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Step 1: Meal Planning (Day 1)

So, I mentioned previously that I felt the need for structure. And I googled and googled vegan meal planning, but there wasn’t anything that I liked, or that would fit my lifestyle, or so I felt. So I guess I have to devise my own (I was counting on that quick fix google never fails to provide me with, but alas, I have to put the effort in). I started thinking about what I like to eat, and what I wanted to include, and most of all, what the reason for the seesawing was.

To be honest, I love food. I love meat too. So when temptation drew me in, I caved. But this time, no. This time, I’m remembering how great I felt, how much energy I had, and most importantly, how much I loved cooking! (If my mother reads this she’s going to think I’m nuts because my motto has ALWAYS been “I only cook because I have to eat”, let’s hope she doesn’t see this then!)

Where do I begin with this planning then? At the beginning I guess – first meal of the day – breakfast. Well for a start I’m not a breakfast person so I guess I’ll just have to stick some fresh fruit in there…so that brings me to lunch. During the week I need something that can be prepared the night before, and stuck in a box in the fridge ready to be dragged to work and microwaved or eaten cold at lunch time. I’m a huge fan of cous cous so a simple cous cous salad would work for me here. Then there’s dinner. Something quick, easy and doesnt require a lot of faffing or time between starting to make it and it being set on a plate in front of me. That’s why I like the sound of this tomato and onion tart – looks easy enough, not requiring huge amounts of ingredients and hopefully will taste great!

That’s one day out of the way, I’m off to pull out all my recipe books and fill up the rest of the week! I’ll be back shortly with my findings…

Rxx

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For the love of Fruit..

There’s something about cold weather that makes me love warm desserts. Although, to be fair, I do love them in summer too, especially topped with some vanilla ice cream. Just thinking about the sweet smell, the warm gooey texture with that cold ice cream. It’s absolutely perfect. My stomach is growling and i’m drooling at the thought of it.

We all have overly ripe fruit in our kitchens at some point. Those apples that you bought from the market thinking “I’ll take one to work with me every day!” and never do, and those pears that have sat there just that little bit longer than you hoped. Well, you have to do something with them – you can’t just leave them to rot or grow extra…bits!

This recipe is perfect for using overly ripe fruit, with that added sweetness. Note however that I said overly ripe and NOT mouldy! No extra growths are allowed – that’s just gross!

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe pears, peeled, cut into quarters and cored
  • 2 apples, peeled, cut into quarters and cored
  • Broken pieces of 1 stick of cinnamon (you can just as easily use ground cinnamon – about 1tsp – or more, depending on how much you love cinnamon)  
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • Juice of 1 lemon, zest peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
  • Juice of 3 oranges, zest from 1 orange peeled into strips
  • 75g raisins or sultanas (any dried fruit will do)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the pear and apples quarters in an ovenproof dish with the cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, lemon and orange juice with the zest strips. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the fruit is just soft.

It’s that simple! Serve warm with a scoop of soy vanilla ice cream, or eat on its own. Great as leftovers too – cold with musili as breakfast. Amazingly satisfying!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Breakfast, Dessert, Food, Ice Cream, Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For the love of Breakfast

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, and nutritionists have advised that skipping breakfast affects not only your concentration, but your metabolism and your weight too. However, aside from these amazing breakfast banana muffins I made before, I really struggle with finding something other than fruit or cereal with soy milk that suits my needs.

I’m honestly not a morning person so breakfast for me has to be something easy, that I can prepare in advance or something that seriously excites me.

One breakfast food I do remember from when I was younger is mum’s french toast. That smell waking up in the morning, of sugary sweetness, is absolutely heavenly. I was determined to find a vegan recipe for this all time favourite sunday breakfast just like my mum used to make..and you know what? I did!

And it’s SUPER easy!

½ cup soymilk
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp oil
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp sugar
ground cinnamon to taste

Dip 4 slices day old bread in the mix and fry it lightly on both sides using a tiny bit of oil. See? I told you! Simple!

