5 winners for Que Origin Shower Gel

Win natural essential oil scented shower gel in a customised SGVegan bottle! Contest till 17 Feb 2016.

Hey everybody!

For those of you following me on Instagram, I am currently conducting a giveaway, for 5 winners for Que Origin shower gels in a SGVegan customised bottle as seen in the photo below:

Amanda

You get to choose your own scent of shower gel – Lemongrass (my fav!), Lavender or Rose Geranium. 🙂

Contest is running now till 17 Feb 2016, 2359hrs.

Top Prize:
1) 5 winners
2) My personalised bottle filled with your preferred scent of Que Origin natural Shower . Bath. + S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Second Prize:
1) 20 winners
2) S$5 Que Origin Voucher + (my personal discount code*).
Note: * denotes only applicable to first time purchase with Que Origin E-store. 

To participate:
1) Follow me @amandateng and @que_origin
2) Like and Repost this photo
3) Comment on your favourite scent – Rose Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass
4) Hashtag 2 friends for double chance.

Rules & Regulations
1) Limited to SG residents only.
2) Contest ends on 17th Feb 2016 2359H.
3) Prizes cannot be exchange to cash nor transferable.
4) Winners will be drawn at random and will be at Organisers’ sole discretion and are final, conclusive and binding on all participants.
5) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

Having friends over for dinner who are vegan but unsure what to cook? Check out some tips here: http://wp.me/p26I6Q-rw

Hi everybody, I met Angela in 2013 and she interviewed me for her blog, Vegeasian sometime in December. I’ve reproduced the post here on SGVegan, so if you are interested you can check it out here. 🙂
Angela has been away from the SG veg scene for a year as she took up a job opportunity in China. She has since returned to Singapore. For those of you who have been following Vegeasian, Angela is putting that on hold for the moment. Please subscribe to SGVegan with your email address as Angela will be blogging on SGVegan for the time being as she sets up her English tutoring website, http://www.learnenglishfast.co.

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(Thanks Amanda for the opportunity to write in your really useful blog! )

A few months ago (actually more than that), I was invited by Amanda to cook a plant-based dinner for her and her bf. I had a few tuition assignments at hand but I said yes. All of us were busy, so I decided to just keep it simple. Granted, things are slightly easier for me because I blog about vegetarian/vegan food and I mostly cook at home (www.vegeasian.com). But don’t feel like you have to slather all your food in butter, salt and alcohol to make vegan food slightly palatable. Here are some tips I learnt from hosting a plant-based dinner.

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Photo credit: Kevin Curtis. Source: unsplash.com
#1 When in doubt, just bake. Baked potatoes, Baked sweet potatoes. Baked asparagus. Baked anything sounds delicious. What I did was baked mushrooms with onions and vegan cheeze. (It’s easy to make, really. Recipe is available here. Just stab the potatoes/sweet potatoes/mushroom lightly a few more times to make sure the steam can escape.

#2 Anything with chocolate is a good combination. Just buy some fruit (Strawberries are a good choice) and melt some dairy-free chocolate in the oven. Dip the fruit in the chocolate. Dessert done.

#3 No time to cook? Find a local bakery and buy their vegan breads. Sunshine multigrain bread is a good vegan option. Amanda has also written a very useful article about some vegan bread options and you can read it here.

#4 Use vegetable broth. It adds a depth of flavour to everything, from stir-fries to soups to curries. It’s amazing how the basic ingredients- onions, celeries and carrots can produce such umami goodness. It’s all vegetables, not meat. It won’t take hours to cook. I promise. Cooking time- 20 minutes.

#5 Do some prep in advance. It pays in returns. When I first hosted the dinner, I just prepped on the day of dinner(So last minute, I know!) . We all cooked for about two hours in total, all hot and sweaty. We ravenously finished our dinner in 15 minutes. You don’t want that. What you want is to pop some prepped food in the oven, wait for 10-15 minutes and the guests eat in peace. And talk more important stuff.

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Photo credit: Chelsea Francis. Source: unsplash.com
#6 Use store-bought ice cream for a quick dessert. Brownice (www.brownice.com) (Sorry folks, only available in Singapore!), Rice Dream (www.tastethedream.com) or Coconut Bliss are all plant-based ice cream brands. But if you can’t find a dairy free ice cream near your house, don’t fret. Sorbets (not to be confused with sherbets, which contain cream) are also naturally dairy-free. Add some roasted chopped almonds, chocolate and/or cherries to your ice cream. Place the newly minted ice-cream in the freezer. Your friends will not hesitate to think it is homemade because you can’t buy it anywhere outside. But you don’t have to tell them the truth. Shh.

#7 Use quick blended sauces. Pesto, roasted red pepper sauce and instant peanut sauces  are fast and easy to make and can be great additions to pastas. Recipes for these time-saving sauces  can be found here.

