Why are you Vegan? For the animals? Environment? Health? Just fancy it?… I mean I am assuming if you’re reading this you’re Vegan, but you may also not be. Nonetheless. Thanks for reading. But my biggest thank you goes out to those that are Vegan, whatever your reason, I’m not here to judge. Well the fuck done! So… In my opinion (which I like to think is right, because I’m always right… Ha.) there are many different types of Vegans, from Raw Vegans, to Wholefoods Vegans, to Clean eating Vegans all the way to Junk Food Vegans, and there are many cross overs. I like to think of myself as a Clean Eating Vegan with a love for a few things Junky. Oh yes. Give me Bourbon biscuits morning, noon and night, the occasional burger and stuff me with ice cream in the summer and hunny I am a happy bunny.
So are you a Junk Food Vegan?…
Do you often consume highly processed foods with are basically whipped up in a factory come science lab? I love it when people say ‘oh it’s Vegan, it must be healthy?!’ A few of my friends & I have this running joke. But hun, just because it’s vegan don’t always mean it’s healthy!
With the rise of Veganism there has become a rise in ready made meals, fast food chain vegan menus and SO MUCH JUNK FOOD! But is this a bad thing… In my opinion… Nah! I mean if you’re a Junk Food Vegan 24/7 then totally, yes, huge problem, please stop reading this right now and pick up a banana, eat it, pop to a store and pick up some kale, broccoli and a few tomatoes and let’s get cooking! However if you’re a part time junky, it’s all good. Pizza Hut launched it’s Vegan Pizza and I was there with bells on waiting to try it, albeit, I haven’t been back since as I wasn’t a fan (give me Zizzis any day!), Pret launched a Vegan Cookie, the next day it was in my mouth! Linda McCartney’s Vegan cocktail sausages, got those bad boys in my freezer and One Planet Pizza Hawaiian, omg yes please! & don’t even get me started on my homemade creations… Bourbon biscuits sandwich filled with Ben & Jerrys! YOU. HAVE. NOT. LIVED! I have my limits of course, I highly doubt I’ll be queuing outside KFC for their plant-based chicken burger or sitting in McDonalds with my McFaux nuggets… But each to their own.
Let’s not get too hooked up on life and enjoy stuff! As long as it’s all in moderation. Friday nights I love a fake away (homemade takeaway, usually a slightly healthier version of your favourite takeaway) and one day a week I love having my junk food treats! Sweet or savoury, eaten in front of the TV or out with friends. I don’t mind.
The Junk Food Vegan Survival List! With help from The Vegan Societies ‘Accidentally’ Vegan products’
Chilli heatwave Doritos, Original Oreos, Party Rings, Co Ops Jam Doughnuts, Co Ops Custard Doughnuts, Mr Kipling’s Treacle Tarts, Pringle Paprika flavour, McVities Choc Chip Hobnobs, Kettle Chips Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, Skittles, Millions, Haribo Rainbow Strips and of course… My favourite; Bourbon Biscuits!
One Planet Pizza
Now I am so judgemental when it comes to Pizza… I love Zizzis, Ask and Pizza Express for their yummy Vegan pizzas, however Pizza Hut, no thank you! Also Papa Johns Veggie Pizza, minus the cheese, it’s so good! There is a Vegetarian Pizza chain in the midlands called Mr Singh’s Pizza, that is honestly so dirty (in the good way) your junk food cravings will be filled for years!
Premade pizzas you pick up in store… I have tried a few, and honestly, no way. Not a fan, I much prefer making my own… Buying a base and all the topping and BAM!… So when I saw One Planet Pizza in a local Vegan Store, I was like ‘nahhhhhh, not for me!’. Then one day, the lovely people from One Planet Pizza messaged me, asking if I’d like to try there Pizza… At the time I had a lot of products I needed to review and I was in two minds, I like to be honest, and if I don’t like it… Well I’ll have to slag off a Vegan company, that is making Vegan products, I don’t want to do that. But I bit the bullet and decided to give it ago… and gosh darnit! I am so glad I did! One Planet Pizza is so good! I was lucky enough to try all four pizzas; Three Sheese Margherita, Hawaiian, Exotic Funghi Feast, Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable. The Hawaiian was my favourite! Base is great, toppings are yummy and the cheese is good. Plus, I read up about the company, and they sound brilliant; Vegan, great philosophy and a lot done by crowd funding!
There will always be a One Planet Pizza in the Junk Food section of my freezer from now on, most likely the Hawaiian! Let’s just hope I have the will power to save it for my junk food day!
Finally. Here is one of my new favourite Junk Food dinners, if you decided to make it for your next fakeaway let me know :). It’s super easy and so tasty!
Mac Daddy Burger
Linda McCartney Burgers (pack of two)
Koko Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese
Mac and Cheese Ingredients
150g dried macaroni
300g Butternut Squash
2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp turmeric
Pinch of black pepper
150g Koko Dairy Free Soft Cream Cheese
200ml Koko Dairy Free Original
Pre heat oven to 180 degrees
Chop Butternut squash into thumb sided cubes and place on a baking tray with a little spray oil. Roast for around 20 minutes, or until soft in the middle.
Cook burgers according to the packaging
Cook the macaroni pasta according to packet instructions.
While you are waiting for the butternut squash to roast prepare your burger bun. Slice bagel in half, spinach, gherkins slices, tomato slices and cucumber slices. Finally a slice of cheese. Set to one side.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a large pan then add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute then stir in the mixed herbs, paprika, turmeric black pepper.
Stir in Koko Dairy Free Soft Cream Cheese, stirring often.
Once butternut squash is roasted and soft, remove from oven and put in a blender with Koko Dairy Free milk and blend until smooth. Then add this to the melted soft cheese mix.
Stir in the cooked and drained macaroni.
Once burger is cooked place on the premade bagel & toppings, layer on mac and cheese.
Serve with sweet potato fries or polenta chips or spicy green veggies.