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Embracing veganism: A journey of flavour and nutrition

Welcome to the colourful world of veganism and a plant-based lifestyle! Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just dipping your toes into plant-based waters, our guide is here to make your journey both delicious and nutritious. We’re going beyond the realm of fake meats to explore the true essence of vegan cuisine, seasoned with our expert tips and, of course, our aromatic spice blends!


“Zitat: Eigentlich ist es ganz einfach: Black Food, oder auf Deutsch Schwarzes Essen, ist nichts anderes, als schwarzes, häufig eingefärbtes, Essen.”

Understanding veganism

Veganism isn’t just a diet; it’s a lifestyle. It’s about choosing plant-based options for ethical, environmental and health reasons. But let’s get one thing straight first off: despite what you may have heard, vegan food isn’t bland or boring in any way. It’s a canvas for creativity, especially when you’re armed with the right spices and a pinch of imagination.


Tips on how to go vegan

Start slow: No need to rush into things. Gradually introduce plant-based meals into your routine. Some people like to swap one ingredient at a time, such as switching to almond or oat milk one week, and olive or coconut oil for butter the next. Or pledge to just eat vegan breakfasts for a few days, before advancing to lunches and dinners once you’ve got the hang of it.

Keep learning: Stay curious. Making the commitment to a vegan lifestyle is a big change, and it’s a relatively new concept for many people – especially for friends and family. Read up about the different strands of veganism, seek to truly understand the reasons you’ve chosen this path and prepare yourself for interesting conversations! Armed with your newfound knowledge and culinary expertise, we know you’ll smash it.


The power of plant-based eating

A plant-based diet is a powerhouse of nutrients. We’re talking fibre-rich veggies, hearty legumes and nuts full of healthy fats. And forget about protein worries – lentils, chickpeas and quinoa are here to save the day.

Roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds, close up Roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds, close up


Nutrient focus

  • Iron and calcium: Found in leafy greens and fortified plant milks
  • Protein: Beans, lentils, tofu and tempeh
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts and hemp seeds
  • Vitamin B12: Nutritional yeast, fortified foods and supplements
  • Zinc: Whole grains, nuts and seeds
  • Vitamin D: Fortified foods and sun exposure
  • Iodine: Seaweed and iodised salt
  • Selenium: Brazil nuts, whole grains and legumes
  • Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, strawberries and peppers
  • Fibre: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes


The art of vegan cooking

Cooking vegan meals is a breeze once you get the hang of it. Switch out standard ingredients for vegan alternatives, such as milk, butter and cheese. Stock up on staples like nuts, seeds and whole grains, and don’t forget the spices to ramp up the flavours! We have an entire collection of recipes dedicated to Veganuary and vegan cooking – a great place to start to get inspiration and plan your first vegan shopping list.

Vegan cooking tips

Experiment: Mix and match ingredients in surprising ways. There’s a whole new world of veggies just waiting for you to explore. Who knows? Your new favourite dish might be just a mix away!

Prep smart: Streamline your kitchen routine by prepping as soon as you’re back from the supermarket. Peel those carrots, dice the peppers and rinse your fruit. Store pre-chopped onions and garlic in sealed containers in the fridge – they’ll last a few days. Keep a box of ready-to-eat veggies handy for quick snacks. This simple prep work makes cooking less daunting, especially on those nights when takeaway seems like the only option.

Batch cook: Always make double and store the extra in the fridge or freezer. Your future self will thank you for these ready-to-eat home-made meals.


Vegan seasoning and spices: The game-changers

Here’s where we shine! Our spice blends are designed to elevate your vegan dishes from “meh” to “amazing”. A dash of Potato Allrounder here, a sprinkle of Aglio e Olio Seasoning there, and you’ve got a dish that sings. 

Did you know that ALL of our spices, spice blends, seasonings and toppings are suitable for vegans? Even with names like Chicken Seasoning or Meat & Roast Seasoning, you are still using completely vegan products, made with natural ingredients and no flavour enhancers. The taste is unparalleled!

Spice pairings

Roasted veggies: Try our Vegetable Allrounder to brighten those flavours.

Stir-fries: A pinch of Chinese Allrounder works wonders.

Tofu and other meat alternatives: Marinate in Chicken Seasoning or Meat Allrounder with a tablespoon of olive oil to get that delicious umami flavour bomb.

Salads: Try our Balsamic Dressing Mix for an easy vegan salad dressing, and garnish with Original Salad Topping for a fresh kick.

Avocado: It’s got to be our Avocado Topping – the main event! Tellicherry pepper, tomato, black sesame and pyramid salt come together to tantalise the taste buds and give creamy avocados a delightful crunch.


Delicious and nutritious vegan recipes

From sunrise to sunset, we’ve got your meals covered.


Fruity oatmeal porridge: Warm oats cooked in oat milk, spiced with our Oatmeal Spice, a delicious blend including cinnamon, ginger and cocoa, and topped with banana and blueberries. Guaranteed to fill you up till lunchtime! Check out our other oatmeal and porridge recipes for more satisfying vegan breakfasts.


Quinoa salad with avocado: Tossed with lemon juice and parsley, and seasoned with our special Avocado Topping. Simple to prepare and chock-full of plant-based protein.


Chickpea curry: Rich, creamy and packed with flavour thanks to our Indian Allrounder curry spice blend. Serve with rice and garnish with coriander if you’re feeling fancy.


Classic recipes made vegan

It’s tough feeling like you’ve given something up, even if you have good reasons for doing so. When you go vegan, though, there’s no need to sacrifice on flavour or classic comforts. Here are our top classic vegan recipes – so you don’t miss out on anything this Veganuary.


Vegan bolognese: Lentil and tomato bolognese to serve over spaghetti


Vegan roast: Replace the meat centrepiece with this mushroom showstopper


Vegan goulash: Tofu goulash that doesn't scrimp on flavour


Vegan carbonara: You asked, we delivered 


Vegan smoked salmon bagel: Marinated strips of carrots, seasoned perfectly


Vegan egg salad: A delicious substitute for egg mayo sandwiches


Vegan chilli: All of the flavour, none of the guilt


Vegan pizza: Marinara is a tasty alternative for pizza night


Vegan tiramisu: Coffee-soaked home-made lady fingers layered with a spiced vegan cream


Vegan chocolate pancakes: Breakfast of champions 


Ensuring a balanced vegan diet

Balance is key in a vegan diet. Focus on whole grains, fresh and frozen veggies and colourful fruit. Pay attention in particular to vitamin B12, which can sometimes be lacking when making the switch to veganism. Don’t shy away from supplements if needed, and consult a registered dietician if you are concerned. When dining out, most restaurants are more than happy to accommodate vegan requests – just ask!

Veganuary is more than a month-long challenge; it’s a step towards a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. With our tips, recipes and spice blends, you’re all set to make this journey flavourful and fulfilling. Give it a try and let us know how you get on!

As you reflect on this guide, remember that veganism is as much about enjoyment as it is about ethics. Happy cooking, happy eating and here’s to a delicious Veganuary 2024!