Lettuce Soup. Perfect for using up that half bag of salad leaves
Christmas leftovers - part 4. Chestnut Soup; Fruit Crumble Toppings; Mixed Nut Butter; Turkey Zombie Burgers

Are you doing Veganuary?

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. 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.

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.



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.
Fruit & Nut Case Paste, made using nuts and raisins, use a vegan spread for the butter
Breakfast Bhaji’s
Broccoli Pesto on toast
Carrot & Sultana Loaf
Cinnamon Toast
Granola – use a non-dairy milk
and the classic – Raisin Pancakes
Granola  Breakfast Bars, I love these! Substitute a vegan spread for the butter
Apple Curd, replace the butter with coconut spread or other vegan spread
Overnight Oats, using nut milks, soya milk or fruit juice
Jammy Oat Bars, 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.
Roasted Vegetable Soup with a Scone and Roasted Onion Topping
Carrot Hummus, change the honey to another sweetener
Hummus and Carrot Sandwich, this was one of the favourite lunches of  my girls 
Individual Lunchtime Pies
Rocket and Watercress Pesto, use a vegan cheese instead of Parmesan
some Stuffing Rolls would go very well with a lovely, warming bowl of soup
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



Avocado, Orange and Tomato Salad
Butter Bean & Vegetable Curry
Chickpea Crumble
Vegetable crumble (omit the cheese in the topping)
Christmas crumble which uses stuffing mix in the topping for something different
Chickpea, Coconut & Mango Curry
Green Lentil Cottage Pie
Lemon Dahl
Olive Drop Scones, Crispy Fried Onions & Carrot Ribbon Salad
Peanut Butter Noodles
Puchka Tart – you will need to replace the thick yogurt with something vegan, coconut cream perhaps
Sag Aloo
Chow Mien, use rice noodles rather than egg ones, and add tofu for some protein
Beetroot Burgers, omit the egg
Raw Chickpea and Carrot Falafel 
Pea Crumb Fritters, omit the egg. Very, very cheap!
Goan Curry, add a vegan protein
Fiery Potatoes
Stuffed potato cakes, the perfect example of ordinary vegetables made into something interesting
Barley salad
Bean and quinoa, lemon and herb salad
Gajar matar
Sweet bean curry
Vegetable and hummus pie
Tomato pasta
Green Thai Curry
Vegetable Casserole & Dumplings
Toasted Nan & Dhal
Chickpea, Coconut & Mango Curry
Green Lentil, Mushroom, Raisin & Cucumber Salad with a Brinjal Pickle dressing, use a vegan yogurt or cream
Butter Bean , Pepper & Carrot Salad, with a Lemon & Coconut Dressing
Lentil Dumplings and Tomato Sauce
Sweetcorn Fritters, Wedges and Peas (or Pea Fritters, Wedges and Sweetcorn)
Roast parsnip &, apple salad, with carrot & peanut & raisin salad and jacket potato
Spicy Cabbage, Lentils & Nan
Spinach Dumplings with Spicy Tomato Sauce
Oaty Fritters, use vegan yogurt
Butter Bean & Vegetable Curry
Tomato Dhal
Lemon Dhal
Coconut Dhal
Spinach & Coconut Dhal
Parsnip Dhal
Sag Aloo
Dahl Sambar
Chole & Nan
Peanut Butter Noodles
Beetroot Burgers
Courgette Pasta
Chole & Nan
Tapas – Patatas Bravas, Spinach Dumplings in Tomato Sauce, Lemony Butter Beans with a touch of Honey.

To liven up something plain, try
Gingery, Soy, Sharp Apples
Cipolline Agrodolce (Sweet and Sour Onions)
Spiralised Roots

You can make many bready things very cheaply using Magic dough – pizza dough, flatbreads and wraps, pittas
A good hollow leg filler, 3 ingredient cake
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, because we all like a cheeky pudding now and again
Got any mulled wine leftover? Try Mulled Wine Apple Crumble
Home made Nutella is divine, much healthier than shop bought, without any palm oil, and can be made vegan
Tomato scones, a very popular recipe
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.


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Lettuce Soup. Perfect for using up that half bag of salad leaves
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