Eating Out on a WFPB Diet Part 1

 

Eating out at restaurants and social gatherings can be a real challenge if you want to stick to the optimal whole food plant-based diet. Much of the time, you’re going to feel alone in a crowd of people – isolated and possibly even a little depressed. Everybody else is celebrating and seems not to give a damn about what they are putting into their bodies – diving into the BBQ’s, relishing the wonderful-smelling roasts, tucking into fabulous-looking cakes and mountains of ice-cream. I can guarantee that it’s unlikely to be easy for you, since to all intents and purposes, you’re an alien in a foreign land.

So what tips are there for surviving eating out with your good intentions still intact?

Call ahead

You can always call ahead before arriving at a restaurant or attending a social event (such as a wedding or birthday celebration), and depending on the type of restaurant or venue, you can usually chat to the chef or person organising the event’s catering. I’ve found that chefs/catering providers often enjoy the challenge. They can get excited about seeing what you think of their culinary creations and really appreciate the fact that you’re asking in advance. Oddly, what frequently happens is that you sit down to your meal, while everybody else is eating what was on the standard menu, and your friends end up remarking about how good the food looks on your plate and wishing they’d had the same!

Most restaurants will have online menus that you can ask questions about before arriving. And even when you are attending some social function, it’s usually possible to get a sneak preview of the caterer’s proposed menu (whether it’s an individual or a catering company).

Eat ahead

However, you will never be certain that the end product is really without dairy, eggs or animal products and you can be pretty confident that, unless you are very clear in your requests, unwelcome oils and salt will creep into the dish. And while you can ask lots of questions and be very precise in your requirements, there are times when the menu simply cannot be changed to accommodate your wishes. At these times, it might be best to eat ahead. Filling your belly with optimally nutritious food before you go out can help you to survive the social/dining event with ease – maybe allowing you to be perfectly satisfied with a salad, piece of fruit or just a drink.

Slipping up on the oil

But a lot of times, what is really hard to avoid is the oil. Even the best vegan or raw food restaurants I’ve come across still pile on the oils – whether in the process of preparing and cooking or as a dressing on salads and veg. I remember that in one expensive vegan restaurant I tried, they were very proud of the fact that the oil in their food – and there was LOTS of it – was non-GMO organic sunflower oil. No matter what type of oil they add, oil is oil; and I’ve noticed that there is always a definite aftertaste when oil has been hidden in the recipe because it weighs heavily on the stomach and lingers in the back of the throat. There’s also a tendency for high-fat products (avocados, coconut and nuts) to be added to recipes in higher amounts than you want. So be prepared, be knowledgeable and don’t be afraid to ask the chef to cut out the oil if at all possible. We live in a world where the standard American diet (SAD) paradigm has naturally been adopted in vegan, vegetarian and even raw food restaurants, where increased amounts of oil, salt, and sugar can be added to make up for what they think is somehow lacking in the dish. In any event, no matter where you go, it’s really wise to avoid ALL deep fried food.

We’re the aliens

We need to be respectful and understanding. We’re the aliens in their world. Unless you’re one of the very few unusual and fortunate WFPB individuals born into a WFPB family, we are all arriving at a plant-based diet from a previous diet (whether omnivorous, vegetarian or vegan) that was sub-optimal. And until we were ready to make the WFPB transition, we would not have liked anyone telling us what we should or should not eat, or making us feel bad because of our food choices. We are the lucky ones. So, be gentle with people who either don’t know about the benefits of the WFPB diet or who have made the personal choice not to run their lives – or their restaurants or catering practices – in accordance with our wishes and what we think is best. It is sadly the case that non-vegan restaurants can often have better choices – sometimes a steak restaurant can at least provide a salad and baked potato.

Eat at home

Another thing to do though is to invite people to your house to eat. When you do this at least you know that you are eating well and that they are will maybe see how it’s possible to eat fabulously tasty and healthy whole plant foods without using highly processed methods or adding animal products, salt, oil or sugar. But ensure that you think and plan in advance. Don’t get stuck for ideas at the last minute. There are so many WFPB recipes here and in countless other places on the internet that you should be able to prepare and present a delightful dining experience that will impress your guests.

So. having decided to dine out…

…you are going to have to make the best of an alien environment…

A Small Selection of Restaurants/Take-Aways (all UK menus)

Colour Coding – I have used Dr Greger’s Traffic Light system (Green – eat as much as you want. Orange – not ideal, so eat rarely, e.g. only on special occasions. Red – avoid altogether.) This is just my opinion. Most of those marked orange are foods that I would personally avoid almost all the time, unless I had not planned ahead, had become desperately hungry and the only alternatives were animal products or grease.

