Day 7 of Veganuary

Cooked a yummy vegan (spicy) korma for tonight’s dinner full of nutrients, I know it will fill us up until breakfast tomorrow! Served with brown rice – recipe below.

After 7 days, both of us thought we would be feeling weak, starving hungry and need of some meat but this is definitely not the case! I feel more awake when I finish with work every day, weekends are more productive and mentally I feel so much better for it that we have done this all without ANY animal products!

I would say about 75% of people both Alex and I have told, are all negative (naive). You DON’T ‘just need meat to survive’ and animals are NOT ‘bred just to be eaten’. These are a couple of the comments we have received. We are getting more protein than when we were on a ‘meat’ diet and with supplements probably more B12 than before too! Brilliant!

I think we could give veganism a real go after #Veganuary?!.. thoughts?

Anyway keep your eyes peeled for more recipes and follow me on instagram for daily food updates.

Ingredients:

3 small sweet potatoes

2 lumps of frozen spinach

1 can of chickpeas (drained and washed)

400g can of chopped tomatoes

1 handful of frozen green beans

half a red onion, chopped

1 orange pepper

1 cup of brown rice to serve

Method:

  1. Boil the chopped and peeled sweet potatoes in with the green beans.
  2. Oil a frying pan, and throw in the diced onion and peppers. Once sweated down, pour in the chickpeas and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil then simmer in half a teaspoon of hot chilli powder, 2 teaspoons of mild curry powder and 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast.
  3. Add in 2 minced garlic cloves and let simmer. Meanwhile the rice is on boil.
  4. Add in frozen spinach to the curry sauce.
  5. When sweet potatoes/green beans are nearly done, drain and put in with the curry sauce mixture altogether. Keep stirring and then add in Alpro coconut cream until it suits your taste.
  6. Serve with the rice and ENJOY! You won’t be hungry for aaaages!
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Veganuary!

Today was nothing special, just a normal day at work. I was scrolling through Facebook on my lunch break and stumbled across an advertisement for ‘Veganuary’… I clicked on it and it enticed me. I was intrigued.

I had previously looked into veganism and to try it out… I since settled on ‘flexitarianism’.

So there… it didn’t take much for me to sign up then and there with the Veganuary charity and decide also as a New Year’s Resolution that I will be vegan for a month. And see how it goes.

I have dragged Alex down with me!

Wish us luck.. any vegan recipes that you recommend? Send them my way!

Italy campervannin’

You have a pizza my heart

We just returned from 2 weeks travelling around Italy in a campervan (Big Vinny) and boy did we eat well! Thankfully Alex stocked up on Holland & Barratt’s Lactase tablets for this trip as he would have suffered without them! So if you suffer from lactose intolerance or struggle to digest dairy – give these a go!

We ate a pizza and pasta almost every day and still didn’t get sick of Italian food! seriously, I thought we would but we haven’t. I of course went to the most rich in flavour meals or the cheesiest, creamiest pasta dishes… while Alex (very cleverly) opted for more simple, fresh dishes. Pizza marinara with no cheese was a favourite!

I will be making fresh bruschetta, pizzas and pasta dishes from now on!

Thank You Italy ❤

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Calorie counting… and counting…

Last weekend I decided to try yet ANOTHER ‘fad diet’… or not? whatever way you think of it – I am now mid-week into calorie counting.

According to NHS online:

Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man needs around 10,500kJ (2,500kcal) a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 8,400kJ (2,000kcal) a day. These values can vary depending on age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things.

So what the boyfriend and I are now doing is lowering our calorie intake by 500. I’m limiting myself to 1500 (Tuesday is an exception) whilst trying to burn 500 in a day! (Same for him).

