What I ate this weekend.. VEGAN

 First up, I had to mention the new ebook from Derek Simnett. I have been following his channel for a while now - it is what made me want to make the transition to vegan, so when he brought out this ebook I knew I'd love it. This is the first recipe I have attempted from the book. Mac & Cheeze. There is a recipe on how to make your own cheese sauce - I won't type the whole recipe here but it is made from cauliflower, nutritional yeast and a bunch of other good things. You just blend all the ingrediants together then add them to a shop bought pasta & peas. I was pleasantly suprised when I tried this - I LOVED it. Even Josh liked it which is a bonus. I then used the left over sauce the next evening over potatos, cauliflower & brocoli and it was lovely. 

You can find Dereks channel here - Simnett Nutrition & the e-book can be purchased here.

 Next, a green smoothie full of goodness. This was super thick and creamy, perfect for a snack or even for breakfast.

Frozen spinach, apple, cucumber, avocado (Aldi smoothie bag)

Peanut butter

2 bananas

Turmeric plus a sprinkle of black pepper

Almond milk

Blend and enjoy!

What's a weekend without some Ben & Jerrys!? I picked this up from Tesco, I know they can be a little pricey but this was down to £2.75. HURRAH! I hadn't tried this flavour before (banana with chocolate chunks & walnuts) and wasn't sure if I'd like it but I can report it is deeeee-licious and is perfect in my smoothies to give it a more creamy taste.

So I call this my super spicy stew with giant dupplings. A perfect winter warmer!

2 x vegetable stock cubes
Tai Green Curry paste

I take all these ingrediants and simply boil them in a pan with water & the vegetable stock until all the veggies are soft. I added a whole pot of green paste but have been told I should have just added half so I guess that's why our noses and eyes were running - oops! It was still delicious though. To make the dumplings I picked up vegetable suet from Morrisons which are so simple to make, you just add a little water to the powder and roll in to balls - adding them to the stew for 20 mins. So cheap and nice easy recipe to follow. 

We finally went to see Black Panther this weekend (SO SO SO SO GOOD!!!) We decided to stop in Costa before the film. They had run out of milk due to the snow & deliveries which admittedly made me smile seeing those who wouldn't normally ask for Soya milk trying it that day - my go to in Costa is a caramel latte with almond milk. I chose this oaty jam bake which is really great, its a sort of cake texture with jam in the middle. I have also tried the 'Paradise Slice' which is more of a flapjack with sultanas, apricots & cranberries - equally as good! 

Sunday evening we stopped off at Starbucks and I noticed they had the BBQ vegan wrap with jackfruit and a carrot & sweetcorn slaw - I'd spotted this online so was excited to try it and I was not disappointed, it's super good. A light meal which is exactly what I needed. It's so exciting to see these vegan options popping up showing that supply and demand is a real thing right now.

Please let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the vegan options in Starbucks/Costa!


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