Veganuary 2020

I thought quite hard about whether or not to write this post, but in the end, I’ve decided that if one person finds that eating a more plant based diet is super easy and super cheap too then its worth it!.

We are a family of 4 and I’m lucky enough to work from home, but I’m certainly no Delia Smith. Everything you’ll find here is quick and fuss free… to be honest, it’s not even that healthly! That said, I think most people who take on plant based living for at least a couple of weeks certainly begin to feel the benefit in their skin, energy levels and waistline.

If it’s the first time you are thinking about doing anything like this, I have a few tips; don’t waste your money on tonnes of expensive substitutes, you’ll see I rely on a lot of ‘accidentally vegan’ items such as Oreos, instant noodles and your usual everyday breakfast cereals. That said, when you’re new to it, have a check through the labels because food you’d think would be vegan, sometimes aren’t (hello salt and vinegar crisps!)

Whilst there is a dinner listed for every night for 4 weeks, I do save and reheat some of the dinners for my own lunch, just to avoid waste really, and because they’re still tasty! You might also notice, I LOVE my slow cooker! I’m definitely a throw it all in and think about it later cook!

I’ve added the price of the first weeks shop at the cost it is currently at Asda (where I get my shopping when I’m organised enough to write a list and get it delivered!).

Without further ado, here it is! My monthly plant based Veganuary menu… if wonder if anyone can spot the week where my husband is away and I’m anticipating being an even more lazy chef than usual!

Week 1

Spicy mexican Bean wraps

Jacket potatoes with violife cheese and baked beans

Sausage casserole with mashed potato.

Lentil curry and coconut rice

Butternut squash risotto

Leek and lemon pepper pasta

Asian Noodle bowl.

Week 2

Vegan Pizza and chips.

Vegetable Lasagne and wedges

Sausages chips and beans

Spaghetti bolognaise

Veggie burgers and chips

3 bean Chilli and rice

BBQ lentil Sloppy joes

Week 3

Chilli and garlic Stir fry

Puff pastry veg pies

Sweet potato buddha bowl

Stuffed orzo peppers

Vegan Chick’n nuggets and potato wedges

Veggie gratin bake

Pasta with vegan cheesy sauce

Week 4

Chick’n wraps

Lasagne and chips

Butternut squash risotto

Coconut chickpea Curry and rice

Stuffed orzo peppers

Veggie burgers and chips

Moroccan vegetable Tagine and cous cous

Breakfasts: bread for toast, condiments inc, marmite, peanut butter, jam and non dairy spread.

Cereal and soya milk.

Comodities: oat milk for teas and coffee, violife cheese, a few packets of instant noodles, hellmans vegan mayonnaise.

(this changes week on week depending what is on offer and how much my husband and the kids are around)

Snacks and lunchboxes: crisps, fruit (usually bananas, apples), veggies (usually cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and carrots) dark chocolate and nut cereal bars, oreos, vegan ham for lunchboxes and dairy free yogurt.

  • What I order here sort of changes week on week based on what is on offer and what the kids fancy or have requested.

The total cost of the first weeks shopping including breakfast lunches and snacks from Asda is:

As you can see from the menu choices, I think it strikes a good balance between easy home cooking as well as more convenient pre bought food. If anyone would like any of the recipes or the way I cook it (many of them adapted slow cooker recipes) please just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. If you complete Veganuary with your family and any of the tips here have helped, I’d also LOVE your feedback!

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