The L-Plate Vegetarian
Hot Snacks and Tinned Food
If you have access to a kettle, microwave or cooker there’s
a great choice of quick, hot food available in supermarkets.
All you need is a kettle for good old Batchelor’s Pot
Noodle: Beef & Tomato; Chow Mein and Nice & Spicy.
There’s also Pot Curry in Curry Balty and Korma flavours,
and for the refined among you, Posh Noodle in Sweet & Sour,
Spicy Chinese Chicken and Spicy Chilli (these are all completely
meat-free so don’t worry!). You’ll need a microwave
for Knorr and Sainsbury Micro Noodles which come in Chow Mein;
Mild Curry and Vegetable flavours. The following tinned snacks
can be warmed in a saucepan or in the microwave: If you want
quick Italian food try Heinz ‘Where’s the Meat?’ Spaghetti
Bolognese and Ravioli (Tesco also do a meat free Ravioli),
these are great on toast. Also try HP Pasta Menus, ones suitable
for vegetarians are: Vegetable Lasagnette and Spicy Vegetable
Rigatoni, also Tesco Pasta Arrabbiata and Asda or Heinz Macaroni
Cheese. And last but not least: spaghetti hoops, alphabetti
spaghetti or pasta shapes!
Don’t forget the humble baked bean, which, as well as
being a great source of fibre and protein, is quick and delicious.
Even try Heinz curried or barbecue baked beans for a change.
Tesco or Heinz Baked Beans with Vegetarian Sausages are a good
snack on toast, or for breakfast just add a fried free-range
egg and grilled tomatoes.
As well as spaghetti and beans on toast, have another look
at the sandwiches section as many of the filling ideas can
just be served on hot toast or made into toasted sandwiches.
Sainsburys make two tinned casseroles: Vegetarian Sausage
or Country Vegetable Casserole with Herb Dumplings. Serve with
extra fresh vegetables to boost the vitamin content.
If you are feeling adventurous and have access to a grill
you can easily make the Mexican nachos with a small tin of
refried beans (mashed pinto beans) spread over tortilla chips
and topped with grated cheese. Remember to place under a grill
to melt the cheese. This snack is great with some of the dips
mentioned earlier such as salsa and guacamole.
Look out for all kinds of vegetables in tins, which can just
be heated through and served as an accompaniment with any veggie
For a more substantial hot snack try ready made baked potatoes,
as they can be microwaved or oven heated. Obviously it’s
easier and a lot cheaper to make your own (see section
but if you are in a hurry check out the chilled section in
your local supermarket: Try Marks & Spencers
Cheesy Jackets or their Honey and Mustard Mini Jackets. Safeway
also make a delicious one with Cheese Sauce or try their Jacket
with Spicy Vegetable Chilli. Another good hot snack is pizza – the
best way to avoid eating a whole one is to buy frozen slices
such as those by San Marco, or try Iceland’s Cheese and
Tomato Ciabbata that comes in packs of two snack sized. For
those who are very hungry, there’s plenty of choice,
including Tesco Thin Crust or Deep Pan Cheese or Iceland Garlic & Mushroom.
To add more pizzazz simply throw on some of your favourite
veg once the cheese has started to melt for the perfect topping.
For a bit of luxury indulge yourself with Waitrose’s
fresh Pizzeria range including Mediterranean Style and Tomato
Aubergine & Spinach.
Next Section: Omelettes
| Many of the supermarket and brand
name soups now come in chunky or ‘Big Soup’ varieties
which are quite filling if you serve with some bread or sprinkle
with garlic croutons (from the crisps counter).
Obviously there are so many veggie soups it’s
not worth listing any in particular. Lots of supermarkets
now sell fresh soups in the chilled counters which
are much more like home made soups – Covent
Garden Soup Co. make a wide selection.
BEWARE, though – check the soup you choose
is suitable for vegetarians, as even though it may
innocently be called mushroom soup, it just might
have been made with a meat stock base!