Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Veg on the Cheap: Earth Fare Grocery Outlet

Earth Fare
Deals at Earth Fare are few and far between. Even the couple I found I was nt too excited about.

1) Organic raw sunflower seeds are on sale for $2.19 per pond

2) Bagels are at an everyday price for 79 cents. (They do contain sugar)

The best deal at Earth Fare may be going to their web page and signing up for coupons at their website at
And a chance to win a $250.00 gift card at

Go Grocery Outlet

This place a a few so-called natural products with nothing organic in sight.

1) Kashi Pizzas $2.49 each for VEGAN ones

2)16 oz Conventional frozen blueberries $1.00

3) Gallon of white vinegar $1.99

4) Canned conventional vegetables 2 for $1.00

5)Cheap conventional produce

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dora Bowl

The Dora bowl that Grandma got Ife does make a difference. Our sometimes (often) picky little eater has incentive to finish his food and to find Dora and Boots the monkey hiding at the bottom of his bowl. Frozen peas also help. Some nights each bite has to have a generous helping of frozen peas. Tonight's dinner is frozen Kashi pizza, seasoned artichoke noodles with fresh organic tomatoes, seaweed salad, and sauteed blend of seasones tofu, white mushrroms, eggplant, leeks in tomato sauce. Al the while Ife's enjoying his food saying "I love pizza with frozen peas on it!"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Veg on the Cheap: Firestorm Cafe

Firestorm is one of the most ethical businesses that's on our list. They are a worker owned and worker run business that has a 99.99% percent vegan menu that uses primarily local, organic and/or fair trade ingredients. Some of their menu items are a real deal.

1) Soup n' Salad for $5.00
2)Grilled Pita w/ Hummus $2.25
3)Garden Salad Plate $4.00
4)Bagel Sandwich with Hummus or Vegan Cream Cheese, Tomato, Cucumber and Sprouts $4.00
Add organic Baked Tofu or Hummus for $1.50
They have a lot of other tasty things on their menu ranging in prices from $6.75 to $9.00 at the most. This is a great place to be with lots of zines, mags, books and various other enlightening discourse info. This is where our next night out will be! Visit them here:
48 Commerce St. Asheville, NC 28801
(828)255-8115 http://www.firestormcafe.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Veg on the Cheap: Green Life

Deals at Green Life are few and far between. Here are a few.

1) Vegan muffins and cookies $1.25 (Sugar free options)

2) One pound bag of organic baby carrots on sale for $1.29

3) Organic russet potatoes $.99 per pound

4) Organic bananas $.99 per pound. (You can get them for the same price at the Frech Broad Food Coop)

70 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-2323
(828) 254-5440

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Grandparents and food

Grandparents came. A whirlwind of activity and food ensued. The following are a couple of recipes I like;

Cream of carrot soup

six carrots
one onion
one head of garlic
half inch of fresh ginger
one potato
tablespoon of tamari
teaspoon of cumin
one cup water
one cup rice milk
one cup orange juice
two tablespoons of agave

Cook veggies in water till tender.
Blend and return to the pot.
Add remaining ingredients.
Cook on low heat for twenty minutes stirring occasionally.

For one meal Ife ate carrot soup and oranges. Everyone else enjoyed the carrot soup as well.

Candied yams
Let's start with the contents of this yummy dish. You need 3 medium sized sweet potatoes baked and sliced, garnet yams preferred, 1 banana sliced, 1/4 cup of organic raisins,
1/2 orange, 2 tsp cinnamon tbsp 1/8 cup of melted earth balance, a squirt of tamari and 3 tabespoons Agave. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into thick pieces. Use a little bit of earth balance to oil one baking pan. Layer the sweet potato slices with the banana slices in between. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over sweet potatoes and abanas. Next spread raisins evenly over contents. Next pour agave syrup over all contents. Last, drizzle remaining earth balace over all ingredients. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and place dish into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn oven off and let cool for an additional 30 minutes in oven. Finished.
Despite the fact that he eats regular baked sweet potatoes, he would not eat this at all. But hey, more for everyone else.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Go Bananas!

Tomatoes and frozen peas have been usurped. Bananas are the new staple food. Ife's first word when he woke up this morning was "banana". Yesterday, Ife ate two bananas and asked for a third. Dora the Explorer's 'banana song' fuels his enthusiasm. He often asks for it to be sung. If you have a toddler you probably know it too. No need to repeat.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Potluck for a Rainy Day

Today it has rained pretty hard to the point that we heard thunder and saw lightning. We pray to the good Madame that spring is in the home stretch. However, we are here in the WNC area and the weather is pretty unpredictable. Anyways, we had a small community potluck with a couple of extra friends invited. Everything went well. And the food? Magnafique! I had prepared three dishes; pinto beans surprise (I needed to give it some kind of name), creamy garlic tahini, and creamy spinaci e aglio (Italian for spinach and garlic). Ok. Here are some of the ingredients.
Garlic Tahini:
1/2 jar of organic tahini
2 tbsp of agave syrup
5 raw garlic cloves
1 tbsp of fresh ginger
1 tbsp of toasted sesame oil
4 tbsp of organic wheat free tamari
2 tbsp of lemon juice
3/4 cup of water
*Blend ingredients except water and then slowly mix the water in until creamy and smooth.

