Need some ideas for Veganuary?
Are you doing Veganuary, or maybe you’d like some ideas for vegan meals on a budget
Or perhaps you are a new vegan and haven’t really got to grips with what it means yet, many people are turning to plant based eating, not just for veganuary. Do you need or want some ideas of what to eat? I did this post a couple of years ago, and have updated it with new recipes posted since then. This isn’t a veganuary meal plan, but an accumulation of ideas to create your own. In fact, it’s turning into ideas for vegan meals on a budget!
Trawling through the Thrifty Lesley archives, where I knew there were loads of ideas that just happened to be vegan, I extracted some in the hopes that you might like them, or maybe give you inspiration.
What is the difference between vegan, plant-based and vegetarian diets.
A vegetarian diet excludes all flesh, so no meat, fish or fowl.
A vegetarian vs plant based diet or a vegan vs plant based diet – a plant based diet is mainly fruit, vegetables, grains etc, but will also include things like milk, cheese, eggs and dairy, plus small amounts of meat and fish. A vegetarian will eat milk, eggs, dairy and honey, whereas a vegan will not
Vegan Bean & Spicy Katjan Sauce Sandwich Paste
Bean and Spicy Katjan Sauce Sandwich Paste on 2 x toast, or use in a sandwich for lunch. Or use the drained baked beans and flavour them with many other things eg brinjal pickle, any pesto that is vegan, horseradish, miso paste, jaggery and dates. See the post for more ideas.
Can 1 Sausage Make 2 Sandwiches?
A Sublime Fruit & Nut Case Paste
Broccoli Pesto Pasta
Carrot & Sultana Loaf
Cinnamon Toast For Breakfast
use a non-dairy milk
Gorgeous Granola Breakfast Bars
I love these! Substitute a vegan spread for the butter
replace the butter with coconut spread or other vegan spread
Overnight Oats – LOTS of ideas!
Or baked oats – ALSO lots of ideas
using nut milks, soya milk or fruit juice
Jammy Oat Bars
a good grab it and go breakfast. Any jam can be used in the middle, or value marmalade or lemon curd. Or a paste made from dried fruit or dates.
More Ideas on the Recipes Tab
many other ideas on the Recipes tab under Breakfasts are also vegan
Couscous Snacky Lunchtime Bites
A Trio of Vegetable Hummus
Another Trio of Vegetable Hummus
Most of the soups on the Recipes tab are vegan.
Tomato & Chive Soda Bread to go with your soup
A chunk of this Tomato and Chive Soda Bread would be lovely with a warming bowl of soup.
Red Pepper and Onion Loaf
Butternut Squash, Ginger & Coconut Soup
Roasted Vegetable Soup with a Scone & Roasted Onion Topping
Carrot Hummus, Creamy with Tahini
change the honey to another sweetener
Hummus & Grated Carrot Sandwich
this was one of the favourite lunches of my girls
Individual Lunchtime Pies
Rocket, Watercress, Basil & Sunflower Seed Pesto
use a vegan cheese instead of Parmesan
Home Made Bread Rolls with Added Stuffing Mix
some Stuffing Rolls would go very well with a lovely, warming bowl of soup
Home Made Hummus
A hummus can be made very cheaply using drained basics baked beans and flavoured with a great many things, giving loads of options for sandwiches, toasty lunches or breakfasts, or with veggie dippers
Tomato & Almond Pate
Red Pepper and Walnut Tart with Winter Coleslaw
Great hot and crispy for dinner, or at room temperature for a packed lunch.
