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Recipes

Easy Vegan Crêpes

Sweet, indulgent, and incredibly easy to make, these vegan crêpes can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dessert and are a favourite on Pancake Day. Whether you choose to top them with fresh fruit, vegan chocolate spread, or a dollop of dairy-free whipped cream, these crêpes are sure to impress both vegans and non-vegans alike.

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Vegan Sausage Casserole

What's better on these cold evenings than a piping hot bowl of a warming vegan sausage casserole? It is not only super tasty but also provides a nourishing and comforting meal. The combination of hearty vegetables, flavorful spices, and plant-based sausages creates a delicious and guilt-free option for dinner. Whether you're a vegan or not, this dish is sure to impress with its rich and savoury flavours. Plus, it's a great way to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet without sacrificing taste or satisfaction.

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Vegan Haggis

Haggis is emblematic of traditional Scottish cuisine for its comforting and rich flavours. We’ve come up with a fantastic vegan haggis recipe that is perfect when served with neeps ‘n’ tatties. This easy to follow recipe is made all the more enjoyable with a rich vegan whisky sauce.

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Vegan Whisky Sauce

Looking for that sauce to really tie your meal together? Perfect when paired with vegan steaks, or vegan haggis, this whisky sauce will elevate any dish to another level. 

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ALT. Cranberry Mimosa

Get into the Christmas spirit with this refreshing and beautiful non-alcoholic cocktail Cranberry Mimosa. This drink is also called poinsettia cocktail because of the bright red color of the drink which resembles the color of the poinsettia flower. We've made our own alcohol-free twist on this one - hope you like it! This is perfect to serve to guests during the Christmas holidays or before dinner as a refreshing aperitif.

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Vegan Date & Peanut Butter Chocolate Slices

If you're looking for an effortless vegan treat to serve at your Christmas get-togethers this year you've come to the right place. Our Date & Peanut Butter Chocolate Slices are delicious, vegan and organic and can even be made by the most culinarily stunted; your friends will think you know what you're doing.

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Spiced Apple Winter Warmer

This tasty hot drink is a quick, simple winter warmer and contains all the flavours of the festive period. Not only this, but it can be rustled up in no time at all! It's a recipe that I always use when the days start drawing in and the temperatures begin to drop. Cinnamon, citrus, ginger and the cloves mingle with hot apple juice in this fantastic non-alcoholic alternative to the classic Christmas cocktails. 

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Vegan Banoffee Pie

Our Vegan Banoffee Pie very delicious, a little bit naughty and super easy to make using only a few ingredients!

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Vegan Greek-Style Gyros

As it begins to get chillier and the nights draw in, these delicious vegan gyros will transport you to the sunny, pristine beaches of the Mediterranean. The seitan really lends itself to the gyros; it is seasoned to perfection and provides a very generous portion. If you can find the time, a homemade tzatziki really elevates this dish, as well as crunchy fresh salad, red onion pickle, and warm fluffy kebab wraps or pitta breads.

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Vegan Chorizo and Tomato Pasta

The ultimate comfort meal; our vegan chorizo and tomato is not only super easy to make but is packed full of fiery flavour!   Ready in just 40 minutes, this delicious pasta dish will quickly become a firm family favourite.

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BBQ Jerk Jackfruit

This delicious jackfruit recipe works brilliantly on the BBQ. Fantastic accompanied by a summer salad or in a classic BBQ bap, it's an easy way to please the vegans, veggies and meaties in your life at the same time.

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Vegan Sushi

Fancy creating a light summer dish which is great fun to prepare and have with friends? This summer sushi recipe is the one! These tofu and vegan salmon (carrot lox) sushi rolls are perfect for parties and as sharing plates at special events/occasion. You can also have them ready in the fridge as meal prep for the week! Once you know how to make them it's a lot easier than you think. 

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Tofu Tikka Masala

The time you allow the sauce to simmer really gives this curry a fantastic depth of flavour and, combined with the marinated tofu pieces, makes this tofu tikka masala recipe a guaranteed crowd pleaser. It’s an ideal dish to serve up with freshly cooked onion bhajis or fluffy, warm naan breads that are excellent for mopping up every last drop of tikka masala sauce.

