Having dabbled with vegetarianism myself, I’m familiar with the lack of exciting options on offer at most restaurants in the UK.
A mushroom burger here, a dry old falafel there, maybe a slice of halloumi if you’re lucky, so it’s no wonder avid meat eaters struggle to see the appeal of vegetarian dishes when dining out.
Vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant Mildreds and plant-based brand Moving Mountains have come up with a way to convince meat eaters that plant-based food isn’t boring, by creating a 'bleeding' vegan burger.
Yep, you read that right.
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The B12 burger is made of all plant ingredients, including mushroom, pea protein, potato protein, vitamin B12, beetroot and coconut oil, it sizzles, goes brown in the pan and 'bleeds', just like a meat patty, according to Moving Mountains.
It’s not a bad food item, but it’s no match for an actual meat burger. To enjoy one you either have to have been a vegetarian for a long time which means you’ve forgotten how meat tastes and feels, or you have to remove all thoughts of actual burgers from your mind and just appreciate it as the flat Mycoprotein disc it is.
But a ‘bleeding’ burger? I don’t even want my meat burgers to bleed, thanks.
Nevertheless, the B12 burger is creating a buzz, and it’s all very futuristic.
‘We can’t wait to launch the Moving Mountains B12 burger exclusively at London institution, Mildreds and let people bite into the future with our plant-based meat,’ said Moving Mountain’s founder Simeon Van der Molen, who turned to veganism after a routine blood test at the GP returned a high cholesterol reading.
‘This launch not only marks a huge leap in innovation for humanity, by allowing consumers to bite into a future that is better for their health and the health of our planet, but also addresses a growing new consumer trend for flexitarian dining.
‘Now Brits can have their meat and eat it without the environmental impact of the animal agriculture industry. Without any compromise on taste, the Moving Mountains B12 burger provides a viable alternative for flexitarians, vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.’
Mildreds all vegan and vegetarian menu is a place of solace for people who can’t find appealing meat and dairy free options elsewhere.
Mildreds will serve the B12 burger with lettuce, basil mayo, onion and relish in a bun from February 24th for £10, but only at their Dalston location between 12 and 2pm.
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1. Raspberry And Coconut Energy Bites
Remember when everyone was going crazy for 'energy balls'? Well, it's not too late to get involved. And if you're going to I'd recommend starting with this cute looking raspberry and coconut ones by My Fussy Eater. The matter of whether or not honey is considered vegan or not is hotly contested in the veganism world, but if you're of the opinion that no, honey is not vegan, then ditch the honey from the recipe, swap it for agave nectar or maple syrup and you've got yourself a really yummy healthy snack to munch on.
This article originally appeared on The Debrief.