99 = $0.25 per serving


  • Heat Lentil Soup/Veggie Broth and simmer. Heat VeggieBroth/Seasonings/Daiya/Sriracha and simmer.
  • Control consistency with CornStarch/Broth.
  • Oven-Roast fries and construct.
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This would’ve been made cheaper and better from-scratch, unfortunately time was not on my side and this dude was hungry. And at $2.29 per serving this cheaply and timely produces 3-5 hearty servings and is a healthier comfort food. To be remastered….


Happy Friday! I recommend enjoying a great beer, having some excellent plant-based food and watching PlantPure Nation on Netflix. Of course, after going for a FatBike ride in the snow as I did last night. If possible.

PlantPure Nation Trailer


Snow Ride


Simple Man

LBⓋ 12/10 Insalata Minima


I picked up a few vines full of attached ripe tomatoes yesterday. And I’ve never had better raw store-bought tomatoes ever in my life. I almost ate all of them. Here’s the mathematics. I bought 15, I ate ten and threw out two vines. I did not feel sick, but did become dependant of these tomatoes. Consuming a surplus of raw Tomatoes is not at all dangerous. Please try them if you come across them!

Bushel Boy

Insalata Minima translates from Italian to Minimal Salad in English, I believe. It was easy to prep, cheap and delicious.


LBⓋ = Low Budget Vegan


LBⓋ 12/10 Insalata Minimalist ingredients:

  • Lettuce, Iceberg shaved (6) @ $1.38 = $0.23 per serving
  • Spinach, baby & sliced (3.5) @ $1.99 = $0.57 per serving
  • Tomato, fresh & quartered (4) @3.34 = $0.84 per serving
  • Green Olive, Garlic stuffed (8) @ $3.98 = $0.50 per serving
  • SeaSalt (357) @ $1.99 = $0.01 per serving
  • Chipotle seasoning (105) @ $5.99 = $0.06 per serving

At $2.21 and the number of good sized salads that can be constructed, awards this a great starter for a hot date with a nice bottle of red or white wine. Vino, that is! No dressing needed, the natural flavor and texture minus the oil and other shit normally destroying salads is truly unbelievable.

I also made a sandwich…


  • Lettuce, Iceberg shaved (6) @ $1.38 = $0.23 per serving
  • Spinach, baby & sliced (3.5) @ $1.99 = $0.57 per serving
  • Tomato, fresh & quartered (4) @ $3.34 = $0.84 per serving
  • SeaSalt (357) @ $1.99 = $0.01 per serving
  • Chipotle seasoning (105) @ $5.99 = $0.06 per serving
  • Vegenaise (64) @ $9.98 = $0.16 per serving
  • Wheat Bread, whole wheat (10) @ $2.28 = $0.23 per serving

A delicious sandwich ringing in at $2.10 per serving and literally falls apart in your (my) mouth with the minimalist of chewing needed. A lazy mans sandwich. Enjoy a good beer and take a hike or explore a new route on a bicycle! Happy weekend.

LBⓋ 11/10 Roasted Potatoes

LBⓋ = Low Budget Ⓥegan




Good food, good beer, a bit of time on my CROSSMAS bike (2014 TREK CrossRip aka HULKRIP) and not to mention quality family time is the perfect balance of greatness for I to strive this holiday season.


My sisters were mentioning that I need to write a cook book. I failed to mention all of you wonderful people that I annoy and torture with my deafening words and blinding pictures on WordPress. I will, however, take it into consideration.


It is oftenly easy to get ahead of yourself (myself) and experiment with food. Which is great, but not the best thing to do with family as your test bunnies unless you do not like them. There is nothing wrong with keeping things simple. I made Roasted Potatoes and a mastered experimental dish that I’ll get into another time. I will seriously not be climbing into the casserole dish with all of that glorious food consuming space waiting to be embraced inside of my tummy. Apologies for any misleads. I have an idea for bread, but decided to hold off and do that concept as a project just for myself. Crafting your (my) Ⓥ experiments before sharing is ideal. And it pans out. Happiness and joy to follow. Nothing is more satisfying (to me) than showing off a successful experimental dish you (I) constructed.


