Lettuce Soup. Perfect for using up that half bag of salad leaves
Vegetable and hummus pie

Are you doing Veganuary 2019?

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.

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.

My host had major problems with his server and it ended up meaning that the blog was restored to the November 2017 version. This means that some links in this post may not be available yet, until I can get time to get them all back up.They’ll be there eventually!


Vegan bean and spicy katjan sauce sandwich paste, 12p a sandwich, LOADS of variations

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 can make 2 sandwiches? Plus a sublime fruit and nut case paste

Fruit & Nut Case Paste, made using nuts and raisins, use a vegan spread for the butter

Breakfast Bhajis 31p, abortive plans and huge panes of glass

Broccoli Pesto & Pasta – 28p a serving

Carrot & Sultana Loaf – 9p per serving

Cinnamon Toast for breakfast, 4p a slice

Granola, 8p a serving, 14p including the milk

use a non-dairy milk

Baked Oats

Raisin Pancakes, 8p per serving, Meal Plan 1

Gorgeous Granola Breakfast Bars, 24p. Super simple to make

I love these! Substitute a vegan spread for the butter

Apple Curd – a huge jar for 85p, and that’s if you have to buy the apples!

replace the butter with coconut spread or other vegan spread

Overnight Oats – squillions of ideas

Or baked oats

Baked Oats

using nut milks, soya milk or fruit juice

Jammy Oat Bars, breakfast or a snack. Savoury ones too

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.

many other ideas on the Recipes tab under Breakfasts are also vegan


Most of the soups on the Recipes tab are vegan.

A chunk of this Tomato and Chive Soda Bread would be lovely with a warming bowl of soup.

Tomato & Chive Soda Bread

Roasted vegetable soup, with a scone and roasted onion topping, 32p

Carrot Hoummous, creamy with tahini, 31p a serving

change the honey to another sweetener

Hoummous and grated carrot sandwich – 9p a serving, Meal Plan 1

this was one of the favourite lunches of my girls

Individual lunchtime pies, a bargainous 20p each. Won’t get these in Greggs 🙂

Rocket, watercress, basil and sunflower seed pesto. Nut and gluten free

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

Things You May Never Need To Buy Again – 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


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Avocado, Tomato & Orange Salad, 62p

Chickpea Crumble, 46p a serving, Meal Plan 1

Vegetable Crumble, 25p a portion. Root veg in a tomato sauce, topped with oats, cheese and salted peanuts

Omit the cheese in the topping)

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Christmas crumble which uses stuffing mix in the topping for something different    post not re-loaded yet

Vegetarian Christmas Meal Plan – Vegan Walnut and Chestnut Crumble

A gorgeous Chickpea, Mango and Coconut Curry 53p

Green lentil cottage pie, 4 very generous portions, 56p each

Olive Drop Scones, Crispy Fried Onions & Carrot Ribbon Salad, 24p a pop

Puchka tart. What’s that? Complete deliciousness on a plate, that’s what

A delicious Sag Aloo that really hits the spot.

Chow mein, 61p. Lots of variations

Beetroot burgers, 41p

Beetroot Burgers, omit the egg

Raw chickpea carrot falafel, 15p. Delicious, with sweet variations too

A kitchen experiment, Pea-Crumb Fritters, 6p

omit the egg. Very, very cheap!

