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Old 05-09-2021, 02:04 PM   #1
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Greetings fellow vegans or people who might be interested in exploring vegan-ness.

Ophiuchus and I decided we should have a thread to share our vegan finds and reviews of such products.

Alas it is lunch time so I can't write any recommendations now but I shall come back later to share some suggestions!



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Old 05-09-2021, 03:07 PM   #2
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Greetings fellow virgins.

I think people might feel uncomfortable discussing this on a public board?
It is a very personal topic and a lot of people don't like sharing in a non private place?



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Old 05-09-2021, 03:11 PM   #3
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I was SO confused when I saw this on LFV; I didn't know if you were being serious or not and then I saw the fake quote



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I was SO confused when I saw this on LFV; I didn't know if you were being serious or not and then I saw the fake legit quote

I think I found a new hobby.
And yeah, I saw it on lfv too and it made me lol to see it out of context.



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Unbreakable's topic sounds fun!



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Old 07-09-2021, 12:45 AM   #6
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I’ve seen that Buttermilk (ironic name for vegan chocolate) have brought out their own versions of Mars, Snickers, Crunchie and Milky Way.
They’re in Sainsbury’s and I cannot wait to try them!



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Whaaaaaat???

Bet they won't have it my Sainsbury's though, they don't even have the vegan kitkat :( Have you tried it?

Please report back when you try the new buttermilk range!



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I just googled the crunchie and it looks soooooo good!



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Well now I'm jealous. I've never seen candy like that here!

I just got a used instant pot recently and am planning to attempt making a soup in the next few weeks!



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Whaaaaaat???

Bet they won't have it my Sainsbury's though, they don't even have the vegan kitkat :( Have you tried it?

Please report back when you try the new buttermilk range!
I havenít, Iím going to see if I get to my big Sainsburyís next week.
Iíve not even had a sniff of the vegan KitKat - I think theyíre a myth.

I saw on FB that McDonalds are getting with the times and teaming up with Beyond Meat to make a McPlant Burger. Itíll be cooked separately from all meat products and staff must wear gloves while assembling it.



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Well now I'm jealous. I've never seen candy like that here!

I just got a used instant pot recently and am planning to attempt making a soup in the next few weeks!
Is an instant pot a soup maker? What kind of soup will you make?

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I havenít, Iím going to see if I get to my big Sainsburyís next week.
Iíve not even had a sniff of the vegan KitKat - I think theyíre a myth.

I saw on FB that McDonalds are getting with the times and teaming up with Beyond Meat to make a McPlant Burger. Itíll be cooked separately from all meat products and staff must wear gloves while assembling it.
Let me know how you get on in Sainsbury's! I've only had the kitkat once; it was randomly available in a little Sainsbury's in Birmingham. Lio says she got some of the Buttermilk thingies in WH Smith, which was the only reason I accepted her decision to visit a WH Smith :P

That's exciting about the McPlant Burger. I must admit that I just have the veggie dippers because I think the only issue with it is potential cross-contamination of the wrap with milk products and I don't tend to be too fussy about that.

I'm off to Wagamama's tomorrow where I will be enjoying the exceptional Vegatsu!



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I tried the Buttermilk Snickers, it was pretty good



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Instant Pot is a... pressure cooker I think? So you can do lots of things in it! I usually do gluten free pasta in it and then mix it with marinara sauce to have a big thing for the week.

I have two soup recipes that I found, one for split pea soup and one for lentil soup. Unsure which I will attempt, I think it might depend if I can find the right ingredients when I go grocery shopping or not. The stores have been out of lots of stuff lately and I have zero clue what the majority of the ingredients are (i.e the ones I am not just leaving out because I hate lol).



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Popping back to report that I successfully made the split pea soup, heavily modified to remove all of my most hated foods! And the two things I chopped up I could have just not put in. So literally all I had to do was dump everything in the instant pot and turn it on, then 45 minutes later, I had soup! Magic, I tell you!

Seeing if I can attach the (very heavily modified) recipe. I don't particularly want to link to the original because it was on a website that made iffy health/wellness claims (which it turns out most vegan recipes seem to be ugh). But basically it contained a bunch of other spices and also carrots and garlic and onions (which are my most hated foods).
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Old 14-09-2021, 04:02 PM   #15
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I have to admit, I’m a meat eater (don’t hate me!) but I would love to cut back and eat more environmentally friendly. So I’m here for suggestions and advice!

If I have worded my post wrong let me know.

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I can't speak for everyone, but I think as long as you're doing what works best and feels best for you, then you're fine. If that includes eating meat, then you do you. I personally REALLY hate the preachy vegans who think everyone needs to go vegan.

Have you ever heard of Meatless Monday? I know that used to be a thing where people used to do one day a week being vegetarian, and then ate meat the rest of the week. You could start with something like that, or even just start with one meal a week, or batch cook one recipe that's meatless and see how you feel about it?

There's also so many tasty fake meat options out there now. But I will caveat those with pretty much any packaged meat (or dairy) substitute isn't going to be environmentally friendly. So you'll kind of have to decide if those are something you want to include in your swaps or not.


