Somehow 2020 seems to have gone in a flash of lockdowns, social distancing, hand sanitizing and mask wearing. As we find ourselves in January, and in lockdown once again, let’s cheer ourselves up with good food. As it’s Veganuary, I wanted to round up the exciting launches I’ve come across that not only taste amazing, they are helping the planet.
Wagamamas new vegan dishes
I’ve always had a soft spot for Wagamamas. It was my go to lunch spot for many years when I worked in a previous job, two minutes away from a branch. Now I rely on takeaways to get my fix!
Wagamamas have launched a host of new vegan alternatives to several of their popular dishes. This includes their crispy squid, now available as a vegan option with shichimi-coated lightly battered king oyster mushrooms and a tantalising dipping sauce of chilli and coriander.
Their new No-Duck Donburi is made using shredded seitan and shiitake mushrooms coated in cherry hoisin sauce. It’s an alternative to fan-favourite Grilled Duck Donburi.
I love everything about Oggs. They taste amazing, their ethics are impeccable and they are just an all round fantastic company. To tie in with Veganuary, Oggs have launched their new Mini Bites range. Choose from Fudgey Brownie, Flapjack or Millionaire’s Shortbread.
There are 9 bites in each pack and the pack is resealable, just in case you don’t eat them all in one go. Which I no doubt will.
Subway TLC Sub
I’m a sucker for a Subway. I’ve loved them ever since they opened in my home town when I was at school. I like to kid myself I am being healthy by loading my subs up with salad (ignore the bread and lashings of sauce!).
Subway are bolstering their existing plant-based menu which includes the Meatless Meatball Sub with a new T.L.C (Tastes Like Chicken) sub. For those with a sweet-tooth, you can now choose their vegan double choc cookie.
Knead a Little Love Veganuary Variety Box
Knead a Little Love, the Balham based doughnut experts have just launched their Veganuary Variety box. With nine experimental and traditional flavours to choose from, these vegan creations will satisfy any sugar cravings this January, without compromising on taste, texture or quality.
Options include pistachio, almond and cardamon, as well as a spiced apple doughnut topped with apple flavoured popping candy. Bang goes the January diet.
Pret’s new vegan options
Pret has been pretty strong on vegan options for a while now, but they have upped their game for Veganuary.
I cannot wait to try their new Meatless Meatball Hot Wrap. Made with Meatless Farm’s vegan meat, the meatballs are coated with red tapenade and chipotle ketchup, seasoned with garlic and herbs, and topped with a sprinkling of crispy onions.
They will also have a new vegan breakfast baguette and a vegan hoisin mushroom wrap. With lockdown here, thank goodness for Deliveroo as Pret is currently my favourite choice for a ‘treat myself’ lunch, or when I’ve simply got nothing to eat before my online order arrives. How very 2021 of me.