At Animal Aid, they believe that if you really care about animals, the best way you can help is to stop eating them. Each year in the UK alone approximately 1,000 million animals are farmed and killed for food - and that figure doesn’t include fish. Animal Aid’s nationwide initiative – Veggie Month – is the perfect opportunity to give vegetarianism a try. And if you’re already a veggie, why not try veganism for a month? Veggie Month sees celebrities, health professionals, chefs, government officials, teachers and people in your area, come together to challenge the mass-production, killing and eating of animals. Going veggie is good for health - lowering your risk of suffering from diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, and it’s also better for the planet. An animal-free diet is a far more sensible way to use the world’s precious resources, and it can be a whole lot cheaper too.
To get you started, try some of these easy and delicious recipes (from www.veganrecipes.co.uk):
A bonza breakfast - Fruit smoothie
Throw fruit and/or soya milk into a blender. There are loads of recipes out there but try one of these:
Banana & oat smoothie
1 large banana
7fl oz cold soya milk
1 tbsp rolled porridge oats
2 ice cubes
Apples & berries
2 red apples
2 green apples
3 tbsp mixed frozen berries
1 small tub of strawberry soya yoghurt
2 ice cubes
A lovely lunch - Leek and almond bake
Try this bake with green vegetables and gravy. Serves 2.
Preheat the oven to 200/400/GM 6. Fry 3 large leeks (cleaned, trimmed and sliced) with 2 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed) in oil over a medium-low heat until the leek is very soft. Stir in half a mug of ground almonds. Add 1 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp soya milk and season with black pepper. Press into an ovenproof dish and cook for 35 minutes.
A smashing supper - Smoked tofu and spinach cannelloni
1. Preheat the oven to 200/400/GM 6. Fry 1 red onion (peeled and chopped) until soft. Add 1 clove garlic (peeled and crushed), 225g spinach (with tough stalks removed) 1/2 tsp thyme and some black pepper. Fry until spinach is wilted.
2. Mash 1 pack of smoked tofu with a fork and stir it into the spinach. Stuff 10 tubes of cannelloni pasta with the mixture and place the tubes in an ovenproof dish. Pour a tin of chopped tomatoes over the top and sprinkle with more thyme and black pepper. Add some grated melting vegan cheese (optional) and bake for 35 minutes.