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 :

Aspargus

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

Salad

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 🙂

asparagus

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.

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