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How to get enough omega-3 fatty acids on a vegan diet

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Hold on tight! We’re uncovering some of the mysteries of essential fatty acids, why they’re important, where we can find them in foods, and whether we should supplement them. I’m rarely satisfied with a cursory overview and find myself digging into the details to understand as much as possible. This is a fascinating topic with still-evolving research, and I hope …

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Mushroom super-powers

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I love mushrooms, and I get a bunch pretty much every time I do a grocery haul. Their texture can be astonishingly meaty (have you tried my Meaty Marinated Mushrooms?) and they bring wonderful umami to a dish. I have, however, come across fringe questions about whether they’re even vegan – it never occurred to me to asked myself that question! I knew that …

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Gnocchi with Oyster Mushrooms

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I got an oyster mushroom growing kit as a gift (thanks mom!) and it was quite exciting to wake up each morning to see how much it had grown. It even attracted a little spider-friend to live in the village of gill-caps, so cute! Four days later, they were ready to be harvested. So I took some gnocchi I had …

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5 ways that we can do better in 2021

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I’m not one to set New Year’s Resolutions, but this year is different. The shit-storm that was 2020 has taught me a lot, especially this: we need to do better. Yes, do Veganuary. Yes, call your family more. But these things alone are not enough, while the world is reeling from the impacts of COVID-19 and the ongoing climate crisis. As …

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Vegan Greek Salad

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A Greek salad is just not the same without the feta. You could make your own from scratch (there are recipes based on tofu, or almonds) but that’s a mission. And why bother when you can buy it ready made? I used the dairy-free feta cheese from Woolworths (specifically, the “Dairy Free Greek White Cheese”), which is beautifully creamy with …

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‘Plant-based’ vs ‘Vegan’, explained

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With the start of Veganuary next month, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will be trying out a vegan diet. Thanks to initiatives like this and others, there’s been a huge shift in the global food industry with more and more innovative plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs.But what’s the difference between a vegan diet and a plant-based …

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Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

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This is my favourite way to have cauliflower: so full of flavour yet still light and fresh enough to include on an indulgent festive menu. This is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe – I love the smashed garlic and paprika paste, with some cumin and turmeric thrown in for extra flavour and colour. If you make this recipe and decide …

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Vegan Malva Pudding

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You know that feeling you get when you tuck into a familiar childhood favourite? Mmmm that is what malva pudding gives me, every time! This classic South African dessert is traditionally made with eggs, milk and cream – but it’s super easily veganised. I first shared a vegan malva pudding recipe in my early days with Vegilicious (the student organisation …

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Festive gathering survival guide for vegans

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It’s the holiday season, and some of us are fortunate enough to safely share a meal with our nearest and dearest, despite corona-times. However, family gatherings around the dinner table can be stressful if you’ve recently changed your diet away from the dominant food culture. My first Christmas gathering after I shifted to a vegan diet was pretty tough: watching …

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German Potato Soup

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I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of months, and now that the cold has set in here in Germany, it’s perfect timing. This soup is Marco’s – he made it the way he remembers his grandmother’s soup, but without peeling the potatoes (because who has time for that, and there’s so much fibre, vitamins and other good …

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5 reasons not to peel your fruit & veg

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To peel, or not to peel? That is the question of many a home cook. You know how it goes: that recipe you saved looks so simple, so quick, and then you notice that sneaky extra step: “wash and peel the potatoes” and you think “uhhh… I’ve got better things to do with my time than peel potatoes!” I hear …

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Lemon Poppyseed Cookies

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Who doesn’t love the classic combo of lemony tang with poppyseed crunch? This recipe is adapted from the Martha Stewart website – veganised with aquafaba in place of egg and coconut oil instead of butter. The quantities are adjusted to make for a cookie that spreads less and has a more solid texture. Enjoy! If you make this recipe and …

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On vegan allyship

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I set out to write a little opinion piece on the concept of vegan allyship – but since I don’t have enough knowledge on the relevant topics, I asked my social network for their thoughts on the concept. Some astute comments followed, and I’ve learnt some things. As a result, this article is taking a different direction to what I’d …

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Crispy Potato Skins

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I don’t peel potatoes unless a) someone else is in charge of the cooking, or b) I feel like making crispy potato skins. These are one heck of a greasy indulgence, a very occasional treat. Serve them up with a sprinkling of good quality salt, a side of vegan sausages (yum!) and Dijon mustard. Enjoy! Not too often though 😉 …

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For the love of soy

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I’ve been vegan almost 10 years, and even now, I hear the adage about soy being unsustainable (or a health threat) almost as often as I did back then. The livestock industry has done a pretty good job at vilifying this little bean. Nowhere in the history of agriculture has a bean caused so much upset in the world – …

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Chocolate Protein Power Smoothie

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This one is for the runners, the gym bunnies, the climbing nuts. A delicious, milkshakey chocolate smoothie with a whopping 29 grams of protein to power your workout: Soy milk: 7.1 g protein Frozen banana: 1.3 g protein Cocoa powder: 1.5 g protein Peanut butter: 3.6 g protein Oats: 3.2 g protein Dates: 0.9 g protein Chia seeds: 1.7 g …

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Powering your workouts with plants

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So you want to power your workouts with plants, but conventional wisdom (i.e. the guy at the gym) is telling you that you need way more protein than you’re already getting, and that protein == meat (or dairy, or egg whites). This is far from the full picture. Muscles are made of protein Muscles are made up of water, protein, …

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Berry Breakfast Smoothie

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My best days are the ones that start with a smoothie. Really, I function so much better with this boost of nutrients! (In winter, I chase it with hot tea so my body temperature doesn’t take a dip.) What’s in it? Frozen banana for a creamy base (don’t skip freezing the banana – frozen banana chunks are a mainstay in …

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Where to find ‘specialty’ vegan ingredients

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Have you graduated from the “regular” categories of plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits, beans, grains)? Are you venturing into more creative vegan culinary pursuits? If so, you’ll need to start looking out for some specialty “vegan” ingredients that might be less common in more traditional recipes. It can be tricky to find these items, for the very reason that they’re not …