Top Vegan Restaurants

Hi Everyone,

Eating out can be challenging at the best of times for Vegans, however, more and more restaurants and pop-up Vegan chains are opening. As well as established restaurants expanding their menus for Vegans.

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Below, is a top list of 22 Vegan-friendly restaurants to explore.

1  Wagamama

Wagamama are doing a Vegan Katsu Curry! “The rumours are true. vegan katsu curry has arrived.

Byron

The Beetnik, which they say “comprises a beautifully flavor some beetroot falafel patty, freshly made to Byron’s own recipe and topped with baby kale, smashed avocado, tomato, pickled red onions, red pepper ketchup and a lime-dressed rainbow slaw.”

3  The Real Greek

Dedicated Vegan Menu, packed with thirty, flavor some vegan dishes that pay homage to Greece’s rich heritage of vegan cooking including Jackfruit Stifado and Vegan Moussaka.

4  By Chloe

Vegan fast food chain with several restaurants across the US. Their burgers have previously named the best veggie burgers in New York, and by the look of the Instagram feed, we’ll be queueing round the block for them.

5  Zizzi

Vegan zucca pizza (tomato, mozzarella alternative, roasted butternut squash, caramelised balsamic onions & spinach) and the vegan pepperonata pizza (Tomato, mozzarella alternative, fire-roasted peppers, sunblush tomatoes, hot roquito chillies & pea shoots).

6  Itsu

Itsu have just launched a new hot food menu which features some delicious new vegan options including: Quinoa falafef & veg rice bowl, Veggie gyoza noodles and detox miso!

7  Carluccio’s

The menu at Carluccio’s clearly outlines their vegan options, including a tomato and basil spaghetti, sautéed mushrooms, Carluccio’s salad and a Sicilian aubergine stew.

8  The Diner

The Diner is launching their first all vegan/vegetarian menu, serving everything from vegan pancakes to a dirty burrito and dairy-free mac ‘n’ cheese.

Following the launch at The Strand on the 4th October the exclusive menu will debut at the Islington site from the 10th October.

9  Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut are trialling a vegan cheese option throughout the UK for an eight week period, to see if the meat-free alternative is popular.

10  Firezza

Firezza’s vegan range is a must-taste for anyone lookig to indulge in delicious crispy pizzas topped with vegan cheese and range of animal-free toppings of your choice

11  Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas have a whole menu dedicated to their vegan dishes, including portobello mushroom fajitas, a fiesta ensalada and veggie chilli.

12  Giraffe

Vegan stuff at Giraffe includes the Indo-Coco Curry, the super San Fran salad and edamame tapas – made with soybean pods with chilli, garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

13  Leon

Leon offer the best selection of vegan boxes and sides, as well as sauces, including the quinoa salad shown here, a sweet potato and okra stew and a Brazilian black bean box. The dream.

14 Yo! Sushi

You might think all sushi is raw fish, but that’s definitely not the case at Yo! Sushi – think vegetable tempura, yakisoba and inari and kaiso sushi.

15 Ask Italian

Not only can you make your own vegan pizza at Ask Italian, but they have three pasta options, a salad, starters and desserts that don’t use animal products.

16 Toby Carvery

We’re not joking when we say Toby Carvery offer a seeeeriously good vegan Sunday lunch: lentil cottage pie, butternut squash crumble and spiced chickpea wellington with all the trimmings.

17 Bella Italia

The range at Bella Italia might not be huge, but there’s a vegan salad/pasta/and pasta classico to get your teeth into.

18  Pizza Express

Pizza Express offer various options to make a three-course vegan menu: olivers for starter, the Pianta pizza and the new Coconut Delight pudding – made with coconut shavings and coconut milk.

19 Wetherspoons

On Wetherspoons’ vegan menu, they state that you can ask for loads of their dishes without animal product on. Other vegan dishes include the onion Bhajis, samosas, pomodoro pasta and the hash browns (all you need really).

20  Nando’s

There are quite a lot of options at Nando’s, providing you specify what you do and don’t want. Order the veggie wrap/burger/pitta without the mayo, the quinoa salad without the feta cheese or the portobello mushroom without the halloumi.

21 Prezzo

Vegan at Prezzo? Go for the penne arrabbiata, pappardelle (pictures) or a pizza bjase, which is vegan, without cheese.

22 Wahaca

Although the menu doesn’t specify are things are vegan – but rather says vegetarian – Wahaca’s offerings include plantain tacos, the summer vegetable enchilladas (without cheese) and the cactus/courgette burrito.

 

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(KFV) Kentucky Fried Vegan!

Hi Everyone,

Yes, you can enjoy your fried food as a Vegan, having your style KFC foods without harming any chickens.

