Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Going Vegan | Week One Shopping List

In my last post I wrote a quick start guide to going vegan, there is a lot to think about if you are considering a vegan lifestyle. So if you've decided to take the plunge and need a helping hand with your first week, I have created a vegan shopping list and meal plan to get you through those first 7 days.

I have deliberately kept it simple, there are no fancy time consuming recipes. Everything is quick and easy and designed to make sure it fits into your life without additional effort. Plant based diets can be as simple or complex as you want to make them, some people make their nut milks from scratch and fiddle about making their own Seitan, which is fine if you have the time to do that, then by all means. But my meal plan is no fuss, and involves a couple of batch cooks so you can make more than one meal ahead of time.

Once you have got through your first week you can easily start adding some more fancy meals and recipes into your repertoire.





You are more than welcome to pick whichever vegan sausages, burgers and mince you like to use in the recipes, I have included a couple of my picks below.

Mince



Tesco Meat Free Mince  This mince isn't the most realistic, but it is really good value for money and does quite well for quick cook dishes. Also because it's frozen you only need to cook what you need so no waste.

Meat Free Farm Mince This stuff is crazy good and in an ideal world I would only use this one for all my mince requirements but it's currently not available in all supermarkets so I have to make a special trip to Sainsbury's for it. But trust me, it's totally worth it. Not only does it look like real mince it has a great texture that is so realistic.

Plant Kitchen Mince from Marks and Spencer. Sadly I can't link to this item because M&S don't do online groceries. I have used this mince before and it is quite good, it doesn't come in the most generous sized pack though.

The above the ones I have personally tried and can vouch for, however every supermarket out there does vegan mince now, just be aware that Quorn mince isn't vegan and in my opinion wasn't that nice anyway as far as I remember.

Below is the selection of mince just from Sainsbury's, and they have loads to choose from. No easier time to be vegan!

Vegan Mince range at Sainsbury's.


Sausages


Linda McCartney Sausages are such a staple, they are tasty but not necessarily the most realistic sausage on the market now. However they do come with the bonus of being frozen so you only cook what you need and you can always have them on standby.

Shroomdogs by Sainsbury's are a firm favourite of mine and I buy these quite a lot. They have such a good flavour and they are quite realistic as well.

Veggie Kitchen Sausages from FarmFoods are another great choice, obviously frozen which is convenient. They have a good texture and a nice herby flavour.

Lastly, it'll be another pick from Marks and Spencer's Plant Kitchen. Their Sausoyges are very nice and again pretty realistic when compared to a pork sausage, they are a little bit pricier than the other brands though.

Burgers


Linda McCartney 1/4 pounders are a good choice, frozen for convenience and a good price.

Vivera Burgers are really nice and I buy these often. They have a lovely meaty flavour and texture.

Meat Free Farm do burgers as well as mince so as you would expect the texture is on point! 



For the veggie curry, pick a jar of sauce to your liking, these ones below are all vegan:


Use cubed potato, chickpeas, carrots and any other veg you fancy and top with the sauce. Cook until all veggies are soft and serve with your chosen rice whether it's brown or white.

On the shopping list I have put a Chilli con carne spice sachet, I use the one by Colmans as it doesn't have any hidden milk powder. You obviously don't have to use a sachet mix, if you have all of the spices needed then by all means make it from scratch. The main reason I chose a sachet is for speed and ease, but you can adapt the plan if you would rather cook the chilli or indeed the curry without a pre-made mix.

Good luck with your first week, if you follow my plan let me know how you get on. I would love to hear how you are doing!

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