6th November 2020
November - World Vegan Month
Veganism is only growing year on year. This is likely down to the health benefits and ecological benefits reduced meat eating brings. In fact, according to ‘Culinary Schools’, “Raising animals for food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass, which is about the same size as Asia. This is the equivalent of 17 million square miles. The surface of the moon is only 14.6 million square miles.” So, it’s better for the planet if we all start eating less meat.
Our head chef says the veganism movement is beneficial to exploring new ingredients and turning them into great dishes. He’s used many great new ingredients including banana blossoms and an avocado chocolate mousse.
If you’re looking to introduce more plant-based meals to your diet, then our head chef has a few top tips for you:
• Base your means on beans, rice or quinoa. These simple ingredients provide a solid base to plant-based meals.
• Snack on nuts and fruits throughout the day to sustain your energy and concentration levels.
• Investigate dairy substitutes for milk and cheese. Vegan cheese has come a long way in recent years and there are now some really good options.
• Go heavy on the leafy greens. They are packed full of nutrients. Eat raw or steam for the highest benefit. Why not also consider alternative greens like seaweed too?
• Use soy-based proteins. There are loads of meat substitutes made from soy on the market. They are often just as tasty as their warm-blooded counterparts.
• Chia seeds are packed with minerals. Sprinkle these on everything you can.
• Add nutritional yeast to dishes for an additional depth of flavour and extra health benefits.
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