VBites supports PETA Student Reps

VBites supports PETA Student Reps

This year 13 students at 13 universities across the UK became PETA Campus Reps to create exciting and engaging events to educate people about a variety of animal rights issues. Since we started VBites in 1993 we have been happy to support others educating people about the benefits of a vegan diet on our health, the environment, and animals.

Durham University

Royal Hollaway

“Everyone loved the Vbites treats, especially the sausages and the vegan duck – which many didn’t even believe were vegan. A lot of them were interested in Vegan Starter Kits to try to make changes.”

University Of Sheffield

“Everyone loved the food and wanted to know where they could purchase VBites. Overall a great action showing people how nice vegan food is whilst having polite thought provoking conversations.”

University Of Edinburgh

“We prepared the pepper jack vegan cheese and ‘ham’ on skewers, sausages with ketchup and ‘duck’ in wraps with hoisin sauce and cucumber. All three were extremely popular, and most wrote hoisin duck wraps down on the slip asking which alternatives students wanted to see on campus. It was super engaging and individuals were shocked by how realistic the flavours, textures and appearance of the ‘meats’ were.”

Aston University

We are grateful to be able to support such passionate students. You can find out more information about the campus reps here

Four incredible plant-based recipes

Four incredible plant-based recipes

Vegan duck stir fry

@plantbasedellie_uk

this is so easy, so delicious and so healthy!

Ingredients:
1 pack VBites Duck style pieces (sliced into strips), 100g bean sprouts, 50g thinly sliced carrots, 200g sliced mushrooms, 1 red pepper, 50g green cabbbage, 50g mixed frozen sweet corn/peas, 100g cooked rice, 100g Chow Mein stir fry sauce, Salt to taste

Instructions: 
Step 1: Add the carrots and peppers, fry for 2 minutes then add the rest of the vegetables.

Step 2: Once all the vegetables have softened, add the rice followed by the Chow Mein sauce.

Step 3: Stir until everything is combined and serve! Add salt to taste.

“I transitioned to a plant based lifestyle in September 2018, purely for healthy reasons originally. But now, after educating myself so much about the meat, dairy and leather industries, I could never go back to my old ways. Veganism is definitely the way forward, more people just need educating in the reasons why it is!” – @plantbasedellie_uk

 

 

Bacon and Sausage breakfast 

A cooked breakfast is a go-to of ours at the weekend when we have a bit more time on our hands! We always include tofu scramble, because it’s so easy to pack it full of flavour with spices, or add veggies for extra bite and goodness!
Ingredients for tofu scramble: 
280g firm tofu, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion power, salt and pepper to taste and any veggies you like, but onion, pepper, spinach always work well.
“This serves 2 hungry people as part of a hearty weekend brunch! We’ve both absolutely loved being vegan, and one of the biggest things we’ve noticed is that it’s given us a new found love of food and cooking. Our favourite thing to do now is try new recipes every week, having gotten stuck in familiar patterns before we made the switch. Vegan versions of products people are familiar with play such a key role in this, which is why companies like V Bites are so important as we shift toward a vegan world.” – @realisticallyvegan_

 

 

VBites falafel pitta salad with ranch dressing

@Maddies_kitchen

Ingredients: 

5 falafels, 1 wholewheat pitta, 1 head of romaine, ½ avocado, 1 spring onion, ¼ cucumber, handful rocket, tablespoon vegan mayo, 1 tsp fresh dill, 1 tsp fresh chives, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar.

Instructions: 

Step 1: cook your falafel and pitta to packet instructions

Step 2: chop your romaine, avocado, spring onion and cucumber and toss together in a bowl, then sprinkle with your rocket (or arugula if you’re American).

Step 3: in a small bowl combine your vegan mayo, dill, chives, apple cider vinegar, onion powder and garlic powder. add water to make a runnier consistency.

Step 4: top your salad with your falafel and pitta and dressing and delve the heck in.

 

Vegan Chicken chow mein 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@vegancrumpet

Ingredients: 

1 white onion, 2 small red peppers, VBites Chicken style pieces, 1 tin of jackfruit, chow mein sauce, rice.

Instructions: 

Step 1: Chop and fry the onions and peppers

Step 2: Add the VBites Chicken into the pan and fry for a few minutes, add jackfruit also if you like.

Step 3: Mix it all together with chow mein sauce for a few minutes.

Step 4: Serve with noodles or rice! It’s such as quick and easy meal.

“The reason I became vegan is simple. I love animals. Since becoming vegan I’ve discovered taste buds I never knew I had!” – @vegancrumpet

 

10 NEW PLANT-BASED CHEESES!

10 NEW PLANT-BASED CHEESES!

We are excited to be launching 10 brand new plant-based cheeses that are going to be for sale in UK stores around the country.

