Veganuary: Cheap and easy vegan recipes with potatoes at the heart

3rd Jan 2019
Cooking Nutrition

January is often defined by three things: darker nights, empty wallets and the ‘New Year, New Me’ resolutions. Of the thousands of challenges set in the new year, one of the clear winners for sheer numbers of participants is Veganuary – a month of not only vegan eating, but adopting a wholly vegan lifestyle.

The Veganuary campaign has seen an astronomical rise in popularity over the last few years. On Sunday alone 14,000 people pledged to go vegan in the 31-day challenge for the first month of 2019 – a rate of one every six seconds.  

According to the Vegan Society there are now 600,000 vegans in the UK, a figure which has quadrupled between 2014 and 2018. More than a quarter of all evening meals in the UK are vegan or vegetarian.

Adopting a vegan-friendly lifestyle is widely cited as being better for your health, not to mention the planet, but did you know it can also prove easier on the purse strings following the festive period?

Whilst many supermarkets are piling on the pounds for shoppers by launching lines of convenient vegan-friendly products, many of these items can be made at home at a fraction of the cost.

Whether they’re baked or fried, diced or sliced, potatoes are a great comfort food. As well as being one of the most versatile vegan-friendly foods available, spuds are packed with goodness, including potassium, fibre and vitamin B. This makes them an easy and cost-effective way of reaching your daily intake of essential nutrients.

Even for regular meat-eaters, it’s easy to prepare delicious, creative and cost-effective dishes without the need to fork out on expensive substitute products.

Potato twists

We love this take on the potato spirals and tornados popular on social media and kitchen hack websites. These twists have a lovely warm kick of paprika, spicing them up to be a perfect dinner party addition.

Potato and onion bhaji

This bhaji recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, with its abundance of spices and herbs and crunchy texture. They are also baked, rather deep-fried like the popular take-away version, so no added guilt is necessary. 

Zesty new potato salad with spring onion and chive

Proving you don’t need heavy dressings to make a tasty potato salad, this dish has just the right amount of zingy flavour and is a much lighter alternative to the classic recipe. Steamed potatoes are mixed with garlic, lemon juice and wholegrain mustard and topped with chives and spring onions.

Vegan curry

By blending exquisite flavours and spices with filling vegetables including spuds, aubergines and buffalo tomatoes, you can create a moreish, warming dish that’s good for you and can be made in bulk for a go-to midweek meal.

Stir-fry potatoes

This Asian-inspired dish proves just how versatile potatoes can be. Perfectly spiced with hints of warming ginger and a subtle sweetness, this dish works well both as a side dish or the main meal.

Roasted roots

The flavours of earthy beets and sweet carrots combine perfectly with potatoes in this simply healthy dish with a rich and warming dressing.

Crushed mini potatoes

Quick and easy to prepare, these light and fluffy spuds make the perfect accompaniment to any vegan-friendly spread.


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