Here comes my last ‘what I ate’ vlog for this month and the finish of my vegan tips and talks series started at the beginning of January. I hope some of you have been trying more vegan foods and plant based recipes to start this new year of ours and that my offerings here on the blog have been inspiring in doing so. I’ve talked about vegan beginner tips, being vegan going out and on the go as well as given you an insight to what vegan staples I keep my kitchen stocked with. This weekend I want to share some things we can do as vegans past what we put on our plate and talk about four things that I think we encounter at the beginning of veganism or as we start to branch into vegan ways. You can hear me talk about these four points in the video and I’ll be sharing some resources below for more information and tips for going vegan off the plate as an extension to changing your eating habits.
I also want to share a recipe that I’ve been wanting to share for quite a while now. It’s the peanut butter bean pattie which Rob’s mother Agi instigated many moons ago and that I’ve adopted in my cooking repertoire. They are perfect for making Asian inspired burgers or to serve as I do in the video with a good salad and some potato wedges. To be honest I’ll have them pretty much with anything and everything. They are also very low maintenance to make I think, no need for fancy appliances. I simple use my hands to mash and mix all the ingredients together. They also don’t need frying so you can make them completely oil free if you wish.
Scroll down for some useful links reflecting my short off the plate veganism in the video. I just want to mention though before I sign off that what I speak about in the video most certainly not everything that we take into consideration as vegans beyond what we eat. It’s simply a starting point and some things that I think we encounter quite soon after we plant our two feet on a vegan path. Now enjoy the video, the recipe and the links! x
A list of inspiring resources
good eatings vegan chat:
A SHORT INSIGHT TO BEING VEGAN OFF THE PLATE
As already mentioned above I talk all about these points in the video but I thought I will link some useful resources for each talking point for your reference in case you want some more inspiration. I also said that there are many more things we do off the plate as vegans in terms of making ethically driven choices and one that I wish I had talked about in the video but simply didn’t is animals in entertainment. I no longer go to any kind of amusement park that support animals being held captive and looked at or touched for entertainment. In addition to this I don’t attend circus performances where animals are used and I don’t go to aquariums. These are a few examples of where animals are used for entertainment and there are more but I just wanted to mention this as I think it’s very important not to in any way support the captivity of animals for our entertainment. Now onto the links!
Vegan clothing and shoes
Here I will share a short list of useful guides and online retailers I think are worth a look if you’re wanting to learn more about vegan clothing and shoes or are looking to buy a new item. Personally I try to also buy ethically made fashion to my best ability, this is not to say that I do this perfectly in any way because I don’t but it’s something I strive to do.
Vegan hygiene and beauty products
I made a list of ten vegan hygiene products I use regularly here but here are some make up brands that are vegan friendly or at least have many vegan products. All brands linked are cruelty-free, i.e. they do not test on animals.
Pacifica (100% v+cf)
OCC (100% v+cf)
INIKA (100% v+cf)
Vegan Alcoholic Beverages
Not all alcoholic beverages are vegan. Especially when it comes to wine, beer and cider there can be non-vegan products in the drink or in the processing of the drink. As I don’t drink alcohol very often myself I’m not an expert in this field but a great website for finding out whether your favourite beverage, or any other alcoholic beverage for that matter, is vegan is barnivore.
Dealing with criticism
Here is a great video where this issue is tackled giving useful tips and tricks. And if you’re looking to add to your vegan facts backpack for those tricky moments check out my vegan resources list above.
PEANUT BUTTER BEAN PATTIES
YIELDS: 4 burger patties / TIME: 45-50 min
1 tbsp milled flaxseed + 1 tbsp soya sauce + 1 tbsp water
1 medium sized brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 large shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
2 tbsp rolled oats
1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
A pinch of ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Combine milled flax seed, soya sauce and water in a small bowl and set aside to gel, roughly 10-15 min.
In the meantime saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms until tender, roughly 4-6 minutes.
Place the sauted vegetables in a large mixing bowl along with the remaining ingredients, including the flax seed mixture, and mash together using your hands. You can leave chunks of beans and even some beans whole but roughly half of them should be mashed up in the mixture.
Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes to set.
Line a baking sheet and form four patties out of the bean mixture.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the outside of the patties have a crust and a deeper colour, flipping halfway through.
Enjoy in a burger bun or with your favourite sides and salads.