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Tofu Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Not only do these tofu satay skewers look great but they are simple to make and incredibly delicious! Packed with flavour, the marinade gives the tofu a tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy kick. Because this is a super versatile dish, it makes for a great starter, lunch, or dinner that is guaranteed to impress guests! They can be eaten on the skewers or, alternatively, served over white basmati rice with the peanut sauce drizzled on top.

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Easy Spicy Chilli Peanut Noodles

These Spicy Chilli Peanut Noodles are a great recipe to have on hand if you are looking for something quick but super tasty to whip up for lunch or dinner. Not only this, but it’s so easy to customise this versatile noodle dish; add vegetables of your choice, swap out the vegan chick’n for tofu, and adjust the spice levels to really make it your own.

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Pesto Orzo Salad

This incredibly easy pesto orzo salad recipe is prepared with Kinda Co. Vegan Greek Style Cheese and lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables. It is so light, refreshing, and bursting with summertime goodness, making it the ideal dish for your next picnic in the sun.

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Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Shake

We are all making the most of these sunny days and starting to be more active, getting ready for the Summer ahead. Why not try this quick and easy protein shake to boost your energy levels?

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Cannellini Bean Houmous 3 Ways

100% vegan, our Cannellini Bean Houmous recipe is great for lunches, healthy snacking or party dips.

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Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Shell Cups

Deliciously decadent and surprisingly easy to make, impress your friends and family with our Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cups.

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Vegan Banana & Dark Chocolate Swirl Muffins

Try out this effortlessly beautiful Banana and Chocolate Swirl Muffin recipe. Vegan of course! These celebratory cakes will wow any special occasion.

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Supreme Muesli Bar

Are you in need of an easy breakfast bar to get you going in the morning, or a healthy snack to pick you up? Well, this is the perfect quick tray bake to boost your energy throughout the week. Using one of Essential's timeless products - Supreme Muesli - paired with our newly branded Organic Clear Honey, this is a must-try recipe.

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Gnocchi with Black Peppercorn Sauce

Vegan fried golden gnocchi with peppercorn sauce, garlic mushrooms and tender asparagus. This flavoursome gnocchi dish is a super easy and quick recipe for busy nights at home.

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Loaded Vegan Macaroni & Cheese

We've teamed up with our exclusive brand La Terra e il Cielo and created our vegan version of the king of comfort food, 'Loaded Vegan Mac & Cheese'!

As well as La Terra's delicious new Maccheroncini pasta (now available in 100% biodegradable packaging) we've crammed it with melt-in-your-mouth Violife epic mature cheddar, juicy Essential Trading sweetcorn, smokey Yaycon goodness from Chiki Monkey and our Yakso crispy onions to top it off!

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Penne all'Arrabbiata

To celebrate our Italian range, we've cooked up a classic Penne all'Arrabbiata recipe. It's simple and easy to make with the perfect amount of heat!

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Vegan Cornish Steak Pasties

Sometimes a good vegan pasty can be hard to come by but we have a recipe for a Cornish steak pasty that is a game changer. These Cornish pasties are filled with tender, peppery vegan steaks mixed with juicy vegetables and encased in a flaky pastry. A favourite in Cornwall, a hearty Cornish pasty is comfort food at its very best!

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Vegan Welsh Cakes

These welsh cakes have a slightly crumbly texture with juicy sweet currants and the soft aromatic notes of the mixed spice. They are perfect when served warm with some butter and a dollop of jam.

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Vegan Pancakes

These vegan pancakes are light, fluffy, and incredibly delicious! Not only this, but they are super easy to prepare, making them ideal for sunny weekend breakfasts and your go-to recipe for Pancake Day. They are perfect when served with our tasty vegan chocolate & hazelnut sauce, with vegan bacon & maple syrup, or simply served with sprinkle of sugar and zesty lemon juice.

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Vegan Valentine Brownie

Struggling to get a present for that special someone? There's no better way of showing them you care than baking them some luxurious freshly baked brownies. You can share these delicious vegan brownies with whoever fills you with joy;  your friends, family, your beau or just keep them all to yourself. Why not? Love is love after all!

