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 Post subject: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:42 am 
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Hi!

I'm new to the board, sorry if this has been asked before.

I was vegetarian for 10 years and then went vegan at the start of this month. I'm not missing dairy that much but on a Friday night after work I always used to get a pizza (one of those Asda ones where you get to choose your own toppings). I've tried vegan pizza but it's just not the same! Basically I wanted to know what you eat when you've had a long day/week at work and want something that doesn't involve much cooking, preferably something that isn't particularly healthy? Takeaway is not an option for a few weeks as I don't have much money!

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:53 am 
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Fry's chicken style burgers in baps with all the fixings, or Redwoods hotdogs. Or a Clives pie!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:59 am 
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Clives Pie and mash and gravy! Or linda mccartneys and mash and gravy! I like gravy...
Sainsburys basics pasta shells with tomato sauce gives me a nice little MSG hit.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:16 pm 
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My favourite is a large ponganalu (see photo) ! It's just equal amounts of rice flour and chickpea flour, some baking soda, salt and water, and can contain just about anything much like an omelette. I like green chilli, ginger, and garlic but anything that you fancy can go in, just cook in a frying pan, again much as might cook an omelette.

Can be a little dry so I make some tomato ketchup. Tomato puree, a little balsamic vinegar, salt and water

This dish is cheap and pretty quick to make, and is just as good at breakfast as it is at tea time! (Must take a photo of my next one)

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
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Garlic bread- the Co-operative cheapest own brand one in the yellow packaging is vegan. The Sainsbury's Basics and Asda Smartprice ones should be as well, but check them because Tesco just added dried skimmed milk to theirs (third last ingredient; why bother?)

Sainsbury's instant chicken flavour noodles- I like Basics but I think the regular Sainsbury's brand is ok too.

Wraps with tinned chilli beans in (and leftover rice if you have it). Or, if you have the energy to do a bit of cooking and washing up, fry lots of onions and garlic and add tinned butter beans till heated through and put those in the wrap.

Sainsbury's make chickpea dhal in a tin but I haven't tried it yet.

Pasta with olive oil and cold tinned chickpeas.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:00 pm 
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Assorted veg (fresh or frozen) fried up with Thai red curry paste and peanut butter over noodles.

Hummus and piccalilli toasted sandwich. Mashed potato, onion and marmite toasted sandwich.

Or for a real fatty stodge-fest potato waffles or oven chips in a bap with some Solesse (sp?) mayo (available from Asda), or Plamil mayo, maybe add a kick of mustard or chipotle paste (available from Waitrose Mexican section).

Or check out the Batchelor(ette) meals thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:07 pm 
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Hash browns (get frozen ones from Lidl) with baked beans or ketchup.

Ready salted crisps in between two slices of bread spread with marge. (don't eat that for dinner and expect to feel nutritionalised, but it's so good)

Cereal.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
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The ASDA pizza bases are accidentally vegan, so you could always have your normal veggie pizza made up without the cheese, then add your own Vegusto or mozarella Cheesly at home?

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:58 am 
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Pierogi! (kapusta z grzybami- sauerkraut and mushroom filling) Then top with fried onions and maggi seasoning.

I've found two ready-made vacum packed style fresh brands in the fridge section of Polish shops and Asda that don't contain egg: U Jedrusia and Pudliszki. They are perfect when you're tired and don't want to cook.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:25 pm 
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dropscone wrote:
Assorted veg (fresh or frozen) fried up with Thai red curry paste and peanut butter over noodles.

Hummus and piccalilli toasted sandwich. Mashed potato, onion and marmite toasted sandwich.

Or for a real fatty stodge-fest potato waffles or oven chips in a bap with some Solesse (sp?) mayo (available from Asda), or Plamil mayo, maybe add a kick of mustard or chipotle paste (available from Waitrose Mexican section).

Or check out the Batchelor(ette) meals thread.


OMG! Your sandwich suggestions are fantastic! Must try!

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:01 am 
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thanks everyone, so many awesome suggestions :D now i just have to try them all!

chools wrote:
My favourite is a large ponganalu (see photo) ! It's just equal amounts of rice flour and chickpea flour, some baking soda, salt and water, and can contain just about anything much like an omelette.

do you have a specific recipe that you use? when i searched, all the recipes seemed different from one another!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:55 am 
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Oops, sorry my posting wasn't very good...

