August 5, 2014

Vegan Curried Eggless Tofu Sandwiches Recipe

Nothing beats a good ol' sandwich... especially a vegan curried eggless sandwich! This is delicious, easy and tastes so much like the original non-vegan version. It is definitely the perfect lunchtime meal and is ever so filling. We know that you will enjoy it! :)

makes 4 sandwiches 

   375g extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled
   1 tablespoon olive oil
   pinch freshly cracked black pepper
   1 teaspoon ground turmeric
   1 heaped teaspoon curry powder
   2 tablespoon soy sauce
   1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise or more (see tips below*)
   crunchy lettuce for 4 sandwiches
   bread for 4 sandwiches

  1. In a bowl, add the crumbled tofu, oil, pepper, turmeric, curry powder and soy sauce and stir until combined.
  2. Fry in a frypan on high heat until slightly browned.
  3. Pour the tofu into a bowl and mix in the mayonnaise. 
  4. Divide the tofu among four sandwiches and top with crunchy lettuce.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy the deliciousness!

  • Use a store-bought vegan mayonnaise or our recipe here.

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline. 

July 26, 2014

Vegan Baby and Children Experiences and Advice

"My baby is 8 months old and has been vegan since she arrived in my belly. She has never been sick and is always so well behaved and is really smart and strong. My paediatrician has no concerns regarding our diet and is happy with everything as she has never been sick or ill. Her immune system is great and I completely thank our vegan lifestyle. She is constantly exposed to other children so it really is saying something about her healthy body." 
- Kate, Australia

"Lucy's paediatrician is so impressed with our vegan lifestyle and the impact of it on her strong, growing body that he is now considering undertaking a vegan diet for himself. I am so proud and happy about this." 
- Penny, Australia

"I have 2 teenage children who have always been vegan. They are still vegan and thank me for it. However, it can be tough when they are at school or go to parties. For instance, I would always make another cake for them to take to school so they had an option for another students birthday. I felt a bit guilty but it was definitely worth it. As long as they know why they are vegan and they are able to respond to questions... they will be fine and will be so healthy. Good luck everyone. You have made the healthiest choice possible for your children." 
- Maria, Australia

"My husband and I have raised our 4 yr old daughter, Sammy, as vegetarian/vegan her whole life. She has her own garden where she grows veggies and often makes herself a salad from her garden for lunch. She has a lot of respect for animals and nature, and has a really open minded appetite. We're currently easing our way into 80% raw, 20% cooked (raw until dinner time). I've also begun making our own vegan gluten free breads and pasta at home and I'm learning to make almond cheeses. Sammy is learning the cycles of the seasons, as well as when fruits/veggies/herbs are planted and cultivated. She wakes every morning to water her garden and sits and talks to them a bit before asking to take some for herself. It's beautiful and fun to see her love for her garden, and the way she talks to flowers and trees when we go on walks. :)" 
Adrianna, New Zealand

"My toddler is 18 months old and has always been vegan. Her favourite foods are kale, spinach, tofu, tempeh, peanut butter, tahini, coconut flesh, pawpaw, avocado, quinoa and blueberries. She is so strong and full of life." 
- Jessica-Rose, UK

"Have two boys, 4.5 and 1.5 years old. Both are raised on plant based food (vegan + honey), my youngest is also allergic to soy, peanuts, tree nuts (except for almonds) and pulses/legumes, and hypersensitive to some veggies such as bell pepper and tomatoes. When the children are picky with their food and I feel worry about their nutrition, I use to mix things I want them to eat in some favourite dishes. For example, I enrich pancake and waffle batter by adding vegetables and/or protein powder (rice), and have also hidden ingredients in sauce for lasagna. Sometimes I call dishes "child-fancy" names, such as "hulk-pancakes" (which are green due to spirulina and spinach, plus apple and cinnamon for taste), or "spider - spagetti" etc. Live in Sweden with a pretty short vegetation period, but we try to involve the kids in gardening. Also, letting the children take part when cooking and baking is also good - they are prouder and more curious to try items they have done themselves."
Josefine, Sweden

"Sienna is 4 years old and has always been vegan. We have a veggie garden which and we use vegan soil and fertiliser. She has her own little section and sometimes sits out there and picks the food and eats it. She loves animals and knows exactly why she won't eat animals or their byproducts. She is really healthy, active and is always running around the garden. She is also really smart and loves reading. She has been sick a couple of times in her life but has fought the illnesses off very quickly. I highly recommend a vegan lifestyle for all children" 
- 'Mamabear to 1 veggie baby'

"I have two children who have been vegan from birth. It is so rewarding and satisfying to know that you have given them the best start possible. It is great to know that you have set their tiny little bodies up for life. You will always get the sceptics and the negative comments but don't worry... you know within yourself that you have made the best decision" 
- Annie, Fiji