Plant-based alternatives are slowly appearing in the UK (more so in the US), but be aware that the vast majority of restaurant foods you will come across will not be WFPB non-SOS. They are likely to use white flours, sugar, salt and cooking oils. Vegan does not equate to healthy! Only WFPB non-SOS will provide optimal nutrition.

With certain menu items you can always ask that unwanted ingredients are kept out of your meal.

Anyway, here goes with the vegan options available at a small selection of foodie outlets (Pret A Manger appears to be the best of the bunch).

  McDonald’s (UK)

BREAKFAST

  • Hash Brown
  • Pineapple Stick
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Fruit Bag

SANDWICHES (BURGERS)

  • Spicy Vegetable Deluxe – order this without the mayo as it contains egg
  • Vegetable Deluxe – order this without the mayo as it contains egg

SIDES/EXTRAS

  • French Fries
  • Carrot Sticks

DESSERTS

  • Fruit Bag

SAUCES

  • Heinz Tomato Ketchup
  • Spicy Tomato Salsa
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce/Dip
  • BBQ Dip – don’t get this confused with Smokey BBQ Dip, which contains honey
  • Sweet & Sour Dip
  • Sweet Curry Dip

The above fried products are cooked in a dedicated fryer. Dedicated colour-coded tongs and trays are used for Veggie products and the procedures used to make the Spicy Veggie Wrap [Spicy Vegetable Deluxe] and Spicy Veggie Sandwich [Vegetable Deluxe] are approved by the Vegetarian Society.
Please note: this is for UK McDonald’s only! Around the world ingredients change, and some products have meat as flavouring – e.g. fries and hash browns!

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 Pizza Hut (UK)

PIZZA

  • Pan Dough
  • All American Thin Dough
  • Gluten Free Dough
  • Flatbread dough
  • Tomato Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Vegan Alternative to Cheese (Violife)

SALAD BAR

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Mixed Peppers
  • Red Onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Shredded Carrot
  • Apple
  • Bacon Bits (bacon-like flavouring)
  • Croutons
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Crispy Onion
  • Sultanas
  • Pickled Beetroot
  • Undressed Slaw

TOPPINGS

  • Black Olives
  • Mixed Peppers
  • Mixed Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Red Onions
  • Sweeetcorn
  • Green Chillies
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Pineapple
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Roquito® Peppers
  • Caramelised Onions
  • Onion & Pepper Mix

SIDES

Chips/Fries (oven cooked)
Onion Rings (oven cooked)

SAUCES + DIPS

  • Ketchup
  • Ketchup Dip Pot
  • BBQ Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce Dip Pot
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce Pot
  • Hot & Spicy Sauce
  • Hut House Seasoning
  • Low Fat French Dressing
  • Salsa
  • Salad Bar Oils

KIDS

  • Pan Dough
  • Thin Dough
  • Gluten Free Dough
  • Vegetable Sticks

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Subway (UK)

BREADS

  • Hearty Italian
  • 9-Grain Wheat
  • Italian

SUBS

  • Veggie Delite – without cheese

SAUCES

  • Barbeque Sauce
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Hot Chilli Sauce
  • Sweet Onion Sauce
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Brown Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • HP Sauce

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Costa Coffee (UK)

COLD DRINKS (Coffee-based, ideally with unsweetened soy milk)

  • Iced Americano
  • Iced Cappuccino with Soy Milk
  • Iced Chai Latte with Soy Milk
  • Iced Chocolate with Soy Milk
  • Iced Cortada with Soy Milk
  • Iced Espresso Macchiato with Soy Milk
  • Iced Espresso
  • Iced Speciality Latte Caramel with Soy Milk (caramel syrup – 80% sugar)
  • Iced Speciality Latte Sugar Free Caramel Syrup with Soy Milk 
  • Iced Speciality Latte Cinnamon with Soy Milk
  • Iced Speciality Latte Gingerbread with Soy Milk
  • Iced Speciality Latte Sugar Free Gingerbread Syrup with Soy Milk
  • Iced Speciality Latte Roasted Hazelnut with Soy Milk
  • Iced Speciality Latte Vanilla with Soy Milk
  • Iced Latte with Soy Milk
  • Iced Mocha Cortado with Soy Milk
  • Iced Mocha with Soy Milk
  • Iced Mocha Latte with Soy Milk
  • Iced Ristretto

OTHER COLD DRINKS

  • Peach Lemonade
  • Lemonade
  • Peach Iced Tea
  • Lemon Iced Tea
  • Blackberry And Raspberry Fruit Cooler (around 55 g sugar in each serving!)
  • Mango And Passion Fruit Cooler  (around 55 g sugar in each serving!)
  • Tropical Fruit Cooler (around 55 g sugar in each serving!)

