Today's Buzzfeed Week of Cheap Vegan Eats Challenge has me making Loaded Vegan Pesto Pizza. Since my Trader Joe's was out of pizza dough I experimented with a gluten free quinoa crust which was the highlight!
Although I love broccoli and kale I did not enjoy them in pesto. It was bitter. I ended up topping my pizza with a spicy seasoning salt but was still searching for another way to tone down the bitter kale. The tomato version was better, the sweetness of the tomatoes definitely helped!
I love a challenge, especially a vegan one! So when I got an invite to try Buzzfeed's 1 Trip To Trader Joe’s + $20 = 5 Easy Vegan Dinners I was excited to get on board. I had already had the tip that the instructions were somewhat lacking and found a better list of instructions from Veggies Save the Day. My biggest challenge was that since I live in a smaller city, I only have one Trader Joe's so when I got to that side of town to get started on my list I found most of the items to be out of stock. So frustrated, I decided to change the game plan and keep it local. Living in North Carolina I love the year round farmer's markets and small local grocers so I decided to start with what I could get there then head on over to trusty Harris Teeter for the rest! So I am not the best with keeping track of my spending but I'd say I came out around the $20 goal as many of the veggies are much cheaper at my farmer's market, and I'm not a fan of canned beans so I cook batches of dried ones. My one splurge was bread, getting a $5 local sourdough. Stay tuned for my week of vegan meals!
is the smallest kitchen ever. We used to watch those decorating shows that said they were doing small kitchens and then could see that 4 of my kitchens would fit in their "small kitchens".