VEGAN MOFO 2018: WEEK 3 ROUNDUP!

VEGAN MOFO 2018: WEEK 3 ROUNDUP!

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to this week’s Vegan MoFo roundup for budget week, where I’ll be looking at what tricks MoFoers have up their sleeves for cutting the cost of eating (and living) as a vegan.

Sunday 16th: Pantry Meal 

Sometimes a busy life or lack of funds can mean we have to make do with what’s in the pantry for a little while but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or unhealthy food, as demonstrated by Amber from This Vegan Lyfe

I mean, just look at those omelettes! Such a cheap dinner to make but also easy, quick, healthy and by the looks of it, fudging tasty. I’m definitely making these next time I pick up some chickpea flour. Noms.

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Another dish that caught my eye comes from Janyce at AfroVeganChick,  who made these ‘fish’ balls. Check out her blog for the recipe, I can see these being a great alternative to falafels in our house. Can’t wait to make them!

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17th: Super Cheap Sweets

Maaaate. Check out this strawberry meringue dessert made from discounted strawberries by Just Blogs Vegan. As well as looking incredible, it probably costs less to make than the non-vegan version as it uses chickpea juice. Sorry, aquafaba. One of these days I’ll get used to saying aquafaba. Anyways. Vegan meringue!

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18th and 19th: Leftovers

Emma from Walks, Talks And Eats made a batch of seitan sausages ready for this prompt, making two different meals from them. Of course you can make all sorts of dishes using sausages; casseroles, pizza, toad in the hole, pasta etc. With these beauties how could you not make hot dogs, though? I wonder if she might post some to me, I do love a good sausage.

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Holy shiitake.  Gonna Go Walk The Dogs’ neatloaf recipe sure is golden. What a brilliant idea to make meatloaf in the air fryer, from leftovers! I know you’re meant to have neatloaf with ketchup but I can’t help thinking this would make an amazing roast dinner, smothered in gravy.

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Go Vegga Makes the most of the last bits of produce in the fridge with this wonderful crisper drawer risotto. This is a perfect dinner to make with whatever veg you have at the end of the week,  and looks tasty as heck.

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20th: Four for $4 (or £, or €)

Oh my days, check out this buffalo cauliflower, steamed potato fries with dill and lemon garlic tahini tartar sauce made by Libby (@gogreenly318). I mean, how good does this look?! A very creative use of humble ingredients and cheap to boot. Get in my face, immediately. Immediately!

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My Cat Loves Daiya Shows us how to feed a family of 4 for up to $4 with a delicious bowl of stir-fried tofu and vegetables with rice noodles. This cost very little to make, is filling, nutritious and looks super tasty. I must remember to make more exciting stir fries like this, rice noodles are the bomb!

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21st: Scratch and Dent

HahaVegan knows what’s up. If you’re skint then check what times your supermarket puts out it’s reduced produce, as it varies from store to store. I tend to go for the last one of the day (around 7pm in most supermarkets) as it’s the most they will reduce it by at that point. Our Marks & Spencer reduces stuff by up to 90%, and because they store their produce at cooler temperatures than other supermarkets, it’s still good for days! Anyhoo, check out their post about what they managed to find for some ideas of what to make.

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Vegans need sauce’s Emily made an intriguing pizza with mushroom bacon made from discounted trumpet mushrooms, which is much cheaper than using store-bought vegan bacon. A great idea that I’ll be using next time I pick up a box of reduced mushrooms from the clearance section.

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Another post I saw from today comes from @nomeatandthreeveg in the form of these warm pizza scrolls. Totally budget-friendly and great to put in lunch boxes for adults and kids alike.

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22nd: Fancy but Frugal

Happy vegans Uses today’s prompt to make a gorgeous chocolate lava cake which I would love to cram into my face right now. Also, love the fork!

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And last, but certainly not least, Jess from Ichiban vegan went all out on today’s prompt to make a frugal vegan high tea! Go check out her blog to see the lovely scones, finger sandwiches and biscuits she made.

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That’s all from me for now, looking forward to seeing what everyone posts for the final week of Vegan MoFo 2018.

@Rosamiex

Truffle Pig Giveaway

Truffle Pig Giveaway

We know all of our dedicated VeganMoFo participants love good food, and what better food is there than chocolate?! With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with the incredible team at Truffle Pig to giveaway one of their most delicious sweet treats!

