Tesco Free From Cheese with Peppercorns Review

Seen this fancy looking vegan cheese with peppercorns at Tesco and wondering if it’s worth buying? We’re sharing a quick review that should help you to decide.

The cheese is coconut-oil based, but also contains oats and soya. It’s currently priced at £2.50.

Sold in a pleasingly circular package, we think this cheese would work really well as a dinner party cheeseboard centrepiece – but it’s also fun for everyday snacking. The colourful mix of peppercorns on top look cheerful and classy.

We tested it both on its own and on cream crackers and liked it both ways. It has a pleasingly firm consistency but is soft enough to spread so could be eaten in little wedges (yum!) or on crackers. Although we tried it on plain crackers, we think it would also work well with saltier varieties.

The cheese itself is very mild but still has a definite cheesy flavour. It’s the peppercorns that give it that real kick and elevate it to something a bit more ‘wow’.

Would we buy it again? Yes, definitely – a good one to have in the fridge for snacking is our verdict.

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Best UK Vegan Snacks for Long Journeys

Who doesn’t need a snack during a long journey? Travelling as a vegan can feel difficult, and you might worry that you won’t find anything to eat – whether you’re going by car, train, or plane.

Luckily, with just a tiny bit of planning, you can enjoy something much more exciting than a pack of plain crisps from the service station.

Keep reading for a handy list of some of our favourite sweet and savoury vegan snacks for long journeys.

Savoury

Carrot sticks and humous – great for kids and grown-ups and just fun to eat! Available in a range of supermarkets and high street stores, or easy to pack yourself.

To add variety, try other raw vegetables like celery, different coloured peppers, sugar snap peas, mini sweetcorn or button mushrooms.

In a similar vein, falafel and houmous is easy and tasty – here’s an easy option from Tesco.

Nuts and seeds are a great mess-free snack, but do remember fellow travellers who may have allergies.  These Thai sweet chilli nuts are scrumptious!

Most supermarkets have packs of mixed seeds and nuts in the fresh fruit and veg aisle.

Crisps are always a great standby option and many are accidentally vegan, including prawn cocktail Skips and Wasabi and Ginger Sensations.

Lots of the supermarket ‘budget’ lines include vegan crisps, like these salt and vinegar twirls from Waitrose, or Bacon Rashers from Tesco.

Pringles are another fun option, especially if you’re sharing.

Twiglets are also delicious – if you like Marmite!

Good vegan sandwiches are getting easier to find in most supermarkets, so try to shop in advance, or find a service station with a mini-supermarket.  We have a wide range of suggestions in our ‘On the Go’ category.

Sweet

We know it’s a bit obvious, but fruit is tasty and portable! If you are feeling very prepared you can chop it in advance. If you feeling lazy, buy it ready chopped from the supermarket – usually near the sandwiches.

Breakfast bars are another good option and very widely available – try Alpen Jaffa Cake Bars for a treat!

Biscuits may be a bit less healthy, but they’re so easy and comforting! Check out our favourites below.

Easy to find, accidentally vegan sweets include Starburst, Jelly Tots, Drumstick Choos, and Skittles. Yum.

 

Don’t go without snacks next time you’re on a long journey – there are tons of great options once you know where to look.

What’s your favourite vegan snack for long trips? Tell us in the comments.

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What to Have on Toast When You’re Vegan (Best Vegan Toast Toppings)

Ahh, the ultimate quick and easy comfort food – who doesn’t love something on toast? And being vegan doesn’t mean you don’t still have loads of yummy choices. 

Buttery Spread

Want something quick and easy? Try one of the lovely butter substitutes – Flora Dairy Free is popular for its realistic ‘buttery’ flavor, and Vitalite is a great budget option. 

For something a little fancier, try Pure Olive Spread or Flora Freedom with Avocado Oil and  Lime.

Marmite

Marmite – love it or hate it – is quick, easy and delicious – and gives you a good dose of B vitamins, too. 

If you’re feeling more adventurous, how about combining with a non-dairy soft cheese, such as Violife Creamy? You could even top the whole thing with jam. Sounds weird?  Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! 

Jam or Marmalade

Most jams and marmalades are vegan, so plenty of choice there. Combine with peanut butter if you like!

Nut Butters

Peanut butter isn’t the only option out there! Experiment with almond, cashew, and more. WowButter is another option that’s vegan-friendly and 100% peanut-free, making it popular for school packed lunches.

