What I Eat in a Day Budget Edition | Vegan, GF

Hi guys, today’s post is a somewhat rushed ‘what I eat in a day’. Right now, I’m eating for my second £20 Grocery Challenge, which will be going up next month, and I’m also prepping my Christmas series which starts in about 10 days! My blogging schedule is quite full right now, and with planning the posts for next month and my Christmas content, I somehow managed to leave a gap in my schedule for this month. As I mentioned, I’m doing my £20 Grocery Challenge this week, so this is a what I eat in a day budget edition.  

Although this post wasn’t planned and I considered doing something else instead, I thought this would be a good idea. My budget posts usually go down well and a lot of people still believe that eating a vegan diet is really expensive. A myth I’d really like to make an effort to debunk.


I’ve done a few ‘what I eat’ posts before and every time I feel the need to do a disclaimer. I’m a small person with a small appetite. This will not be a lot of food to most people, I’m sure. But this is what I ate on this one day. This isn’t my every day, especially not with such a strict budget and I’m sure I’m missing a lot of vitamins and minerals here. BUT this is just one day.  

Rant over, time to start. I didn’t realise this at first, but a lot of what I ate on this particular day is cupboard food. So, this one is perfect for the end of the week, there’s nothing in, about to do a grocery shop kind of days.  

For more information about why I picked the meals I picked and ingredients, come back the 1st week of December to see my Grocery Challenge posts.  

Breakfast – 11am 

Apple Oats  

That’s late, I know, but I hate eating first thing on a morning. I usually get up, make some coffee and do some work for a few hours before I eat anything. All of my breakfasts this week are oats based as they’re one of the more affordable options. I have gluten free ones which are obviously more expensive, but you can get 500g of regular oats for less than a pound. A while a go I did a post about not liking oats, with a few alternative recipes. As they’re not my favourite thing to eat, I added some fruit to my budget. I’d have loved to make it berries, but apples are the most economical choice.  

apple oats

This oats recipe is half a cup of oats, half a cup of almond milk and half a cup of water (to make it cheaper, I’d usually use all almond milk). Cook them the usual way, then grate half an apple and stir it in with brown sugar to taste and a tbsp chia seeds. I also ate the other half of the apple while I was waiting for my oats to cook.  

Snack – 2pm  

Roasted Chickpeas 

roasted chickpeas

I love roasted chickpeas as a snack food. This week, I’m using them as an alternative to nuts. They’re a high protein snack, low fat and really healthy in general. Chickpeas can be found for as little as 30p a tin as well, so they’re great on a budget. I spread mine across a baking tray with a pinch of salt and some chilli powder and roasted them on 220°c for 25 minutes. I’m making soup later, so I ate about three quarters of them as a snack and kept some aside to use as a crouton alternative later. 

Lunch/ Dinner? – 4pm  

Tomato & Butter Bean Soup 

tomato butter bean soup

Food blogger problem 101: the dark evening mean you make all food at weird times of day to get better lighting. This would have usually been eaten later in the day, but lighting…  

I’m doing a full recipe on this one because it’s so simple, quick and filling as far as soups go. The butter beans serve two purposes. The beans are obviously a protein ingredient, making the soup more filling than plain tomato. Secondly, blending them in makes the soup much thicker and creamier than plain tomato too. 

The recipe says serves two, but I had more like three quarters on this day.  

Later – 9pm 


I made a budget friendly version of my rustic winter vegetable casserole earlier in the week and had a little I had left over later in the day (about half a serving). The reheated dish didn’t look quite as appetising, so I’ve included a photo from the original recipe.

5 from 6 votes

Tomato & Butter Bean Soup

This recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and nut free.
Course Soup
Keyword budget, cheap recipes, soup, vegan
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can butter beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp mixed Italian herb
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Add tomatoes to a large saucepan on a medium heat, add the vegetable stock and herbs/ spices. Bring the pan to the boil then reduce to a low simmer. Leave to simmer for 25-30 minutes until it has thickened.
  2. After that, increase to a medium heat and add the butter beans for 5 minutes to heat them up.
  3. Either transfer to a blender or use a hand blender and blend until smooth. Place back on the heat for a few further minutes to ensure soup is hot before serving.

Serve and enjoy!

What do you guys think of the basic recipe today? What are your favourite cheap eats? And, most importantly, are you excited for another £20 Grocery Challenge? 

Until next time,  




  1. 8th November 2018 / 5:08 pm

    I have been so bad lately at budgeting and food lately. As a result, i have also been super unhealthy! that rustic vegetable casserole looks amazing though!

  2. 8th November 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Love this!! As a fellow vegan, I love posts like these because they often introduce me to new foods I never would have considered trying before. That tomato bean soup is definitely going on my “must try” list! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. 8th November 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Your day look delicious. And I wasn’t really aware that you could roast chicken peas, I am going to do that tomorrow ♥

  4. 8th November 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I always love your recipe posts, Sophie, and this one is no exception. Although there’s no way I could manage on your portions, I’m far too greedy, haha. Those chickpeas look gorgeous though, that’s something I can try this weekend – to nibble on with a glass of chilled rose in the other hand! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  5. 8th November 2018 / 5:38 pm

    All of your foods in this recipe seem so Autumnal, I love it.. The casserole sounds incredible, and I love the idea of eating chickpeas as an alternative to nuts for a snack, I may have to try that myself!

