Veganuary Ideas and Suggestions
This January have you taken part in “Veganuary”? Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try a vegan lifestyle for the month of January (as well as throughout the rest of the year!) Wondering what vegan is? See my blog post on the very subject.
People decide to go vegan for a variety of reasons from the love and concern of animals, to health and nutrition or even the environment. You can read more about it and about Veganuary here.
Vegans don’t consume any animal products so this rules out meat, dairy and other animal by products like eggs. A lot of people think this is really restrictive and there’s nothing left but there are plenty of delicious vegan foods and a vegan diet can be more nutritious and healthy than an “omni” meat-eating diet.
Typically plenty of fruit and veg are consumed as well as grains and pulses like rice, quinoa, wheat and lentils. Some coffee and tea drinkers find milk the hardest to give-up but t here are superb alternatives to cows milk. It used to be only soya milk was readily available but now there are alternatives in abundance such as almond, cashew and coconut milks, oat milks and even pea milk! I’m told a firm favourite with the vegan community is Oatly Barista milk made from oats.
Going vegan is a great excuse to try out new recipes but you can simply veganise your usual favourites. For example, vegan sausages and mash – buy vegan sausages from your local independent food shop (or they even sell them in all the major supermarkets), potatoes as usual but use a vegan spread and an oat milk or other milk substitute – almond milk works well for mashing. Then serve with seasonal veggies.
You can also veganise other recipes by leaving out butter and using oil or Pure for cooking…. We recently used Pure olive spread instead of butter to make mushroom and leek filo rolls…. (Filo pastry is often vegan)
Why not try this lovely winter warmer:
Using 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, sauté a chopped red onion and three cloves of garlic for around 2-3 minutes.
Next, add your veggies – celery, broccoli and kale. As an aside kale really is a super veggie – surprisingly its rich in calcium, providing 139mg per 100g and is also a good source of iron and Vitamin K.
Add three cups of water and a teaspoon of court bouillon. Make sure you simmer for 7-8 minutes.
After you’ve simmered for the specified time, add a teaspoon of minced ginger, salt, pepper, half juice of a lime and 4oz soba noodles (Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat flour) and boil for 3-4 minutes until the noodles are soft.
Top with chopped coriander to serve.
If you tried Veganuary do let us know how you got on.
Remember, we cater to all dietary needs and have some great options for vegans.
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