June 24, 2016

The Big Vegan Giveaway

THE BIG VEGAN GIVEAWAY is finally here!! We are sooooo excited to give you the chance to win over $1000 worth of vegan prizes!! Weeeee! Read below on how to enter. Good luck!!

Prize includes:
  • Veggieful - 3 of Our Bestselling eBooks RRP $9. (FB) / (INST)
  • The Ink Nurse - 1x Earths finest tattoo skincare cream RRP $30. (FB) / (INST)
  • Alter Eco - 7x (full line) organic, fairtrade and vegan chocolate bars, purple rice, coral rice and cane sugar RRP $48. (FB) / (INST)
  • Furless Cosmetics - 1x Couture body conture kit - limited edition RRP $99.99. (FB) / (INST)
  • Sanctum - Certified organic skincare range including foam cleanser, face exfoliant, moisture replenish, mens shave gel, mens shampoo and wash, baby shampoo and wash, baby moisturiser, body spa and body soothe RRP $139.55. (FB) / (INST)
  • Vegesorb - 4x 100g tubes of Vegesorb RRP $35.80. 
  • Eco Minerals - Mineral foundation, vegan kabuki brush and brozer/blush RRP $88. (FB) / (INST)
  • Model Co - Replenishing rose facial mist, rosehip luxury facial oil and miracle booster serum RRP $75. (FB) / (INST)
  • Sweet William - 2x minibar multipack, 2x original chocolate bar, 2x white chocolate bar, 2x sweet as dark orange block, 2x sweet as white strawberry block, 2x sweet as rice crackle block, 2x dark velvet chocolate, 2x chocolate chips bags RRP $50. (FB
  • A'kin - Rose de mai antioxidant facial day creme and kaolin clay and lemongrass express purifying facial masque RRP $59.90. (FB) / (INST)
  • Al'chemy - Mandarin shampoo and avocado and calendula conditioner RRP $29.90. (FB) / (INST)
  • Eco Tan - Invisible tan, face tan water and extreme exfoliant RRP $84.40. (FB) / (INST)
  • Adorn - Mineral and organic lipstix with jojoba oil and eye liner chubbi pencil RRP $54. (FB) / (INST)
  • Natures Organics - Normal balance shampoo and conditioner and colour shield shampoo and conditioner RRP $10. (FB)
  • Macaccino - Black maca reserve, magical mint, original mocha, mug and spoon RRP approx $90. (FB) / (INST)
  • Pana Chocolate - 3x Raw organic chocolate bars RRP $20.70. (FB) / (INST)
  • Organic Whispers - Organic basmati brown rice, organic goji berries, organic cashews, organic black chia seeds and organic macadamia nuts RRP $60.39. (FB) / (INST)
  • Biome Store - 1x Klean Kanteen stainless steel drink bottle RRP $45. (FB) / (INST)
  • Vitasoy - 2x Vitasoy original, 3x Soy Milky regular, 1x Rice Milk and 2x unsweetened coconut milk RRP approx $24. (FB) / (INST)

How to enter:
  1. Follow all of the brands below on FB and/or Instagram.
  2. Enter via Facebook and Instagram above. 1 entry = 1 tag. Tag as many friends as you want, as many times as you want... GO!

THE BIG VEGAN GIVEAWAY is finally here!! We are sooooo excited to give you the chance to win over $1000 worth of vegan prizes!! To enter: - Follow all of the brands below - Tag as many friends as you can in this post! 1 tag = 1 entry. Read more about the prizes, brands and terms and conditions here: http://www.veggieful.com/2016/06/the-big-vegan-giveaway.html Brands: @Veggieful @biomestores @ecominerals @organic_whispers @modelco_cosmetics @pana_chocolate @adorncosmetics @AlterEcoPacific @solnaturalfood @ecotan @alchemy.hair @akin.skincare @furlesscosmetics @sanctumskincare @organic_whispers @vitasoy_aus_nz @inknurse natures organics vegesorb Feel free to enter on Facebook too! Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday 7th July 2016. Good luck!! #vegan #vegetarian #giveaway #competition #veggieful #fitfood #foodie #eat #foodgasm #foodpic #snack #nom #nomnom #nomnomnom #instagood #sweet #yum #fresh
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There will be one winner. Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday 7th July 2016. Have fun!