  6. 8th November 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Eating on £20 a week sounds like a great challenge! My partner and I eat for about £40 a week so we aren’t far off. I find it so much easier to shop for 2 people rather than 1! I can’t wait to see more of your recipes.
    Love, Cally x

  7. 8th November 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Ooh I can’t wait until your Christmas series! I wish I could eat this healthily on a daily basis, it all looks so good but I’m so lazy and always seem hungry too haha!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  8. 8th November 2018 / 7:39 pm

    I never used to like oatmeal as a kid but grew to like how versatile you can make it as an adult. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit into my current eating plan but yours looks delicious! I cant wait to read your food challenge posts, I always find those so interesting!

  9. 8th November 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Loved this post and how it’s all budget friendly! I’m the same way, I don’t usually eat straight away when I’ve woken up, I absolutely love chickpeas as a snack as well!

  10. 8th November 2018 / 8:47 pm

    That soup looks incredible and so perfect for a Winter’s Evening! I’ve also been having porridge for breakfasts most mornings mm x

    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

  11. 8th November 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Love this – £20 a week groceries – that’s amazing!
    I have never had roasted chickpeas, I’m really intrigued and want to try them.
    This is a really good meal plan or when you don’t really want to eat food that is too ‘heavy’.

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin.com

  12. 9th November 2018 / 12:39 am

    GF oats are definitely a go-to breakfast meal for me, especially as I have 8 am’s this semester at school! I relate on having a smaller appetite; I swear my stomach is just smaller than other people, and I can only eat so much before filling quite full :’)

  13. 9th November 2018 / 8:14 pm

    This was such an interesting read, I’ve never heard of people eating roasted chickpeas as an alternative to nuts! I can’t wait to see your £20 grocery challenge, we’ll be moving out soon and having to get our own food shopping so it’ll be good to know how to cut costs!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  14. 9th November 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried butter beans but I’ve heard they’re nice, I’m a huge fan of kidney beans but everyone looks at me oddly when I say that! I genuinely really enjoy porridge, my favourite is honey and cinnamon, sometimes with a few chunks of banana (I know you hate banana…). I love graze boxes or similar things for a snack but roasted chickpeas sound pretty decent for a cheap alternative!
    Alice Xx

  15. 9th November 2018 / 8:31 pm

    These photos are wonderful and now I really want this food! I’ve been really getting into plant based foods recently and there have been a few recipes I’ve tried out that I really love. These look amazing and I may have to give them a try so I can try something new. Who knows, it could be a new favourite of mine.

  16. 9th November 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Just did a massive weekly shop and I know how hard budgeting can be as I want to make my shopping last so much longer. I always tend to think oats can be quite boring without anything but haven’t thought to put apple in it! Going to try that out, great post x

  17. 9th November 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Enjoyable post especially the recipe for the soup, it sounds (and looks) delicious! I love butterbeans but have never considered putting them into a soup before.
    Chickpeas are one of my staples, I love them


  18. 9th November 2018 / 9:23 pm

    I am not a vegan but you are giving me lots of great ideas to try. I like the apple oats recipe. I also like your roasted chickpeas. I like your post on the Grocery Challenge.

  19. 9th November 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I always relate to things more when they’re budget friendly haha!

  20. 10th November 2018 / 2:00 am

    It’s always neat to see what people eat over the course of the day. Eep, I know my appetite varies. I like that you made your oats flavorful with the apple. I LOVE chickpeas! It’s great that you can make them homemade. Even though you had leftovers at 9, it still looks good! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  21. 10th November 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Love the sound of that soup – will be sure to give that a go at some point! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

  22. 11th November 2018 / 11:31 am

    When I lived with my ex we budgeted £100 a month (so roughly £25) a week for food shopping. Ae did a lot of batch cooking and used fresh ingredients. I love the look and sound of that soup, definitely going to try that one.

  23. 13th November 2018 / 11:11 am

    Goodness I eat SO much more than you, it’s kinda crazy to see people’s different appetites and what they eat in a day. Your leftovers look great! I absolutely love your £20 challenges!

  24. 16th November 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Hi, Sophie!
    I think that planning is key to successfully completing a challenge like this and you’re doing a great job of getting the most out of your budget by making so much of it at home.
    Leftovers are invaluable for stretching tight budgets and using things up also ensures minimal food waste, so it’s a win, win!
    Thanks for sharing this with us Sophie!
    Hanna | @ missbeautysaver.com

  25. 27th November 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I love roasted chickpeas as a snack – they are such a good alternative to a packet of crisps! Love this post!!
    Abbs xo

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