Easy Vegan Weekday Lunch Ideas | Food

You know how it goes – it gets to Sunday night and you realise you’ve not made any lunch for the next working week and you have no idea what to make. Maybe you work somewhere where you can grab and on-the-go sandwich instead , if so lucky you! I however currently work in the middle of nowhere and the only shop within five miles has a vegan section consisting of pot noodles, crisps and not much else. It’s also way cheaper to take your own lunch and if like me you’re currently saving up for that non existent house you’ll never be able to afford, then every saving counts!

Below are a few filling, healthy and most importantly easy lunch ideas that can be prepared in advance to save yourself some of that Sunday night dread.

Vegan chilli

Batch cook chilli

Starting of with one of my favourite go-to lunches that never fails. Making up a load of chilli is super easy and you can make as much or as little as you want, meaning you can freeze loads of it for another time. All you need to do is fry onions and garlic, add in your veg (peppers, mushrooms, whatever you fancy) with some chilli powder and paprika until soft, add in your choice of ‘meat’ (I usually stick with Tesco soya mince or lentils ), chuck in some tinned tomatoes and kidney beans (the ones in chilli sauce are the BEST) and leave it to simmer for about 15 minutes. Once you have this, you can team it with whatever you fancy! Rice, couscous, salad, potatoes, the list is endless. Split it into separate storage tubs and freeze for when you need it.

Vegan curry

Quick curry

When you google ‘vegan curry recipes’ a lot of the results will tell you to make your own sauce from scratch. This is a lovely idea but let’s face it, who REALLY has the time? In my opinion there is nothing wrong with using shop bought curry sauces in a jar. All you have to do then is decide on your curry ingredients. I normally try and use up any random veg I have that looks like it’s on the way out, tofu, potatoes or lentils. The choices are endless! I’m still a little bit wary of reheating rice so I normally soak a load of couscous to have with it. Again, split your curry & couscous into separate storage tubs and freeze for when you need it.

Pasta salad

Pasta salad

As we all know, pasta is one of life’s greatest food groups and should not be limited to just dinner time. It could not be easier to boil up some pasta, add some free from pesto and veggies to create a super filling and delicious lunch. I’ve recently discovered pea pasta which is not only DELICIOUS but counts as one of your five a day. What could be better?! Other topping ideas include your favourite sauce or cheese, houmous and salad.

Quorn chicken & violife cheese sandwich

Simple sandwiches

Sometimes you really just want to eat a sandwich for lunch, don’t you? Well thanks to the influx of new vegan products it has never been easier to create a tasty sarnie. Quorn vegan ham and chicken slices are amazing for this and taste great with a slice of your favourite vegan cheese and some salad or pickle. Linda McCartney sausages are also one if my go-to sandwhich fillers – so comforting!

Rivitas

Rivita picnic

When the weather is good I think it’s quite nice to make a ‘picky’ lunch, so you can pretend you’re having a picnic and definitely don’t have to go back to the office in half an hour. I know that a packet of Rivitas sound bloody boring but I have recently become a convert! Teamed with your fave meat alternative or dairy free cheese, vegan mayo and a salad they are actually super tasty and surprisingly filling. Plus, it doesn’t take much preparation as you can put it all in a lunchbox and make them up as you’re eating it!

Chickpea tuna

Chickpea tuna

Okay so this doesn’t taste EXACTLY like tuna but it’s sooo tasty, easy to prepare and makes enough for a good few days. There are loads of variations depending on your taste but the basics are: one can of chickpeas, vegan mayo, mustard, onions, sweetcorn / peppers, lemon juice and black pepper all smooshed (technical term) together in bowl. I don’t use exact measurements because I’m a rebel (read as: lazy) but use the amount of each ingredient that you desire and it will taste delicious. It’s a perfect sandwich filler or jacket potato topper. It’s even ideal with just a salad.

Soup and bread

Soup

As the colder months are on their way it only seemed fair to include trusty soup on this list. Luckily for us there are a generous amount off decent shop-bought soups available now, one of my favourites being lentil dahl from The Coop. However, it is actually pretty easy to make your own and some recipes barely require any ingredients at all. You can batch cook a load and freeze it ready for those cold days, giving you one less thing to remember.


I hope this list has given you a few ideas! The best thing about all of these lunches is that they can be easily varied so you never get bored of eating the same thing all the time. However if you still run out of time to prepare your own, I highly recommend heading to your nearest supermarket near closing time and picking up reduced items – there is nothing worse than food waste and you can get amazing bargains!

