28 Days Crave Veggies (Day 21)

13 Apr

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For the past few weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet (no meat and fish) to help myself become a healthier and feel better me – I’ve called this my 28 Days Crave Veggies Challenge. As I enter my final (peas-ful) week on a vegetarian diet, I ask the question: Would you go meat-free for a day, week or weekend with me? It’s easier than you might think – let’s do it together? This meat-free challenge has been a new food experience, I have seen myself cooking more at home from scratch, being more adventurous with vegetables and flavours to replace the flavour of meat, and have felt less bloated and tired.

Kicking the ‘habit’ of eating meat and giving the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month is something we should all try and encouraging others to do so too.

Breakfast
Porridge made with soya milk, swirled with natural honey and cinnamon.

Lunch
Homemade fresh smoothies: Strawberry and Banana Smoothie with apple juice and plenty of crushed ice. I used a really ripe banana for a stronger taste and smell – a great source of energy.

Dinner
Showing the cauliflower some love-in. Gorgeous veggie curry with onions, cauliflower, peas and Quorn served with a side portion of stir-fry beansprouts (recipe can be found on Day 16), served with boiled rice. The humble cauliflower deserves a regular rotation in our diet: high in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Don’t underestimate the nutritive value of cauliflower. If it’s been a while since you’ve given it a try, make it a point to give it another chance soon (I did).

Choosing Cauliflower Tip:
To choose the best cauliflower select firm, compact, creamy-white heads with florets pressed tightly together. A yellow tinge indicates over-maturity, and any leaves should be bright green and crisp.

A change in diet doesn’t have to change your lifestyle. It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll continue to keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter of my final week on a vegetarian diet. Bring on Day 22 – thanks for reading :) – Cindz

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28 Days Crave Veggies (Day 20)

13 Apr

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For the past few weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet (no meat and fish) to help myself become a healthier and feel better me – I’ve called this my 28 Days Crave Veggies Challenge. I had been feeling sluggish and thought this was just the boost my body needed, plus I was concerned that too many of my meals revolved around meat – and was it really necessary? I am hoping this challenge will be a new food experience of discovering new satisfying meals packed with vegetables, whole grains and more. I’ve kicked the ‘habit’ of eating meat and giving the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month!

Breakfast
Weetabix with fresh fruit and soya milk

Lunch
Not all burgers are unhealthy. Meat-free dining at Mildreds (again, as first visited on Day 10): Aubergine, red pepper & basil burger served with baked sweet potato chips, the accompanying basil mayonnaise – a secret vegan recipe – was absolutely delicious. Vegetarian eating made easy! With a soya protein base and a crunchy outside, it’s great for vegetarians fed up with sloppy, disintegrating patties or a Portobello mushroom in a bun. Another popular upgrade was the sweet potato fries – wedges with crispy skin and sea salt. All their burgers are served on a granary bun with a homemade carrot relish, vegan basil mayo, rocket and tomato.

A friend ordered their (popular) sri-lankan cashew nut and sweet potato curry (as pictured above). I’m a big Mildreds food fan, service could be significantly improved but great food in the heart of Soho.

Dinner
Tasty Minestrone soup with crusty brown bread.

A change in diet doesn’t have to change your lifestyle. It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter on what I’m eating and how I’m progressing by adopting a meat-free diet. Bring on Day 21 – thanks for reading :) – Cindz

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28 Days Crave Veggies (Day 19)

13 Apr

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For the past few weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet (no meat and fish) to help myself become a healthier and feel better me – I’ve called this my 28 Days Crave Veggies Challenge. I had been feeling sluggish and thought this was just the boost my body needed, plus I was concerned that too many of my meals revolved around meat – and was it really necessary? I am hoping this challenge will be a new food experience of discovering new satisfying meals packed with vegetables, whole grains and more. I’ve kicked the ‘habit’ of eating meat and giving the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month!

Breakfast
Bran flakes with fruit and soya milk

Lunch
Starting the weekend off brightly with a huge plate of goat’s cheese & plum tomatoes baked on ciabatta bread with roasted peppers, caramelised balsamic onions, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, marinated olives, mixed leaves and balsamic glaze! Salads boring? I don’t think so.

Dinner
Mark & Spencers (Dine In for £6 Meal) – Mushroom En Croute: Mushrooms in a creamy sherry sauce with spinach in puff pastry, served with potato gratin and garden peas. The meal was great — these individual pies were perfect to impress guests or simply as a special treat. Crisp puff pastry encasing juicy mushrooms, serve with a simple tasty mushroom sauce. For dessert was a Key Lime piethe pudding is decidedly naughty, but such a great way to start the weekend! :)

A change in diet doesn’t have to change your lifestyle. It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter on what I’m eating and how I’m progressing by adopting a meat-free diet. Bring on Day 20 – thanks for reading :) – Cindz

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28 Days Crave Veggies (Day 18)

10 Apr

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For the past few weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet (no meat and fish) to help myself become a healthier and feel better me. I had been feeling sluggish and thought this was just the boost my body needed, plus I was concerned that too many of my meals revolved around meat – and was it really necessary? I am hoping this challenge will be a new food experience of discovering new satisfying meals packed with vegetables, whole grains and more. I’ve kicked the ‘habit’ of eating meat and giving the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month!