#8 Youtube is your best friend. Search for vegetarian (You can easily make it vegan if you omit the dairy and egg) or vegan dinners and you will find a plethora of ideas. Or better still, veganise your favourite recipes!

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Photo credit: Emanuel Feruzi. Source: unsplash.com
#9 Read up on vegan blogs.Vegan food bloggers spend a lot of time trying and testing new recipes. Their amazing food photography might trigger some creativity sparks in your brain. Check out OhSheGlows, Vegangela, Post Punk Kitchen or local blogs such as HungryAngMo, MoreThanVeggies and VeganAsh for starters.

#10 Lastly, if you are still clueless on what to do, just hit up a conversation with a vegan blogger on Twitter and shoot your question. Vegan bloggers don’t bite. I promise. They will be so excited that someone is finally going to try making their grassy food. (Just kidding)

What creative ideas do you have for hosting a vegan dinner? Let us know in the comments below. (For those in Singapore, I’m excited for EarthFest that begins tomorrow, how about you? By the way, walk-ins are fine even without tickets. If you happen to see me or Amanda, just say hi!)

iHerb discount in Singapore!

Weekend deal on iHerb – http://wp.me/p26I6Q-qv

Just thought to share this with you my readers.

As I mentioned in a previous post, iHerb is the place to get good quality (e.g. organic) supplements and groceries. For health and also, for the home.

iHerb_SGVegan

Take advantage of iHerb’s special weekend discount, and get 10% off on all orders over $40.00 @ http://sg.iherb.com

In addition, enjoy Free SingPost for orders over $40.00. You will see the discount in the shopping cart. Now is a great time to do all your shopping for over 35000 natural products! This offer ends on Monday, August 3rd, at 10 a.m. (PDT) which means 1 am, 4 Aug this 10% discount + free delivery over $40.

Of course, if you apply my discount code of TNQ282, you get $10 off your first order! Enjoy 🙂

The Soup Spoon Vegan Rice with Ratatouille Casserole – Latest Spain Offering

Its not just vegan, but also gluten free! Check out the latest offering from The Soup Spoon that’s a mere 185Cal: http://wp.me/p26I6Q-qp

Its not just vegan, but also gluten free! Check out the latest offering from The Soup Spoon that’s a mere 185 Cal:

Vegan Arroz Samfaina La Cassola
(Vegan Rice With Ratatouille Casserole)

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Rice with Ratatouille Casserole

Purchase it and stand to win a trip for 2 to Spain! 🙂

2015 GSS Organic Vegan Promotion @ Crystal Maiden!

Check out the 2015 GSS Promo @ Crystal Maiden here! http://wp.me/p26I6Q-q2

For those of you looking for an organic and cruelty free treat during this Great Singapore Sale (GSS), look no further.

Crystal Maiden has rolled out a good deal this GSS for you to pamper yourself. Be it a facial for common Asian skin, eye or tummy issues (Jamu), they have just the solution for you! 🙂

Why is it a good idea to head to Crystal Maiden, especially for their organic facial? It is because Crystal Maiden uses Phyt’s:

SGVegan_Take Care of Yourself Naturally at Crystal Maiden

How does this compare to the usual mainstream facials that uses general cosmetic ingredients?

SGVegan_Comparison

If you have dry dull combination skin like me, I go for the Phyt’s Soin Oligo Vital:

SGVegan_Soin Oligo Vital

Enough words! So how does it work on skin? Here’s a collage of Before/After pictures provided by Crystal Maiden when Soin Oligo Vital is used in the Phyt’s organic facial:

SGVegan_Crystal Maiden_Before:After Soin Oligo Vital

As seen from the photo, the lymphatic drainage done during the course of the facial has a positive effect on the neck.

Here’s what’s available for this 2015 GSS @ Crystal Maiden, specially brought to you by SGVegan:

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Do that that these GSS 2015 prices above are valid only from 16 June – 31 August 2015. Remember to quote “SGVegan” when making an appointment to enjoy this special trial price!

All SGVegan readers enjoy an exclusive 5% discount when they sign up for packages after their trial sessions.

If you are interested, check out my previous Crystal Maiden posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here! 🙂

Crystal Maiden:
6 Jan 2016 Update: With effect from 21 Dec 2015, Absolute Aesthetique Pte Ltd has taken over Crystal Maiden Skin Professionals. The new address for customers to head to is:
190 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-21 S(239924)
Singapore Shopping Centre
Tel:6336 2883/6198
Quote “Crystal Maiden” when calling. Absolute Aesthetique will deliver all treatments and packages that were signed under Crystal Maiden.
27 Oct 2015 Update: Crystal Maiden has since shifted to their new location @
1 Coleman Street, The Aldephi
#03-52 Singapore 179803
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
#02-23 Singapore 238841
Tel: 6735 4540 / 9092 2807 (SMS)
https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMaidenSkin

New Vegan Option at The Soup Spoon: Chap Chye Stew

Latest news, there is a full (new!) vegan option at The Soup Spoon. Here’s a quick shoutout to those who might be interested. I have not tried it yet but it does look and sound more delicious. Please share any feedback! 🙂

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Chap Chye Stew
SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Chap Chye Stew

[The Fitness Grocer] GoLo with the Go Lo Spreads

Check out where you can get vegan Nutella in Singapore with an exclusive discount now!

