Despite being a fairly health conscious vegan, who loves fresh produce and a variety of veggies, I’ve never been much of a salad fan. Actually, I tell a lie. I love pasta salads, rice salads and Mediterranean mezze salads. But green lettucy style salads aren’t really my idea of good grub.
However, I may have to reconsider my indifference to the green stuff, after recently discovering that salads most popular ingredient, Watercress, is one of the most nutritious things we can munch on. Despite consisting of over 90% water, and looking like a ropier younger brother of the more popular spinach, Watercress is in fact a bit of a vitamin power house.
It has more than double the vitamin C of Oranges, four times the vitamin A of Apples and Broccoli and contains high levels of vitamin K and flavonoid antioxidants. And when compared to such delicious produce as citrus fruits, Spinach, Broccoli, Tomatoes and Kale, Watercress also comes up in the top three most nutrition dense sources of Iron, magnesium, zinc and Calcium. In fact, some studies have found that those who eat more Watercress in their diet are also less prone to wrinkles!! Maybe this rabbit food has some appeal after all!
But what if, like me, a handful of Watercress on a dish sounds like a waste of plate space? Well, I’ve found these creative, easy and delicious Watercress recipes; which will help you to stock up on all the green goodness without becoming a walking salad!
10 Easy, Delicious Vegan Watercress Recipes
Continue reading Watercress: The most nutritious kid on the block
This morning I woke up mega mega late. Since moving into my apartment a couple of months ago, I have been struggling to sleep through the whole night. Whether its due to the fridge freezer (which lives opposite my bed…) making funny noises, or the cat using the litter, or simply the early morning wake up call from the gazillion birds chirping in the trees which surround my home!
So, last night I decided to create a relaxing atmosphere to help me get into a deep, restful sleep. I massaged my skin in my favorite mix of sweet almond, patchouli and lavender oil, and covered my hair in coconut oil moisture wrap. I treated myself to a soy milk hot chocolate, and switched off from my devices an hour before bedtime. Finally, I completed a short yoga sequence and visualization meditation, before laying back on my pillow which I had sprayed with a subtle spitz of lavender oil. Pure relaxation…..
But I think I was perhaps a little too relaxed. Because when I finally woke up this morning at 8:30, a whole hour after my alarm had actually gone off, I was in a state of panic. No time for a coffee or a proper breakfast, I had 5 minutes to knock up something energizing, nutritious and filling enough to get me through a long day (and a very fast 40 minute power walk up the hill to work!!) The resulting mix and match of whatever I could find in my panic was actually so delicious I might even make it a daily ritual…well the smoothie, maybe not the mad crazy rush!
Lazy pick me up breakfast smoothie
- x2 Bananas
- A handful (literally) of frozen Blueberries
- 1 tbsp. crunchy organic Peanut Butter
- 1 tbsp. ground Flax seed
- 1 tbsp. dried Goji berries
- squeeze of Lemon juice
- Whiz up in a blender for 30 seconds or so (whilst you run around getting dressed and finding your keys…)
- Decant into a seal-able jar
- Drink straight from the jar or pour into a bowl with some extra berries as a Delicious smoothie bowl
You know how it goes. You get home tired, grumpy and hungry, yet hankering for something a little tastier than beans on toast (again!). This was me last night, when I got in from work and was fully prepared to dive into my travelling savings and treat myself to a takeaway, whilst lying in bed watching back to back episodes of Grand Designs.
But, reminding myself that the £10 I could spend for one curry takeaway at home, could set me up for several (far more authentic) ones whilst in India, I opted for fast track concoction. And this yummy dish is what I came up with in less than 30 minutes (including distracted glances at Kevin Cloud’s gushing over an eco build in Wales..). As always, I used up whatever I had at home and I encourage you to experiment and do the same, but it gives you an idea of what you can knock up in no time!
