Hello and welcome to The Juggling Chef! Inspired by a love of delicious food, I create recipes out of cheap, seasonal and sustainable food. They are mostly low cost, easy, quick, and need only a handful of ingredients.
Eating healthy and delicious food is usually one of the first things to go when we’re busy, but I don’t believe it should be this way. When we’re juggling the 101 things modern life demands of us, it’s more important than ever that we’re getting the nutrients and energy we need. All these recipes are created to be cheap, easy, and hassle-free and fit in with juggling the rest of life.
There’s a common perception that eating vegan is expensive, difficult, or requires strange and exotic ingredients. Here, I want to bust that myth by veganising your everyday British food, and giving you ideas for no-nonsense, delicious, nutritious, and cruelty-free food. Eating any diet can be as fancy or expensive as you want it to be, and vegan is no exception. I usually feed myself for £20 a week, and bulk cook to save time, and have never felt healthier and more energetic than when powered just by plants.
I’m a farm-girl from Lincolnshire and a recently converted vegan, but my wonderful boyfriend Matt (pictured with me here!) isn’t. We definitely can’t be bothered to cook two separate meals for us all the time. In our adventures together, we are always coming up with recipes which make cooking for the both of us easy, fun, and cheap, all at the same time.
While I wholeheartedly advocate going vegan, for your health, the planet, and for animals, it can seem like a big step at the start. It requires challenging and rethinking your approach to cooking. Unlike most ‘diets’, it means adding in more rather than taking things away. It means exposing yourself to more of the 1000s of edible plants we have available, and enjoying their amazing nutritional benefits, instead of sticking to the same 4 meats on rotation. But veganising what you already eat everyday is the easiest and simplest way to get started.
I’m putting together cheap and easy recipes based on experimenting in my kitchen in my spare time. I’m not a professional chef and never have been, so these recipes are more creative than technical. I’m laid-back, minimalist, and frugal, and so is my cooking. I hope you enjoy trying these recipes as much as I do!
‘Vegan’ describes someone who doesn’t eat any ingredient derived from animals, which means meat, dairy, eggs and honey. Vegans usually don’t use animal products either, such as leather, suede, and things tested on animals.
For more information on vegetarianism and veganism, check out https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/definition-veganism or http://www.peta.org.uk/