Thank you so much to the following:

June 21, 2016

The China Study Summarised - Cheat Sheet

You don't have to be vegan or health-conscious to have heard of The China Study. A huge book filled with facts, figures and smart stuff analysed by T. Collin Campbell, PHD, and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, MD . It is "The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted" with 20 years of data studied and analysed resulting in outstanding conclusions and eye-opening facts. It finally shows accurate and significantly links nutrition to cancer rates, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It is a great go-to for every vegan who needs to prove why they live the way they do! This is not a book about the latest diet. It is a groundbreaking link between nutrition and disease resulting in the complete support for the plant-based whole food lifestyle.

Why it is accurate:
  • Largest epidemiological study in history.
  • Tested on humans
  • 20 year study
  • 650,000+ researchers
  • In over 65 countries
  • On over 880,000,000 people
  • 367 variables
  • 8000+ significant associations linking health and disease

We highly recommend you read it. Not only do we have kindness, morality and animal welfare on our side, but we also have years of studies and science to back us up!

Busy-beans, educate your brain below:

  1. The findings are solid, tested on humans and statistically significant. 
  2. You don't need as much protein as you would think.
  3. Those who consumed less animal protein, had less cancer cells.
  4. Protein consumption turns cancer levels on and off.
  5. Your plate is your medicine. Eat well to improve and fix your heath. 
  6. Casein, the milk protein, causes cancer.
  7. You can consume as much plant protein as you want without encouraging cancer growth.
  8. Animal protein promotes cancer growth.
  9. What we eat affects the way our bodies interact with foreign substances. How you eat can make carcinogens more or less dangerous. 
  10. We should be consuming more whole foods.
  11. Avoid processed foods.
  12. Eat high fiber foods.
  13. Eat a variety of fresh produce colours. Your plate should be a rainbow!
  14. Any food containing cholesterol is unhealthy. 
  15. Recommends a B12 supplement.

Now go forth and fill your mouth with the freshest fruits and veggies.

June 17, 2016

Vegan Sunchoke Hummus Recipe

Get in my mouth! There is nothing we love more than easy tasty recipes that are also amazingly healthy. If you haven't heard of a sunchoke, it is a delicious root vegetable and looks similar to ginger. 

We have to send all of the thanks and credits to our amazing Veggieful ambassador, Anna from On the DF.  Not only is she the sweetest most lovely person ever, but she is also the most amazing cook. You have to check her out! Anyway, you must try this recipe.

Why we love it?
Easy? TICK!
Creamy? TICK!
Healthy? OH YEAH!

Have a go and let me know what you think! Enjoy :)

makes 3-4 cups

900g sunchokes, washed & scrubbed clean
1-1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄3 cup tahini
1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
sea salt and black pepper
1 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

  1. Heat the oven to 190°c.
  2. Spread the cleaned sunchokes on a baking sheet and tightly cover completely with foil.
  3. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the sunchokes are very soft.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, toast the fennel seeds over medium heat for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  5. Add in the ground coriander, paprika, & red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for 30 more seconds.
  6. Transfer the spices into a blender, add in the olive oil, and blend until smooth.
  7. Let the spices sit in the oil for 30 minutes, then pour the oil through a fine sieve into a small bowl; discard any leftover solids.
  8. Once baked, remove the sunchokes from heat, transfer to a rack, and let them cool; increase oven heat to 230°C.
  9. Uncover and peel the sunchokes; discard the peels.
  10. Combine the chickpeas & minced garlic in a food processor and purée until smooth.
  11. Add in the cooked sunchokes, tahini, & lemon juice and purée for 2 minutes, or until very smooth.
  12. Season the hummus with salt & pepper, then transfer into a serving bowl.
  13. Drizzle the spiced oil over the hummus, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve immediately with hot sweet potato fries or any dipping veggies.
  14. Though best when fresh, store the leftover hummus in an airtight container in the fridge. The hummus will last up to 5 days.

June 11, 2016

Vegan Meat Substitutes

We are often asked, "what do I substitute for the meat in my dishes?" and our answer is always "everything!". Once you have been vegan for a while, you won't even think about it any more. It becomes normal to cook solely with plant-based foods. Trust me, it will become less daunting and overwhelming over time.

