All posts tagged: violife

Vegan Buffalo Hot Mess

Buffalo Hot Mess

It’s 4th February – 4 days post Veganuary – and I am still quietly plodding along with vegan cooking and eating. In previous years, I’ve been sick to death of the restriction by the end of the month and delved back into mozzarella and chorizo with reckless abandon as soon as the clock struck midnight on January 31st. I don’t know what’s different about 2019, but I’ve not felt particularly restricted at all and I’ll roll with it for as long as I feel like it. This weeks recipe is my current most favoured lunchbox situation. Vegetables are roasted in advance and placed into a plastic container. Cheese is grated on top, and hot sauce is drizzled over. This, when microwaved at the office come lunchtime, is the height of comfort. You can roast quite literally anything you fancy and in any amount. I’ve found this to be a great way of using up smaller portions of vegetables left over from other kitchen adventures. I’ve included specific veg and amounts in the actual recipe as …

Creamy Vegan Cheese and Kale Linguine

Vegan Cheese and Kale Linguine

Much like literally all good pasta sauces ever, this one leans heavily on being brought together by the liquid gold that is reserved pasta water. I’ve eaten this in a few different forms about five times over the past couple of weeks, alternating vegetables depending on what’s in the fridge. Ingredients come from cupboard to plate in about 15 minutes at an absolute maximum, let this be a permanent weeknight staple if you happen to be inclined towards vegan eating. Serves 1: 75-100 linguine (or spaghetti, or.. whatever pasta you happen to feel like making today) 1 big handful kale leaves 1/3 block vegan cheddar, grated (both Violife and ASDA cheddar alternative are decent) 2 tbsps nutritional yeast  1 tbsp vegan spread (pure soya is my go-to of late) pinch of mustard powder or tsp actual mustard if you have it plenty of salt and pepper, to taste Put the pasta and kale into a saucepan, cover with boiling water, season with salt, and cook according to pasta packet instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving at least …

Vegan Pizza Cheese Review

So Just How Bad Is Vegan Cheese..?

Last year when I took part in Veganuary, I just didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t bother to seek out things like actually tasty tofu recipes and, more importantly, I neglected entirely the world of vegan cheese. Having looked much more closely this year at what’s out there in terms of plant based “cheeses”, I think my end resolution will probably be to make my own using nuts – that said, I haven’t tried that yet, so don’t hold me to it. The reason for this is: there’s a bunch of crap in vegan cheese. For me the whole point of temporarily adapting plant based diet is to ditch unnecessarily processed foods and go for whole ingredients that are unlikely to piss off my brain or digestive system. Vegan cheese ingredients are all small print and lengthy and kind of gross-looking. I haven’t done any real research into any of them because the Internet is full of annoying scaremongers, so correct me if all the processes and ingredients behind your average pretend cheese is sound, but you …