Continue reading Lazy Vegan Recipe: Nutty Tofu Coconut Curry with Barley and Cumin Kale Crisp
I realised the other day that it’s been a long time since I shared one of my lazy vegan recipes, and hoped you all didn’t think I hadn’t been eating much since I shared my herby, “creamy” garlic courgettes and barley recipe in January. Believe me, I have been eating plenty!
But at the weekend, when I had a case of late night sweet tooth munchies, I concocted a recipe to use up whatever I could find it the cupboards; and it was surprisingly a massive success! In particular, I wanted to make a dent in a jar of arrowroot I bought when trying out Green Moxie’s Natural organic eye shadow recipe. It’s pretty awesome that one ingredient can make you pretty and give you a happy belly!
The best thing about these cookies is that it’s all naturally sweetened thanks to the agave syrup, so they are almost guilt free. You can also swap the nuts for your favs; I just love cashews.
Continue reading Lazy Vegan Recipe: Naturally Sweetened Cashew and Arrowroot Cookies
Tonight I’m really looking forward to my first WWF Earth Hour experience. This year, the global annual event will see hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights, for one hour, to demonstrate their love of our wonderful planet. I love the idea that for just a short amount of time, millions across the globe are partaking in something so simple but symbolic; in a bid to raise awareness for environmental and conservation issues.
So between 8.30 and 9.30pm, I’ll be switching off all my lights, TV and music; and showing my love to the Earth!
But an hour with no electricity can actually be very long and boring if you’re not prepared, so I thought I’d share some of my green ideas for entertaining yourself during Earth Hour: Continue reading Green Activity Ideas for Earth Hour
Happy Friday! I hope you aren’t all too chilly and full of the January blues?! It’s certainly has been a corker of a winter here in Cornwall and I’m pretty much ready to step into spring now. Though I have noticed – whether coincidence or not – that my first vegan winter I have largely escaped any colds or virus’; the darkness and constant cold chill is starting to wear me down a little. I’m dreaming of fresh spring salads and cold white wine in the warm sun, with no log burner or intensive moisture in sight!
But as my weekly veg box is proving, we are still in the winter season or root veg and warming dishes. So this week I thought I would share my latest favourite comfort food; creamy, garlicky, herby courgettes and barley. It’s sooo easy to make and is really satisfying on a cold wintery day. Courgettes are still going strong as a seasonal star and cooking them like this is a great way to pack them into a dish and make the most of their delicious taste. And barley is just the most awesome winter warmer and a great alternative to rice in curries too. Continue reading Lazy Vegan Recipe: Herby, “creamy” Garlic Courgettes and Barley
Happy Friday lazy green people! We made it through the week! 🙂
I’ve decided to switch my lazy vegan recipes from Meatless Monday to Frisky Friday, so it coincides with a) when we need a quick and easy recipe the most and b) when my weekly veg box has been delivered so I can incorporate what’s in season for the week!
This week’s veg box had a LOT of broccoli and carrots which are two of my most favorite ingredients for a quick and easy stir fry. But I have been trying to cut down my intake of soy, so I thought I would mix it up, using Cannellini beans for my protein fix instead of Tofu. The results were so hearty, yet fresh and zingy I just had to share!
Continue reading Lazy vegan Recipe: Broccoli and Cannellini Bean Satay Stir Fry
OK, I’m only going to admit this to you just this once, so soak it up while you can. I didn’t exactly follow any of my own advice when it came to succumbing to Christmas confectionary. In fact, not only did I not “step away from those special edition boxes of chocolates” as I advised last month; I continue to purchase said naughtiness to this day. I know I know, I’ve put shame on the whole sustainable community and I deserve every inch of the added layer nestled around my waist!
But as per tradition, January is a time of getting fit, getting healthy, and generally getting off our butts after a month of eating, drinking and being far too merry! I’m sure I’m not the only one making health food shopping lists, avoiding alcohol and setting a 6am alarm for that early morning run (which predictably gets put off for “one more day“). According to the world, we need to repent for our Christmas sins with a diet and exercise regime stricter than our bodies have ever seen! Continue reading Ditch the January Detox and Try Veganuary