After a lot of hard work perfecting the texture and taste, we’ve finalised the recipes and we are excited to hear what people think! So far we have had great feedback from everyone that has tried them. You can use this cheese in a range of recipes from lasagne, mac and cheese, pizza salad and pasta.

We are proud to be a leading manufacturer of plant-based foods, allowing people to enjoy incredible tasting foods, without the negative impact of harming animals, the environment and human health.

Here are a few examples of our cheeses:

Red Cheddar Cheezly:

Edam Cheezly:

Mozzarella Melt:

We care about the planet, our health and the welfare of animals, and that pervades everything we do, from the way we support small businesses to the choice of ingredients in our products.

Tag us in any photographs you take of our products at @vbitesfoods and #vbites!
You can find out more about our Cheezly selection here!

Dairy-Free

VBites x Suma Foods launch new collab

VBites x Suma Foods launch new collab

Beans and Burgers in a can?

Your beans on toast just got more exciting…

Vegan companies VBites Foods and Suma partner to create the ultimate plant-based camping food. Also great for a snack or supper.

vegan burgers and beansThe pioneers of plant-based vegan foods are pleased to announce the launch of Suma’s anned beans and mini VBites Burgers.

The cans of deliciousness will hit the shelves of health food stores and independent retailers across the country from July the 1st. Also available online through the Ethical Superstore.

Made from Suma’s own special recipe the beans and VBites burgers come in a rich tomato sauce with herbs and spices. 100% suitable for vegans.  Easy to prepare and packed with protein, an essential for any camping trip or for a quick tasty snack.

 


 

About Suma Wholefoods

Suma is a fully democratic workers cooperative. All cooperative members and employees receive the same net hourly rate of pay, no matter what their job or responsibilities. All members have input into the direction and policy of the Cooperative.

Since Suma was established it has only stocked vegetarian food, and has a zero tolerance policy to any goods containing animal products or derivatives. Over 30 years later it still sells exclusively vegetarian products and is committed to promoting vegetarianism as an ethical lifestyle choice. Its premises are a meat-free zone, and workers benefit from a vegetarian canteen.

vegan beans and burgers

 

Making Waves in Flaming Grill restaurants across the UK

Making Waves in Flaming Grill restaurants across the UK

We, the pioneers of plant-based foods have launched our award-winning ‘Making Waves’ alternative Fish Steaks in Flaming Grill restaurants across the UK.

Meat reducers and flexitarians can now enjoy the iconic traditional Fish and chips, with a clear conscience as they enjoy the UK’s first truly sustainable “fish” made entirely from plant-based ingredients.

‘Making Waves’ has made a name for itself in the vegan seafood market, working tirelessly to reproduce the unique textures, tastes and consistency of fish. The popular range includes fish fingers, tuna style pate, smoked salmon style slices, fish-free cakes and even the new scampi bites.

We are amid an exciting transition towards a plant-based revolution, with a total of 7% of the UK now leading a plant-based, vegan lifestyle. 3.5 million people lead the change in the UK, and VBites are no strangers to being part of this.

The contaminants in our oceans are finding their way into the food chain.  Through taste-obsessed development, the ‘Making Waves’ range proves some delicious, truly revolutionary alternatives to real fish, which look and taste the same, but without harming any fish, or our oceans, at all.

80% of commercial fish species are now gone and we are at a crucial point where protecting the environment is not only ethical, but necessary for sustainability and the protection of our marine eco-system. It has been predicted that by 2048, scientists believe that all wild fish populations will have collapsed, and we will have fish-less oceans by this date, if no change is made.

We see a rise in the plant-based revolution, not only from people switching to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, but those that have cut back on their meat and dairy consumption, also known as ‘Flexitarians or Reducetarians” and now we are at a point where we need to celebrate and encourage these decisions to reduce their intake, no matter what the degree.

So why not try an alternative fish steak instead?

Find VBites ‘Making Waves’ steaks in all Flaming Grill restaurants now.