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Breakfast, Food, Recipes, Vegan

 

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For the love of (Soy) Milk

I’ve always been mildly lactose intolerant, so the adjustment to soy milk for me was really none at all because for as long as I can remember I’ve been substituting regular milk for soy in everything from tea and coffee to cereal and in cooking and baking. I’ve even used soy cream in cooking – but lets leave that for another “For the love of…” entry.

Alpro Soya Milk

Alpro Soy products used to be my favourite when living in the UK, everything from their cream to yogurt to flavoured milks I used to absolutely love. Unfortunately I don’t seem to get the same selection here although if I did it would definately be on my permanent shopping list!! I used to love their soy chocolate milk too, full of chocolatey goodness!

So Good Soy Milk

With my limited selection however, So Good Soy Milk is amazing, they have a huge range of sweetened and unsweetend soy milks, with various flavours ranging from plain to vanilla.

The Verdict: This one is definately on my permanent shopping list. I do prefer the individual serving cartons though, as I find that I go through periods where I just don’t drink it fast enough before it goes off or don’t have enough cereal to go with it. So this way, I feel I can have what I want in moderate amounts with no pressure to finish the massive carton super fast. And since I’m the only one that drinks it in my house, it’s perfect!

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Breakfast, Food, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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For the love of Cheese…Soy Cheese of course

Oh I do love cheese, I was an addict, and I have promised you a review on soy cheeses for such a long time I thought it was about time I delivered!

I have never been a fan of those fake “american” style cheeses that come in bottles or cans, unfortunately I have found that soy cheese tastes very similar to that. It is difficult to find a fab soy cheese on the market.

One that I did find however was not so bad, still a little bottled-up feeling but I generally would only recommend you buy it to make cheese on toast, it’s absolutely not recommended for use in anything else.

Tofutti

Tofutti is fab for exactly that, cheese on toast. Cures a craving, is a great hangover cure (yes, i’m still working on that cutting the alcohol out bit of my life. Moving on..) and all in all doesn’t taste one bit like tofu.

It probably would taste awesome on pizza too but I havent gotten around to trying that one yet. This particular Tofutti comes already sliced (giving it that completely processed cheese feeling i’ve always hated but I am growing to accept). I highly advise against eating this uncooked.

The Verdict: definately will purchase it again, but there are pleanty more soy cheeses on my list to try out, such as Simply Better Foods: SoyCheese with Garden Herbs.

I understand however that this is not completely vegan as it has casein in it. I’m still on the lookout, choices are limited on this end of the world – but I will definately keep you posted with my discoveries!

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2009 in Breakfast, cheese, Food, Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Vaniila Almond Crisp

Vanilla Almond CrispI had incredibly high expectations of this Vanilla Almond Crisp by Peace Cereals, and to be honest, it TOTALLY lived up to expectations! I LOVED it!

Although I have to say I prefer the ginger one I had before, but this is equally good!

Verdict – it will remain on the shopping list for the future!

I must apologise for the short, but sweet update – I promise you’ll have a more detailed update from me and how i’m feeling soon!

Just a side note – there have been a few new additions to the blog – some tasty websites to look at, plus an all new about me section, which I know you’re all DYING to read (not). I’ll continue to update, hopefully you’ll continue to read!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Breakfast, Food, Recipes, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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Peace Out

Breakfast is meant to be your most important meal of the day. For me however, it’s not. For me, it’s always some kind of chore, having to decide what to eat before midday..it’s jut difficult. Recently however, i’ve been content with fresh fruit and some soy yogurt, but it gets boring after awhile to always have the same thing. So, I went in search of something else, and I found some awesome cereal.

RaspberryGingerFor all you ginger lovers out there, this one is definately for you. Made with organic raw cane sugar and brown rice syrup to add the sweetness, this raspberry ginger cereal topped with unsweetened soy milk is perfect in the morning.

Verdict: Loved it! Definately putting this one on the shopping list again, right next to the banana muffin ingredients!

However, before I buy this one again, Peace Cereal do a variety of other organic vegan cereals made with brown rice syrup or raw cane sugar, so after I gobbled this box up, I went down and picked up their Vanilla Almond cereal yesterday, I haven’t tried it yet, but as soon as I do, you’ll be the first to know!

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2009 in Breakfast, Food, Vegan

 

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