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On 24/12/2020 at 23:57, Shimmyhill said:

My other half is veggie and I’m part time veggie but this is a game changer and something I didn’t think was a concern - who knew there was so much eel in ice cream....

 

As an aside, I only recently found out that many fabric softeners contain animal products. Doesn't affect me because I've never used them (not sure why I'd pay more to make my towels work less well), but it's one of those products you'd probably assume was fine. (Just reading up on it and apparently they're full of all sorts of nasty stuff.)

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we just ate a Sainbury's plant based xmas jelly (was raspberry and orange) and it was fantastic, no way I could tell it wasn't an old fashioned jelly made from melted cow hooves.

 

the bigger revelation was the Elmlea plant based cream which I bought as my other half can't do dairy - it had a very slight nut tinge to it on its own but on the jelly was fantastic and again I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference from cow juice.

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3 hours ago, Gotters said:

we just ate a Sainbury's plant based xmas jelly (was raspberry and orange) and it was fantastic, no way I could tell it wasn't an old fashioned jelly made from melted cow hooves.

The really odd thing is most jellies that you can buy pre-prepared are veggie. But almost all of the stuff that you need to make yourself isn't. Hartley's individual pots of jelly are fine for example, but Hartley's tablets of jelly cubes are largely made of pig.

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Trying to eat less meat and dairy, bought myself the Green Roasting Tin recipe book for Christmas. First recipe - roasted cauliflower spring greens and chickpeas with lemon and tahini dip was a success! If anyone isn't familiar with it, the premise is that all recipes are one pot, ie in a roasting tin. So it's a case of throw everything in and leave it. Very handy for weeknight meals.

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Ooh that looks amazing @grounded_dreams! I'm hoping my local Aldi will have some good options. Been a bit disappointed that our local Tesco doesn't seem to be stocking many of their veganuary launches, I had a look for vegan butter and they only had the one brand of margarine that I remember buying back in the 90s, in my brief  teenage vegan spell!

Have you tried the pain au chocolate? My main issue is finding new comfort foods as I go back to trusted non vegan favourites when I'm stressed, am trying to build in new habits. 

 

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4 minutes ago, velma said:

Have you tried the pain au chocolate? My main issue is finding new comfort foods as I go back to trusted non vegan favourites when I'm stressed, am trying to build in new habits. 

 

 

No had it yet, likely I'll have it for breakfast tomorrow :)

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6 hours ago, grounded_dreams said:

Really great expanded range at my local Aldi this morning, there were loads more but I couldn't put any more stuff in my arms, didn't use a trolley.

 

That looks great. Will try to make it up to my local store at some point.

 

Is anyone else doing Veganuary? It's my third time, so I should find it pretty easy. I'll mostly be cooking for myself, but will definitely try a few of the new products that are out, and report back if they're any good. I'm also going to try my best to cook at least one thing a week from the Thug Kitchen book. I've had it for ages, and not done thing one from it yet, despite all the good reviews.

 

After last year I did mean to try alternating vegan and veggie months, but that never happened. However, I'm going to try again this year. I really could do with cutting down the cheese - I'd like to lose a bit of weight in the next few months and dodging pizza would help enormously.

 

 

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@MarkN I'm not strictly doing veganuary, but I'm usually a meat eater and im trying to eat plant based as much as possible this month. Part of it is weight related as I know I'll lose Christmas excess by cooking vegan recipes, and I find vegan food less snackable (I have a very bad sweet tooth for milk chocolate)

Im not doing it 100% mainly because I didn't want to fail and then stop, as id like it to be part of a longer term change. 

I was vegetarian for years before going back to eating meat but it's a totally different world out there now! What used to put me off was the planning involved (taking your own food with you everywhere) but that's definitely not needed now, and easier in lockdown too 

 

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On 04/01/2021 at 18:12, velma said:

@MarkN I'm not strictly doing veganuary, but I'm usually a meat eater and im trying to eat plant based as much as possible this month. Part of it is weight related as I know I'll lose Christmas excess by cooking vegan recipes, and I find vegan food less snackable (I have a very bad sweet tooth for milk chocolate)

Im not doing it 100% mainly because I didn't want to fail and then stop, as id like it to be part of a longer term change. 

