Meat Free Monday – Vegan Vegetable Burger

Ingredients 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided 60g sweetcorn 7/8 button mushrooms 3 scallions (spring onions) diced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. cumin 1 carrot, grated 1 small potato, grated 30g cup silken (soft) tofu Salt and pepper to taste 60g breadcrumbs   Method   Blend the silken tofu until…

Meat free Monday – Roasted Garlic Italian Potatoes

Ingredients 350g baby potatoes parboiled 1tsp garlic granules ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp oregano Pinch of sugar Pinch of salt Pinch of basil Pinch of ground black pepper 2 tbsp of olive oil   Method Preheat the oven to 200°C When the potatoes are cooled chop roughly until they are around the size of…

Plant Milks – The differences explained

Gone are the days when milk came from a cow. Milk is available today in many different varieties meaning that another choice has been added to our ever busier shopping trip. With many making the choice or having allergies or intolerances to animal-based milk there is a wide array of plant-based milk available. The best…

B12 deficieny – Are we at risk?

B12 the buzz word used by many as a reason not to pursue a plant-based diet, But what is it anyway and are vegans getting enough – Is anyone? B12 is also known as cobalamin and it is vital for health. It helps in making DNA and your red blood cells. One of the first…

Vegan Shopping Simplified

After you have decided to become vegan there are a few obstacles which you will face and will overcome for me one of the most difficult obstacles I faced was the shopping list. Suddenly faced with the prospect of new shops with different layouts, some shops with very expensive products and some that seemed too…

Vegans V.S. Omnivores – Cant we all just get along?

I’ve recently been invited to a number of vegan debate groups on Facebook. Always one to enjoy a lively debate especially on my ultimate favourite topic I happily accepted and settled in to enjoy learning from other people’s experiences and tastes. Sadly this is not what I found. Maybe this is old news to many…

Vegan Holiday Cooking 3 – Centrepiece- Nutroast

  Ingredients 100g onion 1 medium carrot 35g Mushrooms 50g red lentils 600ml vegetable stock 1 can kidney beans 60g mixed nuts (pecan, walnut and hazelnuts) 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp dried thyme 1tbsp rosemary Pinch of cayenne pepper 2 tsp mixed spice 200g oatmeal 1 tsp ground pepper Salt…

Q&A session with a Vegan

If you want to learn about veganism there’s no one better to learn from than a vegan. Here I interview my vegan friend on how he feels about veganism. How long ago did you go Vegan? 6 months ago. What was the reason that you went vegan? Mostly health, particularly asthma But what about the…

Meat Free Monday – Vegan Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

1 Tbsp yeast 1 Tbsp sugar 240ml warm water 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped 1/2 tsp garlic, diced 190g Plain Flour 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast 1 1/2 tsp salt Pinch of black pepper   Mix the yeast and the sugar in a bowl and add in the warm water and mix. Allow to rest…

What are you REALLY eating?

With so many people switching to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle these days, I’m taking this opportunity to “raise the curtain” on meat. Why do we not call a spade a spade? Why do we work so hard to separate ourselves from what we are eating? Are we in denial? Some people would offer thanks…

Fruity Friday – Bananas

Happy Fruity Friday! This week I’ve gone Bananas! Bananas are loaded with antioxidants and are also a decent source of that yummy fibre I’ve been raving about. Essential for Metabolic processes Bananas are interestingly not the best source of potassium, another instance where the media has been misleading. With only 9% of the RDI in…