What to ask people to cook

Breakfast

Wholegrain malties, grapes, soya milk

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The wholegrain malties are one of the many vegan cereals available in Sainsbury’s. As long as you don’t mind reconnecting with you childhood (the packaging reassures its consumers that reading is cool), then it makes a nice start to the day.

Lunch

Falafel and hummus wrap, mini chilli crackers

This particular lunch has become a bit of a habit as the wraps are really nice and the mini chilli crackers seem like a great accompaniment.

Dinner

My Grandparents had kindly invited me to dinner and prepared an amazing animal-free meal. As it happens, my Grandparents eat a lot of vegan food and are fabulous cooks so didn’t need any pre-dinner hints, but I thought this great menu would be ideal for suggesting to dinner hosts who aren’t used to preparing animal-free food.

Starter

Orange and radish salad, oatcakes

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Main course

Bean casserole, salad, bread

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Dessert

Fruit

Details and recipes

The starter was really refreshing and made with chopped oranges and shredded radishes. You could use a food processor for the radishes, but I’m sure you could finely chop them instead. The salad also had a tasty dressing which was made from soy sauce and olive oil.

The bean casserole was delicious- so many amazing flavours. Thank you to Muriel for letting me post the recipe ūüôā

Ingredients for scrumptious beans (serves 2-3):

– 1 red pepper
– 1 onion
– 1 garlic clove
– 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tin of tomatoes
– 1 tin of red kidney beans (pref in water)
– Big handful of mushrooms
– Sultanas
– 1 tsp mild curry powder or paste
– 2 tablespoons mango chutney
– Pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper

Method:

1. Wash the pepper in cold water, remove stalk, scrape out seeds and cut into small chunks. Peel garlic and onion and chop into chunks.

2. Cook these ingredients in the oil for about ten minutes, stirring well to prevent sticking.

3. Prepare the mushrooms by cutting a thin slice off the the stalk, wipe with damp kitchen cloth and then chop any old how (!).

4. Rinse kidney beans, shaking well. Now add the mushrooms, beans and everything else. When well heated turn heat right down, put on  lid and cook very slowly for about an hour, stirring occasionally..

5. Serve with crusty bread and crisp salad.

The lovely bread was from the Co-op bakery and had olives in. If bakery products have a label listing allergens, this should tell you whether they’re vegan or not as egg and dairy will appear on the allergen list (and you’d hope that bread is free from meat/fish derivatives and honey).

Fresh fruit is always a lovely dessert. We had different coloured grapes which were really sweet and came from a market stall.

Snacks

Just a little vegan chocolate (not the height of healthy snacking I know)! This was mint chocolate (the Plamil brand), which you can buy in Holland and Barrett.

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