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How To Make Guacamole

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 30th of July 2021 Guacamole makes a great dip or sandwich filling.  You may have bought it from a shop in the past in which case you know it comes in a plastic container, which you might not know is harmful to the wildlife. Thankfully, it is easy to make and if you shop wisely picking out the loose veg it can be completely zero waste too. Waste Zero package waste if you buy the ingredients loose. Serves 3-4 Ingredients  Avocado x 1 large Garlic x 3 gloves Tomato x 1 Pepper 20g Onion 20g Lime x 1/2 Method Mash the avocado in a bowl. Chop up the tomato, garlic and pepper then add them to the avocado. Add the lime juice and mix. Store or serve. Please like and share with your friends.

Vegan Honey And Mustard Chickenless

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 26th of July 2021 This is my veganised take on the classic dish Honey and Mustard Chicken.  The sauce is sweet and mustardy with tender pieces of tofu in place of the chicken.  The honey can be replaced by any number of sweetness such as maple syrup, pineapple juice or brown sugar.  It is possible to use any veg that you like in place of the ones i have used. The tofu, mushroom and mustard sauce are the main ingredients. Severs 2  Ingredients  Tofu 200g Onion x 0.5 medium sized Garlic x 3 gloves Broccoli x 60g Cabbage x 60g Carrots x 1 medium sized Parsnips x 1 small Courgette  x 80g Mushrooms x 4 or 5 medium sized  Sauce Mustard powder x 1 heaped tsp English Mustard x 1 heaped tsp Brown sugar or pineapple juice to taste Apple cider vinegar x 2 tbsp Water x 0.5 cup Method  Prepare the tofu . Cut the veg into bite size pieces. Boil the veg just enough to part soften it. Fry the tofu, veg, onion and garlic in a saucepan in a little oil. Put the veg in t

How To Prepare Tofu

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 23rd of July 2021     The trick to this is to find a really good press.  I had to get a plastic press out of a lack of choice. However, it does the job.  Once you have mastered the preparation of tofu, your vegan life will never be the same. What Is Tofu? Tofu is bean curd and originated from China where it has been a staple for 2,000 years.  It is made from soy milk where it is coagulated and pressed into white blocks of different firmness.  Silken Firm Extra firm Super firm Why Eat Tofu? Apart from tasting really good when it is prepared correctly, tofu is a great source of calcium, protein and iron.  In addition, it is low in calories.   Although the firmer varieties contain more calories, they also have more nutrition. How To Prepare Tofu. Even though some tofu claim there is no need to press their product, most of us will still want to press it overnight. Steps Freeze the tofu.  This is an optional step, but it is does change the texture a lit

Bregit lung

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  Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 20th of July 2021         If you are looking for something different or you are just an out and out Trekkie, this dish is for you! Bregit lung is a Klingon dish that is meant to be chunks of lizard, but since i am vegan, i will be using tofu instead.  You can have it on its own or with something else the choice is yours. I like mine with Gagh and veg. This is a dish best served with Grapok sauce. Serves 2 Ingredients  200g of tofu Cumin x 2 tsp Paprika x 2 tsp Cornflour x 2 tsp Salt x 2 dashes Method  Prepare the tofu by pressing it overnight.   Cut tofu into bite size cubes.  Add other ingredients to a bowl then add the tofu pieces.  Toss the tofu around until coated, see figure 1.  Add a little oil and toss around some more.  Place in a backing dish in the middle of an oven preheated to 200 C  and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.  Once ready, leave to cool for 1 minute.    Serve with Grapok sauce.  Dip the Bregit lung into the Grapok sauce and enjoy!

Grapok Sauce

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 19 of July 2021 This is a very tasty little dip that has been inspired by Star Trek.  It have a smoky BBQ flavour and is great for dipping tofu or vegan nuggets. A sauce ideal for Bregit lung . Ingredients BBQ sauce x 3 tbsp Cider vinegar x 2 tbsp Tomato paste x 1 tbsp Soy sauce x 1 tbsp Hot water x 50 ml Method Measure out all the ingredients into a small dipping sauce bowl and mix with a spoon.  Achieving the correct viscosity to the sauce is important because you do not want the sauce to run off the Bregit lung when it is dipped into it.  Neither do you want to think a sauce; you should be able to poor the sauce onto the food.  Aim for a thick gravy like viscosity but thinner than ketchup. I hope you decide to give this a try. If you do, please let me know how it turned out in the comments or on twitter.  Please like, share with your friends and subscribe.    

Hunter's Cauli

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 18th of July 2021     This is a vegan interpretation of a British pub classic.  A cauliflower stake in place of the chicken, vegan bacon, BBQ sauce and vegan cheese sauce all combine to create a fantastic dish.  Servers 1 Ingredients For Cauliflower stake Cauliflower  Facon (i used Richmond meat-free rashers) BBQ sauce (I used levi roots Reggae Reggae Jerk BBQ sauce) Vegan cheese sauce   Black pepper Salt Paprika  x 1 tsp Coriander x 1 tsp 1/2 a lemon juiced  For side dish Mushrooms Aborigine Onion  Cabbage  Potato to make wedges Method Step 1 Cut a stake out of the heart of the cauliflower. Put the stake in a baking dish and squeeze the lemon juice over the stake.  Cover in the spices and leave in the fridge for 0.5 hours. Roast in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Prepare the vegan cheese sauce.  Cauliflower in spices Step 2  Take out of the oven and cover with the vegan rashes. Cover in the BBQ. Cover in the vegan cheese sauce. Put back in the over

