Katy Beskow

Good decent affordable food is usually making your own meals from fresh produce. 15-Minute Vegan on a Budget is just one of a series of books by fabulous Yorkshire cook Katy Beskow. Her no-nonsense recipes always use affordable everyday ingredients, with a colour photo of each recipe.

Before cooking, read up on food safety for people & pets (many human foods are unsafe around animal friends).

Learn how to make:

  1. Potato peel crisps
  2. Spanish chickpea stew
  3. Aubergine caponata
  4. Korean bibimbap
  5. Lentil ragu
  6. Cinnamon sugar tortillas
  7. Apple fritters

Her upcoming book Thrifty Vegan offers 150 recipes that often can be made in 15 minutes using fresh ingredients and fuss-free cooking techniques. With tips on saving money and stocking your pantry.

Food poverty campaigner Jack Monroe recently launched her own Vimes Index, saying that supermarkets had used inflation as a cover to raise the prices of everyday goods (like apples) but kept existing prices for luxury goods (like champagne). Jack was recently contacted by an elderly gentleman who had eaten a teaspoon of toothpaste for his dinner, to fool himself into thinking he had eaten something.

Tesco responded by saying their own prices are affected by rising energy prices. But this is because big supermarkets use oil from lorries (bringing foods from central distribution houses miles away (that are heated by oil) and many foods are made from factory-farmed animals (powered by fossil fuels) and palm oil (lots of oil to fly them to England from Indonesia). That’s why walkable shops that sell seasonal foods is a good idea.

The Vimes Boots Index is a warning shot to retailers who keep their £7.50 ready means and £6 bottles of wine at the same price for a decade, while quadrupling the price of basic stock cubes and broken irregular grains of white rice. This issue isn’t going anywhere, and neither am I. Jack Monroe

three speedy recipe books for broke vegans

broke vegan tacos

Broke Vegan, Broke Vegan Speedy and Broke Vegan One-Pot are three recipe books by Saskia Sidey, a chef who trained at Leith’s School of Food & Wine. All feature super-simple recipes for people on any budget. There are also tips for batch cooking and feeding crowds on a budget.

Between them, the recipes include:

  1. Cauliflower lentil tacos (from the speedy book)
  2. Any berry muffins
  3. Chille con veggie
  4. Cauliflower nuggets
  5. Back-of-the-fridge friters
  6. Any vegetable tart
  7. Leftover porridge flapjacks
  8. Freezer-friendly burritos
  9. BBQ corn ribs
  10. Sloppy sweet potato chilli
  11. Baked tahini bananas
  12. Broke churros
  13. Peanut butter & banana peel curry
  14. Roasted tomato & onion puff pie
  15. Nectarine raspberry cobbler
  16. Golden syrup steamed pudding
  17. Saucy chocolate pudding

Miguel’s one-pound vegan recipes

one pound vegan Miguel Barclay

Vegan One Pound Meals is by London chef Miguel Barclay. He previously worked in finances and used his hobby of spreadsheets (?) to come up with easy meals that are both tasty and affordable. There are no desserts, but these meals are super-simple with short ingredients lists. Super-tasty, though the author’s Spanish grandmother is not impressed with his recipe for paella which she says is ‘rice, with stuff in it!’

There’s no doubt that food prices have rocketed in recent years, leading to food campaigner Jack Monroe accusing supermarkets of putting up the price of everyday items (apples) by far higher ratios than luxury items (like champagne, if you can call that a food).

The truth is that most people can’t find nor afford swanky indie health shops and farm shops. So these kind of books can help people cook delicious plant-based food on low incomes, using affordable ingredients that you can find in any store.

Other recipes include:

  1. Artichoke paella
  2. Sweet potato katsu curry
  3. Golden syrup broccoli nooddles
  4. Mac & no cheese
  5. Sticky aubergine bao
  6. Black bean meatballs
  7. Mexican stuffed peppers
  8. Oothappam Indian crumpets
  9. Vegan sausage rolls (use palm-oil-free pastry)

a freezer of love for hungry people

Freezers of Love is an innovative idea from Gloucestershire, run by an award-winning social enterprise. If it makes you miserable that vulnerable go hungry (while big supermarkets make a fortune), be inspired by this outfit that cooks up excess food (from shops and allotments) to serve free meals to local hungry people.

Founded by two friends who shared a mutual dismay of how society is ‘doing food badly’ and leaving people unwell and lonely (in a country where a third of all food grown and made is never eaten) they decided to do something to help. The meals are offered free or a pay-what-you-can donation, with money given used to invest in pay-what-you-want cafes and a Teenage Kitchen (one student has already found a job as a baker at a local farm cafe, proving this model is also creating stable full-time jobs).

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