Lately, I have been looking through many vegan blogs to gain some additional inspiration and direction. What I have found, is a myriad of blogs with hundreds of excellent and mouthwatering meal recipes. However, for the mere mortals like you and I, not a possibility to cook.

In between the flash camera work, the almond-spinach-vegan-super-food whipped, battered, drizzled and sprinkled sauces, there are many meals which I do not have the time or patience to make. Also, who has their pantry bursting with such a choice of ingredients anyway??

As a university student I keep to simple yet what I find to be delicious meals for the no hassle, basic ingredients type of people. Tonight I did go a little fancy, and made a grilled asparagus dish with mashed potato and salad.

Easy vegan meal

Ingredients required :

  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Spring Onions
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Lemon
  • Lettuce
  • Lemon
  • Coconut Oil

Place the potatoes into a pot with water. ( I usually just ensure they are all underwater, considering I am a scientist I am not a very precise cook). I like to add some salt to the water and let it cook. Off to prepare the rest :


Asparagus : Place coconut oil, salt, pepper, garlic into a bowl. Marinate the asparagus while preparing the rest of the meal.


Salad : Wash and cut the lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Proceed to cut up your avocado, I have found cutting it in squares as shown above and then scooping it out with a spoon works best. I usually like adding pepper and lemon juice to my salad, it creates a nice substitute for salad dressing.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potato : Potatoes have majority of their vitamins in their skins, so I always just start mashing as soon as I drain the water from my pot. I add : chopped garlic, spring onion, salt, pepper and some almond milk if I am feeling adventurous. Then I mash until content. ( It is an excellent way to get out frustration 🙂


Around this time I transfer the Asparagus onto a hot pan along with the coconut oil, pepper and garlic. I let cook for around 5 minutes on medium heat. A better tell is that the heads are turning brown and the stalks are nice and soft.

and TADA! Finished, slightly fancy dinner.


Most importantly, it has plenty of good Carbs (potatoes) and delicious and vitamin filled veggies!