LBⓋ 11/10 Roasted Potatoes ingredients:

  • Red Potato (15) @ $2.49 = $0.17 per serving
  • Sriracha (96) @ $2.97 = $0.04 per serving
  • Balsamic Vinegar (32) = $0.10 per serving
  • Seasonings: Salt/Pepper/Oil/Rosemary/Basil = $0.08 per serving

Potato Process:)

  • Chop potatoes and from a decent distance, throw into large mixing bowl;)
  • Add everything except Basil and mix.
  • I put on baking sheet and wrapped with foil.
  • I baked for 60-75 minutes before removing foil and broiling slightly to finish.
  • Garnish with Basil and transfer to be made presentable.
  • At a whopping $0.39 per serving, this is a simple no-brainer for a side dish.


Happy Crossmas!


My mother, the wonderful angel she is, made Vegan Chili for me the other night. It was nothing spectacular other than her kindness and simplistically comforting Chili flavor. I decided to try out block Daiya for the first time and prepare Chili ‘Cheese’ ‘Steak’ Fries. I also included a Chili recipe within my Low Budget Ⓥegan concept.

Last night I purchased a used, but basically new FAT BIKE as most components were not used except for wheels and frame. It has been nicknamed Arrogant Bastard.


I often come across things on Netflix that are popular and OK, but not very good in my opinion. I sometimes continue to watch them because hunting for something you feel like watching is the entirety of the battle. And then I came across this and the war has been victorious!

Real Rob


Low Budget Ⓥegan Chili 10/10 ingredients:

  • Celery, diced (13) @ $0.39 = $0.03 per serving
  • Onion, diced (5) @ $0.80 = $0.16 per serving
  • Carrot, diced (12) @ $0.84 = $0.07 per serving
  • Sweet peppers, diced (2.75) @ $2.50 = $0.91 per serving
  • Stewed Tomatoes (6) @ $2.19 = $0.37 per serving
  • Tomato Paste (5) @ $0.58 = $0.12 per serving
  • Broth (4) @ $1.98 = $0.50 per serving
  • Dry Pinto Beans (13) @ $1.12 = $0.09 per serving
  • Dry Kidney beans (13) @ $1.16 = $0.10 per serving
  • Dry Black Eyed Peas (13) @ $1.52 = $0.12 per serving
  • Corn, canned (3.5) @ $0.50 = $0.15 per serving
  • Seasonings: GarlicP/OnionP/Paprika/Salt/Pepper/ BrownSugar/Cayenne = $0.06 per serving
  • Saltines (30) @ $1.78 = $0.06 per serving



  • I decided to cut out the use of any Oil for this Recipe.
  • I pre cooked Beans together for 60-75 minutes.
  • I chopped all Veggies and strained Beans and Corn.
  • Add Tomatoes and Paste. Fill Paste cans with Veggie Broth and add all ingredients with remaining Broth.
  • Add Pasty Broth and Season
  • Bring to boil, cover, simmer and periodically stir


It may be a bit deceiving at a whopping $2.74 per serving for this Chili, but the amount of serving are plentiful.


The block Daiya ‘cheddar cheese’ did not melt as I thought it would, but was extremely tasty!


Chili ‘Cheese’ ‘Steak’ Fries ingredients:

  • Potatoes, sliced and grilled (20) @ $2.99 = $0.15 per serving
  • Vegenaise, mmmm (64) @$9.98 = $0.16 per serving
  • Spinach, sliced (12) @$2.99 = $0.25 per serving
  • Chili, mmmm = $2.74 per serving unless MOM makes it for you 🙂
  • Daiya ‘cheese’ (7) @$5.95 = $0.85 per serving

Barrel Rolls:

  • Grill Potatoes
  • Slice Spinach and Daiya from block
  • Place Potatoes on plate and bake with heated Chili and Daiya.
  • Add Daiya and Vegenaise 🙂



More of just a side, these are absolutely an economical and delicious way to eat ⓋEGAN.


