When you want to make stroganoff, but all you have is vanilla soy milk instead of regular!
I’m talking no store bought veggie burgers, no pre-made vegan cheeses, no tofutti, no brand name “chikn” strips. Whatever you can whip up at home using fruits, vegetables, and other very common ingredients?
I love using chickpeas to make “chicken” based recipes. Lentils and red kidney beans are great for vegan meatloaf! Homemade almond milk can serve as a great base for awesome alfredo sauces, as well as ice cream (always plenty of bananas!)
I don’t often plan out what I’m going to make for meals. I find myself so caught up in the millions of things I need to do or want to do, and somewhere along the way I forget to have a proper meal! I’m a go-doer, always wanting a new project, a new book, or a good game.
I don’t want to spend hours cooking food, and at the same time I want the food that I eat to be tasty and interesting. On top of that, I want to be able to eat on a fairly small budget. Here’s a list of groceries I’ve come up with, followed by a few possible recipes, that let me start working on achieving that. The grocery list assumes that some other staples - spices, oils, and baking ingredients - are already in the pantry.
- Firm and Silken Tofu
- Frozen fruit (strawberries mainly, though berry mixes are great)
- Juice (orange, apple, or pomegranate)
- Red Bell Pepper
- Dried Cranberries
- Mixed salad bags (and dressing, if we run out)
- Nutritional yeast
- Lentils (and other mixed beans)
- Soy milk
- Canned soup/other vegetables if necessary (broccoli, carrots, etc)
- Mushroom Lentil Stroganoff
- Spinach and Mushroom Pockets
- Mocha Banana Smoothie (based on this, but with espresso)
- Strawberry Smoothies
- Green (Spinach) Smoothies
- Tofu Scramble
- Walnut Cranberry Salad (w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette)
- Silken Tofu Omelette
- Mac n’ Cheese
- Lentil Burgers
- Chocolate Scones (assuming you have cocoa)
- Cranberry Orange Muffins
- Pancakes (so many choices!)
The entire grocery list altogether should come to about 60 dollars, and should last over 2 (almost 3) weeks for one person.
Black Eyed Pea Fritters (extremely simple!)
Chunky Monkey Ice Cream: Because vegans just can’t stop making ice cream with bananas, you know?
My roommates and I decided to make this spontaneously this weekend, and the whole process took us 15 minutes from start to delicious.
- 2C rolled oats
- 1-2T agave syrup
- 1-2T olive oil
- 1.5T cinnamon
- 2t nutmeg
- handful of almonds, chopped (or any nuts)
- 5 dates, chopped (or any dried fruit)
Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until crispy. Shake pan every five minutes to make sure granola doesn’t burn. Allow a few minutes to cool, and enjoy!
I used to be a huge fan of biscotti. I mean, come on, a cookie designed for the sole purpose of going perfectly with coffee? The biscotti and me, we’re on the same wavelength here: it’s all about that cup o’ Joe.
It’s hard enough to find store bought biscotti around here, much less vegan-friendly ones. And biscotti does take a considerable amount of preparation time, since you have to bake it, slice it, and bake it a second time. But it is worth it, for the coffee drinker looking for the edible soulmate of their morning latte.
Here are a few good and fairly simple vegan biscotti recipes: