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Going vegan......old style?!

edited 5 June 2009 at 8:38PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • edited 5 July 2009 at 11:04AM
    343 posts
    I've been Money Tipped!
    edited 5 July 2009 at 11:04AM
    Enjoy the recipes! :D

    Main meals
    Tofu scramble
    Patchwork's favourite chickpea recipe
    Doom_and_gloom's shepherd's pie
    twinkle_star's vegan quiche
    kim_ley's vegan quiche
    Chickpea and vegetable burgers (or the vegan KFC experiment)
    Sweetcorn chowder
    VeganClaire's beanburgers
    suep's frugal curry
    joyful's spiced dhal
    joyful's lentil and quinoa stew
    suep's lentil bake
    asparagus risotto
    Baked rosti
    OWEI's nutroast
    Split pea and swede soup
    Bolognaise sauce
    Provencal Bean Casserole
    Microwave butternut squash risotto
    Wagamama-esque noodle bowl
    Weezl74's pasta frugalista
    twinkle_star's baingan bharta
    zahava's baingan bharta
    fedupandskint's butterbean soup
    Mushroom and ale pie
    Heavenly pineapple fried rice

    Sweet treats
    twinkle_star's banana and walnut cake
    Microwave sponge pudding
    Carrot cake
    Chocolate orange cake
    Kim_ley's chocolate pudding of wonder
    Raspberry and kumquat sorbet
    Pineapple and rum sorbet
    Vegan strawberry cheesecake
    Vegan chocolate cheesecake
    Justamum's sponge cake
    Betty1's chocolate biscuits
    twinkle_star's chocolate chip cookies
    kim_ley's nectarine and marzipan slice
    Almond slices
    Malt loaf
    Joyful's rock cakes

    Odd bits
    Homemade vegan yoghurt
    OWEI's pancakes (vegans like pancake day too!:j)
    Star2007's pancakes(oh yes we do...:D)
    Pennypinchingprincess's pancakes (we really do...:rotfl:)
    more pancakes (i really meant it didn't I)
    Chapatis (to go with all that delicious vegan curry you're making...:D)
    Tahini dressing (good with all veggies)
    Parmesan substitute
    Sesame parmesan substitute
    Sweet cashew butter
    Yorkshire puddings
    BBQ marinade
    kim_ley's condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, curry powder)
    kim_ley's sandwich filler
    Nacho cheese dip

    Clouds21's smoothies (3 recipes)

    Meal ideas
    Murrell's breakfast ideas
    Murrell's lunchi ideas
    Murrell's dinner ideas
    Murrell's dessert ideas
    Murrell's quickie meal ideas
    Murrell's sandwich ideas (she's one clever vegan:T)
    Joyful's sandwich fillers

    Non-food recipes
    Homemade and natural shampoo & conditioner

    Phew. Done. Just got to try and keep it up to date now!
  • suepsuep
    782 posts
    Thats a great idea Twinkle, I'll just have to remember what page the links are ;) I didnt realise we had so many recipes :D

    As for your food stash all I can think of at this time of night is plenty of fruit, and you know those Alpro desserts that dont need to be in a fridge, they do them in chocolate, vanilla and another flavour which I cant remember and havnt tried yet. Enjoy your trip and let us know how you get on with the food when you get back.
    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
    Terry Pratchett ( Hogfather)
  • Hi suep,

    I've put a big link on the first post to the recipe index so you don't have to remember the page!

