During last year’s VeganMoFo, I launched a new series about how to live frugally as a vegan. The idea was to both offer helpful tips for those vegans looking to save money, while also providing a counterpoint to the idea that veganism is necessarily expensive. Loosely titled “Frugal Vegans…,” the series unfortunately fizzled and died with October, in part because I don’t do a whole lot of food blogging outside of VeganMoFo. But hey, look on the bright side! VeganMoFo is back, baby! And with it, “Frugal Vegans…”
As a sort of refresher course, here are the topics we covered last year:
- VeganMoFo, Day 12: Frugal Vegans…Say “Hey” (Hey!)
- VeganMoFo, Day 14: Frugal vegans think outside the box (plate?).
- VeganMoFo, Day 17: Vegan Treats On (Vegan) Etsy
- VeganMoFo, Day 20: Frugal vegans stockpile staples as though the dead are reanimating.
- VeganMoFo, Day 22: The New Four Food Groups (A Tutorial)
- VeganMoFo, Day 23: Frugal vegans freecycle (or is that freegancycle?).
- VeganMoFo, Day 26: A Penny-Pinching Monday Mashup
- VeganMoFo, Day 27: Frugal vegans prep their own ingredients.
- VeganMoFo, Day 29: Frugal vegans have spoiled vegan dog-kids.
(I also have an entire category dedicated to frugality, though it’s mostly comprised of the posts listed above.)
Today’s tip is short and sweet: hoard your deliciousness. By which I mean…well, go see for yourself: http://www.delicious.com/easyvegan/recipe
Now look. I’m all in favor of supporting one’s favorite vegan cookbook authors and chefs (especially those who are also vocal advocates for oppressed animals, both human and non!). And you can and should support them by purchasing (and promoting) their cookbooks (and blogs, podcasts, appearances, etc.) when possible. But not everyone can afford to buy a new book every week, month or even year. Libraries rock – and, imho, borrowing cookbooks from the library, thus increasing demand for these titles, counts as support – but not everyone has ready access to a library or library services.
Luckily, there are plenty of recipes and ideas to be had for free online, as is amply evidenced by VeganMoFo. (Speaking of which, have you seen the tragically awesome RSS feed bundles yet? You will never leave the house again!) Just search for “vegan recipes” (over 4 million hits on Google!) – or hop on over to my blogroll of vegan foodies for a more whittled down version – to get started.
But how to keep track of all this vegan nom? delicious to the rescue! With delicious you can bookmark, tag, sort, share and comment on your favorite links.
For example, tag the recipes based on:
- Ingredients – What ingredients are most prominent in or necessary to the dish? (e.g., peanut butter, apples, chocolate)
- Mealtime – For which meal are you most likely to prepare this recipe? (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert)
- Type of dish – Into which general category of food does this recipe fall? (e.g., cupcakes, dressing, soup, beverage)
- Skill level – Based on your own level of culinary expertise, how difficult a recipe is this? (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Availability of ingredients – How likely are you to have the necessary ingredients on hand? Does this recipe require any advance preparation or extra shopping trips? (e.g., staples vs. special order)
- Ethnicity, culture or country – Does this dish originate from or contain the culinary elements of a certain country or culture? (Italian, Indian, American, Ethiopian)
- Holiday – Is this recipe specific to a certain holiday? (Halloween, x-mas)
For example, let’s say you’re in the mood for cookies – something chocolaty, to be exact. But seeing as you just polished off that quart of vanilla brownie ice cream you made the other day, you should probably shoot for a recipe that at least has the pretense of healthfulness. Hello, rolled oats!
Use the “+” sign to combine your desired tags – cookies+chocolate+oats – to look up all the recipes that fit the bill (e.g., http://www.delicious.com/easyvegan/cookies+chocolate+oats).
In the screenshot below, you can see a view of all of my tags (well, from K to R, anyhow); those that are highlighted in gray belong to my food and recipes bundle.
The bundle feature is especially helpful for those who manage multiple types of links in one account.
Starting tomorrow and continuing every Friday throughout November, I’ll be sharing a roundup of all the recipes I bookmarked on delicious the previous week. Brace yourself – it’s about to get hot and hungry around here.
Of course, there are similar tools available on the interwebs; delicious is just the one I use and am most familiar with. What about you? How do you save, file and organize your favorite electronic vegan recipes?