Spinaci e Aglio:
2 packs of 10 oz. frozen spinach
5 garlic cloves minced
6 oz of coconut milk
1/4 cup of spelt flour
1/8 cup of nutritional yeast
2 tbsp lemon juice
tsp of brown mustard seeds
tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of garlic powder
2 tbsp of shou tamari
1 tbsp of olive oil
pinch of black pepper (careful, it's all recalled!)
*Heat oil ad mustard seeds and cumin seeds until it starts a poppin'. Next add minced garlic for 30 seconds. Then add spinach and cover until spinach is completely defrosted. Now add flour and nutritional yeast then stir in coconut milk and water until creamy. Last add shoyu tamari. If need be add water to desired consistency. Finished
Ife ate the garlic tahini on toast. The garlic tahini is a great dish to serve to your family and friends around this time of year. Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and nature's most powerful anti-biotic. Enjoy

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nursing Video Banned!

You will not see Ife eating his favorite food on this blog. Ife's favorite food is "nursies" and one of our videos of Ife breastfeeding had been banned from youtube. We do attend to shout about this and fight it but for now we will not be making anymore nursing videos on youtube or the blog. Luckily eating his second favorite food which is coconut milk ice cream does not violate the internet's standard of 'family values.'

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Veg on the Cheap: Amazing Savings

Come prepared to check expiration dates with an awareness that you may get the occasional stales chocolate bar or freezer burnt vegan ice cream. True to its name, this place does have some amazing deals:

1)Three 6 oz bags of assorted chips (potato, popcorn, veggie twists, etc.) for $2.00

2) Twelve 32 oz soy or rice milks, same kind for $8.00 (please, please, please check the dates!)

3)Soy yogurts .49 cents each

4)Zensoy Vanilla pudding .79 cents each

5) Celestial Seasonings Tea, buy one and get one free. This adds up to two boxes for $1.49, wow!

While supplies last because each day can be a different sale.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Veg on the Cheap: Featuring Rosettas

Eat out for $5 dollars or less!

Rosettas is one of our fav places to dine. Their food is superb and mostly VEGAN. Now Rosettas Kitchen has a selection of awesome menu items for $5 and under. Here are some of the goods:

Vegan Queso Dip $4.50 (yummy)
Chips n' Salsa $3.50
Chips n' Hummus/garlic style $5.00
Fresh cut home made French Fries sm $3.00/ lg $4.50
Sweet Tater French Fries sm $3.25/ lg $5.00

Small Plates
Basic Burrito $5.00
Homemade Salsa $5.00
Corn n' Tatter Fritters $5.00
Tacos $5.00
Beans n' Rice Bowl $4.75
Corn bread n' Greens $3.00
Vegan Chili n' Chips $4.50 (gotta get the formula for this)
Fruit Salad $4.50
Hearty Miso Plate $5.00

A Scare on the Ride Home

As I was passing Lola's job today I had decided to call to see if she happened to be there. They had just come back from the Health Adventure and stopped by the coop to get ready for the bus ride home. They did not want to wait 45 minutes for the next bus so I thought they could ride home with me. Ife usually do not care for oranges, but today was an exception. Lola and Ife were eating a fresh organic navel orange in the backseat of the car. As we were in the homestretch, I here "Ife are you okay?" I turned around to see Ife choking and his face turning red. I pulled over and unfastened him from his car seat to try to get him to lean forward...he was still choking. At this point I panicked while Lola was forcing her fingers in his mouth to pull out this huge piece of orange pulp that Ife was choking on. (wheew!) Afterward he was able to breathe and he began to cry out of fear and relief. That was the scariest experience we've had with him in a long while. Thank Goodness he's alright!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March Deals at the Coop

Marked down, slightly expired 6 oz Sodelicious yogurt; $0.49

Cliff Bars; regular price $1.49, sale $0.99

Santa Cruz Crsnnectar beverage 32 oz; regular price $4.89, sale $2.99

Santa Cruz Orange Mango beverage 32 oz; regular price $459, sale $2.79

Santa Cruz White Grape beverage reg price $4.59, sale $2.79

Santa Cruz Concord Grape beverage reg price $4.89, sale $2.99

Don't forget the coupons for these drinks! Healthy clippings 75 cents off.

Celestial Seasonins Teas assorted,
reg price $3.59, sale $2.29
Check out the Mambo Sprouts coupon for these teas, $1.00 (This makes it $1.29 for a box of tea, how cool is that!)

Rudi's Country Morning White; reg price $4.89, sale $3.29 Same deal for the Multigrain Oat bread.

OOOH another coupon! Coop advantage 75 cents off.

Seventh Generation toilet paper (yeah it's vegan) regular price $1.39 each. Grab a Mambo Sprouts coupon for $2.00 off of two.

Live it up!

Ife Insisted on Flying to Dinner

After sitting on the milk crate for a minute and pretending to fly, he happily sat in his seat for dinner. Ife ate noodles, tomatoes, frozen peas and pistacios. And for dessert? Carob Chpis.