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Happy Families – effortless veggie meals with the folks!
There are loads of easy ways to take the heat out of family meals (show
this to your mum or whoever does most of the cooking!) So, if they’re
Meat & two veg?
- Get yerself a Linda McCartney pie to pop in the
oven – then you can
eat the potatoes and veg! Or try Quorn fillets/‘chicken’ pie/ribsters
(contain free-range eggs and milk), available in most supermarkets
in the fridge and freezer sections, for a quick alternative to
- If you’re going the vegan route, check out
the healthstore – Clive’s
Pies are lush and other brands like Ambrosian or Zedz Foods are
cool too. And Holland & Barrett do a mean Porkless Pie.
Foods’ Cheatin’ Roast Beef or Turkey is also excellent – and
vegan too. Go to http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/ for
your local stockist. Or buy from their online shop
Burgers or sausages?
Stick the veggie/vegan versions under
- Linda McCartney, Quorn and supermarket own brands are fine
- If you’re vegan, try your healthstore again – look
for brands like Realeat, Fry’s, Vegetarian’s Choice – The
L-Plate Vegan gives other brands also.
Pass the gravy!
If you adore litres of gravy poured on your
sausage and spuds, no fear – you can get animal free versions from
the supermarket too.
- Bisto Original
Gravy powder, Bisto Onion Gravy Granules (NOT Bisto complete
- Oxo Onion or Vegetable
Gravy Granules are all veggie/vegan
- Co-op Gravy Mix is another
- Your healthfood shop will sell products
such as Naturally Good Vegetable Gravy Powder.
- Or make your own!
The L-Plate Vegan has easy ideas about making your own! Below
is a special mushroom gravy recipe to die for…
- *1 medium onion, finely chopped
- *6-10 mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 tbsp shoyu soya sauce. (Brands such as Kikkoman are available
at supermarkets in the Asian or foreign foods sections).
- Small pinch cayenne pepper
- Dried dill or basil to taste
- 1/3-½ cup flour
- 11/3 cups vegetable stock
- 1 tsp miso or yeast extract (eg Marmite), or more to taste
- In a medium saucepan, sauté (fry gently) the mushrooms and
onions in oil on medium-high heat until onions are clear and
- Add soya sauce, cayenne, basil, dill and pepper and
- Remove from heat and slowly stir in flour, mixing
together well. It will become pasty and dry.
- Slowly start adding
stock (add one teaspoon of vegetable bouillon powder to the potato
liquid) a little at a time until everything becomes well mixed
and there are no lumps (use a food processor/blender or whisk if it does
- Leave it to simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Add more miso/yeast extract
- Lazy There are tons of ready-made veggie and vegan pasta meals from
the supermarkets. Check out L-Plate Veggie/L-Plate Vegan for
lots of ideas
- Quick & Saucy Same with sauces – all the big
brands and supermarkets’ own
have veggie and vegan options in jars and fresh tubs. Our helpful L-Plate
Veggie/L-Plate Vegan guides will give you some ideas.
made Use the basic recipe in Tomato Pasta Sauce later in this
section – and
check out all the different ways to vary it.
India is the home of vegetarianism so this is one
of the best options if you love curry as much as we do! Every supermarket
curry selection will feature veggie alternatives and so will your
local takeaway. (At your takeaway try buying several vegetable
side dishes with rice and naan bread instead of just one main dish – as
this is the best way to experience Indian food.) Plus most of the ready
made sauces and pastes are veggie or vegan – and so are side-dishes
like dahl, onion bhajis and samosas.
Chinese food is often meaty but
there are always veggie alternatives available. Fry up some tofu link to Top Tips … Virgins/What’s
That and veg and add to a jar of supermarket sauce. Your local takeaway will
have veggie options on offer also. Again, a selection of vegetable side dishes
will make up a more interesting meal.
Many supermarkets sell ready-made green vegetable or red vegetable
curry in the fridge section – serve with Thai rice (also sold in all supermarkets).
Thai restaurants usually have excellent vegan choices (as they traditionally
cook with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk – just check there isn’t
fish sauce in any of it!)
Good with just about anything: baked beans, curry, chilli,
pasta sauce, veggie sausages, coleslaw, bean salad… . link to Jacket
See if you can persuade the family to have one meat-free
meal every now and then. Keep it simple – sausage, mash, gravy and veg
is always a favourite and so is a delicious and easy Chilli
Non-Carne or a pasta
dish like Spaghetti Bolognese.