No doubt many of you will currently be trying to stay ‘dry’ during January after the boozy excesses of Christmas, so have you thought about doing Veganuary?

If you are like us, that is likely to last until this evening when you get that Friday feeling and, let’s face it, we will all have worked hard during this first week back at work.

So, can we suggest that you do moderate your alcohol (one night a week won’t hurt), but why don’t you also try to get through the rest of the month by going on an animal-free diet.

This month is ‘Veganuary’, a time when you are asked to consider cutting out all meat, fish and dairy from your diet. It is estimated that 50,000 people are taking part this month and if you think about it, it is a perfect time to do it.

We love our meat, there’s no denying that, but after the excess of Christmas, when let’s face it we probably eat more meat than any other time of the year, January is a great time to start eating healthy again and grains, beans, fruits and vegetables are the perfect way to do this.

We specialise in ethnic food in the SK kitchen and that means much of the food we make in the SK kitchen is meat free. Onion bhajis, for example, are one of our biggest selling products.

Indian food, in fact, is great if you want to give up meat for a while. For a starter you can have a bhaji, just make sure you don’t have a raita yoghurt with it (try mango pickle instead). Alternatively, have a vegetable samosa, vegetable pakora, sag aloo, tarka dhal and Bombay potato.

For a main, give up the chicken tikka masala or lamb bhuna and opt for a vegetable masala, chana masala or vegetable korma. In all cases all you are doing is substituting the meal for more pulises and vegetables; the actual sauces remain the same.

Mexican food is also one of our specialities so why not try a veggie chili with Quorn or just vegetable instead of minced beef, refried beans with corn tortillas or spicy bean burgers with avocado salsa?

So, there’s certainly no way to will starve if you do Veganuary and as well as helping you to shake off that Christmas excess it will also open your eyes to new and exciting meat-free dishes.

What are you waiting for?

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About Neil Shaefer
Marketing & Communications Executive of SK Foods.
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