Oh Yes, She Glows

I was unable to get to the office today because I have a very poorly boy to look after so I unexpectedly worked from home.  I didn’t manage breakfast as we were at the Doctors and the Chemists and then I was trying to get him comfortable.  So I skipped breakfast and made an early lunch instead.

One of my favourite blogs is written by Angela, a Canadian Vegan who produces lovely and imaginative recipes.  Her blog is Oh She Glows and I think it is excellent.  I like her writing style, her photography is fantastic and her recipes are easy to follow.

My lunch was inspired by her post,  The Big Vegan Bowl and some ideas from other posts such as these which Angela included in her 8 Favourite Vegan Lunch and Dinner Recipes of 2013.

I put a mixture of pecans, hazelnuts and cashews in water to soak for a couple of hours before eating them.  It makes them easier to digest, apparently.mixed nuts I roasted the chickpeas with a coating of cumin, ground coriander and turmeric with salt and pepper and a little olive oil.spicing chick peas I roasted them in the oven with the chopped up sweet potato.sweet potato and chick peas In my big vegan bowl went:

  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • 1 third of a can of chickpeas, drained and roasted with spices
  • Mixed salad leaves
  • 4 olives
  • Finely chopped beetroot,
  • celeriac
  • and kohlrabi
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Chopped nuts

674 caloriesBuddha Bowl 20-1-14 I enjoyed this bowl of yumminess but if I was doing it again, I would probably have used less nuts and left out the chickpeas so I had enough calories for a salad dressing.  But as it was, I really enjoyed it and it was full of good nutrition.Buddha Bowl For dinner I tried another one of Angela’s recipes.  This one was Cauli-Power Alfredo.  I served mine with brown Basmati rice instead of pasta as I much prefer rice to pasta and I am not eating wheat this month.  I also served it with spinach which was a good choice.

317 calories.Dinner 20-1-14 I absolutely LOVED this !!!!  The Cauli-Power Alfredo sauce was amazing.  Who would think cauliflower could possibly taste so lovely.  I do have a good blender – a Vita Mix – which is essential to create the smooth and creamy texture.  I used fresh onion and fresh garlic instead of the dried versions Angela uses but apart from those switches, I followed her recipe exactly.  I am astonished something so delicious, comforting and filling was only 317 calories but apparently it is.  I made the recipe to the quantities in Angela’s recipe and ate half of it.  317 calories does include 90g of cooked rice too.  Most of the Cauli-Power sauce is made with cauliflower which keeps the calories low.  cauliflower cream, rice and spinachAnother very healthy days eating and only 1,021 calories today.  I am not planning to eat anything else so this will be a low calorie day.

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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