Luke wrote:Hello everyone,
What do you think would be the very cheapest vegetarian diet on which someone could still remain healthy?
My guess is a diet consisting of potatoes, beans, apples, milk, oatmeal, and whatever the cheapest vegetable is where one lives.
That will depend a lot on where you are, availability and prices, etc. What is cheap in one place, may be very expensive elsewhere.
The comments by Huseng and Jikan are good.
I lived for years by buying large sacks of rice and bulk dried grains and legumes from a wholesome store. Takes a bit of effort to lug them home, but you only need to do it every few months. Make sure to get a broad range, eg. chick peas, lentils (red, yellow, brown), red / kidney beans, black eyed peas, black beans, soy beans, etc. I'd get whole grain or fragrant (basmati, jasmine, etc.) rices every so often. Then I'd do weekly or even bi-weekly fresh vege and fruit shopping, just focusing on what was cheap and in season, but also including some fresh tofu. (All this was bought from Korean, Indian and Chinese groceries near central Auckland, NZ, about two blocks from my flat, so I could even do it on the way home from school sometimes.) I also had a yogurt maker flask, and I'd buy the powdered yogurt mix in bulk. Bulk buying can save you mega $$, for sure! I lived very cheaply, and also very healthily, too. I got so much into the art of cheap cooking, I soon ended up working part time as a chef ... but that's another story!