Veganuary is here, the annual event in which people from all over the world adopt a vegan diet for the month of January. The movement grew by 260% in 2017, with over 60,000 committing to a plant-based diet for the month.
As the early beginnings of our company were focused in the fruit and veg supply business, we thought we’d share 5 of our favourite vegan recipes, along with some more information about Veganuary and how you can get involved.
These recipes are quick, easy and cost effective for home and restaurant cooking, all inspired by the fresh fruits, vegetables and other ingredients that we have available with next day delivery to all our customers.
Scrambled Tofu Eggs
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s important nobody is left hungry. These tofu scrambled eggs are perfect on toast, as part of a full English breakfast, or served with sautéed vegetables as a light lunch. Our silken tofu works best for these makeshift eggs.
To make your tofu scrambled eggs:
Heat oil in a medium heat.
Crumble tofu into the pan. If you’re using hard tofu, place the block in the pan and break up with your spatula; the heat will make this process much easier.
Add one tablespoon of vegetable broth per tofu block.
Add diced onions, garlic powder, turmeric (for the colour) and salt and pepper.
Cook for around 10 minutes on a high heat or until all moisture is absorbed
Vegan Sandwiches and Wraps
With eggs, mayo, meat and cheese all off the menu, you may wonder what can actually go in a sandwich suitable for vegans; but the possibilities are endless! Here are some of our favourite sandwich and wrap filling ideas:
Roasted peppers and aubergines, sliced olives and crushed garlic on toasted wholemeal bread.
Avocado, mango chutney, pine kernels and fresh salad in a pitta.
Roasted vegetables and hummus on toasted ciabatta bread.
Blitzed chickpea with soya yoghurt and fresh leafy greens on thick sliced white bread.
Falafel, lettuce, cucumber and red onion in a warm pitta.
Vegan cheese, hummus, sun dried tomatoes and spinach on toasted bread.
Black Bean Vegan Burgers
These black bean vegan burger patties are quick and easy to make using a few low-cost ingredients. Alternatively, you can swap out the patty for a grilled aubergine or Portobello Mushroom.
Sautee chopped onions until soft.
Mash black beans until almost smooth then combine with sautéed onions.
Cauliflower pizza is a trend that has gained huge traction on social media in recent years, its low carb, easy to make and just as good as the real thing. To make your base:
Grate or blend a large white cauliflower, into a bowl.
Season well then place mix onto a cloth, squeeze any excess water out of the mixture, this will ensure the base doesn’t go soggy once cooked.
In a separate bowl, mix ground flax seeds with water together until a thick mixture forms, (around 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds and 6 tablespoons water per pizza) add this to the cauliflower mix as your bonding agent.
Spread your cauliflower ‘dough’ onto a parchment paper lined baking tray and cook at 200c for 5 – 10 minutes on each side or until crisp.
Add your toppings, bake for a further 5 minutes and serve.
These cheesecake fruit pots are a delicious gourmet dessert to finish a meal and we bet they will be very popular with your guests! This recipe takes just 15 minutes to prep but like most cheesecakes, will need some time to chill.
Submerge a small bowl cashews in boiling water for an hour, rinse and drain.
Blend 2 parts pecans, 1 part walnuts a handful of pitted Medjool dates and a sprinkle of coconut flakes until all ingredients have combined into a coarse mixture. This will form your crust mixture.
Pack small ramekins with your crust mixture, push down with your fingers until very firm.
Add your drained cashews with maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil, a squirt of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt, blend until creamy.
Pour this filling over the crust and leave to set in the fridge.
Once the mixture is set, add your toppings and leave, we love strawberry and grated pistachios, crushed summer fruits or vegan caramel drizzle!
How Many Vegans Are There In The UK?
Chefs and restaurant owners can be quick to disregard vegans as an annoyance to cater for, but it’s hard to ignore the increasing popularity of a plant-based diet; with the number of vegans in the UK increasing 360% in the last decade.
It’s also worth noting that veganism is a growing trend amongst the younger generation, with 42% of vegans in the UK aged under 34. If trends continue in this way, we could see a much larger proportion of customers in future seeking vegan options when eating out.
What Are The Main Reasons People Go Vegan?
There are a number of reasons people go vegan, some of the most common reasons include:
Animal Welfare – Animal welfare was the number one reason why people tried veganuary in 2017.
Money – Veganism can actually be the cheapest diet available, consider the price of a steak in comparison to the price of lentils or beans.
Health – It should come as no surprise that there are a number of proven health benefits to adopting a plant-based diet. Benefits can include lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of diabetes and heart diseases.
Environmental Benefits – Some people will opt to go vegan due to the environmental impacts of rearing, transporting and producing animal products.
How Can I Get Involved In Veganuary?
If you want to get involved personally with Veganuary, simply head over to the Veganuary website and ‘take the pledge’, you’ll be asked a few details about your age, gender and current diet. Once you’re all signed up, you’ll be sent motivation and recipe ideas throughout the month.
It may be that you want to get your food establishment involved with the month, as it can be a great way to win over new customers, here are a few ideas to get you started:
Launch a special menu for the month filled with vegan foods. Alternatively, incorporate a few new vegan dishes to your regular menu.
Offer a discount to those who are partaking in Veganuary.
Run a ‘create your own vegan dish’ competition with customers, add the winning dish to your menu for the month.
Promote these special offers through social media, use the hashtag #veganuary2018 to push your offer out to a wider audience.
Chains such as Pret A Manger, Zizzi, Handmade Burger co, Las Iguanas, All Bar One and many many more have put on generous special offers and released exclusive meals for the month.
Leave It With Us
Whether you decide to offer up some vegan dishes on your menu this January or not, we can help. With a huge range of fresh and prepared fruits, vegetables and other ingredients available, whatever your requirements, you can leave it with us.
Call us today on 0330 333 4441 or use the live chat to discuss your business’s individual requirements with one of our expert team.