It’s World Vegan Month! Are you looking to go vegan, or just want to eat more plant-based meals? At FareShare Midlands, we regularly redistribute lots of plant-based food, so here is some advice on how to use these tasty alternatives.
Veganism involves avoiding eating any products that derive from animals, such as cow’s milk, cheese, fish, eggs and meat. People may choose a vegan lifestyle for many reasons. This could be for animal welfare concerns, health requirements or environmental reasons.
Although a plant-based diet may initially seem restrictive, there are loads of delicious ways to utilise vegetables, pulses, fruits, grains, and dairy and meat alternatives to create filling, nutritious and tasty meals. As veganism grows in the UK, food suppliers offer an ever-growing range of plant-based products, from mince to cheese, sausages to yoghurts, steaks to milk – there is a vegan option for almost everything!
Vegan Milk and Cheese
- Try it out! Vegan Macaroni Cheese Recipe
Vegan Sausages and Burgers
- Try it out! Vegan Bangers and Mash
Much like sausages and burgers, there are loads of meat-free mince options on the market, from brands such as Quorn, Meatless Farm, Beyond, This Isn’t and Richmond. Simply exchange for the beef mince in your spaghetti bolognese, tacos, lasagne or chilli recipes and then add all the spices and sauces that you would normally to have a super easy veggie dinner!
- Try it out! Vegan Chilli Con Carne Recipe
Good Old-Fashioned Veggies!
Try it out! Baked Ratatouille with Butter Bean Mash Recipe
Leading a Healthy Vegan Lifestyle
- Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
- Make sure you include or base meals on starchy carbohydrates and choose wholegrain where possible.
- Choose plant-based Milks and Yoghurts which are lower in fat and sugar.
- Eat plenty of beans, pulses, and other proteins to ensure you intake plenty of protein.
- Eat nuts and seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as walnuts) every day.
- Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts.
- Drink plenty of fluids which are low in sugar (6 to 8 glasses a day).
- If including foods which are high in fat, salt, or sugar, have them less often and in small amounts.