A common argument people use against veganism is that it is more expensive. And it is, if you use lots of prepackaged foods and meat analogues, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. People who switch to a vegan diet rich in homemade meals and whole foods find that their grocery bills are smaller when they stop buying meat.
When you look at the history of food eaten during economic hard times, you will find a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. In Japan, flour was expensive so they used cabbage as a filler in pancakes, creating okonomiyaki (recipe below). Beans and rice is a staple in many low-income countries. Potatoes are a common cheap food that fills you up. And you don’t need meat to add flavor to them, just add spices! While spices may be expensive at first, they last you a while… or you can always go to an ethnic foods store to get them dirt cheap!
My mom made a vegan St. Patrick’s day soup a few weeks ago, and when I did a quick Google of St. Patrick’s day soups the first thing that came up was this (NV) recipe which stated that “Irish bacon is a gourmet treat.” It’s more expensive, and used in small amounts just to add flavoring instead of massive, ridiculously cheap (in comparison) slabs we see in present day America.
And yes, meat is cheaper than ever before. This is due in part to factory farming “technology” (read: inhumanity), but also to the huge government subsidies given to the meat, dairy, and egg industries. This is in my opinion a huge waste of government spending, as pointed out in this article. We can’t all be like Ana Pascal in Stranger Than Fiction and refuse to pay that part of our taxes, but we CAN all stop directly supporting these industries by going vegan!
This food was introduced to me by a friend at Farm Sanctuary. She made it for us once and it was wonderful, so a few weeks ago I texted her asking how to make it and this what she gave me:
“Mix [the shredded cabbage] with some flour and water and some spices maybe like curry and ginger and fry it in a pan”
Wonderful! Simple! And I apologize for not having a more specific recipe for you hard-core recipe followers. Once you have your okonomiyaki fried up, drizzle some okonomiyaki sauce on it (or make your own cheap substitute by mixing ketchup with some soy sauce) and add a dollop of Vegenaise on top if you swing that way. Then, say “okonomiyaki” 10 more times because it’s just so fun to say!