Veganism, new and old Vegans, info, support and recipes

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  1. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    Veganism, new and old Vegans, info, support and recipes

    A new thread mostly for support, to help new vegans and those transitioning

    It would be good not to have arguments, insults, nit picking and the usual tedious stuff found whenever veganism is discussed, it's all been done.

    Link to quite a few existing old threads on Vegans and Veganism
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    Last edited: Feb 5, 2018
  2. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    Some useful resources for people interested in veganism.

    Links to lists of all vegan items found in the main supermarket chains: Lists of vegan items in UK supermarkets

    Loads of info, tips, etc. for people starting out:

    General tips from the vegan society: How to go vegan

    Best app for when you want to buy vegan food out: HappyCow Find Vegan Food FREE – Android Apps on Google Play HappyCow Find Vegan Food on the App Store

    Really great recipes channel of youtube: BOSH.TV

    Vegan on a budget: Vegan Recipes – COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP Cheap Lazy Vegan

    Position paper of the world's largest academy of dieticians and nutritionists on vegetarian and vegan diets:

    Tip: Find your local vegan/vegetarian group on facebook for updates, news, socials where you live etc.
  3. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    I'll start
    I am a lazy vegan only going vegan last year sometime after running out of excuses, my immediate family had already been vegan for years and it seemed like a lot of effort to me. My partner who ate meat when I met them actually went vegan before me.

    Being a lazy and unadventurous cook I stick to generally simple meals that are quick, when I cook I make the same things - pasta, stir fry, jacket potatoes, pizza, Sunday lunch, might make something with a burger, new potatoes etc.
    Know I should be making curries and a wider range of dishes.
    Difficult as also gluten free (not by choice!)

    Press some firm tofu either by pushing down on in with a side plate on a chopping board and turning the block of tofu press each side or put something heavy on top of the plate and leave it for a while.
    Chop up into cubes and fry in saucepan turning it to get all sides a bit crispy. Used to have a small deep fat fryer for this but got too gunky.
    Usually have asparagus, red or yellow pepper, courgette and any other veg with red onion/white onion/leek and a fair bit of garlic.
    Fry tofu in saucepan whilst boiling water for pasta, fry veg in wok and chuck tofu in when done, keep frying veg in wok whilst pasta boiling. Drain pasta, add sauce then put all veg and tofu in pan with pasta and mix all together. Sometimes grate gary (vegan cheese) on top.

    Stir fry - as above but marinade tofu block in tamari for a while before, tend to use a packet stirfry and add ginger as well as extra veg and the tofu, squeeze of lemon on top at the end, quite quick.

    Jacket potatoes - stab them up proper, bit of oil and salt on outside, put in pre heated oven for ages, checking and turning them once or twice and crushing them a bit for extra fluffiness and crispy skins.
    make salad and baked beans to go with, roast a bit of garlic towards end of cooking so can squash the cloves and get liquidy garlic, lush and simple.

    Pizza - self explanatory really

    Sunday lunch - loads of potatoes, butternut squash, parsnips, garlic cloves, veg, kale, onion sauce.
    par boil potatoes, bash about and leave for a while in pan without water to fluff up. Put in pre heated baking tray with oil then add the blocks of butternut squash a while later.
    Steam veg and use some of the water to make the sauce, put the kale in oven for a few mins towards the end and get crispy slightly burnt kale.
    Sauce, fry onions (and sometimes finely cut aubergine or can do mushrooms) and garlic for a while and caramelise them ideally, then add flour to soak up the oil then add the water from veg and get required consistency, add a splash of tamari at the end.

    tonight i can't decide whether to make gnocchi or gosh burgers with new potatoes, salad and something else.

    As Jeff has just posted, there are loads of sites and groups and some great youtube channels with recipes and support. Another good one is avantgardevegan
    here is one of their food prep videos
    They do elaborate stuff like "fish" and chips
    and a crazy steak type one
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  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

  5. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

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  6. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.


    Any ideas for a teenager-pleasing tea?

    My eldest hates my quorn spag bol/chilli con carne (my youngest loves it). I get stroppy comments like "just because you want to eat this plastic it doesn't mean I have to, I want meat". Not sure what else to make for them.

    e2a: I only make a veggie tea for them on Monday, they have meat the other 6 days.
  7. 8ball

    8ball Bar Bore Silver Medallist

    That one certainly looks good.
    Probably a bit elaborate for something to make just for myself (tofu experiments are pending...).
  8. PaoloSanchez

    PaoloSanchez Well-Known Member

    I first used the Happy Cow website about 15 years ago when I was working in the Netherlands for a while. (back in the days before "apps") and it is excellent. As I don't eat out that often I don't really use it here but I have the app on my phone anyway.

