‘Moreish’ Bean Burgers; vegan

If you are a plant-based eater, chances are that more often than once you have been invited to a BBQ and not known what to eat. You want to have SOMETHING to put in your burger bun, but obviously meat is a no-go, and many commercially available meat substitutes are full of fat, oil, salt and preservatives.

Or, maybe you’re just an average person who is looking to improve their health by reducing their meat consumption a bit.

Of maybe you just like goo quality food, like me.

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HCLF when in the workforce

At this stage in life, I am working in an office environment, and although I truly enjoy my job, in an ideal world and if money were no object, I would be enjoying a far different existence.

However, it is what it is, and so I have been honing a few different habits in order to make this lifestyle easier and more practical for the every day average-Jane, such as myself.

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8 face-palm moments of being plant-based/transitioning to vegan.

  1. Finding out your favourite sauce/condiment isn’t vegan “What do you mean my spicy tomato pesto contains 7% cheese? ITS PESTO :(“
  2. Realising that your favourite fruits are never in season where you live, or prohibitively expensive (read: grapes and berries UGH MY WALLET)
  3. When you realise you eat so much damn food that you try to grow your own organic veggie patch at home, and fail miserably.
  4. When your SO/family/friends have surprisingly strong, negative reactions to your change of lifestyle.
  5. Having to look like a troll because they don’t sell vegan/non-animal-tested makeup in your country.
  6. Having plain beans and rice for dinner (again) because you’re broke from buying expensive fruit and importing makeup.
  7. When foreign restaurants don’t understand the concept of vegan, and so deliver your vegetarian pasta with cheese on top.
  8. When your dog starts begging for cucumber and veggie scraps, rather than just meat scraps.

    My watermelons didn't even make it to the size of tennis balls before the plant died :(

    My watermelons didn’t even make it to the size of tennis balls before the plant died 😦

What sort of face-palm, awkward, or hilarious moments have you experienced since going vegan/plant based? Leave a comment below!

Ginger Garlic Soy Stirfry

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures, by last night I made a huge stir fry for me and my boyfriend. He is on the health food wagon, and so I’m playing with meal plans for the two of us, as well as experimenting a bit more with recipes.

He is a meat eater of note, and so he had a steak to accompany this meal. I had some rice. It was delicious, nutritious and a good way to use up the odd range of vegetables in my fridge. Plus, the added benefit of using no oils at all!

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Super Easy-Peasy Chana Masala

Okay, to start this off, I owe an apology to a very wonderful website out there. I can’t remember the name of it, but that’s where I got this newfound favourite recipe from. After changing computers and losing my search history, I tried to google the recipe to see if I could find the original OP, but alas. I failed. So I’m sorry, mystery woman. You may have well been my vegan soulmate.

Deliciously tasty, and made in about 30 mins from pantry staples. What's not to love?

Deliciously tasty, and made in about 30 mins from pantry staples. What’s not to love?

Ingredients:

1 onion (I diced mine into largish chunks)

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp curry powder

1tbsp tomato paste (or tomato sauce, if you’re out of paste)

15oz can chickpeas, save 3tbsp liquid (I don’t understand anything other than the Metric system, but a typical sized can of chickpeas works perfectly)

1tbsp lemon juice

1/2tsp salt

fresh black pepper to taste

Crushed red pepper (optional)

2 handfuls of spinach (optional – I didn’t have any, so I didn’t include it)

coriander as a garnish (I love coriander, so I added a bucketload!)

Directions:

1. Fry onions until soft

2. Add garlic, curry powder and tomato paste

3. Add chickpeas, liquid, lemon juice, salt and black pepper

4. Stir in spinach if using and add red pepper to taste

5. Serve as is, or over rice. Top with coriander.

Now, I ate this whole lot to myself, without rice, which made for a filling meal. You could easily serve two people with this, if accompanied by rice, or spread over more people if you have an arrange of delicious curries on the table to share.

If you get around to making it, write in the comments to let me know what you think of it! Again – kudos to the magic website that brought me this angel!

The Body Self-Experiment

For the past few weeks or months now, I have found myself naturally transitioning into eating less meat. In more recent weeks, this has begun to extend into animal products such as eggs and milk too. I didn’t force this change, its just happened naturally and gradually.

I am reluctant to actually label myself a 100% vegetarian or vegan just yet, as there are times every so often when I might really want a sip of milk in my tea, or will have a bit of mayo on my sandwich. But these moments are gradually becoming less common.

I first read about veganism and vegetariamisn years ago; a girl in my class at school was a strict vegetarian, and as the health movements in Australia increased over recent years, it seems that the population living a veggie lifestyle has increased exponentially. When I was younger I wanted to become a vegetarian out of both love for animals and a desire to lose weight, but it was never really encouraged by my family (probably because they felt I was a bit too preoccupied with my weight).

After a lot of research about fruitarianism and vegetarianism and veganism over the recent weeks, it seems only natural that I get involved in the movement myself, and make the most of the natural changes that my body is is encouraging in me.

So far things have been going well. I’ve been probably 90% vegetarian over the last month or two, and have lost 4kgs already. I’m hoping that now I can begin to transition into vegan food, and hopefully get my partner involved with the cooking so he can see why I love it so much.

Let the games begin!

Lifestyle, Food and Wellness Coaching.

I am at the stage now where I’m almost 100% decided on studying online to become a health/wellness coach, or to at least get a Certificate in Nutrition.

I think that in the area that I currently live in, its an opportunity that has the potential to do well, and that even if it doesn’t become a career path for me, its certainly something that will benefit myself, my partner, and my future family. I’ve decided to go with the Cadence Health study option, as I think that in the long run its better to study through an organisation that at least has some connection to me. I may not live in Australia any more, but there is a significant likelihood of returning at some stage, or certainly at least it’ll be an easier option to work within, as I already have to account for the Australia-Tanzania time difference when talking to my family.

All I’m waiting for now is a return email from Cadence Health answering some of my questions. If anyone on WordPress is currently studying with them, you might also be able to help me! If you are familiar with Cadence Health’s online study option, please get in touch with me, as I have several questions for you!