Knowing what to eat as a vegan student can be hard! It's so important to get your fruit and veg in, as well as sensible amount of protein. I don't track what I eat, or my calorie intake, and just eat intuitively, which is exactly what works for me. I don't mind cooking at uni, but I wouldn't ever call myself talented at it, and I tend to stick to easy recipes that I know work!

This is one of my favourite wintery meals to make at uni! I posted this recipe on my vegan food account, and its honestly such an easy recipe that doesn't involve loads of weird complicated ingredients.
  1. Chop up 8-10 medium sized potatoes (up to you whether you peel them, I personally don't) & boil in a pan with a vegetable stock cube.
  2. Chop an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and fry in a separate pan.
  3. When the onions are soft, add 2-3 chopped leeks to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. When all the vegetables and the potatoes are soft, add the leeks, onions and garlic to the potatoes, and blend all together to desired consistency! 

Every student ever will agree this is the easiest meal out there for an evening when you can't be bothered to cook much. I normally just chuck in whatever veg I have in the fridge and some tofu, if I have any, and then fry it all up with soy sauce and add some soba noodles. Easy as that!

I'm calling this a "buddha bowl" but I don't know enough about what needs to be in a dish to actually refer to it as a buddha bowl, so apologies if this isn't 100% correct. I love food like this, because it's such a good way to get your veg in and use up the stuff you have in the fridge. In this one above, I had roasted butternut squash, sweet potato, broccoli, red pepper and carrots with rice and some baked tofu.

One of my favourite dinners for when I'm not hungry is scrambled tofu on toast! It's really good with spring onions, but is fine on its own too as they're not a super common thing to have in a student fridge. I usually have it on toast, or toasted ciabatta, or a bagel, or honestly whatever bread-y thing I have in the cupboard.

I've written about this in another blog post, but this I really first discovered this type of dish whilst I was on holiday in Jamaica. It's a recipe that I made up and its really easy to tweak with whatever veggies you have in the fridge to use up - fry onions and garlic, then add peppers, then add a can of chickpeas (drain the water out first), a can of tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and then boil off some of the liquid, adding salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric to taste. Its easy to eat with loads of bits - in pitta, in wraps or with rice!

Boil some potatoes, and some chickpeas and add some curry sauce (yes I buy curry sauce in a jar, I most definitely do not have the time to make a curry sauce by scratch) - that's literally it! Boil some rice to have with and voila. This is also a really east to make in bulk too!

So I thought I'd include a supermarket buys section because I don't cook everything fresh every night because sometimes I don't have the time, or honestly can't be bothered! So these are my favourite bits and pieces that go really well with some chips, or a jacket potato or fried potatoes or rice and some veg! First up are these sweetcorn and courgette fritters from Tesco which are one of my favourite vegan things to buy for dinner from a supermarket. When I was looking for the link for these, theres also a lot of recipes for making them yourself which you can do, if that your thing! I also love this hummus style sauce pizza from Iceland because I'm not a massive vegan cheese fan. Anything by Linda McCartney is fab but I especially love the country pies. My favourite sausages are Richmond meat-free, and my favourite nuggets are the tesco own brand ones!

What are your favourite vegan student meals?

All my love,

Em x

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