I was vegetarian for years before going back to eating meat but it's a totally different world out there now! What used to put me off was the planning involved (taking your own food with you everywhere) but that's definitely not needed now, and easier in lockdown too 

 

Cool. Good luck with it. It's definitely so much easier to go meat-free and vegan now, even from just a couple of years ago. Being able to grab a decent lunch from a  supermarket, or a ready-meal for your dinner when you really can't be arsed to cook makes such a difference. Also, the growth of vegan food has been great, because some of the products that are being created are often much nicer than the vegetarian stuff, I find. Certainly in Tesco, I'd almost certainly grab something from their Wicked (vegan) range, rather than their bog standard veggie stuff.

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29 minutes ago, MarkN said:

Cool. Good luck with it. It's definitely so much easier to go meat-free and vegan now, even from just a couple of years ago. Being able to grab a decent lunch from a  supermarket, or a ready-meal for your dinner when you really can't be arsed to cook makes such a difference. Also, the growth of vegan food has been great, because some of the products that are being created are often much nicer than the vegetarian stuff, I find. Certainly in Tesco, I'd almost certainly grab something from their Wicked (vegan) range, rather than their bog standard veggie stuff.

 

Yeah I remember the days of carrying a bag of mixed nuts and some ready salted crisps anywhere I went! The range of vegan recipes has really helped as well, I've now got a few quick recipe books instead of everything involving soaking beans.  The availability of simple things like falafel and tofu at standard supermarkets helps too. And it's a tiny benefit of the lockdown that I'm at home for lunch most days as the area where I work is still very limited for food options even for vegetarians (therd is a Morrisons in walking distance but it doesn't stock much)

 

Also I am very happy that there's a tofu that doesn't need pressing! 

 

@BedroomBusinessman that book looks very interesting! How do you find it in terms of ingredients - are there a lot that are specialist? I'd love to cook some Japanese food and obviously makes sense it can be vegan friendly given the lack of dairy, though usually books published in the UK are catering to more traditional English tastes. 

Usually I'm happy to go around hunting for ingredients but it's a bit tricky in tier 4. 

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22 hours ago, velma said:

 

Yeah I remember the days of carrying a bag of mixed nuts and some ready salted crisps anywhere I went! The range of vegan recipes has really helped as well, I've now got a few quick recipe books instead of everything involving soaking beans.  The availability of simple things like falafel and tofu at standard supermarkets helps too. And it's a tiny benefit of the lockdown that I'm at home for lunch most days as the area where I work is still very limited for food options even for vegetarians (therd is a Morrisons in walking distance but it doesn't stock much)

 

Also I am very happy that there's a tofu that doesn't need pressing! 

 

@BedroomBusinessman that book looks very interesting! How do you find it in terms of ingredients - are there a lot that are specialist? I'd love to cook some Japanese food and obviously makes sense it can be vegan friendly given the lack of dairy, though usually books published in the UK are catering to more traditional English tastes. 

Usually I'm happy to go around hunting for ingredients but it's a bit tricky in tier 4. 

Honestly most of the ingredients are pretty easy to access, he lists a few at the start that are used as staples:

 

Miso

Kombu

Seasame Oil

Soy

 

There’s substitutions for the trickier to find ones as well.

 

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Last night I managed to order an 'American Hot' instead of 'Vegetarian Hot' pizza. First takeaway fuck up I've made!

 

We took the pepperoni off and ate it, which on balance we feel was the right thing to do to avoid wasting food. 

 

It was pretty nice actually. I guess the garlicky paprika oil from the pepperoni is something we should made for drizzling!

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1 hour ago, Lovelyman said:

Last night I managed to order an 'American Hot' instead of 'Vegetarian Hot' pizza. First takeaway fuck up I've made!

 

We took the pepperoni off and ate it, which on balance we feel was the right thing to do to avoid wasting food. 

 

It was pretty nice actually. I guess the garlicky paprika oil from the pepperoni is something we should made for drizzling!

