Vegan food that doesn’t need a recipe

There is a big misconception that seems to put people off going vegan or even trying it: They think they’ll have to change their diet completely. I often hear people say, “I would go vegan, but I don’t have a clue what I would eat”. I don’t know why people thinks it’s an “all or nothing” deal — it’s much easier to make gradual changes, like switching to non-dairy milk in your cereal, or having one vegan meal a week.

So don’t stress, pal. While it’s true that having a varied vegan diet means learning how to cook a little bit*, there are plenty of meals, snacks and sides that are so easy, you don’t need a recipe. Here are some examples:

  • All fruit (obviously)
  • All nuts
  • The list of snacks here
  • Beans on toast
  • Avocado on toast
  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Fry up: Any combination of beans, toast, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, veggie sausages (try Linda McCartney) and hash browns.
  • Most salads. Newsflash: Make a salad by throwing together leaves, crunchy veg and dressing it with a combination of oil and citrus juice or vinegar. Add a grain like quinoa to make it more of a full meal. Add nuts or croutons to look flash.
  • Roasted / boiled / steamed veg
  • Any grain: Rice, cous cous, and so on
  • Pasta with any tomato sauce. Dry pasta is vegan
  • Mash (just use oil instead of butter, and dairy-free milk)
  • Veggie sausage and chips with gravy
  • Cereal
  • Corn on the cob
  • Carrots with hummus
  • Bread with olive oil
  • Bread with hummus
  • Veggie haggis with chips or mash
  • Veggie haggis, neeps and tatties
  • Bruschetta
  • Wilted spinach
  • Fried mushrooms
  • Smoothies

So, any time you feel like you want to eat something but you don’t want to have to think about it, consider having something off this list.


* Although I’d argue that this is true of any varied diet.

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