HOT DRINKS

  • Cortada with Soy milk
  • Mocha Italia Espresso
  • Old Paradise Espresso
  • Decaff Espresso
  • Macchiato with Soy Milk
  • Soy Babyccino without flake and marshmallow
  • Flat White with Soy milk
  • Cappuccino with Soy Milk
  • Cafe Latte with Soy Milk
  • Americano with no milk or Soy Milk
  • Mocha Latte with Soy Milk
  • Hot Chocolate with Soy Milk
  • Mocha with Soy Milk
  • Chai Latte with Soy Milk
  • Caramel Cappucino with Soy Milk
  • Vanilla Latte with Soy Milk
  • Caramel Latte with Soy Milk
  • Roasted Hazelnut Latte with Soy Milk
  • All Herbal Teas
  • Tea with Soy Milk

SNACKS

  • Lightly Sea Salted Crisps
  • Sea Salt And Cider Vinegar Crisps
  • Sweet Chilli And Red Pepper Crisps
  • Mixed Root Vegetable Crisps
  • The Fruity Crumble (38% sugar)

Nutritional details on all Costa Coffee items.

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Pret A Manger (UK)

  • Acai & Almond Butter Bowl (sliced banana, gluten-free granola and acai berry puree, topped with shredded apple, pomegranate seeds and almond butter)
  • Acai Super Berry (fresh bananas, strawberries and mango blended with coconut water, acai and ice)
  • Almond Protein Power (fresh banana blended with date, almond butter (which is packed with protein), chocolate powder, almond milk and ice)
  • Apple
  • Apple & Almond Butter Bowl (crisp, green apple wedges with a generous dollop of almond butter)
  • Artichoke, Olives & Tapenade (roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes tapenade topped with Kalamata olives and grilled artichoke hearts. Finished off with fresh basil leaves)
  • Avo & Super-Greens Veggie Pot (avocado, peas, edamame and coriander with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and served with a pot of our zingy green dressing)
  • Avo, Olives & Toms (sliced avocado with Kalamata olive tapenade, roasted tomatoes and a handful of peppery rocket. Finished with fresh basil leaves and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts)
  • Avocado & Beans Toasted Tortilla (sliced avocado on a layer of red tapenade topped with whole-leaf basil and Pret’s baked beans. Finished with a squeeze of lemon juice and seasoning)
  • Avocado & Chipotle Chickpeas Salad Wrap (avocado, chipotle chickpeas and charred corn & black bean salsa topped with fresh coriander and mixed salad leaves)
  • Avocado & Falafel Flat Bread (freshly sliced avocado with sweet potato falafels, red onion and tomatoes. Finished with a handful of baby spinach, parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • Banana
  • Berry Blast (handful of raspberries, chopped mango and blackberries. Our baristas then whizz this in a blender with a splash of apple juice. Made with 100% real frozen fruit. Freshly blended)
  • Blueberry Protein Power
  • Butternut Squash Dhansak Soup (butternut squash dhansak with green lentils, mung beans and yellow split peas. Lightly spiced with turmeric, coriander and cumin with a hint of chilli)
  • Cauli & Sweet Potato Dhal Hot Pot (coconut dhal with chunks of roasted sweet potato, roasted cauliflower and baby plum tomatoes. Topped with fresh spinach, toasted seeds and a lemon wedge)
  • Chakalaka Wrap (spicy African-inspired chakalaka beans with red pepper, roasted butternut squash and baby spinach. Finished with a dollop of dairy-free coconut yoghurt alternative)
  • Chocolatey Dairy-Free Coconut Bite (crushed coconut coated in dark chocolate)
  • Coconut Water (made from 100% natural coconut water)
  • Coke Bottle Zero
  • Cranberry & Raspberry Pure Pret Still (still cranberry and raspberry flavoured juice drink)
  • Crisped Kale (with rosemary and cold-pressed olive oil)
  • Curried Chickpeas & Mango Chutney (lightly-spiced curried chickpeas combined with spring onions, raisins, red peppers and our sweet mango chutney. Finished with a handful of spinach leaves and fresh coriander)
  • Dairy-Free Bircher (gluten-free granola and dairy-free coconut yoghurt alternative, this twist on a bircher muesli has apple, pomegranate seeds and berry compote)
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Chia Pot (a rich and creamy vegan chia pot combining soaked chia seeds, dairy-free coconut yoghurt alternative and a dark chocolate sauce topped with fresh blueberries and pomegranate)
  • Falafel Mezze (herby falafel and roasted butternut squash with our red pepper tapenade and humous. Finished with a sprinkle of mixed seeds and a pot of Dijon dressing)
  • Falafel, Avo & Chipotle Flat Bread (sweet potato falafel and avocado with a dollop of chipotle ketchup. Topped with pickled onions, red peppers, fresh coriander and charred corn & black bean salsa)
  • Falafel, Coconut & Cashew Flat Bread (sweet potato falafel, cucumber, red pepper and spinach with sambal sauce, fresh coriander and mint. Finished with roasted cashew nuts for a satisfying crunch)
  • Flat Bread
  • Fresh Ginger (finely shredded fresh ginger)
  • Green Tea & Peach Pure Pret Still
  • Humous & Crunchy Veg salad Wrap (a generous dollop of Pret’s humous with pickled onions and fresh coriander. Topped with sliced red pepper, crunchy cucumber sticks and a handful of baby spinach)
  • Kale, Lentil & Roasted Spices Soup (a lightly spiced lentil soup with hints of cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. Simmered with red lentils, curly kale and lemon zest for a hearty vegan soup)
  • Lemon & Ginger Pure Pret Still