Yeah - I'd have scoffed it.

 

The oil seems to be really important. I've mentioned before, when I make vegan "pizzas" I've found I prefer not to bother using fake cheese, and instead load it up with nice veg, and then have a pot of vegan mayo on the side to dip it in - usually spiked with smoked paprika. Pizza is one of my very favourite things, but most vegan cheese is minging. I find that the lovely greasy hit I get from mayo helps me to ignore the lack of cheese to a fair degree (much more than the nasty Wotsit-flavour of fake cheese, at least). The oil, the grease, the mouthfeel seems to be a big part of why I love pizza so much.

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Papa John's do a great range of vegan toppings and sides, if you're in the market for some greasy pizza mouthfeel. The vegan sausage and jackfruit pepperoni are both really tasty and their cauliflower wings are like crispy delicious crack.

 

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28 minutes ago, PK said:

Papa John's do a great range of vegan toppings and sides, if you're in the market for some greasy pizza mouthfeel. The vegan sausage and jackfruit pepperoni are both really tasty and their cauliflower wings are like crispy delicious crack.

 

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I hadn't thought to check if the big chains had gotten vegan friendly!

 

I hate their dip but might allow it one time to try this stuff. 

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Now that I've had time to try these things I thought I would update with my comments and thoughts,  following on from when I visited my local Aldi recently.

 

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1.
The coleslaw, my other half had, said it was excellent and had been wanting to find a decent version and this is the one.

 

2.
The Power bowl, again was eaten by my other half and said it was very plain and wouldn't have again.

 

3.
No pork sausage rolls, I've had many times before. They are a easy quick lunch and nicer cold rather than warmed up.

 

4.

Pains Au Choclat, these are proper lovely. Could do with being slight larger as they are not very filling.

 

5.
No Chicken Masala, this was proper lush. Wasn't too spicy, the texture was excellent, was really filling and tasty. Highly recommend this.

 

6.
Moroccan Inspired Veg Pasty, this was great. Had it cold, the flavours were gorgeous and once I finished it, even though I was full I wanted another.

 

7.
Vegan Fruit Flapjack cookie, these as more chewie that I thought they would be, know they are flapjack cookies, the fruit was nice. Tasted a bit like a macaroon. Lovely with a cuppa

 

8.
Falafel and Hummus Wrap, adore these . Try and get them every time I visit the store. Lush

 

9.
No Beef Sourguignon Pie, this was a let down. Very bland and uninteresting, won't have this again.

 

10.
Mushroom Bolognese, have these as nice quick meal, tasty, easy and good flavours.

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We've got an Aldi nearby but I've not seen much veganuary stuff and certainly no pain au chocolat which is very disappointing! After going veggie and trying to eat vegan where I can, I'm finding breakfast and main meals very easy but I'm struggling with lunches and sweet things (I think I've mentioned in this thread that milk chocolate is my go to when stressed)

 

Does anyone have recommendations for lunch ideas, particularly sandwiches? Grated carrot and hummus gets boring pretty quickly. Also any preferred recipes for brownies/traybakes that I can cook on the weekend and have during the week would be very welcome!

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On 29/04/2019 at 12:39, Dr_Dave said:

 

Where did you get nutritional yeast and wheat gluten from for the seitan? I've been tempted to try it before, but haven't found a good place to get these.

 

This weekend, I followed this recipe to make buffalo cauliflower steak sandwiches:

 

 

Can't believe how good they came out. Cauliflower! Who knew?

 

@velma this sandwich is amazing

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That does look very good actually, and most of those items I’d have at home which is handy. Though that’s more of a weekend dish and I do need something i can eat for work lunches! 

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Most supermarkets sell frozen curried lentil burgers and spicy beanburgers. All the ones I've tried work pretty well cooked up in advance then stuck in a sandwich cold with salad, mayo, and some tomato relish or similar. (Don't try this with fake beefburgers or sausages - most of the ones I've tried taste of almost nothing cold).

