'Prawn' Cocktails

You Will Need:

  • 1 avocado, halved, stone removed, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 125g (1/2 cup) egg-free mayo (try Kingland or Praise Lite Mayo)
  • 1 tbs tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp anchovy-free worcestershire sauce (try Spring Gully brand)
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 6 drops red Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 24 large vegetarian prawns (try 2 pkts Lamyong vegan prawns)
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
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'Prawn' Cocktails

Enjoy an ocean-friendly festive favourite this Summer!

Directions:


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Rainbow Kale Festive Salad

You Will Need:

Salad
  • 4 x cups roughly chopped kale (black, purple or green)
  • 2 x cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 x finely sliced spring onions
  • 1 x beetroot grated
  • 4 x red radishes chopped in quarters
  • Half packet raw kelp noodles
Dressing
  • 3 x tbsp tahini
  • 2 x tbsp olive oil/flaxseed oil
  • 2x lemons squeezed
  • Cracked pepper to taste
Garnish
  • Handful coriander
  • 1/4-1/2 cup toasted tamari sunflower seeds (method below)
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Rainbow Kale Festive Salad

This is a colourful salad perfect for the festive season! Packed full of vitamins and antioxidants with a tahini dressing that gives a creamy texture, this salad is ideal for the warmer weather and makes a great accompaniment to any dish!

Directions:

Variation:

To save time you can skip the toasted sunflower seeds and garnish with raw pepitas instead.


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Creamy mushroom Puff

You Will Need:

  • A third of a cup/60g/2oz of dairy-free margarine (try Nuttelex)
  • 4 tablespoons of plain white flour
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely chopped (this can be reduced or left out if desired)
  • 3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • half a litre/500ml of soya milk
  • 1 glass of white wine (or stock)
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • approx. 500g/18oz of frozen puff pastry (this even comes ready-rolled now for extra laziness!!!)
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Creamy mushroom Puff

A truly satisfying dish that can be created as individual appetizers or modified to make one big pie for a main course!

Directions:

Variation:

Nice served with dipping sauce or gravy!

Recipe thanks to veganfamily.co.uk


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Black-Eyed Pea Nibbles

You Will Need:

  • 2 x cups black-eyed peas (soak overnight in water, covered)
  • 1 x tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 x cups of safflower oil (or similar high smoke-point oil)
  • 1 x tsp cumin
  • 2 x tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1 x tbsp dijon mustard
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Black-Eyed Pea Nibbles

Crispy and delicious, these bite-sized balls are a winner! A little bit more preparation time but definitely worth it as they literally crunch in the mouth with a soft savoury centre. Add a healthy dipping sauce, and voila, snack or meal is served!

Directions:

BallsDipping Sauce

Variation:

Can substitute parsley for fresh coriander


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Cream of Tomato Soup

You Will Need:

  • 2 tins of plum tomatoes
  • Approx 1 cup of water (rinse out tins with it)
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of cashew nuts
  • Sea salt to taste
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Cream of Tomato Soup

A beautifully simple dish that could be made in advance and frozen, making a perfect brightly coloured starter.

Directions:

Recipe thanks to veganfamily.co.uk


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Tofu Sesame Sticks

You Will Need:

  • 1pkt(approx 300g) of firm tofu
  • 1 tblsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tblsp wholemeal flour
  • 3 tblsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tblsp oil
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Tofu Sesame Sticks

Awesome easy recipe for those who are new to tofu! but most importantly ... they're just really yummy!

Directions:

Variation:

Try marinating in any other kinds of stir fry sauce -  Such as Singapore satay or sweet and sour.

Recipe thanks to Loran Woods


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Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and Onion Stuffing

You Will Need:

Nut Roast
  • A sixth of a cup/30g/1oz of dairy-free margarine (try Nuttelex)
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium leek, finely chopped
  • 1 and a half cups of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast extract (marmite, vegemite etc.)
  • 3 cups/550g/16oz of ground cashew nuts (or other nuts of your choice - almonds work well too)
  • 2 Tablespoons of soya flour
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs - winter savoury is great (if using dried; 1 teaspoon)
  • 3 cups/160g/6oz of white bread crumbs
  • sea-salt and pepper to taste
  • Sage and Onion Stuffing (see recipe below)
Sage and Onion Stuffing
  • 6 slices of wholemeal bread
  • half a cup/85g/3oz of dairy-free marg / Nuttelex
  • 4 teaspoons of dried sage or 8 of fresh, chopped sage
  • 1 finely chopped large onion
Sage and Onion Roast Potatoes
  • 4 teaspoons of dried sage or 8 teaspoons of freshly chopped sage
  • 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons of medium oatmeal
  • Potatoes, peeled and cut to desired size (this coating is enough for about 4 or 5 lbs/2 or 3 kilos.)
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Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and Onion Stuffing

A traditional roast, perfect for Christmas that will have the entire family demanding seconds! A superb accompaniment to this Recipe is Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Sauce

Directions:

Nut RoastSage and Onion StuffingSage and Onion Roast Potatoes

Variation:

Nut Roast
You can substitute wine (red or white) or soya milk for the water and yeast extract. The sage and onion stuffing is optional - it works just as well without it and might actually slice up easier! A layer of sliced mushrooms and garlic is an alternative to the stuffing.