Goan Fish Curry, made with chicken, 56p. Plus the original fish recipe

Goan Curry, add a vegan protein

Fiery Potatoes, spicy and delicious

Stuffed potato cakes

Stuffed potato cakes, the perfect example of ordinary vegetables made into something interesting

Bean and Quinoa, Lemon and Herb Salad

Barley Salad, 59p. Versatile, delicious and very easy to make

Green lentil, mushroom, raisin and cucumber salad, with a brinjal pickle and yoghurt dressing

Gajar Matar. Everyday vegetables wearing a sari

Something I’ve been making for decades – Sweet Bean Curry

Vegetable and hummus pie

Things You May Never Need To Buy Again – Pasta Sauce

Gnocchi made with dried mash! Served with tomato sauce 15p a serving

Green Thai Kidney Bean Curry, 59p

Vegetable Casserole & Dumplings, 46p a serving

Toasted Nan & Dahl, 38p a portion

Green lentil, mushroom, raisin and cucumber salad, with a brinjal pickle and yoghurt dressing

use a vegan yogurt or cream

Butter bean, pepper and carrot salad, with a lemon juice and coconut dressing, 84p

Lentil Dumplings, with Tomato Sauce, 20-30p a serving, + green vegetable

Sweetcorn Fritters, 30p a serving

Meal plan 10 – Pea fritters and chips, 17p, vegan

Panzanella – 50p a portion

Roast Parsnip & Apple Salad, with Carrot, Raisin & Peanut Salad and Jacket Potato, total of 54p each

Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan, 51p per serving

Spinach Dumplings with Spicy Tomato Sauce, 28p a serving

Meal plan 8 – Oaty fritters, veg, chilli & yogort

use vegan yogurt

Butter Bean and Vegetable Curry – 24p a serving

Tomato Dhal & Rice – 27p per serving

Lemon Dahl from 18p to 24p depending on if you use value or basmati rice

Coconut Dahl, from 17p to 23p a portion depending on if you use value or basmati rice

Spinach & Coconut Dahl, with rice, 37p

Christmas Leftovers – part 3. Turkey Burgers; Cheesy Pasta; Parsnip Dahl; Parsnip soup

Dahl Sambar 31p a portion, diet ideas, progress today & other kitchen happenings

Chole & Nan, 27p a serving, Meal Plan 1

Abel & Cole Peanut Butter Noodles, 23p for the veggie version

Aldi bargains (1) Peperonata, 53p

Courgette Pasta 46p a serving

Valentines Day 2015, what are you doing?

Tapas – Patatas Bravas, Spinach Dumplings in Tomato Sauce, Lemony Butter Beans with a touch of Honey.

Lentil nut loaf vegan, versatile & rather delicious

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.

Kounoupithi Yiahni or Tomato Stewed Cauliflower. A traditional Greek food

Kounoupidi tiganitó or Greek Fried Cauliflower

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, with lemon and sugar, the classic, less than 3p each

Pancakes and not quite 101 ideas, sweet and savoury to fill them

Many of the ideas suggested for this jacket potato round up post are vegan

Jacket Potato Fillings

To liven up something plain, try

OMG! These are AMAZING! Gingery soy sharp apples

Cipolline in Agrodolce (Onions in Sweet and Sour Sauce)

I’ve found a new favourite thing!

You can make many bready things very cheaply using Magic dough – pizza dough, flatbreads and wraps, pittas

Lots of different things you can make, all using Magic Dough kept in the fridge

How to make a cake with just 3 ingredients, or maybe even 2! For when the SHTF?

A good hollow leg filler

Home made honey smoked walnut butter. Easy, cheap, versatile and super delicious

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. Quick and easy, no complicated method, and a mere 20p a serving

Because we all like a cheeky pudding now and again

A brisk Sunday walk and a mulled wine apple crumble

Got any mulled wine leftover? Try Mulled Wine Apple Crumble

Home made Nutella. Improved nutrition for the same price!

Home made Nutella is divine, much healthier than shop bought, without any palm oil, and can be made vegan

Tomato Scones, 5p each

Tomato scones are a very popular recipe

Apple and Spice Muffins, using no egg and my apples, 4p each, 9p if you buy the apples

Apple and Spice Muffins, using no egg and my apples, 4p each, 9p if you buy the apples

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

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.

dozens of ideas and inspiration for Veganuary meals


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Lettuce Soup. Perfect for using up that half bag of salad leaves
Vegetable and hummus pie