best vegan restaurants Hong Kong

8 Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong For A Delicious Plant-based Meal

Consuming less meat and more plant-based foods has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and more and more vegan restaurants in Hong Kong have been opened to meet this demand. Vegan food definitely isn’t boring, as evidenced in the wide range of eateries serving flavourful, wholesome and healthy foods.

This week’s#8Shades8Weeks challenge is about cutting down on your meat consumption, so here are our picks of the best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong- there’s something for everyone!

Green Common

green common
Source: Green Common

Green Common is Green Monday’s (creator of OmniFoods) health food and eatery. Their menu offers fusion vegan foods, including noodles, soup, Omnipork dishes and sandwiches. 

Green Common, various locations across Hong Kong, +852 3855 5100,

Veggie SF

veggie sf burger
Source: Veggie SF

Veggie SF has been serving a meat-free menu since 2011. The 1950s inspired space serves an internationally-inspired menu, featuring everything from homemade burgers and pastas to Indonesian gado gado salad and more.

Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Hong Kong, Central, +852 3902 3902,


the park by years bowl
Source: The Park by Years

With two locations in Sham Shui Po, Years and the more recent The Park by Years caters to both vegans and vegetarians, with The Park by Years being completely plant-based. Some of their top sellers include the Katsu Curry Risotto and the Sichuan Dan Dan Spaghetti. Sweet-toothed diners can enjoy lemon tart and chocolate banana rum tart.

The Park by Years, 132 Yu Chau Stree, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 5336 4000,

POP Vegan

pop vegan
Source: POP Vegan

Located on Elgin Street in the Soho district, POP Vegan offers a variety of Western vegan dishes, including eggplant parmigiana and hedgehog mushroom pie. It’s also free from alliums, (a species of plant including onions, garlics and chives) making it suitable for Buddhists. 

POP Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2628 6211,


2048 curry
Source: 2048

This Sai Kung staple is renowned for its Asian-inspired tapas, including its papaya-infused Tikiya Kebab, crispy peking taco and more. If this doesn’t strike your fancy, try one of their burgers or curries. Their happy hour deal is amazing as well – you can get two drinks for HK$55 across the restaurant’s Italian house wines and Bavarian lager. 

2048, 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, +852 6420 8456,


mana flatbread
Source: MANA!

With their zero-waste, plant-based and whole-food ethos, MANA! has been a staple for non-meat eaters in Hong Kong since 2012, serving flavourful and nutritious whole foods. They’re renowned for their Za’atar flatbread wraps, but their house-made burgers and salad bowls are also great. Wash it down with one of their house-made range of vegan coffees. 

Mana, 8 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5501 7583

Mana, 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 5501 7591;

See also: 8-Week Challenge: 8 Benefits OF Going Meatless



TREEHOUSE is a great grab-and-go plant-based option when you’re out in Central. The iconic restaurant’s offerings include sourdough flatbreads to grain bowls and burgers. The in-house vegan sourdough is well worth the trip. Overall, the menu is completely unprocessed, serving only whole foods free from preservatives, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, trans-fats, soy-isolates and bleached flour.

TREEHOUSE (BaseHall), BaseHall, LG9 Jardine House (Basement Level), 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3643 0865,

TREEHOUSE (H Code), Shop 1, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong. +852 3791 2277,

Hemingway’s DB

hemingway's vegan restaurant
Source: Hemingway’s

Stop by Hemingway’s on your next day trip to Discovery Bay. The beach-front bar and restaurant specialises in plant-based foods. The menu has a wide variety of foods, including nachos, burgers and pizzas, ensuring something for everyone, as well as a full bar and live music on weekends. 

Hemingway’s DB, Shop G09, G/F, D’Deck, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2987 8804,

Whether you’re looking to cut back on your meat consumption or just curious about plant-based food, our list of vegan restaurants in Hong Kong will help (and delight you)!

