Despite bold environmental claims, the coronation quiche is stuffed full of ingredients that have a huge environmental impact.
With King Charles III’s Coronation taking place on Saturday 6 May, many people up and down the country have planned street parties and get-togethers. In honour of the event, the Royals have released an official recipe for the occasion: “Coronation Quiche”. The quiche, a suggested centrepiece for coronation parties and events, makes use of seasonal spring ingredients, such as broad beans and spinach.
Inclusions in the dish such as eggs, cream and lard however mean it is not vegan or vegetarian friendly. Swapping out ingredients such as eggs and double cream, and replacing them with tofu and soya milk, makes this dish a healthier option to enjoy at coronation celebrations, with a lower environmental impact.
The industrial farming of animals is the most polluting and resource-intensive way to produce food; with milk, for example, producing more greenhouse gas emissions, requiring more land and using more water per litre than all plant- based milk alternatives. This means opting to leave animals off your plate is one of the best things that you can do as an individual for the environment.
The Vegan Society highlights the importance of our food choices, with Hannah Coyne, Campaigns Manager, saying:
“King Charles has long been an advocate for environmental issues and it would have been great to see more environmentally conscious selections in the coronation recipes. Our Plate Up for the Planet campaign highlights the environmental importance of what we put on our plate, and with animal farming accounting for nearly 80% of greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector, we need to be making informed choices. Choosing to make this vegan version of the Coronation Quiche is a simple and delicious environmentally friendly swap!”
Not only can your choices reduce your environmental impact, but they can also be beneficial to your health. Chantal Tomlinson, Dietitian at The Vegan Society, explains how incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet can be a great choice for your well-being: “For many, the transition to veganism is an opportunity to eat better by consuming more health-promoting plant foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans and vegetables. These foods are packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and minerals and lower in saturated fat when compared to meat, eggs, and dairy products. This vegan quiche contains foods rich in protein and low in saturated fat such as soya milk, gram flour, edamame beans, and silken tofu which are great alternatives to meat and dairy.”
Luckily, choosing plant-based alternatives doesn’t mean you need to compromise on taste, as this vegan Coronation Quiche recipe proves. Including all of the flavour of the original recipe, the vegan ingredients make the dish a healthier, more environmentally conscious and compassionate choice.
Original source: https://www.vegansociety.com