Weekday breakfast for most people consists of either cereal or toast – and that is the same for vegans.
Many breakfast cereals are suitable for vegans, including: Weetabix, Rice Krispies, Frosties, many brands of cornflakes, Jordan’s Country Crisp, Kelloggs Fruit ‘n’ Fibre and Just Right. Instead of dairy milk, try adding soya milk or almond milk, or delicious fruit soya yoghurts. Add fresh fruit for a healthy zing! Porridge can also be made with dairy-free milks, including the convenient microwaveable Oat So Simple. Just watch out for Vitamin D in Kelloggs brands and honey as these are not vegan.
There are many more vegan cereals. If you are not sure whether your favourite is vegan, ask us, or ask the company!
Most breads are suitable for vegans, although some may contain milk or even honey. Check the labels if you are not sure. Instead of butter or dairy margarine, use dairy-free margarine such as Vitalite or Pure, which can both be found in supermarkets. Yeast extracts, peanut butter and jam are all vegan favourites. Or for something a bit more hearty, baked beans on toast is a great belly filler.
Tea, coffee and fruit juice are all vegan. Be careful when adding soya milk to very hot coffee as it can sometimes curdle. It does not affect the quality or taste but it doesn’t look all that nice!
At weekends, you may like to try something a bit more adventurous and interesting for your first meal of the day. For Vegan Month, here are our favourite weekend recipes, one for each of the weekend mornings in November.
- 1 pack of vegan sausages (such as Fry’s, VBites or Linda McCartney’s)
- 1 pack of VBites rashers (available from most health food shops)
- 2 large tomatoes – sliced
- Handful of mushrooms – sliced
- Tin of baked beans
- 4 slices of bread
- Vegetable oil
- Grill the sausages and rashers.
- Fry the mushrooms, tomatoes and bread in a frying pan.
- Heat up the beans in a small saucepan or in a bowl in a microwave.
- Serve with a large mug of tea.
If you’d normally have egg with your fry-up, why not have tofu scramble instead?