Vegan McDonald’s: Sausage and Egg McMuffin

A vegan version of the nostalgic junk food breakfast.

Ingredients

1 veggie sausage (I used a Linda McCartney one)
1 tsp yeast extract
2 tsp flour (I used rice flour but any will do)

2 tbsp chickpea flour
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper

1 English muffin

Vegan cheese (I use Violife slices)

Margarine/spread

Method

Mash the sausage in a bowl with a fork, then mix in the flour and yeast, adding a splash of water until combined well. Roll the mixture into a ball then press flat and fry on both sides.

Whisk the chickpea flour, water and nutritional yest with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Turn a metal cookie cutter upside down, grease the inner edge with margarine and place it in the hot pan. Pour in the chickpea mixture and fry for a couple of minutes until set, then press out of the cutter with a spoon and fry on the other side.

Add your sausage and egg to a warm buttered English muffin with a slice of cheese, a squeeze of sauce of choice and enjoy.

I had mine with some hash browns and a banana hemp milkshake for the full McD’s experience but better, cleaner and kinder.

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Review: Good Carma Vegan Parmesan

 

Parmesan is something I always miss out on. That extra sprinkle of flavour favoured by my friends is always declined when dining out as, like all dairy cheese, it’s not suitable for vegans. You might be surprised to learn that it isn’t suitable for vegetarians either. Parmesan contains rennet, which comes from the lining of a calf’s stomach – not appetising in any way. So I obviously avoid this cruel condiment, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the option of a kinder alternative?

Good Carma Foods sent me a selection of their vegan Parmesan to try and I was delighted at the opportunity to enjoy that savoury sprinkling on nostalgic dishes from the old uninformed days. These condiments are quite clean, containing only a few ingredients and with the added benefits of nutty protein and noochy B12 – this stuff is practically a health food!

I tried it out on top of some of my old favourites including pizza, pasta and chilli, and it worked wonderfully.

I made a comforting pile of tomato pasta, which was perfect with the garlic Parmesan – it was so good I devoured two big bowls.

Another dinner enhanced by this tasty stuff was sausage pizza and sweet potato fries. I used an easy Asda garlic and tomato bread base, with Dee’s sausages and chilli Parmesan on top, accompanied by Parmesan sweet potato fries. Satisfyingly fiery and so tasty.

The last supper I sampled was a vegetable chilli, which I spiced up even more with chilli Parmesan for a cheesy kick.

I was really impressed by this easy cheesy topping because it tasted great and I can’t believe how saintly it is. I’m always reading labels and would expect something this tasty to be trashy, but there’s nothing nasty in it. This cheesy, nutty Parmesan is delicious and a welcome addition to my kitchen cupboard, but I doubt it’ll last long as I’ll be sprinkling liberally. Clean, cruelty-free and full of flavour – finally I can say YES to Parmesan on my plate.

Thanks to the Vegan Lifestyle Association for arranging this review and to Good Carma Foods for providing the products. This wasn’t a paid piece – just generous samples of good food for my honest review.

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Golden Milk Recipe

This warm, creamy and comforting milk drink packs an anti-inflammatory punch and is a great caffeine alternative. Turmeric gives this its golden colour and it’s powerful stuff as it reduces inflammation in the body and can help prevent Alzheimer’s among many other diseases of the brain and body. The addition of black pepper increases its absorption dramatically so they’re a powerful pairing. Here’s my recipe for a nice spiced golden milk which incorporates both of them.

Ingredients

1 cup of milk (I used cashew milk)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon of maple or date syrup, or sweetener of choice

A grind of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Method

Add all ingredients to a pan and stir well while heating gently. Simmer on a low heat for a minute or two, then pour into a cup and enjoy.

This could also be cooled and served cold if you prefer. I like to sip it while warm and it’s not a bad latte alternative at all. I had mine with some blueberries for an additional boost of anti-inflammatory goodness.

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Vegan Glasgow: Deelicious Geelicious

This place is a hidden gem and haven for all, including those with dietary requirements. You may pass it by or even miss it entirely as it’s tucked away at the top of Sauchiehall St in the Biggars building, but it’s worth a venture and a visit for the most amazing cakes.

Vegans and gluten-free foodies are kindly catered for with impressive offerings alongside the traditionally baked cakes, but the allergen-aware items are certainly not second best and I doubt anyone could tell the difference in a taste test.

I like that I can come here with non-vegan friends and family and we can all get our cakey fix with accompanying coffees to suit.

Some of the best bakes I’ve enjoyed here include a PB&J muffin and a chocolate orange cupcake. Tasty works of art and there’s always something new, including junk food inspired eats and confectionery adorning the offerings. Deeeeelicious.

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The Best Vegan Eateries in Glasgow

Glasgow is famous for fried and fattening food, but this dear green place is smashing it for vegans these days. Here are the finest vegan eateries in town to get your grub on at.

Mono

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The always impressive Mono menu has something for everyone and their tofu fish is spectacular – very much like the real thing and served with all the usual accompaniments.

