Student-Friendly vegan recipes for you to try out if you want
January 6, 2022
Starting a new year is a daunting prospect. For many, December is a heavy month of decadence and excess that is summed up perfectly in one of my favourite ever memes...
It's because of all of that debauchery that people often decide to quit drinking or cut down on meat - or whatever else - for the entirety of January. We're absolutely not telling you to do that; in fact you should do whatever makes you happy, as long as you stay safe and healthy, that is, but if you do feel compelled to make change then this might come in handy for you.
Now I don't want this to be one of those really long and annoying recipe articles that go into my whole family's backstory and how I discovered a certain dish and what it means to me, so I'll just jump into it now. Here's some easy and cheap vegan recipes for you to try!
Vegan Brownies (gluten-free)
What you'll need for 16 servings:
3 large bananas (preferably very ripe ones)
64g of cocoa butter
192g of any nut butter (crunchy or smooth)
Vegan chocolate chips/chopped up vegan chocolate bar
How to do it:
Mash your bananas in a bowl or blend them
Add in your nut butter and mix/blend until the mixture is consistent
Add in your cocoa power and blend until the mix is consistent again
Mix in your chocolate chips
Place the mixture thinly spread on a large pan, pre-greased with coconut oil, vegan butter or with baking paper
Cook for 20-25 minus at 180 degrees Celsius in a fan oven.
Once you take them out of the oven, let them cool before slicing
It's worth noting that these brownies won't be all that sweet, so you might want to add in some syrup or dates, sugar or coconut sugar if you're not already using sweetened nut butter. Also, if you're allergic to nuts, there's a really great peanut butter alternative called WowButter, made almost exclusively from soya. Have a look into that. Conversely, you can use tahini, or sunflower seed butter.
Vegan Pasta Bake (nut-free)
What you'll need for 4 servings:
Around 4 large handfuls of pasta (not spaghetti or linguine preferably)
2 small peppers (red or yellow, if you want it to taste nice…)
1 red onion
A handful of mushrooms
60g of sweetcorn
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Salt, pepper and herbs to taste
Vegan cheese or breadcrumbs optional
How to do it:
Chop up all of the veg. Not the corn though. That would be weird.
Mix all of the veg together (still without the corn) in a dish with some olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs (if you want) and maybe some paprika if you have any going spare.
Cook the veg for 10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius (or 180 in a fan oven)
Cook the pasta and corn (if it’s not from a tin) separately
Take the veg out of the oven and add in your tinned tomatoes (without draining them) and your corn (make sure you drain that)
Season again to taste and then stir in your cooked and drained pasta
Throw on your vegan cheese and/or breadcrumbs if you want them
Bake at the same temperatures as mentioned before for 15 minutes