Biscuit Spread

Another delicious sweet option is biscuit spread – something like Lotus Biscoff – available in Crunchy and Smooth. 

Beans

Have a little more time? Good old-fashioned baked beans are great, but don’t ignore more exotic varieties like spicy beans or taco beans which are available in most supermarkets. 

Tomatoes

Got a tin of chopped tomatoes in the cupboard? Warm them up and add salt and a few drops of fiery Tabasco or Sriracha sauce for a quick spicy hit. 

Tinned Spaghetti

And on the subject of tins, how about some tinned spaghetti?  We all know how much fun hoops and letters are, no matter how old we are. 

Avocado

Avocado – everyone’s favourite superfood – is great chopped and smashed on toast. Either eat it as it is or pop under the grill for a few minutes. For extra flavour, chop in some tomato and top with chilli, salt and pepper. 

  

Mushrooms

Chop up some mushrooms and cook for a few minutes in water or oil, with garlic, salt and pepper added.  Pile on top of your toast for a warm and satisfying snack.

Houmous

Houmous tastes amazing on toast and can make a nice alternative to cheese in toasted sandwiches, since it melts slightly when warm.

What’s your favourite vegan toast topping?

Share your suggestions in the comments or on social media!

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How to Make a Vegan Full English Breakfast (Mix and Match)

Did you think going vegan meant no more delicious full English breakfasts? You’re wrong! Many aspects of a traditional fry-up are ‘accidentally vegan’, and it’s pretty easy to substitute anything that isn’t.

Want some inspiration for your next breakfast? Keep reading for a list of delicious components to mix and match, as well as cooking and shopping tips.

Don’t blame us if this post makes you hungry.

Vegan Sausages

Linda McCartney sausages are a popular choice available in most supermarkets. If you fancy something different, look out for tofu sausages at health food stores – we love these tofu herb sausages from Taifun.

Classic veggie sausages are another easy option, and they often go down well with kids.

If you fancy making your own vegan sausages, the Granose mix below is a popular choice.

Vegan Bacon

While vegan bacon hasn’t hit the mainstream yet, there are still some great options available in the UK.

Our favourite is the ‘Streaky Rashers’ pack from Sgaia Foods. Super tasty and realistic.

You can also get VBites bacon rashers via Ocado, online supermarkets and some independent stores.

Tofurkey make their own Smoky Maple Bacon from tempeh and this is also sold on Ocado – although we’re not keen on the texture.

Falafel

Don’t fancy sausages but still want something substantial? Falafel is a great choice, and it’s full of protein and fibre.

Warm shop-bought falafel in the oven before adding to your breakfast, use a packet mix, or make your own from scratch.

Tofu Scramble

Tofu scramble is really easy to make, even if you’ve never used tofu before.

Grab a block of extra firm tofu and crumble into a bowl.

Heat oil in a frying pan, add tofu, throw in plenty of herbs and spices, and cook for 5 – 10 minutes.

We like to add salt, pepper, garlic, mustard powder, chilli powder, onion powder, and mixed herbs.

Adding turmeric will give your scramble a nice yellow colour, and it’s easy to throw in extra vegetables if you like – we used mushroom and spinach in the picture below.

Spinach/Greens

Make your breakfast feel extra healthy with some greens!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Raw baby spinach
  • Sautéed spinach with lemon and garlic
  • Watercress
  • Rocket
  • Sautéed kale

Grilled/Roasted Tomato

Halve tomatoes and pop under the grill until soft for a quick and easy option.

For something a little fancier, trying roasting on-the-vine tomatoes in the oven.

Avocado

Sliced avocado is a tasty addition to any breakfast, and it’s also a great source of healthy fats.

If you’re not keen on plain avocado, try mashing together with salt, pepper, chilli, lime and coriander, then spreading on toast.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are an essential part of any full breakfast.

Slice regular mushrooms and fry in oil, roast large flat mushrooms, or sautée whole button mushrooms.

If you’re keen to up your vitamin intake, look out for mushrooms which are specially-grown to be high in vitamin D.

Hash Browns

The vast majority of frozen hash browns sold in supermarkets are vegan-friendly – yay!

Chips

Chips are another easy, versatile option. Almost all frozen chips are vegan-friendly, and it’s easy to make your own using oil and potatoes.

