Eating vegan is simple, cheap, nourishing and delicious. After recently deciding to quit my full time job, I realised that I was not able to spent money like I use to. In turn, this has benefited me in many ways. I have been able to learn how to utilise what I have in my pantry and how to use the same ingredient for many dishes. Lastly, I have learned that eating vegan is really cheap. Many products and produce you need are really cost efficient, and you can do a lot with them. Take a look into a day in the life of me!
What I Eat As a Vegan…(who is trying to budget)
7:30 a.m.: Post yoga ‘Black Forest’ smoothie
I am always so hungry after practicing yoga so I like to eat (or drink) something that is fulfilling and nourishing. This smoothie is a combination of frozen bananas, blueberries, cherries, cocao powder, oats and almond milk. The oats and cocao powder provide you with your protein and the fruits/berries are rich in antioxidants. I always have oats, bananas and almond milk in my pantry so breakfast is sorted! I snacked on cherries after my smoothie because recently I was given a very large box from work (no complaints here).
9:00 a.m.: Coffee with almond milk
Who would I be kidding if I didn’t have coffee? I only have one coffee a day, and usually it is in the morning.
12.30 p.m.: Chickpeas on toast served with greens
After completing a bunch of errands (weeks worth of washing and cleaning my room finally, woo) I had lunch. Lunch was really easy. Everything I had for this recipe was a staple in my pantry. I used canned chickpeas, onion, tinned tomato, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and tomato paste. I threw this all in a frying pan and served it up with a piece of toast and some greens.
2:30 p.m: Frozen raspberries & banana
I snacked on a bowl of frozen raspberries and a fresh banana. I use these for my smoothie bowls and smoothies, so I didn’t have to buy anything for this delicious snack.
6:30 p.m: Beetroot and chickpea burgers with tahnini sauce
These were so so good ! I had the left over chickpeas that I had for lunch and used canned beetroot to make these burger patties. I just combined the chickpeas, beetroot, chickpea flour, garlic, cumin, thyme and coriander in a food processor. I then rolled the mixture into large flat balls and popped them into the over with some olive oil. For the sauce, I mixed together tahnini, lemon juice and maple syrup. The only thing I bought for this recipe was a bread roll totaling .80c. Highly recommend these! You can also use the patties for salad and Buddha bowls.
8:00 p.m.: Pre bedtime herbal tea
I love a nice relaxing cup of herbal tea before bed. Tea keeps you hydrated throughout the night, and helps to calm me down and prepare me for bed. My favourite night time herbal tea is ‘Celestial Seasonings Sleep Time Tea’.
Thank you all for reading. If you would like any recipes from anything I made please feel free to ask me! Also, please comment with any links to recipes you have that are vegan. I am always on the search for new things to make. Have a wonderful day!