See also: 8-Week Challenge: 8 Benefits of Going Meatless

plant-based ice creams

4 of our favourite natural plant-based ice creams

We all scream for ice cream! Or do we? On a sweltering summer day, nothing beats a heat busting ice cream, but did you know that around 70% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant? In Asia, this jumps to around 90%! Thankfully, brands are starting to catch on by ditching traditional dairy ice creams and opting for plant-based alternatives. This is a win for all those dairy-avoiders and better for the environment too because producing a glass of milk results in almost three times more greenhouse gas emissions than any plant-based milk!

In the spirit of being mindful of our bodies and our planet, here are 4 yummy plant-based brands of ice creams available in Hong Kong. 

plant-based ice creams
Source: Cocoparadise


Since being founded in 2013, Cocoparadise’s mission is to make its products using simple but healthy ingredients (check out their ingredient lists which contains nothing unpronounceable). Made with a coconut milk base, their new vegan ice creams are free of synthetic preservatives and fillers, but have the taste and texture of “normal” ice creams; after all, healthy eating shouldn’t be boring!

Available in charcoal coconut, original coconut and Thai milk tea, Cocoparadise’s vegan ice creams take the guilt out of guilty pleasures. You can find them at selected City’Super outlets, and at popups around the city. Follow them here.

Check out our interview with Cocoparadise founder, Valerie Chiu here!

plant-based ice creams
Source: Green Common


Green Monday, the home of Omnipork, recently launched its first vegan ice cream range. Created with coconut milk and cashew milk and available in two flavours, Matcha Purity and Chocolate Hearty, the ice creams are free from cholesterol and trans fat, as well as artificial colouring and refined sugar. 

You can find them at selected Green Common stores and at over 500 7-Eleven stores across the city. Until June 30th, you can try both flavours for HKD$50.  

plant-based ice creams
Source: Happy Cow


One of Hong Kong’s first plant-based ice creams, Happy Cow, uses coconut milk as a base and serves up a variety of delicious flavours, including dragon berry, salted caramel swirl and pineapple coconut in cup or waffle cone. Prices start at HKD$38 for a single scoop. 

Find them at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, as well as selected Fusion and ParknShop outlets. They also offer catering services for parties and events, so you can indulge in your very own Happy Cow cart at your next party!

plant-based ice creams harmony
Source: Harmony


Made with almond or cashew milk, these yummy, GMO and additive-free vegan ice creams are freshly made in small batches in Hong Kong. Harmony’s unique flavour offerings include durian, mint and lemon poppy seed. Prices range between HKD$38 and $48 for a 100ml cup, and $118 and $158 for a 450ml tub. You can find them at selected CitySuper outlets and Great Food Hall, among others.

Making healthy, environmentally-friendly food decisions doesn’t mean your diet has to be bland- it’s so important to enjoy the foods we put into our bodies, and not pick them based on guilt or how we think health should look. These sweet treats prove that you can make ethical, healthy food decisions and still indulge every once in a while! 

8-week Challenge: 8 Plant-based Milk Alternatives

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Welcome to our second “challenge” on how you can take small and intentional steps towards a greener future. Enter above to be in with a chance of winning a huge gift box of the best healthy snacks from our friends at Coco Paradise, along with a fab Keep Cup to make sure we’re helping you stay healthy and sustainable at the same time.

This week (21st June) we are encouraging you to take one greener step towards being more eco-friendly by bringing your own reusable cup next time you leave the house. 

We’ve all become so accustomed to buying our morning joe (or whatever your tipple might be) from our favourite local coffee shop, that we forget the impact this simple habit has on the environment. Taking your own cup can mitigate a heavy burden not only on our environment but on your conscience too. 

The staple side-kick to our drinks and breakfast; milk, is also often forgotten. The impact of the dairy industry on the environment is staggering but thankfully we are now blessed with so many milk alternatives for our drinks, smoothies and cereals that it’s hard to choose!

Now, not every alternative is 100% eco-friendly. Some do pose a burden on the environment in their own rite, often as a result of over-reliance and therefore over-farming, this is why it’s good to switch it up often and stay open-minded. 

HERE ARE OUR 8 FAVOURITE MILK ALTERNATIVES – some are readily available in coffee shops and others in supermarkets.

