Taking part in Veganuary or just trying to cut down on meat and dairy this year? Here are the best wraps, salads, sushi and more
From Spam Appreciation Week in March to June’s National Fudge Day and Sourdough September, every day of the year seems to have an (often baffling) link to a foodstuff. On the Guardian food desk, we take this with a pinch of salt – and not just on National Salt Awareness Week (from 29 February) – lest your year in recipes and food articles becomes subsumed by commercial partnerships.
But Veganuary, the movement encouraging us to try cutting out animal protein and produce for the first month of the year (in the hope that we’ll keep it up), feels a bit less silly. If adopted by enough people, veganism presents a viable way to offset environmental damage. It hit the mainstream in 2018, with conscious cooks and eaters embracing meat, fish, dairy and egg alternatives – from jackfruit to pulses – in their thousands. The Vegan Society says the UK’s vegan contingent has grown fourfold in just four years, from 150,000 in 2014 to over 600,000 now, while last year Waitrose became the first supermarket to have a dedicated vegan section in 134 of its stores.
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