I have wanted to write a ‘What I Eat’ post for a long time but I always either forget what I have eaten that week or I don’t write my recipes down. So you’re in luck, I quickly jotted down the meals I ate over the last few days in the notes app on my phone, so that I could look back at them for this post.
Deciding what to eat every day is a real struggle, well for me it is anyway. I tend to go back to the same meals regularly so by writing down what I ate this week helped me to see what foods I often go back to.
The ‘What I Eat’ trend is so popular now on blogs, YouTube and the like, but I find it can be a really useful resource for people struggling for meal ideas. Most of my ideas come from some of the vegan bloggers/Youtubers I follow and they are so easy to follow. I also have a few cookbooks I dip into every now and then, but the internet is my main source of inspiration.
Monday 15th May
A return to university means back to me thinking about my own cooking. To be honest I don’t mind because I get to eat what I want with no hassle over the vegan/veggie/meat divide in our household!
– Toast and Jam, standard with my compulsory cup of tea
Lunch – Curry Noodles, yep they were from a packet but I’m always surprised when I can eat packet noodles and pasta, especially when its chicken flavour seasoning or something similar
– Kidney Bean Spaghetti with plenty of grated violife and nooch (nutritional yeast). This recipe is from JessBeautician the link to this recipe is here
Kidney Bean Spaghetti Bolognese
Serves: 2 Time: 30-45 mins
1 white onion
3 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
2tbsps tomato paste/puree
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin kidney beans (or mixed beans)
1tbsp mixed herbs
Salt & pepper
1. Chop up the onion and add to a frying pan on a medium/low heat with 1tbsp olive oil. Fry off until soft then mince the garlic cloves in
2. Add the bay leaves and tomato paste and stir well
3. Add tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, mixed herbs, and season with salt and pepper; then pour in 1/2 cup of boiling water
4. Once it’s boiling mash the beans into the sauce, you can use a potato masher for this. Leave to simmer whilst you cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions
5. Serve spaghetti with the bolognese. I topped mine with grated violife cheese and a bit of nooch
Tuesday 16th May
Tuesday was exam day which meant I had to be super duper prepared and prep my breakfast from the night before because we left the house at quarter to 8, I know shocking!
– “Toffee Apple” Porridge topped with chia seeds. This is another of Jess’s recipes, check out the video here
Toffee Apple Porridge
Serves: 1 Time: 10-15 minutes
1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup dairy free milk
1 green apple
Large handful of chopped dates
2tbsp maple syrup (golden syrup works too)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more if you love it!)
Pinch of salt
1. Add the milk and oats to a saucepan and heat gently
2. Grate in the apple and add the dates, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt
3. Stir well and then serve. I usually top mine with chia seeds because they are really good for you, especially if you’re on a plant-based diet
Lunch – I mean I did make a packed lunch but I found a vegan sandwich at the uni canteen AND it was the last one so it was meant to be! The sandwich was filled with an onion bhaji, Bombay potato and mango chutney and I had it with ready salted crisps and a lemonade
– Vegan Mac and Cheese, the sauce is effort but thank god I had some pre-made in the freezer. The cheese sauce recipe was created by JessBeautican, have a look here
Vegan Mac and Cheese
Serves: 1-2 Serves: 45 mins – 1 hour
3 medium potatoes
4tbsps nutritional yeast
1tbsp lemon juice
1tsp garlic powder
Pinch of paprika
Salt & pepper
Your desired pasta shape (I used fusilli)
Grated vegan cheddar (I used violife) and/or nooch
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Then start by making the ‘cheese sauce’. Grate the potatoes and carrot and chop up. Add them to a pan of boiling water and cook until soft
2. Once cooked, add to a food processor with 1/2 cup of the water they were boiled in, the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
3. Blend until smooth and then transfer back to the pan to keep warm.
4. In another pan cook the pasta according to instructions. Drain and add to an oven proof dish with the ‘cheese sauce’. Top with the grated violife and/or nooch and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Wednesday 17th May
My last exam was over so I decided to have a nice lie in.
Breakfast – Buttered toast and cup of tea
Lunch – Baked sweet potato with leftover kidney bean bolognese and vegetables
Dinner – Singapore vermicelli with stir-fried ginger tofu and spring rolls
I ordered the vermicelli and spring rolls from a local Chinese but I had some of the Cauldron Sweet Ginger Tofu
to use up so I cooked it according to instructions. I think you can buy it at most supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Waitrose)
Thursday 18th May
Home time today, again. I am constantly back and forth between uni and home – thank god I don’t live so far away. But I am now officially done with uni so I will be home permanently now, how surreal is that!?
Breakfast – Okay, so I didn’t have a proper breakfast, I know its bad I just didn’t feel like it. I had a dairy free benecol yoghurt drink, delicious
Lunch – the benefits of ordering takeaway, leftovers for lunch the next day (if you don’t eat it all that is)
Dinner – Spicy veggie burger and garlic bread. Yes I know such a balanced meal, but I didn’t eat before I went to yoga so pigged out afterwards
Friday 19th May
Breakfast – Cornflakes and a cup of tea, love a good bowl of these every now and then
Lunch – Buttered crackers, fruit and crisps
Dinner – Red pepper grills (these are so good, you can get them from Waitrose), chips and beans
People/Apps/Resources you should definitely check out:
JessBeautican – a vegan Youtuber and blogger. I discovered her videos online and her recipes helped me when I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. They are so simple and easy to follow, and I love her beauty and skincare hauls – I live for cruelty-free recommendations!
|One of Jess’s popular ‘What I Eat in a Day’ Videos
PositiveSoph – one of the many vegans I follow on twitter, her passion for her beliefs is truly inspiring. She also has a blog where she posts places that you can eat vegan at, as she has travelled around the world it is a vital source if you’re unsure where you can eat vegan! Sophie also has a youtube channel with Q&A’s about being vegan and how to cope at university.
|Sophie’s blog ‘postivelypancakes’ is a great resource!
Joy of Android – a really useful resource made for android users to help you choose apps to help you with your dietary lifestyle- vegetarian or vegan. The website rates each app from how easy it is to be used, how frequently it’s updated to the help the app itself gives. One of the apps mentioned, All Recipes is great, I use the website myself to find quick and easy recipes. This will soon be linked on each of my food related blog posts to help you find useful recipe app resources.