Truffle Pig is an all-vegan chocolatier based in Sheffield in the UK, creating an array of delicious goods. They’ve currently got popping candy chocolate frogs for the Harry Potter fans amongst us, and pumpkin spice truffles for anyone who can’t get enough of the seasonal spices at Starbucks! As someone who has ordered a LOT of treats from Truffle Pig, I can confirm that everything they make is really delicious, and wins over vegans and non-vegans alike.

The good people at Truffle Pig have kindly agreed to donate one honeycomb bar to a lucky winner! Here’s how you can get your hands on it:

Comment here on the blog or on our Instagram post and let us know which Truffle Pig product is top of your wishlist! (You can view the full range on their shop right here.) A winner will be chosen at random.

This giveaway is only open to registered VeganMoFo participants who are resident in the UK, and it will close at midnight BST.

Good luck!

Hurraw! Balms Giveaway

Hurraw! Balms Giveaway

Hello everyone! We are into week 3 of VeganMoFo 2018, and it’s time for another giveaway.

We’ve teamed up with Hurraw! Balm to give a lucky winner a pack of lip balms. Perfect for the up and coming winter months to keep your lips feeling lovely!

Hurraw balms come in a huge variety of flavors – from Root Beer to Licorice, and everything inbetween, and so for this giveaway we’re asking you:

If you were to create your own flavor lip balm, what would you make it?

Comment your answer here or on our instagram post!

This giveaway is open to registered VeganMoFo participants in the USA only. It will close at Midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

VEGANMOFO 2018: WEEK 2 ROUNDUP!

VEGANMOFO 2018: WEEK 2 ROUNDUP!

This week was all about catering for dietary and lifestyle restrictions. Whether that be cooking for those with allergies or intolerance, we want everyone to be able to enjoy all of the delicious vegan food they can! Don’t forget to keep using the #veganmofo18 so we don’t miss out on your posts.

 

Day 9: Creamy without nuts

@chloefairchildcooks

We could not have this prompt and not give you a mac and cheese post, and what a beauty!

 

Plant Based living

Although not strictly following the prompts, this butternut hummus fits right in, just grab some crackers or carrot sticks and you’re good to go!

Adventures in Veganism

Despite the name, coconut is actually not a nut – it’s a fruit! And a favourite of vegans everywhere for making things creamy and delicious, like this Thai Red Curry.

 

 

Day 10: Baking without Gluten 

@anewdayvegan

Who needs gluten when you have this amazing Chocolate Cream Pie?

 

@zuckerbaby.1

Almond orange cake soaked in spiced syrup, this GF cake is from her cookbook Vegan Indulgence.

 

@wildkindvegan

Cindy made us these gluten free donuts, thanks Cindy!

 

Day 11: Dessert without added Sugar 

Ichiban Vegan

Who wants a plate of this sugar-free strawberry and peach crumble? I’ll take two please!

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@culinarywhispers

These peanut butter and banana cookies are perfectly sweet on their own without any added sugar.

 

@frugal.vegan.fitness

This sweet lentil breakfast cake, sweetened with dates, has me intrigued.

 

Day 12: Spicy without Chillies 

@bakovegan

How about some Chai Spiced Raw Carrot soup?

 

@theveggtable

This delicious creamy pasta is spiced with horseradish, an interesting choice!

 

 

@deecaranichole

This dish is spiced with ginger, black pepper and cumin.

 

Day 13: Snacks without the Packaging 

@idunsyn

Homemade is definitely the way to go if you want to reduce your packaging. Apparently these were supposed to be granola bars but when it looks this tasty who really cares?!

 

@atinyhousevegan

Pistachios are such a great snack, and all natural packaging!

 

 

The Opposite of Indifference

A great way of reducing your packaging is to shop at bulk stores, and many of them let you BYO container too. Let’s be honest, how many of us eat nooch straight from the jar as a snack…?

 

Day 14: Low salt, full flavour 

Vegans Need Sauce

Sometimes it is as simple as making the dishes we love without adding salt! Here is a hearty, low-sodium dinner that looks delicious!

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@clare.burgess

Clare is using seaweed to bring some umami flavour without adding salt.

 

@veganbbn

Is it cheating to choose a dessert for low-salt day? Maybe, but this sunflower seed based ice-cream looks too good not to share.

 

Day 15: Free From Day 

@diannewenz

This amazing looking kimchi fried rice is also gout-friendly, clearly dietary restrictions don’t have to mean bland or boring!

Just Blogs Vegan

Just look at this beautiful pot of FODMAP friendly ratatouille, no onion or garlic to be seen!

 

Herbivores Heaven

Look, this one is pretty much the antithesis of a “free-from” meal but how could we go past this super looking breakfast featured on Jenny’s blog – the annual guest MoFo post from Dr HH to boot.