  1. Oat Milk – By now I’m sure we’ve all heard of or tried oat milk. Oatly is the first brand to dream this innovation into existence and it’s still our favourite dairy alternative being readily available in most supermarkets. 
  1. Almond Milk – Another widely available alternative. Although almond milk has high water and pesticide requirements, it’s a good ‘sometimes’ alternative to traditional dairy or your other vegan milk. We don’t like pesticides so prefer to buy organic from Rude Health which is available in Fusion. 
  1. Soya Milk – Soya is abundant but can also be burdensome on the environment unless you choose organic. We like The Bridge Bio because they use organic soya beans from Italy. 
  1. Cashew Milk – This can be some of the ‘creamiest’ milk out of all the dairy alternatives. Especially delicious mixed with breakfast recipes like cereals. Another Rude Health favourite. Widely found in Fusion and Marketplace. 
  1. Quinoa Milk – A nice un-mass produced milk that actually tastes surprisingly good! Another good one from The Bridge Bio. Available in most Marketplace’s. 
  1. Rice Milk – A simple and readily available alternative with many available brands. The only challenge is finding one with clean ingredients and few additives. Another Rude Health favourite. 
  1. Coconut Milk – We love to make coconut milk fresh and it takes little time. With coconuts readily available in Hong Kong all year round its easy to pick-up a nut, crack it open, drain the water and scoop out the meat straight into your blender and blend on high for a few minutes! Simple. 
  1. Hemp Milk – Another easy one to make at home but sometimes convenience is key. This is lesser seen and therefore fewer options available. We prefer to make our own but otherwise we will go with Pacific Foods, available in most supermarkets. 

Watch out for unnecessary additives, flavours and preservatives. 

Sometimes you just can’t avoid oils but always check for an oil free alternative.

Now, don’t forget your cup, let’s play!

3 Reasons to try “Meatless Monday”

If you are interested in cutting back but aren’t quite sure where to start, why not try “Meatless Monday”? Simply put, Meatless Monday involves skipping meat for just one day a week in favour of a plant-based day.

Why Monday? Because it helps you start off the week on a strong note and your willpower to start new habits is still strong. An added bonus to starting Meatless Monday’s each week, some claim they eat more fruits, vegetables and plant-based meals throughout the rest of the week… bonus!

So here’s 3 reasons why you should try Meatless Monday

Diversity in Your Diet is Important

No single food contains all the necessary nutrients for overall health and wellness, so it’s important to eat a colourful and varied diet to ensure that you get adequate amounts of all essential nutrients your body and brain needs. 

Consuming a diverse diet can reduce inflammation, which is important to prevent chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. It also ensures a healthy gut microbiome, which we are only beginning to learn the importance of. 

This gives us so much freedom to try any and every plant-based food out there and really have fun with experimenting. 

Mitigating the Environmental Impact of Meat

It is not yet understood the full impact it would have on the world if everyone ate a fully plant-based diet. We do however know that reducing our reliance on animals is important. 

People often talk about the expectation that everyone should be going vegan and eliminating our reliance on animals completely, but even a shift to a “flexitarian” diet can have a huge impact on our health and the climate problem. 

Source: Green Monday

Experimenting With New Ingredients and Recipes

We often think of taking something away that we love (like meat) a loss, but in truth, we often forget to think about all the things we are gaining (like better health). We do not believe in restriction, we believe in crowding out the bad with the good. What do we mean by this? Basically, eating more healthy plants, making there less room for factory farmed meats and dairy. 

Thankfully, Hong Kong has plenty of restaurants that are not only vegetarian and vegan but more and more mainstream restaurants are serving vegan options on their menus like Thai Chiu and Chilli Fagara.  

If you love to cook, you can also prepare your favourite meat dish with a meatless alternative, like Beyond Burger or Omnipork that looks, cooks and tastes just like their living counterparts. 

For some Meatless Monday inspiration, follow 8Shades on Instagram where we’ll be sharing some meatless inspo! 

Going vegan might not save the world

People dabble with veganism for various reasons. Some for the health benefits, some for the love of animals, and some for the environment. While we support diversified diets and less meat consumption on the whole, if you are becoming a vegan solely because you’ve been told veganism is THE antidote to global warming and climate change, drop your kale and take a seat – we have some news for you. 

