Today’s prompt – Scratch and Dent
I buy the majority of my groceries online so I don’t root through the reduced section very often. In anticipation of this prompt I have been popping into the supermarkets on my way home and having a little look to no avail.
There wasn’t much that was vegan in either the fresh or the dry reduced section, which in a way is very positive that all the vegan food is being bought up at full price.
I managed to nab a couple of these strawberry oat bars from Pulsin for 20p each which I was not able to make a meal from!
I thought these would be a bit flapjacky because of the oats but they are more like a dry nakd bar as the oats have been blitzed. I can understand why these were reduced! Although they had all natural ingredients it tasted very synthetic.
So this was a complete failure, have you had any great successes with reduced section finds? Let me know in the comments below.
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.