The first month of term has flown by which reminds me that this time in a year I will have graduated from university and be looking for a job, ahhh! But for now I can enjoy getting up at noon, going out on weekdays and shopping at Lidl before I enter the world of adulthood. This post is a collection of tried and tested recipes I’ve found on the internet or heard about through the grapevine, click the title to find the recipe.
This was the first ‘proper’ meal I cooked back at uni and it is absolutely delicious. It’s warming and filling and looked so good I put a picture of it on Instagram which Ella herself ‘liked’ (swoon). All the ingredients turned out to be super cheap and I even cut costs by using courgettes rather than aubergines as I found them in the reduced section. The recipe says it serves 4 but I managed to make it into 7 portions, so if you don’t have much spare tupperware I’d suggest halving the recipe.
My housemate found this recipe on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube, it’s not a vegan recipe but swap the parmesan cheese for a good melty vegan one and it works just as well. I decided to make a mashed sweet potato topping rather than a grated one and mixed in some Tesco cheddar style spread. I was going to crumble a packet of sweet chilli Sunbites over the top but I forgot I’d already eaten them so crushed up some crackers and sprinkled them on – not too sure about the results.
If you’ve never tried cashew cream, this sauce will blow you your mind. It’s lovely and garlicky and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed eating tomatoes as I normally don’t like them. The blog I found this on, The Friendly Fig is a really great source of food ideas and general vegan inspiration so check it out while you’re there.
While on my weekly shop I saw this cake on one of Waitrose’s recipe cards and when I saw the Alpro logo on it I knew I might be able to make it. Unfortunately I couldn’t justify buying Alpro milk to go in the cake when Lidl soya milk is half the price, so that is why it’s a budget cake. The cake is meant to be baked in a loaf tin but if, like me, you’ve only got a cake tin I’d recommend baking it for 30 minutes instead of 40 to avoid having to cut the burnt sides off – but an all round good cake.
5. Mushroom, broccoli and coconut curry – originally read in Vegan Life
This recipe caught my eye while I was reading the Vegan Life October issue, it’s full of superfoods and all the ingredients can be bought in Lidl which is a bonus. I swapped kale for extra spinach and cumin seeds or another tsp of ground cumin to save costs and it still had a nice flavour.
Make sure you grab the November issue of Vegan Life because it looks like a good one!
*Disclaimer: I receive a digital subscription to Vegan Life Mag for free, but all views expressed are my own.