No, we’re not here to burst anyone’s green bubble. Ditching meat could very well be the most sustainable thing anyone can do to help save the planet, but that depends on where you live, where your food comes from, and how it lands on your plate. 


Is your hood vegan friendly

In Finland, eating fish is considered an environmentally sustainable diet because fishing helps prevent the lakes from overcrowding and in turn, keeps the underwater life healthy. In some Arctic communities, consuming seal meat is also considered sustainable (and nutritionally efficient) because not many vegetables can withstand frost. For greens to make their way to the table, they’d either have to be raised under controlled conditions, or be transported from other parts of the world. 

From plant to plate… by plane

And that brings us back to Hong Kong and our supermarket visits. Imported perishable fruits and veggies like asparagus, strawberries, grapes… most of them have travelled far usually by air, truck or barge to make it to the shelves and believe it or not, transportation can actually create more greenhouse gas emission than a quail. 

“Not as bad” doesn’t mean “good”

Plant-based alternative and faux meat brands are on the rise, and they all have the same promise of doing good for the environment. Granted, imitation meat has less carbon footprint than animal meat, but it’s still heavily processed, and with that comes the price of deforestation, habit destruction and carbon emissions.

Fair trade can fail 

As the demand for plant production arises, labour violations increase. According to Harvard Political Review, approximately 3.5 million agricultural workers globally are enslaved people, and about 75% of farmworkers in the United States are undocumented. This field is notorious for mistreatment and underpayment, which affects both plant and animal farmworkers. Not to mention the toxic chemicals they inhale everyday and the intense labour that comes with the job. 

People vs. plants

Less meat means more reliance on plants. More plants mean more reliance on soy, corn and hybridized wheat. At the moment, artificial fertilisers account for at least 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions (meat and diary make up 14.5%, but you get the point). Plant diversity is key and moving to regenerative agriculture could be a solution, but can it cope with the load of feeding the world’s population? We haven’t done the maths but we’re going ahead with “very unlikely”. 

Conscious living is key

So no, going vegan is not a one-size-fits-all dietary solution and it won’t save the planet (as least not right now). But yes, if you are mindful of where your food comes from and how it is made, going vegan could mean less negative impact on our environment. And for many, that’s good enough of a reason to adopt the V and drop the meat. 

Giveaway: Have a Vegan Easter with our pals at The Cakery

Hands up if you’re vegan, suffer from a dairy allergy or are just trying to be a little bit healthier this month?

Fret not, you can indulge over Easter too this year thanks to Cakery, 8Shades’ favorite guilt free bakery. Not only is their Easter egg vegan, it’s actually so gorgeous on the eyes, you might not want to eat it!

This isn’t like your ordinary bar of plain vegan chocolate my friends, this Easter egg is so awesome it’s even hiding a surprise inside. For all of you who have missed out for so long, now we can really indulge.

It’s no secret that the dairy industry causes significant environmental damage which is comprised of land clearing, increasing greenhouse gas emissions from industrially farmed cows methane and excessive water usage. So even if you’re not vegan, just by eating vegan chocolate this year instead of conventional chocolate, you are actively taking a step towards making the world a shade greener.

8Shades is about the small changes, not about giving up guilty pleasures.

This Easter 8Shades will be gifting two of Cakery’s Large Easter Egg’s (HK$588) to our Instagram competition winners. As if the Egg wasn’t enough of an incentive, we are also giving away two of their newest vegan Picnic Basket’s (HK$618) which for the lucky winners, will be delivered directly to your doorstep. Click here to enter NOW!

This vegan Easter egg really has to be seen to be believed. Dressed in a cheerful ombre yellow and decorated with a trail of fondant flowers and a surprise center of twenty four mini eggs, it’s sure to be a hit with the kids.

The Cakery’s new vegan Picnic Basket is a real treat and the perfect way to enjoy the sunny outdoors over the Easter holidays. While the purchase price is HK$618, please note that upon returning the basket to any of The Cakery outlets, HK$30 will be refunded back to you.

