1. Download this recipe app
If you have even thought about eating less meat, chances are you have heard of Deliciously Ella. Founder Ella Mills was at university when she was struck down by a variety of health issues, which led her to converting to a plant-based diet and, subsequently, sharing her recipe discoveries. Fast forward a few years and Deliciously Ella is a global vegan recipe and yoga brand, complete with their own food ranges and lots more. Check out her easy-to-use recipe app for great ideas of tasty, nutritionally-balanced vegan meals to suit all tastes and budgets. www.deliciouslyella.com
2. Sign up to a Vegan meal delivery
If it’s too much to think about and you aren’t sure what you like, try Plant Power Dubai’s tasty meal plans to kickstart your new way of eating. In response to the increased interest and demand for vegan food, various vegan kitchens have sprung up across the emirates offering delicious, nutritious vegan food to your doorstep. One of our favourites is Plant Power Dubai, which was launched by Dubai-based athlete, Tom Ellis, when, thanks to the health requirements that came with donating a kidney to his wife, Tom discoverd the power of plant-based living. Now as a fully certified vegan nutrition expert and company owner, Tom shares his herbivorous passion with the UAE community through his fabulous, eco-friendly meal delivery service. Check their website (www.plantpowerdubai.com) or their Instagram for drool-worthy pics of their meals (@plantpowerdxb).
3. Sample a plant-based afternoon tea
Ease into meat-free living gently with a lovely afternoon tea at Brambles in Barsha Heights. This veggie/vegan café is bursting with pretty Instagrammable decor while serving up delicious, healthy dishes. Find a cosy spot to work while enjoying a creamy avocado pizza, chunky sweet potato and kale frittata or a refreshing cacao açaí bowl, plus unlimited complimentary water. Or catch up with mummy mates over a vegan afternoon tea, with scrumptious savouries like lentil bruschetta, stuffed balsamic mushrooms, or sweet potato hummus crostini, plus yummy treats like oatmeal scones with coconut cream and zingy blackcurrant compote and not-so-naughty vegan brownies. Really making life easy for mums, Brambles has its own play area and a kids’ menu, including a couple of chicken options to provide a balanced diet. Available daily from 3pm to 5pm, Dh135 per person, or Dh250 for two people. Find them on Instagram, @bramblesdubai
4. Join the growing scene
Keep your eyes open for new vegan vendors such as Soul Sante Cafe , founded by Dubai-based crossfitter and athlete Manisha Advani, who found herself at a loss when looking for good quality vegan food in the emirate. Based in Dubai Marina, Soul Sante Cafe, promises freshly made plant-based dishes that are free from sugar, soy, gluten and, in some dishes, carbs. We are looking forward to their grilled peach salad, beetroot sliders and their pulled jackfruit tacos, as well as their delicious-sounding sweet options, such as lemon cookies, peanut butter cups and banana pancakes. Find them on Instagram, at @soulsantecafe
5. Get involved in online communities
Tap into the knowledge of people who are already treading the plant-based path by linking up with kindred spirits online. The Facebook group Dubai Vegan Community is where people share tips, recipes, restaurant recommendations and a whole lot more. A non-judgmental space where you can dip your toes into the water and see how you like it. Also on Facebook, Dubai Vegan Days offers regular events where you can sample the best that vegan cuisine has to offer at lovely locations around the city. Follow them to keep updated of their upcoming events.