Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here it is: part 3 of my triptych of Indian delights to feast your face on. I usually eat this as a side dish along with the Saag Aloo Gobi and the Okra Tomato curry, however it is just as tasty if eaten for the 'main event!' Packed with protein (approx 22g per 1/2 cup) this tasty dish is really filling and energising, and it's super low in fat to boot. This would be great as a side dish for EVERY meal (but probably not as let's face it, nobody wants to eat the same thing every day, that's just dullsville!) Another great thing about this dish is that it is seriously yummy eaten either hot or cold, so you could have some with your dinner, then have the rest the next day for lunch with some salad or whatever else you happen to fancy for lunch that day. Flexibility is the name of the game here!
Now this really is the easiest snack to whip up in under 5 minutes!! I'd never heard of these before last week, until my driving instructor (watch out people on the roads of west London!) was raving about them after his mini-break in Spain. A few days later I was in the supermarket and lo and behold, there they were, sitting there waiting for me to cook 'em up into a tasty tapas treat! They are very inexpensive, one 135g box costs just one of your Great British pounds, so you can't really go wrong.
Olives. I love them. Always have. I know there are many people out there who shudder at the mere thought of them. My boyfriend was one of those people when we first met, he had an almost passionate hatred towards them, but tastes change you know!! Now he is his happiest when piling olives into his mouth. He even hi-fived his best mate about Kalamata olives on a drunken night out. Now the implications are deeper with this, as it means he is now so passionate about olives that he drunkenly and excitedly talks about them on a night out. Ridiculous? Probably. A drunken buffoon? Maybe. A passionate olive zealot? Most definitely!! See? Tastes do change!
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Oh yes, you'd better believe it. To me these are the definition of a treat. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so usually my treats are of the crunchy savoury variety, and what better than a savoury snack that packs a punch of protein?! Nothing is better. These are the real deal and I've already cooked them twice this week.......well......y'know, it's cold now, a girl's gotta treat herself!! These are based on a recipe by Bryant Terry, however I've changed them around a bit and added in new flavours. I was particularly excited with these as it is a completely new way for me to cook beans, and considering my boyfriend and I smashed through the first lot I made in about 5 minutes, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Well, it's in the fritter!
Bring on the mezze!! It's summer, it's sunny, time for a picnic! My very favourite way of eating is being able to pick at lots of different dishes of salads, dips, bites etc, so I bring you this: The ultimate summer mezze - healthy style! If you are going to a BBQ and want to bring something, try these simple recipes that really create the 'wow factor' when it comes to taste.
So next time you go to a picnic or BBQ and people ask what the hell a gluten free vegan eats, stuff your face with this lot and see everyone else's mouths water!
Yum. Take one...no go on...help yourself. Take a handful. I insist! If you, like me have a borderline obsession with salty crunchy savoury snacks then you'll dig these. Chickpeas are so versatile, they're great. From salads to dips to crunchy snacks, I urge you to embrace chickpeas in all their glory! They pack a protein punch, 1 cup of chickpeas contain a whopping 12g of protein, which will quieten down those sceptics who quiz you on how you possible get enough protein on a vegan diet (we've all met them.) You can make these with just salt, or any seasoning you want. I chose Middle-Eastern style because I found some Za'atar in the cupboard (Za'atar is a mix of herbs from the eastern Mediterranean usually made from thyme, oregano and marjoram, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and salt.)
This weekend was great! It was the Hen Do (Bachelorette party) for one of my very dearest friends Natalie. We hired a boat in the day and braved the freak rainstorm with smiles on our faces and Bollywood music playing! There was food-a-plenty provided, however knowing that there would be nothing I could eat, and not wanting to be a pain in the arse to anyone involved, I decided to bring my own gluten free vegan feast. I whipped up about six or seven dishes and brought them along with me. As always with vegan food, people are very interested in what you are eating and keen to sample it. I had made loads so was very happy for people to help themselves. The next morning Natalie texted me to ask me to put a couple of the recipes on this blog, as people were raving about the food. Thanks ravers!! My secrets are revealed here, the biggest secret being that it is SO EASY to cook amazing, tasty, filling vegan food that is low fat and super healthy to boot! So here you go....
I'm always trying to make my meals healthier. If I can, I will. For example I will try to grill or bake things instead of frying. Or if I have a sweet craving I will try to satisfy it with fruit (medjool dates are AMAZING for satisfying a sweet tooth) instead of reaching for the (vegan) chocolate. I'm also quite good to live with (some may dispute this!) and here is my reasoning: I try to compensate for my ridiculous untidiness by cooking awesome feasts for my loved ones on a regular basis. That is a lot easier for me to do than becoming a tidy person although I am trying to be more tidy (that's a lie, I'm not at all!!! Mwahh hahaaaaa!) Anyway...... my point is that if I can make something even healthier whilst keeping the tastiness then I will. So this is why it occured to me a while back when I was creating an Indian feast to make Pilau Quinoa instead of rice.
See that?! Brussel sprouts have never looked or tasted so good! Gone are the days of the overly-boiled-soggy-mushed-to-an-unsightly-pulp sprout! To be honest, in England most people only associate Brussel sprouts with Christmas day, and it seems to me that people buy them and try to eat them as a way of punishing themselves for their sins or something. Either that or they think there has to be at least one vegetable on their plates that they don't enjoy and therefore feel better about themselves for eating. Maybe it'll undo all the crap they have stuffed their faces with over the rest of the festive period? Who knows?! All I know is that I LOVE 'EM! There. I said it. I am a genuine fan of the humble sprout and always have been.