If it helps to know, I originally went vegetarian, then went slowly vegan over the course of about two years. I started out still eating vegetarian if I went out to eat, but trying to eat vegan at home. One at a time, I experimented with and found swaps for things that I was eating that weren't vegan. So maybe I started out with a plant based milk option, and once I found one I liked then I tried to swap something else. Once I was eating vegan at home, I started trying to find swaps when I went out to eat, though this mostly just meant I stopped going out to eat because it's too frustrating to mess with. Honestly, I think part of why I've been able to stick with it so long (10+ years now) is because of how slowly I did it. Now I will get food delivered on occasion from a couple of restaurants, one of which is 100% vegan, and the other is 100% vegetarian and certified kosher so can safely make a lot of vegan options.

That said, I know plenty of people who go vegetarian/vegan for environmental reasons and still really love meat/dairy. So they'll eat mostly vegan at home, but go out to eat regularly and get non vegan things. Or if they're at work or something and there's non vegan food offered they'll eat it. You're absolutely allowed to pick and choose what works for you, and it can be flexible.

I've always said I'd probably start eating dairy or eggs again if I had a way to know it was locally sourced, etc. since that is actually more environmentally friendly than a lot of plant based options. But it also just weirds me out and gets too complicated and expensive to figure out. For now I need to be able to do all of my shopping at one big box grocery store.

I still try to get cleaning/bath products that are certified cruelty free, but not always necessarily vegan. Again it's just a combination of price, effectiveness, and availability that factors into that decision.

Also, I will buy leather now too. I used to not buy leather at all and only buy vegan options, but I've realised that if I'm going to use something for years and years, or until it gets too worn out, that I'd rather buy a leather product and take care of it versus something plastic. So again it's not strictly vegan, but I've really moved away from being so militant about it over the years as I've realised that being militant about everything being vegan isn't necessarily the environmentally friendly option.


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I have to admit, Iím a meat eater (donít hate me!) but I would love to cut back and eat more environmentally friendly. So Iím here for suggestions and advice!

If I have worded my post wrong let me know.
So thereís a few options:
Vegetarian (still eat eggs and dairy)
Plant based (donít consume animal products, but still use non food items that may contain animal products, such as leather or participate in activities such as horse riding)
Vegan (no animal products in your diet, household items, cosmetics or toiletries and seek to cause the least harm to animals and the environment with how you live as possible)

Some people ease into it by going be vegetarian, then plant based, then fully vegan.
I went from meat eater to vegan quite literally overnight - once I made the connection, I couldnít not be.

Start by adding some dishes that donít use animal products into your weekly menus - things like shepherds pie, spaghetti bolognaise and chilli can be easily made with mushrooms and/or lentils.
Thereís also LOADS of meat alternatives out there that you can substitute for pretty much anything if you do find it hard to get started.

Pinterest has so many recipes as well!



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Popping back to report that I successfully made the split pea soup, heavily modified to remove all of my most hated foods! And the two things I chopped up I could have just not put in. So literally all I had to do was dump everything in the instant pot and turn it on, then 45 minutes later, I had soup! Magic, I tell you!
Sounds good! Glad it went well :)

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I have to admit, Iím a meat eater (donít hate me!) but I would love to cut back and eat more environmentally friendly. So Iím here for suggestions and advice!
No hate here, I'm completely with Camden; for several reasons I have no interest in being preachy. I'm not sure how much I have to add to what the others have already said to be honest! Swapping little things is a good way to make a difference without too much upheaval for you, so like Camden said, you could start with plant milks. I have different recommendations depending on what you usually use milk for.

Also, big surprise, my Sainsbury's did decide to stock one of the buttermilk bars! The normal free-from section was just full of the usual crap no one wants* but right at the check-out in the healthy rubbish section I found a fake mars bar! Haven't tried it yet, but very exciting. But also sad because I want a crunchie.

And finally, if anyone else's life is emptier without Percy Pigs due to the beeswax content, Aldi do their own version which doesn't have beeswax - Leo the Lion, highly recommend =D

(*as in, that I don't want)



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One day I want to come there to see what vegan goodies you have!

I'd try recommending brands but I have the feeling most of our brands are different to yours! But in general, if you're doing cold milk I like unsweetened almond milk just fine. Oat milk is okay but a bit chalky to me. For something hot or steamed, almond milk is a no go because I think it gets too bitter. I like hot/steamed soy or coconut milk though!



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Sounds good! Glad it went well :)


No hate here, I'm completely with Camden; for several reasons I have no interest in being preachy. I'm not sure how much I have to add to what the others have already said to be honest! Swapping little things is a good way to make a difference without too much upheaval for you, so like Camden said, you could start with plant milks. I have different recommendations depending on what you usually use milk for.

Also, big surprise, my Sainsbury's did decide to stock one of the buttermilk bars! The normal free-from section was just full of the usual crap no one wants* but right at the check-out in the healthy rubbish section I found a fake mars bar! Haven't tried it yet, but very exciting. But also sad because I want a crunchie.

And finally, if anyone else's life is emptier without Percy Pigs due to the beeswax content, Aldi do their own version which doesn't have beeswax - Leo the Lion, highly recommend =D

(*as in, that I don't want)
I have the fake Crunchie bar ;) and the Mars was flipping good!

Ooh, speaking of plant milk, my go-to for tea and cereal is Asda own unsweetened soya milk (doesnít leave that weird aftertaste in your mouth) and for coffee, Califia Farms barista style oat milk warmed in the microwave!
Most people say Oatly, but theyíre a terrible company, so I personally avoid them like the plague.



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