    Good idea with the soya desserts.
  • edited 5 June 2009 at 10:38PM
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    edited 5 June 2009 at 10:38PM
    Hi guys twinks the recipe index is great.:beer:
    Just to let you all know I got some results back, no they weren't good (I'm not healthy :( )and no I don't wish to talk about it... It just makes things worse for me.
    I'm now having what I'd say is a bit of a break down.
    I'm a bit scared as I have a family history of psychosis... and it's bad experiences that triggered it in my family members.
    Soooo hey ho I'm trying to stay positive.
    I'm still trying to be a vegan when I can... BUT I had a burger the other day :(
    I'm eating what I can at the moment and I got to a friends and they were having a barbecue with no vegan/veggie options :mad: other than a salad sandwich without spread and I don't want to make myself any more ill than I am but not getting enough of all the things I need.
    I was thrilled to win a comp the other day... opened it up and it was a hairbrush I was like wooooo!:j:j:j:j:j:j:j
    Then I read the label and it's made out of boar bristles ewww I feel as though I need to do some veggie hail marys or something lol.
    Oh and slap my wrists because I got carried away with comps and bought 3 boxes of Magnums oh I forgot how good they taste... they ARENT vegan and probably not even veggie :eek::( :eek:but I won £10 and I've only opened one box...
    So I might use it to buy some dog toys and take them to nearest sanctuary or something :embarasse sorry sorry sorry
    I'm a rubbish vegan/veggie :(:(:(

    Oh and twinks hows the living on 4k or how ever much it is going?
    I'm an MSE SLACKER!!!! Slap my bum.

    Been a long time but i'm back.
  • edited 5 June 2009 at 10:44PM
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    edited 5 June 2009 at 10:44PM
    Bread with... marmite :D or jam or other fillings that dont need chilling.
    Vegan CRACKERS... not you:rotfl:
    Dried fruit and fruit.
    Bombay mix.
    Cold bean salad... using tinned cooked beans.
    I think thinks like samosas and bhaji and spring rolls that type of thing keep well in an airtight tub...
    ummmm....... TBH personally for me anything your willing to eat cold(room temp lol) pretty much?!?!
    As with most vegan food as long as you store it in a container it doesn't have the same risks as food containing meat and dairy.

    Make a 'pot noodle' if you can access a kettle.
    I've seen rice noodles that all you need is a kettle for in cheap shops.
    You could have it with some sweet corn and peas and maybe some soya?
    Add some of the Curry powder (see below) and you have your very own 'pot noodle'

    I've also seen some vegan cup a soups might be ogran? in cheap shops you have to check the ingredients though I can't remember the names!!!!

    Here are some condiment recipes I cant remember where i found them...

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Healthy Ketchup[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 Cup Tomato Paste[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2 Tbl Oil[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2 tsp agave nectar[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 tsp salt[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2 Tbl lemon juice [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Garlic or onion as desired (for me i think they are required)[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Whiz in food processor until smooth. Store in refrigerator until served.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Healthy Mustard Substitute[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]½ Cup water[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]¼ Cup unbleached white flour[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2 Tbl turmeric[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]½ tsp salt[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat until thick. Place in blender and add:[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 clove garlic[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/3 Cup olive oil[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Whiz until smooth, then add:[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]½ Cup lemon juice[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks, covered.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Healthy Dry Mustard Substitute[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2 Tbl turmeric[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/2 tsp salt[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/2 tsp garlic powder[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/2 tsp lemon powder[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Mix and store in dry container and store with other spices[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Healthy Non-irritating Curry powder[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 Tbl turmeric[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 Tbl ground cumin[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 Tbl ground coriander[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 Tbl garlic[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Mix. Store in tightly covered jar. Use in any recipe calling for curry powder.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Healthy Mayonaise (Almond)[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/2 cup Almonds, blanched[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/4 cup Almond milk[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 teaspoon Nutritional yeast[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/4 teaspoon salt[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1 1/4 cup Oil, grapeseed or macadamia nut[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]3 tablespoons Lemon juice[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1/2 teaspoon Tomato juice[/FONT]


    Nectarine and marzipan slice. :D
    Serves 6
    1 sheet ready roll puff pastry
    150g marzipan
    2 nectarines
    2-3 tbsp apricot jam
    Unroll the pastry onto a sheet of greasproof paper and score a 2cm border around the edge. Roll the marzipan out and place inside the border. Slice the nectarines and arrange the slices in three lines down the length of the marzipan. Gently melt the apricot jam in a saucepan and spoon over the nectarines. At this point the slice can be kept in the fridge for a few hours and baked just before you are ready to eat.
    Heat the oven to 200°c. Place the slice on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
    Nice warm with vegan ice cream but also good on the go.
    I'm an MSE SLACKER!!!! Slap my bum.

