Hi there and welcome back to my blog, how are you? I hope that you are well. Today I’m going to talk about recipes that I like to make and enjoy. I became a vegetarian back in 2011, when I finished reading “Eat, Pray, Love” just after christmas. I became a vegan in 2017, when my milk allergy came back. Now even with all of my allergies, I still get plenty of protein to help me with my weight loss and muscle gain. Here’s how.
- Fruit and vegetables
Recently, I get my mum to make some avocado hummus. It’s goes great with anything. On chips, salad, curry, anything. Avocados are actually used in a refined sugar free cacao cake. Here’s the recipe, modified from wearesovegan.com. The only things that we did different to this was to add fruit sugar and added agar agar syrup instead of maple syrup and normal sugar.
Me and my mum made this cake this cake for the Coventry Brain Tumour Support group meeting back in June 2018 and everybody who tried it, loved it.
As an indian, lentils is pretty much a staple food in my diet. I practically have this everyday. However, you can’t have avocado hummus with it, because it has too much protein and it will hurt your stomach. Here’s the basic recipe for lentils.
- One cup of lentils (any type of lentils will do)
- Four cups of water
- One tsp of cumin seeds
- One tsp of ginger paste
- One tsp of garlic paste
- A pinch of ground chillies
- Half a tsp of turmeric
- One tbsp of tomato puree
- Salt to taste
First of all, wash and rinse the lentils and then put water in the lentils and put to boil
Get a frying pan and put the cumin seeds, turmeric, tomato puree and salt with a little bit pf oil and fry them off a little until the cumin seeds start cracking. Then put the lot into the lentils and let it boil until its starts to thicken. Depending on the lentils , this time could be between ½ hour to an hour and a half. Then serve with brown rice, basmati rice or roti.
If I’m starving and I need an energy boost, we have these cacao covered nuts as a snack. Here’s how to make them. This recipe is from forkandbeans.com.
Make the sauce as described in the link.
Dry roast the nuts until they have a crunch to them,
Place the nuts on a baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper and pour half of the cacao coconut oil mixture onto it. Flip the nuts over and pour the other half ohto the nuts.
Place the tray into the fridge for a couple of hours. Once hardened, break apart the giant cacao bar up. You can use the extra bits of cacao bar as a sweet treat.
Whenever I get giant portobello mushrooms, I like to make this portobello mushroom marinated in balsamic vinegar. It’s really simple to make. Here’s the link.
Fruit and vegetables
Every morning, before breakfast, I like to have some dry roasted nuts, two apples, a pear, a nectarine, some red grapes, some blueberries and two bananas. Throughout the day, I’m drinking a mixture of pineapple, apple and mango juice infused with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, red berries and raspberries. At the end of the day, I like to have an apple with some dry roasted nuts. The reason why I’m eating all that fruit in the morning is because, ever since using the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, I get a headache from all of the tablets if I take them on an empty stomach. That’s why before I take my morning hydro cortisone tablet, I like to have the dry nuts. The second reason is, because I suffer from hypothyroidism, it’s hard for me to go for a number two, first thing in the morning.
That’s it for now. Once again, I just want to thank a few people. Firstly, I would like to thank my mum, dad, sister and my Naughty Mamaji, for being by my side, throughout everything. I would like to thank Louise from BTS for sharing this with the community. I would like to thank Kanika, Shirley and everyone at Carers Trust for giving me the confidence to sharing my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to getting back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends and everyone who I’ve met on this journey.
Next time, I’m going to talk about how I did on the 5K and talk about the whole day in general. Please feel free to leave a comment, and don’t forget if you buy something from Amazon through the blog or click on an advert, 100% of the money goes to Brain Tumour Support.
Thanks and I will see you soon