 

And we’re over half way there, stay strong MoFo’ers – you’ve got this!

Vegan Tuck Box Giveaway

Vegan Tuck Box Giveaway

For five years, Vegan Tuck Box has been selling delicious vegan chocolate bars and treats, along with amazing monthly goody boxes. With their Variety Box or Ultimate Box, you can get a mouth-watering selection of mystery vegan goodies delivered to you anywhere in the world.

This month, the Vegan Tuck Box team has kindly donated one Ultimate Box to a lucky VeganMoFo’er! Here’s what you have to do to get your hands on it:

  1. Make sure you are following VeganMoFo on Instagram.
  2. Comment on our Instagram post telling us your favourite vegan snack that you’d like delivered to your door.

This giveaway is only open to registered VeganMoFo participants who are resident in the UK, and it will close at midnight BST.

Good luck!

VeganMoFo 2018: Week 1 Roundup!

VeganMoFo 2018: Week 1 Roundup!

Inspiration Week has come to an end, and it’s safe to say there have been some very inspirational dishes in the first eight days of VeganMoFo 2018! Let’s take a look at some of the highlights in our first weekly roundup post – make sure you’re following all our participants so you don’t miss a single delicious post! And keep using #veganmofo18 to help us find you!

 

Day 1: Introduce you!

Walks, Talks, & Eats

Emma is one of our hard working VeganMoFo organisers, so you should probably get to know her! She’s posting on Instagram, as well as numerous delicious recipes on her blog, make sure you’re following along!

This Vegan Lyfe

You might have followed Amber on Instagram during last year’s MoFo, but this year she’s back on her blog as well and we couldn’t be happier! Get to know her a little more in this post, and also learn how to make this swimming rama!

@jena_sinclair

Let’s welcome VeganMoFo first timer Jena, who is participating with lots of amazing illustrations!

 

Day 2: Emoji Inspired

Vegan Ha Ha

The simple heart emoji is a classic – and here it is in the form a chocolate cake topped with raspberries. *insert heart-eyes emoji here*

@garrickstegner

Don’t these pancakes look almost a little too perfect?! How come mine never look that good? Amazing job, Garrick!

@bonnie_rabbits

The pumpkin emoji was a popular choice today, and here is Bonnie’s pumpkin-inspired dish. Pumpkin lasagna with mushrooms and caramelised onions sounds pretty good to me!

 

Day 3: Leader of a country, place, or group

@globallookingglass

Rosie the Riveter needs a protein packed meal more than anyone! I’m sure she’d be happy with this quinoa, tofu,and broccoli dish.

@things2eat

Of course, there are great leaders in our own homes and families too – Moon made this gazpacho and tofu-egg salad in honour of her mother-in-law, and we’d love to join them for a meal!

Food for Dissertating

Of course, there’s no obligation to follow our daily prompts or weekly themes – Food for Dissertating is posting about packed lunches all month. Not only does this look like a delicious lunch, but I can confirm from personal research that the recipe for these chocolate hazelnut oat bites is to die for!

 

Day 4: Artist inspired

KZCakes

KZ shared this beautiful Pitaya bowl, which definitely looks like a work of art to me! Plus there are some philosophical musings on art and perception.

@michelleisvegan

Top marks to Michelle for transforming a bunch of leftovers into a Rothko!

Coastal Vegan

Look at these Mary Blair-inspired cookies that Clare made! There were even diagrams involved!

 

Day 5: Inspiring cookbooks

@suburbanvegan

Oh, hello, bookshelf of my dreams! But which one is Kristen’s favourite?!

@theveggtable

Check out this dish from a 1970s cookbook, originally called ‘Governor’s Lady Deviled Crab’ and now veganised for the modern times!

@oohsarracuda

Sarra is posting on the theme of vegan travel, and shared some of the cookbooks she’s picked up on the road – including non-vegan ones, which she promptly veganises, as you can see from her famous bicsuits!

 

Day 6: The Anti-Vegan

Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too!

How does Sandy deal with people who claim to hate tofu? She turns tofu into a pizza base! Check out the recipe for these tofu pizza bites!

@idunsyn

Burgers featured pretty heavily on this day, and here’s just one example of an amazing burger that can win over any meat eater!

@vegan.raptor

Meanwhile, Vegan Raptor continues to post Buffy-based puns alongside tasty vegan dishes as part of his Buffy Menu theme. I’m sure we can get Buffy to slay the anti-vegan brigade!

