Veganuary

Veganuary –  have you gone meat free this month?

Veganuary is an international campaign aimed at encouraging people to be vegan for the whole of January. https://veganuary.com.  Last year the campaign grew by 183%, with 168,542 people signing up to go vegan.  So far this year over 250,000 people from 193 countries have taken the month-long pledge to try veganism

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Concern for animals, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment, the health advantages of a plant-based diet or curiosity are just some of the reasons for people taking up the veganuary pledge, with many high profile vegan celebrities on board

 

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If being vegan for a whole 31 days seems too much of a challenge then why not try taking part in the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign, originally started by the late Linda McCartney.  If you need recipe ideas then have a look at the ones I have created for you. http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/

Who can resist the ultimate comfort food – LM vegan sausage and onion sandwiches!

LM vegan sausage sandwich

If you’re not a diva in the kitchen then the supermarkets are on hand.  Many have seriously upped their vegan game.

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Marks and Spencer’s new vegan range. Photo by Sally

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Aldi’s vegan aisle Photo by Sophie

 

Eating vegan food is now easier than ever, thanks to raised awareness, an increase in veganism and the availably of foods on the High Street, in restaurants and cafes.  For instance last year Pizza Hut announced that all of their restaurants will now stock vegan cheese, after it was successfully trailed; Zizzi and Pizza Express have been serving great vegan options for a while now, with more in the pipeline I’m sure

Zizzi's

Zizzi’s

Waggamamas has an ever expanding vegan and vegetarian range

Kare Burosu ramen

Kare Burosu ramen

Many coffee shops now serve vegan sweet treats, sandwich shops like Pret have even created a number of vegan only outlets and Greggs has just launched a vegan sausage roll, that is flying off the shelves

And small independents are also keen to attract new vegan customers; Chocks away https://www.facebook.com/Chocks-Away-Nottingham-City-Airport-379455688792762/  a cafe linked to Nottingham City airport has increased its range of vegan options

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chocks away

 

And No 12 Hounds Gate https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk , Nottingham is a new vegan and vegetarian only cafe

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No 12 Hounds Gate

carrot salad

No 12 Hounds Gate

And pubs like the Angel microbrewery in Nottingham City centre http://www.angelmicrobrewery.com and the Horse and Plough http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/April-menu-Vegan-1.pdf at Bingham are really flying the vegan flag

Angel micro brewery

Angel micro brewery

Starbug burger, Horse and Plough

Starbug burger, Horse and Plough

If you are currently taking part in veganuary or going meat free every Monday and want to continue then consider coming to see me, either for a one to one nutrition consultation or one of my vegan cooking classes.

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Vegan food hacks

Vegan food hacks

The inspiration for this post can from a thread on the vegan food UK FaceBook group

Whoever said to fry quorn vegan ham slices as a bacon replacement is a genius , as is the person who said they heat up alpo soy chocolate milk to make a hot chocolate both these things I’ve tried this week and now I’m wondering if there are any other vegan food hacks I can try? I know about the can of pop in Betty crocker cake mix and adding black salt to tofu scramble but there must be loads more! Please let me know!

 

And thats just what happened.  So here’s some of the best, quickest or simplest hacks

Mix mint sauce (or chopped fresh mint and lemon juice) with alpro soy cream or alpro ‘Go on’ plain protein yoghurt. You get raita! Which you can dip poppadoms into

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nutritional yeast

Mix vegan cheese with a tiny bit of plant milk, salt and Engevita nutritional yeast (also known as notch).   It melts well and makes yummy cheese on toast

Defrost Linda McCartney sausages, cut each sausage into 5 pieces, hand roll them into balls and then bake them on an oiled tray for about 15 mins (180oC) and they make great meatballs!

Linda McCartney sausages can be microwaved.  2 for two and a half minutes. Cooks them perfectly for a quick sausage sarni

Mix a bit of mellow white miso into your ‘cheese’ sauces as well as some nooch (also known as nutritional yeast) it makes it taste extra cheesy!

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Coat pieces of tofu in corn flour or gram flour before baking or frying and it will make it nice and crispy.  You can add some smoked paprika or curry powder to make it a bit spicy

 

 

 

 

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Add black pepper and a pinch cayenne pepper to this seasoning and coat sausages, burgers tofu or vegetables before roasting

 

 

 

 

 

sausageRoll sainsbury’ shroomdogs or other vegan sausages in ready roll puff pastry for tasty sausage rolls!  Skinless shroomdogs can also be squished into sausage patties and used to replace sausage meat in stuffing!

