Seven Simple Vegan Breakfasts
The Good Vegan Guide To Quick and Easy Breakfasts
There are three main reasons for going vegan. That is health, environment and ethics. Most people invariably go vegan for one of those reasons and then gradually embrace all three. The idea of becoming vegan appeals to many. Who wouldn’t want to improve their health, make less of an impact on the world we live in and live in a way without causing harm?However, the big stumbling block is the misconception of how difficult it is to become vegan. “I need flavour.” “I could not live without cheese.” “I just can’t stomach the idea of living on lentils and kale.”
Some of the assumptions that people make about vegans are astonishing. Becoming a vegan is not as difficult as some people would like to believe. Sure, it takes a little adjustment to change the way you eat, but the idea that you must sacrifice flavour and the enjoyment of food to become vegan is nothing short of ridiculous.
Breakfast is a great place to start your vegan journey. During the week, most of us have little time to waste on thinking about food and weekend breakfasts are often meant to be an indulgent treat. Following are 7 easy breakfasts that provide taste, variety, texture and are bound to satisfy. These breakfasts are so good that you won’t even know that they are vegan!
Monday – Beans on Toast
Beans can be a great source of protein with the vegan lifestyle. It is a bonus that they are also delicious and satisfying. If you had time you could experiment with making your own but you will find that there are many options like Heinz Baked Beans in a tomato sauce that are readily available on your supermarket shelves. They are also handy to have for a quick, no fuss breakfast.
When it comes to bread, as a vegan you will be spoilt for choice. Helga’s or Abbot’s Village Bakery offer a great variety of breads that are also vegan friendly. If you are used to using butter, try instead the Nuttelex range of spreads with an olive oil base. Simply toast your bread whilst heating your baked beans, use your spread, top with baked beans and serve. If you want to spice it up a little add some pepper or Tabasco sauce.
Tuesday – English Muffins with Mixed Toppings
You can be as creative as you like when thinking of the options for toppings. Some people are driven by colour, some people like texture. Some people just like getting as much as possible on top. Have a selection of your favourite toppings in the fridge and you will always have breakfast ready to go. Also, a great option for English Muffins is to start experimenting with the other nut butters that are readily available in your local supermarket. Think cashew butter and almond butter for something different. Jam and Vegan Dairy Free Spread with jam makes a quick and simple breakfast. Why not try these tasty and nutritious toppings too? Avocado, cherry tomatoes and salt; Peanut Butter and banana; Beetroot Hummus and cucumber Hummus sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper; Tahini with Avocado.
Wednesday – Granola with Yoghurt
One of the easiest breakfast options for a vegan is that of muesli or granola. There are so many choices available that your only problem will be which one to choose. A good thing to note when picking your favourite granola is to check the sugar content as there are quite a few brands out there that are loaded with sugar. Table of Plenty is a great place to start when looking for a range of delicious granolas and mueslis.
You will also need to get a non-dairy milk and yoghurt option. Once again there are many choices for the vegan in your supermarket. With milk, you can choose from soy, rice, almond and oat. For Yoghurt, there are soy and coconut varieties. It might take a little bit of trial and error to find your favourite options but wonderful to know there is so much choice. Add fruit if wanting a little bit of extra colour and some delicious flavours and nutrients.
Thursday – Breakfast Smoothie
With smoothies, you are only limited by your imagination. They are a wonderfully easy breakfast option where you can use as many ingredients as you fancy. They are also a great breakfast option when you need something on the run.
A great idea for your breakfast smoothies is to have fruit readily frozen in the freezer. Get accustomed to having a snap lock bag in your freezer that always contains a couple of sliced bananas. Keep an eye on the frozen food section in your supermarket and try to keep a bag of mangoes and your favourite berries in the freezer.
Start with a sliced frozen banana and a cup of your favourite non-dairy milk. Add fresh berries and nuts. Both cashew nuts and almonds make a great smoothie addition. Nuts are also another great protein source for vegans. Another great ingredient for a smoothie is chia sees loaded with protein, omega 3’s and an easy way of adding some additional texture.
Friday – Scrambled Tofu on Toast
Scrambled tofu is incredibly easy to make so don’t be daunted. As a rule of thumb go for an extra-firm tofu. You may need to press the tofu between your hands to squeeze out any excess water. The more water out, the more flavour in. Roughly break up the tofu into a bowl before cooking.
Don’t forget the turmeric. Turmeric is a great spice when making scrambled tofu as it adds the pretty yellow colour which will make your scrambled tofu look like scrambled eggs. To cook, simply heat some oil in a pan, you can add some onions or garlic if you wish, crumble the tofu into the pan in large chunks and let it cook for a minute or two. Add the turmeric and toss the tofu, it helps to add a tablespoon of water as you are tossing to incorporate the spices. Cook for a few minutes until it is to your liking. Serve on toast.
Saturday – Pancakes with Cheatin ‘Bacon’
Pancakes are another treat that are synonymous with lazy weekends, sleep ins and indulgent breakfasts. You don’t have to miss out on pancakes when you are vegan either. For the easiest option for pancakes, Freedom Foods has a pancake mix that is available in your supermarket, it is just a matter of adding water and mixing well.
These can be served with your favourite vegan bacon rashers and oodles of maple syrup for a completely decadent option. Alternatively slice up some bananas and decorate your pancakes with bananas and blueberries, drizzle with maple syrup and dust with icing sugar.
If you have a completely sweet tooth, try Scooby Doo Sweet William Chocolate Spread (a great vegan alternative to Nutella). Spread the chocolate on each pancake, top with sliced strawberries and top with another pancake for a delicious chocolate and strawberry pancake stack.
Sunday- The Big Vegan Breakfast
Sundays are for lazy mornings, reading the newspaper and indulging in a big breakfast. Just because you are a vegan does not mean that you must miss out on the joys of a big breakfast. Supermarkets now offer a range of choices of vegan meat substitutes which are wonderful, especially when making the transition into a vegan lifestyle.
Now that you have practised your scrambled tofu it is a great place to start. Add some vegan sausages and some vegan bacon rashers that are freely available in your cold food section of your local supermarket. Another great addition is a tomato, halved and grilled. Sauté some sliced mushrooms in a little olive oil with salt and pepper. Toast your favourite bread and put it all together to create a delectable Vegan Big Breakfast. You don’t need to miss out on anything when eating the vegan way.
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