  • Lightly Spiced Carrot & Coriander Soup (shredded carrots, potato and edamame beans with a delicate mix of spices including ginger, lemongrass and chilli, simmered in coconut cream for a rich finish)
  • Mango & Lime (hand prepared mango with a wedge of lime)
  • Mango Chia Pot (dairy-free coconut yoghurt with chia seeds, diced mango, pomegranate seeds and a dash of apple juice)
  • Mexican Avocado Flat Bread (refried black beans, avocado, a generous serving of charred corn & black bean salsa, tomatoes and fresh coriander in a Pret tortilla wrap)
  • Naked Nuts (a little bag of mixed nuts)
  • Orange & Passion Fruit Pure Pret Still (still orange and passion fruit flavoured juice drink)
  • Peppermint Peace (this tea is a classic peppermint with a hint of spearmint and completely caffeine free!)
  • Porridge Topping – Compote (fabulously fruity compote is made with strawberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, raspberries and redcurrants, slowly simmered in a pan)
  • Pret a Mango (a little bag of chopped, dried mango)
  • Pret’s Coconut Porridge (gluten-free oats and red quinoa simmered in coconut milk to create a rich, creamy porridge that’s dairy-free)
  • Pret’s Fruit Salad (pineapple, melon, mango, apple, kiwis and blueberries)
  • Pret’s Vegan Mac & Greens (tubetti rigati pasta and cauliflower florets mixed with our vegan béchamel sauce. We then add spinach, parsley and finish with a sprinkling of breadcrumbs)
  • Pretzels (plain, poppy seed or sesame)
  • Pure Pret Sparkling Apple (sparkling water mixed with apple juice – and a little grape juice for sweetness)
  • Pure Pret Sparkling Ginger Beer (sparkling water mixed with ginger extracts to provide a satisfying kick!)
  • Pure Pret Sparkling Grape & Elderflower (sparkling water with grape juice and elderflower and a dash of lemon juice and apple)
  • Pure Pret Sparkling Yoga Bunny (sparkling water with grape juice and herbal infusions of Echinacea and Ginseng)
  • Rhubarb Smoothie (rhubarb, Bramley apple and a few blackcurrants. A little ginger adds some warmth. All freshly blended to order)
  • Rice-Coconut Hot Chocolate (organic hot chocolate powder blended with steamed rice-coconut milk alternative to create a non-dairy treat)
  • Roasted Coconut Chips (little bag is full of coconut chips. They’ve been gently toasted but that’s it – there’s no added salt, sugar or flavourings. Just coconut)
  • Rock Salt Popcorn
  • Rooibos Cacao (Rooibos – African for red bush – is orangey and sweet. This tea is a blend of organic cacao nibs, cinnamon, chicory and coconut)
  • Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar Crisps
  • Sea Salt Crisps
  • Smoked Chipotle Crisps
  • Souper Tomato (chopped, super-ripe plum tomatoes simmered with crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots and rich tomato puree. Finished with olive oil and oregano)
  • Sparkling lemonade 
  • Sparkling Spring Water
  • Still Water
  • Stone Baked Losange Soup Baguette
  • Strawberry & Banana Smoothie (a frozen blended smoothie made with fragrant garden strawberries, banana, apple and tangy lemon. Made with 100% real frozen fruit. Freshly blended)
  • Super Greens (cucumber, ripe avocado, baby spinach and ginger blended with apple juice and ice to make a super green smoothie)
  • Super Greens & Reds (slices of avocado covered with our tapenade made of roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes. Finished with crunchy red pepper, kalamata olives and a generous handful of spinach)
  • Superfruit Salad (mango, kiwi, pomegranate seeds and blueberries)
  • Super-Veg Rainbow Flat Bread (a layer of sambal sauce with red peppers, carrot slaw, edamame beans, spinach, pickled cabbage & carrot and coriander. Finished with dairy-free coconut yoghurt alternative.
  • Sweet & Salt Popcorn
  • Sweet Potato Falafel & Smashed Beets Veggie Box (turmeric & sweet potato falafel, smashed beets humous, avocado and broccoli on a bed of brown rice & red quinoa. Served with a pot of zingy green dressing)
  • Syrup Shot – Caramel
  • Syrup Shot – Hazelnut
  • Syrup Shot – Vanilla
  • Tamari Pumpkin Seeds (a little bag full of tamari coated pumpkin seeds)
  • Tropical Green tea
  • Turmeric Tonic (organic ginger and turmeric with a touch of lemon and black pepper. A perfect winter warmer)
  • Vegan Brownie (a rich, indulgent and completely vegan chocolate brownie filled with gooey salted caramel)
  • Vegan Ragu & Red Pepper Hot Wrap (this vegan hot wrap is combines our chunky veg & lentil sauce with crunchy red peppers, roasted tomatoes, Kalamata olives and crispy onions) – 2.7 g salt each portion!
  • Vegetable Crisps (thinly sliced carrot, beetroot and parsnip crisps)
  • Vegetable Tagine Soup (roasted courgettes and peppers cooked in vegetable stock with cumin, turmeric, red chilli and cinnamon. Served with tomatoes, chickpeas, buckwheat and red lentils)
  • Veggie Chilli Soup (a trio of beans – black turtle beans, red kidney beans and black eyed beans – peppers, sweetcorn, brown rice and quinoa cooked with ancho chilli, cocoa and jalapenos)
  • Veggie Miso (our new miso is now veggie with a traditional umami flavour and served with wakame. Make it spicy by adding fresh ginger or a shake of chilli flakes) – 2.3 g salt each serving!
  • White Matcha Oolong (a combination of matcha and white tea. Savoury in flavour with a subtle grassy note)

