I’m in Folkestone, south coast of Kent, staying with my parents for a week where my mum has introduced me to a vegetarian/vegan cafe called Beano’s a short walk away from their house. They have a really great variety of vegan food, I even had a full vegan fry up this morning! Last week my friend Katie and I had a vegan chilli tofu dish with crispy noodles and we absolutely loved it, so here’s my version - vegan (of course) and gluten free
Ingredients (serves 2)
•half a block of cauldron’s tofu
•chilli sauce (the one i used is tesco’s churrasco, it was £1 and really tasty with a slightly smokey flavour. I used 1tbsp but measurements with vary with different types of hot sauce - some are very spicy so always try it out first!)
•3 spring onions
•a cup of sweet corn
•3 small cloves of garlic/2 cloves of medium sized
•2 servings of brown rice
•a pinch of salt + pepper
Cook the brown rice, approx 25 mins. Heat the oil, salt, pepper and finely chopped garlic in a non-stick pan on medium heat until lightly sizzling. Add the sliced tofu and chilli sauce and fry for 10-15 minutes until crisp and brown. Add the sweetcorn and spring onions and fry for a further 3-5 minutes then taste to check the sweetcorn is cooked. Serve hot on a bed of brown rice, perhaps with diced avocado to cool the heat of the chilli sauce.
•Tofu is a great source of protein, iron and calcium and contains all 8 essential amino acids which are needed for energy and regulating the metabolism. •Brown rice is full of fibre and is shown to help reduce high cholesterol levels.
I’ve been living off of a big batch of lentil rice for the last few days and it’s good and so easy - steamed rice with added canned lentils, cumin powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, a bit of ground cinnamon, bottled lime juice and black pepper. This time I had it with baked spicy chicken strips (coated with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and Fry Light cooking oil spray), spinach, cucumber and a tomato.
Random healthy eating on a budget tip: go to markets instead of supermarkets, you get so much more for your money! I got a tonne of bananas and strawberries for really cheap yesterday so here goes a big batch to freeze for smoothies and nice cream. :)
Sometimes you just have to use whatever’s left in the fridge so it doesn’t go to waste and this can lead to some random meals like this one / just a random bowl of healthy stuff ;) - chicken, boiled eggs, beetroots, steamed green beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, rocket and watercress (+ a mustard dressing).
Another healthy breakfast juice this morning, this time apple and raspberry. I never used to use apples in smoothies/juices mainly because the texture was way too lumpy with my old blender, but with my new one it’s so good (even with the skin still on)!
I’ve been addicted to chia pudding lately and not just because it ticks all the boxes for my diet (low-ish carb & calories, high fibre, nutritious, etc.), but it’s also really delicious! And it does a great job at keeping you feeling full, I find. And this morning’s simple flavour combination was just perfect:
. 20g (1/8 cup) chia seeds
. 180ml (¾ cup) water
. 90g (about 3-4 heaped Tbsp) Greek-style yoghurt
. 230g canned mango (half of it mashed into it)
. 2 tsp dark muscovado
Soak the chia seeds in water overnight, then stir in some mashed mango, yoghurt, sugar and top with the rest of the mango. You can add whatever else you want (some desiccated coconut would be amazing in this), but as it is, it adds up to about 330-370 calories (depending on whether you use low or full fat yoghurt).
This may sound like a weird way to have porridge, but lately I’ve been cooking my oats in water instead of milk and then serving it with a few tablespoons of plain Greek-style yoghurt stirred into it. And it’s so nice and creamy. :p This time I had it with strawberries, blueberries and a drizzle of honey.
What I ate today: grilled salmon, canned black beans (seasoned with garlic powder, oregano, red wine vinegar, salt and black pepper), beetroots and mashed potatoes. I don’t know why people complain that eating healthy is boring… I actually quite enjoy simple healthy meals like these! :)