I recommend having a salad with every meal or some sort of raw veggie. It just makes the meal more balanced. Just grab a handful of baby spinach and drizzle with dressing and you've got yourself a grade A salad!
Option #1: "Fast and Filling"
Baked Sweet Potato
I loooove baked sweet potatoes. They make the whole house smell like toasted sugariness. All you need to do is bake it in the oven at 425F for about 40 minutes depending on how big it is (prick it with a fork first). A really big one will need about an hour. Then cut it open and top it with whatever you please! A popular choice is obviously hummus. You could also just sprinkle some cinnamon on top or maybe some tahini or nut butter. Sweet potatoes can be both savoury or sweet depending on what you put on them so the sky's the limit!
Sweet potatoes as most of you already know have a very high source of beta-carotene as well as vitamin A compared to regular potatoes. Plus they just taste way better.
This sweetie is topped with spicy hummus and sprinkled with smoked paprika. Smokay!
Option #2: "Stir without the fry"
A lot of you may have heard that it's bad for you to cook with olive oil, but that's actually true with most oils to a certain degree (pun intended). Besides, you get way more benefits from ingesting oil raw especially really good quality olive or coconut oil. But we're students here! We can't afford 30$ bottles of oil! That's why Steam-Frys are the new frontier for any one concerned about heated oil.
All you need to do is steam some veggies in a double broiler. I used broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and chickpeas. I made a tahini-miso sauce by mixing one tbsp of tahini and 1/2 tsp miso paste in a bowl and gradually pouring in hot water until it becomes creamy and of a sauce consistency. Add in whatever other spices you desire and then toss the steamed veggies in the sauce. Serve over brown rice and there ya go!
Love the miso flavour in this sauce!
You could also make a spicy red pepper sauce by blending up cooked red peppers and spices. Or if you're feeling kinda lazy, just drizzle on some tamari and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Option #3: "The Holy Grail of all student dinners"
Mac and Cheese
This is a dorm room classic. But just incase the neon orange powder kinda freaks you out, I've developed an easy, cheap way to make the best vegan mac and cheese ever.
First boil your noodles (I used gluten-free rice macaroni elbows). While they are boiling blend up one peeled and cooked sweet potato, a splash of apple cider vinegar (preferably organic cause it's not as acidic and pungent), 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast (or more depending on how cheesy you like it), a bit of water to get it to a saucy consistency, and sea salt. Now you've got a bright orange creamy cheese sauce. Pour the sauce over the hot noodles and stir until completely coated with cheesiness.
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Sketch-free Vegan STUDENT Eating 101 - Breakfast
Sketch-free Vegan STUDENT Eating 201 - Lunch
Watch out for next week: Snack Attack!