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Vegan Peppery Steaks

These tender and juicy vegan steaks may be made from lentils and vital wheat gluten but they still look and taste deceivingly meaty. These vegan steaks are great to enjoy alongside some rustic chips and greens or cut into strips and served alongside aromatic noodles. 

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Try out this quick and easy to make vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding; it's the perfect dish to bring to a dinner party or just for a night of indulgence, out of the cold, snuggled up on the sofa!

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Hoisin Jackfruit Pancakes

Unsure of what to do with that can of jackfruit collecting dust in the back of your kitchen cupboard? We have a delicious recipe for you to try! A great twist on a Chinese restaurant favourite, these Hoisin Jackfruit Pancakes are guaranteed to impress your dinner guests. 

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Blueberry Super Smoothie

Our new Blueberry Super Smoothie will help you start your day the right way.  Jam packed with fresh blueberries and Essential Coconut Milk, this is the perfect drink to have before or after a workout. It's so simple but so very tasty! Give it a go today!

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Vegan Shortbread

Here is our recipe for delicious and buttery shortbread biscuits that are so easy to make. These sweet treats are a firm favourite here at Essential and accompany a cup of tea or coffee perfectly! 

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Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Peanut Butter

These decadent chocolate dates are simple and easy to assemble. This is a great recipe to get family and friends involved with over the festive season and can be adjusted very easily for different palates or dietary requirements. 

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Honey, Lemon & Ginger Remedy 

We've created a cosy Honey, Lemon and Ginger Remedy packed with vitamins to support you and your immune system in the frosty months ahead. With fresh turmeric, ginger, lemon, apple juice and our own brand cayenne pepper powder, it's blitzed and frozen. Ready to add to our Organic Ginger and Lemon Herbal Tea whenever you need it.

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Scrambled Tofu Brekkie

We have a fantastic tofu scramble recipe for you that will soon become a new breakfast staple. The key ingredient here is the black salt. This brilliant ingredient makes the scrambled tofu super eggy without actually having any eggs in it!

Scroll past the black salt article for our tasty recipe! 

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Vegan Apple Crumble

Full of caramel flavours from the brown sugar and subtle hints of cinnamon, this apple crumble recipe is ideal for the colder nights. All that is needed is custard, ice cream, or cream.

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Vegan Roast Turkey-Style Joint

We have the perfect recipe for a vegan roast that is guaranteed to impress even those with carnivorous appetites.

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Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit

Serve with fresh and crunchy homemade coleslaw in sandwiches.

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Quick and Easy Vegan Chick'n Pieces

Great to toss into stir-fries and fajitas!

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Marion's Guyanese Dhal

Influences from multi-cultural Guyana and the Caribbean make this wonderful meal from the Grandma of Essential's former Customer Relations Representative, Marion.

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Helen's Brownies

From one of our Northern co-op sisters, this moreish brownie with a slightly salty taste will have you coming back for more!

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Burmese Pumpkin Curry

Rachel Demuth from Bath's Demuth's Cookery School shares her Myanmar-inspired squash curry.

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Nick's Jackfruit Choona Mayo

This easy recipe has been provided by Essential's very own Nick Benson. It works as a versatile main, or as a side dish. Serve it with jacket potatoes, a salad, or in a sandwich. Meat-free, needless to say!

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Oat & Apricot Flapjack

A wonderfully-tasty oat and fruit flapjack from the shop whose mission is to make you lead a more healthy lifestyle! Thanks to Wild Oats for sharing this brilliant recipe with us. 

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Courgette Salad with Lemon & Almonds

Provided by our friends Unicorn Grocery, this is a lovely zingy salad. Perfect for a hot day and a great way of using up the endless supply of courgettes that the summer brings!

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Hearty Sausage Hot Pot

Cooked low and slow this one pot wonder is easy for anyone to make and is endlessly versatile too. Thank you to our friends at Green City for sharing this fantastic recipe with us!

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Chickpea Falafels with Rainbow Slaw

Kirsty Hale, Head of Recipes at Riverford Organic Farmers shares this vibrant recipe with Essential produce and their own organic veg.

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