Tag Archives: Natalie Cunningham

 

The International Chickpea: A Loveable, Versatile Legume

As a vegan mother, one of my best friends in the whole world is the humble chickpea. These cute little legumes offer so much from both a nutritional as well as a versatility perspective. While it is true that pretty much all legumes hold impressive nutritional profiles, chickpeas, above all...
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Surviving the Chanukah-Christmas Holidays as a Vegan

Traditional ways of celebrating Christmas and Chanukah aren’t exactly vegan friendly. The extensive use of animals for food, clothing, and gifts can make the holiday season seem daunting for inexperienced vegans. Moving into my twelfth year of veganism, I have some tricks up my sleeve for not only surviving the...
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Happy Rosh Hashana: Celebrating the Jewish New Year the Vegan Way

With Rosh Hashanah (otherwise known as Jewish New Year) approaching it is time for us Jewish vegans to think of innovative new traditions in the spirit of the customary food. Honey is the main focus of this holiday as it is sweet and represents the beginning of a “sweet new...
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Who Declared You The Vegan Police? Judgement among the Vegan Community

As vegans we all agree that the meat, egg and dairy industries are cruel beyond words. We all agree that the environmental impact of animal agriculture is horrific. We all agree that a balanced vegan diet is healthy and adequate, and we all agree that the definition of Veganism is...
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Rethinking Fashion: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Ethical World

For vegans, it’s not just when shopping for food that we need to do a little label reading. We also want to make sure that our clothes, shoes, and handbags, among other things, are free from animal products. This is not as difficult as it sounds. Although there is an...
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My Vegan Family’s Pantry

I try really really hard to plan my family’s meals a week in advance so I can shop accordingly and only buy what I need to eliminate wastage and be more organised, but for some reason it never works! Things always change, we get caught up with spontaneous activities leaving...
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No Pigs Were Harmed in the Making of This Luau

No matter which way you look at it, a Hawaiian luau (pronounced ‘lou-oww’) is not even remotely vegan. Basically, it’s a feast centered around a whole pig in a BBQ pit. What could possibly be vegan about that? Ugh – no thanks! It is pretty impossible to create an exact...
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From Chickpea to Falafel: How to Make Fresh Falafel from Scratch

One of the best things I ever learned how to do in the kitchen was make Falafel from scratch. From chickpea to Falafel, it is simpler than most people expect, and who can blame them with the array of Falafel packet mixes about that gives the impression that fresh Falafel...
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Dealing with Cravings (Vegan and Not-So-Vegan Ones) During Pregnancy

Cravings during pregnancy are one of those things that cannot be explained. It is perceived in the media as almost being like a psychotic episode where a heavily pregnant woman holds her partner at gunpoint if he/she returns home without pickle-flavoured ice cream. In my experience, as well as the...
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Homemade Healthy Vegan Pizza

Making pizza is easier than you think! We love pizzas and find that it’s also a favourite with the kids.  So why not stuff your pizza with goodness and make it as nutritional as possible? Here’s my secret recipe! wholegrain pizza dough (makes 1 large pizza):  -        2 cups of stone-ground...
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Explaining Veganism to Children

Explaining veganism to children is a sensitive yet important task. Our Vegan Family columnist, Natalie, shares her experiences and tips below....
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How to Throw an Awesome Fairy Party for a Vegan Child

Throwing a birthday party for a child can be an overly daunting experience… The preparations, the cooking, the decorating, the cleaning, the mess, the millions of little munchkins running around in a pool of chaos… But when you see them laughing with chocolate smeared across their faces and cake crumbs...
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My Vegan Story

I often feel like veganism for me is partially innate and partially a legacy of my mother. As a child, I didn’t take a dummy, but I had a security toy – a stuffed white harp seal that I named Sealy. My other favourite toy was “Ducky”, a stuffed duck...
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Vegan Since Birth: Meet Shaun Durrance

Remember those ads on TV in the 80s which insisted that every child must have at least 3 serves of dairy per day in order to prevent children’s bones from crumbling into chalky nothingness? Remember as a result, guzzling down litres of milk, eating cheese sandwiches for lunch and a...
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The Vegan Easter – Passover Mix

My husband Rob and I are like polar opposites when it comes to our backgrounds. I am Jewish and I have a mostly Polish/Eastern European background. Rob is Catholic and he is half Burmese and half Scottish. Our daughters, Leilani, 3 and Malia, 9 months are a cultural smoothie and...
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Preparing for (Another) Vegan Pregnancy

So this is the situation: Baby Malia is almost 9 months old, being super cute, crawling around and on the cusp of walking, blabbering away, downing loads of food and cutting down on breastmilk. Loving her cute gummy smile! And after 6 months of literally not sleeping at all, lucky...
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Omega 3 for Vegan Children

Is there a Vegan Alternative to omega 3 for vegan children?! Fishing Out Vegan DHA for Growing Brains. When I was trying to conceive my second child, I payed a visit to a very closed minded naturopath for dietary advice to help me become more fertile....
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