Limiting or excluding meat, dairy products and eggs was once on the cusp of consumer consciousness. But now veganism is hitting the mainstream. A menu that was traditionally not universally available or appetising, today it is all that and a bag of kale chips.
In New Zealand, more than half of Kiwis say they are eating less meat, and a quarter expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, according to the results of a recent survey by Bean Supreme.
Meanwhile to research from Stanford University in the United States suggests a produce-driven diet directly helps the health of the planet in more ways than one: growing produce generates fewer carbon emissions and uses less water than raising livestock, resulting in less of an environmental toll.
If you’re getting a serious case of culinary FOMO, we have collated a creative collection of our all-time vegan favourites:
Vegan Mac n Cheese
Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl
Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles
Creamy (vegan!) Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rice
Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls
Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup
Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls
Butternut Squash Chipotle Chilli with Avocado