A few of my favourite recipes :)

After sharing one of my most favourite recipes at the moment with a friend just now, I thought maybe I would share a couple of the things Ive been making lately with all of you 🙂 Ive been a bit of a crap vegetarian lately, some bacon and other things snuck its way back in. And I’m not one for a piece of lean meat, my tastebuds like the ‘who even knows whats in that’ type of concoctions you can get from the supermarket deli like salami and deli ham…. So in the spirit of regaining my energy, out goes the salty yumness of salami and in comes the deliciousness of huge zucchinis (did I just say zucchinis are delicious? I need to lay down :D) and lentils and a surprise dessert that was really good on my fruit-only day I made from hardly anything!!

 

So the first recipe is YUM. Its not raw but it is vegetarian, and vegan if you add something other than cream to it, like a soy or non-dairy yoghurt. If you like tandoori, and a bit of spice, this is great, and if you divide the mixture between three it works out at 166 calories per serve, and with 3 papapdums is 260, and provides protein and fibre to your diet.

Tandoori Lentils

1 onion, chopped finely

1 tablespoon tandoori paste

1 cup Massel brand chicken stock (I use this one as its vegan but you can use any)

1/2 can diced tomatoes (if I have very ripe tomatoes I make my own, but this is easy and cheap if you don’t)

100g red lentils

60mL light cream (or non dairy yoghurt if you would like this to be vegan)

microwave papadums

spray oil

Lightly spray a saucepan with oil and cook onions on med-high until soft. Add tandoori paste and cook until fragrant. Add lentils, stock and tomatoes, reduced heat and simmer for about 20 mins, or until lentils are soft. Add cream and stir through, and thats it. Super simple!! Cook your papadums, I’m not a fan of microwaves, I barely use mine, but this is the lowest fat way to make papapdums, just spray with oil and microwave for 50 seconds. If you don’t like as much spice you can add some natural yoghurt on top, or a nice cucumber salad, whatever you like really! Its one of those things you can add vegetables too, and just experiment with 🙂

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The next thing Ive been making a lot lately is also vegetarian, and that is Zucchini Fritters. You can use whatever flour you like, Ive been using self raising gluten free flour, but am going to try some other ones soon and see how I go with those 🙂 This is another recipe you can throw whatever vegetables you have into it, I like these but have also tried with grated pumpkin, peas etc.

Zucchini Fritters

400g zucchinis

2 medium carrots

1 potato

30g tasty cheese (you can leave this out if you like but I crave salt, and cheese is the hardest thing ever for me to give up, so I just have it in little quantities)

3 spring onions

1 free range egg, beaten

1/2 cup self raising flour of your choice

Salt and pepper

Spray oil

Grate up the zucchinis, carrots, potato and cheese, mix with finely chopped spring onions. Mix through the flour and egg, and some salt and pepper to season. Spray a pan on medium heat and drop big spoonfuls of the mixture into it and press down to flatten. Turn and cook the other side. They do take a little while but don’t be tempted to turn the heat up, the outside will burn and the middle wont be cooked. Serving with some mashed avocado and a salad is nice 🙂

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Now this dessert was surprisingly awesome, is also vegetarian and super YUM. It can be made vegan by substituting honey for a different sweetener like maple syrup or dates, but I found I was getting right over dates in recipes, so I gave honey a go for this recipe.

Avocado Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse

1 avocado

2 teaspoons honey

2 heaped teaspoons raw cacao powder

2 heaped tablespoons frozen or fresh raspberries

Put avocado, honey and cacao in a food processor, blend until smooth. Add raspberries, mix gently, then decorate with a few more, and eat. EASY. And was surprisingly yum, even got my little boy to eat some, looks just like a regular chocolate dessert 😀 I had this for dinner on my fruit-only day, it was amazing and filling too!! Play around with the sweetener if its too bitter from the cacao, I like a bitter chocolate with the raspberries but not everyone is like me 🙂

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So they are three of my most favourite things to make at the moment, and so simple, let me know what you think!!

Only five weeks until Pilates school now, massive nerves are setting in, excitement too, but mostly nerves 🙂 Will get back on here this week for a few more posts hopefully, hope you are all having a great weekend!!

xx

Something cool :)

I’m back! Let the blog posts recommence! I don’t know how many times I have said something like this, I apologise, but life happens and I can’t always find the time to write (or sometimes there is just not that much to say!!) but I do love it and I’m back 🙂 I have done my big uni exam on nutritional physiology, one more exam to go before I start uni again for the year, and today I have found a little bit of time to post stuff on my blog and facebook page 🙂 Yay!

 

So…. the juice fast. I didn’t stick to it. In the past I would have beat myself up over that, but you know what, its just not the time. What I have done however is start cycling my food, so I have a fruit only day, a veggie only day (including cooked vegetables, lentils etc) and a juice day, where I have juice the whole day and a meal at night time. And its working, I lost 2 kilos in 10 days, and am feeling really good. And I’m sticking to it, its easy 🙂

I have just been to see my doctor, am so lucky to have found one that is a good listener, who listens to my concerns and finds solutions for me that keep in line with my health beliefs. He offered me Duromine and Xenical (I have tried both before) and I said a great big no thanks, so instead he has referred me to an endocrinologist…. Finally, its been YEARS I have said I needed to see one, maybe this one will have some answers….

So, today I want to share something awesome with you all 🙂 Remember the raw blueberry cheesecake I made, from the Deliciously Ella blog page? Well, she has an iPhone app, with easy access to all of her recipes!!!! So fantastic!!!!

This is the link, I downloaded it straight away (was $5.49 for all of her beautiful recipes, all with photos, BARGAIN), and I love it 🙂

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/deliciously-ella/id813952961

her fb page: https://www.facebook.com/Deliciouslyella

and her site: http://deliciouslyella.com

And in case you have forgotten or havent read my blog post about the ‘cheesecake’, here is the photo of the one I made from her recipe, in case you need any more convincing to get this great app:

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See? Get, it, get it NOW 😀

Will be posting recipes of other yum stuff Ive been making too later today and during this week, hope you like them!!

xx