Let me know below whether you try any of these out. or have any other lunch time favourites.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza | Travel

Ibiza Sunset

Ibiza Sunset
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Sunset

As the rain continues to fall on the first miserable day in England in months, I already feel the need to jump on a plane to someplace sunnier. This time last year my friend and I took a trip to Ibiza in search of sun, sand and cocktails. We found all of these things – as well as some delicious vegan food!

We stayed in San Antonio and there were so many cute cafes lined along the beach front and marina. It was the ideal place to enjoy some food whilst looking out into the sea and people watching (I loove people watching!). One of the first meals I enjoyed there was just a simple but delicious pasta and tomato dish, with a ridiculously strong drink on the side. I’m convinced no other countries have spirit measurements.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Pasta
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Pasta

One night we headed to the Ibiza Rocks Diner and I was really impressed to see a vegan burger on the menu! Even to this day it remains one of the tastiest vegan burgers I’ve tried. A must if you’re in the area.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Ibiza Rocks Diner  Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Ibiza Rocks Diner

Exploring the island’s bars and clubs by night, we spent most of our days chilling around the pool and trying not to let the hangovers defeat us. The vegan food choices at our hotel weren’t great – breakfast was mainly bread rolls and fruit, whilst bar snacks were chips and beans. Luckily, we were pretty central and there was a Subway just around the corner. The veggie delight never fails, and I was surprised to see avocado as an option here – I’ve never seen that before! Also, why do Lays taste so much better than Walkers?!

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Subway
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Subway

As we all know, breakfast is the best (and most important) meal of the day and on a holiday where rather a lot of drinking is involved, it’s important to find some good places to eat! There seemed to be quite a few restaurants with some great options – one called Bondi Ibiza we stopped at had even had oat milk and Linda McCartney sausages.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Bondi Ibiza Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza

On our last night we took a walk to the famous Cafe Mambo to watch the sunset, which was incredible. The atmosphere is so relaxed but also buzzing at the same time – the ideal place to end a holiday. Cafe Mambo itself was obviously super busy but there was a restaurant right next door called Fresh Ibiza, boasting the most amazing view across the water. I enjoyed this delicious spicy veggie curry (and another strong cocktail, obvs).

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Fresh Ibiza
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Fresh Ibiza

Overall it was such a fun holiday and I’d definitely want to go back again, perhaps to explore more of the island too. Being at the centre of the party capital was such a brilliant experience but part of me feels like I’m getting too old to drink this much anymore, sob.

Now, if it could stop pouring with rain in the UK now, that would be fantastic…

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Ibiza Rock Hotel San Antonio - Ibiza

A Magical Weekend In Disneyland Paris | Travel

castle
A Magical Weekend In Disneyland Paris – Outside the castle

My friend Amber and I were lucky enough to spend a long weekend in our favourite place recently – Disneyland Paris! We’ve been able to visit twice during the park’s 25th anniversary celebrations and this time was just as magical as the first. Even though we were only there for a few days we managed to do SO much, my feet have never ached that much before but it was so worth it!

We stayed in Hotel Cheyenne, a Disney hotel that’s Toy Story themed. It is honestly the cutest damn hotel I have ever stayed in, I loved it SO MUCH. Aside from being totally adorable, there was a Starbucks on site that offered soya, almond, oat AND coconut milks. How’s that for choice?! So ideal when you’ve been awake since 4am to catch the Eurostar.

coffee amb

In between riding Crush’s Coaster for the 15th time and swooning over Prince Naveen in the Parade, we managed to find some delicious vegan friendly food around the parks. The highlight was most definitely Agrabah Cafe’s buffet – there was SO much choice; from houmous, chickpeas, salads, bread and pasta to tasty vegetables. We filled up so much on this at lunchtime on our first day that we barely needed to eat again for the rest of the day! Most definitely worth the 35 euro price tag. We didn’t have time to visit the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Village this time round but from what I remember from our last visit, there were a couple of good vegan options on the menu there too.

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Another surprising find was a Coco themed restaurant in Frontierland (the name of which I cannot remember but it was opposite Thunder Mountain). They sold chips with Mexican beans and cheese on top, so I just ordered them without the cheese! They were so delicious and even came with a side salad to make you feel a little less guilty.

