Veganuary. Why not?

When I say I am doing a vegan diet in January most people reactions are…

“Why are you doing that?” “What for?” “That’s crazy” “Don’t think you can do it””So what are you going to eat?”

All those comments made me want to do it even more!

It is scary definitely, and I am having dreams with cheese following me around and craving tuna every day. And no poached eggs on avocado toast?

Alright, what makes a meat-lover flexible-dieter girl to try vegan?

I like animals, yes. But is not the primary reason for doing this.
I wanted a challenge, yes. Bring it on!

I am curious to see how body reacts, yes. Let’s see if helps my digestion, skin, etc .

Healthiest start of the year possible, hell yeh!

Veganuary it’s a global charity that

“aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January”

I am excited to try new recipes and flavours and inspire others to do the same (My sister got inspired and is doing Vegetarian diet, so yay! It is something.)

We can make a difference, doesn’t matter how big or small. It’s just ONE month for now. Who knows in the future, my body and mind might feel amazing in the end! (Yeh my boyfriend is worried ahah)

You can support by donating whatever you can to this cause. Money will be donated to Veganuary (50%) and animal sanctuaries (50%).

Donate HERE!

I got loads of inspiration on Veganuary website and the yummiest Vegan accounts on Instagram (massive shoutout to @underwater_vegan!)

I managed to plan the whole month’s food and I am sharing that with you below. I hate cooking every day so I usually make enough food to eat for 2-3 days.

My Meal Plan for Veganuary:

Breakfast

Mostly vegan already so it  will consist in porridges, avocado toasts, vegan pancakes, nana ice cream and smoothie bowls.

Snacks:

  • MissFitsNutrition shakes (mangoandbliss20 for 20% discount)
  • Koko dairy free yogurt with bluberries
  • Aduna Moringa Bars
  • Peanut butter with apple or pear
  • Vegan protein bars, sweet potato brownies (deliciouslyella)
  • Black bean and oat cookies (deliciouslyella).

Weekend:

Usually not planned. More relaxed, some take-away, vegan pizzas, vegan burguers (ordered some Linda McCartney and Quorn), chickpea “tuna”sandwich, peppers/avocado/cucumber/purple cabbage sandwich, etc.

Main meals:

1st-2nd January (FREE, as in nothing planned like weekends)

3rd-6th  January

Lunches:

  • Potato, cauliflower and chickpea Curry with rice
  • Lentil Bolognese

Dinners:

  • Sweet potato, carrot, ginger and sage Soup
  • Mint, spinach and pea Soup

9th-13th January

Lunches:

  • Falafel, avocado, broccoli, black eyes beans, carrots, kale, sweet potato BOWL.
  • Chilli con quinoa

Dinners:

  • Tomato, red pepper and lentils soup
  • Butternut squash, Celery and Artichoke soup

16th-20th January

Lunches:

  • Tofu Curry and rice
  • Avocado, fresh tomato and garlic pasta

Dinners:

  • Portuguese Kale Soup (without the chorizo)
  • “Great Food” Spinach and Pines Nuts Bites with stir-fry vegetables.

23rd-27th January

Lunches:

  • Dhaal with spinach, asparagus and Naan bread.
  • Kale and Tomato pasta

Dinners:

  • Creamy Broccoli and Lemon soup
  • Miso and mushroom soup

30th-31st January

Lunch:

  • Vegetable Lasagna

Dinner:

  • Sweet potato wedges, guacamole, tofu teriyaki

Any comments are welcome! Would love to hear your thoughts on this. Did I inspire you to give it a try? Any other recipe suggestions?

I can feel 2017 will be a year of challenges! Starting with this one 🙂

Love,

Laura xx

Flourless Cashew & Maple Cookies

Português

Flourless…… Is just incredible how these turned out with only these 5 ingredients.

They do take a long time to cook but it’s so worth it.

Ingredients:

3 cups cashew nuts

3/4 maple syrup

1 cup + 6 tbsp water

1-1/2 cup shredded coconut

3/4 chopped pecans

  1. Blend everything until smooth, except pecans.
  2. Stir in the pecans
  3. Place dollops of the mixture in a baking sheet (about 1 tbsp each).
  4. Cook for 20 min under 170C and then 15 min 100C

Cookies really need to be baked under lower temperature for longer because they need time to dehydrate without burning.


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Bolacha de Caju & Ácer

Sem farinha…. Incrível como estas bolachas saíram só com 5 ingredientes.

Levam algum tempo a cozer no forno mas vale muito a pena.

