Your ultimate Vegan guide for Easter

Like any holiday, there are usually a few family traditions, often revolved around food and Easter is by no means an exception. Although I have been christened, I do not define myself as religious in the least. However, I still love the Easter holiday and take some part in this. Typical traditions up kept by families may involve dying eggs and roasting a chicken or turkey and though it may feel intimidating or frowned up on to change, it is in everyones best interest to start practicing more compassion.

Food can be a sensitive subject for many, particularly when they are told that they are causing harm to an animal by what they are eating. However, it is often more troubling when it is with family members and this can be difficult for Vegans come Holiday time. Contrary to what many may think, there is literally a cruelty-free alternative to everything- it is the twenty-first century after all! Just because you are Vegan or thinking about going Vegan, does not mean you have to miss out. I’ve put together this guide to show that our celebrations do not have to involve the rape, murder and mutilation of an innocent animal…

 

Meat Alternatives

Goodlife Falafels

Granovita Nut Luncheon (great alternative for those that aren’t struck on faux meat)

Linda McCartney Deep Dish Country Pie

Linda McCartney Sausage Rolls

Linda McCartney Vegetarian Roast

Quorn Vegan Chicken free slices

Quorn Vegan Sausages

Sainsbury’s meat free meatballs

Slow Roasted Chick’n

Tofurkey Roast

I highly recommend looking in the Holland & Barrett frozen section and the regular grocery stores vegetarian/ free from aisles. The brand Fry’s is always a winner!

Easter Eggs

Beech’s Dark Chocolate Easter Egg

Booja Booja Hazelnut Large Easter Egg

Booja Booja Champagne Truffle Large Easter Egg

Booja Booja Almond & Sea Salt Caramel Small Easter Egg

Choices Easter Egg & Milk Chocolate Caramels

Hard Boiled Ginger Chocolate Easter Egg

Hard Boiled Dark Chocolate Easter Egg

Moo Free – Vegan Easter Eggs (Various Flavours)

 

Easter Themed Chocolate

Cashew Cream eggs

Cream Eggs

City Dark Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Chocolate Easter Bunny Gift Basket

Dark Chocolate Bunny

Montezuma’s Dark Chocolate Cheeky Bunnies

 

Savoury Easter Themed Foods

Co-op Hot Cross Buns

Sainsbury’s Hot Cross Buns, Be Good To Yourself

Sainsbury’s Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns

(only current hot cross buns available in shops that is Vegan. Other hot cross buns have animal fats (glycerin) in the ingredients)

Country Vegetable & Cashew Nut Roast

Mediterranean Sundried Tomato Nut Roast

Free & Easy Organic Chickpea & Bean Tagine

Free & Easy Ready Meal Organic Vegetable Balti

Nut Luncheon (goes great with roasted vegetables and gravy)

A compassionate alternative to dying Easter Eggs

Easter is the holiday with an overwhelming visual of pastel colours, chocolate indulgences and for some, a tradition to dye eggs . However, for vegans dyeing chicken eggs isn’t an option.

If you’re a little confused as to why Vegans don’t use eggs, thinking that no harm is caused by purchasing or producing eggs, well I’m sad to say that this is a myth. Animals die for eggs.

If you remember only one fact about egg production, let it be this: Male chicks don’t produce eggs, therefore they are seen as a byproduct- useless to egg producers. Chick culling is the process of killing newly hatched chicks. Due to male chickens being unable to lay eggs, they are killed shortly after being sexed. The primary methods of culling — which do not involve anesthetic — are asphyxiation, in simple terms suffocation- usually with plastic bags or they are thrown in a large bin (UK standard), and maceration using a high-speed grinder, crushing them with a big machine (US standard).

I will never understand why some people continue to support this once they have this information.

Fortunately, there are plenty of egg alternatives for Vegans to not only eat but to have fun decorating come Easter time! Here are a few alternative eggs to help you ditch the cruelty while still keeping treasured family traditions. Many of these are also wonderful alternatives for the environment too! (Animal Agriculture is the leading cause of global warming)

 

 

 

 

Ethical Dye Alternatives

 

Food Colouring Kit (cool colours)

Food Colouring Kit (1)

Food Colouring Kit (2)

Natural Egg Dye Kit

Sigma Natural Food colouring

 

Vegan Easter Recipes

What are your favourites for a Vegan Easter ?

 

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