 

 

Monday

  • Porridge with berries and peanut butter = 315 cals
  • Small slither of homemade lasagne and salad = 250 cals
  • Banana mid morning snack = 100 cals
  • Small packet of ASDA crisps = 95 cals
  • Small pie, cauliflower mash and beans = 510 cals
  • Weightwatchers mini roll = 80 cals

Total = 1350

Tuesday

  • Wholemeal toast w/ peanut butter x2 = 422 cals
  • Small packet of ASDA crisps = 95 cals
  • Small apple = 71 cals
  • Homemade cookie (oops!) = 200 cals
  • Pork noodle soup = 289 cals
  • Banana = 100 cals
  • Sausage pasta with veg = 350 cals

Total = 1527

Wednesday

  • Porridge = 315 cals
  • Small apple = 71 cals
  • Tuna couscous salad = 467 cals
  • Banana = 100 cals
  • Courgetti Bolognese = 369 cals

Total = 1322

So far so good… watch this space.

 

 

Eat Well For Less – Brizzle style

ASDA

For a few weeks now we have been trying to make sly swaps in our food shop. Swapping branded things like Heinz and Hellmann’s to ASDA’s own Smart Price. Some of you might wince or cringe at the thought but have you ever actually looked at the packaging for content or nutritional value? Is your weekly shop 100’s of £’s?

Our inspiration was clearly the Channel 4 TV show Eat Well for Less where they film an average family of 4 in the UK on their weekly spend on food. They gradually swap things or don’t swap things in order to save that family money so they can spend it on a massive holiday or a wedding etc. We are doing the same. We want to see how much we can save.

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20170723_192027In the above picture – we will be swapping all of these.

# THE BEST BIT – THEY’RE ALL DAIRY FREE! Mainly the pastry in the pies and the garlic bread… who would have thunk it? You might think ‘hmm well that’s because its chemicals’ or whatever but do you know what… it will do for a couple of months to ensure we save money. And if we can save a lot in a month, then we can go out to restaurants more often and eat ‘nicer’ food.

A couple of things have not been so good like the ‘Diet cola’ and the ‘ham’… that we wont be swapping but out of a lot of things… that’s not too bad!

This was our meal last night – it cost a grand total of 50p EACH (and we secretly like cheap school dinner sausages :))

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over and out.

 

I’m from Holland!

Well, I’m not but having spent the most crucial years of my life living there – I kinda count it! So having just got back from The Hague in The Netherlands… I thought it convenient to go through the food stuffs with you all.

It’s the place where I grew up so obviously still have childish taste buds for the food when I go back. 1 litre of Chocomel (chocolate milk) later and a serious hunt for Broodje Shoarma (I cant really describe what this is but I guess it compares to a British kebab but WAY WAY better) I feel I have filled my tummy with Dutch good-ness. I wish we were there longer and wish I could have brought back more food but airplane restrictions n all that…

I will soon be posting how my homemade version of Broodje Shoarma’s turned out using the herb mixes I brought back along with Alex’s Hagelslag experience. I am proud to have shown him round my old stomping ground/schools and houses. I felt so happy and nostalgic being there with him and taught him some Dutch words along the way! 🙂

I miss these foods so much but when we were living there, we all missed the English food so much! It is weird to think I didn’t grow up with English breakfasts, fish and chips and cider!

Dus totziens voor nu maar kijk uit voor recepten!

 

It’s Easter! My favourite time of year!

As a person who is able to eat full on dairy but just chooses not to due to my partner not being able to, I do find Easter time a really awkward time of year. It’s personally my favourite time of year with daffodils blossoming, lambs bleeting in the fields and the sun shining what better way to top it off with chocolate Easter eggs. Now I know that it’s not what Easter is all about but I am naïve in that sense as someone who also isn’t religious in any way.

With Alex not being able to eat dairy, I do find it difficult each year to find appropriate ‘chocolate’ eggs for him and when I finally do find somewhere that stocks good ones, they’re always sold out!

One of these days I will learn to make my own but for now I will stick to the traditional, good old chocolate cornflake nests (and top with a sweet instead of mini eggs). Alex has introduced gluten back into his diet so he can now also dig in to the traditional hot cross buns with warm, melted, dairy free butter…

If you find any good dairy free Easter treats – do let me know!!

Happy Easter everyone!

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