Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Dollar Store Diet Goes VEGAN!

Yep, that's right. Starting today I begin my adventure in eating Vegan style. Simply put, no animal product will pass my lips. Sure this is easy to do for celebrities and rich people who have personal chefs, and can eat in fine restaurants, but what about Vegan from the Dollar Store???

Yes, even 'po folk like me can try this diet on a budget. You see, I'm not necessarily going Vegan because I love animals (though I do, and I do think eating them is somewhat hypocritical), or even because I'm on a health kick (though I am trying to improve in that area), and I'm not even following fashion because "all the cool kids are doing it" (though I admit Steve Wynn going Vegan caught my eye). I eat very little meat anyways, had lost craving any foods in particular, and was bored. So why not give Vegan a whirl? Why not?

So, here I am. It is Sunday afternoon, and I am hungry, let's see what I can whip up from my Dollar Store items.

Voila! The Mean Green Bagel. A whole wheat bagel toasted, topped with advocado, cucumber, red onion, and & picante sauce relish, topped with peanuts, and served with microwave potato chips. You will never miss the meat or dairy with this monster.

I didn't have tomatoes, so I used picante sauce to make a variation on a cucumber salad. Basically it is cucumbers, red onions, and tomatoes in a vinaigrette. I use fat free italian dressing and then add white white and balsamic vinegar.

The flavor profile is similiar to guacamole, kicked up and sweetened with the vinegar, while the peanuts and cukes add a nice crunch.

I used to make this bagel with cream cheese, instead of the avocados, but this is just as good.

To make microwave potato chips, simply slice a potato thin, and smear a little vegetable oil based magarine on a plate so the chips don't stick. Sprinkle with garlic salt, and pepper and microwave 6-8 minutes until they just begin to turn golden.

I bought all these ingredients at my local 99 Cent Only Store. The best one is on Decatur near Charleston in Las Vegas -- they have the largest selection of produce and refrigerated items.

That was yummy, I'm stuffed. Now I can skip my trip to the "Chubby Vegan."

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