So you’ve read the post about cutting down on meat and dairy, now what on earth are you going to eat for your meat-free meals? We asked food blogger Linnea Kléen to tell us what would make her perfect vegan day and give us some inspirational recipes.
“For me breakfast is all about the smoothie bowl. A thing of beauty packed with protein and carbs to fuel your day!”
Blend 2 bananas with 1/2 dl of plant-based milk (I’m an oat milk fan), 1/2 dl oats and 1/2 dl nuts (I use cashews but any nuts work). Add a handful blueberries or blackberries for a pretty purple bowl, or add spinach to go green. Top with your favourite fresh or dried fruit and seeds.
“If I haven’t prepared anything I just grab a banana, but if you have time try making these great salty Swedish crackers.”
2 cups corn flour
0.5 dl linseeds
0.5 dl sesame seeds
0.75 dl sunflower seeds
0.5 dl pumpkin seeds
0.5 dl olive oil
2 dl water
2 tbsp salt flakes
Mix everything in a bowl until it forms a dough. Spread the dough as thinly as possible on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt flakes. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour at 150 degrees. Crack into uneven pieces and snack whenever needed.
“For a weekday lunch I’m usually in the office so I bring a food box. This is the sort of thing I put in it”
Baby spinach, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, edamame beans or roasted chickpeas (super-simple – drench some chickpeas in olive oil and herbs or spices of your choice and roast in the oven for 30 mins). All coated in a dressing of tahini, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
“After a busy day I want an easy dinner that I can also make in bulk so there’s leftovers for lunch the next day, like these stuffed vegetables.”
Make a simple tomato sauce with crushed garlic, a tin of chopped tomatoes and some herbs. Add some finely chopped mushrooms or some beans (like black or white beans). While the sauce simmers cut a large zucchini lengthways and hollow it out, then cut the top off and de-seed a bell pepper. Place both in an oven proof dish and fill with the sauce. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees. Serve with rice, pasta or salad.