Hate cooking? You probably need to read this.
I get it: not everybody loves to cook. It’s too much effort, you’re too busy, and even when you do try, it goes wrong. Very wrong.
Most vegan recipes and round ups our there tell you what to cook. The food looks gorgeous, but let’s face it: there’s about as much chance of you making it as there is you founding a colony on Mars. That’s where this post comes in: one full week’s worth of meals that take minimum effort.
21+ easy vegan meals for people who hate to cook
These vegan meals are easy, adaptable and for the most part, pretty cheap. They’re not specifically healthy and there is packaging involved – so if you’re looking to lose weight or you’re going zero waste, you probably don’t need these recipes. As ever, check the ingredients on any pre-packaged goods you buy. My suggestions are usually vegan, but you never know!
Breakfast: The easiest way to bring fuss-free veganism to your mornings is by switching the milk! Many cereals are vegan, so check the label. Porridge is another favourite in this house: make with vegan milk and sprinkle on some sugar and dark chocolate chips. Crumpets are often vegan (Warburtons are a popular brand of vegan crumpet) and are delicious with some Vitalite or other vegan marge. A vegan granola with soya yoghurt and some fruit from a can is a simple way to a special breakfast. Finally, the humble slice of toast can be had so many ways – my favourite breakfast toppings are yeast extract, chopped tomatoes, baked beans and peanut butter, but not all at once!
Lunch: For me, sandwiches are the kings of lunch. Fill yours with hummus, my vegan egg mayo, some vegan cheese, jam, nut butters or even some vegan Quorn slices. My vegan pizza quesadilla are always a winner for at home or the lunchbox. Jacket potatoes are one of my favourite foods and can be done in the microwave or even bought ready cooked – fill them with the same sort of fillings and sandwiches. Add some lightly salted tortilla chips and a leafy salad on the side if you’re feeling fancy.
Dinner: Possibly the hardest meal of the day for me to *not* cook at. Chips, mash or jacket potatoes are key here, and whatever frozen food you do with them. My favourites are Quorn vegan nuggets or fish fingers, Linda McCartney sausages and pulled pork burgers and Tesco’s mexican bean burgers. If pasta is more your thing, throw together a vegan spaghetti bolognese with your favourite dried pasta, your favourite bolognese sauce and Tesco’s soya mince, which happens to be completely vegan and seriously cheap! While we’re on the subject of mince, most chilli sauces are vegan so you can knock together a plate of chilli con veggie in less than half an hour!
Dessert: My favourite vegan sweet treats are strawberries and vegan cream, vegan ice cream and lots and lots of dark chocolate. Alpro do a great range of vegan mousses and desserts, and the Co-Op’s vanilla custard doughnuts are vegan too.
Have I missed anything out? What are your favourite vegan meals?