Accidentally vegan!

Accidentally vegan!

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As the number of people adopting a vegan lifestyle increases so does the number of products, food items and drinks that specifically cater for their needs.  As well as vegan specific foods like cheeses, yoghurts, sausages, cakes, pastries etc there is also a growing number of accidentally vegan products out there………

You may be surprised just how many vegan items you are consuming!

But first of all a big caveat; the items below are what I would call snacks, treats and convenience foods i.e. to be consumed occasionally.  The majority of a healthy balanced diet should be in the form of freshly prepared foods like vegetables, fruit, wholegrain carbs, water, fats from olives, avocado and nuts and protein from nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, non- dairy, soya etc.

Accidentally vegan!

lets start with biscuits; these are from Aldi, Tesco, Wilko, B&M, Poundland, Asda etc

I have it on good authority that the Crocus cafe ( https://www.crocuscafe.com) in Lenton, Nottingham make an amazing oreo cookie cake, just what you need for a special treat

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And lets not forget one of our childhood favourites Fox’s party rings!

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If you want to know what food in most UK supermarket is vegan friendly then I suggest you visit https://myvegansupermarket.co.uk

Christmas treats

There are now more than ever, some delicious vegan Christmas treats that should make the whole family happy

Snacks 

vegan onion rings

 

Sainsburys onion ring crisps

 

 

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Coop’s Christmas dinner crisps

 

Coop’s Christmas dinner crisps

 

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Tesco churros

 

 

 

vegan malt loaf

Aldi ‘Malt’ loaf

vegan savoury biscuits

M&S crackers

vegan nut bars

Aldi quinoa protein bars

vegan millionaire shortbread

Millionaire shortbread from Sainsbury photo by veganoo

vegan savoury biscuit

Aldi crackers

vegan Prawn cocktail crisps

Many crisp varieties including Walkers Prawn cocktail, and Worcester sauce flavours, McCoys BQ chicken, Skips, Pringles Smokey bacon. All available at most supermarkets

 

 

 

 

Cooking ingredients

vegan sauce

Sriracha mayo

vegan sauce

Asian spicy pastes and sauces

 

vegan choc drink

Liquid chocolate from Aldi and other supermarkets

At the very least this blog should give you some stocking filler ideas for the vegans in your life

vegan caramel spread biscoff

Lotus biscoff spread

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Black bean burger

Black bean burger

I’ve adapted a Peta recipe that I found on twitter to create this really tasty vegan bean burger. It’s packed with fibre filling wholewheat pasta, please free to use gluten free if you need to

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Makes 6 – 8 burgers depending on the size

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ingredients for black bean burger

400g cooked wholewheat pasta

1 tin drained black beans (or any other beans you have in the cupboard, red kidney beans would work well)

1 teaspoon chilli flakes or ½ – 1 fresh chilli chopped

50g sun-dried tomatoes

90g BBQ sauce  – I didn’t have any so I used 65g tomato ketchup, 25g brown sauce,  ½ tsp of smoked paprika and 1 tsp liquid smoke

1 tsp lemon juice

handful chopped parsley or coriander (optional)

½ tsp salt

1 onion – chopped

1 tsp vegetable/rapeseed/olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

extra oil for brushing the burgers

small bowl of water to wet your hands

Pre heat an oven 180oC, 160oC Fan, 350oF, gas 4

Add the oil to a frying pan and cook the chopped onions for 5-8 minutes, until soft and golden.  Add the chopped garlic and salt. If it sticks add some water, not more oil

Tip the cooked pasta, beans, chilli, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs (if using), lemon juice and BBQ sauce in to a food processor and blend until you get a thick paste.  Scoop out into a bowl and mix thoroughly with a large spoon or spatula.  Add the cooked onions and mix again.

Lightly grease a baking tray or use greaseproof paper.  Spoon out 6-8 spoonfuls of the mixture and place on the baking tray.  Dip your hands in water and gently shape the burgers and flatten slightly.  Brush lightly with some extra oil

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Place in the pre heated oven and cook for 30-40 minutes.  Check half way though the cooking time.

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cooked in 30-40 minutes

When cooked add to a burger bun that has your favourite extras like vegan mayo, tomato sauce, avocado, gherkins, salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, onion rings etc

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I served mine in sour dough bread with sweet potato wedges and it was delicious. I had the left overs with mash potato and baked beans (pure comfort food!) and finally in a sandwich with mustard fried onions

How did you eat yours?

