Sometimes, it can be hard work cooking as a vegan for non-vegans. Generally there are three types of people:
- carnivore: these are people who have to eat meat, they cannot go one meal without meat and are the worst people to cook for.
- vegetarians: these are the nice easy people who will happily eat your vegan delight, but sprinkle some cheese on top with a comment like ‘how can you live without cheese tho?!’
- temp vegans: these are the best people who will eat whatever the hell you put in front of them.
Normally, I cook vegan for everyone. I have a like it or lump it kind of attitude. But since travelling, when we stay at workaway, everyone will cook together then add what they want to their meals. So if you find yourself not wanting to make a variety of meals but want a meal where everyone is satisfied here is one that can be adapted easily, for everyone!
Last night, I came up with the perfect meal for when you are cooking for either one, or even all of these people. I don’t have a name for this meal but it looks a lot like this:
This is salt and pepper potatoes, garlic beans and aubergines baked in a tomato sauce.
Ingredients (I’m not putting quantity as it will vary on how many people you cook for)
Salt and pepper
Optional: cheese and bacon
1. Chop the potatoes up into cubes of similar size. Cover in oil, salt and pepper and bake whilst you cook everything else. Potatoes take around 40 minutes so factor this in whilst cooking.
2. Slice the aubergine and fry in a frying pan with oil, then lay onto a backing tray.
3. Whilst the aubergine is frying, cooking the onion and garlic for five minutes on a low heat. Then add the passatta sauce and season with salt, pepper and sugar. Add this mixture in dollops on top of the aubergine and bake in the oven below the potatoes. HERE is where you make your additions, add some friend bacon ontop of the carnivores or grated cheese for the vegetarian!
4. The beans will only take a few minutes to cook so I would advise doing this as everything is about ready. Parboil them in some water, fry garlic and oil in a separate pan. Once the garlic is cooking nicely, add in the beans and fry off until they are covered in garlic.
5. And then all you have to do is serve it up and distribute to the carnivore, vegetarian or whoever else you have to cater for!
There you have it, a nice easy meal where everyone is satisfied. I got the aubergine recipe off my mum, so thank you mum if you are reading this! Let me know if you try this recipe, it is one of my facourier meals.