I know many of you embarking on this journey may have had your “last meat based supper” yesterday and now asking yourself “what have I let myself in for?!!” So I thought that it would probably be best to start with a few hints and tips for fridge and pantry essentials (all of which you can find in our UK supermarkets and health food stores!!)
- Milk (Soya, Almond, Coconut, Rice or Oat milk)
- Margarine (Vitalite)
- Eggs (Tofu)
- Poultry/Meat/Fish (There is a range of “mock meat” on the market, so look out for the Cheatin range in Holland & Barratt, or try sampling some Seitan...recipe to come in a few days)
- Unlimited Fruit & Vegetables (always shop around for offers!!)
The good news is that there aren't too many things you need to change in this section, as most of these things are v-friendly.
-Bread (better to make a homemade loaf, but just check the label to ensure it doesn’t contain any hidden off the menu ingredients!!)
-Pasta (dried pasta is fine, but fresh pasta is often made with eggs)
- Nut Butter (Peanut/Almond...obviously not suitable for those with allergies)
-Porridge Oats (Always check the labels on instant oats - as there may be hidden ingredients)
-Sugar (Thankfully the sugar in the UK is vegan, but it is not an excuse to go wild LOL!)
-Cocoa (Remember hot chocolate powder contains milk, so its better to go for cocoa)
There are so many more things we can add to this list, but these are the basics!! My go-to website for detail is www.vegansociety.com
I would love to find out how your first day went, so please update me in the comments below.