As you know from my previous blog posts, food has played a huge part in my healing. As a result, I have been asked a lot recently about what it is that I eat on a daily basis, so today I am going to share with you exactly that.
I have to confess, though I love experimenting with food, however, I am no MasterChef, so most of the time I use other people’s recipes and adapt them here and there.
Right, let’s get started then…
OH YES, IT’S BREAKIE TIME!
Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day and I love mixing it up with plenty of variety.
- Chia Seed Pudding – I use this recipe as a base and mix it up with different fruits in it such as mango, pineapple and banana then use the list of toppings provided.
- Simple Oatmeal – For toppings, to prevent using lots of maple or honey I chop up an apple and sprinkle with cinnamon or top with berries with desiccated coconut.
- Green Smoothie – To this, I vary it and also add some oats, chia seeds, a handful of nuts, moringa powder or wheatgrass powder. I use this recipe as my base and experiment.
- Fluffy Plant-based Pancakes – These vegan pancakes are to die for. I normally top with maple syrup, a dollop of almond butter and some fresh berries.
- Smoothie Bowls – Totally the craze right now and I love them. Here is the link to several I have tried. I especially like the mango and green smoothie bowls.
I also love making a fruit salad. If that doesn’t fill you up alone then take a portion, sprinkle with oats, chia seeds, add a dash of homemade almond milk and enjoy. (Personally, I don’t add any sweetener to my almond milk, but if you do, just add a simple date or two to the blender).
ERM, I NEED A SNACK!
So the snacks I love include whole pieces of fruit, carrot sticks and homemade hummus, some dates, an apple cut up smothered in nut butter, an avocado with salt, pepper with a splash of Lea Perrins or a few salted caramel date and nutballs.
IT MUST BE LUNCHTIME BY NOW?
So for lunch, my usual staple is a salad but wow there are so many ways to vary salad.
The key to salads is prep. My base is always lettuce, cucumber, tomato and carrot. From there, at the beginning of each week, I deseed a pomegranate, cook up a batch of quinoa, roast some root veggies, make homemade hummus or dressing and boil up some beetroot so that I have everything ready to assemble. Then I just get creative.
Great salad toppings I use include goji berries, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, dates, an apple, mango or berries. Other healthy lunch options I enjoy include;
- Raw Salad – I love this combo of sliced raw veggies and together with the dressing from this raw recipe. It is delicious. Instead of an orange in the dressing, I use a lemon. This tasty dressing alone is great for any salad may I add.
- Chickpea Flour Wraps – These are super easy and a great alternative to bread. I fill them with lettuce, tomato, avocado and either homemade hummus or the salad dressing from above.
(PM me if you would like my hummus recipe, I can send it to you.)
Here are some of my favourites;
- Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry – This dish is so flavoursome I adore it. I do add a chopped green and red pepper to it at the beginning of the recipe to fill it out a bit.
- Butternut Squash Stew – This is such a simple, quick yet tasty dish. I always find I add double the smoked paprika and cumin to it for extra flavour.
- Cauliflower Tikka Masala – Another tasty curry, and don’t feel it’s necessary to make the cashew cream, it’s delicious without it. I serve it with some brown rice.
- Fajita Bowls – A Deliciously Ella favourite of mine and most my favourite dinner ever! Instead of using Chipotle powder I make my own fajita spice using 1 Tbsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp smoked paprika, 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder and a dash of chilli powder.
- Portuguese Pea Stew – I enjoy this meal without the rice. Simply use a nice big pasta bowl, give yourself a good portion of the stew and enjoy.
There we have it! As you can see all the of the above is plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-free and vegan. Enjoy friends.
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