Lifestyle and Diet

Sustainable Easter

A couple of years ago the Easter Bunny made a big mistake. In an effort to try to reduce the amount of chocolate that my boys received he decided to give them some Smashers toys instead. Looking back now, these horribly pointless plastic eggs that you smash ONCE to find a random unwanted toy (that …

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Meat-Free Monday

Our new favourite Meat-Free Monday recipe – Stuffed Peppers. We have had this meal a few times now and the boys absolutely love it. I either make it with some tinned beans (such as black or borlotti) or I tweak the recipe and use meat-free mince. I can just about get away with using Violife …

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Cake to avoid waste!

In the interests of avoiding food waste this week, I have had to find some new ways to use up the abundance of beetroot that we had received in our ODDBOX. (There is only so much soup we can eat.) I was therefore delighted to find that this Beetroot Orzotto went down a treat with …

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Nutrition

To finish off this year’s Veganuary I thought I would just mention nutrition. I often get asked if my boys are getting enough protein, calcium, iron and B12 etc, and believe me I have been very conscious about this too and so I have recently consulted a local nutritionist just to make sure that we …

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Parmesan

Cheese is still a challenge. As the third worst emitter of greenhouse gases (after lamb and beef), I have therefore really been trying to find ways to reduce our family’s need for real cheese. My latest success has been in being able to replace parmesan, which is actually one of the worst cheeses in terms …

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Recipe Fail

“It’s disgusting!” declares my 6 year old. “It’s edible.” concedes his less dramatic older brother. I just had to laugh as I couldn’t deny the fact that the soup I had just served them for lunch was really not very nice. We haven’t had many inedible recipe experiments since trying to go Vegan last January …

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Plant-based Butter

If I don’t want to keep going around in circles, I am going to have to choose a compromise. For Veganuary this year I have therefore set myself the challenge to finally sort out our butter/margarine situation, as for too long now I have (unsuccessfully) been trying to find the time to work out which …

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Crispy Kale

Tonight is stir-fry Friday in our house. Regardless of Veganuary I have always struggled to get my boys to eat enough leafy greens. However, in my recent experimenting with new ingredients I have discovered that they will actually end up arguing over who gets the last of some crispy kale that is baked with oil, …

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Oat Milk

I might have been a little bit over excited when I bought this 1KG box of cornflakes?! (Ordering online also didn’t help with my perception as to how big the box actually was!) Why am I so excited? Because I have finally found an oat milk that tastes really good with a cereal other than …

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Roast Jackfruit

We love a Sunday roast here in our house and so today we were delighted to find a new replacement for the usual meat part of the meal. Jackfruit. (I buy it in tins from the supermarket.) We have actually tried jackfruit a few times before in a bolognaise, however I have to say that …

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