Creamy Butter Tofu Curry

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  Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 12th of July 2021       There are many different ways to prepare this dish, but i like to make it with cashew cream.   This is an easier dish than you might think to prepare and is very customisable.  For instance, you can add veg or do without the lime juice.  The main ingredients are the tofu and cashew cream, with is easy to make.  I hope that you like, subscribe and share with your friends.  Ingredients 1/4 cups cashew nuts  100ml of vegan milk  100ml of vegetable stock 50g of Tofu 1/4 medium onion, chopped 60g of leek (optional) 60g of broccoli (optional) 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 100g of chopped tomatoes Juice from 1/2 a lime  2 tbsp of sultanas 2 tbsp of tomato paste  2 tsp of brown sugar 1/4 tsp of salt 1 tsp of garam masala 1 tsp  of coriander powder 1/2 tsp  of cumin powder 1/4 tsp of cayenne chilli powder 4 cardamom pod seeds Method  Step 1 Prepare the tofu by pressing it overnight.  In the morning, cut it into bite size pieces and mari

Gladst

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 9th of July 2021  This is great for stuffing in something like a bell pepper. Very tasty dish that has its origins in Star Trek.  It is great on its own, but is better as a side dish to complement your feast. Serves 2 Ingredients  Mushrooms x 60g Aborigine x 70g Onion x 1/4 Cranberries x 1 x tbsp Garlic x 2 cloves Nutritional yeast x 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar x 1 tsp Soy sauce x 3 tbsp Method Heat a frying pan to a medium heat and add some oil. Dice all of the veg ingredients, add to the frying pan and stir. Mix all of the wet ingredients together and poor into the frying pan.  This will result in a lot of steam, which is good, but now you need to put the lid on to keep the steam in.  Add the nutritional yeast with B12. Keep checking every minute and stir.  Add more liquid if it starts to dry out.  Once the veg has softened, turn the heat off. You can add spinach or kale to the recipe to give it more nutrition if you want.  I hope you decide to give t

Zero Waste Vegan Sandwich

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Updated 6th of July 2021 This is a quick and easy lunch that is packed with goodness and it is zero waste.  Making your own bread can be time consuming and work intensive, but this flatbread is easy.  I was very surprised at the results and now make it all the time because it is simple.  The filling is equally as easy and so worth it.  The garlic really comes throw and the mustard gives it that stronger flavour. Ingredients Flatbread home-made or sweet potato flatbread Avocado  Red bell pepper Chilli pepper Garlic  Mustard Method Scrape out the avocado into a bowl and mash it. Chop up the chilli and garlic and add them to the mashed avocado. Mix in 1 or 2 tsp of mustard.  I use the mustard and horseradish, but any mustard will do.  Spread on the home made flatbread and add slices of bell pepper.  Fold the bread and eat.  You can, if you wish, sprinkle a little nutritional yeast with B12 over the filling or try the sweet potato flatbread .

How To Go Plastic Free And Vegan

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By McDonald, T.   |  Updated 25th of October 2021 The Earth is not only our home, but the home of many other creatures.  We have all seen and heard of the problems caused by pollution, but what can we do to solve the problem?  Even if you are not a scientist you can still help by making some simple changes in your life.  Food What you need to do Find a good range of shops so you can get all the things you need.  You will be able to find shops online and locally.  When you are looking for food, try to choose produce that is not in plastic.  For example, choose loose mushrooms instead of ones in plastic trays.  You can buy produce bags to put things like mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and other veg in.  Produce bags Look for the lose vegan and fruit.  In addition, look for zero waste shops in your local area. They will have dispensers that you use to fill up a container that you bring with you. Dispensers with spoons Dispensers Kitchen What you need to do Get rid of all plastic such as: 

Swap Your Plastic Toothbrush

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 2nd of July 2021 This mouth is plastic free July.   If you are new to this way of living, you way feel overwhelmed by it; nonetheless, don't worry.  Take it step by step.  One of the easiest things you can do is to swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one.  You can get ones with replaceable heads, one piece or children.  You can also get hard, soft and medium. Once you have finished with your toothbrush, you pull out the bristles, which can be recycled and put the the wooden part, which can be recycled in the recycling.  Replaceable head Ready for recycling Where to get them from You can get them from the supermarkets since Colgate do a bamboo toothbrush.  You can get them in zero waste shops. You can buy them online. Just look for Bamboo toothbrushes.  I hope you decide to give this a try. If you do, please let me know what you thought in the comments or on twitter.  Please like, share with your friends and subscribe.   

I Tried Richmond Meat-Free Smoked Bacon Rashers

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 1st of July 2021       I have heard a lot about these ranging from yuck to very positive.  Being i am almost a scientist, i decided to test them out for myself. The first noticeable thing is the plastic packaging, which will put a lot of their target audience of buying it straight away.   What i though of the rashers I liked them a lot.  They had a pleasing look and tasted very much like bacon.  The texture was also great! I fried them as stated in the instructions.  I then tried them naked, without anything, and in some flatbread with tomato and pepper, which made a really good sandwich. How to make the flatbread  If you liked this, maybe you would like: Vegan Fry Up All Day Vegan Breakfast Vegan B12 Bomber Breakfast without the oink   I hope you decide to give this a try. If you do, please let me know what you thought in the comments or on twitter.  Please like, share with your friends and subscribe.