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Veganuary and Beyond

Veganuary and Beyond with Merchant Gourmet Glorious Grains

A new year’s resolution on an ever-growing number of lists this January is to cut down on meat, fish and dairy. Many Brits are making the transition to veganism owing to the alleged environmental effects of cattle farming along with concerns of animal cruelty and of course, health reasons. It is estimated that 2-12% of British people now follow a vegetarian diet*, and who can blame them when a plant-based meal is no longer just a sorry slice of tofu. Supermarkets are catering to these changes for the better which is great news to us all. Whether you’re doing Veganuary and going vegan for the month of Jan, are testing out the “flexitarian” lifestyle OR wanting to change your diet for good, we have ten irresistible recipes packed with protein to help kiss those memories of meat goodbye.

 

Puy Lentil Bolognaise

Spaghetti Bolognaise has got to be one of Britain’s most popular meals to cook at home. All types of lentils make such a great mince replacement with pasta, this recipe can be used as the base to many more.

 

 

Herby Quinoa Falafels

Falafels seem like a tricky dish to make but honestly, they’re almost as easy as the eating! Add them to lunches, serve as an appetizer or keep for yourself as a healthy yet moreish evening snack.

 

Sun-dried Tomato and Giant Cous Cousotto

This dish has a creamy texture without the dairy. It’s SO easy to make, we recommend rustling up a huge pan of the stuff and dine on this tomatoey treat for days.

 

Vegan Burrito Bowl with Mexican Grains

Burrito bowls are all the rage right now. Bursting with colour, flavour and most importantly – goodness! Switch up the veggies throughout the seasons and the whole office will be after your lunchbox.

 

Vegetable Tagine

And the award for most vegetables in one recipe goes to… Hug De Cook’s Veggie Tagine! The colours here absolutely scream well-being, making us proud to serve this plate. Go on then, get cooking!

 

Sesame Rolled Tofu with Ponzu Dressing

No need to Google what ponzu is, we’ve got you covered. It’s a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. With quite a sharp kick, this dressing compliments the fresh tofu perfectly and takes care of your daily intake of Vitamin C.

 

Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry

This Indian dish is one we would happily sprint home for. There is so much wholesome flavour, you’ll forget any meat was ever missing.

 

 

Beluga Lentil & Black Bean Chilli

Packed with anti-oxidants, this chilli will keep you going all week long. The Beluga lentils and beans provide the protein, fibre and all-important carbohydrates – the good kind!  A big ole’ plus is that it tastes good too.

 

Champagne Lentil & Curried Pumpkin Hotpot

Irresistibly hearty with a kick of fiery heat, this hotpot is a real plant-based crowd-pleaser. The chestnuts give a fantastic texture, unique from anything you’ve tried before and will fill you up till breakfast.

 

Quinoa Cottage Pie

The porcini mushrooms used in this recipe create a flavour as robust as meat – a revolutionary pie if we do say so ourselves! The ‘creamy’ mash is just as good if not better than the real thing, with a touch of chestnut puree to shake things up.

 

 

*Stat sourced from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/17/merry-vegan-christmas