A lot of the food outlets around the parks offer chips, tomato pasta and salad baguettes. Not the most exciting options but they’re are perfect when you’re on the go all day and just need a pick me up in between your next ride or show.  There are also many carts selling popcorn and candy floss that make a yummy treat at any time! Speaking of sweet treats, we also scoured the souvenir shops to find all of the vegan friendly sweets to take home and found three different types of Goofy Bonbons, including cola-bottles! Most of the hard lollies are obviously vegan too but personally I am not much of a fan.

sweets
A Magical Weekend in Disneyland Paris – Goofy sweets

Even though we found quite a lot of good food choices, I’m really glad I packed a whole load of flapjacks and nakd bars to tide me over for the weekend, as sometimes we found ourselves quite far from anything vegan friendly and needed a quick pick me up.

I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that Disneyland isn’t the most vegan-friendly place in the world to visit but it certainly can be done with a little bit of forward planning! The staff in most places were also really accommodating and tried their best to provide us with vegan options. If you’re still not 100% sure, they actually have an allergy menu called Natama which is available in a lot of their food outlets if you ask. However, because the dishes are free from 16 different allergens it probably won’t be the most delicious meal you’ve ever had! But still, it’s brilliant to know the option exists. Fingers crossed their range of vegan options will continue to increase as time goes on.

Until next time, DLP. 💚🌱

Noughty Haircare Review | Beauty

Noughty Haircare Review - To The Rescue / Care Taker

Noughty Haircare Review - To The Rescue / Care Taker
Noughty Haircare Range

I always find that the winter months can be particularly tough on hair, drying it out even more than usual. Lucky for me, the lovely people at Noughty Haircare* were on hand to rescue my locks just in time for party season! First of all, the products are vegan friendly, aren’t tested on animals and are 97% natural, which is already a massive thumbs up from me. They currently offer five different versions of hair care products tailored to particular hair types. Read on to find out what I thought of the To The Rescue and Care Taker shampoo & conditioners…

Noughty Haircare Review - The The Rescue
Noughty Haircare Review – To The Rescue

To The Rescue

The first thing I noticed about this product is how delicious the shampoo smells! The sweet almond makes for a lovely marzipan-like aroma and almost made me want to eat it. After leaving in the conditioner a few minutes & combing it through, it felt tamer even when still wet. It was so easy to comb after I’d used it, whereas I normally have to battle with so many nightmare knots. Once my hair had dried I could definitely see a difference in my hair’s appearance – it looked really shiny and felt super soft. It also got rid of alot of frizz/fly away hairs that I always seem to get, win win!

Noughty Haircare Review - Care Taker
Noughty Haircare Review – Care Taker

Care Taker

Anyone who has read my blog before will know I suffer from very sensitive skin so the Care Taker range sounded perfect for me! These products have a lovely refreshing smell that isn’t too strong at all – something I have to be careful of. They both felt great on my scalp and didn’t sting even though my skin has been sore recently. As with To The Rescue, the results were obvious almost instantly! My hair looked soft, hydrated and strong after one use. It also left me with really defined waves which I loved!

 

Overall I really love these products and would definitely consider purchasing them in the future.  I normally steer clear of any products that use pretty packaging because they usually contain all sorts of perfumes and nasties that irritate my skin but Noughty Haircare are providing the best of both worlds!

Noughty Haircare products can currently be found in Superdrug, Ocado and on their website. 🌱💚

*This product was gifted to me by Noughty Haircare. This is in no way a paid post and the opinions expressed are completely genuine. I would never recommend a product or service I didn’t truly enjoy. 

Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema | Beauty

Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema
Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema
Cruelty Free Products To Help Fight Eczema

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – unless you’re an eczema sufferer. Cracked hands, a sore face, feeling itchy all over when going from cold to hot – sound familiar?

I’ve suffered with eczema and sensitive skin issues my whole life and definitely struggle more with it during the winter months. Over the past year or so I have been trying to replace all of my trusted everyday products with cruelty free ones, with varying degrees of success. After a few adverse reactions and experiments along the way, I think I’ve finally found a great selection of products that manage to keep my eczema in control without giving me a rash.

So if you’re a sensitive soul like me, maybe these products can work wonders for you too!

