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What are your favourite vegan meals?

Jimm_Scope
Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,361 Scope online community team
It's once again Veganuary, January is a month where people are urged to try and limit their intake of meat and animal products and to try and switch to more vegan-based meals.

Vegan meals tend to be more environmentally friendly, cheaper and of course are animal-friendly in that they use no animal or animal-derived products.

I myself am not vegan, with my Crohn's I could never be vegan because my diet is restricted enough! But me and my partner have been trying to be more 'Flexitarian' by eating less meat and more vegan meals. We have concerns about the environment and about animal welfare that help us make this change.


So, what are your favourite vegan meals? 

Personally, me and my partner have perfected a vegan mac and cheese. She is American and has a big soft spot for mac and cheese. We've managed to make a very good replica of the cheese sauce using butternut squash and we often add fry off some vegan bacon lardons to add in. I dislike the vegan bacon as rashers, but as lardons they work really well.

How about your favourite vegan meal? Is it simply beans on toast? Perhaps you have a vegetable stir fry you really like? A lovely mushroom risotto? Anything that doesn't use meat or dairy essentially.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,103 Disability Gamechanger
    I like the idea of eating vegetable based food and find a lot of it is really tasty.

    I find vegan food is often more creative as well. Meat is often just cooked and served, but vegans rarely just cook a piece of broccoli and say "there you go", they always seem to do something creative with it to try to make it more interesting.

    What I don't really like the idea of, and this is just my preference, are things like vegan cheese or plant-based "meat". I am more than happy to have meat and dairy free meals but I wouldn't want to replace those things with imitations.

    I think what I am saying is I would happily eat vegan food but if I fancied meat or dairy I'd have the real thing.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,361 Scope online community team
    I don't mind the imitations personally, but they rarely get close to the actual thing. As I said, the vegan bacon we use is an awful replacement if you try to use it like a full rasher of bacon. But as lardons it hits the spot really. 

    Cheese is another difficult one, often doesn't come very close. I find it it's melted though, such as into a "cheese" sauce the difference isn't that noticeable. One thing to be said though is that they are very processed foods these vegan imitations. 

    I wish I could eat lentils because daal is a lovely vegan meal, but I just can't with my Crohns.

    In fact Indian cuisine is full of delicious vegan meals.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,103 Disability Gamechanger
    I find the a lot of meat free Japanese food, especially sushi, is really nice. Again I don't go for things like the "Xalmon", which I assume is imitation salmon. I like the veggie rolls. Also the cucumber sushi rolls - side from being tasty - are quite a nice palate cleanser between different pieces of fish sushi. :)

    One thing I don't understand, but have no issue with as it tasted nice, is fish sushi with vegan mayonnaise drizzled on it. You've already broken the veganism by having salmon so why use vegan mayo? I am asking this from an ignorant point of view, perhaps eating fish but not eggs is a thing (either from choice or health requirements)?
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,361 Scope online community team
    I guess it's just people trying to avoid using more animal products than necessary? Any lessening of the use of animal products can be better for the environment and the animal. For instance, I can't have dairy anyway, but the horrible stories and things I've witnessed of dairy farms would put me off it anyway. So even if I still eat meat (which I have to for my diet to be healthy), even just a lessening of using animal products is helpful.


    I remember someone saying, if your goal is to lessen the impact on the environment. Getting 50% of people to eat 20% less meat or dairy is more effective than trying to get even 10% of people to stop eating meat or dairy entirely. And the former is much more likely to happen.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,103 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes all good points!

    One thing I would say r.e. animal welfare, though, I am just thinking out loud and not committing to this argument as I have only just thought of it and don't really know whether it would stack up or not...

    If instead of say a litre of cheap milk, you buy a litre of likely more expensive plant based milk, what about a third option which is buying a litre of high quality milk from a sustainable farm with high welfare standards. That way you get the real deal, the animals are treated well, and the environment doesn't suffer.

    We have relatives buried in Norfolk and whenever we go to tend the grave we always have to stop by at this Suffolk farm (linked below)...

    https://www.fenfarmdairy.co.uk/

    A litre of milk there is about 60% more than what you'd pay in the supermarket, but if you have a quick browse of their site you'd see they are really fond of sustainability and animal welfare. And that's not to mention the main reason I personally buy the milk, which is that it is tastes amazing compared with cheap supermarket milk.