Community Feature: Humblest of Pleasures

Community Feature: Humblest of Pleasures

Welcome to the VBites family

 

Feature #1 with Humblest of Pleasures

A small plant-based café nestled in the heart of Yorkshire in Hebden Bridge emerged on the vegan scene eight months ago. We caught up with the owner of Humblest of Pleasures – Katie Hartley, to find out how the first eight months have been for the café, and what people can expect from a visit. Enjoy:

KATIES HARTLEY’S STORY…

 

A little bit about us – We’re a 100% vegan cafe, serving breakfast, sandwiches, main menu, and freshly baked cakes daily. Having being vegan for 3 years now, I struggled for places to eat. I wanted somewhere that I could go without having to ask any questions and be able to take friends who still ate meat and we could all enjoy it. I wanted a place I could just pop in for a coffee and somewhere I felt a little more, for lack of a better word, ‘normal’. My vision when creating Humblest of Pleasures was just that. A relaxed

place where you don’t leave feeling unfulfilled, you don’t have to compromise on your meal choice because there’s only a salad or chips available – instead you leave full of pancakes and coffee and cake.

You get to choose your own mug to have your coffee / tea in from our huge mug wall, you can bring your pooches in (or spend your time

petting everyone else’s) and we even have vegan homemade dog treats available!

Our first 8 months have been incredible. We have had many sell-out days, and we are only getting busier! We only seat 25 people so we tend to have quite a wait on tables at the weekend, but we always manage to seat everyone quite quickly.

We have seen an increase of vegan options in our town (there is already an incredible amount of options available!) and we have had businesses approach us to tell us they have been selling a higher amount of vegan products in their stores.

 

The majority of our customers are vegan themselves, but we get a LOT of customers who bring along omni family members / partners who all say how much they love it! We do find that it’s more likely for omnis to be reluctant to try mock meats, but we have had so many

people say how much they have loved the VBites rashers and sausages, usually after trying the Full English breakfast.

We have incredible feedback on VBites products. The Cheatin’ rashers are so well loved, our ‘FLT’ sandwich is one of our best sellers and 9/10 people also add Cheatin’ rashers to their pancake stack.

As well as filling up with a hearty meal, compromising of buddah bowls, pancake stacks, full English breakfasts, or even just a coffee and cake… There is also a wide selection of merchandise you can purchase at the café. Including the “Facon Forever” Pins / Stickers / Tote bags – which feature our cheatin’ bacon rashers.

Keep up the good work HoP!

Follow Humblest of pleasures :

Instagram: @Humblestofpleasures

Twitter: @humblestofp

Facebook: www.facebook.com/humblestofp/

Vegan Pancakes with Maple Bacon Style Rashers

Vegan Pancakes with Maple Bacon Style Rashers

Vegan Pancakes with Maple Bacon Style Rashers

Delicious recipes from The Pioneers of Plant-Based Food

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Making pancakes for pancake day has been a long-standing tradition for centuries, with recipes for one of the UK’s favourite dish found in books dating back as far as 1439 in preparation for Lent. This year don’t miss out on the ultimate food of indulgence and enjoy our decadent stacked pancakes covered in fried pieces of maple cured rashers and drizzled with sticky sweet maple syrup.

To learn how to make more mouth watering plant-based dishes, visit our recipes page! https://www.vbites.com/recipes/

Ingredients

  • 130g of plain flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 240ml of soya milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of margarine (vitelite)
  • 1 tbsp of cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • 4 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 4 slices of VBites meat-free maple cured rashers

Method

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk and oil and whisk through until smooth.
  3. Use the margarine to line the inside of a small non-stick frying pan
  4. Heat the pan to a medium heat and add the pancake mix. Flip once you start to see bubbles in the middle of the pancake.
  5. Repeat until you have used up all the batter, this recipe should make 6 medium thick pancakes.
  6. In a separate pan heat a little oil and fry 4 meat-free maple-cured rashers until crispy around the edges.

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‘VEGANUARY’ STARTER KIT

‘VEGANUARY’ STARTER KIT

Award winning ethical food firm VBites has unveiled its ‘Veganuary’ starter kit for anyone wanting to try a plant-based diet in January.

Ideal for people planning to give up meat, dairy, fish, eggs and honey as part of the annual ‘Veganuary’ challenge, the bundle* includes seven hand-picked VBites’ vegan foods including:

– Cheatin’ Streaky Style Rashers
– VegiDeli Lincolnshire Style Sausages
– VegiDeli Gourmet Meat-free Quarter Pound Burgers
– VegiDeli Vegetarian Mince
– Making Waves Gourmet Fish Style Steaks
– VegiDeli Duck Style Pieces
– Mystery item

“If you’re used to eating meat and fish, switching to a plant-based diet can be quite daunting, so we’ve put together a simple starter pack to help people make the transition,” said Lee Rockingham at VBites.

“The kit contains a selection of our most popular products, including animal-free alternatives to bacon, sausages, burgers and fish steaks, all made from natural plant based ingredients.”

