Breakfast: Beans on toast
Starting off simple – although it won't be getting much more complicated (who has time to settle in for a baking session at breakie time?).
Double check the baked beans don't contain any dairy products, such as whey powder, and bring to a simmer in a saucepan.
Pop your bread in the toaster or under the grill. Ordinary, sliced bread is vegan-friendly. Once golden, top with non-dairy spread in place of butter and pour over your beans.
Season with some pepper, and you're set to go!
Lunch: Chilli & Garlic Pasta
This can be as spicy or as mild as you like, and the fresh chillies can be substituted for chilli flakes or powder depending on what you have in your cupboards.
Ingredients (per person):
Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
1 onion, finely diced
1 chilli, finely sliced. Or, chilli flakes/ powder, to taste
2 or 3 garlic cloves, depending on your love of the nutritious herb, finely sliced
A portion of dried pasta – I tend to use spaghetti or tagliatelle, but any type will do nicely
One tablespoon tomato purée
A dash of olive oil
Salt, to taste
Add the oil, onion, garlic, chilli and salt to a frying pan on low-medium heat, and leave until onions are soft. Stir if you notice the garlic sticking to the pan.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add your pasta. The packaging on your pasta will give you any specific requirements.
As your pasta cooks, add the tinned tomatoes and tomato purée to your saucepan, turn down the heat and stir every now and then until the pasta is cooked.
Once the pasta is cooked, the sauce should be ready, and you can serve both straightaway – but be mindful of burning your tongue!
Fans of Family Guy may recognise this particular dish, but for those out of the loop, pizza is on the menu for dinner.
This takes a little more time (around an hour and a half) but most of that time is while the dough is rising.
Ingredients (one good-sized pizza):
6 oz (175g) plain white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of easy-cook dried yeast
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
4 fl oz (120ml) warm-hot water – you should be able to put your hand in it without scalding yourself
1 tin chopped tomatoes
A generous handful of fresh herbs (such as basil, rosemary or chives), roughly chopped. Or, a tablespoon of mixed dried herbs
Your pick of toppings! This could be anything from courgette, tomatoes, sweetcorn, pineapple, spinach, or even vegan-friendly cheese (you can find some at your supermarket, or in a specialist shop).
Sift the flour, salt and yeast into a bowl, mix and add the oil and water. Mix with a wooden spoon. Once it begins to form a dough, use your hands to form a ball. Knead until springy – this can be done in the bowl (it may be more awkward, but it is a bit tidier), or on a floured worktop.
With dough inside, cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave for an hour, by which time it should have roughly doubled in size.
While it rises you can make your sauce. Blend your tinned tomatoes so that you have a smooth tomato-y sauce. To this, you can either directly add your dried herbs, or top the pizza with your fresh herbs around five minutes before the pizza comes out of the oven.
Once the dough has risen, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 8 (230C) and sprinkle flour over the surface you will be working on. Knead the dough to push out air and form it into a ball. Now you can roll it out, making it no thicker than two centimetres.
Oil your baking tray and onto it transfer your pizza base. Now you can add the rest of your toppings. I don't normally use vegan cheese for pizzas, but if you're desperate for a bit of 'dairy' action, it's best grated on top.
Pop in the oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
Dessert: Chocky-wocky mousse
This also needs to be made a little in advance so that it can set properly. But if you just fancy something quick, you can buy a tub of vegan-friendly ice-cream, which can be found in the frozen dessert aisle, and enjoy that instead.
This mousse proves that you can still enjoy incredibly chocolatey food whilst on a vegan diet.
Ingredients (makes a few helpings, so you can return to it through the week):
100g plain or dark chocolate. You may have to check a couple of brands before you find one without any dairy products, such as whey, in it (although the own-brand bargains are often suitable).
200g silken tofu
Roughly a tablespoon of molasses, or another sweetener
Melt the chocolate, either in the microwave or saucepan.
As the chocolate cools, blend the tofu until smooth.
Once cool, fold the chocolate into the tofu, along with the sweetener. Set for at least four hours.