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Healthy eating is something that I’ve decided to value going into 2020. This week alone I cut down on my portions, as they were pretty big before, I decided to clear out my freezer and my fridge and replace my unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives, and then I figured: why not try some vegan recipes? So, here’s what I’ve come up with!
Because I’m a picky eater, I didn’t want to give myself a total shock to the system by immediately eliminating everything that I enjoy in my food palette right now, and honestly my pickiness means I’m very beigey, so this is a massive step out of my comfort zone and is one of the many changes that I’m going to be making in my life over the next few months to benefit my health for the better.
Food is a tricky area for me, I’m not the best cook in the world and as I live alone this means I’ve got into the habit of relying on my air fryer a bit too much and also having too much pizza, but we’ll see how I get on and I may even begin logging my meals and reviewing what I think is worth eating and what you can take a miss on in my weekly meal plan.
Recipe 1: Sweet Potato Salad
I really wanted to integrate the Schwartz Paprika & Onion Chip Seasoning as much as possible into each meal that I’ve come up with because it’s not only been kindly sent to me for review, but also because I’m such a stereotype. I shy away from seasonings and I think it’s made my meals worse for it. I’ve used the seasoning on some sweet potato fries recently and I thought it was super tasty, definitely worth trying, which is why I’ll be expanding my horizons with this seasoning in new recipes.
So my first idea? A sweet potato salad! Pretty easy, right? Now I didn’t come up with this recipe, because I’m very new to cooking, I found it on Chocolate Covered Katie and think you should see the original post, but her recipe is as follows:
What you need
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (2 lb before peeling)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp salt + optional pepper
- 3 tbsp oil, or spray (for fat-free option)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 1/2 cups cooked, or 1 can, black beans
- optional 1 cup canned or cooked corn
- 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (omit if desired)
Recipe 2: Fajitas For Days
I love fajitas, but I’ve got to admit – I’ve always relied really heavily on those fajita kits you find in Aldi, they’re really tasty but honestly nothing beats doing something homemade. This recipe from lovingitvegan is something that you must try – and let me know how you get on with it!
The ingredient list for the lovingitvegan recipe is super long, so I won’t be putting it in my post, but I will be writing up a blog post having used their recipe and will be reviewing it further in that post, keep your eyes peeled because I think it’ll be interesting and a nice test for my cooking skills.
I also think another recipe you couple try out is from TheVegLife, I like this one a lot for if you’re a bit busier and want to quickly make them instead of do everything from scratch, I also think that it’s simple enough so that people new to cooking like me don’t feel too intimidated by it.
The ingredients are as so:
FOR THE FAJITA SEASONING:
- 1 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- pinch Red Pepper Flakes optional
FOR THE FAJITAS:
- 2 Large Portobello Mushrooms gills removed & sliced on the bias
- 1 each Red Green, Yellow & Orange Bell Pepper, sliced
- 1 Red Onion cut half and into slices
- Oil for cooking
Recipe 3: Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal
This next idea comes from the BBC, I liked the sound of this one so much because it’s so out of my comfort zone, like hugely out of my comfort zone. Before seeing this recipe, I’d never tried spinach before and had always been curious as to what it tastes like, and now I know! It’s definitely very new for me to be trying these types of foods and I really think that’s why I want to push my eating habits onto the blog a bit more, it’s also serving as some motivation to get myself really into the habit of eating better and valuing my health over anything else. I want to enjoy meal times and enjoy cooking. This is a recipe that definitely helped me see how important this is to me.
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- thumb-sized piece ginger
- 1 red chilli
- 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 250g red split lentils
- 600ml vegetable stock
- 80g bag of spinach
- 4 spring onions , sliced on the diagonal, to serve
- ½ small pack of Thai basil
So if you give any of these recipes a try and use the Schwartz seasonings, let me know on my comments! If you also have any tips for eating healthier and trying new foods without feeling too intimidated, I’d also really appreciate that as well. It’s a big deal for me to be stepping out of my comfort zone, I keep saying it but for me something like this is quite stressful and seriously scary, so I want to enjoy this process as much as possible and have a great time learning how to cook and learning how to put the best food in my tum.