"My 3 kids are all high raw and pretty much live off of fruit (ages 10, 8 and 3) Especially my little guy, he only wants fruit and homemade almond milk yogurt. I let them listen to their own cravings and if they each want 4 bananas for lunch, then that's fine by me :) I should mention that we also have a large garden and each of the kids have their own garden bed, that they have to care for. I love making Bento style lunches for them. Everyone loves cute food!" 
- Stephanie, Germany

"Love your site and everything you and Jerome do especially the snickers cups. We have made them so many times. Lily is 5 years old and is already an animal rights activist. My advice would be to be honest with your children on why you live the way you do and to help them to be able to explain it for themselves. Lily's favourite foods are vegan cookies, steamed veggies, veggie sausages, pumpkin soup, tofu "nuggets" and tofu salad wraps." 
- Lia, USA

"Amy is 3 years old and is vegan. Our whole family is vegan and we have been for the last 10 or so years. My advice to others would be to take treats to parties so that your littles don't feel like they are missing out. I am always told that our vegan treats are amazing and I always share your website with them. I have made so many other people come on here regularly to try out your yummy recipes. Even non-vegans!" 
Stacey - Australia

"I have three vegan children and have always read them books about animals to help them understand our love for animals. They have all grown up with an amazing attachment to animals and understand why we do not eat them. They also love your cute little bean drawings." 
- Louise, South Africa

"I was vegan through my whole pregnancy and my daughter has been vegan ever since. She is 2 now. I shed my pre-pregnancy weight in about 2 or 3 weeks and have felt so healthy and have never had any problems. Hannah is now in day care and takes lots of healthy vegan treats." 
- Maddie, Australia

"Kids can be really fussy but just read all about nutrition and don't panic. I have three vegan kids and they all went through fussy stages where we would have to make up creative dinner and food ideas such as pizzas that looked like faces." 
- Melanie, Australia

"I am proud to say that my 8 year old is vegan and always has been. He loves Tae Kwan Do and is so active, healthy and alive! Just by looking at him is enough to see that his vegan diet is doing wonders!" 
- Tash, New Zealand

"Wraps & rolls!! Kids will eat anything if it's rolled up and cute looking. My 5 year old will eat just about any veggie in a sushi roll. :)" 
- Celine, New York

"I'm not a parent but I am an aunt. My six year old niece helps me plant the garden, water, weed, harvest, and prepare fresh food. She comes over and requests kale & herb salads, fresh snap peas with homemade hummus etc. she's learning the cycles of the plants and knows the order of ripeness of all the fruit in our yard (raspberries are next!). When kids understand where their food comes from and are able to take part in the growing process, they are more likely to try new foods and make healthy choices. Suddenly, the magic of Swiss chard grown from seed is more appealing than something that comes in a box."
Heather, USA

Vegan Pregnancy Experiences and Advice

"We have a beautiful vegan baby too!! We call him Henry but several of our friends affectionately refer to him as 'vegan baby'! He's beautiful and healthy and pregnancy and delivery were wonderful. He has been healthy since but I had some severe unavoidable complications...amazingly I survived and my body healed so quickly and asked about my diet. When I proudly said "I'm vegan" they nodded and responded "that explains it"!! This made us so happy! Now baby and mum are thriving :) we love your blog and recommend it to all our non vegan friends who want to make us treats and now many of them say it's their go-to site for any baking occasion! We cannot wait to feed your lovely treats to Mr Henry. He is three months so it will be a little while.. xxx ps you inspire us!! ,I'm trying to get kitchen registered for vegan market stall making and grand plan in a restaurant near our home Melbournes hills."
- Jenny, Austraia

"I am actually pregnant at the moment and am really glad that you have made this section to help me in the future. I am 7 months along at the moment and have been vegan for 5 years including this pregnancy. Everything has been good and I have had no problems. I thought that our medical professionals and midwives would be a bit hesitant at my vegan lifestyle but everyone has been supportive and actually quite congratulatory. They have all said that vegan lifestyles are really healthy and can meet all requirements. I am taking a b12 supplement and an iron supplement. Be careful what b12 supplement you buy as some are derive from cyanide. My advice to other vegan parents would be to not worry what others say... if anyone gives you a hard time just laugh in their face as they probable can't think straight due to all of the chemicals, hormones, saturated fat, cholestoral and bad food that is going straight to their brain. Harsh but true." 
- Amy, China

"I was vegan throughout my whole pregnancy and pre-pregnancy. Caleb has been vegan since conception and he is 4 years old now. He was born at a healthy weight and was very tall. I had some bad complications during his birth but luckily I survived. The complications were unavoidable and unpreventable. The doctors told me that they believe that the only reason my body fought so well was because I was vegan. I was so proud. My pregnancy was really good too. I looked healthy, felt healthy and was healthy. My test results and blood results were always perfect."
- Lauwren, USA

"My baby is four months old and I am still breastfeeding. We are both vegan and my breastmilk supply is amazing and I am having the best experience with her. She is healthy and so chubby! My pregnancy was great. I didn't have any compilations, my blood work was always great and my birth was so quick. I healed so quickly too after a third degree tear. My midwife thinks that my vegan lifestyle made me recover so quickly. I was back to pre-pregnancy weight and exercising in no time at all!"
- Sophia, Australia