 

Day 7: Colour

Vegan Dollhouse

If you follow Vegan Dollhouse on Instagram or her blog, you’ll expect nothing less than adorable food at all times. Just check out these purple steamed buns!

@culinarywhispers

Have you ever been served a yellow lasagna before?! Learn how to do it on this post from Wister!

@emilyfishy

And why settle for one colour when you can eat the whole rainbow? Emily leads the way with this colourful bowl.

 

Day 8: Your own flops

Downright Vegan

Most of us have probably experienced a disaster which almost cost us a beloved dish or utensil. But you’ve got to have the courage to try again, as we can see from this beautiful looking focaccia!

@wildkindvegan

Cindy has been thwarted in the past when making crispy fried tofu, but now she’s really shown it who’s boss! Find out her secrets, and get the recipe for her BBQ nut butter sauce as an added bonus!

@ladyfunk25

All this week, Angie has been veganising some classic Pennsylvania Dutch recipes, and she finished up with this shoofly pie, which apparently tastes just like gingerbread! Yum!

 

Here’s to another amazing week of VeganMoFo 2018!

Power Plates Giveaway

Power Plates Giveaway

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to the winner!

Day 5 of VeganMoFo is all about inspirational cookbooks, which makes it a perfect time for a giveaway!

Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw is packed full of delicious meals, from smoky red lentil stew with chard, to falafel bowls with freekah and cauliflower. In fact, one of our VeganMoFo’ers wrote a full review just the other day – check it out over at Kittens Gone Lentil!

 

We are giving away one copy of Power Plates to a lucky MoFo participant! If you want to be in with a chance of winning, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow VeganMoFo on Instagram
  2. Comment on our Instagram post telling us which cookbook most inspires you!

This giveaway is only open to registered VeganMoFo participants. It is open to participants anywhere in the world, and will close at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

Good luck!

VeganMoFo 2018 Blogrolls!

VeganMoFo 2018 Blogrolls!

Well VeganMoFo’ers, it’s almost time! We hope you’re as excited as we are, and getting all your final preparations done. It’s going to be a busy month full of delicious food – and new online friends! A huge part of VeganMoFo is the wonderful community, and the opportunity to fill your social media (and life!) with like-minded folk. Please make sure to follow your fellow participants on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube/their blogs, and look out for anyone posting under #veganmofo18. As always, we’ll be posting weekly round up posts here as well with some of our highlights.

Without further ado, here are the people you’re going to be posting alongside this September.

Here’s your Official 2018 Blogroll, where everyone who registered for VeganMoFo is listed by category (blog, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook). Get following!

Want to see if you have any neighbours participating this year? Check out the Where in the World? blogroll, organised by country (and state in the USA).

And don’t forget that not everybody is following the daily prompts or weekly themes. Some of you are flying solo with an exciting range of Individual Themes – which one sounds the most tempting to you?!

You can also find all Instagram posts right here on the blog as well – just make sure to use #veganmofo18, and you’ll appear on our Instagram Feed!

We have an OPML file of the RSS feeds from this year’s bloggers – find it here, and if you’d like to know how to use the file, check out this post!

Thank you very much to everyone who’s signed up for VeganMoFo 2018 – let’s make it the best one ever!

VeganMoFo 2018 OPML File

VeganMoFo 2018 OPML File

This year, we’re trying to give you as many options as possible to follow VeganMoFo. As well as the RSS page, and the instagram feed linked to in our Blogroll Page, we’ve also put together an OPML file for you to download.

What this means is that you can import this year’s blogs into a blog reader – such as Feedly, and follow our blogs on there! Below, you’ll find the file itself, and a small tutorial on how to import this file into Feedly. You will need to create an account on Feedly in order to use that site!

Download the VeganMoFo 2018 OPML File Here.

  1. First, download the above file, and save it somewhere you’ll be able to find it later. Change its name, or leave it as it is, it doesn’t matter, so long as you remember what it’s called.
  2. Next, open up your Feedly and log in.
  3. Click on your account picture in the top right corner to bring up a menu

4. Next, click on the option to “organize sources”.

5. Then, click the button that says “Import OPML”

6. You’ll be taken to a page where you can upload the file you downloaded earlier. Do this, and it will import all the web blogs that are participating in this year’s VeganMoFo!

 

If you have any problems with this file, do let us know – but we’re hoping it all works. Enjoy your VeganMoFo!

2018 Graphics

2018 Graphics

We loved last year’s graphics by Tansy Rees so much that we’ve given them a little 2018 update! These graphics are here for you to use on your blog or social media to show that you’re participating in VeganMoFo – so please share away!