It’s wonderful to see so many people taking part in Veganuary and my heart soars when I think of all the new vegans that are being created…
What I also notice on my feed during January is a rush of questions, concerns and requests for recommendations, as it can be daunting starting on a new path which you are unfamiliar with.
So, I’m putting together a few posts to help along the way with common questions. The first of which being a concern that it’s more expensive to buy vegan foods.
In my honest opinion, and from research from several supermarkets, I don’t find vegan food more expensive. And if you currently are spending more money, you really don’t have to be, unless you’re buying loads of speciality, processed products. These foods may taste amazing but you really don’t have to buy them! You can easily make lovely vegan dishes from scratch from very basic ingredients…
I’ve put together a list of a few basic protein items from Ocado, although many other stores may have even cheaper prices. This list is by no means extensive, but it may help you compare.
Cauldron Original Tofu 42.9p per 100g
Fry’s Schnitzels 85.9p per 100g
Dried Red Lentils 18.9p per 100g
Tin of Mixed Beans 16.6p per 100g
Linda McCartney Sausages 66.7p per 100g
Ocado Frozen Vegan Mince 39.5p per 100g
From research, I’ve found that meat is often more expensive per 100g than the sample of items listed above.
Meat substitutes from some vegan brands can sometimes be more expensive than meat, but as demand increases this will surely change. But you don’t need meat substitutes in order to get plenty of protein and nutrients. Lentils, beans, legumes, rice and pasta etc… are hands down cheaper than meat and they have a really long shelf life too. Broccoli also packs a protein punch, and pretty much every food item has protein in, so it all adds up.
And yes, healthy fruits and vegetables can sometimes be more expensive than a cheap bag of un-identified mashed up ingredients from Iceland, but do remember one of my favourite quotes of all time…
“Don’t ask why healthy food is so expensive. Ask why junk food is so cheap”.
You can also save money by purchasing Wonky Veg boxes, or bags of juicing fruit and vegetables, which are often broken or miss-shaped, but otherwise perfectly good. A good quality veg box often costs less than buying these items separately in the supermarket too, and there’s a lot less plastic waste associated with them.
When you think about the price of food, it’s also important to remember the cost the animal paid – with its life – as well as the effects on the environment and health, and the subsidies paid by tax-payers towards farming and slaughter. Dairy is heavily subsidised for example, and you can save your contribution to this cruel industry.
For more ideas and inspiration why not check out Jack Monroe, chef and author of Cooking on a Bootstrap.
The Veganuary website also has lots of lovely meal plans to get you easily transitioning to a vegan diet.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my piece on the cost of vegan foods, and are feeling inspired to get busy in the kitchen. Do follow me for further posts on common questions about veganism, and other hints, tips and product reviews.