12 King’s Court, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 5RB, monocafebar.com

The 78

#vegan #breakfast at #the78 with The Maw

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Forget your usual Glaswegian fry up and give The 78’s big breakfast a go. Only available at weekends, this is perfect for hangover help, Sunday brunching or just general munching. Sausage, scrambled tofu and good old totty scones are served up with toast, beans, mushrooms and tomato, with a free cup of tea to wash it down with.

10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, G3 8NU, the78cafebar.com

13th Note

 

The Note boasts the best chips in town and has a menu of great grub, including the stereotypical Scottish classic: haggis, neeps and tatties. This delicious vegetarian haggis comes with mashed mounds of turnip and potato, and is topped with perfect pink peppercorn sauce.

50-60 King St, G1 5QT, 13thnote.co.uk

The Hug and Pint

 

Glasgow’s newest vegan grub pub serves up Asian eats in the west end, with aubergine and tofu making meaty meals which are bursting with flavour. Main meals are a fiver before 5pm and the jackfruit pulled ‘pork’ is an incredible invention which must be sampled.

171 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9AW, thehugandpint.com

Flying Duck

So good 🍴🍴 #theflyingduck #Glasgow #vegan #veggie #foodporn

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Hot dogs, burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken and waffles, boozy milkshakes – they’re all on offer at The Flying Duck and this diner-style indulgence is entirely vegan. This is a great place to take sceptical pals for fast food favourites which will impress.

142 Renfield St, G2 3AU, flyingduckclub.com

Saramago

Beetroot and Portobello Bouguignon, olive oil mash, French beans and crispy cavelo nero.

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Tucked away in the CCA, Saramago is an excellent eatery, with everything from soup and a sandwich to fine dining. The hearty beetroot and portobello mushroom bourguignon is particularly good.

Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD, cca-glasgow.com

Stereo

Spicy haggis pizza @stereocafebar 😍 #whatfatveganseat

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Stereo serves up satisfying stodge, including piled-high pizzas, complete with vegan cheese and all the meaty substitutes to sink your teeth into.

22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH, stereocafebar.com

Usha’s

 

Usha’s offers tasty tapas-style Indian food, with a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options, and a feast for the senses as you fill your table and tummy with colourful, flavourful food.

2 Byres Rd, G11 5JY, ushas.co.uk

 

 

Om Yoga Show Glasgow

Yoga is one of my favourite things. I’ve never experienced anything else like it and I love that it keeps me fit and healthy in both mind and body. We’re all rushing around and wired to the internet, so it’s good to make time to stop, switch off, be mindful and tune in to what’s going on in your brain and body. As a person prone to stress and anxiety, I value yoga highly and it’s the greatest way to slow down, calm my mind and leave me feeling relaxed and at ease.

There are yoga studios all over Glasgow and there’s even a full weekend of it for yogis to unite and embrace the hobby and lifestyle among gurus and industry experts. Some of my favourite yoga teachers will be there, including motivational goddess Colette Ward from Infinity Yoga and the endlessly impressive and entertaining yoga king Finlay Wilson.

Yoga teacher Lisa Wells kindly sent me some free tickets and I’m running a competition over on my Facebook page to give a pair away. Just like and comment on this post to be in with a chance of winning two tickets (which you can use on either Saturday or Sunday) and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday.

I look forward to a chilled out weekend in my yoga gear with messy hair in a place where everyone is doing the very same and I don’t stand out as a slobby yoga bum. I can’t wait to get my hands on some saintly treats from Almighty Foods while I’m there too.

Namaste!

Om Yoga Show
Saturday 2nd April and Sunday 3rd April 2016
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow

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Raw Vegan Glasgow

Glasgow is full of fried and fattening things and known for unhealthy living, but you might be surprised to know there’s a raw vegan revolution going on this dear green place.

This city has never been greener, with health food fans enjoying juicing, morning smoothies, clean cakes and feasts of fruit. We love a cake and a cocktail but ooh baby we like it raw. Here are some of the healthy heroes leading the way.

Glasgow’s first cold-pressed juice company came to the rescue with juice cleanses to cure us and I must admit Juice Warrior‘s delicious drinks have been a welcome hangover helper on a couple of occasions. Full of the good stuff, these clever concoctions have many benefits. This local favourite can be found at the Vegan Fete, Martha’s and they’re also expanding into Edinburgh.

 

How about an indulgent dessert that tastes as good as it looks? Laurianne’s Raw Cakes are wee works of art, with carefully crafted cashews and clean ingredients going into every one. Raw, vegan, gluten-free, guilt-free and full of flavour, these cakey creations are delicious. The lemon berry nocheesecake was the most cheesecake-like one I’ve tried since going vegan. Decadent desserts with nothing nasty, available to order and you can also get them at The Flying Duck‘s Vegan Fete.

 

Juice Garden is a healthy haven and one of the few places in town you can get an entirely raw vegan meal. They have a selection of smoothies, juices, raw snacks, treats and chocolate to indulge in with a clean conscience. Their cake-maker is a talented lady and creates cracking caramel that can more than rival the real stuff. You can visit Juice Garden in the centre or west end of the city and they also deliver goodness direct to your door.

Raw caramel brownie and an almond milk flat white.

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These are just a few of the raw vegan options in town and I’m sure it’s just the beginning. Let’s keep Glasgow green and enjoy the rawvolution.