Question: What do 9p noodles from Sainsbury’s, £1 worth of Redwood sandwich slices from Morrisons and a packet of Bourbons have in common?
Answer: They’re all sitting in my kitchen right now.
Fact: Student food is bad. Other fact: Vegan student food is a million times better. Vegetables are cheap and easy to cook, and their production doesn’t cause animal suffering!
It’s a common misconception that it is expensive to be a vegan student. I follow a strict vegan diet for around £25 a week. You can get soya milk for as little as 60p a litre, and Sainsbury’s does a cider suitable for vegans for only £1.20 (nasty but nice).
There really isn’t any excuse not to go vegan.
And even if you’re a bad chef, you need not panic.
I’m not a great cook, but vegan food keeps me healthy. Meat is bloody and often contains harmful bacteria, and by not eating it, I keep myself in much better health than anyone else I live with – while saving animals’ lives in the process. I reckon if everyone ate one vegan meal a week (like on Meat-Free Monday, for example), we could all save a bit of money, help save the environment and save some animals too.
I’ll give you the recipe for a personal favourite. I reckon it costs under £3 per head.
Put some rice on first. Choose your favourite vegetable and chop it up before you start cooking. Add one ingredient after another into a wok (or frying pan if your flatmate lost your wok – cheers, Vanessa) with enough oil to cover it. If you want to splash out, try cooking a fake meat (our vegetarian/vegan starter kit can give you a few ideas). Unlike cooking with real meat, you can add fake meat last because it cooks pretty quickly. Add a ready-made sauce from any supermarket. Bon appétit!