Variety is the spice of life, for sure.
Another b-a-n-a-n-a--n-a-na- for breakfast. A carrot for a snack. Leftover collard salad. THEN MY FRIEND GAVE ME A GARLIC SCAPE and dinner was fun again.
Thanks Jon! After wearing it around my neck for a while and petting it like a snake, I cut it into little pieces, like I would never do to a snake.
Chickpeas mashed with tahini, Braggs, olive oil, cayenne pepper, and the scape made a nice filling for a collard wrap. Tomatoes on top.
So far my advice for interesting, healthy food on a budget is to cook up a large batch of something that will last a while in the fridge and play around with it during the week. Chickpeas, for example, are good on salads, can be roasted, can be smashed into a sandwichy filling, made into hummus, or using ingredients that are most likely found at any given time in a well-stocked vegan pantry (buy bulk to save more!) turned into chickpea burgers or falafel!
And ya know where you can buy garlic scapes now? The Farmers' market! (Though this one was from a local co-op.) I walked through the Union Square market today (briskly, so as not to be tempted to spend the rest of the budget at once on a pint of blueberries) and saw the EBT stand.
You don't need to use up yr food stamps getting canned beans and chips from the bodega. A lot of farmers markets will accept them and change them for tokens you can buy on fresh vegetables.(Though I assume this would still be a splurge for most people.)
Speaking of garlic scape usage, after a night that somehow became Jon and I drinking at 2 am at weird bars in Ridgewood and him, starving, we stopped at his apartment to get his groceries that we would cook at my place. He grabbed mustard greens, a garlic scape, and a carrot. I provided chickpeas, spinach, Braggs, and a pan. I drunk-chopped and he drunk-peeled the skin off all the chickpeas (!!!!) and picked up what I dropped on the floor, haha.
It's not a fabulous picture (beer, 2:30 am) but it's a funny story and a filling, tasty meal that hopefully soaked up some of the Spaten. ALSO SORRY RANDALL FOR COOKING AT 2:30.