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A raw vegan influencer is trying to make lettucetti a thing and people are outraged

Behold lettucetti (Picture: Ullenka Kash)
First the foodie influencers attempted to replace pasta wi..

Behold lettucetti (Picture: Ullenka Kash)

First the foodie influencers attempted to replace pasta with courgetti, and we, as a society, allowed this.

Supermarkets began selling their own shredded courgette next to their fresh tagliatelle. Restaurants offered a courgetti swap for anyone cutting carbs.

Courgette is not pasta. We know this. And yet we let courgetti happen.

So is it any wonder that another food influencer has decided to make lettucetti a thing?

Lettucetti is the creation of Ullenka Kash, a health coach, mum, and influencer with more than 126,000 followers on Instagram. Ullenka only eats raw fruit and veg – nothing else – and lettucetti is one of her many raw vegan versions of popular meals.

As the name probably gives away, lettucetti is just… shredded lettuce. Top that with sauce (a raw, meat-free and dairy-free sauce, to be clear) and its a tiny bit like spaghetti bolognese… apparently.

A variation on Ullenkas raw, vegan spag bol (Picture: Ullenka Kash)

Ullenka shared this creation on Instagram, where it was swiftly slammed by people who took offence to the YouTuber referring to the dish as Raw Vegan Lettuce Spaghetti ala Bolognese.

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One woman wrote: This. Is. A. Salad.

Another commented said: This is a war declaration against all Italian culture and everything pasta represents for us.

The comments section of the Instagram post also features a lot of angry Italian and vomit face emoji. Of course.

Despite the backlash, Ullenka continues to refer to her shredded salad leaves as lettucetti and the variations of raw mushroom paste as a bolognese sauce.

But she tells Metro.co.uk she is not trying to replace pasta with lettuce.

Ullenka kash eating lettucetti
Ullenka eating lettucetti (Picture: Ullenka Kash)

I am making a lot of raw vegan versions of popular foods, to make familiar whats unfamiliar, Ullenka tells us. To follow high raw vegan lifestyle successfully, youve got to get a bit creative, with your dinners especially.

Eating chopped lettuce topped with chopped tomatoes every day seemed not satisfying enough.

I started to make lettuce rolls, lettuce sushi etc. Lettuce became my base for many different meals. I discovered how many things I can actually do with it!

One day I wanted something quick and filling, so just decided to blend all of my add-ons and make it very simple – just lettuce and sauce.

Since I cut lettuce into stripes, it reminded me a lot of a spaghetti! So I started to call it spaghetti salad or lettucetti or bolognese salad etc.

Lettucetti is just shredded lettuce topped with a raw vegan 'sauce'
Lettucetti is just shredded lettuce topped with a raw vegan sauce (Picture: Ullenka Kash)

I am not Italian and spaghetti for me is a symbol of pasta with sauce, something that you can spin on fork and enjoy a tasty bite easily.

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Ullenka explains that her version of spaghetti bolognese isnt supposed to taste like spaghetti bolognese. It does remind her of the dish, though.

For someone who doesnt eat meat, who doesnt eat typical vegan cooked food, it does taste Italian, Mediterranean and has the saucy satisfying taste, she explains. I made this recipe very spontaneously, without the intention for it to taste exactly like a Bolognese sauce does.

Since all the outrage, however, Ullenka says shes working on making her sauce taste more like the original.

While she claims lettucetti isnt a replacement for pasta, she does suggest people try it when craving spag bol on a raw vegan diet.

Ullenka kash eating raw vegan version of spaghetti bolognese
Ullenka and her family have been following a raw vegan diet for five years (Picture: Ullenka Kash)

I used to love it and I just cant (dont want to) eat regular spaghetti, Ullenka tells us I remember how heavy in the stomach spaghetti feels. Well, this is not happening with my version of it.

I can eat any amount that I want and keep a flat stomach and great energy.

Ullenka has served the meal to her friends and family, who she says absolutely love it. Shes been feeding her children a raw vegan diet in 2014, claiming that meals of chopped vegetables and entire watermelons have healed her daughters eczema and her sons autism.

As youd expect for someone who believes a raw vegan diet can heal autism (a claim with no scientific backing and that suggests autism is something to be cured), the case of lettucetti is not the first time Ullenka has been criticised online.

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After claiming to have treated her daughters eczema and sons autism with a fruitarian diet, Ullenka began to share recipes and guides online before writing an eBook, The Fruit Cure, and offering fans a Healing Program to help them make the transition to an entire raw diet.

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Wetherspoons adds first plant-based fake meat burger to the menu

The new burger is made to feel and taste like meat (Picture: JD Wetherspoon)
When youre after some v..

