$2 Meal

Top two complaints about being veg are (a) the price tag and (b) the time.*


This meal cost two dollars. 


And that expense includes both bowls plus [un-pictured] second helpings.


Balanced, whole foods based, with all the macronutrients represented.

And it took 10 minutes to make.


All you need is corn meal + eggs + avocado [all organic!].  Simple enough right?


Jazz it up as you want afterwards, but this basic combo will do your appetite and your wallet just fine. 

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Green Eggs & Cornmeal


  • 1 1/2 cup organic corn meal
  • 3 cups liquid (water/plain almond milk)
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/2 avocado
  • (optional) 1 tbsp olive oil


Bring water to a low boil.  Add corn meal and stir.  Reduce heat so it doesn’t bubble and splatter all over the place.  Continue to stir it occasionally until the corn meal has cooked and reached a porridge like consistency.

Crack two eggs in a hot pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Turn heat to medium and cover with a lid so the eggs will fry on the bottom and steam on the top.

Once egg whites are entirely cooked and yolks have a sheer color on top remove from the heat.

To assemble, scoop corn grits into a bowl, cover with a fried egg and sliced avocado. 

And dig in!


Add a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice, or salt & pepper if you wish.

I added some fresh grated parmesan cheese to Kyle’s bowl (in between scoops of corn meal so it got all melty).


Quick.  Delicious.  Cheap. 

Any questions?

*I realize the transition from carnivore to veg head can be a weaning time, so if you’re buying faux meat products and processed alternatives it may seem expensive…but you could just as easily be a whole foods connoisseur for a fraction of the price.  Bulk bins are a great place to find various grains, beans, and nuts that can make a meal ring in at $2 or less.  And if you don’t have access to cheap bulk bins, search online

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Comments (33)

  1. Jess

    This looks so good. Eggs & avocado are one of my favorite combinations. I had something really similar over grits the other night (trying to use up a container before I move), with a bunch of green veggies mixed in.

  2. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    that looks delicious!!! I need to buy some corn meal!

  3. Katie @wishandwhimsy

    Just wanted to say this was a really great post. Being Vegetarian does NOT have to be expensive!

  4. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    yum! eggs seriously are the best, cheap superfood! so much you can do with them, they’re healthy, and won’t break the bank! thanks for sharing!

  5. hippierunner

    Yum! I would add a ton of Tapatio.

  6. Elise (Post author)

    yum! a veg packed scramble over grits sounds great.

  7. Elise (Post author)


  8. Elise (Post author)

    good call. cholula!!!

  9. Elise (Post author)

    thanks girl! so true.

  10. Elise (Post author)

    do it! its the easiest and cheapest GF grain aside from oats. you can do so many things with it…breakfast, lunch, dinner…sweet and savory…etc.

  11. sarah

    I’m assuming its 2 dollah if you stick to the portion size,right?
    My eyes, mouth , stomach and mind have know boundaries with delicious meals like this!

  12. Lisa

    Eggs and avocado is the best combo!! This looks so good. I love how you show that healthy eating does not mean it is expensive, it can be a bad excuse to eat unhealthy for some people

  13. Tt in nyc

    I love this idea! It would be great if you did a semi-regular kind of cheap and easy meal thing to help dispell the veg is expensive myth-
    I actually use those polenta tubes to make “tofutatta” muffins, the slice of polenta in the bottom of the cup (spray w olive oil spray) and add a pureed tofu/veggie mix and bake up for a grab and go thing, best served with a gross sounding mix of half ketchup half hummus 🙂

  14. hill

    Yumm. I do about the same kind of thing for breakfast/ lunch/ dinner a lot. I like to add some salsa and sometimes use quinoa as my base grain. Looks so good I think I’ll eat a bowl of goodness tonight : )

  15. Hayey

    Hi Hungry Hippie Elise!

    I’ve just subscribed to your blog, and I love your stuff so far!

    This looks so tasty… we have chickens in our backyard and I cook eggs for my fella’ every morning after he ‘collects,’ his breakfast… every day is an easter-egg-hunt! 😀

    I was wondering– I’ve heard that it’s very hard to find non gmo corn and that there’s no really organic corn either… have you heard about this? Is there any truth to it?

