You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy vegan food. Perhaps you over indulged over Christmas and are looking to boost the amount of vegetables you eat, or you just fancy a bit of a change from meat. If so, then read on for some fantastic inspiration from Foodies100 bloggers, as we celebrate Veganuary.
We’re welcoming Clare from the brilliant blog The Vegatarian Experience to share her top picks.
I don’t know if you have heard, but it seems that 2014 has been dubbed the “Year of Vegan”, kicked off with great vigour by the campaign for “Veganuary” – the brain child of two British Vegans. Veganuary encourages people to go Vegan throughout January, to eat delicious healthy food, save the lives of animals and help the environment. The idea is that cutting out meat, fish and dairy for a month, will help to reduce factory farming and the demand for animals for consumption.
According to Veganuary sources, the average carnivore consumes 126.9 animals per year, which amounts to roughly ten thousand during a lifetime, a pretty staggering amount! There has been lots of support for “Veganuary” from the Twittersphere and the blogging community. It seems that the concept of a lighter January which doesn’t include dieting, after eating the bird in a bird in a bird over Christmas really does appeal to many people.
As usual, UK bloggers have been at the forefront of championing the course for Veganuary, and have been sharing their recipe ideas and photos of vegan food, and so here are some great ideas to keep your Veganuary going perhaps into Vegabuary too!
Aly has been tweeting pictures every day of her fantastic creations, including this Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash which is a great winter winner.
Kate at the Veg Space is using her Twitter feed to provide some great vegan meal inspiration. Her photos and creations look so mouth-watering. I am craving the Udon Noodles with Thai Coconut Vegetables as I write!
Alongside Veganuary’s 31 Day Menu Lisa from Faceless Food has created a whole meal plan for Veganuary which is cost and waist friendly. Her menu also includes some vegetarian dishes too, which you could easily substitute for a completely vegan option. This Pasta with Greek Tomato Sauce featured on Lisa’s menu looks to be a sure fire winner with the kids and those craving comfort food during January.
Are you in need of some breakfast inspiration? If you are looking to steer clear of the traditional cereal with milk or toast with butter options, then Tamzin from Salads and Sequins had a great alternative – Sticky and Sweet Coconut Breakfast Rice. It sounds as good as I bet it will taste, I am definitely going to be giving this one a go. She also has lots of other fantastic vegan meal suggestions on her site.
For snacks, you could make this Savoury Granola from broccoli and rice cakes, or perhaps try these Cranberry and Date Snowballs from Shaheen at Allotment to Kitchen. These options make a fantastic alternative to reaching for the left over Christmas chocolate and will also hopefully satisfy those mid-afternoon cravings!
I am also a fan of the aesthetically pleasing Winter Beetroot Pearl Couscous Salad which Shaheen has created, it just looks so pretty and I absolutely love a good beetroot recipe.
Staying on the beetroot theme, Katy from Little Miss Meat Free has created a Beetroot Lemon and Thyme Risotto, perfect for a lighter meal.
For those who like their food with a bit more of a kick, newcomer Easy Peasy But Not Cheesy (see what he did there?) recommends this delicious Sweet Potato Curry which is high in carbs and low in fat – well you need something to fill you up on those cold nights!
Which leads me to my personal favourite for Veganuary – Vegan Bean Chilli, hearty comfort food at its best! This is a great dish for enticing the meat-eaters into Veganuary.
I hope these links have provided some inspiration for Veganuary. If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late, even committing to changing your eating habits for a few days is a good challenge to try and create some new meals outside of your comfort zone.
Follow the #Veganuary and #morethancarrots hashtags on Twitter and Instagram for more Veganuary meal inspiration. There is also a competition running to win a Vegan hamper when you Instagram your Veganuary creations using the hashtag #morethancarrots.
Happy Veganuary everyone! Have you any recipes you would like to share? Do leave them in the comments below!
You can find Clare blogging her favourite recipes over at The Vegetarian Experience and sharing more ideas on Twitter at @veggieexperience.