 

 

 

Food waste

Food Waste

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

the coop and food waste

Over the last few days the Co-op hit the headlines for its war on waste.  Its East of England stores will now be selling food that is past its ‘best before date’ for 10p http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42217026

food-waste2In the run up to Christmas when we are all busy stocking up our shelves, fridges and freezer it’s perhaps worth bearing in mind that £17 billion worth of food is thrown away every year in the UK.  That’s the equivalent of £470 per Uk household

We all have a part to play in that number, for instance shops and manufacturers generate 6 million tonnes of food waste annually, restaurants generate another 3 million tonnes and 33% of the food we buy is thrown away

But at the same time 8.4 million people in the UK who are too poor to eat and 4.7 million people go a whole day without food

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So what can you do to help reduce some of these statistics?

Food waste top tips

Tip #1 - understand the difference between use by, best before and sell by dates.  It could make the difference between using or throwing away food

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Tip #2 – go shopping with a list. It could not only reduce your food bill by discouraging you from purchasing BOGOF and other special offers but you will only buy what you need and help reduce waste

Tip #3 – Use the freezer to correctly store leftover food.  Place leftovers in freezer bags (clearly labelled with the contents and a date)

Tip #4 – Love your leftovers; veg can be made into a winter warming and cheap soup, stale bread can be turned into breadcrumbs, garlic bread or frozen for later, herbs can be added to bottled oil to create flavoured oils, potatoes can be cooked,mashed and frozen, ripe bananas can be broken into pieces and frozen ready to be added to smoothies, turned in to squishy banana bread or whizzed in a blender to make ice-cream

Tip #5 – Stalks, stems, outer leaves from veg and herbs can all be frozen ready to make homemade stock for stews, soups, risottos and sauces

Tip #6 – Ripe fruit can be cooked in a small amount of water and some cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch or two of sugar until soft and spooned over yoghurt, served with your favourite cereal or eaten with custard.  Any left over can be frozen flat in freezer bags

Tip #7 – Never go food shopping when you are hungry; it could encourage you to make impetuous buys

Tip #8 - Make your salad leaves last longer by putting them in a big bowl or tub, lay a paper towel or two over the top so moisture doesn’t settle on the leaves. Cover with a lid or some clingfilm and store at the bottom of the fridge.

Tip #9 – Practice portion control and don’t overload your plates with food.  Consider using smaller plates, bowls and glasses

Tip #10 – If you have left over food contact your nearest food bank, soup kitchen, charity or local church and let them redistribute it for you

 

 feed-bellies-not-binsWhat’s your best tip for avoiding food waste?

Cheats mince pies

Cheats Mince pies

mince pieThis is a recipe I made a few years ago when some unexpected guests arrived one Christmas and I needed to make some mince pies pronto! And your guests will never guess the ‘cheat’ or that they are vegan!

I have pimped up shop bought mincemeat but you can just open a jar and get cracking

So the cheat is to use wholemeal bread instead of pastry.  Its so simple, quick and easy and you can make as many or as few as you need.  I also keep a few frozen slices of wholemeal bread in freezer bags for those surprise visitors.  And 15-20 minutes later they are settled with a homemade mince pie and a cuppa (or something stronger)

One slice will make 2 circles and 2 star tops i.e. 2 complete mince pies.

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My cookery class guests have made these mince pies today along with chocolate truffles and ginger men biscuits.  If you’d like to come to any of my vegan classes then please contact e for more details

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for get rolling!

Makes 6 mince pies

3 slices of wholemeal bread

6 teaspoons (120g) shop bought or homemade mince meat

2 tsps of your favourite tipple (brandy, rum, sherry etc) – Optional

1 cooking or eating apple washed, cored but not peeled

1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice

2 tsps oil

large pinch of sugar

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1 pastry cutter 3″ or 78mm wide

1 star cutter

1 rolling pin

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Pre-heat the oven 220C/200C fan/gas 7.  Grease the bun tin using a small amount of oil and some kitchen roll

Using the rolling pin roll out and flatten each slice of bread.  Make it large enough so that you can cut out two circles and two stars*

 

Place the circles in the bun tins and press down so they line the tins.

Chop the apple in to small cubes or grate on a course grater

img_9116In a bowl add 120g of mincemeat, chopped/grated apple, cinnamon or mixed spice and alcohol (if using).  Mix together and spoon in to the bread cases

Using a pastry brush, brush the remaining oil carefully over the stars.  Place a star on top of the filled pies sprinkle with extra cinnamon and a few grains of sugar

img_9122Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-12 minutes until the tops look nice and toasted.  Eat hot or cold, either by themselves or with some soya cream or custard

They should be stored in an airtight container and will keep for 4 days

*The left over bread can be used to make bread sauce, homemade stuffing, make a shop bought stuffing go further or frozen until you decide what you want to do with it!

