Russian athlete Alexey Voyevoda can boast that he’s a champion on three fronts. As a professional arm wrestler, he’s taken gold at the World Championships, and he’s an Olympic bobsledding medallist who has just won gold for Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year. In addition, as a vegan, he’s a champion for animals!
We caught up with him ahead of his performance and asked him a few questions.
When and why did you decide to go vegan?
Three and a half years ago. At first, I approached it from a … Read more.
London commuters are being given some food for thought, courtesy of a ridiculously cute PETA ad appearing in 25 different underground stations!
To mark the launch of the first in a series of new pro-vegan ads to be rolled out across the London underground network – a dozen giant “farm animals” descended on King’s Cross station this morning, with the message “Love me, don’t eat me!”
The ad campaign aims to challenge people to think critically about their meat consumption from the perspective of the animals who are killed for food and … Read more.
The scene: a typically grey day in mid-January, in what a government survey named the “Unhappiest Town” in the UK. Things were looking gloomy in Blackpool – that is, until two smiley vegans appeared to encourage locals to brighten up.
PETA volunteers Scarlett and Rebecca, dressed as lovely “Lettuce Ladies”, braved the winter chill in order to get their positive message across.
Today is “Blue Monday” – which, depending on whom you ask, is either the most depressing day of the year or just a made-up date on the calendar. One thing … Read more.
Because more and more people are embarking on a compassionate diet free from animal products, we’ll be bringing you weekly inspiration for quick, easy and delicious vegan food ideas.
This week, we’re sharing a recipe for healthy guacamole, a dip that’s ready in minutes and has fresh summer flavours that will give you a boost even in the dead of winter!
Avocados are a great and nutritious addition to a vegan diet. They’re packed with potassium, protein, fibre and vitamin K, and they also contain monounsaturated fat, which is thought to … Read more.
Fresh summer flavours, combined with just enough spice to give a satisfying kick, make this wholesome pasta dish a reliable crowd-pleaser!
Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta
1 Tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 courgette, chopped into small triangles
4–6 mini chiquino peppers (assorted colours), chopped
1 pkg vegan hot dogs (try VBites brand) or 60 g chopped brown mushrooms, finely sliced
1–2 fresh chillies
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
1 500-g carton tomato passata
8–10 cherry tomatoes, chopped
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Nothing screams HOLIDAY like a big dish of freshly made paella. Here’s our delicious vegan take on this iconic dish.
Sizzling Spanish Paella
Adapted from BBC Food
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3–4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tin braised tofu (optional)
1 aubergine, chopped
1 courgette, chopped
2 tsp ground turmeric
400 g long grain rice
2 cubes vegetable stock
800 ml hot water
4 small ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 large bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry
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This Dutch staple is easy to make and a wonderful comfort food. There’s even a famous story behind it: after the siege of the Dutch city of Leiden, the dish was supposedly left behind in a copper pot by the fleeing Spanish army.
Dutch ‘Zomer Hotspot’
1 kg potatoes, peeled
50 g vegan margarine
3 spring onions, sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp curry powder, plus more for seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.
- Heat the vegan margarine in
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Add a Bavarian touch to your BBQ or potluck this summer with this lovely, fresh twist on the German classic. Great for piling on a vegan hot dog or as a side dish. It’s also one that should be made in advance, leaving less hassle if you’re going to be entertaining.
Summer Sauerkraut Salad
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
1 large jarsauerkraut, drained
1 tsp mustard seed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 large carrot, grated
1 14-oz jar diced pimento peppers
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The traditional version of this classic Brazilian dish is heavy on the ‘carne’, but we decided to make black beans and veggies the stars of the show for this vegan version.
Brazilian Feijoada (Black-Bean Stew)
500 g dried black beans, soaked overnight
2 Tbsp rapeseed oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 red or yellow bell peppers
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
500 ml vegetable stock
2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1 handful fresh thyme, chopped
400 g cooked brown rice
Chilli … Read more.
This traditional North African dish, which consists of fluffy couscous and meltingly soft aromatic vegetables, is both foolproof and delicious! Team it with a fresh green salad for a satisfying and balanced meal.
Algerian Couscous With Spiced Vegetables
Adapted from I Cook the World
For the Couscous:
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 Tbsp olive oil
For the Vegetable Stew:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 … Read more.