Breakfast
Bran flakes with fruit and soya milk

Lunch
After reading about Benito’s Hat on London’s Time Out website, I decided to try it out as Burrito’s are one of my favourite things. Benito’s Hat definitely didn’t disappoint. I had their Veggie tacos – great portions, the mediterranean vegetables and salad was fresh and crunchy, the guacamole was very tasty too (and it’s free if you go for the veg option)! The waitress was friendly and took all the needed time to explain the menu. Nice atmosphere and very good value for a central London restaurant.

Dinner
Simple and tasty vegetarian pizza always brings out a smile! This evening I had the Prezzo’s eggs Florentina pizza – spinach, free-range egg, grana padano cheese, marinated olives, mozzarella, tomato (see photo above). For dessert I had the Panettone bread and butter pudding: Slices of the traditional Italian cake soaked in custard and baked in the oven, topped with vanilla ice cream. After a long week in the office knocking out new campaigns, puddings understands!! :)

A change in diet doesn’t have to change your lifestyle. It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter on what I’m eating and how I’m progressing by adopting a meat-free diet. Bring on Day 19 – thanks for reading :) – Cindz

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28 Days Crave Veggies (Day 17)

9 Apr

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For the past two weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet to eat to help myself become a healthier and feel better me. I was feeling sluggish prior the meat-free diet and thought this would be just the boost my body needed, plus I was concerned that too many of my meals revolved around meat – and was it really necessary? I am currently on a new food experience, taking myself on a colourful discovery of (new) meals packed with vegetables, whole grains and more – and aiming to be creative with the ingredients I have or buy. Let’s see what happens when I kick the ‘habit’ of eating meat and give the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month. I hope you’ve enjoyed following my veggie experience so far.

Breakfast
Porridge served with a blueberry compote.

Lunch
A huge ‘create your own’ quinoa salad with feta cheese, carrots, broccoli, fine green beans and sweetcorn served with a chilli and ginger dressing. YUM!

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) – is high in protein, gluten-free and has a mild, slightly vegetal flavor and cooks up fluffy, like couscous, but is still slightly crunchy. Quinoa, if you’ve not tried it before, can have a bitter residue on it, and like pasta, you can boil quinoa in a lot of water, then drain it. (You know it’s done when the little tails are visible.) Or, combine 1 part/cup quinoa with 2 part/cups water and bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, over low heat until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. If you’ve got a rice cooker (like I do) try making it in that (super easy and convenient).

I like to use quinoa in a recipe for rice, couscous, potatoes, beans, or any other grain.

Propercorn popcorn is popping up (see what I did there?) in many snack sections, and a bag of these make a great alternative to a bar of chocolate or crisp. Great food packaging too!

It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter on what I’m eating and how I’m progressing by adopting a meat-free diet. Bring on Day 18! – thanks for reading :) – Cindz

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28 Days Crave Veggies (Day 16)

8 Apr

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For the past two weeks I have been on a vegetarian diet to eat to help myself become a healthier and feel better me. I was feeling sluggish prior the meat-free diet and thought this would be just the boost my body needed, plus I was concerned that too many of my meals revolved around meat – and was it really necessary? I am currently on a new food experience, taking myself on a colourful discovery of (new) meals packed with vegetables, whole grains and more – and aiming to be creative with the ingredients I have. Let’s see what happens when I kick the ‘habit’ of eating meat and give the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month. I hope you’ve enjoyed following my veggie experience so far….

Breakfast
Porridge served with banana and natural honey.

Sticks ‘N’ Sushi Japanese Lunch
Vegetarian sushi lunch at Sticks ‘N’ Sushi in Covent Garden.
The combination of Scandinavian design & hospitality with Japanese food is an interesting and very beautifully ‘slick’ thing. With the idea and first Sticks ‘n’ Sushi restaurant in Copenhagen, the concept brings together Japanese and Nordic dining, in a slick dining room featuring suspended art pieces, clean angles and a stony grey and black colour palette. As its name suggests, the Sticks ‘n’ Sushi menu features a mix of freshly-made sushi and sizzling yakitori sticks – loaded with chicken, red meat and vegetables – served straight from the grill.

The menus are a bit confusing, with lots to choose from. I told our waitress that I was on a vegetarian diet and asked for suggestions – she advised us all about the menu, making helpful suggestions, and was always smiley (which is always a thumbs up). The food arrived and was beautifully presented, the service was more than faultless – our waitress was very attentative: carefully explaining each dish and stick(s) to the table as it came out.

Oh, the food was delicious, very high in quality – we were all impressed. A lovely place to visit if you are around Covent Garden.

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Saucy stir-fry Bean Sprouts and Mushrooms with boiled rice.

RECIPE: Saucy Stir-fry Bean Sprouts

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 1 bag of bean sprouts
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster flavoured sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil for stir-frying
  • few drops of sesame oil

Preparations:

Wash and drain the bean sprouts. Add oil to a heated wok or heavy skillet. When oil is ready (very hot), add the sliced onions and stir-fry briefly, then add the bean sprouts and stir-fry again. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and salt – if you prefer a little more sauce/gravy in the dish add two tablespoons of water. Stir-fry another few seconds and add the sesame oil – if you prefer a thicker sauce/gravy, thicken as desired with a bit of cornflour. Serve hot with boiled rice. YUM!

It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter on what I’m eating and how I’m progressing by adopting a meat-free diet. Bring on Day 17! – thanks for reading :) – Cindz

Sticks ‘N’ Sushi / 11 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PY

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