The choice to become a vegan and thus adopt a vegan diet has become popular of late. This is due to the health benefits of this lifestyle being heavily documented, and the cruelty and waste that meat and fish production causes highlighted in recent years through documentaries such as ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Seaspiracy’.

For University students, sticking to a small budget for many is a must. Yet this doesn’t mean that vegans can’t enjoy some healthy, easy, and cheap recipe ideas too. I doesn’t need to be pricy to be tasty. You will probably end up not spending as much due to the non-purchase of any meat.

Lentil Burrito

Nothing is more fulfilling than a full-to-the-brim wrap or burrito. What’s great about these recipes is that you can tailor them to include your favourite spices and ingredients. Near enough anything will taste good in a warmly wrapped parcel. The prep time is only 15 minutes and ingredients include:

• 1 onion

• 1 can of rinsed lentils

• 1 Tsp of paprika, cumin, salt, and cinnamon

• 1 Tbsp of tomato pasta

• red bell pepper

• tomatoes

• sweetcorn

Chop and fry all these ingredients into a pan until browned. Then pour this tasty mix onto your open tortilla. Wrap the edges and then roll into a tight cylinder shape. Tuck in the ends so nothing can spill out. Then place into the frying pan to brown the outsides. For the sauce, mix vegan cream cheese, hot sauce, 1 Tbsp of maple syrup, and vinegar.

This is a quick, easy and delicious dish that cannot be faulted. I can assure you.

Pea and Bacon Orzo

This is a tasty and very filling dish that can easily be made in a few short steps. Firstly, blend some fresh basil, walnuts, a spoon of olive oil, and two cloves of garlic to create a creamy sauce (this can be brought in store if easier). Then boil the orzo and fry some mushrooms as you do this. Next fry a diced onion, some peas, vegan bacon, and a dash of white wine altogether. Drain the orzo, add the sauce, and top it off with the mix from the pan. This tasty and healthy dish will impress any guests and will definitely fill you up on colder evenings.

Skillet Lasagne

Add chopped carrots, 1 onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and tomato paste all into a pan. Then add maple syrup, vegetable broth, Passata and cooked lentils and mix through until simmering. Then add crushed lasagne pasta sheets, vegan cheese, mix, and finally plate up with fresh basil. Here you will have a tasty, cheesy, vegan dish on your hands.

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