Nurturing Vegetables

“Mummy, you must have been tired when you went to bed last night” were the first words I heard uttered this morning by my youngest.  He was so shocked to see my clothes strewn across the floor he assumed I was to tired to sort them out like I usually do.  How sweet 🙂  Thank goodness he didn’t witness me trying to extricate myself from my trousers late last night!  Was it immoral of me to ask him to get me a headache tablet and a glass of water?  Yes, I survived a very enjoyable night over the road, just.

I needed something rehydrating and nutritious to get me going.

Plus something to help settle my stomach.

Whizzed up with lots of almond milk and ice.

This made a very long and refreshing drink.  Just what I needed.

James cooked up some rice, veggies, egg and pumpkin seeds for lunch which was lovely.


In macrobiotic eating you are supposed to eat seaweed regularly and today I tried Wakame which is more commonly used in Miso soup.  I decided to add some to my vegetable dish.

Not very inspiring to look at is it?

For supper I tried a macrobiotic recipe called Nishime vegetables.  The recipe I looked at said to use a heavy pot and cook them on the stove but I used the slow cooker.

I added 1 purple carrot, 2 small orange carrots, about 1/3 head of cauliflower, 2 leeks, the kernels from 1 corn cob, 1 parsnip and some wakame.

The veggies do look really pretty all cut up.

The recipe said to add 1 inch of spring water, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  But instead I added boiling water to the slow cooker and left it on high for about an hour. It is really just some slow cooked vegetables in an inch of water so they end up partly boiled and partly steamed.  No seasonings added.  Just vegetables.  Which went purple because of the purple carrot.  Look at how that wakame swelled up!

I added some almond butter to provide protein and fat which was delicious.  The vegetables tasted OK.  Not very exciting  but alright and certainly healing.

I found the seaweed quite hard going.  It smelt, of seaweed funnily enough and I was not a massive fan of the flavour but I persevered with it.  I prefer the Arame so far, in my dabbling with sea vegetables.

So, I think I ate well today and that will help my liver recover from a very busy nights work.


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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