Remove the skin from Shroomdogs, mix with fried onions and minced mushrooms, soak dried cranberries in juice and zest of one orange, blitz vacuum pack of chestnuts, generous spoonful of miso or marmite, handful of toasted pine nuts. Mix all together, season and add tsp allspice. Then wrap in puff pastry. Delicious festive mains

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Baked beans and nutritional yeast for cheesy beans

 

Mint sauce, a tin of mushy peas and some extra water. Heat in a pan, hey presto pea and mint soup

Spread marmite onto puff pastry then grate any vegan cheese on. Roll up into a log sausage shape then slice into pin wheels. Bake in a hot oven (200oC). The marmite will bring out the taste of the cheese. They taste and look amazing.

vegan hamFry mushrooms add either diced vegan bacon or vegan ham. Add a carton of soya cream and a tub of vegan cream cheese. Herbs and spices to required taste. Boil spaghetti pasta. When pasta cooked mix into the sauce to coat it then serve….. vegan cabonara or if you don’t want pasta serve on jacket potatoes

Freeze tofu… It completely changes the texture, and it will soak up flavours like a sponge in stews, or can be deep fried, baked or sauted

Don’t throw away your peelings (potato, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato).  Make a dry rub (½ teaspoon coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and pinch chill flakes).  Mix the peelings in to the rub, spread out on to an oiled tray and bake (180oC) for 15-20 mins until crisp. Goes down well with mayo

Add lemon juice to soya milk and leave for ten minutes to curdle. Whisk into self raising flour for the best pancake batter.

Fry rice based spring roll wrappers to make prawn less crackers.  If you don’t want to go to that effort Tesco Thai crackers are similar to prawn crackers and they are vegan

If you used to like ham and cheese toasties with mature cheddar, use the Asda free from mature cheddar and Tofurkey slices. #Boom!

Silken tofu hacks:
Blend and add SR flour, roll out and griddle for a nan or use as a pizza base.
Blend, add sweetener and vanilla essence as a healthy topping for trifle
Silken tofu, dessert spoonful of French Mustard and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice – vegan mayo                                                                                                                              Silken tofu, ripe banana strawberries and oat milk whisked together – makes a really thick and nutritious shake
vegan choc drinkChoc shots come 3 flavours. Fatly & choc shot is like horlicks like.  iced with Coconut milk and its like bounty. Squirt some on plain biscuits/rice cakes, or over some fresh fruit, ice-cream

Big dollop of mayo ( vegan Hellman’s or vegenaise) mixed with equal amounts of ketchup and American mustard (to taste) then add finely chopped onion and gherkins and you’ve got yourself vegan Big Mac sauce

A quick dessert – Banana, crushed digestives or ginger biscuits and alpo caramel dessert mixed together.  Tastes like banoffee pie

 

runny eggWith a bit of effort you can make a ‘dippy’ egg – see the ‘How to’  video below

Blitzed mushrooms in a food processor for mushroom mince. Just add savoury flavourings.  an be added to cottage pie made with puy lentils and lots of veggies.  Add nutritional yeast to the mash for a cheesy taste and additional B12

Mix leftover betty crocker white icing with plant milk for White Hot Chocolate

Wholemeal tortilla wraps make a nice pizza base – tinned tomatoes, herbs and free from mozzarella style cheese then pop in the oven for 15 minutes

Agave nectar with pure cocoa or cacao powder makes a nice chocolate sauce

Mash chickpeas or soybeans roughly with a fork, or pulse in a food processor. Add garlic, mustard and plant based yoghurt. Can be used as a replacement for tuna in a sandwich, salad or on a baked potato

liquid smokeAdd Liquid smoke to everything; stir fry, carbonara, baked beans, chilli, sausages. it’s so good!

Co-ops ready rolled pizza dough is outstanding. One happy customer believes they are yet to find a better one, shop bought or restaurant. Add the sauce, cheese and most toppings first and bake together. let any fake meats thaw first just so everything cooks together. Then add spinach and basil close to the end

 

Rectangle of pastry, one slice of cheese, few spoons of beans, fold and freeze. You’ll have Greggs style cheesy bean pastries for a quick 10 min breakfast/ snack

This is just some of the vegan food hacks that my fellow vegans have up their sleeves.  More in the coming months!

