2018: A Year In Food
In 2018, my gym coach assigned me to keep a food blog so he could track my meals. Through developing healthy eating habits to satisfy all of my nutritional needs and a rigorous exercise programme, I lost the 21 kg between January-August 2018 I'd gained on anti-depressants.
I wanted it to be somewhere more private rather than being shoved down people's throats (literally) through Instagram/WhatsApp. Hence I've posted my culinary creations here.
Being vegetarian and/or vegan always presents a challenge in terms of hitting the protein target so this was particularly the most interesting challenge for me.
I made a conscious decision to stop food blogging in 2019 (due to time restraints), but it's useful to have a year's diet documented as a reference and a source of inspiration!
Falafel in a spinach, rochet, watercress and cucumber salad. The cheese and coleslaw are optional and used to give it a bit more of a calorific boost (as it’s quite lightweight) but these can easily be substituted with quorn, tofu, cabbage, cauliflower etc. The wraps are a combination of beetroot (pink) and multigrain (white).
Broccoli, feta and quorn savoury eggs!
6 yellow peppers chopped and fried. 6 eggs boiled in with red lentils, drained, peeled and added to the peppers along with 1 pot of garlic and herb Quark cheese and 2 bags of watercress, spinach and rocket salad. Finished with thyme, garlic and salt to taste.
Saturday- in food: sweet potato 🍠 portobello mushroom 🍄 carrot 🥕 batons, mozzarella cheese 🧀 and quorn egg bites drizzled with Nando's sauce and mayo maize
My lunch wraps for the week... got home late last night so needed to do a quick fix. It's basically a veggie fry up... in a Wrap 😝
Lunches: Quorn ham style slices, cherry 🍒 tomatoes 🍅 peas and sweet corn 🌽 savoury mix mayonnaise and parsley in genius wraps.
Claire Birdland gave me these hot peppers 🌶 last Thursday because they were too spicy 🔥💥rah! So I used them as a frying base combined them with 2 bags of quorn mince, 2 cartons of tomato 🍅 passata and the remaining 2 Heinz five beanz snap pots to make a hearty ❤ chilli. 45g protein per 1/4 serving. I'll find some rice to accompany it...
I've loved black beans for ages so I was delighted to see them on the high protein list! Trick for cooking avocados: dunk in and simmer in the sauce before peeling, makes them break apart much more easily. 20sec in the microwave also helps. These black bean and avocado 🥑 sweet potato 🍠 wraps are slightly less protein (coming in at around 18g per wrap), but they should be tastier and more appetising than last week's offering. I used a base of spring onions and blocked the coconut 🌴 cream block in the soup 🍜 to thicken the sauce, plus a dollop of old all purpose seasoning ✨magic!
Lunch: Linda McCartney scampi 🍤 style bites, kale fried in chilli 🌶 and Tamari and Heinz 5 beanz snap pot. Fuelling up for the burpee challenge! I did the burpee challenge and it was bad, if not worse, than I thought it would be. Managed to do it in just under 10 mins.
Being good 😇
Lunches prepped for the week! I've packed 5 broccoli florets into these quinoa and chia seed wraps, mixed with red split lentils and peanut 🥜 butter. Each wrap contains 40g protein!
Lunches wrapped for the week!!!! Each sandwich is made from Sainsbury's be good 😊 to yourself wraps and contains: 0.5 ball mozzarella, 1 tomato 🍅, a handful of fresh spinach leaves 🍃 a teaspoon of light green pesto and a knob of butter. 449 kcal per sandwich.
Lunch packed for the next 3 days! These wraps are made from sweet potato 🍠 and I've used minted beans, red onion and turmeric rolled up with spinach leaves 🍃 and falafel 🥙. Need to work on my clingfilm technique!
Lunch today: sweet potato, chilli and coconut quinoa, chick peas and carrots 🥕 topped with falafel 🥙 black olives and a teaspoon of harissa. 500 calories
Rory spent the first few years of his life in an ice cave, carving out his palace of wonder. He's a bit of a love doll, but he who melts the ice shall have their reward.