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.
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)
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 🙂
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.
2 medium carrots
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
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 🙂
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
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 🙂
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!!