Happy World Vegan Day everybody!
Apparently November is also World Vegan Month, so I’m going to do my best to post a blog a week, like I did for Veganuary, about my favourite vegan products/ recipes/foods etc. (I haven’t made a proper plan yet so bear with me)
So to kick things off, I’m going to make a list of some of my favorite vegan brands that make great food alternatives and make my life that little bit easier.
My cheese saviour. They have such a great range of cheese alternatives, I’ve only tried a tiny fraction so far. I love them because they’re available in Tesco, convenient for my big shop, and in Holland and Barrett, so I don’t really have many different brands to compare them to that are more difficult to get a hold of.
Of the ones I have tried though, their cream cheese spread and cheddar block/slices are my faves.
AND I can’t wait to try their new Halloumi wedges which I found in Sainsbury’s last week.
Specifically, their ‘Cheatin” range of fake meats. The chicken style, ham style and turkey style are lifesavers for a sandwich lover like me, because it takes two minutes to prepare when I’m running late for work, and they taste great. Available at Holland and Barrett. who always have great sales on like buy one get one half price etc., and they’re only £1.79 a packet to begin with.
My queen. Affordable, frozen, available in most supermarkets, and, most importantly, delicious. There is so much to choose from, but my personal faves are the rosemary and red onion sausages, country pies and sausage rolls. The burgers are amazing too, and the scampi bites are yummy and I haven’t seen any other alternative to scampi by any other brand. Basically, all hail Queen Linda.
Obviously not just vegan brands, but over the past year these supermarket giants have been absolutely smashing it with their free from ranges. From cheese, to yoghurts and desserts, to jam tarts and my absolute favourite cheesy nachos (thanks Tesco), and not to mention ready meals (this unhealthy/lazy vegan’s dream) being vegan is not only easier it is more affordable, when practically every month one of the supermarkets brings out a new own brand product at half the price of the branded.
It is also really handy that my mum, not being experienced at reading food labels, can go into Tesco or Sainsbury’s and pick up something from their own range that she knows I’ll be able to eat because it says ‘free from milk and eggs’ on the front.
And finally, my favourite plant-based milk for tea and porridge has to be oat milk. But that’s not the only reason I love Oatly, the wonderful Swedish brand; they also do a cream and a creme fraiche alternative. When I was veggie, I was a huge fan of creamy pasta dishes using creme fraiche, cause they were easy and quick. Now I can use the same recipes, just with the Oatly creme fraiche instead! And if my mum’s made an apple crumble, the single cream goes down a treat too. And they’re available in Tesco soo what’s not to love?!
Oatly are also just a great company, you should go read about them here.
That’s it for this week, folks. Hopefully I’ll be back next week to ramble about other vegan-related goodness. Thanks for reading!