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Plant-based meals in minutes – by Ben Martin

If you’re anything like me, dinner on Friday night tends to a pretty rapid affair, before disappearing out for drinks with friends, or settling down infront of Netflix with some popcorn. But what can you just heat up and eat, as a vegan?

Since launching its own-brand dairy-free cheese range a few months ago, Sainsbury’s has introduced two cheesy vegan ready meals as well. First came the Deliciously FreeFrom Vegetable Lasagne, which is £3 per portion and cooks in the microwave in minutes – just watch out as there are very similar-looking products that contain beef and real cheese. Just recently we have seen the arrival of a vegan macaroni and cheese at Sainsbury’s as well, but it’s so new that it hasn’t yet been added to the company website. Again, it comes in at £3 each and just needs to be bunged in the microwave or oven. You could even get a frozen Basics garlic bread to go with it.

A number of supermarkets sell tinned meals that are vegan-friendly. You can find vegetable curry at both Sainsbury’s and Asda, and a vegan-friendly chickpea dhal at Sainsbury’s. Stagg Vegetable Chilli can be found in many stores too. Simply open the tin, warm it up and serve with some instant rice, cous cous or bread for a simple but filling dinner. Asian and Middle Eastern shops are also a great source of interesting tinned meals for vegans.

Another option is to go for dry packet mixes, like this Sharwood’s Tarka Dahl, Beanfeast bolognese, or this tomato and chilli pasta, which usually just involve mixing them with boiling water.

As usual, you’ll find plenty of options at health food shops, but these may be a little more expensive. Geo Organics sell a number of vegan ready meals through health food shops, as do Amy’s Kitchen, although not all of their products are suitable for vegans.

For the ultimate ‘quick and easy’ option, you might be surprised to know that certain flavours of Pot Noodle are suitable for vegans, including Beef & Tomato, Bombay Bad Boy and Sweet & Sour. A number of supermarket ownbrand versions are also vegan-friendly, but you will beed to check labels to be sure. And, of course, there’s always beans on toast.