If you’re a new vegan it probably feels really overwhelming and you might be stuck for easy and cheap meal ideas. Well, I’m here to help.

Veganism doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, this is a common misconception these days. You can spend a lot of money eating out all the time or buying the latest meat replacements but when you look at whole foods like vegetables and legumes there’s so much you can make.

Here are some ideas to get you started, many using whole foods (no need for meat substitutes). Not that I have anything against them, it’s just not always cost-friendly or accessible.



  • Sandwiches: cheese & pickle, hummus & veggies, ham & cheese, peanut butter & banana or jam, blt, cheese & onion, avocado, cucumber, tomato & basil
  • Toasted sandwiches/panini – Check out my No Tuna Melt Recipe
  • Salad
  • Sushi
  • Omelette
  • Tofu scramble – Check out my Spanish Tofu Scramble Recipe
  • Soup & Bread
  • Jacket Potato: beans, cheese, soured cream & chives, tuna (jackfruit or chickpeas), chilli
  • Pizza
  • Pasta Salad – Check out my Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
  • Pasta
  • Quiche


  • Stew/Hotpot/Casserole
  • Pizza
  • Rice – Check out my Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe.
  • Mac & Cheese (cashew, butternut or vegan cheese sauce)
  • Spaghetti Bolognese (vegan mince, lentils or mushrooms)
  • Jacket Potato
  • Salad
  • Sausage & Mash
  • Toad In The Hole
  • Curry – Check out my Lentil & PB Curry
  • Sushi
  • Tacos
  • Potato Bake
  • Pasta – Check out my Jackfruit ‘Crab’ & Chilli Linguine recipe
  • Steak & Chips
  • Stir Fry
  • Pie & Mash/Chips With Gravy & Peas
  • Pad Thai
  • Vegetable Tart
  • Stuffed Veggies (pepper, pumpkin, squash)
  • Fajitas
  • Burritos
  • Shepherds/Cottage Pie (mince/lentils) – Check out my Lentil & Pumpkin Cottage Pie recipe
  • Risotto
  • Chilli
  • Miso Aubergines
  • Burgers
  • Tagine
  • Soup & Bread
  • Tofu (curry, stir fry, noodles)

I hope these ideas have helped you and also showed you that while you can use meat replacements you don’t need them as a vegan.

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  1. …well I need to get onto making a vegan toad in the hole right away because omg I miss it ? Please tell me you’ve had one in Brighton that I can get my hands on?!?

    Lon x

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