I got my recipe from Paleo Princess. Hibiscus Syrup is a very popular treat in Australia (although you'll find it sold all over the world now), especially around Xmas time. We add it to the bottom of our champagne glasses, and as well as looking beautiful it will add a lovely flavor to even the cheapest of sparkling wines :) It's great as a cordial too to mix with seltzer water or used like Grenadine for cocktails. If you have your own plant there are some great YouTube videos on how to pick and prepare. I got mine delivered from a local farm and they were already picked, but I had to prep them.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Original recipe for the Beer Battered Fish Sticks from My Darling Vegan. I like "pub style" or steak fries so I slice my potato into thick strips and shallow fry in vegetable oil. I remember going to the beach and gettin fish and chips with my family, I have such fond memories so I've been craving this lately. Obviously this isn't the healthiest of recipes but the kids loved them.
This original recipe from Follow Your Heart made a ton of sauce, even half of it was too much for the recipe in my opinion. It was very overpowering so you didn't need too much.
"Lobster" Lettuce Cups
¼ Cup Green Onions or Chives
4-6 Leafs Butter Lettuce Leafs
1 Avocado Sliced
¼ Cup Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Feta Crumbles
2 Cups Chopped Hearts of Palm
2 Cups Chopped Oyster Mushrooms
1.5 Tbsp Minced Garlic
2-3 Tbsp Vegan Butter
1/8 tsp Smoked Paprika
Lobster Mayo Mix
2 cups Vegenaise
⅓ Cup Diced Celery
2 Tbsp Fresh Dill
2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Chives
¼ Cup Diced Red Onion
1.5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Mustard Powder
½-1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
2.5 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1.5 Tbs Kelp Powder or Japanese Multi-Purpose Seasoning (I used Dulse Flakes)
½ Tsp-1 Tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
½ Tsp Black Pepper
I also add a teaspoon of Japanese Plum Vinegar which is like adding sea water.
In a pan, sauté your Hearts of Palm and Oyster Mushrooms in your Vegan Butter and Minced Garlic. Season with Smoked Paprika
In a large bowl combine all of your ingredients for the Lobster Mayo until well incorporated.
Build your Lettuce Cups with Butter Head Lettuce, Avocado Slices, Combined Lobster Mayo Mix , Feta Cheese, Smoked Paprika, and top with Chopped Green Onion or Chives.
Place on some paper towel to soak up the extra grease and serve!! I LOVE me a vegan BLT!
Friday, 2 October 2020
Well it has been a while since I've done much beauty product reviewing I wanted to review some products I've been using lately that I LOVE!
The first is very exciting because I've been waiting for an affordable vegan lash serum for years! Now I found one! This Grande Lash-MD I got from Sephora and it comes in a trial size for $40 or the full size for $60. I started with the trail size and in that 8 weeks it was enough to see some impressive results. Sorry my pictures aren't great but you get the idea! I noticed a difference by the 6 week mark. I also bought their brow serum and have seen a difference for sure, very helpful for those patches that haven't been growing back since I plucked them to death in the 90s! I'm definitely going to keep using to see how long I can get them all!
My next happy purchase is something very exciting to me! L'Occitane which makes a lot of gorgeous vegan products in France just redid their best selling anti-aging skin care line, Immortelle Divine, with vegan formula. So awesome. I noticed a difference overnight, I used the new Super Extract Divine Serum followed by the Cream and my skin felt amazing in the morning and the blemishes I had the night before were almost gone. Seriously excited about them redoing this line, the eye cream is next, yay!!
Thursday, 17 September 2020
So I've been following Plantiful Kiki on YouTube and Instagram and she lost over 65lbs with Dr. McDougall's program The Starch Solution. Seriously check her out, she's adorable and so inspiring. Plus she makes her whole family eat like this so she's definitely a superstar to me! She has a lot of great meal ideas and goes through full days of what she eats. In her videos she outlines the basic principles and how she got results which I found very helpful because I guess when I listened to the audio of the book there were some things I missed. Here's a link to my first attempt (which was a few months ago). I think where I went wrong was trying to follow all the recipes so Kiki's method simplifies all that. Don't get me wrong, I did lose 10lbs but I'm hoping Kiki's method will keep me on track for longer. I'm going to outline what Kiki mentioned that I am incorporating this time round...
The basic principles are still there, eat only plant based whole foods (no caffeine and alcohol) but in the weight loss stage there are some important factors I missed;
- No fat. I knew that meant oil/butter etc but I didn't realise that also includes fatty whole foods like avocados (my babies!!!) and nuts. You can add these back in moderation once you hit your healthy goal weight.
- There are three different ways to organize your plate to optimized your weight loss that involves how much starchy vs non-starchy vegetables to eat. The 50/50 plate is the most common and the one Kiki used for her weight loss. 50/50 will get your there, you just have to be patient. This is a change of lifestyle and routine to take control of your weight and health, not a crash diet.
- Eat the non-starchy side first, always! You can have seconds, thirds, fourths until your full or satisfied but every time eat the non-starchy vegetables first.
Beans (kidney, navy, pinto, black, cannellini)
Amaranth or Chinese spinach
Beans (green, wax, Italian)
Cabbage (green, bok choy, Chinese)
Coleslaw (packaged, no dressing)
Greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip)
Hearts of palm
Salad greens (chicory, endive, escarole, lettuce, romaine, spinach, arugula, radicchio, watercress)
Squash (cushaw, summer, crookneck, spaghetti, zucchini)
Sugar snap peas
Day 1 (20 August 2020)
Day 1 (20 August 2020)
Day 30 (20 September 2020)
Day 30 (20 September 2020)
- You can use frozen and canned vegetables.
- Don't feel like you have to eat raw, you don't. Just don't use fat to cook. Try blanching, steaming, sauteing and baking. If you have an air fryer that works well too!
- I love my slow cooker so I used that.
- I used oil free seasonings and condiments to make it more interesting. I especially loved using balsamic vinegar (good quality like Mountain Town Olive Oil Company-try their raspberry or 15 year aged....amazing), Garlic Salt, Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, Tabasco, Chinese Five Spice, Mustard, fresh herbs & Coconut Aminos.
- My new favorite thing on almost everything is garlic salt and nutritional yeast.
- Calorie free seltzer water like Bubly helped me a lot when I was on the go to full me up but mostly at night when I'd normally want a glass of wine.
- Having prepared foods helped a lot too, another great tip from Plantiful Kiki! Baking a bunch of potatoes & sweet potatoes once or twice a week and keeping them in the fridge helped make the meals times go smoothly. I love my rice maker but I also keep the Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice microwave pouches in the freezer for quick rice when I need it.