Low Budget ⓋEGAN 7/10 POTATOES ingredients:

  • Potatoes (20) @ $2.99 = $0.15 per serving
  • Salt/Pepper = $0.05 per serving
  • Sriracha (96) @ $2.97 = $0.04 per serving
  • Balsamic Vinegar (32) @ $2.97 = $0.10 per serving
  • Oil (128) @ $5.49 = $0.05 per serving

These potatoes are super cheap at $0.39 per serving. And an outstanding side or snack.

The most complicated thing to figure out is cutting. Either slice one way or slice both ways for a nice french fry style baked potato. These are also  good without any ingredients.


  • Slice potatoes and bake for 1.5 hours.
  • Mix ingredients and spread over top of Potatoes.
  • Broil for 10-15 minutes and serve.


    LBⓋ 2/10

    Low Budget Ⓥegan 2/10


    EZ Chinesey ingredients:

    • Ramen, just noodles not seasoning packet
    • Veggies, I chose Oriental (Frozen)
    • Balsamic Vinegar
    • Sesame Oil
    • Sriracha
    • Soy Sauce
    • Minced Onion, dry
    • GarlicP/OnionP/Salt/Pepper


    EZ Chinesey Cost Science:

    • Ramen, seasoning packet discarded (24) = $2.18 & $0.10 per serving
    • Oriental Veggies, frozen (13) = $5.98 & $0.46 per serving
    • Balsamic Vinegar (32) = $2.97 & $0.10 per serving
    • Sesame Oil (10) = $3.48 & $0.35 per serving
    • Sriracha (96) = $2.97 & $0.04 per serving
    • Soy Sauce (30) = $1.88 & $0.07 per serving
    • Seasonings @ roughly $0.05 per serving

    Bring water to a boil and add Seasonings and Veggies for a minute. Then  add Ramen Noodles without their non-Vegan seasonings. Turn off heat and stir for 1-2 minutes. Strain. With Noodles and Veggies still in strainer, in the same pan/pot put Sesame Oil/Balsamic Vinegar/Sriracha and Soy Sauce and heat. Add Noodles and Veggies and stir. Done.

    At $1.17 per serving this EZ Chinesey is more on the expensive side, BUT ideal for date night and 2+ servings. HAPPY FRIDAY


    LBⓋ 1/10

    A go-to quick and inexpensive sandwich that I’m hooked on keeps my belly and wallet happy.

    I love Vegan food that is basically all ready prepared as a meat substitute, but it is rarely on the cheaper side. I have actually documented the price of the ingredients and would like to continue with 10 different ideas over the next few weeks.


    Go-To Ⓥ Sandwich ingredients:

    • Hamburger-less Bun, toasted
    • Frozen Hash Brown Patty, baked or pan-fried
    • Iceberg Lettuce, torn and folded
    • Mustard, generously splashy
    • Tortilla Chips, on the side and/or on the sandwich 🙂


    Go-To Ⓥ Sandwich Cost Science:

    • Buns (8) = $1.50 & $0.18 per serving
    • HashBrown Patties (10) = $2.00 & $0.20 per serving
    • Lettuce (5-7) = $1.77 & $0.22 per serving
    • Mustard (136) = $1.75 & $0.02 per serving
    • Tortilla Chips (13) = $2.00 & $0.16 per serving

    I’m definitely not saying this should be consumed every day for every meal. It is, however, cheaper and healthier than fast food. It is also cheaper than using Ⓥ Boca patties. And I find them extremely satisfying. I still love my Ⓥ Boca patties, just can’t afford them all of the time especially if you are as thirsty as me. CHEERS at a whopping 79 cents per serving for this meal.


    Veganism doesn’t have to be as expensive of a lifestyle as some of us can make it to be. Overall, the satisfaction of eating to BETTER the world and to BETTER ourselves is priceless no matter the price tag.