Cheap vegan eats…. that is going to be my new hashtag and theme of eating.
Or maybe…. quick student eats.
There are so many food blogs out there, so many recipe creators and so many amazing vegan youtubers sharing amazing meals.
And where do i fit in among all these creators….? Well, i fall in the category of “student”, “nutritious food”, “cheap food”, “20 minute cooking”.
I want my food to be quick and easy to make. I want it to be relativly cheap… even if i also know that my food buget is higher than other students out there, because i run a food blog and isntagram, and treat myself to vegan soya products and vegan cheese/creme fraiche etc
I also want my food to be nutritious. Even if not all my food has to be 100% nutritious, i want it to be based on wholefoods and lots of vegetables.
This is my niche and focus among all the other food creators. And i also think that is why many follow me and recreate my recipes… because they are simple. And that is what i will stick to…. even if i will also try making more fancy meals time to time, because i do also enjoy that!
I also want to show how easy it can be to eat plantbased and to also eat healthy. Because you can eat plantbased and just noodles and ketchup, that is vegan and cheap… but maybe not so nutritious. Many think eating plantbased is complicated or takes alot of time, but it doesn’t have to. You can veganize pretty much any meal.
Of course, seasoning is key. Learn how to season – and i am still learning. I am the type of person who relies alot on garlic and onion as well as salt and pepper to season my food. But also pepper, ginger, lime, soya, brown sugar, parsley, basil…. and even cacao and red wine can be used to season certain foods!
Also, don’t be scared to buy premade seasoning mixes if you don’t feel like seasoning or mixing together spices yourself.
Adaptions to this recipe:
You can use sweet potato instead of regular potato
You can skip the chickpeas
You can skip the crushed tomatoes, or use coconut milk instead, or just use water
This recipe makes about 5-6 portions. Time: 30 minutes
450ml red lentils
4 carrots, peeled and diced
1 can of chickpeas (240g)
2-3 cloves garlic
1 red onion
optional, 1 vegetabl stock
Chili powder, paprika powder
Salt and pepper
400ml crushed tomatoes (optional) you can choose to just use vegetable stock or use coconut cream instead
Top with some cilantro or parsley
In a pot, add diced carrots and potatoes. Add a little salt and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 10 minutes so that the carrots have softened before adding the red lentils. Add 1 vegetable stock to the water.
While the carrots and potatoes are boiling you can chop and dice the red onion and garlic and fry in a little oil to bring out more flavour. However you can skip this and just add these directly to the stew along with the red lentils.
When you have added the red lentils, allow to simmer/boil for about 10-15 minutes until the red lentils are soft. Add the garlic and red onion, as well as your spices of choice. Example, chilli, paprika powder, salt and black pepper.
Pour away a little of the water if it is too much, and if you are using the crushed tomatoes add them now.
Add the chickpieas (save the aquafaba for another recipe).
With a handmixer, mix until desired consistency. Whether you want it super smooth or still want a little texture from the carrots and lentils.
The best cheap meal which tastes just as good cold as it does warm!
Recipe for the naan bread:
Original recipe from Lovingitvegan.
The naan bread is very simple to make, all you need to do is mix together the ingredients, allow to yeast and rise for 30 minutes and then you form into naan bread and fry in some oil for about 3-4 minutes on each side. The result is fluffy, warm bread.
My adaption to her recipe is to add some garlic, sea salt and parsley to the mix so that the bread tastes even more. Also, you can make some garlic butter and spread a little on each side of the naan bread before frying so that it tastes extra of garlic!
If you are craving bread and have these ingredients at home, as well as can wait about 60 minutes… then give this bread a go. Also works great to freeze, hahaha.
If you try either of these recipes or get inspired by the meals i eat, don’t forget to tag me and let me know!!