The picnic basket packs a full portable afternoon tea-style set for two, including savory vegan dishes such as Cauliflower Salad, Red Pesto Sweet Potato Sandwiches, Superfood Crackers with Cheese Dip, and Roasted Corn with Spicy Mayo, as well as some sweet vegan pastries to balance out the meal.

Sweets include Croissant, Mini Lemon Tarts, Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Tarts, Vegan Mini Cupcakes, and Chocolate Dreamer Cupcakes. Wash it all down with some refreshing Organic Sodas.

Click through to our Instagram page here to enter the competition now!

The Unleathering of Leather

Investors take note: the global vegan leather industry is forecasted to be worth nearly USD $90 billion by 2025! To put that in perspective, the global sports footwear market is currently valued at USD $90.4 billion. Wait a second, what exactly is vegan leather? Some of you may have heard of or even own faux fur. Well, like faux fur, vegan leather doesn’t use any animal skins or animal-derived materials.


We have to thank our eco-warriors for vegan leather’s meteoric rise in popularity. Today’s consumers are becoming more conscious about the environmental footprint of not just what they eat but what they wear and their dollars are speaking. In addition to issues of animal cruelty, traditional leather production is linked to some serious environmental hazards. 

90% of animal leather is made by tanning the hide (skin) of animals (most often cows, but also goats, kangaroos, crocodiles, fish) with chromium sulfate and other chromium salts. These are toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that often make their way into soil, waterways, and farmlands, and have caused respiratory problems, infections, infertility and birth defects among animals and humans.

More companies are hearing customers’ demands for planet friendly leather options, recognizing that their failure to innovate will cost them losses in market share; sadly that’s what drives most companies, but the tides of change are upon us. 


It’s important to note however that most vegan leather is still made of or contains some form of plastic. As we highlight in “plastic is not so fantastic”, plastics are made of fossil fuels and do not biodegrade. Fortunately, researchers, scientists, and innovators have been hard at work creating vegan leather that is actually sustainable. Check out our list of eight bio-materials that we were shocked yet excited to find in the booming vegan leather industry. 


There is Mushroom in Our Hearts 

Bolt Threadsis a startup company that’s specialized in growing next generation fibers that are inspired by nature. Although the startup is best known for creating Microsilk, a polymer bioengineered to mimic spider silk, the company has recently debuted a handbag made from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.


Always Strive for Grapeness 

Vegea is an Italian company that has developed vegan leather made entirely from grapes and waste products of the wine industry. Last year, H&M launched an entire collection with Vegea, and Bentley has even used grape leather to line the interior of its 100th anniversary car.


Let’s Live Apple-y Ever After 

Frumat is an Italian company that is based in the north of Italy, a region known for the production of apples. The company has engineered a bio-based leather alternative using the apple industry’s food waste, including the peel and the core of apples.


You’re Berry Special 

Gunas is an American handbag company that uses 100% vegan leather in all of its designs. Recently, they launched Moby, the first unisex bag that was made by artisans in South Korea using layers of handmade paper coated with Mulberry tree leaf pulp.  


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I’m Coconuts about You 

Malai is an Indian company started by product designers, mechanical engineers and fashion designers. Partnering with local coconut farmers, the company collects their waste coconut water that would otherwise be dumped and has transformed it into a bio-composite material with a leather feel.


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Don’t pine for me 

Piñatex is a natural, non-woven leather alternative that is made from the cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves. Piñatex is certainly a fan favorite and has been featured in the product lines of Puma, Hugo Boss and even Chanel! Also, #womanboss alert: Dr. Carmen Hijosa developed Piñatex at the age of 62, while undertaking her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London. She is a trailblazing entrepreneur that has won numerous innovation awards. You can find her Ted Talk here.


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Always shake your boochy 

Bulgarian-born fashion designer Galina Mihaleva has recently created vegan leather using kombucha, the fizzy probiotic drink that all of us love.


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Be-Leaf in Yourself 

Nuvi Nomad is a Frankfurt company that sells vegan leather products that are made from teak leaves sustainably sourced and handpicked by farmers in Chiang Mai.