"My advice would be that if your paed, midwife or other professional isn't onboard with your vegan choices then find a new one that is supportive. It makes such a difference. It definitely made a difference when we found a doctor who was really supportive and he actually has a vegan wife. My wife is 8 months pregnant and we have no doubts about being vegan and our lifestyle." 
- Matt, Australia

"I love your website! It has been so helpful to my husband and I. We have been vegan for a few years now but were eating the same types of food. Your website has made us have so many new different recipes and fun things to make for friends and family. Anyway, I was vegan through my whole pregnancy and had to have an emergency C section. Our baby was in breech. However, I felt healed within hours and was able to walk around and felt great. My midwife and doctors couldn't believe my recovery time. I thought it was due to my healthy vegan lifestyle and so did they. I ate a really good balanced diet throughout my pregnancy. Lots of grains, seeds, nuts, beans, legumes, fruit, veggies and whole-foods. I took a B12 supplement and an Iron supplement. I think that people need to stop worrying about vegans not getting the required nutrients because we eat so well. We definitely eat healthier than meat-eaters so it angers me to see a person eating a cheeseburger telling me that I "need more protein"!" 
- Carol, New Zealand

"Being vegan and pregnant isn't rocket science. Eat a wide range, balanced and healthy lifestyle and you will be fine." 
- Jade, Thailand

"I was a runner before my pregnancy and continued light exercise throughout my pregnancy. My midwife who I saw regularly was happy with my progress and there were no issues or problems. I kept up with the green smoothies to ensure lots of extra nutrition for our growing baby. Every person should be watching their nutritional intake... especially meat-eaters." 
- Christie, Australia

"If you are already vegan, you will be asked "will you stay vegan?" by everyone. Of course you will. It was something that really annoyed me. My pregnancy was amazing, my birth was amazing and my child is amazing. Veganism = amazing". 
- Sharon, UK

"Trust what you believe and listen to your body. If you feel good throughout your pregnancy then you are good. I have been vegan for more than 20 years and have been through all five of my pregnancies." 
- Mary, Australia

July 20, 2014

Vegan Salted Caramel Cupcakes Recipe

Caramel is always the answer to everything. Feeling sad? Caramel. Feeling peckish? Caramel. Your boyfriend broke up with you? Caramel. Have a funny looking rash? Well you should probably see a doctor about this one. But in all seriousness, these cupcakes are delicious, creamy, not-too-sweet, salty, decadent, scrumptious with a big hit of vegan amazingnessdeliciousnessohmygoshness. You will die with pleasure. Ok... I am done with the sales pitch. I am always on the lookout for healthier and better alternatives to non-vegan food... especially ones that taste better than the non-vegan alternative. This caramel is perfect. It is creamy and rich and tastes exactly like the caramel my Nanna would make using brown sugar and condensed milk. The dates, maple syrup and margarine create the same consistency and induce this amazing taste that completely mirrors my childhood memories. Now, my Nanna is what I would class as a "caramel snob". She loves caramel and practically lives for caramel... I am surprised that my Mum's middle name isn't Caramel. Now, as a lovely vegan Nanna she no longer makes the pot of condensed-milk based caramel. I am glad about this as she would stand there at the stove looking like Gollum's evil twin, stirring the caramel and babying it like her first born. I still remember saying "Nanna, can I please try some of your caramel?" and my hair would blow in the swift movement of her body as she would spin around and screech "Noooo!" like the caramel god of caramel land had taken over her body. But back to the point... she is a caramel snob and she loves our vegan recipe, so I suppose that is a good sign. Anyway, I would love for you to try these. I guarantee that you will love them! Oh and don't forget to sprinkle the cakey deliciouness with salt to add a whole new level... the level of I-can't-believe-its-vegan. Enjoy!

makes 10

   1 cup plain flour
   2 teaspoons baking powder
   pinch salt
   1/2 cup white sugar
   1/3 cup plain flavoured oil
   1/4 cup cocoa
   1 cup plant milk (such as Soy Milky Lite)
   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
   1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

Caramel 'Frosting':
   20 dried dates
   4 tablespoons maple syrup
   2 tablespoons vegan margarine (at room temp.)

salt to sprinkle

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a cupcake tray with 10 patty pans. Set aside.
  2. Make the cupcakes: add all 'cupcake' ingredients to a bowl and beat until smooth without lumps. 
  3. Divide the mixture between the patty pans and bake for 20 minutes or so until a skewer comes out clean when poked into the centre of one of the cupcakes.
  4. Allow the cupcakes to cool.
  5. In the meantime, make the caramel frosting. Add all 'frosting' ingredients to a processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste, and be amazed at the caramelly deliciousness. Set aside.
  6. Once the cupcakes have cooled, divide the frosting on to the tops of the cupcakes.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately!
  8. Enjoy the little cakey delciousness :) 

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline. 

The caramel-fanatic (AKA my Nanna) above.