For those who are just starting out, have a go at the following to help you on your journey:
  • Veggie burgers -Make your own veggie burger patties or buy them from your local supermarket to replace the meat on burgers, wraps and sandwiches. These can also be crumbled in salads... yum yum.
  • Roasts - You can experiment with making your own nut roasts or purchase a vegan soy roast. Or do what I love to do, and just make a big tray of roast veggies with a homemade mushroom sauce. 
  • Mushrooms - A nice 'meaty' veggie that can be added to almost anything. Great in pastas, curries, stir-fries and sauces. Finely chopped mushrooms can also be used instead of mince.
  • Sausages - There are lots of veggie sausages available at your local supermarket. Use these for BBQ's, hotdogs etc... You could also try making your own!
  • Chickpeas, beans and legumes - Yummy, nutritious and economical to add to curries, salads, soups, mexican, stews and any other recipe that requires meat. Also, a common base for veggie burgers.
  • Lentils - Can easily replace beef mince in most recipes! Also a great base for veggie burgers or to throw into curries for extra substance and deliciousness. 
  • Tofu, seitan and tempeh - Easy and readily available meat replacements for nearly every recipe! Crumbled tofu is great to replace mince and scrambled eggs. Thin slices of tofu sprinkled with salt and pan-fried until crispy is an amazing chicken strip replacement.
  • Eggplant - Another 'meaty' veggie that is great in curries, stirfries or made into vegan schnitzels! I have also heard that it can be fried until crispy to use instead of bacon!
  • Nuts - Great for nut burgers, nut roasts and to make most recipes more filling and nutritious. They can also be blended into curry sauces for extra thickness and creaminess.
  • Quinoa - Nutritious, filling, so high in protein and great to use instead of rice in fried rice.

The key is to stop trying to replace the foods you used to eat, and start loving the plant foods you will be eating. All of your meals will be more delicious and nutritious... you wait and see! Enjoy :)

June 10, 2016

Vegan 90 second Microwave Blueberry Muffin Recipe

You know when a recipe is a goody when you have to remake it THREE times to photograph it. We just kept eating the props! This vegan microwave blueberry cake is seriously out of this world. It is so easy and is soooo fluffy!!! Mimi, Bella and I had a nap and woke up craving something sweet... the muffin had been stored for three hours and was still moist and fluffy. It is unbelievable. You can make it in a mug or a patty pan... your choice. Enjoy!

Why do we love it?
Easy? YEP!
Delicious? Oh yeah!
Fluffy? Like a cloud!
Sweet? Heck yeah!
Impressive? Most definitely!
Vegan? Of course!
Moist? Yeahh that word sucks but yes! 

serves 1

   3 tablespoons white sugar*
   1.5 tablespoons oil
   3 tablespoons self-raising flour
   3 tablespoons plant milk
   2 tablespoons blueberries
   2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined and smooth.
  2. Pour into a mug or patty pan.
  3. Microwave on high for 1.5 to 2 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy! Be careful... the blueberries will be HOT!

*The production of white sugar in Australia is vegan.

The nutritional information above are guidelines.

June 1, 2016

8 Ingredient Healthy Vegan Creamy Spinach Pasta Recipe

You will love this. It is easy, delicious and so much healthier than your average creamy pasta recipe. With the addition of oats (it may seem weird, I know) it adds an extra thickness and fullness without the need for creams or processed thickeners. I absolutely love this dish as there is no need for cashews! A lot of our creamy recipes use cashews as a base and I know that you all ask us for different alternatives due to cashews being hard to find, expensive or an allergen. This recipe is brilliant and a great one to have on hand as you will always have the ingredients. We hope you love it as much as we do :) Enjoy!

 serves 4-6

500g pasta (we used spelt spirals)

The sauce:
3 cups plant milk (I use Vitasoy's Calci Plus)
3 BIG handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup rolled oats
freshly cracked black pepper

The rest:
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 HUGE handful of baby spinach

  1. Prepare and cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  2. In the meantime, add all "the sauce" ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. It will seem thin. Set aside.
  3. In a pan on high heat, add the oil and onion and saute until the onion is transparent.
  4. Add the garlic and saute for one minute.
  5. Pour in the sauce and reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  6. Allow to simmer until slightly thickened.
  7. Throw in the handful of baby spinach.
  8. Once the pasta is ready, drain and and pour the sauce over the pasta and toss until coated.
  9. Serve immediately with freshly cracked black pepper, salt and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

The nutritional information above are guidelines. One serving of this delicious dish gives you one third of your daily iron intake and one third of your calcium.