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Check out this delicious recipe:

Kentucky Fried Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 2 14 oz. Cans Jackfruit in Brine (or better yet, water if you can find it)

FOR THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  • 1 c Almond Milk
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce OPTIONAL

FOR THE BATTER:

  • 3/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 c Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Your favorite SALT-FREE seasoning blend (if you are using Jackfruit in WATER, feel free to use Season Salt)

FOR FRYING:

  • Any oil suitable for frying at high temperatures

FOR THE VEGAN HONEE-MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  • 1/2 c Vegan Mayonnaise or more to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Yellow Mustard or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar or more to taste

Instructions

TO PREPARE THE JACKFRUIT:

  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit pieces taking care not to break them up.

TO PREPARE THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  1. Combine 1 cup of almond milk with 1-1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, add the jackfruit pieces.  Set aside.

TO MAKE THE BATTER:

  1. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

TO MAKE THE VEGAN HONEE MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  1. Whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

FOR FRYING:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Test with a pinch of flour and if it sizzles, it’s ready.  Food will absorb more oil if it is too cool. Too hot and it will scorch.

     

  2. Take a few pieces at a time from the buttermilk mixture and drop in the flour. Coat completely.  Quickly coat in the buttermilk again and thoroughly coat in the flour mixture.

     

  3. Gently place into the oil, toss occasionally and remove with a strainer when golden brown to paper towels to drain any excess oil.

 

(KFV) Kentucky Fried Vegan

Hi Everyone,

Yes, you can enjoy your fried food as a Vegan, having your style KFC foods without harming any chickens.

PicMonkey-Image@

Check out this delicious recipe:

Kentucky Fried Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 2 14 oz. Cans Jackfruit in Brine (or better yet, water if you can find it)

FOR THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  • 1 c Almond Milk
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce OPTIONAL

FOR THE BATTER:

  • 3/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 c Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Your favorite SALT-FREE seasoning blend (if you are using Jackfruit in WATER, feel free to use Season Salt)

FOR FRYING:

  • Any oil suitable for frying at high temperatures

FOR THE VEGAN HONEE-MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  • 1/2 c Vegan Mayonnaise or more to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Yellow Mustard or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar or more to taste

Instructions

TO PREPARE THE JACKFRUIT:

  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit pieces taking care not to break them up.

TO PREPARE THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  1. Combine 1 cup of almond milk with 1-1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, add the jackfruit pieces.  Set aside.

TO MAKE THE BATTER:

  1. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

TO MAKE THE VEGAN HONEE MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  1. Whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

FOR FRYING:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Test with a pinch of flour and if it sizzles, it’s ready.  Food will absorb more oil if it is too cool. Too hot and it will scorch.

     

  2. Take a few pieces at a time from the buttermilk mixture and drop in the flour. Coat completely.  Quickly coat in the buttermilk again and thoroughly coat in the flour mixture.

     

  3. Gently place into the oil, toss occasionally and remove with a strainer when golden brown to paper towels to drain any excess oil.

 

Spirituality & Veganism

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for following and sharing my blogs.

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I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the association of Spirituality and Veganism, I am a spiritualist by choice and fully respect all notions of other spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs.

Which leads me to write to you about my analysis of the pathways that link Spirituality and Veganism, the two of which combine to form a profound personal state of ‘Mindfulness’, in which we are connected within the present world and time by our mind, body, and soul.

This experience and awareness are not the same for everybody and to some extent may not make sense to your logic, however, if you are willing and patient the experience and personal unfoldment can be achieved.

To understand this, Spirituality (Mindfulness) essentially is gaining a better and full control of our ‘Superego’ state. We all have this inner part to us, as explained by Sigmund Freud, this develops from birth into childhood and then in adulthood, it solidifies.

How does this relate to Veganism?.

Well, our need for meat or dairy is driven by ‘our ‘Superego’ state, which is to rule over animals and have the ultimate power of killing to consume, it’s not our Spirituality or bodies needing to fulfill this urge it is our primitive Superego state.,

Essentially and it is quite simple, embracing our Spirituality draws us back to our pure soul state, where Earth foods produced from the soil is eaten. This is where our ‘Superego’ cannot hold its power and control us to kill and consume meat.

Entering this state of Spirituality (‘Mindfulness) through Veganism is a powerful and lasting experience and one that is felt within a short time, you will re-evaluate and take control over your ‘Superego’. Setting yourself free from the limits of confirming to the liberation of your spiritual self and understanding.

Being mindful gives you confidence in knowing you have control over your body, mind, and soul, plus what you consume. In other words, you are experiencing your true self.

One final thought for you, when mankind was first established on Earth the average life expectancy as it is written was over 600 years old, the reason?

100% Plant-based diet.

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Fish & Chips Vegan Style

Hi Everyone,

Fish and Chips is a meal I used to love before I went vegan, and to be honest I missed it.

So I’ve found the recipe below recipe, which is better than the actual Fish & Chips.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 Firm Block of Tofu, drained and excess water removed.

1 Large Sheet of Nori
Juice of 1 Lemon

50g Plain Flour
50g Corn Flour
Pinch of Salt
75ml Beer
75ml Soda Water

Around 1L Sunflower Oil

4-5 Medium Blas y Tir Rudolph Potatoes

Sprinkle of Plain Flour

Couple Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

4-5 tbs of Olive Oil.

