Cakes, Breads and Muffins
Chocolate Mug Cake (use coconut yoghurt or cream in place of dairy yoghurt – I love making this with coconut cream and serving with a huge dollop (or two, or three) of coconut yoghurt)
Nutrient Dense Fried Rice (omit bacon and eggs, swap for roasted zucchini and/or eggplant strips and a combination of your favourite nuts … use coconut oil as cooking fat rather than tallow)
Rice Pudding Brekkie (serve without yoghurt or use coconut yoghurt instead)
Beetroot Chippies (you can also use sweet spud using the same method – these are beautiful by themselves or alongside some homemade guacamole or on the side of a homemade “deconstructed” burger (burger patty and salad without bun) as a stylish alternative to fries)
Cauliflower Mash (swap tallow for coconut oil, swap broth for filtered water and blend in some coconut cream at the end to creamy it up … I love this version almost as much as the tallow version so you won’t really be missing out)
Homemade Nut/Seed Flour (Many nut/seed flour recipes call for eggs which will be problematic if your are a strict vegan … however there are plenty of animal-free options that you can include these nut/seed flours in. Try a combo of sunflower kernel and almond flours with some ground flaxseeds stirred through, combined with cinnamon, sea salt and coconut oil makes the best vegan crumble for a delicious fruity dessert … think apples, pears and berries with lemon juice and vanilla bean!)
Sauerkraut Method (from here the veggie/fruit/herb/spice combos are endless)
*Please Note Lovely Ones …
A vegan diet can be very nutrient dense indeed and many people find they thrive on a solely plant based diet. However if you choose to avoid animal products for health/religious/ethical reasons, please be aware that it’s not just a matter of taking out animal foods; meat, eggs, seafood, dairy etc. It is vital that you bring in beautiful sources of plant protein; gluten-free whole grains (brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa etc.), soaked and sprouted legumes (chickpea, adzuki beans, black beans, mung, organic peanuts etc.), nuts (almonds, macadamias, cashews, walnuts etc.) and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax, chia etc.) or even invest in a natural protein powder such as the Changing Habits Inca Inchi variety. It is also important to consume lots of green foods; spinach, avocado, kale, spirulina, broccoli etc. for iron and B12 – two nutrients often lacking in exclusively plant based diets (these foods are also rich in other important B vitamins, essential for detoxification pathways in the liver and also for energy production). Also note that while veganism is touted as being kinder to the planet and “healthier” (than eating meat), for those with damaged guts, it may be too rough and fibrous, lack amino acids such as glutamine and glycine that support gut healing, and make it harder to get the amino acids that are precursors to our neurotransmitters, causing a flow-on effect of mental health disturbance.
I personally LOVE my veggies, and certainly have days where I get my protein from combining yummy nut and seed combinations, however I find I do best still eating small portions of oily fish most days and (when my gallbladder is completely healed) organic eggs, organic, grass-fed lamb, homemade bone broth and organic poultry on occasion as well.
Bottom line; there’s no arguing that we could all benefit from eating more veggies, however if we choose to live exclusively on plant foods, we have the responsibility of going the extra mile to protein combine, soak and sprout our legumes, grains, nuts and seeds and maybe even consider quality supplementation where our diet is inadequate.