Sage and Onion Roast Potatoes
Sesame roast potatoes - coat the potatoes in sunflower oil and plenty sesame seeds before roasting - this has a lovely flavour too.

Recipe and photo credit: Vegan Family House


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Golden Butternut Pumpkin Pie

You Will Need:

Rice Crust
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/3 cup cornflour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp tamari (soy sauce)
Filling
  • 2 butternut pumpkins
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup green peas
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp kuzu or arrowroot
  • 2 cups tofu
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp cold water
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Golden Butternut Pumpkin Pie

This is a delicious, hearty pumpkin pie that manages to taste fantastic even if you leave some ingredients out!

Directions:

CrustFilling

Variation:

In addition to the pumpkin, almost any vegetable will work well in this pie, eg broccoli, cauliflower. Use up whatever you have, and don't worry if you miss an ingredient!


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Tammie's Tofu Turkey

You Will Need:

  • 500g Firm Tofu
  • 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
  • Nuttlex
  • Packet stuffing mix
  • Orange juice
  • Marmalaide
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mustard
  • Sesame seeds
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Tammie's Tofu Turkey

Spare a turkey this Christmas with this delicious meat-free recipe! A superb accompaniment to this dish is Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Sauce

Directions:

Variation:

Use orange jam instead of marmalaide.

Recipe thanks to Tammie Money. Photo: nyxie / CC


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Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Sauce

You Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup/150g/5oz sugar
  • 1/2 cup/150ml/quarter pint of orange juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger (or half a teaspoon of dried ginger)
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • Pinch of salt
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Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Sauce

Who said you can't have a traditional Christmas with all the bells and whistles that's 100% Cruelty Free?! This is a brilliant accompaniment to Nut Roast and Tofu Turkey!

Directions:

Recipe credit: Vegan Family House


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 Lentil Shepherds Pie

You Will Need:

  • oil or water for cooking
  • 1 large brown onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large unpeeled carrots, grated (2 cups)
  • 2 cups of celery, washed and finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of hot chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • Half tablespoon of ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 1.5 cups of green/brown lentils, rinsed well
  • 5 cups of gluten free vegetable stock
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups of brown potatoes, peeled and diced (any type that are good for mashing)
  • Quarter of a cup of gluten free plant based milk, such as almond or rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander, washed and roughly chopped
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Lentil Shepherds Pie

Directions:

Variation:

TIPS:
If you use different lentils, they will take either more or less time to cook depending on which ones you choose This will alter how much stock you need and the overall flavor of the dish.

The smaller you cut your potatoes the quicker they will cook.

Recipe and Photo Credit: The Kind Cook


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Roasted Vegetable & White Bean Ratatouille

You Will Need:

  • 6 yellow button squash, quartered
  • 2 small zucchini, halved, chopped
  • 3 baby eggplants, halved, chopped
  • 2 tbs olive oil, plus extra to brush
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 400g canned whole tomatoes
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 400g canned cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
  • 8 slices crusty bread
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby basil leaves
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Roasted Vegetable & White Bean Ratatouille

Chock full of delicious vegetables, easy to assemble and tastes superb!

Directions:


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Fruit Mince Pies

You Will Need:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 25g grated Copha
  • 50g Nuttelex
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 jar of fruit mince
  • Icing sugar
  • 1 circle shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 star shaped cookie cutter
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Fruit Mince Pies

An oldie but definitely a goody.... ever so moreish Fruit Mince Pies!

Directions:


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Little Chocolate Logs

You Will Need:

Chocolate Cake for base of logs
  • 1 and a half cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Half a cup of mixed, chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Half a cup cold water or soy milk
  • Half a cup of orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
Chocolate Logs
  • 1 chocolate cake (see above) prepared in a large square tin so it will not be too deep
  • Vegan marzipan (sold at most supermarkets in the baking section)
  • 250g block of dark vegan chocolate
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Glace cherries and crystallised angelica for decoration or children might prefer Whizzers chocolate beans or other sweets
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Little Chocolate Logs

A mouth watering, indulgent treat for the festive season!

