‘Buttery’ baked potatoes the plant based way

Breakfast

Peanut butter bagel, nectarine

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This was a nice combination of sweet and savoury flavours, and bagels are really light but also give you plenty of energy to start the morning.

Lunch

‘Cream cheese’, tomato and basil bagel, crisps, fruit

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The second bagel of the day I know, but I think they’re reasonably healthy. Tomato, basil and olive oil is a lovely combination of flavours that makes you feel a tiny but like you’re on holiday in Italy.

Dinner

Jacket potatoes, tomatoes, beetroot, avocado

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Hopefully this picture shows that an animal-free diet doesn’t stop you enjoying ‘buttery’ baked potatoes! This was the Pure brand of vegan sunflower margarine which also comes in soya form. I find that both the soya and sunflower margarines are great for spreading, baking, and sauteing veg if you don’t have any oil to hand. They have a really good flavour that’s actually quite ‘buttery’ and seem to be readily available in Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

The pear and walnut salad looks really impressive and tastes great but actually takes hardly any effort to prepare.

Ingredients for pear and walnut salad (serves 3):

–  1 packet of walnuts

–  Maple or agave syrup

–  1-2 packets of rocket salad

–  3 fresh pears  (or one tin of pears)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to gas 6 (200 degrees)

2. Drizzle some syrup over the walnuts and use your hands to mix it in. Spread the walnuts out on a baking tray and roast for about 5 mins until golden.

3. Meanwhile, put the salad in a bowl, chop the pear and mix in. When the walnuts have finished roasting, sprinkle these over the top and serve.

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Dessert

Alpro soya dessert, biscuits

Not the healthiest dessert on record but it was nice! The biscuits were the Tesco fruit shortcake ones which seem to be surprisingly vegan.

Snacks

Fruit flapjack, apple

This was a flapjack from the Blackfriars range which seems to include a lot of vegan options. I would say that they’re the next best thing to homemade.

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