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It’s Veganuary!

It’s Veganuary!

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year, hope you had lovely holidays with your friends and family!

It’s January again, and I guess we could say the second name for the first month of the year is… Veganuary! For those of you that don’t know what Veganuary is, basically it’s one of the largest vegan movements inspiring people to go vegan for January and throughout the year.

Since I am vegan already, I thought I’d give you some tips and also share one of my favourite recipes with you.

When I just started on my vegan journey, it seemed so difficult to find the ingredients and food which do not contain any dairy, eggs or other animal products. After some time, I realised that being vegan is not about finding the supplements or crazy products like vegan bacon or similar. Of course I love to treat myself with a vegan burger every now and then, but vegan diet is mostly about eating plant-based.

So, I’ll tell you straight away to save yourself time and effort, do not look any further than veggie market!! All you really need to go vegan is lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds and the regular stuff like pasta and rice! If you start just by cooking simple meals and preparing what you’re already familiar with, it’ll be so much easier. But I do recommend starting to look into the recipes as there are so many simple vegan meals you can prepare with some new ingredients you can discover and, if you are anything like me, you’ll find that you’ve been missing out so much! Vegan food is just delicious.

So, talking about recipes, here is one of my favourite vegan snacks for you to try out your culinary skills!



  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plant-based milk (coconut, soy, almond, oat… you pick!)

Preheat the oven to 200C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the spices, salt and the flour. Add the plant-based milk and stir until combined. The mixture should be pretty thick!

Add the cauliflower florets to the batter, coating each piece evenly in the mixture. Place the coated cauliflower on the prepared baking pan, leaving room between each piece so that air can circulate around them.

Bake for 20mins and then flip the cauliflower over to its other side to get an even bake. Bake for another 20mins on this side. When the cauliflower is done, add the florets into the bowl and add any hot sauce of your choice! Toss to combine and enjoy!!

Hope you found the inspiration for your vegan journey!

P.S. you can always find the veganuary meal plan online if you just Google it! There are some really good ideas out there.

Thanks for reading,

Ema x

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