Ingredientes:

3 copos de caju

3/4 copo xarope de ácer

1 copo + 6 c.sopa água

1-1/2 copo de côco ralado

3/4 copo nozes pecans partidas

  1. Mistura tudo no processador menos as nozes pecans
  2. Adiciona as nozes na massa
  3. Coloca pequenas bolas de massa no tabuleiro (á volta de 1 c.sopa cada)
  4. Coze no forno durante 20 minutos a 170C e mais 15 minutos a 100C

Observa com cuidado para não queimarem. Precisa de estar a baixa temperatura para terem tempo de desidratar sem queimar.

Strawberry Crumble

Português

I finally made a Crumble that tastes and looks like crumble! 😀 Yay!

Dessert for breakfast…for the whole week.

You won’t believe how easy and healthy it is 😉

Ingredients:

3 cups Rolled Oats

1/3 cup Sprouted Buckwheat

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup (or any other liquid sweetener)

2 packs Strawberries

1/4 cup water

Pinch of cinnamon

  1. Place a pan with the water under a medium heat and add chopped strawberries and cinnamon.
  2. Cover and let it cook for 10 minutes
  3. Process the oatmeal and buckwheat to almost flour.
  4. In a bowl mix the “flour” with coconut oil with your hands
  5. Then add maple syrup and mix well with your hands making a crumble.
  6. Put strawberries in a baking tray and top with the crumble
  7. Cook under 200C for 15 minutes

Done! 🙂


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Crumble de Morango

Finalmente consegui fazer um crumble, que sabe e parece crumble! 😀 Yay!

Sobremesa para o pequeno-almoço… para a semana toda.

Não imaginas quão fácil e saudável é 🙂

Ingredientes:

3 copos Aveia

1/3 copo Trigo Sarraceno

1/3 copo óleo de côco

1/2 copo de xarope de ácer (ou outro adoçante líquido)

2 pacotes de morangos frescos/congelados

1/4 copo de àgua

Pitada de canela

  1. Coloca uma panela em lume médio com água, morangos e canela.
  2. Tapa a panela e deixa cozer 10 minutos
  3. Tritura a aveia e trigo até formar uma farinha grossa
  4. Numa taça mistura a “farinha” com o óleo de côco ( com as mãos funciona melhor)
  5. Adiciona o xarope/adoçante formando um crumble com as mãos
  6. Coloca os morangos num tabuleiro e o crumble por cima
  7. Vai ao forno durante 15 minutos a 200C

Feito!

Nana Ice Cream: The Basics

Português

What do you need:

  • Bananas
  • Milk
  • Blender/Food processor

Buy  bananas and patiently wait for them to ripen (they are sweeter and more digestible when ripe).  Or buy already ripe, even better!
Cut them in slices, place in Tupperware and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Bananas for nana ice cream

Frozen bananas

Take bananas out of the freezer 10 minutes before blending.

Make sure all the toppings you want to use are ready.
Put about 1/4 cup milk in the blender (this depends on how many bananas you are using and how powerful is your blender).

My blender is the worst ever so for 3 to 4 bananas I have to use 1/3 cup of milk.

I have used a good blender before and didn’t need to add no milk. So just see how it goes, we don’t want you to break your blender.
You can also add any other extras at this stage, vanilla, cinnamon, protein, cacao, avocado, mint, raspberries, etc.
Now just turn on your blender and add pieces by pieces until you get a nice-creamy-ice cream-like-texture!

Yay!


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“Nana Ice Cream”: O Básico

Precisas de:

  • Bananas
  • Leite
  • Liquidificadora/Processador/Bimby

Compra bananas e aguarda pacientemente que fiquem bem maduras (São mais doces e o corpo digere melhor quando maduras). Se comprares logo maduras ainda melhor!

Corta às rodelas e congela dentro de tupperware durante mínimo 8 horas ou durante a noite.

Bananas for nana ice cream

Remove as bananas do congelador 10 minutos antes para não estarem demasiado duras.

Prepara toda a fruta e toppings que queres colocar.

No processador ou liquidificadora, coloca 1/4 copo de leite (depende de quantas bananas são e quão potente é o teu processador)

A minha liquidificadora não é das melhores e para 3-4 bananas uso 1/3 de copo de leite. Mas já experimentei na Bimby e não é necessário adicionar leite nenhum. Averigua se precisas de adicionar ou não. Não queremos partir a tua máquina 🙂

Agora podes adicionar alguns extras se preferires, baunilha, canela, proteína, cacau, abacate, menta, framboesas, etc.

Liga o processador e vai adicionado a banana aos poucos até obteres a consistência maravilhosa de gelado!

Yay!