Nutritional details for all the above are available here. N.B. I have taken the precaution of marking as orange anything that is likely to contain higher than ideal levels of salt, oil or sugar. It is worth double-checking first before ordering.  

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Frankie & Benny’s (UK)

BREAKFAST

  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Build a Breakfast – create your own breakfast with baked beans, herb potatoes, toast (no butter), hash browns, fries
  • Mango and Passion Fruit Smoothie
  • Strawberry, Apple, and Raspberry Smoothie

STARTERS

  • Bruschetta Napoli
  • Dough balls – no dips, just garlic butter (the garlic butter is made up of oil)
  • Garlic pizza bread
  • Marinated Olives
  • Fully Loaded Skins – with no toppings, add something like garlic butter, or have them plain

MAINS

  • Penne Arrabiata
  • Pasta/pasta bakes – be creative and make your own pasta dishes. As long as you use the neapolitan sauce you’ll be fine. The pesto isn’t vegan so just stick with neapolitan. You can add whatever veg you like and even extra garlic
  • Wraps – same as above, be creative and ask for a tomato/tomato and garlic sauce or BBQ sauce. Remember, you can change fries to skins on skewers
  • Pizza/Calzone – the dough is vegan, so again, get creative. Tomato base, garlic butter, BBQ. Add fresh garlic, cajun spices etc
  • Salads – please ask to change the dressing to neapolitan, maybe with garlic or cajun and create a salad. The croutons are also vegan as are the crispy onions

