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The Lazy Vegan

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Posted August 29, 2011 by peta2 staff

First of all, I would like to start out by saying that there’s nothing wrong with being a lazy vegan—as long as you’re not lazing it up 24/7/365/lifetime.

What is a lazy vegan you ask? Well, I’d say it’s someone who a) doesn’t necessarily have the skillz, talent, or fundages to regularly whip up deluxe, fancy-schmancy food from scratch; b) is pooped from a long-ass day at school/work and just wants to veg out with some veggies; and/or c) is just too damn lazy to even think about cooking because it sounds time consuming and difficult (believe me, I’m eagerly awaiting the day we can manufacture meals with just our thoughts, all Star Trek-style).

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7 Tips for the Lazy Vegan

  1. Stock up on frozen vegan dinners (there’s a slew of them at Trader Joe’s, and there are tons of vegan-friendly brands like Amy’s, Kashi, and Helen’s Kitchen that are availble at most supermarkets)
  2. Always have snacks available (chips, cookies, crackers, pretzels, popcorn, hummus, energy bars, nuts, fresh fruit ? see how I threw something healthy in there?) Snacks can become meals, too—heard of Nachos 2 Go? 😉
  3. Make burritoseasiest meal ev-ah! Dude, grab some tortillas, and stuff ’em with a bunch of fave fillers like potatoes, guac, canned beans, salsa, and tofu, and viola—dinner is served!
  4. It’s okay to have cereal for dinner (sometimes). I’m a grown woman and I do this at least once a week! 😉 Be sure to check our accidentally vegan list for cereals—there are so many (and they’re fortified with loads of vitamins and minerals)
  5. One word. Ramen (Top Ramen Oriental Style flavor is vegan). It’s cheap, tasty, and ready in minutes.
  6. Other simple whip-upables: veggie burgers, instant mashed potatoes, canned soup, pasta with marinara… you get the idea.
  7. Recruit someone to come over and cook for you. This is my fave option. 😉 Sometimes, I’ll even do a trade. If you slave away over a hot stove and make me a 4-course meal (and dessert),  I might do the dishes and clean up afterwards. MIGHT.

Again, I’m not encouraging anyone to be a lazy vegan… yeah, especially not YOU! I just want you to know that there are some chill options for grub on those days when you can quite muster the energy to go all out for dinsies. You’re welcome. 😉

If you have any other tips for easy peasy food ideas, please share!

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  • 1397 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh and I also make hummus alot too and make wraps with that putting some tomato and spinach in it. It’s quick once the hummus is made.

  • 1397 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I try not to be a lazy vegan. Usually I am just making tofu and heating up some fresh broccoli. I tend to eat alot of the same things and got on specific food eating sprees.

  • 1424 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I mostly use the seventh option. It’s my fave. My friend, who is studying to become a chef, is always over so I ask her to cook for me.

  • 1427 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is really great to share with your friends who are in college who dont have as much time to dedicate to proper meals. I have gotten one of my friend to go vegan on fridays and she found it quite easy! definitely recommend this to anyone having a hard time going veg!

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As much as I hate to admit it, I can be a lazy vegan. Like today 😀 . These are great tips!!! In fact I just made myself a black bean burrito!!! 😀

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i’m totally having a lazy day today!

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great tips! Thanks! =)

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    u know it sucks i dont have a microwave..haha imma get one to do all these deliciouse foods :)

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hahahaha =”) most of the time i have ready made veggi burgeres. That or pile leftover veg in a frying pan. Fry it and add soy sauce =) yummy

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ramen <3

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awsome!

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great tips! I can thank PETA’s College Cookbook for introducing me to sweet potato burritos. So good!

    Also, it would be nice to note that only NISSIN brand oriental ramen is vegan.

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