Well…what a year that was! 2014 is now knocking very firmly on our door and it looks like being another Big One for all of us. The main event looming on the horizon is the imminent departure of Teen 1 as he sits his A Levels and, all being well, heads off to Uni in the Autumn – eek!

When he does go it is extremely unlikely that he will voluntarily add ‘milk and cheese’ to his weekly shopping list as dairy produce has always disagreed with him so, if he is going to go down the vegan route, I want to arm him with a good store of meals which are simple, delicious and full of all the nutrients he needs.

This is one of the reasons I am so pleased to have been asked to be a blogger ambassador for Veganuary!

Veganuary, vegan hamper photo comp

Tomorrow sees the 27th anniversary of my own conversion to vegetarianism, over the last few years I have been increasing my vegan repertoire and am moving gradually towards a total change so this is an opportunity for me to give it a proper go and see how I get along!

What is Veganuary?

It’s just what it says on the tin, thousands of people signing up to go vegan for the month of January! Supported by the animal charity Viva and with recipes, resources, a 31 day menu plan the Veganuary website explains it all!

Where Does Thinly Spread Come In?

I’m helping to promote the Instagram photo competition throughout January along with 3 other bloggers including the lovely Aly from Plus 2.4! If you fancy joining in and sharing your vegan food photos to dispel the myth that ‘vegans only eat carrots’ you could be in with a chance of winning a hamper full of vegan goodies.

Taking part is simple! Just upload your homemade vegan dish to Instagram and tag with the hashtag #MoreThanCarrots. At the end of January the 4 pictures with the most Instagram ‘likes’ will be declared ‘finalists’.

The 4 finalists will then have their pictures posted on the Veganuary website where people will get the opportunity to vote them up for 1 week before the overall competition winner is declared. All finalists will receive a prize and the overall winner will receive the main prize.

What do Vegans Eat?

To whet your appetite here are a few of the images I’ve posted on Instagram over the last couple of weeks – all vegan, all delicious. I hope I can inspire a few of you to have a go!

Falafel in pitta pockets with tomatoes, crisp lettuce and a tahini dressing served with chilli roasted vegetable chips


Wild Mushroom Risotto with Roasted Squash and Chilli Cashews Basil Tofu, Udon noodles, stir fried veg and spring rolls with chilli, ginger, garlic drizzle

Why Go Vegan?

For me the reasons have been creeping up on me gradually and it has reached the point where I am finding it more and more difficult to ignore the practices involved in the dairy industry; veganism is good for my health and my heart and I’m ready to give it a go!

As a cook I am very excited at the prospect of experimenting and moving out of my comfort zone with our every day food and as a Mum I’m looking forward to cooking with my eldest boy, spending time together in the kitchen and seeing what we come up with!

I’m hoping to post as many recipes as I can on my blog and, of course on Instagram so do follow our journey! I’ll be looking out to see what some of you are up to too!

Follow @weareveganuary on Twitter, on instagram and head on over to the website for advice, support, more details and for full terms and conditions for the competition.

Disclosure: I am not being paid to be an ambassador for Veganuary, I will be receiving some vegan treats for my help as I can’t enter the competition myself but I’m actually doing this for the reasons stated above!

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