 

 

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Next vegan cookery class – 4th December

Next vegan cookery class – 4th December

In West Bridgford

My next vegan cookery class has a Christmas theme.

 

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I have a few spaces left on my next vegan cookery class next Monday 4th December at 10am.

At my last class the guests made these colourful tofu rice paper rolls

 

If you can’t make Monday 4th.  I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

Come along and learn how to make chocolate truffles, cheats mince pies and ginger men biscuits

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It only costs £25 and all the ingredients, equipment and recipe sheet are provided.  You just need a container to take it home.  You can come for just one class or attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year

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Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on 07946 301338 to book your place.

Quick Cauliflower and chickpea biryani

Quick Cauliflower and chickpea biryani

A biryani that is perfect for meat free Monday

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

IMG_4476This is a very quick and easy vegan cauliflower  biryani recipe. It uses some store cupboard standbys, like microwaveable rice and some chutneys

By adding chickpeas you are seriously upping the protein and fibre content. The cauliflower adds more fibre and plenty of immune supporting antioxidants

Adjust the level of spice to suit your taste buds

 

Serves 2, 480 calories per portion

 

500g Cauliflower, cut in to florets, include the stalks for extra fibre

1 large onion (150g) – chopped

2 tsp oil

IMG_44741 x 400g tin of chickpeas –

1 garlic clove  and 1 nub of fresh ginger – sliced

or 1 tsp garlic and ginger paste

2 -3 heaped tsp curry powder

1 tsp each of turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli flakes

splash of lemon juice

handful parsley and/or mint leaves – chopped

1 packet express wholegrain rice

 

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The calories have been calculated using the Nutracheck App

 

IMG_4472Start by heating the oil on a medium flame in a large frying pan and add the chopped onions and cauliflower. Cook until the onions start to colour. If it starts to stick and burn, resist adding more oil and add a splash of hot water instead.

Add the garlic and ginger (or the paste) and stir. After about two minutes add all the spices and using a metal spoon (the turmeric will stain a wooden one) coat theIMG_4473 vegetables. Cook until the spices start to smell fragrant. Add the chickpeas and their juice. Turn the heat down and cook until the cauliflower is soft – about 10-15 minutes. You may need to add more water

 

When your veg is nearly cooked, open the rice and add to the pan, mixing in thoroughly and cook for 2 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Add more water if its sticking to the base of the pan. Finish with a splash of lemon juice and the fresh herbs

 

IMG_4475Divide between two warmed bowls. And add a spoonful of mango chutney and lime pickle, for even more heat!

 

You can of course make this even quicker by using cooked left over veggies. The cooking time will reduce by 10 minutes. You can also add some lovely protein and omega 3 packed cashew nuts

Black Friday offer

Black Friday offer

Come to my vegan cookery school in West Bridgford and if you book 5 classes you will get a 6th one FREE

You can also pay for classes on an individual basis and they are £25 each.

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I will introduce you to the wonders of tofu, the delights of vegan sushi and the occasional but oh so tasty dessert.  The classes take place every Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm – although the times could be flexible.

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So what’s in it for you if you sign up?

I will provide all the ingredients, equipment and recipes; you will prepare and cook your very own vegan meal, which you can take home for the family to eat and enjoy.  You will also receive nutritional advice and tips to help keep you fit and healthy.

This is ideal for all you veggie virgins who want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start.  It’s also great for would be students who are about to embark on independent living; after all we all know how cheap seasonal veg can be.

Maybe you have a vegan or vegetarian member of the family and you’re struggling to know what healthy and nutritious meals to cook them

Or you want to lose some weight, change your diet, feel fitter, then coming to my ‘simply veg’ class could be just what you’re looking for

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My gift certificates would be an ideal way for you to give some cookery lessons to family, friends and loved ones.  Or maybe as corporate gifts.

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You may also be interested in my

Vegan Merry Christmas

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Mindful yoga and healthy eating

MINDFUL YOGA AND HEALTHY EATING
MONDAY 4TH DECEMBER FROM 10.30 – 12.45pm
IN WEST BRIDGFORD
THE COST IS £30

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This is our second Mindful yoga and healthy eating event, the first one booked up before I could even create an event page!
So why not come and join a small group of mixed ability yoga students, followed by some time in the kitchen learning about healthy eating and then enjoy a light 2 course vegan lunch. All for £30
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We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place

Debbie will guide you through gentle, relaxing but specific movements that will help with general flexibility, mobility, balance and strength.  In a small group like this she can spend time with each person to make sure they are in the correct position that can maximise the pose.