Hi everybody!

Sorry I’ve been away from blogging for a while now. Been caught up with work and life…I’m not going to come up with excuses for the lack of posts since mid-Feb. I will, compensate by sharing with you all an exclusive discount for a vegan Nutella-like spread on The Fitness Grocer.

The Fitness Grocer is an online retailer based in Singapore, started by student athletes who are now taking the business full stream onwards, with the dream to ensure that active and busy people have a convenient, healthy and nutritional source of ready-to-eat food and snacks.

I had previously tried their Vegan Subway-like cookies, that are packed full of protein. Known as The Complete Cookie® under Lenny and Larry’s brand. I was told that The Fitness Grocer is the first in Singapore to retail this cookies range. So why not ditch the Subway cookie and get this delicious huge all-natural cookie instead? Suitable for everybody and not just vegans.

Lenny and Larry_The Complete Cookie Info

 *Psssst. I just checked their website and there is special deal if you buy a box of it. My personal favourites are: Double Chocolate, Pumpkin and Oatmeal Raisin!*

Now the main purpose of this post is to share about The Fitness Grocer’s latest offerings, which, if you are already following me on Instagram (check out my latest Instagram posts featuring my baking conquests on the top right column of the page) and Facebook, you would have been aware that I announced the news about the vegan Nutella-like spread in early February. So for the latest happenings, do follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook!

Back to the vegan Nutella-like spread, why do I call it Nutella-like? It is known officially as the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread.

Well, because, at first taste, after having not eaten Nutella for many years (at least 6 years since I went vegan), it reminds me of Nutella, so much. I went to heaven there with every bite. However, if I just eat it out of the bottle (not kept in the fridge), I feel as if there is an oily texture as the spread is quite watery. I made sure I kept it in the fridge, although the bottle said not keep refrigerated for the best taste. But do note that if left out in the open on warm toasted bread, the spread does turn watery. I ensured that I ate it all up immediately right after spreading it on my bread. Yum.

The Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is unlike the creamy-ness of Nutella but yet its still Nutella-like in the taste. Hence my mind remembers it as the vegan Nutella-like spread. A plus point is that the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is so much healthier, because its SUGAR FREE! ohmygosh.

And how much sugar is there in Nutella? Here’s a visual comparison:

SGVegan_Chocolate Spreads Sugar Comparison Visual

As seen, the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is so much healthier, especially in terms of the sugar level. No cows are hurt in the process too. Woohoo!

A look at the ingredients explains how the sweetness is achieved with Pure Joy added in the ingredients! 😀

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SGVegan_Go Lo Ingredients List

As you can see, the other spread from the Go Lo Foods brand that I sampled is the Go Lo Almond Butter.

Initial taste-wise, I was not as drawn to the Go Lo Almond Butter as compared to their Dark Hazelnut Spread initially simply because it tasted different. Like the kind of I-am-not-used-to-this-taste kind of weirdness. But as time went by, I found myself preferring the Go Lo Almond Butter over the Dark Hazelnut Spread.

Well, I must admit I didn’t know what Go Lo Foods meant on the bottle “60% more protein than JUSTIN’S”, since the first brand that popped in my mind is the Skippy brand! Haha, I know its so irrelevant as Skippy is a peanut butter spread, and not an Almond Spread. Ohmans.

But anyway, the Go Lo Almond Butter contains pea and hemp proteins in them. And its so good I must say. The taste and texture of it once spread on bread is heavenly. So smooth. It has come to be my long time favourite out of the two.

For more variety, I spread each slice of my toasted bread with the Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread and the Go Lo Almond Butter. Then I paste the slices (one Dark Hazelnut, one Almond Butter) together. Super yum max.

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SGVegan_Go Lo

The Go Lo Dark Hazelnut Spread is currently retailing at S$16.90 on The Fitness Grocer while the Go Lo Almond Butter is currently retailing at S$18.90. If you get both in a Go Lo Bundle, its only S$34.90!

So here’s the special deal I mentioned right at the beginning. Simply type in the code “AMANDAGOLO” when checking out. SGVegan readers get to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount 🙂

Do click on any of the links to get to The Fitness Grocer website. The code is valid till end April, so that means not many days left! 🙂