    I appreciate you can't have dairy but assuming someone was shunning dairy for environmental or welfare reasons, maybe it would be a good option?
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,317 Disability Gamechanger
    I must admit that I am not a vegan and never will be, I love my varied diet too much for that although I am an animal lover.
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,924 Disability Gamechanger
    I find a lot of vegan meals are heavily processed to imitate meat products, by look and taste. 
    However I do lentil curries and plant based curries like spinach and potatoes, aubergines etc, chickpeas. I Prefer foods in their natural form. Veg soups are a good one.  
  • Ada
    Ada Scope Member Posts: 11,464 Disability Gamechanger
    We are ruled by budget. 
    My bf likes his daily meat. I don’t like most meat. Except chicken and fish for the last year. I use to say I won’t eat anything that bleeds. ( like us ) but I can’t say that now. 
    But ruled by budget My main meal mostly is baby leaf salad. Or reduced sugar beans on toast. Baby leaf salad Twice a week with chicken. And twice a week with tinned tuna ( why do I feel guilty) as well as tomato on toast. 
    Unlike other countries I couldn’t eat my dog. So I couldn’t eat a cow etc. 
    And After reading this I probably stop eating chicken and tuna again. 
    Im not a head strong vegan. I just feel guilty 
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,361 Scope online community team
    edited January 13
    Oh yes @Sandy_123! I love using sweet potato, carrots and parsnips in soups. Butternut squad too. They all make for quite tasty soups. One of my favourites is a sweet potato and parsnip curried soup.

    @66Mustang Yes, I can see that as being similar. If you know what you're buying is treating the animals humanely. I buy plant milk because I actually can't drink cows milk at all as you mention, but it has the added benefit of not being from an animal for me. Pre-Covid the price wasn't all that bad. I could get a litre of oat milk from morrisons for about £1.10. Now it seems nearly everywhere the lower price is £2 a litre.

    Same @woodbine, I will never be a vegan. But we are trying to vary our diet more, and limit consumption from animal products. I just read another article today about the pollution damage done to the River Wye in Herefordshire due to all the egg farms in the area.
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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,924 Disability Gamechanger
    I love the soups @Jimm_Scope it's a great way to pack the veggies in, doesn't cost a lot either and can last a few days
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,361 Scope online community team
    Should we have a day we all share our soup recipes? :P 

    I can tell the story of the worst soup I ever made. My partner grew some blue potatoes last year, and we needed to use them up. I decided to check them in a soup. Worst cooking decision ever. The blue turned into a grey and it looked like gruel. 

    No more using blue potatoes in soups for me! 

    Soups are so versatile though, and can be so healthy. With a good crusty bread on the side too. 
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  • WhatThe
    WhatThe Community member, Scope Member Posts: 888 Pioneering
    edited January 13

    I'm a soup fan especially seasonal root veg plus red lentils and short grain rice - big affairs colourful souper tasty and filling 
  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Scope Member Posts: 1,397 Disability Gamechanger
        Am I the only one that thinks 'vegans don't eat meat but require food to look like it's come from a dead animal' What is this vegan bacon rashers and the such like  :/
  • WhatThe
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  • Ada
    Ada Scope Member Posts: 11,464 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 13
    I don’t eat meat or plant food that looks like meat. Ok 👌 
    I @vikingqueen don’t eat it because I prefer healthier food then eating my dog or a cow. I think those that eat plant food that looks like a burger are those that are Trying to give up meat. So shouldn’t be picked on. And I’m not a vegan talking as I eat chicken and tuna 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,924 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 13
    I eat meat but love veggy foods and vegan foods that are not processed. I only tend to try eat foods in their natural form with the exception of sausages and bacon every now and then
  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Scope Member Posts: 1,397 Disability Gamechanger
           My post was tongue in cheek and I was in no way picking on anyone, it was merely an observation
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,361 Scope online community team
    While many vegans do not eat imitation food, I personally see nothing inherently wrong with imitation food. The issue many people take with meat is the ethical concerns regarding animal treatment and the environmental impact. If you can have something fairly similar without those concerns why is that a bad thing?
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  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Scope Member Posts: 1,397 Disability Gamechanger
        I give in, humor has no place here.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,195 Disability Gamechanger
    It gave me a chuckle @vikingqueen!!! I've even thought it when eating quorn mince myself before!!
    Why am I eating this more processed version of mince ?? Like why do I want a food to look and taste like a food I won't eat? :D 

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