Formula for easy ethical one-pot meals

This super easy recipe formula is just brilliant. It makes a wonderful variety of delicious, healthy, cheap, and ethical meals. I use it pretty much every day, so thought it would be worth sharing. Just choose whichever ingredients you’re in the mood for and can find cheaply, follow the directions, and a few minutes later you’ll have an amazing meal ready to enjoy!

Try printing out the formula and putting it up in the kitchen for ideas and inspiration whenever you need it.


PDF: EA Tasty formula for easy ethical one-pot meals

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Chinese peanut sauce

Deliciously intense peanut sauce. Perfect with egg-free chinese noodles and vegan quorn stir fried in sesame oil and soy sauce. I also love to use it as a dip for raw vegetables or rice paper rolls.


Chinese peanut sauce

Adapted from Mollie Katzen and Madhur Jaffrey
Serves: 2


  • 125g (1/2 cup) peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) hot water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (or equivalent)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp Chinese shaoshing wine, dry sherry, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander, minced
  • Ground cayenne, to taste
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Place peanut butter in a small bowl, add the hot water, and stir until it forms a homogeneous consistency. This may take a couple minutes.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover, then refrigerate for an hour or two to allow the flavours to meld and mature. You can also make it a day in advance and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Let it come to room temperature, then serve!

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I know, the ingredients aren’t particularly harmful to the environment. Please comment if I’m wrong about that. Watch out for added palm oil in peanut butter.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 Pretty inexpensive. Peanut butter can be very cheap. Cilantro/coriander is probably the most expensive ingredient, but it only calls for 2 tbsp, so you can chop up and freeze the rest for future recipes.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32I’d say this recipe is healthy. Peanut butter is full of healthy fats and protein, but it’s very calorific, so be aware if you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32So delicious. My friends love it when I make this for them.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5