What to Expect from Sister Vegetarian Recipes...

Sister Vegetarian knows the importance of nutrition without breaking the bank. In lieu of this, I keep the meals to a cost that anyone can create and still stick to a budget. I also include raw vegan meals. Sister has acquired a Raw Vegan Chef Certfication through The Raw Food Network-Ekaya Institute of Living Food Education. I love to cook meals from Africa, India, the Middle East, Greece, Italy, and the list goes on. When I cook, I call it traveling the world without leaving my home. I see cooking as a way to experiment and learn about other cultures, as I also learn more about my roots.

Enjoy the meals. Enjoy the travel. No Passport Required. Just an appetite for delicious and healthy meals.

Peace & Love, Sister Vegetarian.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

BUDGET MEALS: $25 AND 2 WEEKS OF PRODUCE!

This morning my husband and I visited our local Raleigh, NC Farmer's Market. It's one of the largest farmer's market within the NC Agricultural Building.

I usually purchase my farmers market produce from Wise Farms (click here for Wise Farms) as I have given awesome kudos to Wise Farms in past recipe posts.



SISTER V'S TROPHY AWARD: I must give a Sister V "YOU ROCK AND ARE AWESOME!" SHOUT OUT TO COX FARMS(click here for Cox Farms website and some vegan and vegetarian recipes). The majority of my farmers market purchases today were from Cox Farms!

Cox Farms is a husband and wife small farm who value their employees as family-which shows in the delicious, sweet and beautifully flavored and colored vegetables this family sells daily at the local farmer's market. Just a little about our Raleigh, NC Farmers Market : many chefs of sole-owned restaurants in the surrounding area towns shop at the market's market weekly, if not daily, because they know local, fresh produce means bringing quality to patrons.

Who says you can't shop on a budget! I purchased today for only $25 and approximately 2 weeks worth of the following whole foods: deliciously sweet green tomatoes that I already sliced for lunch and served with Italian crusty bread and olive oil with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio White Wine on the side; red tomatoes; acorn squash; butternut squash; sweet potatoes; cabbage; cubanelle peppers; Serrano peppers; a bushel of small variety hot peppers; greens; heirloom tomatoes, heirloom, eggplant and heirloom zucchinis (yes, that's right heirloom zucchhnis and eggplants). Since I received 2 weeks worth of produce today for only $25, I'll freeze what I know that I will not be able to cook for the upcoming week.

Who says you can't eat healthy and inexpensively as a vegan or vegetarian! I could just eat what I purchased today without doing anymore grocery shopping for the week! Compare my farmers market bill to those still eating meat! A BIG DIFFERENCE as far as quality, fresh, healthy meals and more money in my purse!

Thank you Cox Farms! You made today's farmer's market experience the same wonderful, enjoyable trip that I love and always look forward to!

Support your local farmers. They may not label the produce as organic, but many do grow their crops as organic- they just can't afford the government's expensive certification to say it's organic! Or, if not organic, they do try to use environmentally friendly methods for growing produce. Buy local. Buy from your local farmer. THANK YOU COX FARMS! YOU ROCK! Cox Farms receives the AWESOME AWARD FROM SISTER V THIS WEEK!

~ Sister Vegetarian

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Sister Vegetarian said...

Thank you Vani! I hope that this post touched potential vegetarians and vegans to motivate and inspire then to live as a vegetarian or vegan. Through my post, they can put the old myth and excuse aside and bury it that becoming a vegetarian or vegan is expensive. On the contrary, life as a vegetarian or vegan is not only healthier but easier on the wallet! ~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"