When finding time to cook is a struggle, eating vegan can seem more difficult. And while buying tons of takeout or fancy prepared foods saves time, it almost always costs more. Fortunately, there are many ways to save time and money while sticking to your vegan diet. Here are some tips for eating vegan when you’re (almost) too busy to cook:
1. Make a meal plan.
Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the next week (or two!). This is not only a timesaver but a great way to eat vegan on a budget.
2. Cook in big batches.
Consider doubling (or tripling!) the recipes you prepare to make the most of your time. You can make a big pot of soup, pasta, or chili on Sunday and eat the leftovers for lunch or dinner that week. And remember, you can always freeze foods for later.
3. Grab some fast food.
4. Stock the basics.
Like a meal plan, making sure you always have some common kitchen staples can save both shopping and cooking time. Some staples we find essential are canned beans, flour, peanut butter, tofu, grains, almond milk, and frozen veggies.
5. Use a crockpot or pressure cooker.
Slow cookers and pressure cookers are great for saving time in the kitchen. While pressure cookers reduce cooking time, crockpot recipes reduce the amount of “babysitting” a dish needs, freeing you to do other things.
6. Try convenience foods.
There is a wide variety of vegan ready-made meals available at most grocers. Grab a frozen meal from Amy’s, a simple instant soup from Thai Kitchen, or a can of veggie chili from your local Trader Joe’s.
7. Learn how to make a few simple meals.
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