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You may remember a few weeks ago I got to chat with Ben Fogle about all things flexitarianism.  Ben had been filming a short video for Quorn with Duncan Williamson, WWF UK’s Food Policy Manager, when I got the exciting chance to catch up with him, and I’m really pleased to say the final video is now ready.

In the video, Ben and Duncan discuss the impact of our modern, meat-eating diets on the planet and how meat reduction could be healthier for us and for the environment. I always find it’s food for thought to find that switching to one or two meat-free meals a week could significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Duncan points out that food production is responsible for 69% of water usage, and Quorn’s research has found that one quarter pounder burger requires 2,800 litres of water – that’s 11,200 cups of tea or 45 personal showers! So even more reason to try and go meat-free once or twice a week.

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a really interesting and thought-provoking watch:

As I eluded to in the first post, I’m a huge fan of Quorn, and found it invaluable in my transition from firstly meat eater to flexitarian, and then from flexitarian to vegetarian.

Whilst I’ve been vegetarian for 12 years now, right now I am trying to incorporate a more vegan diet into my life.  Whilst I don’t know if I will ever be 100% vegan, reducing my consumption of dairy where I can is something I am definitely on board with.

Whilst a lot of Quorn products do contain small amounts of egg white or milk ingredients, thankfully Quorn has developed a great vegan range, including my beloved Fishless Fingers, that is expanding all the time (and you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy!).

I find Quorn particularly invaluable when I want something quick, easy and tasty during the week, after a long day at work.  The ability to take something protein-packed from the freezer to create a healthy dinner when I’m time-pressed is something that makes my life so much easier!

lime and coconut vegan curry

One of my favourite midweek meals to cook is this tasty lime and coconut vegan curry, that’s made with Quorn Vegan Pieces.  As well as being downright delicious, the dish comes together in about 20 minutes and uses just one pot.  My kind of midweek meal!

Here’s the recipe!

Quorn Lime and Coconut Vegan Curry

Make this delicious vegan lime and coconut curry, made with Quorn Vegan Pieces. The dish is made in one pan in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a no-fuss, tasty weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Quorn Vegan Pieces 280g
  • 2 small limes - juiced
  • 250 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 red onion - finely diced
  • 1 fresh red chilli - finely diced
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • Handful of fresh coriander - finely chopped and a little more to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed into one tablespoon water
  • Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, and add the onion, cooking on a medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the frozen Quorn vegan pieces (there's no need to defrost them) and diced red chilli to the onions, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Next add the vegetable stock, lime juice, fresh coriander and chilli flakes and bring to a boil, before allowing the ingredients to simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk and turmeric to the pan, bring back to the boil, and then allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Next, add the cornflour mixed with water to the pan, stir well, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes on high heat.
  6. Season with salt and pepper as required.
  7. Serve with rice and garnish with a sprinkling of freshly chopped coriander.

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Enjoy!

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When we think of air pollution, we tend to think of outdoor air, without giving the air inside our homes a second thought.  Yet according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air quality inside our homes can often be two to five times worse than outdoors.   The same study reports that adults in developed countries can spend around 90% of their time indoors.  With indoor air quality contributing to many serious health issues, it really is an issue deserving more attention.

As today is Clean Air Day, a project that aims to clean up the air on the longest day of the year, I’ve teamed up with ENGIE Home Energy, partners of Clean Air Day, to share six tips on how to improve the air quality in your home:

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1.  Consider Your Cleaning Products

There are many reports of the negative impacts of conventional cleaning products on your health.

Instead of using harsh cleaning products, consider switching to more environmentally friendly brands.  Ethical Consumer has a great guide to cleaning product brands that’s incredibly useful.

Alternatively, try making your own natural cleaning products.  As someone who has written a whole book on the subject, I promise it’s not as tricky or as time-consuming as it sounds.  If you have 5 seconds to add one ingredient to another and then give it a shake then you can definitely make your own cleaning products!  The great thing is that many of the products use ingredients from your food cupboard – from herbs, citrus fruits, salt, bicarbonate of soda and other food-based ingredients that will do wonders for your indoor air quality.

If making your own cleaning products, or using more environmentally friendly brands isn’t your thing then there are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.  Avoid using aerosol based products and making sure you open a window when using cleaning products can help.

2.  Consider Your Candle Habit

Candles, and in particular, scented candles are a surprising cause of indoor air pollution.

Standard candles are made from paraffin wax – a petroleum by-product that is made when crude oil is refined into petrol, which affects your indoor air quality when you burn them.  And that’s before we’ve even covered the artificial fragrances contained in candles, which can hide a cocktail of particularly undesirable chemicals.

Instead of conventional candles, try beeswax candles (here’s a handy guide on how to make your own) or soy candles fragranced with pure essential oils (here are four of the best).

3.  Service Your Boiler

Getting your boiler serviced by a professional at least once per year is a wise move in improving the air quality in your home.  Without regular servicing, highly poisonous carbon monoxide gas can leak from faulty boilers, which can be fatal.

As carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless and colourless it’s best to also install a carbon monoxide alarm too.  The most effective position for your carbon monoxide alarm is around head height on the wall or bookcase – never on the ceiling, where it’s too high to be effective in the event of a leak.

4.  Consider Switching Your Energy Tariff

Admittedly, this is an action that you can take inside the home to improve air quality outside, but it is still an important one.  Choosing an energy supplier, such as ENGIE, who offers renewable energy tariffs for your home can significantly reduce the pollution caused by fossil fuel based power stations.

ENGIE source 100% of the electricity they supply from wind power generated from their network of UK wind farms.  Whilst this sounds like it might come at a cost to you, ENGIE says that customers can save up to £200 compared to their old suppliers.

Whilst the name might be new to you, ENGIE have been around for quite some time, particularly in Europe.  Since 2014, ENGIE has sought to reduce future exploration in fossil fuels and has instead invested heavily in renewable energies and energy efficiency services.  ENGIE sustainably heat the 3,000 homes and buildings in London’s Olympic Park and power big businesses across five continents.

5.  Consider Your Decorating Materials

Moving back indoors, paint is one of those surprising elements that is a considerable contributor to indoor air quality.

Paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – chemical gases that are emitted from certain solids and liquids and can cause short and long-term health problems.

Whilst the highest concentrations of VOCs from painting a room occur during and immediately after painting, a freshly painted room can continue to emit VOCs long after the paint has dried on your walls.  In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency say that a mere 50 percent of VOCs contained within paint are released within the first year of application.

Thankfully, it’s an easy one to avoid – just switch to low VOC paint.

Other sources of VOCs include furniture and synthetic carpets and rugs, etc, so choosing natural products, such as pure wool and pure wood products are healthier alternatives that will help improve indoor air quality.

6.  Get Growing

Plants are an easy and cost-effective way to improve indoor air quality.  Don’t believe me?  A famous NASA study found that several common houseplants may remove carcinogenic air-borne chemicals, such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air.  Later research indicated that micro-organisms in the soil of houseplants can also help purify the air.

Although subsequent research has been inconclusive, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a few houseplants in your home.  Check out here for some air purifying recommendations.

If you have any more indoor air quality tips then do share below, and on this Clean Air Day be sure to follow along on Twitter with ENGIE and Clean Air Day for more clean air tips!