Category: Food & Drink

Tuesday Treat – Roast Vegetable Tart

I’m always struggling to find yummy and healthy food for lunch so when I saw this delicious looking vegetable pie on Pinterest, I knew that I had to give it a go. I like the fact that it uses ready made pastry, which makes things a whole lot easier. All you have to do is roast some vegetables, pop them in the pastry and cook it. It couldn’t be easier!

Vegan Vegetable pie

The recipe calls for aubergine as well, but neither Phil nor myself are huge fans of aubergine so I left it out. I didn’t substitute it for anything, which was a shame as it could’ve definitely have used more vegetables. Next time I make it, I’m thinking of doubling up the veg and adding small cubes of sweet potato. I didn’t put any milk on the pastry to help it brown, which was a mistake, as it looks like it could do with a bit longer in the oven, but I was worried about the veg burning so I need to make sure I add that next time too. Plus I might roast the veg with some rosemary from the garden, as that’ll make it even nicer!  It’s great when something you find on Pinterest actually works first time! You can follow my Veggie Food Pinterest board here.

A Day in London

A few weeks ago, Phil and I spent the day in London to celebrate his birthday. We put Poppy in day care and headed for the train. We’d planned our day around a few delicious looking cafes and visiting a few places we’d never been before.

We started our day with breakfast at Kin. As Phil is now a pescatarian and me being a vegetarian, we wanted to try a few veggie places. Kin caters for veggies and vegans and if you look at their Instagram feed, you’ll see amazing, delicious, healthy meals. I had scrambled tofu, as I’d never had it before. It was lovely and I really want to give it a try at home. Kin has a really lovely feel to it and I can’t wait to go back there. Just a stones throw from Kin is Attendant, which, if you didn’t know, is a delightful cafe set in a Victorian underground gents loo. It’s a great little place, with a decent range of drinks and food. Plus the decor is pretty spectacular too.

Kin Cafe Scrambled tofu at Kin Chai at Attendant

We had planned to visit Kew Gardens and go by boat from central London, however, the boat we needed was full and we didn’t have enough time to wait for another one and get back in time to pick up Poppy from day care. So we had a look around and decided on visiting Westminster Abbey instead. Neither of us had ever been so we joined the queue and paid our £20 each. It was amazing. There was so much history and despite not being able to take pictures (despite my sneaky one below) and loads of other tourists listening to the audio guide, we had a great time looking around, exploring the different areas of the abbey and seeing the famous graves, including Charles Darwin, which I didn’t expect at all.

Big Ben Westminster Abbey The CenotaphWomen at War memorial Horse in London

After our visit to the Abbey, we headed to another vegetarian restaurant, Mildred’s, which was recommended to us by Ockviewer on Twitter. They don’t take bookings, so we were worried that we wouldn’t get a table, however, luck was on our side and we got a great table in the corner. Perfect for lots of people watching! The menu was amazing and it was so great to know that we could eat anything on the menu. We both opted for the Classic Burger and fries, as I’d never had a burger made with tofu before. I wasn’t disappointed! It was amazing, incredibly filling and tasty. If people think that veggie food is boring, they need to take a trip to Mildred’s! We didn’t have enough room for dessert, but that menu looked delicious too.

Tofu Burger at Mildreds Tofu and Lentil burgerAfter a bit of shopping, it was time to head home. Phil had got us first class train tickets for our return journey and it was a great idea. After a day of walking around, it was brilliant to have comfy, spacious seats, so I could have a little nap on the way home! The perfect end to a great day.

Lifesum

My eyes have always been bigger than my stomach, but that’s never stopped me from overeating. In fact, when I’m tired, I crave that ever so slightly stuffed feeling. All of this has led me to trying a whole host of different diets, none of which have worked longterm. So when my partner showed me the Lifesum app, I knew I had to give it a go. It’s basically a calorie counting app, but it’s got a great database of foods and its very easy to use. I’ve tried calorie counting before, but apps and websites that I’ve used have been too awkward or just not slick enough. This isn’t. If you need to add a food or a meal you’ve made, it’s quick and easy.

LifesumLifesum AppDieting with Lifesum

I’ve been using mine since the end of February and I’ve met my first weight loss goal ahead of schedule. I’ve been able to manage my calorie intake and if the app suggests too few calories, you can always rejig your goal so that you don’t under eat. It’s easy to keep track of your weight and it’s really helped me to see the calorie content of different foods. There were a number of foods and meals that we ate that we thought ‘weren’t that bad’. But when we added them to Lifesum, it turned out that they were filled with hidden calories. It’s also helped me to plan treats and treat meals without ruining a good week. Using it also means we can see how many calories are in our treat meals and if we’re still trying to eat within our allotted calories, it shows how careful you need to be and some foods are just not worth going over your calories for. One thing I have learnt is how much food you can eat when you eat a plant based whole foods diet. And one thing I’m happy about is eating a lot, even if that means vegetables!

Happy National Vegetarian Week

I’ve been a vegetarian for about twelve years. The main reason I gave up meat and fish (yes fish. Vegetarians do not eat fish!) was because of ethical reasons. For me, there is no cruelty free way to eat meat or fish. And no, I’m never tempted by a bacon sandwich and I’m certainly not tempted by McDonalds. (Fyi, not even their fries are vegetarian!) It’s easy to be vegetarian now moreso than ever. There are lots of meat substitues about, goodness knows pasta is vegetarian and, thank the lord, so is choclate. But when I became vegetarian, I didn’t prepare myself properly by finding out how to be a healthy vegetarian. For that reason, I find myself wanting to explore a vegan diet.

A plant based diet is one of the healthiest around but as I’m not the most enthusiastic of cooks, I needed some inspiration. Hello Pinterest! I’ve had a Veggie Food board for a while and I occasionally make things from it. Some work, some don’t. Some take forever, some remain just a dream! I’ve recently been adding soups and salads that are easy and quick to make. While I am exploring whether a vegan diet is for me, I’m upping my intake of vegetables and wholefoods. These are some of the bloggers I follow who write incredible recipes.

Veggie Bloggers

|| Vegan Bolognese Pasta Bake – Wallflower Girl || Butternut Squash, Put Lentil & Rocket Salad – Tinned Tomatoes || Roasted Tomato & Quinoa Soup – Wholeheartedly Healthy || Green Spring Salad with Asparagus & Cannellini Beans – Be Nourishd ||

[All images via sources.]

As I’ve been counting calories recently, I’ve learnt how few calories vegetables have, which means you can eat loads of them! My favourite vegetable at the moment is butternut squash because it’s easy to prepare and once roasted, it goes with pretty much everything. And, once roasted, it freezes pretty well so makes a perfect lunch with a bit of salad and some chickpeas.

I’ve been really inspired by Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Vegucated. Both promote eating more veggies for a better diet and healthier lifestyle, which is something we could all benefit from, am I right?!