 

Method

First prepare your chips, wash, then cut the potatoes into chip shapes of your choice, I like chunky chips & I also leave the skin on.

But it’s up to you if you want to peel them or not.
Once you have cut the potatoes into chips, place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt, then place over a medium heat. Bring to a boil for 2 mins then drain.

Par boiling the chips helps create a super soft inside, I highly recommend doing this if you like your chips chunky also.

Place in a non-stick baking tray and drizzle over some olive oil, sprinkling of salt, pepper & plain flour plus the sprigs of thyme then bake for around 25-30 or until golden and crispy. You can deep fry your chips instead, however baking is obviously a lot healthier.

Pour the sunflower oil into a large saucepan or deep fat fryer. If using a saucepan only fill the saucepan half way full, to prevent it over flowing when you put the fish in.

Whilst your chips are cooking, its time to make the fish element. Cut the tofu block into rectangles or fillet shapes, what ever you feel more confident doing.

Using scissors cut the nori sheet into pieces the same size as the tofu fillets. Lay the Nori onto the fillet (this resembles fish skin & also has a great taste of the sea flavour) and squeeze over some of the lemon juice to help it stick. Set aside while you quickly whisk up your beer batter.

Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then pour in the beer & water. Mix until it forms a thick batter.

At this point your oil should be hot enough, if using a deep fryer 180 degrees should be fine, if doing it in saucepan as soon as you see a light haze coming off the top of the oil it will be hot enough, you can always test the heat using a cube of bread.

Drop the bread into the oil, and if its floats to the top quickly and turns golden, your oil is hot enough.

Dip the Nori lined tofu into the batter individually and then into the oil very carefully. Cook until the batter is golden. Then place on kitchen paper to drain off excess oil and sprinkle with salt.

Remove the chips from the oven and serve with the Tofu fish, and traditional sauces

Vaganism and Activists Don’t Mix

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I’d share my thoughts.

The other day on Good Morning Britain (GMT), Piers Morgan put the so-called 15 minutes of fame Vegan activist Joey Carbstrong to shame in an interview.

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Veganism is not in any way about being an activist, true Vegans accept meat eaters and merely promote the benefits and knowledge of having a plant-based diet.

It really annoys me when characters like Carbstrong are given the platform to talk rubbish and claim to be Vegans when they, in fact, don’t value life or respect people who are meat eaters.

Veganism is about nature, mindfulness and valuing our bodies and Earth.

As Veganism continues to grow I will do my best to spread the word and give my meaning and understanding as to what I see as being ‘New World Vegan’.

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Top Vegan Energy Foods

Hi Everyone,

The weather has been great and World Cup even greater, all of which we must ensure our energy levels are high.

Therefore, I give you some top tips of Vegan foods which will boost your energy levels to cheer our England team all the way to the finals.

Energy-foods

 

High-energy vegan foods

If you’re looking to increase your energy levels, exercise regularly or are training for a special event, then these are the foods for you!

  • Nut butters (e.g. peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter)
  • Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pecans
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hummus
  • Hempseeds and hemp oil

Some more top energy foods:

1.      Spinach

Few foods pack as much nutritional value as spinach. Immortalized in pop-culture as the veggie that gives Popeye the Sailor his strength, spinach is a powerful superfood for vegans. Check out some of the many ways that spinach excels as a superfood:

  • 180 grams of spinach contains 181% of your daily allowance of vitamin K.
  • 638% of vitamin A per bunch
  • 1,897 mg of potassium per bunch
  • 7 grams of protein per bunch
  • 159% your daily dose of vitamin C

2.      Avocado

An extremely popular fruit for those who love Mexican food, the avocado is a staple for most Californians. It’s remarkable in several different ways, including the fact that it has more healthy fat than any other plant-based food. See some of the benefits that make avocados a true superfood:

  • One cup of sliced avocado has 33% of your daily fat content.
  • Avocados are rich in potassium.
  • Avocados have 9.8g of fiber per cup.
  • Over 20% of your daily dose of vitamin C and B-6 comes from one cup of avocado.

3. Quinoa

The potent grain with a complex name, quinoa has gained a lot of popularity for its remarkable variety of nutrients. A highly versatile grain with a unique taste, there are a lot of ways to add this superfood into your diet. These are the reasons you want to:

  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Lots of protein including all essential amino acids.
  • Contains beneficial flavonoids, which are rare plant antioxidants
  • Quinoa has lots of manganese and magnesium.

4. Sweet Potatoes

The sweeter and more nutritious variation of the potato, sweet potatoes are an undeniable superfood. Their benefits range from immune boosters to potent nutrients. Find out more here:

  • Rich in vitamins A and C
  • Good for arthritis sufferers
  • Has low impact on your glycemic index
  • Potent amount of fiber and beta carotene

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