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!
Based on Deliciously Ella's "Sun-dried Tomato Pasta" recipe, with some slight adaptations.
This pasta is perfect for a rainy, cold day. It's wonderfully hearty and wholesome, and so quick to throw together. The sauce is made from a mix of flavoursome sum-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper. You can add other veg to this too though. I stirred through some spinach at the end and threw in some sautéed mushrooms. I finished this with some roasted Yum & Yay mixed nuts and seeds, which adds more flavour and texture, while also making it look beautiful.
I used Spelt pasta.
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 😝
Breakfasts: raspberries and banana 🍌 protein milk 🍼 smoothie overnight oats (mornflake) layered trifles topped with strawberries 🍓 and a drizzle of honey 🍯 rise and shine! 🌞🌇
Dinners: an adaptation on mum's courgette in rosemary sauce. I fried up the courgettes with white onions and added butter beans, chopped tomatoes 🍅 and quark cheese 🧀to thicken the sauce. Unfortunately ran out of rosemary but I added thyme and garlic and a bit of tamari and lemon juice. The plan is to have it with microwaved jackets. The side is a mixture of boiled cabbage & leaks, scrambled egg 🍳 whites, yum & yay 😊 mixed nuts 🥜 and seeds and cashew pieces.
Lunches: Quorn ham style slices, cherry 🍒 tomatoes 🍅 peas and sweet corn 🌽 savoury mix mayonnaise and parsley in genius wraps.
Today's shopping trolley 🛒
Purple milk? Fruits 🍇 potatoes 🥔 one banana 🍌 what else
You'll see what I'm about to do 😉
A weird smoothie
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!
Nice 👍 this was my dinner last night... I was a bit laaazzzy 😴bubble & squeak with baked beans snap pot and cottage cheese 🧀
Ok, why when I cook 4 bags of peas does a massive foam broth up? Is this normal?
Peas are a great source of protein! I had 4 bags of peas in the freezer so I paired it with half a bag of kale, half a pot of Thai red curry paste and the last container of Linda McCartney scampi 🍤 style bites. 31g protein per serving, served with a side of Oomi protein noodles 🍝just what I needed after spin class 🚴
I added a splash of dark soy sauce, a flash of coconut 🌴 milk and a dash of ginger to add flavour 😋
Oomi noodle 🍜 stir fry plus a side of egg 🍳 white and more scampi 🍤 style bites for added protein! 😉🤸♂
Dinners cooked for the week! Mushrooms 🍄 edamame and pak choi in a miso, coconut 🌴 and ginger sauce. The plan is to serve on a bed of Oomi protein noodles 🍝 each serving 37.7g protein.
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.
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.