Directions:

Chocolate CakeChocolate Logs

Recipe credit: Vegan Family House


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Christmas Pudding

You Will Need:

  • 12oz/350g sultanas soaked in plenty of sherry
  • 4oz/120g glace cherries, halved
  • 10z/300g ground almonds
  • 4oz/120g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 8oz/230g dark brown molasses sugar
  • 4oz/120gsoft, fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 8oz/230g vegetable suet
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 4 floz/125ml/half a cup soya milk
  • Sherry
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Christmas Pudding

A decadent, Cruelty Free Christmas pudding, mmmmmm!!!!!! Make sure you check out our Brandy "Butter" recipe to serve with this for a definite taste sensation!

Directions:

Recipe credit: Vegan Family House


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Easy, Last Minute Christmas Fruit Cake

You Will Need:

  • 8oz/250g/2 cups of cooking dates with the stones removed
  • 10 fl.oz/300ml/1 and a quarter cups of water (you could substitute a quarter cup of brandy or sherry for a quarter cup of the water if you like)
  • 6oz/175g/1 and a quarter cups of wholemeal flour
  • 1 lb/450g/3 cups of mixed dried fruit of your choice - including lots of dried apricots works very well
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
  • 4 tablespoons of orange juice
  • For decoration: You can either do a traditional marzipan and white icing topping or use rows of different nuts such as walnuts, pecans, brazils and almonds.
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Easy, Last Minute Christmas Fruit Cake

This cake has no added sugar or fat (suitable for a range of diets) but is still really sweet and rich. It should be stored in the fridge and eaten within one week. Even easier if you get your children to ice and decorate it! Make sure you check out our Brandy "Butter" recipe to serve with this for a definite taste sensation!

Directions:

Recipe credit: Vegan Family House


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Brandy 'Butter'

You Will Need:

  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) Nuttelex / dairy-free margarine
  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) icing sugar, sieved
  • Approximately 2 tbsp brandy, or more!
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Brandy 'Butter'

A Cruelty Free version of a fantastic Christmas fav! Goes splendidly with our Christmas Pud and Easy, Last Minute Fruit Cake recipes

Directions:

Recipe thanks to The Vegan Society UK


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Why Animals Need Our Help This Christmas

While we prepare for the holiday season, it is also a peak time of production for factory farms that produce the 'products' that make up many traditional Christmas feasts. Inside factory farms, acts of cruelty such as severe confinement and surgical procedures without pain relief are legal and routine — despite the fact that if you were to treat a dog or cat this way you could be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

Hope for these animals lies with each of us making compassionate choices, and refusing to buy into cruelty when we shop. Fortunately the growing variety of meat, dairy and egg-free alternatives at the supermarket are making this decision easier (and tastier!) than ever before.

For the animals’ sake, please join us in embracing a compassionate Festive Season. Here are some simple tips for enjoying a cruelty-free Christmas, and beyond!

Shopping List

If like many people you grew up on a 'meat-n-3-veg' diet, then a quick trip to the local supermarket, health food store or even Chinese supermarket is all you need to stock up on a wealth of cruelty-free treats including remarkably 'real' mock-meats and dairy substitutes — which means you can still enjoy the many foods you're accustomed to, whilst being kind to animals at the same time. Look out for Sanitarium veggie sausages — great for hot dogs and BBQs — as well as Veggie Delights Roast, and versatile meat-free 'mince' in the cold section of most supermarkets. Or try Fry's vegetarian schnitzel in the frozen isles for a quick tasty meal that will please the kids. Other widely available meat-free morsels include deli mock-meats such as 'ham', 'beef', 'pepperoni', 'chicken' slices and even pig-free 'bacon rashers'! Keep your eye out for others, or visit WhyVeg.com for more shopping tips.

Looking Forward

The Festive Season is a time of giving, kindness and good-will to others, which makes it an ideal time to put values into action by choosing cruelty-free meals these holidays. But sadly there is no reprieve from suffering for animals still trapped in factory farms who need our help, and compassion, all year round. It is within our power to each spare hundreds — even thousands of these sensitive animals — a life of pain and suffering simply by choosing to be cruelty-free every day. And not only do the animals benefit, but also our fragile environment, and even our own health can be significantly improved as well. Some people choose to be vegetarian overnight, or consider it a 'New Year's Resolution', while others prefer to gradually make the change by introducing meat-free days over time. Most importantly, find what works best for you, and visit WhyVeg.com for other time-tested tips on making the transition.

Sharing the Joy

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to spread the word of kindness to animals is to show others how exciting and delicious meat-free meals can be. Offer to bring a vegetarian plate to share at family gatherings; or host a cruelty-free dinner party to show off your new culinary repertoire to your friends! Sharing foods is a great way to dispel misconceptions that vegetarianism is about 'missing out' — on the contrary — many people just don't realise the world of creativity and variety that meat-free meals can inspire until they try them for the first time. So don't be surprised if your dishes disappear first, and don't forget to have your favourite recipes handy to share with interested guests. Great vegetarian and vegan food is also a good talking point to help inspire others to think about where their food comes from.

Bon appétit!