    Other apps you might find useful...

    Veggie Alternatives - Vegetarian & Vegan Foods - Android Apps on Google Play

    Vegan Amino - Android Apps on Google Play

    gonutss - Vegan Translator - Android Apps on Google Play

    Vegetarian and vegan recipes from Italian cuisine - Android Apps on Google Play
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  9. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    IMO The Linda McCartney mince is nicer than the Quorn stuff - maybe give that a go. (I haven't had it for years mind, but I used to love making chilli non carne with it).

    This is a great chilli recipe too: Chilli Non Carne

    What sort of food does your eldest like?
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2018
  10. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    Perhaps best to avoid meat substitutes altogether then? What about veg curry, or stir fry veg and rice, or roasted vegetable pasta? Some kind of veg pasty and chips? But I have no idea what is teenager friendly really.
  11. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I'm not a vegan, but am steadily trying to eat less meat. Some books I've found quite inspiring are the Anna Jones ones, A Modern Way to Cook, A Modern Way to Eat and got the latest for Xmas, A Modern Cooks Year. Already a few of the recipes are in our regular rotation.
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  12. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    I'm dabbling in veganism at the moment after many years of vegetarianism with occasional shortlived modest meat eating phases. I'm not quite ready to fully embrace veganism but am eating vegan probably about 90% of the time and I like it..... so I'll be keeping an eye on this thread :thumbs:
  13. 8ball

    8ball Bar Bore Silver Medallist

    Does that mean about 10% of your food is eggs and cheese? Or do you have to separate things out meal per meal? :hmm:
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  14. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    Similarly I am about 80-90% vegan. The main reason I haven't managed 100% is the fact I can't eat gluten - most gluten free bread / veggie burgers / sausages etc contain egg, and most vegan products contain wheat. There are some which are both gf and vegan but on a practical day to day level I find it just too difficult to restrict myself to the small selection of vegan products.
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  15. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    I meant that about 1 in 10 of my meals are currently non-vegan.

    The non-vegan meals are however comprised mostly of vegan ingredients - they are not 100% cheese!
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  16. 8ball

    8ball Bar Bore Silver Medallist

    Ok, just trying to get a handle on how we're measuring things here.

    (this reduces my score significantly) :hmm:
  17. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Fuck off Grammarly !

    I aim to make my food green-ish but with red and orange bits in :)
  18. 8ball

    8ball Bar Bore Silver Medallist

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  19. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    I'm also about 80-90% vegan atm. Jury's out about about eggs, don't think I'll ever swerve wool and honey. I've also adopted the strategy of eating food that others cook me even if it's not vegan - unless they ask me in advance.
    But I've done about 5 weeks without diary cheese and milk and I found it fairly easy. I do this at least once a year - swear to eat vegan at home - and then at some point butter and cheese end up in my fridge again. :facepalm:
    Facebook tells me I made vegan pancakes on pancake tuesday last year so I must have lasted that long at least.

    I did a year once - 1989 - but found it really hard when eating outside the house. These days veganism seems to be having it's mainstream moment so in theory it should be as easy as being vegetarian.
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  20. 8ball

    8ball Bar Bore Silver Medallist

    The jury came back in.
    Not vegan, they said.
  21. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now


    I really like egg and chips and tortilla ,,,:oops:
  22. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    One of the things that puts me off about the Linda Mcartney stuff is it tries so hard to look and act like meat, we had some veggie burgers the other day and the wife couldn't eat them (the only meat she'll eat is chicken and maybe the odd bit of pepperoni/chorizo)
  23. 8ball

    8ball Bar Bore Silver Medallist

    That's a pretty good review. For some people, anway.
  24. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    Veg curry on the go!
  25. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    She seems happier with the veg curry I'm making, we'll see how it turns out
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  26. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    Made this the other day, it was really quick to cook and tasted delicious. Felt pleasantly full afterwards in a good way:

  27. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    sometimes the oil's the best bit of a stir-fry :(
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  28. Jeff Robinson

    Jeff Robinson Well-Known Member

    You can sub the cucumber water for oil if you like ;) I added some sesame seeds.
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  29. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    That looks good. I've goth the Bosh recipe book on pre-order, I think it's out in April.
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  30. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    That look good but can you say which two liquids are being added between the cucumber water and (presumably) soy sauce at between 47 and 50 seconds?
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