World Vegan MonthNovember is world vegan month, so I’m having a go at giving up dairy, eggs and meat for one month. My exceptions will be eating out, or when I travel overseas – different rules in different postcodes 😉 – although I’ll try to stay vegetarian on these occasions. Every little bit helps right?

I’ve pledged to be completely vegan for the first 7 days of November!

You can make your own 7 or 30 day pledge.

So, in preparation I’m stocking up on the following replacement foods:

  • light soya milk – instead of cow’s milk
  • seitan – instead of meat
  • tofu – meat substitute
  • Umeboshi Paste – cheese and butter substitute to season food
  • Almond feta – to replace goats/sheep fetta (I hope this is good!)
  • Coconut milk Mozzarella – to replace mozzarella made from cow’s milk
  • cheese free pesto – same as standard pesto, without the parmesan
  • vegan mince – be careful as soya mince can contain egg whites
    *Linda McCartney’s Vegemince is a vegan option
    * Tesco Meat Free Vegetarian Mince
  • brown sugar – to replace honey in my porridge
  • maple syrup – for use in baking
  • coconut milk – to replace cows milk in baking and for making curries
  • mushrooms – to replace and blend with vegan mince
  • coconut or almond cream – to replace cream from cow’s milk
  • falafel balls – for sandwiches
  • hummus – for dipping and falafel wraps

So, meals I’m considering making in November include:

Lunches & dinners

  • pizzas – either cheese free, or with a dairy free cheese and a vegan-pesto base
  • roast sweet potatoes with vegan mince chilli
  • tomato salad with maggi seasoning
  • vege curry (with tofu)
  • lentil curry
  • brocolli with slivered almonds
  • 3 bean salad
  • vegan pesto pasta with fresh diced tomatoes and basil
  • vege soup
  • minestrone with vegan meatballs
  • spaghetti with vegan bolognese
  • tofu with tomato and basil sauce
  • spicy bean fritters
  • Cream of green peppers, with basil pesto and tofu


  • porridge with brown sugar
  • muesli with soya yoghurt, soya milk and fresh fruit
  • Tesco blueberry wheats (dry or with soya milk)


  • dried fruit and nuts for snacks
  • hummus with oatcakes or multigrain crisp breads
  • Nakd raw fruit, oat and nut bars
  • bananas, strawberries, oranges and blueberries

Beer & Cider I can and can’t drink in November (according to


  • Budweiser (Budweiser Budvar is a maybe)
  • Carlsberg
  • Asahi
  • Becks
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Cobra
  • Coors
  • Corona
  • Erdinger
  • Grolsch
  • Heineken
  • Hoegaarden
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro
  • San Miguel
  • Stella Artois
  • Tiger
  • Tsingtao


  • Aspall Cyders
  • Magners Pear Cider (not apple)
  • Brothers (all types)
  • Sheppy’s Ciders
  • Westons Ciders


Beers (that use fish extract)

  • Estrella
  • Fosters
  • Kronenbourg
  • Red Stripe
  • XXXX Castlemain

Cider  (that use fish extract)

  • Magners (Pear is fine)
  • Gaymers
  • Jacques Fruit Cider
  • Scrumpy Jack
  • Stella Artois Cidre
  • Strongbow
  • St Hellier
  • Woodpecker

Vegan restaurants in London:

Some vegan recipes:


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