Baked beans

Baked beans are another classic staple – we like Branston Beans for their rich tomato sauce.

Alternatively, get fancy and make your own beans in tomato sauce from scratch.

Going vegan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a full English breakfast.

Let us know how you make your vegan breakfasts in the comments below!

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Top Vegan Finds at Approved Food (Cheap Clearance Food and Drink)

Want to shop for vegan products without spending a fortune? Interested in reducing food waste? You’ll enjoy this post.

We’re sharing a few recent vegan finds from Approved Food, a website which specializes in selling surplus and short-dated stock at low prices. They sell big name brands, and plenty of what’s on offer is vegan-friendly.

The products available vary and are always being updated, so you might not be able to find the exact items below, although hopefully you’ll be inspired to have a browse.

It’s possible to set up ‘bargain alerts’ for searches you’re interested in, which is a great tactic if there’s something specific you know you want to buy.

Free and Easy Dairy Free Cheese Sauce Mix

Mint Oreos

Coconut Oil

Mini Moos Orange Bar

9Bar Cocoa Kick Cashew Bar

Ten Acre Crisps Sweet and Sour

Provamel Organical Chocolate Soya Drink

Celtic Chocolates Caramel Choices

Old El Paso Fajita Kit

Approved Food offer home delivery at reasonable prices, or you can collect your order from their warehouse in Sheffield for free.

If you make a purchase from Approved Food using a link in this post, we’ll receive a small commission – it doesn’t cost you any extra, but it helps us to keep this website going!

Have you ever used Approved Food or a similar site? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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8 Easy Vegan Christmas Dinner Mains

Scratching your head over what to eat for Christmas dinner this year? Don’t fancy making another nut roast from scratch? Luckily, there are plenty of tasty vegan mains available to purchase in the UK, and we’re sharing some of the best.

Tesco Festive Nut Roast With Mulled Wine And Cranberry Sauce

This Festive Nut Roast from Tesco even comes with mulled wine and cranberry sauce! Clearly marked vegan on the front.

Morrisons 2 Wholefood Roasts with Thyme Gravy

This two pack of Wholefood Roasts with Thyme Gravy could be ideal for a smaller Christmas lunch – you can always keep one in the freezer.

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Beef Roast

We’ve heard good things about this new Vegetarian Beef Roast with Red Wine and Shallot Glaze. Ideal if you’re after a ‘meatier’ option. Sold at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s.

The Co-op Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast

The Co-op are getting in on the act with this Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast – we think the apple and plum sauce sounds tasty.

Tofurky Roast With Herb Gravy 765g

Available from Ocado and some branches of Holland and Barrett, this Tofurkey Roast with Herb Gravy is a popular Christmas choice.

VBites Cheatin’ Meat-Free Turkey Roast

VBites offer a huge range of vegan meat alternatives, including this turkey style roast. Check out their website for details and to purchase.

Quorn Meat Free Vegan Fillets

These Quorn fillets are a nice easy option, perfect if you’re looking for a chicken substitute. We recommend topping with cranberry sauce and stuffing, then baking in the oven. Available at Asda.

Fry’s Soy & Quinoa Country Roast

This Fry’s Soy and Quinoa Country Roast is available from Ocado and gets pretty good reviews.

What are you planning on eating with your vegan Christmas dinner this year? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Don’t forget to check out our newly-updated Christmas section – complete with mince pies, Christmas puddings, chocolates, and more – you can also filter by shop to see what’s available near you.

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Best Vegan Advent Calendars 2017 (All Available in Supermarkets/On the High Street)

 

Worried that you’ll have to go without an advent calendar this year? Luckily there are plenty of vegan options available, and you don’t have to visit fancy health food stores or order online to find them!

Check out our list of the best UK vegan advent calendars, all available in supermarkets or on the high street.

Moo Free Advent Calendar

Sold at Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, and Asda, between £3 and £5.

Chocologic Free From Advent Calendar

Sold at Tesco, £2.50.

Holland and Barrett

Available in two different designs, £3.99 each.

Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Contains dark chocolate reindeer, snowmen, and penguins, costs £12.50.

Divine Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Available at Oxfam, £4.99.

Montezuma’s Organic & Vegan Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

£9.99 from Montezuma’s.

Which advent calendar will you be buying this year? Let us know in the comments!

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