So you want to try Veganuary but you're not sure your partner, or the kids will buy into your plan! There are so many different reasons to go vegan for a month (or even longer) but even if you switch to one vegan day a week it can improve your health, reduce your carbon footprint AND save you money.
I’m a busy photographer, I spend long days working from my studio in Nuneaton and I don’t want to spend loads of time cooking. I want to spend that time with my children. So for me, introducing some vegan meals into our weekly menu needs to be simple. I don’t want to have to source special ingredients or master new cooking skills. I know that so many of my clients feel exactly the same!
The following vegan meals are all crowd pleasers and are easy for toddlers to enjoy too.
Jacket Potatoes And Beans
This is such an easy vegan meal that everyone enjoys. You can also use cans of mixed beans in tomato sauce for added protein and some variety. I like to put a bit of oil and sprinkle of sea salt on my spuds before they go in the oven, its makes them extra crisp
A veggie curry is another family favourite and the slow cooker saves me so much time in the evening. For ease, you could use frozen veg like butternut squash, peppers, and mushrooms, add a chopped onion and some curry powder and either tinned tomatoes or a tin of coconut milk. Be careful of curry pastes, sometimes they contain fish! You coul
d even add tinned beans or chickpeas and finish off with some spinach. Microwave rice is super convenient for serving!
Falafels take a bit more effort but they are worth it. If you make a batch you can store them in the fridge for up to three days and they make great finger food for toddlers.
All you need is a food processor or blender:
Add 1 tin chickpeas, half an onion, 2 garlic cloves, ½ tbsp ground coriander to your food processor and blend to a paste. Use a spoon to scoop out a tablespoon sized ball and flatten slightly with the back of your spoon. Shallow fry them in olive oil on a medium heat until lightly browned all over. They’re great served with rice or salad or inside a wrap.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous in the kitchen or want to explore more vegan recipes, there’s a fab collection of vegan recipes for toddlers here https://thegreenloot.com/vegan-toddler-recipes/
If you’re already vegan or have allergies in your family, that doesn't mean you have to miss out when you visit my studio. I will ask you about any allergies and dietary requirements at your consultation so I know what to offer you at the studio.
I hope you have the tastiest Veganuary and enjoy trying something new.