Transition tips 4: Continue to eat your favourite foods

I honestly never struggled with giving up meat, but up giving cheese and chocolate felt like a huge sacrifice when I was transitioning to a plant based diet. Whilst I think fake meats, vegan cheese and non-dairy chocolate should be kept to a minimum in a plant based diet, they are excellent for the transition period. If you're a cheese lover, and just can't imagine a pizza without cheese, I would suggest you use some Violife or Sainsbury's cheese (and not the other brands) cheese on your pizza. Alternatively, order in a vegan cheese pizza from Zizzi's on pizza night. If you meat is your weakness, the Linda McCartney range is great, as is the Fry's range which does better than chicken chicken nuggests. Or you could even try making your own fake meat by looking up a recipe for Seitain (which is basically wheat meat). I would also recommend...Read More

Transition tips 3: Learn to Love Avocado & Hummus

Hummus and Avocado are you're best friends on a plant based diet. Stuck for what to put on your sandwiches? Use hummus or avocado. Out of ketchup and need a dip for your chips? Use hummus or avocado. Woke up late and need a quick breakfast? Avocado on toast. Out of tomato pizza topping? Hummus to the rescue! (yes a hummus pizza is a thing) You get my point, these ingredients are so versatile and useful to have in the house at all times. I also find that you can always find avocado on toast on the menu of so many restaurants which is really helpful when you're in a pinch and need some food. Plus, even if a supermarket doesn't have any ready made sandwiches for you when you're traveling, they always sell bread and hummus... Oh and guacamole is great in fajitas and on top of burrito bowls....Read More

Transition tips 2: Don’t Eat Superfoods

Okay, so I don't mean don't ever eat any super food. But a lot of plant based influencers, Instagrammers, YouTubers etc. all love superfoods. Whether they're topping their porridge with chia seeds, drinking wheatgrass juices, or putting spirulina in their morning smoothie. It's all very overwhelming, and can lead you to think you're doing it wrong if you don't enjoy it. Superfoods are also very expensive and aren't always affordable to those on a budget. When you first transition to a plant based diet, focus on eating simple meals that are well balanced and filled with whole grains and vegetables. Once you've got the basics down, try adding in superfoods, but only if you want to. They're no big deal, if you don't like the taste of spirulina, chances are, you can live without it. Lots of Love, Eleanor xxx

Lemon Buckwheat & Hummus Balance Bowl | Vegan & Gluten Free |

Balance bowls are perfect meals, with (as the name suggests) a balance of carbohydrates, fats, protein and micronutrients. Balance bowls also have the benefit of being super simple and easy to put together, and so they are great midweek dinners. In this balance bowl, I used buckwheat which is a grain you might be a little unfamiliar with. You can find it in your local health food store and online. Some large supermarkets also sell it, usually alongside the quinoa and couscous. It's a very versatile grain, and despite having 'wheat' in the name, it is totally wheat and gluten free and is therefore suitable for coeliacs and those of you trying to avoid gluten. If you can't get hold of any buckwheat, then brown rice or quinoa would work great in this recipe, too. Just follow the instructions on the back of the packet. Okay, so let's get started......Read More

My Top 5 Vegan Cookbook Recommendations

If you haven't guessed yet, I LOVE cooking! I fell back in love with food after going vegan, and the books I bought inspired me to change my life. They taught me so much about health, happiness and self love. For this reason, this is a very special blog post to me. I can't be thankful enough to the authors of these books. I highly recommend investing in a few of these books, they are the sorts of books where the entire book can become part of your day to day living, not just one or two recipes like most books. Even if you're not vegan, plant based, vegetarian, or whatever yet, these books NEED to be in your kitchen. My own ebook, Eleanor's Vegan Lunchbox has been inspired by learning from these awesome individuals. 1. Deliciously Ella I can't even describe my love for Ella Woodward. Single handedly, she...Read More

Super Chocolatey Banana Loaf

I love banana bread and I love chocolate cake. So... I put them together to make this amazing super chocolatey banana loaf. It's sweet, but not too sweet, it has a nice rich chocolateyness, but not too rich. It's just perfection in a loaf, and perfect for when you want to do some baking without over complicating things. This loaf is both vegan and gluten free. This is a crowd pleaser loaf, something the whole family will enjoy. From your little one through to your great grandma who's never heard of vegan or gluten free foods. Okay, so let's get started... Servings: 8 Ingredients: 2 Very Ripe Bananas 1 1/4 cups of Buckwheat, Brown rice or Plain gluten free flour (For this particular loaf, I used Doves Farm plain gluten free flour blend) 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder 1 cup Coconut Sugar 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda...Read More

Transition tips 1: Buy 1000 recipe books and obsess over Pinterest recipes

Welcome to my transition tips series, where over the next couple of months I'll be sharing my top tips for transitioning to a plant based diet. Whether you want to go plant based over night, or if you're doing it over a few weeks, or if you simply want to cut down on meat, these tips will be so helpful for you. Transition tips 1: Buy 1000 recipe books and obsess over Pinterest recipes When you stop eating meat and start eating plants, you need to learn how to cook with different ingredients. My best suggestion is to forget your current favourite meals, and find new ones. There are so many free recipes out there just waiting to be found. Go and spend a few hours on Pinterest and pin a load of recipes to your new plant based recipe board.  Alternatively (or additionally), go buy some new cook books....Read More

5 Reasons To Go Meat Free On Mondays

I'm sure you've heard about meat free Mondays? The idea is that you have one day a week where you eat vegetarian or vegan. I think it's a great change to make if you want to cut down on your meat intake but don't know where to start as the changes won't overwhelm you. 1. You will look and feel healthier It's no secret that meat is bad for your health. Animal proteins are the cause of some of the most common diseases in the Western world. Eating less meat will lower your chances of these health problems and eating more vegetables will make your body healthier from the inside out. When I went vegan my digestion improved to the point that my IBS completely disappeared (I'd had it for 6+ years prior to going vegan). I also found I had more energy, clearer skin and healthier nails. My hair...Read More

Healthy eating is NOT a fad diet

Did anyone else watch the latest Horizon show on the BBC this week called 'Clean Eating - The Dirty Truth'? I don't normally watch much live TV because it often bothers me how non-facts are displayed as facts, such as in the news and 'documentaries.' However, this show had Ella Mills from Deliciously Ella in, and I wanted to see her stand up for plant based eating as she is such a strong individual who's passion in healthy eating I admire and aim to espouse in my own healthy eating campaigns. The first thing I liked about this programme was that Ella, true to form, stood up for plant based eating. She shone through the efforts to put down healthy eating, and explained just how easy and adoptable eating plants can be. She explained how she no longer took meaning from the label 'clean eating' as it suggests that whilst...Read More

Ebook recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love this recipe from my ebook so much that I wanted to share it with you all! These are my chocolate chip cookies, they're so delicious and as baked goods go, they're not so bad for you! This short video will tempt you, so be warned!     Did you like the video? Please share your pictures with me, tag me in your creations on Instagram so I can see how you guys are getting on with it. My username is @VeganEleanor - I can't wait to see if you love these as much as I do! If you want even more of my recipes, download my free ebook! Lots of love, Eleanor xxx [grwebform url="https://app.getresponse.com/view_webform_v2.js?u=y6cyt&webforms_id=9663003" css="on" center="off" center_margin="200"/]