Can you believe that disgards of everyday fruits, vegetables and other plants are at the frontier of eco-friendly innovation? It’s true that luxury designers have been slower to embrace leather alternatives, understandably so because leather is considered an item of luxury. Nevertheless, let’s not forget that the most successful companies are those that dared to pioneer, those that were disruptive, and those that didn’t always take the well trodden path. 

Did you know that Tesla’s Luxury Model 3 interior is 100% vegan? From its seats to the steering wheel, the entire car is leather free! Kudos, Elon. 

Now, it’s your turn to demand all this creative change to be accessible to everyone, especially from the fashion industry.  

The Steaks Are High this CNY

The Year of the Ox is upon us, and we have a rare opportunity to reflect upon something timely: steak. Who doesn’t love a million juicy steaks? Regrettably, the environment. 

The cattle industry is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gases worldwide. Each year, a single cow can also belch 220 pounds of methane. Cattle production also has a large water footprint: it takes around 50 bathtubs of water to produce just one factory farmed steak, yikes! 

The amount of water used for factory farmed meat production in just 35 hours could provide drinking water for everyone on earth for a whole year. Moreover, the conversion of wild land for beef is a leading cause of deforestation in many tropical regions and, by extension, the destruction of habitat and wildlife extinction. 

If the world is to meet its target of limiting global warming, some degree of shift in our beef consumption or awareness is necessary.

But I don’t want to be vegan 

Now, we understand that not everyone can give up beef, we believe meat can contribute to a healthy diet and therefore vegetarian or veganism might not always be the best option. We are not advocating for anyone to completely give up their beloved steak. Rather we hope that you’ll journey with us in becoming a more conscious beef consumer, especially during this symbolic Year of the Ox.

Check out some of our tips to help you:

  1. One day a week, cut the meat!

Consider #MeatlessMonday, which is a global movement that encourages people to not eat meat on Monday to improve their health, and the health of the planet. 

  1. Make beef your side bae.

For those of who do not suffer from any nutritional deficiencies, make meat your side dish, and choose more meat and non-meat combos. Remember there are alternate sources that pack more iron than beef: oysters, white beans, tofu, and chia seeds. 

  1. Less burgers, more bacon. 

We cut down a lot of forests to harvest animals, but beef, far more than pork or chicken, requires much more land, contributing to greater environmental harm. 

  1. The Lab is Fab.

Get excited about the booming lab-grown, cultured meat industry. Together, scientists and entrepreneurs have begun to master both the taste and the feel of meat. Even Michelin-starred restaurants have started featuring lab-grown meat on their menus. 

  1. Less dairy, less bloating. 

To reduce our reliance on cows, we also should try to limit our dairy consumption. Thankfully, dairy-free alternatives like oat milk, soy milk, and rice milk are delicious and readily available at most supermarkets. Fun fact: Asians are more likely to be lactose intolerant, and they also have longer life expectancies. This reinforces the fact that milk may not be the complete health food we are led to believe. 

  1. Choose pasture-raised, grass-fed beef. 

Mass produced beef on factory-farms is manifold worse in terms of polluting our air, land, and water streams. Some of the largest meat processing companies produce more carbon emissions than fossil fuel giants like Shell or BP. Alternatively, pasture-raised cows who graze outdoors correspond with much more sustainable farming operations. Moreover, these cows tend to live in more natural, ethical conditions, grazing freely, rather than live their lives cramped in cages.  

  1. Turn on your TV.

Continue educating yourself by watching gripping movies that explore the hidden secrets of the meat industry. Our favorite Netflix docos include Cowspiracy, Kiss the Earth, and Vegucated. Check out a great YouTube option here

  1. Spread the message! 

A little less meat today may not seem like a significant contribution, but more conscious meat choices over time will do wonders for the environment (and your health)! Committing to #MeatlessMonday with your family and friends can bring about fun and creative opportunities to make some new, meatless family recipes together. Let’s get creative!

Share your conscious hacks on Instagram and tag us @8Shadesofficial and #findyourgreen.