Chili over Sweet Potatoes (FOK)

Dinner for thos evening:

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First off, my salad.

2 handfuls of kale

1 handful spinach

1 can of res kidney beans (drained)

1 can of marrowfat peas (drained)

Several cherry tomatoes (quartered)

1 small red onion (thinly sliced)

4 cloves of garlic (minced). Can reduce to taste.

Mix your ingredient together. Top off with balsamic vinegar.

And for the baked potato with chili:

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https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/chickpea-chili-baked-potatoes/

I followed the forks over knives recipe. Except I used sweet potatoes and halved the recipe. I also did use any corn. I  did sprinkle it with Nutritional Yeast.

It came out okay. I’d prefer something a little spicier. I think it would go well with some sriracha on top. But it was very filling!

My apologies for the bad picture quality!

Vegan Mini Pizza

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Ingredients:

Whole wheat pita bread

1 can of your favorite red pesto

Spinach

Mushrooms

Green onion

Cherry tomatoes

Vegan cheese (I used violife)

Note that quantities are not listed as this is completely up to you! Change up the ingrefients, tell me what works, what doesn’t. For instance, I used pesto I did not like. It was from waitrose and very much so bland. But it was the only one that was peanut free in the store.

Directions:

Place your pita bread on foil-lined cooking tray. Pour on the pesto to your liking. Add spinach, mushrooms (thinly sliced) and tomatoes. Sprinkle with some green onion and add cheese on top.

Place in oven and cook for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and enjoy!

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Rice and Bean Salad

I had leftover baked beans and rice, so I threw them into a salad!

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Ingredients: (all of these are approximations)

1 cup of kale

1 cup of spinach

1 cup of left over baked beans (see my previous recipe)

50g of cooked brown rice

several slices of red cabbage

1/4 of an avocado

sprinkle of nutritional yeast

sriracha (or other hot sauce)–very much so optional

Directions:

As all of your ingredients are left-overs and are probably already cooked, all you need to do is throw them into a bowl (or Tupperware containers), sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast, add some sauce to taste, and enjoy!

The baked beans were a real treat in this recipe. It was delicious!

Breakfast Smoothie

To try and replace my morning coffee:

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1 cup of Almond milk

1 cup of kale

1 cup of spinach

1 banana

1 pear (cored)

Blend and pour. Add some ground flax seeds, mix, and enjoy. It made two servings for me.

PS. I still want coffee 🙂

Stove-top Baked Beans

Dinner this evening:

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Ingredients :

2 cans of beans (I used Kidney and Butter beans)

1 red onion (diced)

4 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp vinegar

4 tbsp ketchup

100 mL of tomato sauce

1 tbsp marmite

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add water to a large skillet and place onion into skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, until onions have softened. Mince your garlic and add to the skillet. Cook for another 3 minutes, until the garlic gives off an aroma.

Add your beans, vinegar, ketchup, tomato sauce, marmite and all other ingredients. The recipe I modeled this after called for molasses instead of marmite as well as apple cider vinegar. I used white malt vinegar and it turned out ok.

Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Serve with brown rice and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Add side of spinach for more iron!

Breakfast Oatmeal

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Oatmeal cooked with blueberries and raspberries. Banana added on top and sprinkled with flax seeds. I used to add wowbutter, but have stopped as it is too processed for my current level of wanting to be fit. Also try with added seeds or chopped nuts if you do not have an allergy!

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This one is the same as the previous, but no raspberries. Trust me when I say the raspberries add some much better flavor!

You can add cinnamon to the oatmeal for an extra bit of spice!

Sweet Potato Stir-Fry

Dinner time! Recipe for the lazy!

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Ingredients:

4 medium sweet potatoes

1 medium yellow pepper

1 small red onion

2 cups of raw kale

1 can of red kidney beans (rinsed, drained)

Nutritional yeast flakes (to taste)

Turmeric and ground black pepper to taste

Optional: mushrooms and grape tomatoes on the side

Directions:

Pour some water into large frying pan. Cut up your sweet potatoes to bite sized pieces. Add the potatoes to your pan, and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Cut up your onion and yellow pepper to any size you like and add to the pan. Add the kidney beans. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings (I added turmeric and ground back pepper). Stir frequently. If the ingredients begin sticking to the pan, add more water. When you see that the potatoes are soft and nearly done, add the kale (or spinach) and cook until soft. Serve up with Nutritional Yeast sprinkled on top!

Spinach Chickpea Salad

Lunch for the next few days:

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Ingredients:

100 g of Couscous (cooked with turmeric)

1/4 of an avocado

30g of spinach

A handful of red cabbage strips

60 g of chickpeas (canned, drained)

Several tablespoons of red onion

Nutritional Yeast sprinkled on top

A hint of Sriracha for taste

Directions:

I usually just cook up some couscous. I don’t even measure it, just kind of dump it in a pot and let it cook up. I add turmeric to the boiling water so that the couscous will absorb it. Then I add as much veggies as I can to fit into my plastic container, sprinkle on nutritional yeast, pour on some sriracha sauce, and voila!

Pain resurfacing!

NOOO!

I had a pretty bad weekend in terms of staying on track with my diet. And lesson learned!

This weekend I actually ate an egg (gross!), had cheese, and beef. It was disgusting! And it in turn made me feel crappy. This included massive pain in my knees. So severe that I actually had difficulty sleeping through the night.

So today I’m starting, yet again, with my plant-based life. Boy is it ever difficult. Especially when the person you’re living with is an omni. Let’s hope this pain goes away quickly.

Blueberry Banana Porridge

My morning breakfasts usually look like this:

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I buy Tesco Free From Porridge Oats, cook them up with the blueberries and cinnamon. I put a banana on top and sprinkle with fax seeds! Very quick, very easy, very filling.

Previously I was adding Wowbutter (peanut-free peanut butter). But today I decided not to use it as it is fairly processed and contains quite a bit of oil. Still turned out to be a delicious breakfast.