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Our Top 5 Tips for Veganuary

Jan 06, 2020

Started Veganuary and feeling a little bit stuck?

Well, Caribbean-inspired food is a PERFECT fit for a plant-based lifestyle.

Chickpeas, sweet potato, plantain, coconut milk…they’re all mouth-watering staples of Caribbean cooking and they’re all 100% plant-based goodness!

Whether you’re eating out or cooking for yourself, here are our top 5 tips to make your Veganuary a little bit easier and a whole lot tastier!

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1. COCONUT MILK IS YOUR FRIEND: This is the perfect dairy replacement. Add to a curry to give a rich, creamy consistency (also great to add if you accidentally go overboard on the chilli….) It’s also great to use in tropical cocktails to feel like you’re on the beach all year round Our Koko Kolada is a great one to try yourself – Koko Kanu rum, dark rum pineapple juice and coconut milk. It's sunshine in a glass!

2. STICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW: if you don’t want to veer away from your favourite meals, you don’t have to! Simply replace the meat element with a vegan alternative. For example, a classic Curry Goat can be turned into Curry Aubergine, or try using Tofu instead of chicken – we added Jerk Tofu to our menu last year and we LOVE it. Same jerk spices, same flavour – totally vegan.

3. DON’T MISS OUT ON COMFORT FOOD: We know what you’re thinking – is it all vegetables and salad leaves? Don’t panic, there’s still a whole host of delicious COMFORT FOOD for vegans too. Sometimes you just want that dirty burger – and being vegan doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Check out our new Vegan Motherclucker burger – we’ve used a juicy chicken style vegan patty in Jamaican spices, with smashed avocado, wild rocket, pink onions, jerk mayo & BBQ sauce – trust us, it’s a feast.

4. AVOCADO – NOT JUST A PHASE: Avo is more popular now than ever, and for good reason! Brunch topping, salad star, burger filling..... smashed, smoothied or simply as it is, the avocado is so versatile and a must-have ingredient for your Veganuary. It’s an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E and helps to keep you feeling full.

5. EXPLORE A NEW WORLD OF PROTEIN: It’s still easy to get enough protein with a plant-based diet. We’re pretty mad about chickpeas for example – curried with cumin, ginger and garlic they are a tasty main or side. Then there’s Quinoa – not only does this make a great salad base (we use it in our extra-fresh Island Buddha Bowls) it’s also the only grain that’s also a complete source of protein!

For even more Veganuary inspiration, check out our full vegan menu or jump right in and book a table for your next vegan feast!

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