Everything in the pack is free from animal products/derivatives, cholesterol, artificial colours, lactose, hydrogenated fats and GMOs, so suitable for vegetarians, vegans and people with special dietary needs, such as those who are lactose or casein intolerant and those looking for healthier and more ethical lifestyles.

The bundle costs £15 and can be ordered from VBites’ online store www.vbitesfoods.com.

To find out more about Veganuary, visit www.veganuary.com

*If any of the items are out of stock when the order is placed a suitable replacement will be sent.

LONDON FOOD TECH WEEK

LONDON FOOD TECH WEEK

Heather Mills, founder and owner of VBites foods was invited by YFood and London Food Tech week to showcase her multi-award winning 100% plant based company by presenting a luncheon for 250 to the food industries invitees.

London Food Tech week is the largest week long showcase and collaboration of companies and trends forming the food ecosystem using technology.
The Hyper (R)Evolution Of Eating took place on Monday 30th October 2017 at Banking Hall situated in London’s Square Mile, looking out over the historic Bank of England.

Just before lunch was served, Heather gave a short, but detailed introduction to her innovative and leading, original meat, dairy and fish free brand, VBites.
Many companies are trying unsuccessfully to replicate VBites products resulting in a plant based product of poor quality.

It’s easy to make great tasting vegetarian products but they are full of egg and milk. Making vegan meatless products taste real is an art…
Award winning tasty fish and chips with a tartare mayonnaise, mini quiche’s, sausages rolls, hoisin duck spring rolls as well as the soon to be launched, premium VBites beef style super burger were on the menu.

Many of those present at the luncheon were astonished at how incredible the food tasted and how the flavours and texture of the plant based alternatives were identical to ‘the real thing’.

Heather said:

“I was really motivated to hear the comments of the attendees today during lunch. A lot of people came up to me during the lunch hour to say that they had no idea that plant based food could taste quite so amazing and look so much like real meat and fish.

I obviously love feeding the plant based lovers, but it really gives me satisfaction when the carnivores are blown away by our products and are asking me where they can buy VBites foods.

Without them loving it we will never save people, health, the animals and the environment on a grand and much needed scale.”

VBites currently has over 74 products in its plant based range and exports to 24 countries.
If you are interested in business or franchise opportunities please click here, or please e-mail: info@vbitesfoods.com

For more information about YFood, visit here.

WHAT THE DUCK!

WHAT THE DUCK!

WHAT THE DUCK! PLANT BASED FOODS FROM VBITES GO DOWN A STORM AT POPULAR BIRMINGHAM EATERY NOT DOGS

New meat-free treats featuring plant-based foods from award winning ethical food firm VBites are going down a storm at popular Birmingham eatery Not Dogs.

Since their launch in September, sales of the veggie hot dog company’s ‘What the Duck Dog’ and ‘Chris-P ‘Chicken’ Burger’ made with VBites’ vegan ‘meats’ have been flying, according to Not Dogs co-founder Jane Yates.

“Our ‘What the Duck Dog’ is especially proving a big hit,” says Jane. “Now, thanks to VBites’ meat alternatives, we can make our whole menu vegan on request.”

Promising meaty dogs without the meat, Not Dogs was created by friends Katie McDermott and Jane Yates and has been backed by Sir Richard Branson.

In 2014, Katie and Jane were runners up in the Tastiest Startup category of the Virgin Food Festival.

“As well as being fun and innovative, we wanted the brand to appeal to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike,” said Jane. “A third of our customers so far have been meat eaters.”

Plant based ‘meats’ from VBites that feature on Not Dogs new menu include ‘chicken’, streaky style rashers and hoisin ‘duck’. The latter is used in one of the fast food restaurant’s Not Pots – pots of fluffy white rice with various toppings.

Because all VBites’ foods are made from 100% natural plant based ingredients and free from animal products/derivatives, cholesterol, lactose, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours and GMOs, they are suitable for vegetarians, vegans, people who are lactose or casein intolerant and those looking for healthier and more ethical lifestyles.

To find out more, visit:
Not Dogs: www.notdogs.com
VBites Foods: www.vbitesfoods.com

New Not Dogs products featuring VBites foods include:

What the Duck Dog
8” Not Dog topped with crispy shredded ‘duck’, spring onions, cucumber, hoisin sauce and crushed rice crackers… it’s a ‘quacker’!

The Chris-P ‘Chicken’ Burger
‘Chicken’ burger topped with crispy ‘bacon’, lettuce and Not Dogs’ house-made mayonnaise

Hoisin ‘Duck’ Not Pot
Pot of fluffy white rice topped with shredded ‘duck’, spring onions, cucumber, hoisin sauce and crushed rice crackers