Two Weeks ***** Challenge [Part 1] – Garden Peas Stew

Hello foodies!

In our last post, I showed you a super delicious Apple and Walnut Sponge Cake. At the end of the post I made a promise. I said that there is a surprise for the next post. Here we are. I am ready to tell you. The “*****” in our title stands for something. I watched a movie about how the food industry works and I decided to do some changes to my food diet. I never thought I would do this – but it’s been going on for 3 days now, and I am documenting everything that I eat. I gave up on eating meat and dairy – so it means that I am vegan now – that’s what the asterisks stay for. I challenged myself to do it for at least 2 weeks. I want to see the way it will affect me – mind and body.

I heard a lot of good things about it – and I want to see it for myself. Usually I am a huge meat and cheese lover, but I saw a lot of things that just put me off from them. The name of the movie is “What the Health” – highly recommended!!! It is good information, and only you can decide whether to use it or not. You can follow a plant-based diet or you can just continue doing whatever you’ve been doing all your life. I won’t go into a lot of details about the bad things around these huge corporations – it’s better if you see the movie on your own time.

Being a vegan is not so bad – the variety of food that you can have is huuuuge. All types of vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, rice, nuts etc. Being vegan doesn’t need to be a fashion that people follow – it needs to be a way of living and understanding why it’s actually good for you.

I will now show you the first recipe of my Vegan Challenge.

DSC_0799-01The recipe is Bulgarian – that’s where I come from. It’s one of my favorite dishes.

I never liked putting labels on food – like vegan, dairy free, gluten free, fat free, sugar free – blah blah blah! All the natural food is good for you, as long as you know where it comes from. This recipe corresponds to almost of the labels that I mentioned before but I don’t like presenting it this way. The way I like it is – a rich garden peas stew. As simple as that!

Two Weeks ***** Challenge [Part 1] - Garden Peas Stew
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 kg frozen garden peas
  • 100 gr carrots
  • 50 gr onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 100 gr chopped tomatoes
  • bay leaves
  • 4 dried red peppers (optional)
  • salt, pepper, flour, smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. In a soup pot, start by frying the onions and garlic, for three to four minutes
  2. Add the finely chopped carrots and cook for another 5 minutes
  3. You can now add the chopped tomatoes and peas
  4. Season well with salt and pepper
  5. Add water, so it covers your veggies, and then add the bay leaves and smoked paprika
  6. Let it boil for 30-40 minutes
  7. You can now add 50 gr of flour mixed with around 200 ml of tap water to your stew ( only if you like it thick )
  8. When it thickens a bit, it's ready to be transferred in the oven
  9. Now if you want to use the dried peppers, you can add them to the stew - they will soak in the delicious juice
  10. Cook it for 20 minutes on 200 degrees

It’s a really good way to celebrate the taste of garden peas. It’s completely vegan – and it’s a good start of your challenge. It fills you up, because it’s high in nutritional value.

I will now go back to my research, because there is a lot to learn, and I will be here tomorrow with another recipe.

That was enough info for now. I still can’t believe that I am doing this, but you never know if you don’t try.

Bye bye foodies!

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