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As the weather gets cooler, our bellies are responding by craving nourishing meals. Moni’s Healthy Choice serves up the recipe for this quick-to-make Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, which combines green lentils, sweet potatoes, paprika, cumin and coriander for the ultimate comfort food. Serves 8 | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes Ingredients 200g dried green lentil rinsed and drained 3 medium size sweet potato 2 tbsp olive oil 2 garlic clove crushed 1 large...

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On World Vegan Day, Dubai’s One Life Kitchen & Cafe shares their recipe for the Alfalfa Romeo sandwich with livehealthy.ae readers. It is the Dubai Design District eatery‘s best seller, and it is no average sandwich — vegan or otherwise. The Alfalfa Romeo Sandwich Ingredients (makes 1 portion) For the pesto 30g Kale 10g Almonds 80ml Olive oil 5g Garlic For the Hummus 1 Large beetroot Juice from 1 lemon 410g Canned chickpea drained 30ml Tahini...

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Thinking of going vegan but worried that giving up animal products will be too hard? A new plant-based meal distributor is promising to make the switch a whole lot easier. Veganism is booming in the UAE. Vegan restaurants and menus are popping up in most major cities and it’s now easy to find meat- and dairy-free produce in most supermarkets. Vegan Facebook groups are also growing in popularity, with foodies giving each other recipe and...

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As we arrive at another World Vegan Day (November 1, in case you didn’t know), it’s a good time to reflect on veganism and the way the world is going. I’ve been vegan nearly all my life, so have never felt like I was ‘missing out’ and the ‘but there’s bacon’ arguments are irrelevant here. Hang on – before we go any further, I’d better offer up a definition of veganism. It’s a term coined...

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Rawkure may conjure up images of anti-inflammatory sweet treats like Sinless Cacao Donuts and superfood Kreamy Kupcakes. But there is a savory line too, including this recipe for Beetroot Risotto that Rawkure’s founder Mariam Hourani shares with livehealthy.ae readers. Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil 4 small beets, chopped and made into puree 1 cup white arborio rice 3 -4 cups homemade vegetable stock 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp black pepper ¼...

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Chickpea omelettes are popping up everywhere, from slick cosmopolitan cafes to trendy boho breakfast spots, giving vegans a tasty breakfast option that extends beyond avocado toast. Gram flour, or ground chickpeas, are increasingly being used to replace the eggs and when done correctly, they create a light, fluffy alternative with a crepe-like yet crispy crust.  “They’re healthy, nutritious, low in calories and high in protein and fiber,” says Sharmila Shahani-Sewrathan, MS, RD. “They can help...

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Vegans are now spoiled for choice in small cafes and restaurants, but hotels have been slow to take note of the trend. That’s all changing now, as venues are realizing the demand for vegan-friendly hotels in the UAE.  Here are some of our favorite plant-forward hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi While Cafe 302 tends to be vegan-friendly all week long, the Roots and Shoots Night all-you-can-eat buffet has taken...

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Beyond Meat has shot to fame with its signature ‘bleeding’ meat, and now the vegan brand is popping up at restaurants, grocery stores and food delivery apps throughout the UAE. Here’s where to find some incredible Beyond Meat burgers, plus a few burritos too.  Plant Power Business Bay: Available by delivery only, this happy, healthy venue serves up salads with a side of calorie and macro breakdown. Their Beyond Meat burger comes with cashew chipotle...

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People in the UAE like meat. But amid the region’s Arabic grill-loving, Aussie barbecuing, meat-sweat-brunch feasting culture is a growing movement toward all things vegan and vegetarian. Enter Beyond Meat. This US-based company has absolutely sizzled to stardom with its signature “bleeding” burger. With a flavor profile and texture similar to real meat, the Beyond Burger blows away limp, sad veggie patties of the past, all while maintaining a protein and calorie profile similar to actual...