Thursday, 31 January 2008

Vitamins

I have just started taking some vegan vitamins. I am hoping the iodine in them will help my enlarged thyroid and generally make me feel better as I don't have the money to always have a really balanced diet. I will let you know how I get on. If you are interested in them here is where I got them from:

http://www.vegansociety.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=33&osCsid=91e8604b914a37d5ddee065a521bc15e

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing but want to know a bit more first.

RECIPE: Curried Noodles

These noodles are what I had for lunch today. I used a normal packet of noodles, but instead of using the sachet that came with it (that contains soya that I'm not eating at the moment) I made up my own curry flavouring. Let me know if you like it: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/curriednoodles.html

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

RECIPE: Mushroom and Tomato Lasagne

I am going to give up soya for a while so today I made a lasagne without using any soya. It was hard as I usually put a white sauce on it, or soya cheese on the top, or tofu in it. See what you think of my recipe:


Giving up Soya

In order to try and reduce my swollen thyroid I have decided to give up soya for a while and see if it makes any difference. However I am surprised at the amount of soya in foods. I know that it is used in meat replacement products etc but I didn't know it would be in the flavouring for the noodles I was going to have for lunch (as a replacement for the sandwich I was going to have as the bread didn't have ingredients on so I didn't know if it had any soya flour in).

Any advice on alternatives to soya, especially ways to make creamy sauces etc, would be welcomed.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

RECIPE: Broccoli and Cauliflower Pie

This recipe is lovely with mashed potatoes and steamed carrots.



Click here for how to make it: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/broccoliandcauliflowerpie.html

Busy Day

Yesterday was eventful. In the morning I went to the hospital for the results of my thyroid scan. They said I have a benign goitre which requires no treatment. I am going to increase my iodine levels and reduce my intake of soya, brocolli and cauliflower and see if it makes any noticable difference to its size, and I certainly don't want it getting any bigger.

At lunchtime my 3 year old feel down and hurt her wrist, it was still paining her by the evening so I took her to the hospital for an x-ray. Fortunately she was fine, but I didn't get time to put a new recipe. But I will put one up later today.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Site down

Apologies for anyone who tried to access the site this morning when the server was down. I will leave the recipe up till tomorrow so that anyone who missed it can still see it.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Spicy Vegetable and Coconut Curry

My boyfriend kindly supplied this recipe as not liking coconut myself the site is lacking in coconut recipes.




Friday, 25 January 2008

RECIPE: Wholemeal Tortilla Wraps

These are a filling tasty meal, and you can add a while range of vegetables into them.



For the recipe click here: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/wholemealtortillawrap.html

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Ballet Shoes

I am searching in vain for ballet shoes for my girls. I don't like buying the new leather ones for obvious reasons but they have to have shoes for their classes. I generally get 2nd hand ones but can't find any in their sizes on ebay, the ballet school or freecycle.
I can buy vegan ones online at http://www.alternativesoles.com which is great, but they cost £10 more than the cheapest new ones on ebay. Its a real dilemma. I know that I should get the vegan ones, but it is a real struggle to afford them. What would you do?

RECIPE: Asparagus Stir Fry

This is a lovely flavoured stir fry that is ideal served with basmati rice or couscous.



For the recipe click here: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/asparagusstirfry.html

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

RECIPE: Asparagus with Vegetable Noodles

This is a recipe with really simple plain flavours. I love asparagus and don't like to cover the flavour with anythign too strong.



Lunch Idea - Noodle Sandwiches

This is a favourite of mine, although a lot of people think it is odd. Just make up a pack of instant noodles (curry flavour is my favourite) and spoon them in the middle of a piece of bread. It is tasty, filling and above all, quick!

Monday, 21 January 2008

RECIPE: Mushy Pea Soup

Todays recipe is for Mushy Pea soup. It is tasty and you can make it quicker by using more stock powder instead of reducing the vegetable stock.




Click here for the full recipe: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/mushypeasoup.html

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Asda Cafe

Tonight I had to get dinner for the kids while were out and the only place that was still open apart from McDonalds was Asda cafe.
I wasn't very impressed. The vegan choices were very limited as cafe's of these type tend to be.
Cold drinks were either orange juice or water (both extremely overpriced). For the kids the only choice they could have in their kids meal was raisins and fresh fruit. They had chips and baked beans, and a carrot and pea vegetable mix (which was drying out horribly) in their main course options. The only positive side at all was the vegan margarine and they did have some soft white rolls it could go on. Not great, but definitely better than my other option!

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Monday, 14 January 2008

RECIPE: 2 Potato Mash

Mixing white potatoes and sweet potatoes make a lovely mash as you get the lovely taste of sweet potatoes with the smooth texture of white potatoes.






For the recipe click here: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/2potatomash.html

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Lentil Bake with Ketchup

This isn't a recipe as such, because I haven't got the software on this computer to put it on the site. However I thought I would share what I had for supper tonight.

I made a lentil bake using a tin of green lentils, a packet of sage and onion stuffing (with the amount of water it said on the packet), 2 cloves of garlic and a sprinkle of herbs. I mixed it all together and put it in a baking dish in the oven for 30 mins on gas mark 7.

It was lovely with just a small amount of ketchup on the side.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Thursday, 10 January 2008

RECIPE:Cashew and Brocolli Noodles

This is a nutritious recipe full of flavour.



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Wednesday, 9 January 2008

RECIPE: Banana and Sultana Tart

This is a lovely sweet tart, that needs no additional sugar. It just uses fruit. It is easy to make and fun for the kids to help with to. Click here for the recipe: http://www.recipesforvegans.co.uk/bananaandsultanatart.html



Tuesday, 8 January 2008

RECIPE: Peppery Stir Fry

This recipe is a great alternative to a sandwich for lunch, and warms you up on a cold day.




Monday, 7 January 2008

Computer Problems

Apologies for the lack of recipes lately. I spilt coffee on my keyboard and some of the keys stopped working which made it very difficult to work on the website.
I have now got a new keyboard so will be able to start the recipes up again tomorrow. I can't tonight as my heating has broken down so its too cold to stay on the computer long.

Friday, 4 January 2008

RECIPE: repeat of Creamy Swiss Pasta

I had a couple of people notice that this recipe didn't work properly last time so I have put it up again.