Easy and Cheap Vegan Meals – for students

Hey everyone! It is possibly getting closer the time when we will be on our own independent journey as students again and that means cooking for yourself if you do not do so already. I thought I would share some quick, easy and healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner that anyone can make and cook to their own preference!

  1. Breakfast – Banana and Oat Pancakes!
Excuse the presentation please!

What you will need;

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 100ml of dairy alternative milk (or water)
  • 1 banana
  • 1tsp chia seeds – add 2/3 tsp of water with seeds to make a chia egg

Instructions;

  • pour the milk into a blender (I used a nutri-bullet – you can get cheaper alternatives)
  • add oats
  • add the chopped banana
  • after the chia seeds have soaked up the water for about 5 minutes add this to the mixture (this will work as the binding ingredient instead of an egg)
  • blend it all together and make sure the mixture is thick rather than watery.
  • if the mixture is too watery add more oats and if it is too thick, add more milk or water

2. Lunch – Roasted Chickpea Rice Salad with Sweet chilli

What you will need;

  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • spices of choice (salt and pepper, cumin etc)
  • salad leaves
  • tomato
  • rice of choice
  • sweet chilli sauce or hummus

Instructions;

  • pre-heat oven to 210c, fan – place the drained and rinsed chickpeas to a baking tray and add spices with a tbsp of oil – bake for 20 mins
  • roughly chop salad leaves and tomatoes and add to a bowl
  • cook rice of choice – this can be a microwave pack but buying a bag of rice is cheaper
  • place the salad leaves and veg to a bowl, adding the rice and roasted chickpeas
  • add sweet chilli sauce or some hummus

3. Dinner – Rice Noodles Veg Broth

What you will need;

  • vegetable stock
  • rice noodles/noodle of choice
  • spring onion
  • red onion
  • courgette
  • salt and pepper

Instructions;

  • chop the vegetables and place them on a frying pan with a tablespoon of oil
  • fry the vegetables (courgette and red onion) until the onion is cooked – don’t add the spring onion just yet!
  • boil water and add 350 ml to a jug with the veg stock – mix well and set aside
  • add the rice noodles to frying pan – if not rice noodles cook the noodles before adding to the frying pan
  • add the vegetable stock mixture to the frying pan and stir well
  • let the meal simmer on a low heat for at least 8 minutes and stir every so often
  • once the meal is plated add the chopped spring onion

These are only some of the meals that I would make when at home and at uni. The ingredients are quite cheap if you are smart about what you buy e.g try to buy a shops own brand food and when buying vegetables, try and buy them loose as they will be cheaper and you’re not buying more plastic!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy, Lauren x

“One to change a few. A few to change many. Many to change the world. Starts with one.”

-Anonymous

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