To create a flour omelette this is my recipe

Quarter cup of rice flour (two heaped tablespoons)

Quarter cup of chickpea flour

Teaspoon baking powder

Teaspoon salt

Teaspoon egg replacer (optional but seem to make it crispier)

Oil for frying

Mix dry ingredients and add water until you have a batter, I prefer it on the thicker side, and pour into a frying pan with a little oil, and cook over a medium heat, turning to cook both sides

Variations. These are endless. My favourite to put into the mix is fresh chopped ginger, garlic, and green chilli, but treat as an egg omelette for items to add (mushrooms, herbs etc)

This flour mixture is also good for french toast and if you have the pan, ponganalus of course :)

Just for fun I created flour fried eggs this morning. Mix the flours separately and add a little turmeric to the chickpea flour, plus use black salt if you want the sulphur type taste. Just scoop some of the rice flour mix into a pan and add a blob of the chickpea mix for the yolk

I find that the flour mix is a quick and easy way to produce a tasty meal on it's own, or in the case of ponganalus a great addition to a meal. It's also very cheap!

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:05 am 
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I like the sound of that flour omelette! Eggy, carby fix in one!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:15 am 
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It's a good mix <IMO>, chickpea flour on it's own I find too heavy. I forgot to say, leave out the baking powder and add more water and you can use the mix to make pancakes, another variation

This is the link that started this for me, I've worked the recipe a little :)

http://tinyurl.com/6pt7ve4

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:24 am 
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You could always buy some cheezly/tofutti mozzarella and make your own pizza with a shop bought base?

I second Linda McCartneys, mash & gravy. Or Linda McC pie, mash & gravy. Or macaroni cheese with shop bought sauce (http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/ ... F_61459466) with bits of redwood cheatin' bacon & spring onion mixed in. Or any old shop bought (vegan) veggie burger with all the fixins. And potato wedges - sooooo easy. Slice 'em, toss in oil/salt/pepper/rosemary and bake at 180 ish for 40 mins. PERFECT. Ketchup & vegan mayo on the side.

I'm giving away that I comfort eat quite a lot, aren't I :/

Do you have a Holland & Barrett nearby? The shops with a freezer section have loads of ace convenience foods.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:13 am 
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dropscone wrote:
Or for a real fatty stodge-fest potato waffles or oven chips in a bap with some Solesse (sp?) mayo (available from Asda), or Plamil mayo, maybe add a kick of mustard or chipotle paste (available from Waitrose Mexican section).

Why haven't I ever tried a potato waffle sandwich. I need to guy buy waffles immediately.

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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:32 am 
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baps wrote:
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Or for a real fatty stodge-fest potato waffles or oven chips in a bap with some Solesse (sp?) mayo (available from Asda), or Plamil mayo, maybe add a kick of mustard or chipotle paste (available from Waitrose Mexican section).

Why haven't I ever tried a potato waffle sandwich. I need to guy buy waffles immediately.


What you really need to try is a fried potato bread sammich.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
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baps wrote:
dropscone wrote:
Or for a real fatty stodge-fest potato waffles or oven chips in a bap with some Solesse (sp?) mayo (available from Asda), or Plamil mayo, maybe add a kick of mustard or chipotle paste (available from Waitrose Mexican section).

Why haven't I ever tried a potato waffle sandwich. I need to guy buy waffles immediately.


Potato waffle sandwiches are AMAZING. To be honest, any potato product in a sandwich is amazing, carbtastic comfort food central.

Seriously, waffles are a major weakness of mine, when in need of comfort food I like to make a stack out of them in a bowl with baked beans, some cheezly and chilli sauce.
And if you're feeling mega lazy, you can cook them in the toaster.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfort/convenience foods
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I love potato waffles too (I used to cook them in the toast at work). I haven't eaten them in months, I must buy some. They are the best with mushy peas on.

I love almost anything in a sandwich. Mashed potato / lasagne / pasta....

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Do you just chuck them in the toaster from frozen on a normal toast setting?

(I almost don't want to know how easy waffley versatile goodness might be, It could be too tempting)


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They need quite a long time in a toaster, otherwise they stay cold in the middle¬


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Yeah I just put them in the toaster on normal setting. They used to take 2 or 3 goes in my toaster.

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I've just rediscovered the joy of potato waffles and hadn't thought of putting them in the toaster. They go so well with my vegan brunch on Sundays - mushrooms, beans, fried or scrambled tofu, fried bread and waffles served with a big splodge of brown sauce and a huge mug of black tea.


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I'd never heard of potato waffles before this thread, but they seem like the ideal vehicle for baked beans. I don't have a freezer, though - is it possible to get them in packs of fewer than 12?

And a +1 yummy to the pierogi.

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I've recently re-discovered the joy of a toaster cooked potato waffle. They're perfect with beans (and sometimes a sausage or two!) or on their own as a post pub snack! I need to try them in a sandwich, maybe with the Great Smokey Mountain Cheese from Vegan Diner...

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