Eat Vegan on $4 A Day–A Review, Recipe, and Giveaway!

When people think about going vegan, they think that it takes a lot of hard to find, expensive ingredients. I know I did when I wanted to add more vegan meals to my diet! However, going vegan can actually save you money, and Eat Vegan on $4 a Day shows you how!


Cashew and Sunflower Seed Burgers

Ellen Jaffe Jones has a background as a financial consultant and a reporter, so she has a great background for investigating how to eat healthy food without spending a fortune. Many people believe that fast food is one of the least expensive ways to eat, but that simply isn’t true! You can make your own nutritious meals at home with simple ingredients that taste better and are better for you for much less than the cost of a “value meal” at your local fast food joint! In addition to saving money in the short term, you’ll also save money in the long term while incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet. Most people lose weight, feel better, and get sick less often!

Eat Vegan on $4 a Day has a lot of great tips too. There is Ellen’s Top Ten Money Saving Tips, Six Steps to Great Beans, and Tips for Preparing Great Grains. There is even a one-week meal plan with every meal spelled out – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a Dessert/Snack – all for $4/person for each day or less!

So how are the meals? Simple, but good! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve made so far, and the recipes that I’ve made have come together rather quickly as well!

Here is an example of one of the great recipes in this book. When I made it, I thought for sure it wouldn’t make 10 servings, but it did! In addition to putting it in vegan burritos, I also mixed it in with eggs for breakfast. It’s no longer vegan that way, but it’s a great way to add vegetables to your morning.


Calabacitas (Burrito Filling)

Makes 10 servings, $.25 per serving.

· 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

· 2 T water

· 2 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced

· 4 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced

· ½ tsp chili powder

· ½ tsp ground cumin

· ¼ C frozen corn

· Ground pepper

Put the onion and 1 T of the water in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook and stir until the water has evaporated. Stir in the remaining 1 T water, the zucchini, and mushrooms, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the zucchini and mushrooms have released their juices. Decrease the heat to low. Stir in the chili powder and cumin, cover, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft. Stir in the corn and cook for 5 minutes to heat through. Season with pepper to taste.

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About April H

My family and I live on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. We love outdoor adventures, protecting the Earth, cooking great food, and trying new things!
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51 Responses to Eat Vegan on $4 A Day–A Review, Recipe, and Giveaway!

  1. nicole z says:

    I didn’t know at least 1/3 – 2/3rds of cancers are now linked to diet .

  2. Kristin Morden says:

    I learned that it’s a lot easier then I thought to at least add some forms of vegan into your diet. I am planning on your burrito mix for dinner on tue. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much!

  3. Holly Hayden says:

    I never realized how yummy vegan food could be!!

  4. Heather S says:

    Ellen “unintentionally” lost 25 pounds in 6 months!

  5. Cindy says:

    Wow-the connection between veganism and a better menopause and avoiding osteoporosis!

  6. Vicki says:

    I didn’t realize that “The fact that at least 1/3 – 2/3rds of cancers are now linked to diet.”

  7. Lynda Clark says:

    I learned that over 1/3 of all cancers are linked to diet.

  8. katklaw777 says:

    I learned that she has meet children in her classes who HAVE NEVER SEEN OR TASTED green vegetables…unbelievable!

  9. durango mom says:

    I didn’t know ou could improve menopause symptoms to that extent with a vegan diet! How exciting, now that I am in my forties:)

  10. Avrora Davidovna says:

    I learned about all the health benefits from being vegan, especially for women my age!

  11. Donna C says:

    She has cool tips on her site like: Eat your rainbows!

  12. lisa says:

    The fact that at least 1/3 – 2/3rds of cancers are now linked to diet. Wow !

  13. latanya says:

    She drastically reduced my cholesterol and reversed an osteopenia diagnosis

  14. Chelsea Reboulet says:

    I learned that she has a heart of a 21 year old.

  15. Melissa Robinson-Arezzi says:

    She lost 25lbs just by eating a low fat vegan diet

  16. Marysa N. says:

    I learned that there are lots of kid-friendly recipes on the site, even recipes that kids can do themselves!
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  17. Pat says:

    I learned that research indicates our children may be the first generation whose lifespan will be shorter than their parents

  18. Carolsue says:

    I learned that at least 1/3 – 2/3rds of cancers are now linked to diet
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  19. Corey Olomon says:

    That you can get an autographed copy of the book for only $20!

  20. Morgan Edger says:

    I learned that eating vegan can be much cheaper than I ever thought! I’m excited!

  21. Robin Scott says:

    I liked seeing her before and after pics. I learned that 1/3 to 2/3 of cancers can be linked to diet.

  22. Amber says:

    I learned that Ellen won two Emmys!!

  23. jessie goodwin says:

    I learned that she won two Emmy’s and that she teaches others about this lifestyle.

  24. Deborah Rosen says:

    I learned that Ellen can help you overcome obstacles to healthful eating, including family/peer resistance.

  25. Emmy says:

    I learned that at least 1/3 – 2/3rds of cancers are now linked to diet

  26. Shanna says:

    She is a truly amazing woman! What an inspiration! I’m not surprised to read it, but I wasn’t aware that 1/3 to 2/3 of cancers are now being linked to diet…yuck!

  27. Daniel M says:

    learned 1/3 – 2/3 of cancers can be linked to diet

  28. Kimberly M says:

    I learned about all the health conditions that her eating plan can help, including that it can help manage fibroids.

  29. Meaghan F. says:

    I learned that she won awards in her journalism career. That makes me really want to read the book too.

  30. Jackee says:

    You can eat vegan and never count a calorie again, never be hungry.

  31. Mia McGregor says:

    I learned 1/3 to 2/3rds cancer are linked to diet! Scary but good to know!

  32. Heather H says:

    I learned Ellen was a TV investigator reporter

  33. Meghan says:

    I learned that Ellen teaches The Cancer Project’s “Food for Life” classes which promote ways to eat healthfully for cancer prevention and survival

  34. Robert Pyszk says:

    I learned that carrots are very happy when they wear green pants and black shirts.

  35. Summer D says:

    I learned that 1/2 to 2/3 of cancers are linked to diet.

  36. The Knapps says:

    1/3 to 2/3 of cancers are linked to diet…I’m just about to switch to a vegan diet and reading this makes me that much more confident in my decision!

  37. Susan Stewart says:

    Her suggestion is: if you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it. That made me laugh but it is such good advice!

  38. Roxanne K says:

    I learned the Ellen was a popular investigative TV reporter. Neat!

  39. i learned that Ellen Jaffe Jones is a personal trainer, running coach, author, and teaches healthy cooking classes designed by respected doctors and registered dieticians

  40. Sarah says:

    She used to be a popular investigative reporter.

  41. Brooke R. says:

    I learned that vegan food can be really delicious!

  42. Bianca Roman says:

    #3. Sound bites to remember: If you grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it. –SO true

  43. Ed Nemmers says:

    There is a great selection of kid friendly recipes there!

  44. Sheramy says:

    My favorite tip from the site:
    If you grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it.

  45. Justin D says:

    I learned that some people say mine is the first generation that probably won’t outlive its parent’s generation.

  46. Kyle Banderman says:

    I learned that a vegan diet can reverse some forms of disease.

  47. Christine says:

    learned that over 1/3 of all cancers are linked to diet

  48. Sand says:

    I learned that The fact that at least 1/3 – 2/3rds of cancers are now linked to diet .

  49. Brittany S. says:

    I learned that Ellen teaches classes in which there are children who haven’t seen or eaten green vegetables before-that’s just unbelievable!

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