 

One other thing I do occasionally is make bean pâté (I call it pâté, it's more like refried beans). Basically chop an onion up super fine (or you could grate it), fry it up, throw in a tin of beans including the liquid (black beans or borlotti work well, but others should be fine too), add some vegetable stock powder, a little water, and whatever herbs and spices you fancy (cumin and smoked paprika work well), then keep it on the heat, whilst stirring and mashing the beans up with a wooden spoon. Do this until it's thick enough to spread in a sandwich, and as smooth as you want it. It will just look like brown stodge, but I find it works well in a sandwich or pitta bread, again with salad and whatever condiments you fancy. You could probably grate a carrot or other veg into it too if you wanted. You can also make nice spreads using red lentils and a similar technique - you just need to get the flavourings right or it can be a bit bland. If you want more specifics, you should be able to find plenty of recipes by googling vegan bean/lentil pâté.

 

Just thought of another. Again it sounds odd, but is really tasty. The day before fry up a load of mushrooms, chuck in some soy sauce, and maybe some Chinese 5 spice (if that's your thing). Let them go cold, then give them the same sandwich or pitta treatment as above. Slightly odd texture, but seriously tasty. I haven't had lunch yet, and now I fancy this...

 

If you're near a Tesco all the lunch options I've had from their Wicked range have been very tasty (although it's been a while since I've had any, and the range seems to change quite often).

 

And in an emergency you can always go for a Pot Noodle - they're all vegetarian, but these are apparently vegan - Bombay Bad Boy, Brazilian BBQ Steak, Chinese Chow Mein, Piri Piri Chicken and Beef and Tomato (which is nice because the Chow Mein one is a guilty pleasure of mine).

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Work lunches I tend to switch between Quorn vegan ham or squeaky bean pastrami in sandwiches, falafel or roast veg wraps or hummus and pitta if I need to grab something quick and easy.

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@MarkN that’s a good idea with the lentil burgers, thanks. And the bean pate you described is very similar to something my mother in law cooks (she does a lot of Mexican cooking). Am trying to take my food with me to work as again, that’s when il either cave to familiar comfort food and I’m trying to create new habits! Plus I’ve been suckered into buying substitutes which gets expensive quickly.

 

@Sabes I haven’t tried any of the quoin slices are they any good? I love roasted veg straight out of the oven but Im not keen on it as leftovers. Falafel and hummus is my lazy go to evening meal!

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The Quorn Smoked Ham Free Slices are really tasty, and are vegan.  Their Vegetarian Ham Slices aren't so nice, they have a sort of weird musk to them.

 

These vegan tikka pieces are great in sandwiches and salads, ASDA and Tesco sell them:

 

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They're really meaty, for want of a better word. You could almost be fooled it's chicken.

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Been impressed with all the squeaky bean stuff. Had heard the veggie quorn ham slices are better but I've only had the vegan ones and they're nice enough with some salad in a sandwich.

 

Agree with @MarkN, have also used burgers in sandwiches/wraps. 

 

Also, Bosh have a great faux gras recipe which is essentially mushroom pate. 

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2 hours ago, Kieran said:

How healthy are all these processed vegan/veggie foods? As I have never eaten thigs like supermarket chicken nuggets or sliced ham I have never seen the appeal.

I'd never done the research before (I only eat meat subs occasionally, so don't care too much), but was intrigued so I've had a very quick look.

 

Comparing sliced ham to Quorn ham slices per 100 grams: Ham has 110 kCalories, 2.2g fat, no fibre at all, 21g of protein and 1.6g of salt. Quorn vegan ham has 101 kCalories, 2.5g of fat, 8.5 g of fibre, 14g of protein, and 1.7g of salt. So pretty similar apart from less protein in the Quorn, but a bunch of fibre.

 

Comparing chicken nuggets to vegan ones per 100g (Sainsbury's Plant Pioneer ones): Chicken Nuggets have 269 kCalories, 14g of fat, 1.6g of fibre, 14g of protein and 0.86g of salt. The vegan ones have 253 kCalories, 12.5g of fat, 4.3g of fibre, 12.2g of protein, and 0.41g of salt. Again close, but the vegan ones are a smidge better on everything other than the protein again, where it's a smidge worse.

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