In Season Vegan: A Recipe Round-Up (April)

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Your monthly guide to in-season, vegan eating. Easy, cheap and delicious, these recipes tick all of the boxes! In Season Vegan: April.

In Season Vegan: April

 

It’s April! The sun is returning, the plants are growing and my winter coat is going away. Well, as long as The Beast From The East 3.0 doesn’t become a reality.

 

April is the month I start to feel like me again: I get out more, I feel the sun on my face and I can start actually looking forward to summer. Plants are beginning to thrive and the world becomes greener before my very eyes.

 

Since finding Ian, this time of year has taken on another meaning: foraging. The easiest things to forage are wild garlic and stinging nettle. The kids (especially Caden & Shane) love foraging for wild garlic. What is initially met with a little resistance quickly turns into a game of Who Can Fill Their Tub The Fastest. Foraging wild garlic with the children quickly became one of my highlights of the year.

 

Stinging nettle is also a joy to forage: it’s very easy to identify and as long as you have a small pair of scissors and some thick gloves, you’re right as rain! Ian can eat nettle right off the leaf without hurting his mouth. Don’t try that at home!

 

going outside with the kids

 

Why you should be eating the seasons.

 

When food isn’t in season, it has to be forced in energy guzzling hothouses or shipped in from overseas. This isn’t only bad for our planet: the fruit and veg taste best when they are at their natural peak. It is widely believed that fruit and veg that is in season retains more of its nutritional value as it hasn’t spent weeks being transported across the globe.

 


In short: it tastes better, it’s better for our planet, it’s better for our bodies… and guess what? It’s often better for our wallets too.


 

daffodils
Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplashface

 

What’s in season in April?

 

Here is my pick of this season’s vegan ingredients. I use Eat the Seasons for all my seasonal lists (non-vegan website).

 

Vegetables.

 

Cauliflower, kale, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, salsify, spinach, spring onions, swede, wild nettles

 

Fruits.

 

Bananas, blood oranges, kiwi fruit, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pineapple, rhubarb

 

fruit and vegetables
Photo by ja ma on Unsplash

The best vegan recipes that are in season in April.

 

April brings us further away from the winter warmers I love, but I love being warmer on the outside just as much! This month is full of recipes to help you see in a belated Spring.

 

black salsify roots against a white background
Photo: Green Evi

 

 

A chickpea pancake topped with tomatoes, kale and pine nuts
Photo: Kellie’s Food To Glow

 

 

A small glass of sparkling nettle beer nest to a sprig of stinging nettle
Photo: Homestead Honey

 

  • Let’s round off these amazing savoury recipes with something sweet and something to wash it all down with. I give you swede brownies (gasp) and a very easy nettle beer (even bigger gasp)!

 

Are you eating the seasons? What’s on your meal plan this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

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2 thoughts on “In Season Vegan: A Recipe Round-Up (April)

  1. My shopping was delivered yesterday and included cauliflower, kale, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, spring onions and swede! I’m on point with my seasonal eating! We generally eat a vegetarian diet, but haven’t tried nettles as yet, what flavour does it give? #TheLittleHappyJournal

    1. You are winning the in season eating game! Nettles give a lovely peppery flavour. They’re not hot like rocket – I guess you could say a cross between rocket and kale. And they make a delicious tea!

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