Quick, frugal and easy vegan meals

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green blog vegan meal ideasOne of my friends was considering a vegan detox for a while.

She’d been on a conference to empower herself and felt a healthy diet would support her healthy mind.

She asked for suggestions for quick, simple and frugal ideas.

I’ve been eating a vegan diet for about five days now, but need it to be nut and seed free, so here are some of suggestions; along with suggestions from a forum I’m on.

We’re looking for healthy meals that avoid ‘faux’ foods such as meat substitutes.

Quick, frugal and simple vegan meal ideas


  • fruit with soya yoghurt
  • Smoothie – I make mine with soya milk, raspberries, blueberries and apple and a handful of alfalfa


  • Veggie sticks and hummous
  • Mashed avocado and sliced beetroot on rye toast
  • Green vegetable soup
  • chickpea and tomato soup
  • Salad with olives and avocado
  • Jacket potato and various toppings – guacamole, hummous, fried mushrooms, home made baked beans etc


  • Falafel and mixed vegetables
  • Dahl and wholemeal rice
  • Home made tomato sauce and pasta
  • quinoa, asparagus, leek and mint
  • Stirfry with tinned beans such as chickpeas or black eyed beans
  • vegetable chilli with kidney beans
  • Chunky vegetable curry
  • Shepherds pie made with red lentils
  • Sweet and sour tofu
  • Ratatouille

What about you? I know I’ve only scratched the surface and I’d love to hear your recommendations; especially for those who can’t tuck into nuts and seeds.


  1. JFC on November 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Delicious vegan food is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here’s a video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Join the revolution! http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

  2. Mrs Green on November 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Hi there, many thanks for sharing this link – I’ll take a look 🙂

  3. Small Footprints on November 17, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    One of our favorite vegan meals is a Buddha bowl. It’s basically a bowl with three main parts: brown rice, beans, and greens. The whole thing is topped with a ginger sauce. Our favorite combination is brown rice, speckled butter beans cooked with garlic & oregano, and collard greens. There are many vegan recipes for a ginger sauce on the Internet. I just put equal parts soy sauce and rice vinegar in a blender, add pepper flakes to taste, a bunch of garlic & ginger (chopped), a bit of sweetener (like agave), and a little oil. Sometimes I add in tofu for a creamy consistency. We love this combination of foods and I’m told that it has a calming affect on the intestines and liver.

  4. Mrs Green on November 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Well that sounds lovely, SF – thanks for sharing. So simple and the sort of thing you can vary depending on what you have at home 🙂

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