Do you ever want to try a new vegan dish, but just don't want to spend the money? What if you don't like it? There goes $10 down the tubes. I can relate and so can many of my friends.
One inexpensive way I've found to experiment is at the salad bar. I can add a single spoonful of some mysterious dish onto my usual vegetables for only a few cents.
Today, at Whole Foods, not known for its discounts, I tasted a combination of thirteen different vegan foods and concoctions for about two dollars. The hot bar was a lot more interesting than the salad bar, but food from the two of them, together, created a tasty balance. At the warm end of the scale there was General Tso's tofu, spicy sweet potatoes, Vera Cruz rice, roasted lima beans, chick peas stewed in a marinara sauce and Hongos Con Chipotles Y Ajo, which was made up of mushrooms, yellow onions, olive oil, garlic, chipotles in adobo, sea salt and black pepper. The cold vegan foods included plain tofu, grilled chicken-free strips, marinated radishes, balsamic tofu salad, herb verts and red quinoa.
That being said, I probably could have tried all of the above, even cheaper.
Whole Foods offers free samples upon request.
I could easily annoy an enthusiastic employee with my wish for a free taste of thirteen separate dishes. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow.