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Cards on the table, this isn’t going to be an actual what I eat in a day because that would be a 100 word blog post – it’s a load of vegan meals divvied up by the time of day.
Although it gets the job done, I suppose.
Fair enough, let’s go:
Lunch: Pasta with courgettes and cherry tomatoes
Tea: Veggie sausages, salad, some form of potato
Snack: apple, almond butter, dates, probs a Coop jam doughnut
And there we have it. And only 59 words long. Perfect.
Seriously though, I’m going to offer up a few suggestions of options we, as vegans, have for meals. Like a choose your own adventure.
It’ll be a great reference guide for when people ask you what vegans eat, and your mind goes absolutely blank. Fun that, isn’t it?
Here’s a post where I ranked vegan breakfasts. As is my wont.
My preferred breakfast is a smoothie because I like to get being healthy out of the way first thing. My current recipe of choice is a banana, a handful of spinach, frozen blueberries, a couple of heaped tablespoons of my smoothie seed mix (comprising hemp, flax, and chia seeds, spirulina, cinnamon, and turmeric) and about 300ml of plant milk.
If I’m hungover, I prefer toast. If I’m going dog-walking on a Sunday, I usually just have coffee (and then a Gregg’s sausage roll or two after, as a snack).
I’m extremely lucky, and my boss cooks my lunch for me (he’s a chef, which makes it far less weird). He’s Sicilian, so used to cooking with no meat or dairy (he grew up waaay to poor for that sort of thing).
Yesterday I got ratatouille with salad and homemade focaccia. It was incredible.
Sometimes he makes me a cheese-less pizza with stirfried veg and onion rings on, or pasta with courgettes, garlic, and cherry tomatoes.
He also does amazing lentil and Tuscan bean soups.
If I’m working from home I do intermittent fasting, so have a smoothie or porridge for my lunch. On a weekend I like sandwiches. I just love bread.
I should really do a post focussing on vegan dinners.
I’m a big fan of basing my meals around potatoes.
In any form.
I should also do a post all about potatoes.
So, oven chips are grand (or their cousin, the humble Potato Smile), as is mash (you don’t need to add butter or anything, honest, though obvs feel free). I also like pan-fried gnocchi, roasties, wedges. Tonight I’m trialing this recipe for scalloped potatoes. Oh, and vegan yorkshires. Full post on vegan yorkshires here.
I’m currently loving trying all the various fake meats out there. I’m still a lover of Linda McCartney sausages, but Sainsbury’s are constantly bringing out new things to try. I love Gardein, but it’s so expensive, so if you could all go and buy some we could hopefully create enough demand that it becomes cheaper.
So now we just need vegetable. I’m a fan of salad (usually just onion, pepper, tomato, cucumber and something leafy) with mayo (Hellmanns) and hot sauce (Nando’s) but you could broccoli and carrots with gravy if you were so inclined.
If I’m doing a long day at work, I tend to take a salad with me for tea, since my lunches at work are usually v carby.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I’m afraid, although dates stuffed with almond butter are my go-to healthy option.
I’m also a roasted, salted, cashews MENACE. I can easily eat a whole packet in one go (they’re not exactlty large) but they boast an impressive 500 calorie profile. Christ.
I’m not a rice cakes kind of person either (but if you are, check out this video) but I am partial to a crumpet with hummus on it. And yes, it sounds gross, but I assure you, it’s lush.
I hope this was helpful to all you vegan newbies out there. Hell, I hope this was helpful to everyone.
I do cook things like curries and chilis and things (occasionally), but I wanted to let you know that you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen every day just because you’re vegan.
If this post looks weird, it’s because I’ve finally switched over to the Gutenberg editor in WordPress. I hate it. I’m not naturally tech-y and I’m a super slow learner, so changing the whole WordPress editor has hit me hard.
It won’t let me change the colour of the headings without a plugin (I’m assuming this is an oversight that’ll be resolved quickly) and my no-follow plugin doesn’t work.
If you don’t use WordPress this probs meant nothing to you, but I assure you, it’s a major bummer.
In other news I watched the first three episodes of season 3 of Queer Eye last night and it’s so good. Highly recommend. Although there’s a lot of taxidermy and lobster in the first episode which wasn’t nice.
Ooo, if you’re interested in a properly executed what I eat in a day video, I suggest you watch Jess Beautician. It’s far fancier food than I eat, but I have tried a few of her recipes and can confirm that she knows what she’s on about.
Now I’m off to try and troubleshoot my Gutenberg woes.