Dry January, meat-free Mondays and veganuary. Do you want to give up before you’ve begun? Read our round-up of food to try and swaps to make.
After the gorging over Christmas it can seem like a cliche to ditch the booze, chocolates and general gluttony and install clean living in their place. Even if you’ve flirted with going veggie or dipped your toe into meatless bacon, you may be at a loss as to how to do veganuary. Whether you want someone else to do the cooking, or you fancy some baking with the kids, we’ve lined up some ideas below to make it a fun and perhaps educational experience.
Elephant & Castle
Across town, five minutes walk from Elephant and Castle tube you’ll find Castle Square a mix of local traders who have worked in the area for years as well as newcomers offering the latest culinary treats.
You’ll be able to taste authentic vegan dishes from Kaieteur Kitchen Original, (Guyanese) Original Caribbean Spice (Caribbean) and Daddy O’s Suya Spot(West African). From Kaieteur Kitchen Originals renowned Dhal Puri to traditional Caribbean dishes such as fried plantain, Jollof rice and traditional stews in Original Caribbean Spice and Daddy O’s Suya Spot.
Associated with football and now as a shopping venue, Wembley Park is also packed with a huge range of street food options. Try Viva Falafel for the freshest Lebanese food, a vegan breakfast at Estadio Lounge and at Clean Kitchen Club within BOXPARK Wembley for example, diners can indulge in juicy burgers and loaded fries. For those who love a bit of spice, the Chickpea Curry and Jerk Tofu at Mama Jacq’s Caribbean stall are not to be missed. The hearty flavours of classic bruschetta, spicy arrabbiata pasta and aubergine and courgette ravioli are perfect for warding off the winter blues over at Pasta Remoli, while a stack of vegan pancakes at Haute Dolci is the perfect indulgent treat at any time of day. In fact, with over 50 food and drink outlets you should be able to find a vegan treat for everyone.
Vegan Banana Bread
Yes this is so 2020 lockdown, but bananas getting over ripe is still a thing, and have you ever tried to make it vegan? It’s actually a lot easier than you think! Find the full recipe thanks to the Easy Peasy Baking campaign here.
Kick start your day with porridge
What easier breakkie swap could there be than making a hearty bowl of porridge each morning? Healthy, vegan and suitable for all the family, children can be involved by choosing and preparing their own toppings. Outrageously Original from The Great British Porridge Co. is a 100% natural, instant, plant-based porridge mix that is high in fibre, with no added sugar.
It’s not all about food
If you want to make more permanent changes after trialing veganuary, take a look at Eco Homemaker whose founders offer consultations alongside their Eco Swap Club, a curated subscription box of four to six eco-friendly products which offer customers an easy way to try out their family’s go-to eco swaps on a regular basis. The shop sources products that are produced in the UK, are plastic free, zero waste, toxin free, cruelty free and vegan friendly.
Conscious Changing Bags
Babymel’s eco-friendly changing bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and is packed full of features, including a convertible strap so you can easily switch to wear as a backpack or shoulder bag and a quick access wipes dispenser pocket. The Georgi has a modern unisex look that is perfect for everyday.
Of course making conscious choices includes the clothes that we put ourselves and our children in too. We first came across Turtle Dove London when City Kids was in its infancy and we’ve love their vibe ever since. With grown up sizes too, twinning is definitely winning here.