Green Pea Hummus Lasagna
swap the butter to vegan spread and the milk to a plant milk
Mushroom Ragu Lasagna
my absolute favourite! Sub vegan plant milk, I would simply leave out the cheddar
An Autumn Panzanella
Celery, Swede & Chickpea Bake
Cabbage, Sultana and Nut Pasta Bake
Omit the cheese
Lentil Ragu with Spaghetti
Avocado, Tomato & Orange Salad
Omit the cheese in the topping
Walnut & Chestnut Crumble
Gorgeous Chickpea Mango & Coconut Curry
Green Lentil Cottage Pie
Olive Drop Scones, Crispy Fried Onions and Carrot Ribbon Salad
Beetroot Burgers, omit the egg
Raw Chickpea Carrot Falafel
Pea Crumb Fritters
omit the egg. Very, very cheap!
Goan Curry, add a vegan protein
Stuffed Potato Cakes
Stuffed potato cakes, the perfect example of ordinary vegetables made into something interesting
Bean & Quinoa, Lemon & Herb Salad
Hazelnut Butter Vegetable Bake
Green Lentil, Mushroom, Raisin, Cucumber Salad, with a Brinjal Pickle Dressing
Gajar Matar – Everyday Vegetables Wearing A Sari
Sweet Bean Curry
Vegetable & Hummus Pie
Gnocchi Made With Dried Mash
Green Thai Curry
Vegetable Casserole & Dumplings
Toasted Nan & Dahl
Butter Bean, Pepper & Carrot Salad with a Lemon & Coconut Dressing
Lentil Dumplings with Tomato Sauce
Roast Parsnip & Apple Salad with a Carrot, Peanut & Raisin Jacket Potato
Spicy Cabbage & Lentils
Spinach Dumplings with Spicy Tomato Sauce
use vegan yogurt
Butter Bean & Vegetable Curry
Spinach & Coconut Dhal
Chole & Nan
Peanut Butter Noodles
A Valentines Menu
Lentil & Nut Loaf
This is an absolute cracker. I’ve had it hot with hot veg or salad, cold in toast and in a sandwich. Very variable, change the veg to whatever you have.
Tomato Stewed Cauliflower
Greek Fried Caulflower
Make pancakes with just water and they are vegan. I can’t tell the difference between these and those made with eggs and milk, although they do have to be eaten fresh, they go a bit flabby if left. This post has many vegan ideas to fill your pancakes
Pancakes and 101 ways to fill them
Many of the ideas suggested for this jacket potato round up post are vegan
Jacket Potato Fillings
Falafel with Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
To liven up something plain, try
using plant milk and spread
Amazing Gingery Soy Sharp Apples
Onions in Sweet & Sour Sauce
Roasted Spiralised Veg
Red Onion Chutney Marmalade
Using a plant based spread in place of the butter
You can make many bready things very cheaply using Magic dough – pizza dough, flatbreads and wraps, pittas
Two Ingredient Cake
A good hollow leg filler
Honey Smoked Walnut Butter
Nut butters can be made with any nuts or mixture of nuts you have available and can be flavoured with things like raisins or miso
Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding
Because we all like a cheeky pudding now and again
Mulled Wine Crumble
Got any mulled wine leftover? Try Mulled Wine Apple Crumble
Home made Nutella is divine, much healthier than shop bought, without any palm oil, and can be made vegan
Tomato scones are a very popular recipe
Apple & Spice Muffins
Muffins can be made vegan by simply leaving out the egg, using vegan spread or oil and using a vegan milk. No other adjustments are necessary
Use a vegan spread
Honey Smoked Walnut Butter
Use dark brown sugar in place of the honey
Quick Banana Bread
Use a vegan spread and an egg substitute
A sugar free way to get a chocolate fix
The Recipes Tab
There are lots of other vegan ideas too on the Recipes tab. I’m not vegetarian or vegan, although my sister is, it’s just that meat, fish and dairy are the expensive ingredients quite often and when I twiddle a recipe, or find one that prices up, it often works out to be vegan.
So there’s a sample of delicious (I hope you think so too) food, that just happens to be vegan. If you aren’t normally vegan, it might be proving a bit difficult to do Veganuary and these recipes might just help you get through
I’m linking up with the UK Vegan Bloggers for the Veganuary linky.