3 Simple Vegan Meals

Weigh Day Friday and I lost 2 pounds this week which is great.  It gets me to a total of 27 pounds lost year to date.  I have been yo-yoing up and down recently so it was good to have lost an extra pound so I am now at my lightest weight this year to date.

One significant thing about this week’s 2 pound loss is it gets me back to where I was in March 2012 as it means I am back to having lost 4 stone since my all time heaviest.  It is so frustrating to think about all that weight I have lost but regained.  However, I have lost it again and hopefully this time next week I will have lost more again.

I called this post “3 simple vegan meals” but I actually had 4 today!  1 was really a snack but even so, I guess the 2 apples I had for breakfast would count as a meal.  I photographed 2 but was still hungry so I had a third.

apples It is such a huge pleasure for me to be able to pick veggies from the garden to eat and the recent sunshine has brought on the mizuna and spinach a treat.mizuna and spinachBaked Sweet Potato, Salad and Tahini Dressing

Ingredients (seves 1)

1 sweet potato
large pile of veggies you want to eat raw (I used mizuna, spinach, 2 tomatoes and cucumber)
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper


Turn the oven to 180 °C
Score a line round the potato, just cutting through the skin
Bake potato until soft which takes about 45 minutes
Prepare salad
Combine tahini, oil, lemon juice and season to taste
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve with the potato

This takes about an hour from thinking about it to eating it but only about 10 minutes actual preparation time so is perfect when you are busy, as I was with work.
sweet potato salad Mid afternoon I was peckish and fancied a snack so I made Papaya Nice-Cream

Papaya Nice-Cream

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 3 frozen bananas (freeze bananas when the skins are brown and spotty.  Peel them, place in a tupperware container or plastic bag and freeze)
  • 1 papaya
  • Sprinkles (optional) such as dessicated coconut, cacao nibs or fresh fruit


  1. Deseed, peel and chop the papaya in to chunks
  2. Chop the banana in to chunks
  3. Place fruit in blender and blitz until smooth (in a Vita Mix this only takes about a minute)

bananas papaya banana and papaya I added a heaped tbsp each of coconut and cacao nibspapaya nice cream and toppings This is so divine I could eat bowl fulls of it and I can eat it guilt free as it is just fruit (and sprinkles) :-).  Papaya Nice-Cream is probably my favourite Nice-Cream as it has such a delicate but lovely flavour and the consistency is so smooth.papaya nice cream For supper we had pasta and bolognaise sauce with a vegan cheese.quorn pasta Harvey’s wasn’t vegan as I added quorn to his which contains egg white but it was at least vegetarian and he loved it.pasta quorn

Pasta with a Kale and Tomato Sauce 

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 huge handfuls of kale, chopped
  • 1 tin of tomatoes or equivalent amount of passata
  • salt to taste
  • pasta of choice
  • vegan cheese, fresh basil and pepper to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (I use a frying pan rather than a saucepan as it is easier to reduce the sauce)
  2. fry the onion gently for about 5 minutes until nearly soft
  3. add the red pepper and cook for 5 minutes
  4. add the kale, turn up the heat and let the kale go crispy
  5. add the tomatoes, add salt if required, stir and leave to simmer
  6. cook pasta according to packet instructions
  7. place pasta in a large bowl, pour over the kale sauce, top with cheese and torn fresh basil and plenty of black pepper

pasta kale sauce A delicious vegan supper, made whilst being in awe of the torrential down pour and thunder storm raging in the garden.  And made whilst feeling so sorry for the 2 huge dogs hiding under the table!pasta and kale sauce


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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3 Responses to 3 Simple Vegan Meals

  1. aspoonfulofnature says:

    yumm everything looks so delicious 🙂


  2. laura1952 says:

    Congratulations again on your release. Your Nice Cream looks so yummy. I am going to have to try this out.

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