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SPONSORED: The vegetarian food lover’s checklist

These are the veggie-friendly essentials every foodie needs

SPONSORED: The vegetarian food lover’s checklist
In celebration of National Vegetarian Week from 11th-17th May, we're enjoying a host of delicious meat-free foods. This year's campaign is all about enjoying delicious food, and perhaps trying something new, despite the strange circumstances we've all found ourselves in. It may be a strange time, but it's almost the idea opportunity to expand your culinary horizons. Here are some of the vegetarian essentials you can try today...

Sowing the seeds

If you’ve always wanted to grow your own vegetables, now is the perfect time. With spring in full swing, there’s a variety of produce ready to be sown, from potatoes to tomatoes. And once you get a taste of your first homegrown produce, you’ll never look back! To get you started, Kings Seeds has a host of options, including new varieties chosen for their outstanding garden performance. The company has been going since 1888, so needless to say, it knows all about the importance of offering gardeners high-quality seeds at an affordable price. It even has its own laboratory where qualified technicians test all of the seeds for vigour, germination and purity. Request a free copy of the 2020 catalogue online, and start your vegetable garden today with 10% off seeds until 30th August 2020. Use the code AKS10 on checkout.

Berry boost

We’ve witnessed various vegetarian food trends over the years, but there’s one that’s here to stay. A fruit native to the rainforests in South America, the açai berry is packed with antioxidants, and tastes delicious, too. Indulgent yet healthy, these little berries are ideal for adding to your breakfast bowl or blending into smoothies. Grow Wild sources premium, wild-grown açai berries from the Amazon, hand-picked by the native people, which are then produced into creamy açai purée and freeze-dried açai powder. Exclusive to National Vegetarian Week, Grow Wild is offering an exclusive 10% discount on all açai products. Use the code VEGGIE10 when purchasing products online, where you can also find plenty of açai bowl recipes – delicious!

Delightful dairy

As a vegetarian, you may be concerned about the ethical implications of consuming dairy products. That’s where The Ethical Dairy comes in: the company is pioneering a high-welfare approach to dairy farming, producing traditional cheeses and luxury ice cream made from organic milk. The products are all produced by the farm’s own dairy herd, where the calves stay with their mothers to suckle naturally. It’s all part of efforts to treat the animals, land, environment and people with more kindness and respect. Try the products for yourself with The Ethical Dairy Taster Pack, which features samples of the different styles of products made on the innovative Scottish Farm. Available from Abel & Cole or online at The Ethical Dairy.

Storecupboard staple

Mediterranean cuisine provides a wealth of inspiration for vegetarian foodies – from grilled halloumi pita sandwiches, to sundried tomato and mozzarella pasta. Now tahini is becoming increasingly popular in veggie cuisine, as it provides a creamy texture, nutty taste and depth of flavour. You can create the ultimate Mediterranean-style meal with Cypressa Foods’ tahini. Made from crushed sesame seeds, it’s an essential for making homemade hummus, spreads and much more.

Sweet tooth

Heard the phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it”? Well, with OGGS® you can. It’s on a mission to create plant-based alternatives to everyday foods that taste every bit as delicious as you’ve always known them. Its cakes are light, moist and moreish and are better for the planet, animals and people. Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, they come in four different flavours: Zesty Lemon, Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla. Even the boxes they come in are 100% recyclable, and are completely biodegradable. Available at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and TheVeganKind Supermarket, the cakes are priced from £2.25 for a two-pack of cakes, to £8 for the Celebration Cake.

Cook with colour

Rainbows are our nation’s symbol of positivity in these strange times, so if you’re looking for a way to bring a little colourful joy to your cooking, look no further than Foodie Flavours. It has a huge range of high-strength natural flavourings for cooking, baking, desserts and all else in between – and everything is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly and with no added sugar. Plus, we have an exclusive discount for you: quote VEGWEEK at checkout when you spend at least £15 to receive 15% off. Valid until 24th May for orders between £15 and £100.

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