The Summer of (Vegan) Love November 28, 2018 16:31

As the chilly weather kicks in, we’re taking a look back at the incredible summer we’ve just had. It was jam-packed full of vegan fun, and we wanted to share what we’ve been up to.

We all know how delicious vegan and veggie food is, however when it comes to truly indulgent dishes, veggie and vegan options can sometimes feel a little overlooked by cinemas or fast food restaurants. We set out on a mission to change this and teamed up with the man of the moment Gaz Oakley, aka Avant-Garde Vegan; the superstar chef, YouTube sensation, and author of Vegan 100, who also happens to know a thing or two about ‘dirty’ vegan food.

Inspired by some of our best-loved products, Gaz created three moreish feasts, which not only taste amazing but can be whipped up at home too:

‘El Vegan’ Hot Dog
‘Slammin’ Sriracha’ Burger
‘The Morning Avo’ Breakfast Bap

Gaz’s first recipe creation celebrated National Hot Dog Day with a Mexican-inspired twist on the classic, called, ‘El Vegan’. Made using  Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Chorizo & Red Pepper Sausages, oozing with creamy guacamole, spicy tomato salsa and topped with nachos, pickled jalapeño peppers and crispy onion.

The El Vegan tasted so great we served them up to the hungry public for free at Nomad Outdoor Cinema, the roaming pop-up that puts all their profits into charity. Hot Dogs and a movie; is there any better combination? There were queues around the stall, and fans showed off their own recipe creations on social media, with images that made our mouths water.

Next up came Gaz’s ‘Slammin’ Sriracha Burger, inspired by National Burger Day. Far from your average veggie burger, Gaz’s Slammin’ Sriracha is fully loaded with lip-smacking goodness, using Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Pulled Pork 1/4lb Burgers, oozing with spicy sriracha sauce, and topped with crunchy rainbow slaw, cucumber ribbons, coriander and sesame seeds. Irresistible indulgence and 100% vegan. The ‘Slammin’ Sriracha’ Burger was an instant hit with students when we served them up for free on our Freshers Tour of Liverpool and Bristol universities. Gaz drew in hoards of students with demos on how to recreate the ‘Slammin’ Sriracha Burger’ at home, which went down deliciously. We even teamed up with Vgneration, the not-for-profit community that offers inspiration for young vegetarians and vegans, to give away an entire month’s supply of Linda McCartney’s vegetarian goodies.

Last, but definitely not least, is our mouthwatering vegan breakfast, ‘The Morning Avo’. The ultimate healthy hangover cure uses Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages teamed with creamy smashed avocado, chilli and lime, heaped with roasted tomatoes, spinach and scrambled tofu.

What a summer! But don’t take our word for it, check out Gaz’s vlog. And don’t worry if you missed the events, you can still get a bite of the action with Gaz’s recipes, available in Our Kitchen.

An Easter Day Feast April 12, 2017 12:00

Have you got relatives and loved ones coming over for Easter Sunday? Don’t stress about what to cook, we’ve got it all sorted for you. Vegetarians are often a little left out when a roast is on the table, but this need not be the case. There are all kinds of veggie-friendly dishes that are warming, hearty and soul-pleasing enough for an Easter feast.

Dazzle with a range of vibrant vegetable sides served alongside our deep-dish vegan friendly Country Pies – flaky pastry packed with delicious soya protein in a rich onion and beef-style gravy.

Perhaps parsnips roasted with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup? Or cauliflower florets roasted until browned and dressed with a handful of fresh herbs? Red onions are also fabulous roasted – cut into large chunks and crumble a chunk of feta over the top for the last 5 minutes of roasting.

And of course, there are always crispy, golden roast potatoes and huge Yorkshire puddings!

Delicious Vegetarian Scampi Bites March 13, 2017 08:00

It’s time to forget winter and get into the spirit of Spring with our new Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Scampi Bites (even if the weather says otherwise). These bites can be cooked from frozen and can be ready in a matter of minutes, ideal for feeding the family.

Go for a twist on an English classic and serve as a sandwich with soft white bread, tartare sauce, salad and a squeeze of lemon to create a Scampi Bite buttie, harking back to the memory of childhood dinners.

Available now from Tesco, let us know what you think!

 

NEW! VEGETARIAN SHREDDED HOISIN DUCK October 20, 2016 10:21

Why not try one of our latest products, the Vegetarian Shredded Hoisin Duck, flavoured with garlic, ginger, fennel, black pepper, aniseed, cinnamon, cloves and malted barley. Our Shredded Duck can be used in multiple ways, please see a few examples below and find the recipes in Our Kitchen.

Liven up your meals with our meat free take on Hoisin Duck. The fully flavoured and wonderfully tasty Shredded Hoisin Duck cooks straight from the freezer and pairs perfectly with sweet honey and fiery ginger. You can have this mouth-watering dish on your table in just 30 minutes!

Add a dash of Asia to your mid week meal with our Vegetarian Shredded Hoisin Duck with Honey and Ginger or the Vegetarian Shredded Hoisin Duck with Sesame Noodles.

For more information such as nutritional values and ingredients, read here.

BRAND NEW! VEGETARIAN PULLED CHICKEN October 4, 2016 12:50

We’re helping you to liven up those mid week meals with our new Pulled Chicken. The perfect accompaniment to a pasta dish or curry, the chicken is made from rehydrated textured soya and wheat protein.

