Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lentil Veggie Burgers

As you can see from my previous posts I've been doing a lot of different vegan meals. The reason for it is that my hubby is really embracing the vegan lifestyle. As we get older it's more about our health than our looks and we've also found that we are really conscious of the affect that meat eating has on the planet as well as the treatment and conditions that most animal products come from. All in all that's quite a few good reasons to embrace veganism. I've been vegan for quite a long time so it's really easy for me (the truth is it was always much harder for me to consume animals products, it was the mentality that society put on me to make me think I needed it) but it really brings a joy to my heart when they embrace the vegan alternatives that I make them. It's not about judging and preaching it's about education and leading my example. The kids and my husband have also found that not eating dairy is a part cure for stuffy noses, sore throats and healthy skin.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vegan Sweet Potato Chili with Guacamole and vegan Sour Cream

I love having my main man home.. more excuses to cook up good healthy food. It's pretty eexciting that he is really enjoying eating as much vegan food as he can get while he is at home. It's a bit hard for him at work as it would be pretty limiting as to the variety and quality of nutrition he would be able to get. Even though the guys out there call he vegan I think it's mainly because he tends to eat a much healthier diet than most of them making the best choices of what is available and only eating the sweet treats that I send out for him.

He does take a lot back with him as I've mentioned before but he also works out so needs a decent amount of food. Yes, they're allowed to use the gym at work, it's actually in their contract that they keep fit and healthy. Fire fighting and rescue work can be quite demanding so it really is essential. Also a bonus of having the type of job he does.

I made this chili the other night for dinner and it's delicious. Easy to make and also great the next day reheated. I've used the guacamole and sour cream for other meals too so make sure you put any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge as they last quite well. The lemon juice is great antioxidant preserver so the food stay fresh and appetizing.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Date and Coconut Oat Muffin - vegan breakfast on the run

I'm pretty focused on how wholesome and healthy diet makes me and my family feel and the health benefits that seem to speak for themselves. I will write more about that in another post as it's quite an important subject and the more I look at my life and how I've changed my eating I am finding some interesting little things that have happened and how I instinctively eliminated certain foods and how those changes have affected my health, positive attitude and my happiness. Maintaining a healthy weight has just been a side affect. 

As for these little vegan muffins I made last week, I just love that they are made from wholesome, healthy ingredients that are available at all good supermarkets and for most they are pantry staples making them a quick an easy standby for spur on the moment baking or the need for healthy snack on the go. Grab one of these for breakfast, day time snack at work,lunch boxes, friends or pre and post workout energy replacement. The fact that they are vegan means they are suitable for everyone and there are a few options that turn them into grain free and gluten free treats as well. Something for everyone!! Oh why do I always try to please everyone. It's just me, I love that there's always a healthy option for all the so called convenient crud out there. 5 minutes prepation and 20 minutes in the oven, quicker than heading down to the shop!! so why would you? :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Goji, Cranberry and Cacao Granola Crunch

Recently I've been making a point of always having some sort of crunchy baked granola in the pantry. My main man loves to grab a small bowl for a snack, I add it to his Complete Meal Bircher Muesli's and it's a great standby as a quick streusel on muffins or cakes. I've made this one a few times and I love that's it created with low GI ingredients except for the liquid sweetener which is quite minimal and full of goodness. 

From what I've read the low GI ingredients such as the nuts and seeds are said to help lower the GI of the finished product. Plus the addition of cinnamon known to help regulate insulin to help control diabetes to me it's a bit a superfood granola. It's great to create delicious food that satisfies all the senses while feeding and nourishing us as well. Having a  positive and happy attitude when eating must help us to retain the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and amino acids as we digest. Or am just an idealist. Mind over matter, I'm sure it works. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Apricot Protein Cookies - Raw vegan and Paleo fitness treat

I was considering heading down to the beach first thing yesterday morning but it was overcast and drizzling and a little bit cooler that it had been so I decided to create a nice little healthy treat for my man when he gets home next week.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Yumbo Balls! Carrot and Cardamon

Just in case your wondering how I'm going here home alone. Getting a taste of what it's like to be able to think  of me and just me and focus on my dreams and passions and still have enough time to relax, reflect, exercise (which is fun) clean the house and it stays clean (which creates a beautiful environment to live in) laze around on the rug with my little buddies (that's Roxi my dog and Coolie our cat), watch girly movies, take long walks along the beach and just generally switch off when I want to... Well.. mmmm.. IT'S FREAKIN AWESOME! Bit scary  how quickly I've adjusted to this. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blueberry Coconut Slice - A vegan paleo treat.


It's been a busy and emotional week for me but I'm coming good now. My last one finished his final HSC exam 2 on Wednesday and headed off the America with his sister to meet up with their brother (yes my older son.. lol) were they are going to have a holiday together. I am so excited for them and just love the idea of it. What a great thing to do. They have been so excited about it. They will be road tripping the West coast and inland to Vegas and then up to Montana which will be their base. From there they hope to get a good amount of snowboarding in before heading home early December.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fig Newtons a-la healthy! - Grain free, gluten free and vegan.

I remember these biscuit with fondness. I would have to say that they where a pretty close to those shortbread creams when it come to my favorite biscuits. O-o-o-o-o-o.... then they came out with the Kingstons. They where pretty good too. All of these where on my list of 'Don't stop at 1" there was no way in the world that a packet of these would last more that a day when I was around. They would scream and shout at me from the fridge and I would have to do to them.. And devour them with pleasure which I'm know was what they wanted.