Lush Dream Cream

I used to actively avoid going into Lush purely because of the insanely strong smell that the stores emit when you walk past. None of those products would be any good for someone with sensitive skin, surely? Boy, how WRONG I was! After a handful of people suggested Dream Cream to me I decided to give it a go and without being dramatic, it has changed my life! It’s light, refreshing, cooling on sore bits and when used regularly it keeps my skin in amazing condition (in between eczema flare ups, of course), fixing any pesky red patches that appear pretty quickly. It’s by no means the cheapest moisturiser on the market at £16 per 240g but it is SO worth it to have a product that really works. I’m not surprised this is their best selling product, so I really hope they never stop making it! I now recommend this to anyone who is willing to listen.

 

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Lush Ultrabalm

Lush Ultrabalm

If you’re anything like me, you daren’t leave the house without at least two lip balms (in case you lose one, duh). Luckily for us, the legends at Lush have created Ultrabalm which is made from nothing but plant waxes. It’s the perfect replacement for your Vaseline tin. It is more expensive at around £13, but the pot is considerably bigger and you only need a tiny bit to make a big difference, so ultimately doesn’t end up costing more in the long run.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Trichology

Superdrug Trichology Shampoo, Conditioner and Tonic

A dry, itchy scalp is an absolute nightmare but our friends at Superdrug have created the perfect treatment. Using the Trichology shampoo, conditioner and tonic together on a regular basis really makes a big difference. The tonic is also great to use on those stubborn dry patches in between washes. A little bit goes a long way, so there’s no need to worry about greasy locks! You often find that dandruff treatments can be really potent but these products don’t have a bad smell at all.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Vitamin E Skincare

Superdrug Vitamin E Skincare Range

Honestly, what would we do without Superdrug? Finding a decent everyday moisturiser has been the hardest task over the last year but thanks to a recommendation from a friend (you da best, Courntey) I decided to try the Vitamin E range. First of all, every product smells amazing and most importantly, leaves your skin feeling so soft and moisturised. Pictured is the ‘intense’ body cream which is great for those really dry bits that won’t budge. Other faves in the range are the SPF15 Moisturising Day Cream (it gives you such a nice glow as an extra bonus) and the Eye Cream. Whilst we’re on the subject, Superdrug’s own brand Aqueous cream is also a great basic moisturiser.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Superdrug Hand Cream

Superdrug Intensive Moisture Hand Cream

“Jeez Claire, why don’t you just marry Superdrug already” I hear you cry.  Their products are just so good, what can I say! My hands have been really suffering over the last few weeks but this stuff makes them feel instantly smoother and brings relief from the dreaded itch. Plus, it’s the perfect size to keep in your bag at all times just in case.

Cruelty Free Products For Eczema - Dr Organic Argan Oil Face Wash

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Face Wash

This face wash has honestly blown my mind. Most face washes react awfully with my skin and for years I gave up trying to find one I could use. This stuff is amazing – even when I’m having a bad flare up and my face feels sore, using this face wash doesn’t sting AT ALL. It leaves my face feeling so soft and refreshed every time, giving a genuine glow. A little bit goes a long way so the tube lasts for absolutely ages too. I cannot recommend it enough!

Ethique Bliss Bar Cleanser*

I’ve been really loving this cleanser recently. It’s really gentle and a tiny bit makes a big difference. My face is definitely visibly brighter after use and it also gives you that lovely fresh and smooth feeling, without making your face even drier than it was before. As well as being cruelty free, Ethique are also a zero waste brand, so you can enjoy great skincare guilt free!

Sukin Skincare

Sukin Skincare Range*

Sukin are an Australian natural skincare brand that I have totally fallen in love with over the past year or so. They have products for all skin types, including us dry / sensitive folk! The pictured products are ones I have been using most and they’re great, but definitely check out their website for the whole range. The facial masque and blemish gel are stand our favourites. Even with the driest skin ever I still get the odd painful spot and the gel takes away the pain and redness so fast! The masque feels like such a luxurious treat and really helps when nothing else seems to hydrate my face. The sensitive range is lovely too, the night cream in particular feels super cooling and isn’t too thick. We all hate that dreaded heat rash from thick creams don’t we!

I hope this post can help out any fellow sufferers out there. I’m always on the look out for other cruelty free products to try, so let me know below if you think I’ve missed any good ones out! 🌱💚

*These products were gifted to me by Ethique and Sukin. This is in no way a paid post and the opinions expressed are completely genuine. I would never recommend a product or service I didn’t truly enjoy.