Easy Peasy Vegan – 5 Easy Vegan Meals

Tempeh & Salad

Easy Peasy Vegan – 5 Easy Vegan Meals

I really do not have time in my life to faff around with food and spend hours in the kitchen. I am all about the fast, cheap and easy – and vegan, obviously!

I want to share with you five easy vegan meals that you can cook up in a matter of minutes that will not only fill you up, but also provide you with lots of healthy macro and micronutritents to keep you healthy.

 

1. Chickpea curry & Rice

Chickpea Curry & Rice

This is one of my favourite meals. I love making a curry using different spices from my spice box. One of my favourite spices to use with chickpeas is Cumin. Cumin is great to add into food because it is a powerful antioxidant that helps fortify the digestive tract, relieving nausea, bloating and constipation!

To Make:

  1. Cook enough rice for the amount of people you are cooking for (I would say 60g per person is a good guideline).
  2. In a wok or large pan fry off some onions in water (I do not cook with oil).
  3. Add in any other vegetables you would like – I like to add sweetcorn and dried apricots to make a nice sweet curry.
  4. Add in your cooked chickpeas (click here to find out the best way I cook chickpeas and other beans and legumes). I usually serve one to two cans of chickpeas for two people.
  5. Pour in around 150g passata or 1tbsp tomato puree with enough water to make a tomato sauce.
  6. Add in your choice of spices – curry powder, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper etc. You could choose a different one each week or mix and match.
  7. Cook until the tomato sauce becomes thick and everything is cooked enough.
  8. Serve on its own or with some green vegetables.

 

2. Tofu & Sweet Potato

 

Tofu & Sweet PotatoTofu is such a great way to get your protein into a meal. It is so volatile you can do so many different things with it such as mashing it into a scramble, adding it to a smoothie (no, you cannot taste it – it makes it very creamy) or frying it. As it does not taste of anything you can add so man different spices and flavourings:

To Make:

  1. Slice one end of the tofu packaging and press down on the tofu to get rid of excess water.
  2. Take tofu out of packaging and cut into chunks.
  3. Add to a wok or large frying pan with a little water. Cook on a medium heat.
  4. Add spices of your choice to the tofu and water (I like Nando’s Peri-Peri spice, Paprika or BBQ Seasoning).
  5. Poke holes in a sweet potato and put in the microwave for 4 minutes. Turn over and repeat until the potato is soft.
  6. Once cooked, cut the potato into wedges.
  7. Serve with mixed salad.

 

 3. Tempeh and salad

Tempeh & SaladFor those of you that don’t  know, tempeh is made from fermented, lightly cooked soya beans. It is a bit like tofu which is not fermented, cooked soya beans! Tempeh is rich in dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy digestive tract, is a great source of protein, helps remove fat from the blood which in turn lowers unhealthy cholesterol.

To Make:

  1. Cut a block of tempeh into slices.
  2. Sprinkle with a seasoning (garlic powder, Nando’s Peri-Peri spice, Paprika or BBQ Seasoning are good choices) or marinate in a low sugar sauce.
  3. Place in the oven on 180C for about 10 minutes and turn over. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on top of a mixed salad.

 

4. Lentil & Sweet Potato Stew

 

Lentil Curry & Sweet pota

 

Lentils are a cheap and easy addition to any meal. You can buy them pre-cooked for under £1 or in large bags dried for very cheap. They are a source of protein, iron and fibre.

To Make:

  1. Chop sweet potato into cubes and boil in a pan until soft.
  2. In a seperate wok or  pan fry off some onions in water.
  3. Add in any other vegetables you would like.
  4. Add in your cooked lentls (click here to find out the best way I cook lentils and other beans and legumes). I usually serve one to two cans of chickpeas for two people.
  5. Pour in around 150g passata or 1tbsp tomato puree with enough water to make a tomato sauce.
  6. Add in your choice of spices – cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper etc.
  7. Cook until the tomato sauce becomes thick and everything is cooked enough.
  8. Add the sweet potato to the stew and let it all simmer for a few minutes.

 

5. Vegan Pizza!

Vegan Pizza

This is such a cheap, easy and creative way to have the perfect pizza. If you buy a pizza base (check it does not contain milk or egg) and cover with tomato puree and then top with your favourite veggies. Lots of supermarkets stock dairy free cheese now so you can add that to the top of your pizza.

 

ENJOY!! xx