7 genius tips for cooking up a vegan feast
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By Louise Palmer-Masterton, founder of Stem + Glory
Veganism is trending. The number of UK vegans has risen dramatically over the last two years, from 1% of the population to 7%, according to a survey published earlier this year. It also reported that the biggest rise in veganism is among younger people.
So, if you are thinking of giving it a go or have a vegan friend round for a meal, here are some top tips for cooking up a delicious vegan meal:
Say you’re planning Indian, Italian, Asian or Middle Eastern - pretty much any style of cuisine works, actually. Compile your signature dishes and then Google a vegan version. There are stacks of vegan recipes online and you can literally put in your ingredients, then add ‘vegan’ and ‘recipe’ and you’ll find something.
2. Search for vegan wine/beer
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3. Start reading packets
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4. Go Italian, Japanese or for a burger
Success with vegan cooking depends on being able to cook up deliciousness. Nature has given us a fifth taste - umami - which in a nutshell is ‘deliciousness’, and often it is the umami in food that makes it ‘
Italian food is generally rich in umami and a great choice to
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Japanese food is also rich in umami and easy to
If you feel like going for a classic meal, there are a huge number of vegan burger recipes out there. Add mayo, pickles (high umami), ketchup (high umami) to a
5. Fake it
If you’re not such a keen cook, get down to the health food shop and stock up. You can get vegan alternatives to almost anything now. For example, vegan mayonnaise is easy to make, but there are a number of off-the-shelf versions that are really tasty. There is even vegan cheese, and plenty of plant-based
6. Make a raw cheesecake
Eat out in a
7. Yes vegan Baileys is a thing
And finally, you can now buy vegan Baileys! Called Baileys Almande, it is made with Almond milk and is delicious. Serve with a couple of vegan chocolates – my
Vegan cooking is much easier than you think. It’s also cleaner, healthier and a more sustainable way to live. Our dependence on animal products comes more from habit than it does from actual need -
Want to find out about the environmental impact of veganism, or get more tips on how to cook vegan if you're not that confident in the kitchen? Click here and here.
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