Wouldn’t it all be great if we had hours on end to cook delicious meals from scratch every evening? Unfortunately this is not the case for many of us and we often have 20 minutes to whip up something for the family!
Here is a list of my quick go to meals or easy lunches if you are taking on our meatless month challenge..
Veggie burgers– there are lots of recipes for homemade veggie burgers but these can be time consuming and often involve a lot of ingredients. However, supermarkets do some great veggie burgers and sausages. My favourite are strong roots kale and quinoa burgers – you can buy these from Waitrose. These are great with roasted veg and green veg, a salad or with rice or quinoa. I have these most days for my lunch and Steve loves them too! Tesco also do some great beetroot burgers from the fresh section – really tasty and filling. GOSH! burgers are also great- they have all sorts of burgers and can be found in Tesco, Ocado and I think Aldi!. There are so many options in the frozen section but just make sure to read the ingredients – some of them are filled with so many additions they barely have any vegetables in them! Try and stick to ones with wholesome, vegetable based ingredients.
Pasta– Who doesn’t love pasta? Carb heaven! There are some great pasta alternatives out there if you fancy a carb loaded meal but don’t want to eat white pasta. Chickpea pasta, brown rice pasta, red lentil pasta – the possibilities are endless! They can be found in most supermarkets, I know Waitrose, Ocado and Tesco do them. Amazon is also a great place to get all sorts from! I order nut butter, edamame and chickpea pasta from there. Whip up a quick tomato sauce filled with veg and spices – mix with pesto or make a big pasta bake for the family!
Mexican bean wraps– Another great one for lunches for quick dinners. Yummy wraps filled with a bean mix – smothered in guacamole,salsa and salad and served with sweet potato wedges!
To make the mix simply cook all of the below ingredients:
- 1 onion
- 1 red pepper
- 60g Cheddar cheese (optional/ Vegan cheese)
- olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon tomato puree
- 1 400g tin plum tomatoes
- 1 400g tin red kidney beans
You wont even notice the lack of meat and the kids will love them!
Noodles- If are going the full wack and trying out Veganism then there are lots of egg free noodle alternatives available! A tasty noodle dish is another quick and easy dinner to whip up. There are so many recipes you can find. I usually fry a load of veg, add some ginger, garlic and sweet chilli sauce, mix in the noodles, squeeze of lime juice and sprinkle some roasted peanuts on top! Delicious!