Day 1 – When the cook’s away…..

My journey to healthy eating began on a Monday morning (as all projects do!) with enthusiasm and excitement. My morning shake was a blend of:

  • 1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
  • frozen spinach
  • blueberries
  • powdered phytonutrients
  • fibre boost
  • homemade almond milk

Doesn’t sound the most tasty combo but I have to say it was actually pretty delicious.

I had this shake at around 10.30am and didn’t feel hungry until around 3pm.

Today I got to use that tahini which has been lurking n the pantry for months. Half a can of chick peas, some tahini, cumin, garlic, lemon juice and salt all buzzed up in my blender and what emerged was a very close relative to a reasonable houmous  (hummus? how the blazes do you spell it?).  A little sprinkle of paprika and drizzle of olive oil and it could have passed for Sainsbury’s best.

But no pitta bread to mop up my delicious offering. Carrot sticks had to suffice. Not my favourite snack ever, but definitely passable. Anyway it kept me going until dinner.

And this is where I totally surpassed myself.

As many of you know, I am rarely allowed in the kitchen. My husband decided early in our relationship  (probably after one of my culinary delights) that he was the one to keep us alive and kicking. I’m pretty sure that the children’s constant clamour for another “clown face” inspired his belief that he is the Delia Smith of St Leonards on Sea! (A good clown face is, as any parent knows, an essential tool used in the ancient art of tricking your kids to eat food they hate.)  I digress…..

With the cook away for the night I decided to experiment – always knowing there was a fallback emergency option n the freezer.

I wanted something with no meat or fish, no dairy, no wheat, and relatively low carb. I struck lucky with  a recipe I got from BBC Good Food –  love this site.

Lentil Ragu with Courgetti

This was easy to make and really delicious. Using the amounts suggested there was easily enough for six people so a few tubs are stashed in my freezer ready for those “I can’t be bothered to cook tonight” nights.

The next day it was lunch for my year-old grandson who wolfed it down. The chef arrived home starving and pounced on it, giving it a very firm thumbs up!

I’m counting Day 1 as a definite success!