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.
The 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!
- 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
- In a soup pot, start by frying the onions and garlic, for three to four minutes
- Add the finely chopped carrots and cook for another 5 minutes
- You can now add the chopped tomatoes and peas
- Season well with salt and pepper
- Add water, so it covers your veggies, and then add the bay leaves and smoked paprika
- Let it boil for 30-40 minutes
- 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 )
- When it thickens a bit, it's ready to be transferred in the oven
- Now if you want to use the dried peppers, you can add them to the stew - they will soak in the delicious juice
- 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!