Vegetarian Diets Don’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg
It’d be great if eating vegetarian could make you a millionaire. Then I suspect everyone would do it. Overall, though, a vegetarian diet can save money on health care costs and on your monthly grocery bill, if you know how to work it. If you’re like many savvy consumers and considering the switch to becoming a vegetarian, or even if you just want to incorporate vegetarian meals into your menu each week, the following information can help you save some money in the process.
Read First, Shop Second
Eating vegetarian will only reduce your grocery bill if you shop wisely. Some shoppers get confused about what to eat and end up buying prepackaged foods that sport the vegetarian label. There are an endless array of options available to you when you eat vegetarian and we’ve compiled some of the best tips to help you shop smart at the grocery store.
Two Kitchen Companions
Let tofu and textured vegetable protein be your constant kitchen companions. These two versatile ingredients can really transform your meals, and savvy consumers have known this for years. The best thing is that these products don’t cost a lot. Tofu costs less than $2.00 for a 12-ounce package, and it’s even half the cost of that if you buy it at an Asian market and not your regular grocery store.
TVP to the Rescue
Textured vegetable protein is another pantry essential for all vegetarian households and it’s available at many mainstream grocery stores. It can be used in soups and chili recipes, and it’s a great soy-based meat substitute. A 12-ounce bag costs less than $3, and a little goes a long way. It’s a necessity for savvy consumers who prefer the vegetarian lifestyle.
Cook from Scratch
Many prepackaged vegetarian meals contain these two ingredients. The problem is that frozen meals come with a high price tag attached. You can drastically lower your food bill if you buy these items and prepare your own vegetarian burgers and tacos. Look online for vegetarian burger recipes, and you’ll quickly discover that textured vegetable protein and beans are two common ingredients.
And you thought being a vegetarian was hard… These tips will help you maintain a vegetarian lifestyle without abusing your grocery budget.