VEGAN CHICKEN PASTA SALAD // Recipe

   
80g uncooked pasta

100g vegan chicken style pieces

1/2 medium pepper

2inch chunk cucumber

7 cherry/plum tomatoes 

2tbsp pine nuts or cashews

8 basil leaves 

1tsp lemon zest (around 1/2 a lemon)

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This was inspired by Co-op vegan pasta dish, which you can easily buy, add some extra ‘chicken’ or chickpeas into for protein,  and bam easy lunch done.

 
Boil the pasta for 15 minutes (or however long the packet says) and while waiting, chop up your vegetables into small chunks.

Cook the vegan chicken if necessary (I use Quorn in the microwave covered in water for 4 minutes). Then set aside and leave to cool.

When ready, drain the pasta, run under cold water to cool it, and add the veg, chicken, pine nuts, and lemon zest.

Chop the basil finely, and scatter all over just before serving.

This is perfect to take along to a summer barbecue, or you could even pack it up to take to work with you as it lasts up to 5 days in the fridge. 

     
 

NORWICH VEGANS SUMMER FAYRE 2017 // Life

A few pics from the Norwich Vegans Summer Fayre 1st July. I can seriously recommend the cinnamon bun and peanut butter cups – both were some of the most amazing sweet treats I’ve ever had!!

  
  
  
   
  

 
   

  
  

  
  
  
  

A selection of seed butters – a perfect alternative for those with nut allergies (i have serious sympathy for those who have to live without peanut butter).

  

 
  
      

Deerly Beloved Bakery is well known around Norwich now; they provide cakes for Waterstones, the UEA, local cafes and many more places around the city.   

 
   

NORWICH VEGAN FESTIVAL & GELATO // Life 

Returning for a second year, the Shena Louise organised amother event which bought together tonnes of vegan food stalls, beauty products, charity stalls, animal welfare, clothes and more as well as hundreds of people to enjoy it.

  

Debs pantry – I tried the carrot cake and sticky toffee, the latter of which was delicious with chunks of date and a toffee glaze. 
 
Munchy seeds – available in many shops all over the country and in 8 flavours – honey, chilli, omega (think soy sauce), sesame, choccy apricot, super berry, savoury crunch and choccy ginger. These are great to eat on their own, in smoothies, cereal, salads, pasta, and my favourite way; with yogurt and frozen berries. 
 Rude veganz clothing  

 Biscotti – definitely serve with a coffee or tea as they are pretty hard on their own.   
 
  

   
  Vegan cakery 
   

Indian street food salads   

 
  
Two six nine catering – their bakewell slice was as delicious as any ‘non vegan’ I’ve tried, moist almond sponge, sweet jam and crisp pastry.  

  

Gourmet nut butters – my favourite flavour was banana bread and vanilla espresso, but others included white chocolate raspberry, cocoa and carrot cake.
  
  

 Food cycle – giving advice for making the most out of your food ‘waste’, cheap recipe ideas and they even made a delicious vegetable curry. 
Naked greenz – wheat grass
Boudicca brewery – vegan Norfolk ale 
My mother and I followed the fayre with a lovely walk around the city in the sun, stumbling across a little unique gift shop, and finishing in the new gelato shop. I had the dairy free strawberry sorbet, which I have to say was amazing, not watery or icy and you could taste the real fruit

   

   
  
  
  
Love V.E.G.
P.S. stay tuned for the Norwich Vegans Summer Fayre on July 1.

  

MEAT CONSCIOUS CHALLENGE // Life

  The 15th to the 21st is the national Vegetarian week, so I think this is the perfect time to start taking an active interest in your meat intake.

I purposely haven’t titled this the ‘meat free challenge’ or forcing anyone to go vegetarian for the week, but as a start I challenge everyone to think about where your food is from, how it’s been produced, how far it’s come, as well as how nutritious is it for you. These are the three top tips I’d start with to help you.

1) WHERE – only buy free range, local, meat from the butchers.

2) HOW MUCH – instead of making meat the main part of a meal, try out new recipes that focus more on full flavoured beans, lentils, rice, potatoes, and vegetables.
3) WHY – the most common reason people eat meat is because it’s what they’ve been raised with, so try asking your parents/ siblings/flatmates to join you buy limiting your meat to say once a day.
  And if it’s because ‘vegan food costs so much’ then you just need to look at the price of a tin of beans, and the price of a steak to know that this really shouldn’t be an excuse.
Another of the common myths about vegetarianism is that you ‘eat like no protein’. Again, this is completely inaccurate and you only have to Google meat free sources of protein to find there is an abundance – try things like Quorn, beans, lentils, quinoa, plant based protein powder, soya yogurt, and tofu.

For the best places to eat out vegetarian on this week, check out this great post by Morgan, as well as my local Norwich restaurant reviews.

Pop up shops (run every month)

No33 Cafe

Roots

Wild Thyme

  

  

  
I hope this next week encourages people to try reduce their meat, and maybe even progress to reducing their dairy intake, and try some more delicious vegetarian/vegan meals.