This is just a quick post to raise another issue about living with non-vegans. I wrote initially from the rather arrogant stance of someone who does a lot of cooking and is comfortable being creative and innovative in the kitchen. However, there is a need to consider the other perspective, and that is, the non-vegans living with me! My partner was dumbfounded yesterday after attempting to cook dinner and not being able to find key ingredients for the small number of meals she is comfortable cooking for me. She is also very concenred she may get it wrong and I end up eating something I don’t want to!So I decided that a good thing to do would be to provide a list of meals that could be easily made and adapted to include a vegan. I am now compiling a simple list of various options and meal ideas, which I will put in the kitchen in a poly pocket, to give an idea of what to make. I think for those of us living with non-vegans who are kind enough to want to cook for us, this is a very useful and practical approach to taking the stress out of cooking for vegans. Here are some suggestions:
Standard dinner: potatoes, vegetables, instant veggie gravy, and vegan sausages (from freezer or sosmix)
Spaghetti with tomato vegetable sauce – when making spag bol, make the sauce separately (with no animal products), syphon off half into another pan, and add lots of chopped veg, simmering for about 20 minutes. Make the meaty spag bol the usual way for the meat eaters.
Check any pasta has no egg in it!
Veggie cottage pie – mixed up finely chopped veg, seasoned, with mashed potato on top
Veggie wraps – any raw or grilled veg with spices wrapped in a tortilla
Bean casserole – any beans with a tin of tomatoes, a chopped onion, chopped veg and stock cube – simmered for about 30 minutes, served with bread
Vegetable curry – the MAINSTAY – fried onions, plenty of veg, curry powder, spices, stock cube, thicken with instant veggie gravy granules, serve with rice, couscous, quinoa, chips, whatever!
Vegetable soup or stew – onions and a load of other veg, boiled up with some lentils or barley if possible – and plenty of herbs and seasoning.
These are just a few ideas. I would welcome any other simple ideas. Have fun.