    Been a long time but i'm back.
  • kim_leykim_ley
    1.5K posts

    Avocado, tomato and pesto mayo sandwiches...
    ripe avocados
    vegan pesto
    vegan mayonnaise
    lemon juice
    salt and pepper
    nice bread such as panini, ciabatta or baguettes

    Scoop out the avocado flesh and mash in a bowl with a squirt of lemon juice and a small amount of salt and pepper. Slice the bread open and spread some avocado mixture onto the bottom half and a thin layer of vegan pesto followed by a thin layer of vegan mayonnaise onto the top half. Slice the tomatoes and place in the middle, then cut the sandwiches into bite-size portions to serve.

    Twinks to talke this away with you i would reccomend leaving the filling off the bread etc untill you want to eat it so it doesnt go soggy.

    You can always take some ice blocks and my tip for staying in hotels and keeping things cool is ask for some ice... put it in the sink with your stuff and fill with water.
    I'm an MSE SLACKER!!!! Slap my bum.

    Been a long time but i'm back.
  • kim_leykim_ley
    1.5K posts
    Also lol (sorry for millions of posts)
    I did not know this... is it true?


    is this one of the reasons why vegans veggie animal rights actis dont like supermarkets?
    I'm very very shocked...
    I'm an MSE SLACKER!!!! Slap my bum.

    Been a long time but i'm back.
  • edited 6 June 2009 at 8:14AM
    343 posts
    I've been Money Tipped!
    edited 6 June 2009 at 8:14AM
    Hi kim_ley,

    I'm sorry to hear you aren't very well:( My OH has mental health problems so I really hope you'll have an upswing soon! You really relly really (see the emphasis here) don't need to worry about being a 'good' vegan. Even just reducing the amount of animal products you eat is going to be a huge step in the right direction. And if you have the occassional burger or icecream then it isn't the end of the world! As for the hairbrush I'd say if you really don't want to use it then give it to charity. Then you've had a lovely winning moment and you've done something nice for the world. Double bonus. :D

    On the supermarket front I think some vegans avoid them because they prefer to buy from completely ethical shops (or as much as possible) and supermarkets tend to have some dubious ethics e.g. supporting animal testing, buying factory farmed meat etc. Some just avoid them because they sell so many animal products in general. So far I haen't been able to get away from the convenience of the supermarket shop but I'm planning to start using my local shops way more but I have to get a fair bit more organised. I have a greengrocers, butchers (for OH), hardware shop and generic corner shop (for toiletries and catfood) all within my little suburb and I pass a health food shop where I can get most vegan goodies when I get the bus to work. So in theory I should be able to buy just about everything without visiting a supermarket. :)

    Also thanks for all the ideas and recipes. I may try out the sandwich filling idea for lunch - it sounds scrummy!:j
  • Twinkle star - in the free from sections in supermarkets they have mash pots (a bit like pot noodel but mash) might be nice for you trip.
    Dried fruit? Naked bars - really nice and count as a portion of fruit.
    Some vegan milk and marg for cereal and toast.
    Good luck!

    I have been invited to an interview and lunch is provided on the day. Should I tell them in advance that I'm vegan or just bring my own lunch? Not sure which way will have less questions don't really want to get into reasons for being vegan at an interview :(
  • Will have a hunt around for mash pots but naked bars definitely a good idea. My local Mr S. has apple pie and pecan pie flavours.

    I'd probably let them know you're vegan otherwise it'll be a bit odd when they wheel in the sandwiches and you refuse them all! If they sound woried by the idea of vegan you can then say you'll bring food but if the interview is for a biggish place then generally lunch is done by caterers so they'll have a set thing anyway.

    If they ask and you don't want to get into the ethics thing (can be a bit like talking about politics/religion - ie very bad) then you can either just give a non-commital i'm not really sure I just kind of did, or say you did it for health reasons. There's a woman at my work who eats vegan food as part of her health/weight loss diet and the Gillian McKeith plan is almost vegan (she reluctantly allows a bit of white meat/fish but definitely supports veganism) so people find it a bit more 'normal'.

    Hope the interview goes well!
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