VEGANUARY 2024 ROUND-UP

How many Vegans are there around the world?

There is a conservative estimated count of around 79 million vegans in the world. Believe it or not, this accounts for only 1-3% of the global population, however, it’s a constantly expanding community, with predictions suggesting as many as one in ten will switch to a vegan lifestyle in the next decade.

Small things you can do with a big impact:

Whether you're shopping for meat or fruits/vegetables, there are things you can do to choose the least carbon-emitting options.

- Shop locally sourced ingredients.

- Opt for meat from sustainable or small farms.

- Choose in-season fruits & vegetables.

- Favour vegan beauty & personal care products such as ETHOSA refillable body washes. 

- Meatless Mondays - Swap out at least one meal a week with one of these plant-based recipes we love.

 Our favourite vegan recipes:

Vegan Crêpes for Breakfast

What you will need:

  • 220g of plain flour
  • 680ml of almond milk, maybe more to loosen
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp of vegetable oil, (or other neutral-flavoured oil) plus extra to cook the pancakes

How it works:

  • Add the flour and salt to a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Gradually pour in the almond milk, whisking as you go until you get a smooth batter.
  • Add the oil and whisk until smooth and combined.
  • Heat a tiny dash of oil in a non-stick pan. Once hot, add a fine coating of the batter to the bottom and tilt the pan so it spreads out into a nice circle.
  • Relax for a few minutes while the batter firms up – when the wobbly softness goes, pop a spatula under an edge to see how it's coming along underneath. Once golden on the underside, flip it!
  • Keep cooking until the underside is also golden. Keep a close eye on it as I noticed that this side burnt a lot easier than the first side
  • Move onto a plate and keep warm while you cook the rest. Enjoy!

Spinach & Mushroom Penne for Lunch:

What you will need:

  • 175g wholemeal penne
  • 50g un-roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 10g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 120g chestnut mushrooms, halved if large, thinly sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 200g baby spinach

How it works: 

  • Cook the penne following pack instructions and put the kettle on to boil. Meanwhile, put the cashews and dried mushrooms in a medium heatproof bowl along with the bouillon powder, and pour over 200ml boiling water from the kettle. Leave to soak for 5 mins. After this time, blitz the mixture with a hand blender until smooth and creamy
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and fry the fresh mushrooms and garlic for a couple of minutes until just starting to soften. Add the spinach and continue to cook, stirring frequently until the spinach has wilted. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Tip the pasta into the pan with the mushroom mixture, season with plenty of black pepper and toss everything together well. Remove from the heat and stir through the creamy mushroom sauce, adding a drop of the reserved cooking water if needed to loosen it. Serve straight away.

Carrot & Coriander Soup for Dinner: 

What you will need:
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 450g carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1.2l vegetable or chicken stock
  • Handful coriander (about ½ a supermarket packet) 

How it works: 

  • Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan, add 1 chopped onion, then fry for 5 mins until softened.
  • Stir in 1 tsp ground coriander and 1 chopped potato, then cook for 1 min.
  • Add the 450g peeled and chopped carrots and 1.2l vegetable or chicken stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat.
  • Cover and cook for 20 mins until the carrots are tender.
  • Tip into a food processor with a handful of coriander then blitz until smooth (you may need to do this in two batches). Return to pan, taste, add salt if necessary, then reheat to serve.

    What is Vegan Skincare? How to recognise it?

    Vegan skincare products do not contain any animal by-products or ingredients. 
     
    Animal by-products such as honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, squalene and stearic acid are commonly used in the majority of leading brands’ beauty products and cosmetics. 
     

    Certified vegan products feature two logos by Vegan Action and The Vegan Society on their packaging to indicate that they don’t contain any animal ingredients.

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