• Reviews

    Review of Choc Chick Cacao On the Go Range New 2018

    Who doesn’t love cacao? National chocolate week is just around the corner, so I was delighted to receive some yummy samples to review in the post this morning. As you all know I am a cheap date, my favourite chocolate is Sainsburys basics dark chocolate as it is vegan and only £0.50 a bar (how could you not love that) but I am always willing to try something new and these products were just what I needed. I am constantly on the look out for new treats to nibble on throughout the evening. Working very early mornings means my sleep pattern tends to be inverted. Staying healthy is key to…

  • Dinner

    Tomato and Mushroom Pasta

      Print Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Course Main Course Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 1 Person Ingredients 1 tbsp Basil Oil 350 ml Passata 250 g Mushrooms 3 Garlic Cloves (Chopped) 1 Chilli 1 Pepper, Diced Any colour you like Balsamic Vinegar As much as you like 100 ml Vegan Red Wine Torn Fresh Basil 70 g Penne Pasta Instructions Heat the oil and add the finely chopped garlic and the chilli – I like mine sliced into rings rather than finely chopped and sauté until softened Add the sliced mushrooms and diced pepper and give them a good…

  • Dinner

    Vegan Cauliflower and Lentil Curry

    Curry was never a favourite dish of mine. I always found it too spicy or lacking in flavour. Add that to the acid reflux factor and you have a recipe for disaster. When I began my vegan journey I found a lot of lentil curry recipes and I was determined to give curry another go. Boy, am I glad I did! Nothing is as yummy on a cold winter night as a bowl full of rice and lentil curry. The rice flavours from the gravy coat the vegetables and produce a lovely aromatic dish. Curry is a very versatile dish which allows for lots of experimentation. You can add more…

  • Dinner

     One Pot Creamy Vegan Paprika Pasta

    I adore pasta and I love to make quick and easy meals! So this creamy one pot paprika paste ticks all the right boxes. It is a staple in my weekly meal plan and my husband always asks for more. Easy, healthy, and so incredibly delicious and creamy. And to save my lazy ass from washing up, I made sure that this was one pot recipe! This vegan one pot paprika pasta couldn’t be any easier if it tried. You just throw in all of the ingredients – including the uncooked pasta – and then cook it for about 15 minutes. All the ingredients are packed in together so they all…

  • Mama's Blog

    About Mama – 55 year old cat loving vegetarian trying her best to be vegan.

    Where to begin? Probably when Beth (VeganCyster) was about 8 and we were on a day out, driving through the grounds of Chatsworth in the Spring. One look at the cute lambs with their sheep mums and that was it – lamb was banned from our house! That was the start of her on-off journey through the years to full time veganism. It wasn’t easy and in the 90’s the vegetarian choices for a fussy child weren’t that many and vegan options were even less– especially as, at that stage, mushy peas were about the only veg she would eat. Occasionally she lapsed and meat made its way back onto…

  • Vegan Weekly Meal Plan
    Diet & Lifestyle

    How to eat a vegan diet and love it!

    Eating a vegan diet can be tough, everywhere you look you are bombarded with difficult looking recipes or recipes that use ingredients that you would never want to eat. I am more of an if it ain’t broke don’t fix it type so I like to just slightly alter everyday recipes to make them vegan. Where do I shop? I shop mostly at Sainbury’s as their vegan range is better than any other supermarket at the moment and it is forever expanding and offering new products for me to try. However, I do like the Iceland No Bull Burgers as they are the closest thing to a bbq burger I…

  • 8 Unique Vegan and Eco Christmas Ideas
    Beauty,  Fashion

    8 Unique Vegan & Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts for 2018

    Christmas time, a time for peace, family and love but also a time for stressful decisions making. What do you buy the vegan in the family, surely you can’t just give them a box of tofu and some broccoli can you? So Vegan Cyster has taken some of the hard work out of Christmas for you. Bringing you what we think are some thoughtful, unique and  cruelty free Christmas gift ideas for 2018.   1.) Amie Beauty Heroes Gift Set £23.99 – This beautiful cosmetic bag includes a range of the best selling products from the Beauty Heroes range. All of the Amie range is made from natural ingredients and are suitable…

  • Beauty

    Shaving like a Cyster – Ultimate Guide to Facial Shaving for Women

    When I first realised I needed to shave my face I was mortified. I kept asking my husband if he thought I was less feminine, if he was going to see me as less attractive and ultimately I was worried he would leave me. However, these doubts, as real as they were, were also shallow as hell. Our marriage wasn’t built on my five o’clock shadow or my Magnum PI moustache – No it was built on love and understanding. Shaving is a global trend in women’s beauty. Many women across the globe shave regardless of any medical conditions they may have. They shave to exfoliate or to create a…

  • Beauty

    You might be vegan – but is your makeup?

    Veganism is big business in the UK, with an an estimated 350% increase in the number of people leading a vegan lifestyle. Many brands such as The Body shop, Bare Minerals, MUA and many others developing product ranges suitable for vegans. But is vegan makeup any good? Does it have the longevity of normal makeup? The answer is a resounding yes! Check out Vegan Cysters Top 10 Vegan Beauty Products 2018 post. Why does my makeup need to be vegan? Real vegans not only avoid meat products, but also go vegan even on things such as clothes and makeup. This means a vegan would never wear anything that is made…

  • Heal yourself with plants
    Diet & Lifestyle

    Heal Yourself with the Power of Plants

    There was a time when I used to enjoy meat and dairy products. This was mainly down to the fact that it was how I was raised and I didn’t think to question or understand the rationale behind my diet. When I was diagnosed with PCOS I decided it was time to reevaluate my lifestyle and this meant reevaluating my diet too. Like many women who find out they have PCOS my first thought was to go low-carb and high protein. A simple search on Google will throw up results stating that the best diet for PCOS is low fat, low carb and high protein. So I started to eat…