The new burger is made to feel and taste like meat (Picture: JD Wetherspoon)

When youre after some vegan grub, Wetherspoons likely isnt the first place you think to go.

For pints, sure. But plant-based meals?

That could be set to change with the pub brands newest addition to the menu.

JD Wetherspoon has teamed up with startup The Meatless Farm – the UK rival to those Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers youve heard about – to create a vegan burger with the taste and texture of meat.

The burgers first landed on the menu early this year. Now, after a successful six-month trial in 40 Wetherspoons pubs, itll be available at all 880 Wetherspoons branches.

You may have sampled The Meatless Farms offering before – they sell their plant-based mince, burgers, and sausages in loads of major supermarkets.

Made of pea, soy and rice protein, chicory root, and carrot fibre, the burger is designed to have that meaty feel that will convert even the staunchest carnivores to give it a go.

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While Wetherspoons already does a vegetarian burger, this will be the first ever vegan patty the pub has sold.

Its served with a side of chips and onion rings for around £6 (prices vary depending on which Wetherspoon you head to).

Wetherspoons head of catering, Jameson Robinson, said: We are keen to offer vegetarian and vegan pub-goers an excellent choice of meals to enjoy at Wetherspoon.

The plant-based burger is a great addition to the menu and we are confident that it will prove popular with vegetarians and vegans as well as those who eat meat.

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Heinz team up with Hummingbird Bakery to launch ketchup and beans flavour cakes

Were… not sure (Picture: Hummingbird)
We all know somebody who loves condiments a bit too much.

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Were… not sure (Picture: Hummingbird)

We all know somebody who loves condiments a bit too much.

The one who drowns their roast dinner in ketchup, or eats lasagna with a squirt of salad cream on the side.

But are condiment cupcakes a step too far? Heinz has teamed up with the famous Hummingbird Bakery to create a range of cakes inspired by the beans manufacturers iconic products.

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Sweet and savoury sometimes works… right? (Picture: Hummingbird)

The cupcake flavours include ketchup, beans, mayo, salad cream and tomato soup – and were not sure how to feel about them.

The launch of the cakes this Friday is to celebrate the birthday of company founder, Henry John Heinz.

Each of the six Hummingbird Bakery branches in London is giving away 25 of the cakes for free, on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, youll be able to buy them for £3.45 each.

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OK, we just need to try one (Picture: Hummingbird)

But do we really need a mayo flavoured cupcake? And how does a tomato soup flavoured cake even work? Were not sure, but were definitely intrigued.

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Heinz notoriously enjoy playing with their classic flavours. Only recently they launched their Saucy Sauce – a hybrid mayo/ketchup condiment. And plenty of people were excited about the launch of a Heinz Beanz pizza.

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Zizzi launches jackfruit pepperoni pizza and its completely vegan

The pizza is entirely vegan (Picture: Zizzi)
Attention, plant-based pals: Zizzi has launched a new v..

The pizza is entirely vegan (Picture: Zizzi)

Attention, plant-based pals: Zizzi has launched a new vegan pizza and it sounds amazing.

The new jackfruit pepperoni pizza comes in partnership with plant-based protein company Jack & Bry.

The Jackfruit Italian Hot is topped with a new kind of pepperoni to create a vegan alternative to the classic, so now vegans dont have to miss out on enjoying circles of meaty joy.

The plant-based pizza, which costs £10.75, is the first vegan dish to be permanently added to the Zizzi menu, and has been voted as the Best Vegan Pizza at the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2019.

The new pizza comes topped with four ingredients: spicy harissa, roquito chili, vegan Mozzarisella and jackfruit pepperoni.

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The pepperoni is made from jackfruit (Picture: Zizzi)

It took 12 months to develop the palm oil-free meat alternative which is high in fibre and also features 70% less fat than the traditional meat pepperoni.

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So yes, its a pretty healthy option all round – even for those who arent vegan.

The Jackfruit Italian Hot is available as a Rustica, Classic or Skinny pizza and comes as part of Zizzis new Autumn menu which will be available from 15 October.

Bryony Tinn-Disbury, Co-Founder of Jack & Bry says: Were absolutely thrilled to be working with Zizzi on their latest vegan dish. There is a huge opportunity right now for brands and restaurants to listen to their audiences by expanding their plant-based offerings. Its great that Zizzi are committed to its audience and are helping to create delicious, guilt-free plant-based alternatives.

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Kathryn Wilson, Director of Food Development at Zizzi added: Were always looking for new ways to innovate our dishes at Zizzi and ensure that there is something for everyone. Our customers are more conscious than ever in what theyre eating and how it is sourced.

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