I was approached recently by the lovely people from CAT (The Centre for Alternative Technology) in Wales regarding testing out a brand new food app called Laura's Larder. The purpose of this app is to make us more aware of the impact of what we choose to eat on the environment. Even vegan diets high in processed foods and imported goods can have a significant carbon impact.
You use the app by inputting your meals for a week, portion sizes, country of origin etc. Once you have completed a week, you can go to the stats section, where it will show you the environmental impact in terms of emissions for your diet. The app will then show the you highest impact foods you eat and suggest how you can reduce your impact. The app also analyses the health impact of your diet and warns you if you are low in essential dietary requirements or where you should cut down.
This is a great app to sit down with children and show them the impact of food choices on the environment. It would work well in a classroom or home environment and is very family friendly and educational whilst remaining fun and interactive as well.
These new sharing bag size crisps from McCoy's are for sale in Tesco at the moment for £1.99. They were recently on offer for 2 for £2 and they come in three flavours - all of which are vegan-friendly:
Sizzling BBQ Chicken
Chargrilled Steak & Peri Peri
Sea Salt & Black Pepper
I tried the BBQ Chicken and the Steak flavours and they were both delicious, full of flavour, really crunchy and great for parties and BBQs.
They may market themselves as "Man Crisps" but this vegan girl is quite a fan!
Vegan Cuts snack boxes are shipping to the UK for around £20 including postage you get all of these fab vegan snacks and treats, many of which we can't get here in the UK. This was the June box. I got sent a blogger's sample box to review for you. This is what was in it:
Goody Good Stuff Sour Mix Sweets, these are a UK brand so we are familiar with them, but super delicious and fun to share.
At the table together - Easy Make Pizza Dough. This is all natural and so easy to make, you just add sparkling water, no kneading required. We made a delicious deep pan pizza.
This Lemon Fig Bar is an all natural energy bar made with figs, wheat and lemon. Delicious and filling. Perfect to take in your bag, to the gym or on a bike ride.
These Indian Savoury Snack Mix were surprisingly sweet compared to Bombay mix or Balti mix which we have here in the UK.Crunchy and light, a great snack.
These were my favourite item in the box - Ranch flavoured Bean & Rice Chips. These are corn and gluten-free, wholesome and taste just like sour cream. Really filling and lots of protein and fibre from the beans and rice.
These Kale & Chia Chips are gluten-free, high in antioxidants, contain protein, fibre and vitamins A and C. They taste delicious and are lovely with a fresh salsa dip.
I have yet to try this Taco Filling, it comes in a tuna style can and is made from soy protein. I will review this when I have made my tacos.
These olives are seasoned with sea salt and come in a little cup ready to take on picnics, put in your gym bag or pop in your packed lunch for work.
I got a little vegan ice lolly which you freeze first and is made with all natural juices too.
Finally, I got some delicious Harissa Simmer Sauce which was delicious poured over veggies and served with couscous.
I think that this was a great mix of snacks, ingredients and new vegan foods to try out. For around £20 per month including postage from the US, it is a bargain. Please click on one of the links on my page to sign up for a snack box. (Total price $34.95 - at todays exchange rate this is £20.42 - source xe.com)
I am a vegan cuts ambassador and get a small fee for every new customer who buys or signs up through my website, this helps to maintain Vegan Vox Blog and fund the other purchases and trips I pay for myself to write new content for you. I was sent this snack box free of charge for review but was not paid for this article. The views and opinions are my own.
I love shortbread, it is so easy to make and you can use it as a base for lots of variations.
Here is my recipe:
125g Hard Stork in the foil packet
60g Caster Sugar
180g Plain Flour
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 170C fan/190C conventional.
Cream together the sugar, vanilla and margarine until smooth, then sieve the flour into the creamed mixture, add the salt and work together until in forms a soft dough.
Roll the dough out until it is around 1/2 inch thick and cut into fingers, circles, stars, hearts or whatever you like. Sprinkle with caster sugar and prick with a fork.
Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Bake in the oven for around 16-18 minutes until golden brown and then transfer onto a cooling rack.
Variations on the recipe include adding dark chocolate chips into the dough before rolling, adding chopped cherries or raisins to the dough before rolling or after baking drizzle with lemon or vanilla glace icing.
Today's TOV is from Morrisons, delicious bacon flavoured "Frazzle" style crisps in a large sharing bag for £1 - currently on offer for 70p! Yummy and salty, perfect for sharing during a film and all vegan!
What are your favourite supermarket crisps? Share in the comments below.
A couple of weeks ago the lovely people at Vive Soy sent me a mixed crate to sample and review. The range of soy milks is great with Vanilla, Unsweetened, Chocolate, Light, Sweetened and Cappuccino flavours available. The milks are fortified with calcium and vitamins A & D and are suitable for vegans.
I decided to experiment with the different milks so I could recommend the perfect partner for the milk.
Here are my findings:
The Vanilla flavour is a perfect partner to coffee, cereal, smoothies and for baking cupcakes, Victoria sponge and rock cakes. I also used to make custard.
The unsweetened is great for savoury dishes, such as creamy soups, curries, cheese-style sauces, pie fillings and for brushing on pastry before baking.
The chocolate is delicious straight from the carton in a tall glass with ice, but is also nice with cookies, for baking chocolate cakes and biscuits and in a hot chocolate.
The light is great in tea and coffee, in smoothies and on cereal. Also good in soups and sauces.
This is perfect in tea and coffee, milkshakes, smoothies and baking any desserts. Also tastes delicious on cereal.
This is milky iced coffee in a carton. Just pour over ice and drink or add to coffee and walnut cake batter.
If you haven't tried any of the Vive Soy range, then give them a whirl. Hopefully I have given you some inspiration for different ways to use soy milk in your kitchen.
Vive Soy is available in most major supermarkets and health food stores and retails for around £1.25.
What is your favourite soy milk brand and you most inventive way of adding it into your cooking and meals?
This week's TOV is another from Tesco. This handmade coconut ice is free from artificial flavours and colours and is vegan. Yay! Yummy sweet delicious coconutty treats, what's not to love? It costs £1.48 for a pack of 150g. Most coconut ice has condensed milk in so it is great to find a vegan version in a supermarket.