Fancy trying Veganuary but need a little nudge?
Are you tempted to try Veganuary this year but either not sure where to start, or feel you've missed the boat? It's not too late to start now!
If you're already shopping zero waste and trying to be as planet friendly as you can, getting involved in going vegan for the month of January is a great idea.
What is Veganuary?
Veganuary is an organised pledge to not consume any animal products for the month of January.
Why is it important?
We are now all aware of the impact that meat consumption has on our environment. Livestock contributes significantly to carbon emissions, as well as the terrifying scale & rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest (and other parts of the world) to make space for livestock grazing and soy production for animal feed. The vision for Veganuary is to create a cruelty-free world without exploitation of animals.
How do I go about this?
You'll need to stock up on some delicious food to motivate & inspire yourself to keep going through the month, and hopefully beyond! We have pulled together some recommendations, you can find the full list on our instagram page. But the top ones you should definitely look out for to help make this month extra delicious:
- Butter : Naturli Vegan Block
- Milk: Minor Figures Oat Mylk
- Mayo: Rubies in the Rubble Mayo
- Chocolate: Tony's Chocolonely dark choc & sea salt, or Well Bean Co
- Meat Alternatives: Sunflower mince, Tofu, Jackfruit
And some of our favourite independent vegan cheese companies
- Honestly Tasty : Shamembert & Veganzola
- The Arty Vegan : Tofu, Muenster (melty cheese), smoked 'salmon' carrot
- Kinda Co: Greek style (feta), Farmhouse block (cheddar flavour)
- I Am Nut Ok: Rigotta, Mozzarella, NeroMinded (truffle)
Sunflower mince is a high protein, low fat meat alternative. It's 100% dehydrated sunflower seeds that can be added to a sauce in the final stages of cooking, and mimic the texture of mince.
Sunflower Spag Bol
Fry onion & garlic in a little rapeseed oil, add a pinch of salt and cook out until softened
Add a tin of tomatoes and use a little water to swill the tin, and add this too
As the sauce is cooking out, add some fresh or dried herbs such as oregano, basil and thyme. If your tomatoes are a little tart, add some sweetness like a dash of maple syrup or coconut sugar, and I also like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar
Season to taste and once you're happy, add the sunflower mince for the final five minutes of cooking (19g = 1 persons serving).
Serve with spaghetti and a side of steamed or sautéed broccoli if you fancy a bit of green.
Thinking beyond the plate
Eating a plant based diet is a huge part of Veganuary, but there is a world of vegan and cruelty-free products beyond food.
Duvet Hog is a brilliant example of this, who create the most amazingly comfy duvets from waste items, which are free from animal products.
Ohros and Afterglow are two brilliant Hackney-based vegan candle companies that we stock in the shop, using soy wax and recyclable materials to create gorgeous products.
Visit us in store for more advice or browse our range of vegan products online today!