For a simple supper, full of flavour, why not try the Vegetarian Chicken Korma with Cherry Tomatoes or Pesto Pasta with Vegetarian Pulled Chicken recipe – found in Our Kitchen.

This new product allows you to get creative in the kitchen in a meat free manner!

For more information such as nutritional values and ingredients, read here.

Pick Up a Picnic! July 28, 2016 15:32

It’s hard to know when it’s picnic time at the moment with the weather being so unpredictable, but we’ve gathered together some al fresco eating ideas below that are super simple and quick to put together!

Keep your freezer stocked with Linda McCartney meals so that when the sun decides to show itself, you can put together an impromptu picnic in no time at all!

Linda McCartney Sausage Rolls with P for Peckish Smokey Barbecue Sauce

While you’re heating up our delicious, flaky pastry sausage rolls, knock up this simple sauce that’s packed with flavour.

Makes: 250ml/a jar full
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes

Ingredients
200ml (3/4 cup) tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons cider vinegar or wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water

Method

- Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Simmer gently for 8 minutes.
- Allow to cool, and pour into sterilised jar.

The barbecue sauce can be kept in a clean, airtight sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week. Keep this one in mind and get your picnic blankets at the ready!

Linda McCartney Foods Launch! April 30, 2016 01:00

It was on a Tuesday morning on the 30th April, 1991, that Linda McCartney, arm in arm with her husband, Paul, launched her meat free brand at The Savoy Hotel, London.

On this day, 25 years ago, Linda held the press captive as she revealed her pioneering vision for meat free eating and began the journey to changing attitudes towards vegetarianism. Today, over 60% of Brits either follow a meat free diet or are looking to reduce their meat consumption, partly thanks to Linda’s hard work.

The McCartney Family are hugely proud of this landmark 25th anniversary. Paul, Mary and Stella say, “Linda was the inspiration for us becoming vegetarians. It is so exciting to be celebrating 25 years of her foodie legacy and see Linda’s wonderful pioneering vision of meat free eating and products go from strength to strength.”

Linda believed in great tasting, honest and wholesome food that could be celebrated in a shared experience with family and friends. Her caring and intelligent attitude embodies the heart of the Linda McCartney food brand, with each dish being inspired by Linda’s home cooking.

Click here to check out the burgers Linda and Paul are enjoying here!

Click here to see more about Our Journey into vegetarian eating.

KID'S MEALS February 5, 2016 17:41

Encouraging kids to eat and try new things has been a challenge faced by parents across generations, with the kitchen table often becoming the stage of a frustrating power struggle. Every child is different of course, so what works for you might not for another parent but we’ve put together a list of four simple ways to slip some extra veggies into your little one’s meals.

To get your kids engaged in what they’re eating, try including them in the cooking process and making it fun. We love Mary McCartney’s Kid’s Curry recipe for just that occasion. Have a look at Our Kitchen tab for the details.

Our Linda McCartney Vegemince makes a delicious Spaghetti Bolognese, a staple favourite for lots of kids. Try blending boiled carrots, broccoli and courgettes into a puree to mix into the tomato sauce to pack in some extra goodness.

If your kids go crazy for burgers, serve our Vegetarian Mushroom and Spinach Burgers with homemade sweet potato fries. Chop your sweet potato into French fry shapes, par boil for two minutes and finish off in a hot oven with olive oil and salt until crispy and cooked through. Sweet potatoes are a source of vitamin c and essential nutrients giving little bodies a whole range of goodness. Check out Jamie Oliver’s article about them: www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/why-sweet-potato-is-healthy/

Cake! Using vegetables such as beetroot and sweet potato in baking is a quirky and delicious approach to stealth vegetable action. If it’s something you haven’t considered before, try this beetroot and chocolate cake recipe from BBC Good Food, you’ll be fighting over the plate with your kids. www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7663/blitzandbake-beetroot-and-chocolate-cake

VEGANUARY! January 15, 2016 14:25

Recent research has estimated that over the Christmas period, each Brit ate a whopping 30,000 more calories than normal!* Can you imagine what that looks like? We’ve worked out it’s the equivalent of 13 Victoria sponge cakes and 144 scoops of ice-cream over a 30 day period!

Don’t get us wrong, we love Christmas and all the overindulgence it brings, but is anyone else feeling the need to simplify? With that in mind, this month we are giving Veganuary a go. It’s a global campaign that encourages people to try going vegan for the first month of the year.

The non-profit organisation Veganuary explain on their website: “Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.”

Eating vegan is generally considered to be an effective way of reducing your calorie intake, which is a bit of a plus after all the Christmas feasting! Check out their website for more information if you’re curious - there’s masses of information and recipes.

And don’t forget our delicious range of Vegan-suitable products too, including our award-winning Country Pies, our new-recipe 1/4lb and 50g Burgers, and our Sausages, Sausage Rolls, Sausage Plait and Mince! Check out our range in the “Our Food” tab for details.

www.veganuary.com

*Survey carried out on behalf of Tilda® Basmati Rice by Online Opinions who interviewed 1,000 adults.

OUR NEW LOOK November 2, 2015 15:57

It’s been an exciting few months at Linda McCartney Foods. We've been hard at work to revitalise our brand and now the day has come that we reveal our new look!

Working with The McCartney Family, we've created a fresh, modern style, which we hope will inspire consumers to reach out for our delicious, great tasting food.

Look out for our new packaging, which will continue to roll out across our range in the coming months.

We would love to hear your thoughts on our new look!