A filling vegan meal for less than $2 per plate? Yes- its possible!
1 package of frozen organic mixed veggies- $1.99
1 package of frozen organic "spud puppies"- $1.79
2 cans of organic chickpeas- $0.89 each
2 cups of brown rice- $1.69/lb
I don't like to rely on frozen or canned stuff a lot. Actually if time allowed- I'd choose to skip anything packaged at all, but sometimes its easy on the pocketbook. This dinner was a "I-don't-want-to-go-grocery-shopping" dinner- and it worked out. It's enough for 4 people to get pretty full.
onions or garlic (or skip this step)
1 package frozen veggies
chickpeas- drained, rinsed, and mashed
1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour (or any flour you have will work)
salt, curry powder, cumin, and any other indian spices you have on hand
saute onion/garlic until aromatic, add frozen veggies, mashed chickpeas, flour and spices and combine until veggies have de-thawed. form into patties and fry or bake (at 425 for 25 minutes- flipping halfway thru)
Serve with brown rice that's been cooked with cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, and saffron.