Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What Can You Make from Dollar Store Vegan Deals?

Italian 'messy rice': Portobello mushrooms, baby bella mushrooms (both from 99c store); vegan 'chicken' strips (Trader Joe's) and rice; spices from 99c store

Artichoke and potato-stuffed portobello mushrooms; artichoke hearts from Trader Joe's; portobello mushroom caps, potatoes, and paprika from 99c store

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dollar Store Deals 11/11/12

Visit the Oakland 99 cent store for these vegetarian deals:
  • Green Giant portobello mushroom caps 5 oz.
  • Green Giant sliced baby bella mushrooms 5 oz.
  • Yellow squash 2-3 in plastic wrap
  • Fingerling potatoes 1 lb.
  • Red potatoes 3 lb.
  • Russet potatoes 5 lb.
  • Pomegranate
  • Kiwis, ~8 per bag
  • Buttnernut squash
  • Baby spinach
  • Betty Crocker cupcake sprinkles "sea" themed
  • Canned pumpkin 15 oz.
  • Pasta sauce 28 oz.
  • Garbanzo beans 15 oz. SW brand
  • Carrots 2 lb. bag
  • Asparagus bundle
  • White wine vinegar
  • Graham cracker crust
  • Baking powder Clabber Girl brand
  • Lentils, split peas, brown rice, black beans, Great Northern beans $1/bag
Carrots and split peas

SF Civic Center Farmer's Market (
  • Swiss and red chard $1/bunch
  • Arugula $1 small bunch
  • Dino kale $1 bunch
  • White squash $0.50/lb.
  • Butternut squash 80 cents/lb.
  • Sugar pumpkin 80 cent/lb.
  • Loose basil leaves $1.50 small bag
  • Potted basil $4
Orzo with basil and sun dried tomatoes
SF Trader Joe's
  • Puff pastry 2 sheets $3.99
  • Phyllo dough $2.99
  • Vegan meatballs $3.99
  • Chicken-less and beef-less strips $2.99 each
  • Crispy vegan chicken tenders $2.99
  • Vegan burgers 4 patties Morningstar brand $3.79
  • Tofurky sundried Italian vegan sausages $2.99
  • Sundried tomatoes canned in oil ~$3.30

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vegan Taco Soup

Recipe from:
Dollar store ingredients:
  • kidney beans 15 oz. can (also at Foodsco for <$1)
  • pinto beans 15 oz. can (when on sale at Foodsco, 30 oz.+ for $1)
  • hominy 30+ oz. can
  • canned corn (when on sale at Foodsco, can get as low as 33-50 cents/can)
  • canned dice green chilis
  • 28 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • taco mix
  • canned jalapenos
  • onion (I omitted)
  • garlic (I omitted)
  • oil
  • avocado
  • tortilla chips (Granny Goose brand @ 99c store)
Other ingredients:
  • vegan ground beef $2.99 at Trader Joe's
  • cilantro ~$0.33/bunch at markets near 16th/Mission St.
  • I omitted vegan sour cream

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Trader Joe Deals

Though not found at the dollar store and certainly not $1, I couldn't pass up on sharing these deals on new products spotted this weekend at Trader Joe's in Northern California:
  • $2.99 8 oz. chickenless crispy tenders- beats Gardein!
  • $2.99 8 oz.+ orange 'chicken' morsels
  • $5.99 16 oz. extra virgin coconut oil
Happy shopping!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Post-Thanksgiving Deals

Post TG deals from today's visit to the 99c store included:
  • pint of grape tomatoes
  • 5 oz. corn husks
  • baby spinach
  • bunch of green asparagus
  • 30 oz. crushed Hunts tomatoes with basil
  • Green Giant 5 oz. white mushrooms
  • huge jar of sauerkraut
  • Mori Nu silken aseptic tofu
  • dark soy sauce (great for Pad See Ew)
  • rice vinegar
  • frozen blackberries and mixed berries (strawberries and blackberries)
4th and Geary St. Market deals in SF:
  • butternut squash 79c/lb.
  • acorn squash ~50c/lb.
  • sweet potatoes and yams ~50c/lb.
  • small container of blackberries ~79 c
  • red seedless grapes 69c/lb.
  • oranges 49c/lb.
  • celery 3 for $1
  • spinach 89c/bunch
  • leeks $1.99/bunch
  • kiwis 6 for $1
Take advantage of these deals!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vegan Thanksgiving

I haven't hit the dollar store recently for any good Thanksgiving finds, except for cute leaf-themed cupcake wrappers and toppers for a dollar.

However, I have found deals at Bay area grocery stores that I wanted to share in time for Thanksgiving:

Fresh & Easy (33rd/Clement in SF):
- raw cashews: $5.99 for 16 oz.  Trader Joe's price is about a dollar more.
- tofu always 99c per box
- their fried onion price ($1.49?) may be lower than TJ's ($2.99), too, per a comment on the Post Punk Kitchen site that I haven't yet verified
- graham crackers (no milk, but has honey, so not vegan) $1.99/box (vs. TJ $2.99/box also with honey)
- potatoes 99c for 10 lbs.

Trader Joe's
- Tofurky $9
- Amaretto $6.99
- Frangelico ~$17.99 for 750 mL

Grocery Outlet in Berkeley:
- walnuts 16 oz. for $4.99

4th and Geary Farmer's Market in SF:
- Imagine portobello vegan creamy mushroom soup $3.49 (vs. Rainbow Grocery $3.99)

Foodsco (15th/Folsom in SF):
- Green beans for 99c/lb.
- Sweet potatoes 2 lbs for $1

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deals for week of 8/3/11

  • Almond Breeze almond milk $2.49 64 oz. (need in-store coupon, limit 3)
  • Black beans $1 for 15 oz. can
Tonight I made Pasta de Los Angeles from Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes.  I used:
  • cilantro from FoodsCo (under 70 cents I think)
  • lime from Lien Hing on Clement St. (8 for $1.10)
  • spinach from Lien Hing (~$0.69/bunch)
  • pasta from a previous Los Angeles sale (~5 x 7 oz. bags for $1)
  • tomatoes from Lien Hing ($0.59/lb.)
  • black beans for 99c store in LA (32 oz. for $0.99)
  • leeks from 4th/Geary Farmer Market ($2.99 for 3 stalks; only small portion used here)
  • jalapeno peppers from New May Wah on Clement St. (~$0.70/lb.)


Yesterday I made Thai Basil Green Beans, also an Isa recipe.  Notable ingredients I used included:
  • green beans from a previous Safeway sale for 99c/lb. (this price also available at Civic Center farmer's market)
  • Thai basil from Ferry Building farmer's market ($2 for large bunch; a better price is found at Civic Center farmer's market, $1.50 for 2 large bunches)
  • ginger from 99c store (better price likely at Lien Hing where it's <$1/lb.)
  • leeks from 4th/Geary farmer market

The best part of the meal is dessert, and what a better way to round off these nutritious dishes than with a fresh fruit smoothie.  I used Chloe Coscarelli's recipe.  Notable ingredients include:
  • Soy milk (32 oz. West Soy at 99c store, or Safeway sale last week Silk 64 oz. for $2.49)
  • Blackberries ($1/basket at Civic Center farmer's market; I narrowly missed snagging raspberries for $1/basket, Driscoll brand, from 4th/Geary, but that was a leftover stock fluke)
  • Bananas (39c/lb. at May Wah- not New May Wah, but a cousin across the street on Clement.)
I doubled the soy milk called for in the recipe since the initial product was thicker than my liking.


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