Make Your Own Garlic Dip – Vegan Tip #8

Sometimes you just really crave a pizza; whether it’s when you’re with friends on a night-in or you’re having a Netflix marathon and you can’t be bothered cooking. You can’t go too wrong with pizza!

I was over the moon when I found out that Dominoes’ tomato sauce and base is accidentally vegan and I’ve ordered many veggie pizzas minus the cheese over the last year. Unfortunately, I can’t use the garlic dip, which was something I used to LOVE when I was an omni.

If you’re missing that garlic goodness as well, fear not! You can just make your own VERY easily! All you need is a few teaspoons of vegan mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise cos it’s THE BEST), a sprinkle of oregano and parsley and some garlic purée.

I always have these ingredients in the house for daily meals anyway, so I didn’t even have to run to the shops. Chances are, if you’re a vegan, you’ll probably have these in your cupboard, and if not you can invest in them and always have garlic dip on hand!

All you do is combine them until it looks like the garlic dip you know and love – it couldn’t be simpler! Plus you can add more or less garlic depending on your taste – it’s almost better than the real thing!

5 Delicious Essentials For A Vegan Kitchen

There are lots of amazing foods/spices/seasonings that a vegan has in their kitchen, but if you’re a beginner to the vegan lifestyle then you may not know where to start!

I’ve put together a list of 5 of the most delicious essentials for a vegan kitchen:

Paprika 

If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that mashed avocado on toast with smoked paprika on top is my all-time favourite snack. Aside from being the perfect seasoning to give almost any food a delicious kick, it’s a fantastic flavouring for so many dishes!

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It is especially delicious in curries and pasta sauce, and it makes a fabulous marinade for tofu when mixed with soy sauce. In case you didn’t know, paprika is the main flavouring in a lot of bacon-flavoured snacks like crisps. All the flavour with none of the suffering!

Soy sauce 

I don’t know what I’d do without soy sauce – I use it almost every day! It’s essential for the perfect stir fry and adds extra flavour to soups and things like fried onions, diced courgette and nut roasts. As I mentioned above, it makes a great marinade as well, particularly when mixed with other herbs and spices.

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My potato wedges recipe requires a mix of both paprika, soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil as well as some parsley to get the perfect flavour! I usually buy a low sodium bottle but there are plenty of bottles to choose from at the supermarket.

Frozen fruit 

This is fairly basic, but it’s much more practical (and cheaper!) than buying fresh fruit for things like smoothies. You don’t even need to add ice to the smoothie when the fruit is frozen.

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Although I’ve never seen frozen bananas (by all means, let me know if you discover these for sale!), they would be the holy grail of frozen fruit for instant nice cream any time you want it! Though you can also just go the old fashioned route by chopping your own in bulk and freezing in a glass container.

Turmeric 

Turmeric is excellent for reducing inflammation so if you have joint problems or even acne then turmeric is a great thing to add to pretty much anything you make. I buy fresh turmeric from my local market but you can get the already ground bottles from your local shop!

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It’s also wonderful around cold season. If you happen to be under the weather right now and suffering from a nasty flu then make sure to try out my easy turmeric milk recipe!

Tomato passata 

This is the créme de la resistance (is that how you say it?) of a vegan kitchen. Tomato passata is very cheap and it forms the base of most of my curries and chilli bowls. It also just so happens to come in recyclable containers!

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I usually mix it with plain water or some vegetable stock to create my own pasta and curry sauces. Give it a try some time! You can get 500g of passata for as little as 80 cent.

What are your 5 vegan kitchen essentials? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Gift Guide – What To Buy For Vegans

If you’re a vegan, chances are you’re already very aware of the many ways we exploit animals in our society. However, family members of vegans may not be. If you’re looking to buy a Christmas present for your vegan loved one, you need to be careful about the items you choose.

A well meaning family member could get you some skincare products, a purse, a scarf, or sweets for Christmas without thinking about whether or not there’s honey or beeswax in the skincare products, leather (which is cow skin) on the purse, wool in the scarf or sweets containing animal products like dairy and eggs. You have to be careful with many things you may not think about, like alcohol.

It’s important to remember this because if you take the time to get a vegan an ethical gift, believe me they will seriously appreciate it. If you do happen to get something that isn’t vegan, the person you bought it for may not even use it. They might give it to charity or to someone else, and that isn’t what you want, so take some time to Google what’s appropriate for vegans before you buy.

Or you can check out this list of great gifts under thirty quid to give to vegan loved ones!

Candle 

This beautiful vegan candle is made from soy and inspired by the Grinch, so it’s right on theme! It costs €7.17 to buy and ships from Canada.

vegan xmas gift guide

Blush 

This beautiful autumnal blush from Eldridge Organics is the perfect gift for the make-up lover in your life. It contains just three ingredients and costs €9.69!

vegan xmas gift guide

Soap 

These soaps come with a great little gift box and cost €12.55. The detox soap included is ideal for any vegans who struggle with face or body acne.

vegan xmas gift guide

Beard oil 

Long beards seem to be all the rage the past few years, and although we’re about to leave November, many a man in your life may still have bushy facial hair. As many of you know, this month is Movember – where men grow out their facial hair to raise awareness of illnesses that affect men, like prostate and testicular cancer.

This great gift clocks in at €12.11.

Our Detox Soap is ideal for those who struggle with face or body acne and those who need a good skin detoxification. It is made from moisturizing oils + butters blended with activated charcoal and tea tree essential oil. If your skin needs a refresher, this is the most holistic choice for you.

Wallet 

This unique wallet is made out of leaves, believe it or not! Sustainably sourced leaves of the sal tree growing in India, to be exact. There will be no end of compliments for whoever you buy this for!

It’s only €26.61 and ships from the UK!

sustainably sourced leaves of sal tree growing in India

Xmas jumper 

Everyone needs a cosy xmas jumper and this one in particular is entirely badass with the picture of a buffed up reindeer on the front! It’s €30.23 which is technically over thirty quid, but we’ll round down!

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Alternatively, if the vegan in your life isn’t that materialistic, you can give a donation in their name to an animal sanctuary, like Eden Farm in Co. Meath.

Do you have any more suggestions for vegan xmas gifts? Let me know in the comments!