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Spend a relaxing hour or so practising yoga in a relaxed space that has under floor heating, followed by nutrition advice and tips whilst enjoying a light 2 course vegan lunch

As a trained nutrition coach and chef I will talk you through the general principles of healthy eating, how to stay well during the testing winter period, and ask you to help me in the kitchen with some last minute prep.  We will then all sit down to a healthy vegan meal that I have prepared for you

This is a great time to get to know your fellow students and to ask us questions about yoga, healthy eating, lifestyle changes etc.

Contact Susan Hart (07946 301338) or Debbie Spencer (07941 526136) for more details

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If we get booked up don’t worry we have more in the pipeline for 2018

Veg out review – Chocks Away, Nottingham City airport

Veg out review – Chocks Away, Nottingham City airport

 

The saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ couldn’t be more apt for this local café. It is on the site of Nottingham City Airport at Tollerton and originally it only catered for the staff and crew.

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From the outside it looks like you’re entering the control tower, but continue along the passage way and you’ll enter a very cosy and welcoming café. Alison the chef and manager is a vegan and has been the driving force behind the cafes increased and impressive range of vegan food. The kitchen is tiny but somehow Alison and her staff produce a raft of both vegan and non-vegan food. But she is meticulous about food separation so us vegans can eat her food in the full knowledge that there is no cross contamination

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A word of caution though, the news about this friendly place is spreading so at times you may have to wait for a table and you could be surrounded by little diners who have their own play corner.

 

 

On my first visit to Chocks Away I ordered a cappuccino and the spicy veggie burger. I was offered soya, coconut or almond milk in my coffee, I plumped for almond. The coffee was hot and delicious so I was off to a good start.

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My burger arrived about 10 minutes later and was very tasty. It came with a generous salad, and some spicy topping on top of the burger. From a nutrition point of view I would have preferred a wholemeal bun, but the staff told me next time to order it on wholemeal bread. Sorted! I was too full to take advantage of the cakes, but I made a promise to revisit.

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My review is also in the Nottingham Post online http://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/hidden-gem-outskirts-nottingham-caters-806362

My second visit was for Sunday brunch, which it turns out is a very, very popular occasion at Chocks Away as we had to wait 20 minutes for a table. But it gave me plenty of time to peruse the menu and decide that I wanted the tomahawk vegan breakfast, consisting of vegan sausages, beans, tofu scramble, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes and wholemeal toast (with vegan spread). My other half had the meat version with extra hash brown, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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It is fair to say that it was a no fills breakfast; the presentation is simple and unfussy but that didn’t detract from the fact that it was very tasty, filling and also reasonably priced at £4.95. We decided to take home a couple of vegan sweet treats for the afternoon energy slump; a salty peanut butter shortbread and a fudgy chocolate cupcake. Both were delicious and very moreish

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If you want a good selection of reasonably priced home cooked vegan food this is the place for you. There’s also the added bonus of being able to watch small planes and helicopters do their thing

Vegan Merry Christmas!

Vegan Merry Christmas!

img_4983Have you got a vegan coming for a Christmas lunch, is there only one vegan in your family or are you vegan yourself and want to cook something different?

Bored of the same nutroast or plate of soggy overcooked vegetables?

Tired of having to bring your own dinner when visiting relatives?

Worried that you will inadvertently feed your vegan guest an ingredient they don’t eat?

Then I might have the answer! On Saturday 2nd (and possibly 9th) I will be running a vegan festive cookery class in West Bridgford, Nottingham.

 

Put Saturday 2nd December in your diary! 

Come along to my professional 5* rated kitchen in West Bridgford where you will make a 3 course festive lunch to take home with you.  The class runs from 10 am – 1.30pm.

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The ingredients, equipment, recipes and refreshments will all be provided, all you need to do is bring containers to take your dishes home. And all that for £75.

SoupPeople are asking what they might be cooking. I’m hoping to make either a celeriac and chestnut soup or a mushroom bruschetta . A leek and chestnut terrine or a mushroom wellington and a chocolate chia pudding and chocolate and date truffles

 

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The menu may change slightly if guests have any food issues like nuts, gluten or soya

 

 

west bridgford wiremy cookery class has also featured in the wonderful west bridgford wire https://www.facebook.com/WestBridgfordWire/ 

I accept a maximum four guests.
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To book your place on 2nd December (and possibly 9th if its over subscribed), just contact me

Susan Hart on 07946 301338  or email me at susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

 

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/