    I can’t eat eggs or corn (I have IBS too and a host of other food allergies from corticosteroids when I was a kid – the asthma was caused by the food allergies! YEESH!) but my fellow likes them.

    We are committed to only organic foods, so if this corn stuff has some truth, I’d like your 2 cents on it.

    I am gluten-free-organic-mostly-vegan gal, but I completely agree with you when you say you’re not defined by what you eat. 😀

    Anyway, your blog ROCKS MY SOCKS!

  16. Love

    Ok, I just posted and there’s “Hayey,” listed as my name– wrong! WHOOPSIES! 😉

  17. Kate

    This looks totally yummy substituting scrambled tofu for the eggs for me. And I agree, not eating meat can be extraordinarily inexpensive if you want it to be. one of my vegan chilis is 14 cents a serving!

  18. Carrie

    Kate, can you email me your vegan chili recipe please or post it? carrie.dunton@gmail.com. I need a good one!

  19. Elise (Post author)

    hey kate, not sure if you saw carries comment below, but i figured i reply here just in case.

    plus, id like it too…especially if it involves dried beans and a crock pot 🙂

  20. Elise (Post author)

    i just replied to her comment above so she gets your request by email (bc id like the recipe too!)

  21. Elise (Post author)

    hi love! thanks for saying hi and leaving such a nice comment! i totally wish i could have a chicken…maybe some day ill move out of LA to the burbs and have some land…anyway. i digress.

    i have such a hard time deciphering whats propaganda and government BS and whats real when it comes to corn.

    here my 2 cents.

    the reason im passionate about organic when it comes to corn (and soy) is because i feel like it gives me a certain level of security that it also wont be genetically modified. GM substances are prohibited in organic production. i also know there is a very rigorous (and pricey) process involved in getting certified organic and non GMO so if it has the seal on it, i feel its important to reward the company for their investment.

    i realize there are some times when i cant avoid it, but when i do have the option i choose organic.

    i know there are definitely GM corn products i’ve eaten recently (like in tortilla chips at a party brought by guests) but i also know when i’m grocery shopping and preparing my own stuff it’s definitely non GMO and organic.

    here is a great website: http://www.non-gmoreport.com/

  22. Elise (Post author)

    ive never tried those polenta tubes! i have no clue how to prepare them or anything…

    oh, and i like your veg on the cheap theme. noted for the future!

  23. Elise (Post author)

    nope. two dollars was for the entire pot…which made both of our meals (seen above) and the second helpings we each had.

  24. Shelby (everydayvegangirl)

    Elise, I know you’re a big fan of the rice cooker…have you ever done cornmeal in yours? I recently started cooking polenta in mine and it turns out great! Real simple…cornmeal, water or veggie broth, diced or whole cherry tomatoes, and nooch. The tomatoes “melt” into the cornmeal and the nooch makes it all cheesy and creamy…you’d love it!

  25. Elise (Post author)

    thanks for the heads up. ive done it in the crock pot, but never the rice cooker. have you tried steel cut oats in the rice cooker…because those are another winner!

  26. Carly

    Simplicity at it’s best(: looks good! I love your use of a smaller lid on the pan; I can never find matching lids either, haha

  27. elaine c.

    every time i read your blog and see pics of avo (which is a lot 🙂 ) i always want it right then and there, but will never have any on hand!!

    this looks like a tasty and filling meal. i’ve never made eggs that way, but now i’m gonna!

  28. Sara @my less serious life

    BRILLIANT. i love corn meal (aka polenta, no?). and i love fried eggs. and i love avocado. so i’m pretty sure i’m in love. love times three.

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  30. Elise (Post author)

    its the most amazing trifecta. holds my appetite over like no other too!

  31. elizabeth

    just had this for dinner–but a slighte alternative. i had a sweet potato that was on its last legs, so i roasted that, topped it with 2 fried eggs and a ripe avocado. absolutely delicious

  32. Elise (Post author)

    nice! arent avo and eggs the best combo? sweet potatoes are a fall fave for sure, way to make it seasonal. 🙂

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