Today’s prompt – Four for £4
When I saw this prompt I knew where I had to head. Jack Monroe is a cook, poverty and trans campaigner and an all round great person. They also happen to be vegan and price up all their recipes on their website http://www.cookingonabootstrap.com.
All their recipes are free in order to help the poorest people but you can contribute to their patreon, make a one PayPal donation or buy one of their cookbooks including the new Cooking on a Bootstrap where about 70% of the recipes are vegan.
I chose this White Bean, White Wine and Garlic Risotto recipe which comes in at a purse preserving 29p a portion!
This was easy to make and I had all the ingredients at home apart from the white wine which I picked up in Sainsbury’s and was clearly marked vegan.
Again it was very warm this evening but this would be a great meal to cosy up with on a winter’s evening.
It is very white so red onion does give it a bit of colour.
What are your go to cheap meals? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Leftovers, day 2
I rarely have leftovers. I may batch cool and freeze some portions to take to work for lunch but I don’t really ever make a different meal from what’s left over so I had to purposefully cook extra for this meal.
Did you guess what I made?
It was the British classic of bubble and squeak!
I chopped up the remaining cabbage and sausages and mixed them up with the onions and mash and formed into patties. If I had had more time I would have put them in the fridge for half an hour before frying.
You could serve these with more vegetables but I just had them as is for lunch.
What’s your favourite meal to make with leftovers? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Leftovers, day 1
Today’s meal is made with the aim of making a second meal with the leftovers.
I decided to make sausage and mash for meal one. When I was planning my Vegan MoFo meals in advance I thought by the middle of September it would be feeling positively Autumnal, however today it has been a sweltering 25°C! This meal was still delicious but I did have to open a lot of windows while cooking!
I baked the sausages in the oven with large mushrooms, boiled the potatoes with the steamer on top for the cabbage and fried some red onion. I passed the potatoes through a ricer to make them extra smooth and added some vegan margarine and some oat cream in the mix. In the UK red Bisto is vegan friendly so I made up some gravy to finish the dish
Can you guess what tomorrow’s meal is going to be? Let me know in the comments.
Today’s prompt – Super Cheap Sweets
This was an easy dessert for me to make. I decided to go for a pear crumble which was a favourite of my bestie Samarra when we lived together at university. So if students are eating it you know it must be cheap!
I make this recipe up as I go along so I’m not sure of quantities! I make a mixture of margarine, oats, plain flour and brown sugar. Pour the peaches into a dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and put the mixture on top. Cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 mins. Serve immediately with oat cream.
Great for an Autumn evening! I usually have most of the ingredients at home so I can make this quickly when I get a craving for something sweet.
What you your fave cheap desserts? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Pantry Meal
My cupboards are so well stocked at the moment I’m finding it hard to get anything more into them so I definitely need to have a run down!
I was really fancying something sweet so with nothing ready made to hand I decided to go with these two recipes. I have had this chocolate houmous recipe in my bookmarks for a while so I decided to pair it with these almond cookies for a gluten free treat. I use ground almonds to make vegan cheese so there is always some in my cupboard. I also make savoury houmous regularly so there’s always chickpeas and tahini about.
The houmous was wetter than I was expecting and think it definitely needed some more tahini and possibly some salt (my Husband wasn’t keen on this at all and said it was too chickpea-y) so it needs some work. The almond cookies however were so quick and easy to make these are definitely going to be made again.
What are your go to cupboard favourites? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Free From Day
I decide to make a low FODMAP meal as I’d never made one before. I did a quick internet search and found this list of vegan low FODMAP recipes from the Metro.
I chose the satay noodles.
The sauce was very peanutty but I think it could have used more soy sauce and lime. It was also a bit annoying that it required half a tin of coconut milk so now I have half a tin to find a use for.
I may make this again with some tweaks.
Have you had to make meals for people with specific dietary needs? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Low salt, full flavour
I did a search and found this black bean and corn chowder.
1 can black beans
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cups of plant based milk
4 cups of water
1/4 two garlic powder
Pepper to taste
Fry the onion, chuck everything else in and cook for 15 mins, blend half the soup and mix back in.
I chose this recipe as I do enjoy a black bean soup but I did really notice the absence of salt in this meal and I probably wouldn’t make this one again.
Do you ever need to make low-salt meals? What options do you usually go for? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Snacks without the packaging
This prompt specifically mentioned no plastic. The easy go to would be fruit, but I don’t tend to have fruit as a snack, I either have it at breakfast in my overnight oats or in a dessert.
I decided to choose a chocolate which comes in paper and foil. I don’t eat a lot of chocolate, I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth and never have cravings for it as I know some of my friends do.
I went for this mini chocolate orange bar from Willie’s Cacao. This is a dark chocolate with a really fruity flavour as it comes from single estate cacao.
Willie’s also feature on the Food Empowerment Project’s chocolate list which I would recommend you look at when choosing chocolate to make sure it’s not only vegan but ethically sourced as well.
I enjoyed one square of this with a cup of tea as I love the sensation of the chocolate melting from the warmth of the tea. One square was enough for me so this little 26g gram bar will last me three sittings!
Here’s a last shot of the packaging which will be recycled.
What are you favourite plastic-free snacks? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Spicy without Chillies
This is not a difficult one for me as I cannot handle chilli at all and it’s been getting worse as I get older, so much so, my Husband often has to have two pans on the go when he’s cooking so I can have a milder version of whatever he’s making.
I like a bit of variety when I make a curry so I usually have a thali of a few dishes. For Indian cooking you have to refer to the master herself, Maddha Jaffrey.
I made saag aloo (spinach and potatoes) and sour chickpeas from this book and omitted the chillies and this mushroom bhaji recipe from BBC Good Food.
There are a great range of flavours in these recipes and I especially love the sour chickpeas using lemon juice and ginger. I would usually make a dahl as well but I am saving that for later in month.
Do you have to tone down your spicy dishes at all? What do you make? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Baking without Gluten
Tomorrow’s prompt – Dessert without added Sugar
This banana bread recipe (which I have used before) covers both these prompts along with being oil and soya free. (It can also be nut free of you leave them out).
I love a good banana bread and have been making it (initially with my Mum) since I was very small.
When I first saw this recipe I was a bit dubious, how could it be as tasty as the other banana breads I had made when it didn’t contain so many of the good bits!
Well it definitely manages it! This is now my go to banana bread and I do feel very virtuous eating it! The sugar element is provided by the (very) ripe bananas themselves and dates. You definitely don’t miss the fat not having any oil or vegan margarine and the oat flour works just as well as any gluten containing one.
Do you wail in fear when you have a guest with dietary requirements? Or do you leap to the challenge? Let me know in the comments below.