SIDES

  • Fries
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • House Salad – swap dressing to neapolitan, maybe with garlic or cajun and create a salad
  • Green Vegetables – ask for no butter
  • Corn on the Cob – ask for no butter
  • Jacket Potato – ask for no butter or sour cream
  • Mushrooms – ask for no butter
  • Olives

DESSERTS

  • Sorbet – lemon and/or mango
  • Fruit Salad

KIDS

Starters

  • Mini Garlic Bread
  • 3 Dough Balls
  • Veggie Skewers

Mains

  • Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Pasta

Sides

  • Corn on the Cob – no butter
  • Baked Beans
  • Peas
  • Mixed Salad
  • Fries
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Baby Baked Potatoes
  • Garlic Bread

Desserts

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fruit Skewers – with no choco dip
  • Sorbet – lemon and/or mango

I’ve been a bit ruthless with Frankie & Benny’s because the last time I visited there was so much salt in everything that we had to leave the food uneaten. Things may have changed…

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  Toby Carvery (UK)

MAINS

  • Meat-Free, Yorkshire Pudding-Free, Butter-Free Carvery (ask beforehand for veg to be prepared without butter, since otherwise ALL veg have butter added! There is a vegetarian gravy which might be okay, but I have no access to ingredients at the moment)
  • Lentil Cottage Pie (green lentils, carrots and peas slowly cooked in a rich sauce topped with sweet parsnip mash) – I would question what goes into the rich sauce and whether they still add butter to the mash)
  • Butternut Squash Crumble (roasted squash mixed with brown rice, kale and tomato, topped with savoury herb crumble, a coronation squash and almond compote I would double-check that there is no dairy in this)
  • Spiced Carrot & Chickpea Wellington (a flavourful blend of chickpeas, carrots and lentils spiced with crushed chillies, delicately hand-wrapped in wholegrain mustard puff pastry and topped with coronation squash and almond compoteI am unsure about whether there really is any dairy in this. The puff pastry is not ideal)

DESSERTS

Chocolate & Cherry Torte (Moist Belgian chocolate cake sweetened with Bramley apples and cherry compote with Belgian chocolate saucea bit confusing this one. They claim it’s vegan, but Belgian chocolate?! Best to double-check first.)

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Wahaca Mexican Market Eating (UK – Mainly in London)

NIBBLES

  • Tortilla Chips
  • with Guacamole
  • with Tomato Salsa

STREET FOOD

  • Roast Serrano Hummus (topped with hibiscus-roasted aubergine, mint vinaigrette & salsa macha, with crisp corn tostadas)
  • Plantain Tacos (with black beans, marinated cabbage and a sweet & spicy chipotle adobo)
  • Fire-Roasted Cactus & Courgette Tacos (with crushed new potatoestarragon & mint)

SIDES

  • Sweet Potato (crispy fried chunks, dressed with smoky caramelised mojo de ajo)
  • Grilled Summer Corn (with fresh lime & piquin chilli sugar-salt)
  • Rice n’ Beans (green rice blitzed with corianderonion & garlic. Served with black beans)
  • Spicy Slaw (fresh crunchy slaw mixed with our house dressing)
  • Green Salad (mixed salad leaves tossed with diced avocado, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds)

BIGGER FOOD

  • Toasted Corn & Spelt Risotto (Mexican style green risotto with coriander, tarragon and a touch of serrano)
  • Fire-Roasted Cactus & Courgette Burrito (a toasted flour tortilla wrapped around black beans, shredded cabbage & green rice with cactuscourgette & crushed new potatoes, served with a handful of tortilla chips)
  • Sweet Potato Burrito (a toasted flour tortilla wrapped around black beans, shredded cabbage & green rice with mojo de ajo coated sweet potato, served with a handful of tortilla chips)
  • The Sonora Salad With Hibiscus-Roasted Aubergine (avocado, pumpkin seeds, black beans, organic British spelt & Cos lettuce, served in a crispy tortilla bowl)

CHILLI SAUCES

  • Fiery arbol & smoky chipotle sauces

DESSERTS

  • Mango sorbet 

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In Eating Out on a WFPB Diet Part 2 we will take a look at some other common types of restaurant, including Indian, Chinese, Italian and a few other well-known eateries.

All the above items are accurate as of March 2018. It’s likely that restaurants will increase the range of vegan options over the coming months and years; although it may take a lot longer before we find WFPB restaurants on your local high street…

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