I have over a dozen cookbooks, including Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, but mainly get inspiration/recipes from The Internet. Pinterest and Tumblr specifically. These two sites have helped me find some amazing affordable and easy recipes to make.
While on Tumblr the other night, I found a recipe for lentil fritters thanks to Vegan Yums. Red split lentils, water, onion, and chives are the main ingredients. All of these ingredients are very affordable. A small bundle of chives from Whole Foods was $1.99 (though you only need a few stems) when I went shopping three days ago, a packet of red split lentils from Trader Joe’s is around $3 (I need to double-check because I have not checked the price in a few weeks. I always have lentils on hand since they are easy to make and an affordable source of protein.) and onions from Costco are cheap (Though I’m almost out, I have not yet had to go buy another sack of onions and it has been a couple of months already. I will update a price for a large sack of onions hopefully by my next recipe post) I use a lot of onions so buying them in bulk has been very beneficial for me both financially and in regards to keeping my kitchen stocked. I served the fritters with Wildwood zesty garlic aioli mixed with chili and cayenne since I was out of chipotle seasoning.
Please be sure check out the original post from Alimentageuse for the full recipe and instructions!
I advise growing/buying a herb garden if you cook a lot and have somewhat of a green thumb. Most herbs are easy and grow all year so you don’t have to worry about spending money every time you need some flavoring. I currently only have a basil plant but love being able to use a fresh ingredient. I would not categorize this recipe as healthy due to being deep-fried BUT it is affordable and makes a large amount of fritters. Great appetizer recipe for when you host a get-together. I hope you all try out this recipe and like it as much as I did!