Next vegan cooking class

Next vegan cooking class – 17th December 2018 

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on 17th December at 11am in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make delicious sweet potato falafels with tahini dressing

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The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

 

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If you can’t make Wednesday at 11am, I also have a couple of spaces on 21st December at 12pm   You will be making vegan festive plait, a great centre piece for the big day

Contact me if you’d like to book a space on either classes, but please be quick as places are limited.

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If you can’t make these dates 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  Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could 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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Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

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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.

Make your own Christmas Chocolates

Make your own Christmas Chocolates

Fancy making your own vegan Christmas chocolates? I have classes in West Bridgford on Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm. The cost is £25 per person. If you’d like to come along please contact me 07946 301338

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca

Create your own bespoke vegan chocolates, perfect for sharing this Christmas.
My previous guests had a blast

Raw chocolate is the process of making chocolate from raw, unroasted cacao powder, which maintains nutrients lost in the roasting process; making it high in antioxidants, which help keep the body healthy and reduce cell damage.

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I will teach you a simple technique to create raw chocolate using natural sweeteners to give a deep, rich and satisfying flavour.
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You can then customise your chocolate using freeze dried fruits, nuts and natural flavourings, and gift wrap them for friends and family (or for yourself!)

 

I will also share my healthy eating tips and nutritional know how.
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Join me at my vegan cookery school in West Bridgford, for the very reasonable price of £25 – all ingredients, recipes, equipment and gift bags to take your chocolates home are provided.
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 christmas chocolate
contact me to book your date and time
Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm.

Check out my video of a previous chocolate cooking class

The rise of veganism

The rise of veganism

Recently two journalist students came to interview me about veganism and why its on the rise. I was asked for my views because I am a nutrition coach who advises clients about healthy eating and I am also a vegan.  The journalists were keen to understand about the potential nutritional issues affecting a vegan and If I persuade all my clients to adopt a vegan lifestyle  #SpoilerAlert: I don’t

Here’s a few video clips of how it went

The first is about my role as a nutrition coach and why veganism is now a popular lifestyle choice.  I mention my cooking classes, that vegans and non vegans attend so they can make delicious tasty vegan meals that are nutritionally balanced and easy to make

 

And a short video montage of my cooking lessons

 

How I promote a healthy balanced diet.  I talk about a ‘rainbow of colour, variety, unprocessed foods and moderation

 

And finally,  the foods that should form part of everyones diet but especially if you’re  vegan or moving towards a more plant based diet

If you would like some nutritional advice, regardless of your lifestyle choices then why not come and talk to me.  I could get you back on track

Do you want to lose weight

If you are not local or you time is too precious then maybe a phone or Skype consultation could be for you

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A few weeks ago I appeared on Gem 106 radio to talk about veganism and why its gained so much in popularity, feel free to listen to the interview below

And I was asked to sit on the red sofa of East Midlands today to discuss the increase in the number of fast food outlets and an increase in obesity levels.

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on the big red sofa with Maurice Flynn and Sarah Teale

 

Veg out – The Cross Keys

Veg out – The Cross Keys

We all know how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast. Normally I have porridge with fruit and peanut butter but at the weekend I like to spend a bit more time relaxing with the papers, a coffee and something more substantial, but I don’t always want to prepare it.  That’s where the Cross Keys at Weekday Cross in Nottingham came to the rescue one Sunday.

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I’d heard their name mentioned a number of times when recommendations were sought for good vegan options.

The pub was nice and quite so we sat at a window table and perused the menu.  The vegetarian breakfast with vegan options sounded just the ticket; my other half ordered the Eggs Benedict.

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Whilst we waited for the food to arrive we had a look through the free Sunday papers, admired the beauty of the building and watched more tables fill up with fellow brunchers

cross keys vegan

Our food arrived together and (as requested) with our two black coffees.  I was really pleased with the portion size, not too big, not too small and only two slices of bread.  The homemade sausages had a crunchy outside texture, so did the potato hash, the avocado was lovely and soft as was the well cooked grilled tomato half and the mushrooms had been fried rather than boiled; all in all an almost faultless breakfast.  I have it on good authority that the eggs benedict were also tasty and filling.  Our coffees, which are included in the price were also substantial, hot and tasty.   My vegan breakfast was £6.95 and the eggs benedict was £6.75.

