5 ways to power through Veganuary
Whether you’re doing Veganuary, switching to less but better meat, or you just love vegetables, we are here to help with 5 ways to get your plant-based jive on.
1. Attend a class to learn from the pros
Reach your full cooking potential and impress your households. Made in Hackney have a range of online plant-based classes which will take you around the world. As well as teaching us how to cook food from around the world, Made in Hackney also work hard to support their community in staying happy and healthy, including their amazing free community meal service.
Veganuary African Calabash Bowl (21st Jan):
Join Bettylicious all the way from her family home in Sierra Leone and learn how to create an African Calabash Bowl. With hearty Salone - groundnut soup, binch – black eyed peas in rich tomato stew, and Ghanaian style Kelewele – spicy fried plantains.
Veganuary Indian Brunch (24th Jan):
Mother and daughter duo of @wearetnk show us how to cook vegan Indian brunch. Featuring the perfect tofu scramble, delicate Bombay aloo (spiced potatoes), and a warming masala chai.
Life Beyond Cheese (28th Jan):
“I could never give up cheese”. Well now you don’t need to as vegan cheese producer Bruna Oliveira demystifies plant-based cheesy dishes. You’ll learn to make fermented almond ricotta, a quick and easy vegan parmesan, and a warming mac n cheese.
Get 20% off all of Made in Hackney’s veganuary classes with promocode: VEGANUARY2021
2. Cook a fresh veg-powered dish
Thanks to our regular contributor and Eco-chef Tom Hunt, The ‘Eel has loads of great plant-based recipes. So, get the chopping board out, pop on a good food podcast, and cook yourselves up a feast such as .
- For a leisurely stay-at-home breakfast: Chickpea harissa scramble
- For lunch with a bite: Pulp Fiction burger
- For a showstopper centerpiece: Merguez spiced cauliflower with tahini and molasses
Once you’ve plated up don’t forget to tweet and instagram us your dishes! @jelliedeelmag
3. Sign up for an organic veg bag for the best ingredients
A plant-based diet is much easier to stick to when you have the best of the season’s plants. Make sure to bag yourself the freshest, most seasonal and tastiest fruit and veg from your local veg scheme. Take a look at Better Food Traders to find your closest produce grown in a way that is kind to people and to the planet. Pictured is some of the amazing produce from Kentish Town Vegbox.
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4. Read up on the wonderful world of veg centered diets
Tom Hunt’s 'Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet' is a cookbook built around the ethos that what we eat should support a biodiverse food system and fight food waste.
Meera Sodha’s 'East'. Her reputation precedes her. In Meera’s latest book she takes you across Asia with a variety of vibrant veggie and vegan recipes, all made with British ingredients.
Richa Hingle’s 'Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen'. A rich collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines Indian culture and proven methods.
Tom Moggach’s ‘The Urban Kitchen Gardener: Growing and Cooking in the City.’ Where Tom selects his most rewarding city crops and offers advice on growing, preserving and cooking your harvest.
Claire Ratinon’s 'How to grow your dinner without leaving your house'. In which Claire shares her wealth of urban growing expertise to help you grow edible veg wherever you are.
5. Get your vegan dinner delivered
Try out Flat Earth Pizzas for amazing flavor combination made from local seasonal produce. Right now, get a slice of the winter garden with their Winter Squash and Kale pizza. Or try the amazing Spice Box – ‘fresh modern takes on curry that happen to be vegan’ - and quickly gaining popularity among the East London food lovers! If you're missing out on the bite of a burger, Mooshies are here to provide. With their mouthwatering plant-based meals featuring pulled jackfruit, panko fried aubergine and quinoa and black bean patties.
Popular Vegan haunt Mildred’s gets our vote for north (and east) London dwellers, with their plant-based burgers, sharers and mains. Or try Purezza, a vegan pizzeria, serving plant-based versions of your favourite Italian dishes.
Head over to Club Mexicana to try their self-acclaimed (but it’s true) ‘bangin vegan tacos’, with the addition of DIY Taco kits. Or perhaps try Notting Hill’s Farmacy, for transformational food that is organic, biodynamic and looks as delicious as it tates. Order here.
Urban Food Award winners, Well Kneaded, are open for takeaway and offer delicious seasonal and plant-based pizza options. And we love pizza, but if you don’t how about Peckham favorites Persoplis, for a taste of Persia. Alongside groceries they also do take out including a lockdown dinner date and everything can be made vegan.
Doing dry-Jan instead? Read our article from the archives on low alcohol beers as well as checking out Toast Ales new low alcohol lemongrass lager - always worth raising a glass to as they brew with surplus bread and all their profits go to charities fixing the food system.