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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Where to Get Vegan Ice Cream in the UK

Are you wondering where to get vegan ice cream in the UK?

Or do you want to find out which vegan ice cream brands are worth splashing out on?

To help you decide, we’re sharing our top ten vegan ice creams, most of which can be bought in normal UK supermarkets.

For a full list that you can filter by supermarket, visit our ice cream section.

1. Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter and Cookies Ice Cream

If you haven’t heard about vegan Ben and Jerry’s hitting the UK, you must have been living in a cave. There are currently three flavours available: Peanut Butter and Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Chunky Monkey. Peanut Butter is our favourite!

2. Almond Dream Salted Caramel Ice Cream

This Salted Caramel ice cream from Almond Dream is rich, creamy, and has a delicious caramel flavour. It’s a great treat if you want something more exciting than vanilla, but not as indulgent as Ben and Jerry’s.

3. Alpro Hazelnut Chocolate Ice Cream

Alpro ice cream is available in Vanilla, Coconut, and Hazelnut Chocolate. This one’s the winner for us.

4. Morrison’s FreeFrom Vanilla & Strawberry Swirl Iced Dessert Ice Cream

 

Morrison’s recently released their own range of vegan ice creams, available in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Let’s hope the other supermarkets follow suit!

5. Swedish Glace Chocolate Ice Cream

This chocolate Swedish Glace tastes exactly like the dairy version, so it’s perfect for sharing with non-vegans!

6. Booja-Booja Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Want to enjoy a fancy, vegan version of a childhood classic? Booja Booja has got you covered.

7. Frill The Frozen Smoothie Intense Chocolate

This frozen smoothie is low on sugar and high in fibre, ideal if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.

8. Aldi Coconut Cream Iced Dessert

Even Aldi are now offering a vegan ice cream – this coconut iced dessert tastes great and doesn’t cost a fortune. Also available in chocolate.

9. The Coconut Collaborative Coconut & Vanilla Snowconut

Another tasty coconut-based option, available in a range of flavours.

10. Valsoia Soya Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Valsoia ice cream sandwiches are currently only available via Ocado, but we’ve heard great reviews!

 

What’s you’re favourite vegan ice cream?? Let us know below or on social media!

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Trick or Treat! Best Vegan Sweets for Halloween 2017

Are you worried that you won’t have anything to give trick-or-treaters this year? Luckily, loads of sweets sold in normal UK supermarkets are vegan-friendly, and we’re sharing some of our favourites below.

If you’d like to filter by supermarket to see what’s available near you, just head to our Sweets page and use the links on the right-hand side.

Drumstick and Refresher Choos

New this year, these Drumstick and Refresher Choos are a fun, nostalgic option, easy to throw into a bowl and offer around. Currently available at Tesco and Asda.

Candy Kittens

These ‘gourmet’ chewy sweets have a delicious pineapple flavour and are sold at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and various clothes shops! Watch out for their other flavours, as most aren’t vegan.

Jelly Tots

That’s right, Jelly Tots are vegan! These mini bags are perfect for giving out on Halloween.

Dip Dab

Another fun classic that’s vegan-friendly, dip dabs come in individual packets and make a change to the usual chewy sweets.

Starburst

Starburst are another great option to add to a big mixed bowl of treats.

Skittles

Skittles are vegan, too, and mini or individual bags are perfect for trick-or-treaters.

Oreo Snack Packs

They’re not technically sweets, but these Oreo snack packs are vegan-friendly and make a nice change.

Goody Good Stuff

Goody Good Stuff sell a range of chewy vegan sweets with natural colours and flavours – perfect if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.

What’s your favourite vegan sweet to give out at Halloween??

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Vegan Banana Flapjack Recipe

These vegan banana flapjacks are the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea, or even as part of your breakfast! This simple recipe uses fruit instead of golden syrup to bind the flapjacks, making them a bit healthier than their traditional counterpart. Read on for this super easy recipe.

Makes 9 small flapjacks (or 6 large ones)

Ingredients

150g oats

150g dates

1 tbsp vegan spread (or coconut oil)

1 large ripe banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Brown sugar for the top (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Grease and line a small baking tray.
  2. Soak the dates in water for around 30 minutes.
  3. After soaking the dates, drain the water and blend them with the banana until smooth.
  4. Melt the vegan spread and add to the blended ingredients, along with the oats. Mix until well combined.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking tray. Top with a light sprinkling of brown sugar for some extra sweetness.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  7. Once cooled, cut into rectangles and enjoy!

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Eating Out Vegan in Liverpool: Our Kitchen Review (Guest Post)

When visiting new cities as a vegan, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. There’s the worry of vegan options, affordability, cross contamination and good service, but have no fear, Liverpool is more than prepared.

For years, Liverpool has been praised for its cultural excellence and quirky independent businesses, whether that be coffee shops, clothing stores or restaurants. Bold Street is where it’s at, a street filled with small shops, and speciality restaurants seemingly popping up all of the time.

This year has been particularly exciting, with LIV Organic, an organic and vegan supermarket, opening, as well as Our Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan only restaurant with not a piece of meat in sight.

Our Kitchen Review

Our Kitchen Liverpool

Location

Located at the top of Bold Street, Our Kitchen stands out as an elegant and luxurious lunchtime choice. Its appearance is simple yet bright, with colourful lights on the ceiling and flowers on each table. Though it’s small, it feels open and comfortable, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Menu

The large menu is double sided; one side for veggies and one side for vegans, a rare treat compared to the one vegan options you may find in many places, and there’s even a children’s menu with veggie sausages and more. Our Kitchen boasts a large drinks menu too, with their speciality being juice shots and smoothies. I braved the charcoal smoothie, and it was amazing despite the unappealing black colour.

Food and Pricing

The vegan menu offers a variety of options from small plates such as hummus and pitta or mini bean burgers, to buddha bowls and duck style stir fry.  The price is excellent for the standard of food, with small plates being around £4, and larger meals being between £6-10.

I have tried the black bean buddha bowl, a mix of beans, rice, veggies and sauce, which was so huge I couldn’t finish it. As well as the mini bean burgers which were amazing. I was given 3 bean burgers consisting of a bread bun, cheese and burgers, which were actually a fairly decent size for £4.50.

Service

Service is fast, I’ve been at quiet and busy times and never waited more than five minutes for my order to be taken, and no more than fifteen minutes for food to arrive.

Shop

At the back of the restaurant is a mini shop, with vegan wines, snacks and bottles of their smoothies and juice shots. I love this idea because it means you have the chance to pick up some treats after your meal or just pop in for a take-out smoothie.

I’d highly recommend Our Kitchen as a place to put on your ‘must go to’ list when visiting Liverpool, and definitely try the charcoal smoothie if you’re brave enough.

Author Bio

Guest post by Emma Dukes – visit Emma’s blog here.