Would I go back?  The food I had was absolutely great but looking at the menu there is only one dedicated breakfast option, which is not enough choice to make me a regular visitor.  Likewise there are no specific main course dishes, but rather surprisingly I could have vegan cheeses as a dessert.

Maybe the menu is a work in progress but high marks for a very tasty well cooked vegan breakfast

November is world vegan month

November is World vegan month

Does Nottingham cater for vegans?

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Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month.  This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from

https://www.livekindly.co/number-of-vegans-in-the-uk-surges-by-700-in-just-two-years/).  Maybe the fact that a  number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding, David Haye and Peter Egan to name but a few all follow a vegan diet.
world vegan month

world vegan month

Concern for animals and their welfare, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.

For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives

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But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan  ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.

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Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact

 

 

In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.

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Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first  and third Saturday of every month?

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I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham

 

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Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport),  Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing

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courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options.  You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc.  And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too

In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses

 

 

For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign,  progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.

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If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes.  More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/ 

cookery feedbackYou can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338

For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website

Yoga and healthy eating class

YOGA AND HEALTHY EATING CLASS

MONDAY 3rd December 2018 FROM 10.30 – 12.45pm
IN WEST BRIDGFORD
THE COST IS £30

 

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Why not come and join a small group of mixed ability yoga students practicing gentle, mindful Yoga in a beautiful calm space that has underfloor heating.
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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 to maximise a pose.  The yoga session will close with a guided meditation where you can let go into your body and breath; leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease.
This will be followed by a healthy vegan buffet made by me.  We’ll spend time relaxing  around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.  All whilst you all enjoy a healthy balanced vegan buffet lunch.  Debbie will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her yoga practice.
Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, herby flatbreads, decadent chocolate pots, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments

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

 

 

The whole event will leave you feeling nourished and balanced.

All this for £30
Contact either Susan on 07946 301338 or Debbie on 07941 526136

We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate making workshop

Chocolate making workshop – with a Halloween theme for those that want it!

Learn how to create your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of nutritional knowhow.  The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school

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Previous guests getting stuck in.

And really enjoy making these luxurious chocolatey treats

The event will take place on two dates

Friday 26th October, 12.30 – 1.45pm and

Monday 29th October, 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

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What’s included

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch with minimal equipment and experience
  • All ingredients are included and you’ll receive a recipe card
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolates with a variety of freeze dried fruits, nuts and flavours, including halloween shaped moulds
  • Take home your chocolates in your own customised packaging

All this and lots of tasting too for £25 per person: maximum 4 people

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Photo courtesy of Wilow and Dove

 

Take a virtual peak around my kitchen where you will be making your own chocolates

My WORKSHOPS ARE FREE FROM GLUTEN, DAIRY AND EGG

 

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If you’d like to come to either workshop please contact me

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

07946 301338

 

Vegan cooking classes

Vegan cooking classes – Simply veg!

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

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Is your diet in a mess, do you want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start, are you confused about what to eat and not eat to have a healthy balanced diet?

Then maybe my vegan cooking classes are just what you need

 

 

The benefits of a plant based diet for humans, animals and the planet are regularly reported in the media.

plant based diet

But what does a plant based diet actually look like, and if you were thinking of adding more veg and less meat, fish, eggs and dairy to your diet what do you cook?

I may very well have the answer!  I deliver vegan cooking classes in West Bridgford, Nottingham that 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

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This is ideal for all you veggie virgins who want to eat less meat but don’t know where to start.  Its 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

The vegan kitchen 

As a lifelong vegetarian, recent convert to veganism and trained chef I will share my knowledge, tips and experience and help you to get that veggie vibe.  I have advised clients for a number of years about how to make small but permanent changes to their diet, so the meals are going to be balanced, nutritious and above all tasty.

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Each class will have a maximum of 4 guests, and rest assured my kitchen is up to scratch having recently been award another 5 star hygiene rating.  I am also the proud owner of a H.O.T award (healthy options takeaway)

 

All this for £25 a session, or if you block book all six you only pay for five i.e. £125

So what are you waiting for?

 

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Contact details

07946 301338

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk