The 5 Foods Suitable For Vegans On A Ryanair Flight

I recently came back from a trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The food over there was great (THANK YOU happycow.net), but the options on the flight over left a lot to be desired. For the record, I took a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Newcastle (and I didn’t have time to eat breakfast as we nearly missed our flight, it was a whole thing!) so I would have liked to eat something yummy on the plane. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much on offer.

I looked through the catalogue of food options to see what was suitable. Everything was very helpfully labelled with ‘Vegetarian’ or ‘Kosher’ or ‘Halal’ etc., so the allergy list was a great addition to the catalogue. It would just have been nice to have a few more vegan options, but hopefully these will improve in time. There were some things on offer that would be easy changes; for example, there was a tomato cup-a-soup that had milk in it, the ratatouille had egg AND dairy, when it would easy to have neither, and even the plain salted Boxer Chip crisps had dairy in them.

Anyway, here are the 5 things you can eat on a Ryanair flight if you’re a vegan:

Tic Tacs

Okay, I know calling Tic Tacs “food” is really pushing it, but I didn’t have a lot to work with here. Even if your tummy rumbles away for the rest of your flight, as least you’ll have fresh breath, right?

KP Salted Peanuts

This obviously isn’t an option for anybody who is allergic to nuts (and, really, nuts shouldn’t be allowed on planes as the particles from the nuts enter the air, which can be dangerous for someone who is severely allergic) but it’s another option for somebody who wants something salty.

Pringles Original

There are quite a few flavours of Pringles suitable for vegans and it’s easy to see which ones are vegan because they’re clearly labelled. This is a really quick fix if you’re craving something salty on your flight!

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Oloves

I can’t stand olives so this is a no-go for me, but if you like them then you’ll be delighted. These would be great with Pringles and a can of lemonade or something!

Chips

Fries are a saving grace for vegans the world over. The vast majority of the time they’re vegan friendly (unless they’re cooked in animal fat), and the ones on Ryanair are no different. They’re vegetarian friendly and there’s no egg or dairy in them, so at least we have the holy grail vegan food available in the air!

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Dr Coy’s Mint Nutritional Bar (?)

There is a little bit of a question mark over this one as it doesn’t say on the bar or the website that it’s suitable for vegetarians. The ingredients are vegan-friendly and it seems absolutely fine, but as it’s not certified I can’t definitively say it’s fine to eat. For strict vegans, this would be a problem, but it’s up to you!

EDIT: The Dr Coy’s bar is NOT vegan as the galactose used to sweeten the bar is derived from dairy. Shoutout to Chocaletey Clare for letting me know!ย 

And that’s it! The ratatouille on-board is vegetarian friendly but there’s both egg and dairy in it, so it is off the menu for us vegans. Sometimes it’s nice to have something hot on board, and it would be nice to have a more nutritious meal than chips, but in a pinch they’ll have to do!

Have I missed anything? Is there an airline you know of that caters to vegans well? Let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Where To Get Vegan Dinner In Dublin

As you’ll probably know if you follow me on Instagram, I’m a huge fan of Dublin. I love it. It’s my favourite place to be, and not just because of the growing number of vegan options. And there are plenty!

vegan dinner Dublin

When I first started looking for vegan options, I either tried my luck and asked in different restaurants and cafรฉs (if you don’t ask, you don’t get!) or I went to Cornucopia. There really weren’t very many options in Dublin when I transitioned back last year. Now, however, we’re spoiled for choice!

I’ve put together a list of places I myself have been (or others I know have been) where there are definitely vegan friendly options. I know there are a few more note-worthy places in the city as well, but I’ll mention the ones I have direct experiences with! I will do an ultimate list of vegan places in Dublin at some point though.

Sova

I was dead excited the first time I went to Sova. An ENTIRELY vegan menu? Yes, please! I’m happy to announce it’s just as delicious as you’d hope.

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The only item I tried that I didn’t like were the schnitzels. But everything else was fab! Read my full review here.

What to order: the seafood chowder

Koh

Like most restaurants, Koh serves meat and all manner of animal products, but they also have quite an extensive vegetarian menu and even some vegan options as well (yummy ones!)

vegan dinner Dublin

This place is what I call a “special occasion restaurant” as it’s VERY expensive, but it’s well worth the price. Get the vegetarian starter platter, which is suitable for vegans! The vietnamese rolls are to die for.

What to order: the yellow curry with tofu

Cornucopia

Cornucopia is one of Ireland’s oldest vegetarian restaurants -if not the oldest – but it is slowly making its way to becoming totally 100% vegan! It’s not there yet, but you’re always guaranteed to have a huge range of vegan choices, both for dinners and for treats!

Boojum

Burritos are the holy grail of foods for vegans. It’s also super easy to make it vegan and often doesn’t prompt a lot of questions, which is a plus for the shy vegans among us! There’s nothing tastier than a big dollop of re-fried beans and rice wrapped in a doughy pocket and filled with onions and peppers. Mmm.

Umi Falafel

One of my favourite restaurants ever, Umi is a staple for me every time I visit Dublin.

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It has loads of vegan options (including a semolina cake that I haven’t tried yet actually!) including plenty of ways to have your falafel as well as spinach filo rolls and wrapped vine leaves, as well as a hearty lentil soup.

What to order: Lebanese falafel with batata hara

Aperitivo

If you’re hankering after a pizza, look no further than Aperitivo! It even does vegan cheese AND vegan bacon! This restaurant is quite small (think Harry Potter’s cupboard) so it fills up fast, but if you get it on a quiet day, you’ll be in luck!

What to order: Vegan Meat Feast

Blazing Salads

Although I haven’t been here personally, I’ve heard great things. I’ve passed it plenty of times and I always seem to already have a full belly. They have lots of vegan options including a moroccan style chickpeas casserole and a tofu miso soup.

What to order: red lentil soup

Happy Food

This is a little off the beaten track, but the trek is worth it. It’s at the end of Camden Street down a side alley (so you might miss it if you’re not looking carefully!)

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They sell all manner of vegan food and there’s even a yoga studio attached.

What to order: the Happy burger

Diwali

You can’t go wrong with Indian food! Most Indians have a vast range of vegetarian options and, in my experience, they’re always happy to cater for vegans. Just make sure you let them know your needs and they’ll handle it for you! Namaste is another restaurant that’s good for options if you’re not close to the city.

Brasserie 66

I tried this place out with my boyfriend as a treat just to see what vegan options were available! I ended up getting seriously big portions of lovely grub. I got the organic leaf salad with black pepper croutons, roasted cherry tomatoes and olives with lemon dressing, as well as a vegetable tagine and sorbet for dessert.

The chef even offered to make me pea soup (the soup of the day had dairy in it) but I didn’t want to put him out.

What to order: vegetable tagine

Token

Dublin’s newest (and probably only) gaming bar and restaurant, this is heaven for all you geeky vegans out there. Although the menu is very expensive, the food is great and there’s huge variety!

vegan dinner Dublin

What to order: hotdogs and chips

Hearty Vegan Food at Nancy’s of Ardara – Restaurant Review

I often find myself lazing around my house at weekends, and as someone with mental health issues and a habit of hibernating out of season, I felt I needed to get out of the house last weekend. I’m so glad I made a plan and saw it through – that in itself is good for mental health – as I had a wonderful time with my family exploring Donegal.

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Naturally, explorers get peckish after a while and I was absolutely ravenous after we got to Ardara. We had driven through Ramelton, Glenties and we had yet to go to Donegal Town, so it was time for food!ย nancys restaurant review

I was a bit dubious at the prospect of finding a place that offered some hearty vegan food options for me, but after seeing a menu option for a ‘veggie burger’ at none other than a SEAFOOD BAR, I realised Ardara was not quite like other places! It was way ahead!

We decided to pop in to ask if the veggie burger was vegan-friendly and thank God it was because otherwise I might have turned my back and not experienced the delish food on offer at Nancy’s!

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The bar/restaurant is like a labyrinth inside; there are so many little hidden hallways and doorways and staircases and it’s so ‘old Irish’ charming. The staff as well are very friendly and they engage you with you at the table, which is always nice.

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They had a whole section of vegetarian food available and all of it could be modified for vegans. Their menu also specifically stated that their soup was dairy free (the menu was LAMINATED, so it’s here to stay ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and it was so refreshing not to have to ask. They also had a vegan carrot cake on offer for the troopers who managed to get through their portions!

I also had a soup to start, which was so thick it was more like a stew than anything else. It was delish! Though it came with Dairygold butter, so obviously I avoided that and just enjoyed the soup on its own.

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I had a veggie burger with – wait for it – chilli on the side! I thought this was a bit strange (chips weren’t available), but although I could’ve gotten baby potatoes as a side instead, I really wanted to try the chilli because it’s a main option on the menu as well. Two birds with one stone! Not that I’d excuse violence towards birds, but you get the idea!

I didn’t opt for the carrot cake because I was absolutely STUFFED but I imagine it would’ve have been fab as well. The moral of this review is that you shouldn’t judge a restaurant or cafรฉ by its name or by the food it specialises in; you CAN be surprised!

Mango Cake & Lentil Spaghetti – A Weekend Of Vegan Eating

This weekend was totally indulgent for me. Saturdays and Sundays offer me the time to cook more varied foods than I would during the week, as I’m not tired from work and in a hurry. My boyfriend came to visit this weekend so I made an even bigger effort with our meals than I usually would. He isn’t a vegan but he always eats vegan when he’s with me, and as we’re soon to move in together, here’s hoping he’ll finally make the plunge and ditch the dairy ๐Ÿ˜‰

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He arrived late on Thursday night and he was starving. I wanted to give him a hot meal rather than just a sandwich or something like that, so I threw on some Linda McCartney sausages and sautรฉed some garlic, onion and red pepper with a little soy sauce and smoked paprika. I plated up the sausages with some potato wedges and ladled on the cooked veg with a hearty dollop of relish and some cut-up grapes. I got the idea for the grapes when I was up at Grianan of Aileach in Donegal; there was a little caravan cafรฉ nearby that made me a grape and cranberry toastie which was DIVINE!

On Friday I had a craving for pasta so I decided to put together some spaghettiย bolognese. I’ve made this before with Quorn mince (this was about a month into my vegan transition when I hadn’t realised it was vegetarian rather than vegan) but I hadn’t had it since. I knew I had some green lentils and some Tesco brand tomato sauce so I got to work.

vegan mango cake

Usually I would make my own tomato sauce but my brother had used up all of my oregano and that’s a pretty essential ingredient for a pasta sauce, so I went for the jar of ready-made! I fried red onion, garlic cloves and mushrooms and added them to the sauce with the drained lentils, peppers and chopped tomato. It was very filling and super tasty!

On Saturday morning I really wanted to pop and get some soup for lunch, so we went to Wholegreens, my favourite cafรฉ/restaurant in town! Unfortunately the only soup on offerย was broccoli and that didn’t really tickle my taste buds so I opted for a mango coconut cake instead.

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I know, not exactly nutritious, but the deliciousness made up for it! My boyfriend had shepherd’s pie with beetroot sauerkraut and wedges. You can’t go wrong with Wholegreens, especially for a hot healthy meal or a tasty dessert.

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On Saturday evening we met up with some friends of ours (four of whom are vegan – not including two babies who are being raised vegan) and, to our delight, we realised that a local restaurant had just come out with an official vegan menu. Nowhere else in town has an omni restaurant offering a vegan menu (and this one was LAMINATED so you know it’s here to stay!)

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I got a veggie burger with tobacco onions and chunky chips on the side, while two of my other friends got a coconut thai curry with cauliflower rice. Both meals were delicious (I had a sneaky taste of the curry – it was fab!) and we rounded off the evening with some banana splits without the cream. It was so nice being able to sit down and have a proper meal that isn’t a stir fry or a fruit salad.

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On Sunday I was feeling generous so I brought my boyfriend breakfast in bed; sliced oranges with tea and soy milk as well as some toast buttered with Pure sunflower spread. I also made us a pineapple, orange and banana smoothie, which was perfect for a

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sunny day like today! For lunch we had falafel wraps with crisps on the side and a fruit salad and blackberry yogurt. Delish!

Then for dinner we were feeling lazy so we ordered a pizza from Dominoes (the base and the tomato sauce are both accidentally vegan – just order a veggie pizza without the cheese!) and I made my own garlic dip (the one from Dominoes has milk in it!)

Needless to say, we were beached whales this weekend ๐Ÿ˜€ It was easy to find yummy food the past few days, and it only gets easier, with so many companies and brands coming out with vegan alternatives and creating options for vegan customers. It’s so great to see!

 

Taste Testing Eat Real’s New Organic Range

I’ve been a big Eat Real fan ever since I first tried their Chilli & Lemon flavour Lentil Chips. I’d never seen crisps made out of lentils before – or anything other than potatoes, really – and once I tried them I was absolutely hooked. After that, I kept an eye out for the brand and spotted other lentil flavours and their hummus crisps as well. All delicious!

A representative of Eat Real recently got in touch with me and sent on information about the new organic range Eat Real just launched. I requested a few samples to try them myself and I was delighted to receive six sample packets; two each of Veggie Straws, Hummus and Lentil crisps. I thought this was really generous seeing as they’re 100g each!

The first one I tried was the veggie straws and I polished off the packet myself during a Netflix binge. Seeing as they’re low in sugar, salt and saturated fat, I’ll let myself off the hook there! All of the crisps were ‘Sea Salt’ flavour, and although they were all super yummy, I think the veggie straws or the lentil ones are my favourite. Probably the lentil ones at a toss up!

Eat Real Organic

The range is gluten free and vegan (a combination that’s quite hard to find even these days!) and made of organic hummus, lentils and vegetables! They contain significantly less fat than traditional crisps (hummus crisps 40% less, lentil and veggie crisps 30%) and are certified by the Soil Association.

It’s hard to believe that the Eat Real brand was only launched 3 years ago! I suppose it’s because I first tried their products when I went vegan and I feel like I’ve been vegan much longer than a year and a bit! What this new range represents is that healthy food with good-for-you ingredients is becoming more readily available. And that’s a great thing!

Veggie Straws

Does anyone remember those salt and vinegar stick crisps? They came in a red packet? I can’t remember the name of them but I used to love that they came in stick form! Not sure why, it’s just a shape, but it heightened my eating experience for some reason!

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These Veggie Straws are exactly as they sound – they’re green, orange and yellow so they remind you of eating something healthier – and they’re hollow inside like straws! They’re just the right amount of salted – not so much that it rubs off onto your fingers – but just enough to satisfy that savoury craving.

Rating: 4/5

Lentil Crispsย 

On first inspection, these crisps look like a holier version than the popular crisps, Snax. And by holier filled with some bubbly holes – they’re not Catholic crisps! Some of them are curlier than others but they’re just as yummy.

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I like imperfectly shaped crisps anyway, and that goes for most foods too, as it gives the impression that they’re not all spat out of some machine into cookie cutter shapes on a conveyor belt. Yack! These are very light on the tummy and super yummy – my favourites!

Rating: 5/5

Hummus Crispsย 

These were the last ones that I tried (even though I’d be the first person jumping on the hummus bowl if I was at a party!) These are shaped like slightly curved discs and they’re very thin. If anybody tried to steal them on you I bet you could do some damage with the edges alone!

Eat Real Organic

Again, these are really nice but I think they’re even nicer because they’re the lowest in calorie of the lot – 466 calories for the whole bag! Not bad for a binging night, eh?

Rating:ย 3.5/5

If you’re a crisp fiend like I am, definitely give them a go, particularly because they’re certified organic, better for you than regular crisps and they’re tasty to boot.

Each bag is about ยฃ2.19 which is around โ‚ฌ2.50 and they’re available from most health stores.