Happy Veganuary 2024!

It's always Veganuary at Easter Greens, your friendly neighbourhood 100% plant based grocery shop. So whether you're a seasoned plant-based pro or a curious carnivore dipping your toes into the world of veggies, welcome to Veganuary – the month where plants take centre stage, and we are here to help every step of the way. 

So let's start off with some hints and tips to help you navigate the wonderful world of plant based eating:

1. Embrace the Veggie Rainbow 🌈:
When it comes to going vegan, think beyond the usual suspects like lettuce and tomatoes. Dive into the rainbow of vegetables – from vibrant bell peppers to exotic aubergines. The more colours on your plate, the better! It's not just about being healthy; it's about making your meals look as good as they taste.

2. Discover the Magic of Nutritional Yeast 🧀:
Missing that cheesy goodness in your life? Hullo nutritional yeast! This magical ingredient is not known as Vegan Fairy Dust for nothing. It adds a cheesy flavor to your dishes but also packs a nutritional punch (especially if it's the all time favourite blue tub with added B12). Sprinkle it on popcorn, pasta, or even roasted veggies for an instant flavour upgrade... we laos like it on toast with a bit of spread. Yum!

3. Make Friends with Legumes 👫:
Chickpeas, lentils, and beans – yes they are old school but they aren't as boring as they sound! These protein-packed pals will be your go-to companions in the vegan world. Explore different ways to cook them, from hearty stews to crispy roasted snacks. These humble ingredients have been kicking around for a while for a reason, they have so many different uses, are delicious and nutritious. 

4. Invest in Some Stellar Plant-Based Swaps 🔄:
Missing your morning omelet? Fear not! There's an incredible world of plant-based swaps waiting for you. Tofu scrambles, chickpea flour omelettes, and even avocado toast are just a few of the tasty alternatives that will leave you with long term, easy and delicious swaps to add in to your daily routine. 

5. Get Creative in the Kitchen 🎨:
Veganuary is the perfect excuse to unleash your inner kitchen artist. Experiment with new spices, herbs, and cooking techniques. You might just discover a love for roasted Brussels sprouts or a talent for crafting the perfect vegan lasagne. 

Did you know we've got some friends down the road at The Edinburgh Community Bookshop? They always have amazing recipe books on plant based and vegan cooking for some inspiration!

6. Don't Forget Dessert 🍨:
Yes, vegans can have their cake and eat it too! Explore the world of dairy-free sweets and treats. From coconut milk ice cream to avocado chocolate mousse, there's a dessert out there that will satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your commitment to Veganuary. 

Why not pop down the road to our friends at Little Fitzroy, they have some amazing vegan cakes on offer all year round. 

7. Connect with the Community 🌱:
Feeling a bit overwhelmed or unsure? Join the thriving online vegan community! From Instagram to Reddit, there's a supportive network ready to share tips, recipes, and encouragement. Don't forget we're always on hand for hints, tips and advice. Have a question just ask! 

So there you have it – a pocketful of tips to kickstart your Veganuary adventure with a grin on your face and a plant-based plate in hand. Remember, it's all about enjoying the journey, delicious food, and making choices that are not just good for you but for the planet too. 🌱✨