I’ve not posted a good photo in a long while! But I have been cooking!
I reeeeeally felt like a hot bowl of Tom yum goong noodle soup with a nice spicy kick
So here it is...
Preparation 1 hour | Cooking Time 15 minutes | Servings 8
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Preparation 25 minutes | Cooking Time 3 hours | Servings ~10
Ready in 45 minutes | Serves 10 slices
Have you heard about this Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet but not quite sure what it consists of or where to start?
Well, you can now download my 'Beginner's Guide to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet' eBook for free on my site. Simply visit livingwithyoo.com/free-ebook and follow the prompts.
By downloading the eBook, you'll receive an exclusive discount for my upcoming online course where you'll learn how to make a selection of really simple and healthy raw vegan cakes.
If you're attempting to live the lifestyle of a whole-food, plant-based diet, it can be daunting to realise how expensive the lifestyle can be. It's not uncommon to visit your local supermarket and realise that non-plant-based ingredients are more expensive than processed foods. Organic produce is obviously going to be your preferred choice, but if this doesn't fit within your budget, there are plenty of healthy low-cost alternatives you should consider.
To help you out, here's a list of my top 12 items to consider adding to your grocery list when on a tight budget:
How to be smarter when it comes to eating on a budget
Ok, so even the cheap plant-based supermarket foods can still be a little expensive -- so my advice is to think outside the box (or supermarket, in this case) and consider buying in bulk online.
Foods such as whole grains, potatoes, and beans are generally very affordable, and can be bought in bulk. In fact, buying these ingredients in bulk can often save a lot of money in the long run.
Here's a couple of places I often buy my basic ingredients in bulk from:
Do you have any questions about the suggestions listed above? If so, leave your comment in the section below or email me at email@example.com
Making Vegan Jerky ...
Did you ever have a dinner guest who brought you a giant watermelon as a house gift?
🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️ I did!
I tackled half of the watermelon alone with a spoon and I gave in the white flag. Whilst holding onto my full watermelon belly I had a thought, I wonder what it would be like to dehydrate a watermelon? 🤔Amazingly enough it existed! Vegan watermelon jerkies!!!
I marinated the watermelon in Lime, Smoked paprika, Onion powder and Cayenne pepper.
Which then I dehydrated in my dehydrator for 24 hours at 70 degrees celsius.
OMG this turned out amaaaazing.
Of course dehydrating for 24 hours ins't something we can do or want to do often.
But do it once, you must try.
For those who are concerned about electricity cost, please refer here. This should give you a little idea and a little relief to try this amazing recipe just once 😉.
Watermelon Smokey Chilli Jerky
Dried watermelon itself gives full blast of sweet flavour, all you need is a little sourness, a little saltiness and a little spiciness for a party in your mouth 🤤
Prep 15min Cooking time 24hrs
Are You Vegan And On A Tight Budget?
Having given up a 6 figure earning career in Sydney and moving to Europe to start a completely new career from scratch, whilst being an Artist means... BUDGET. Budget, Budget, Budget.
By September 2018, we had decreased our weekly grocery budget from €200 to €100. When I say we, I meant me and my 6'1" muscle cladding husband who hits the gym 6 times a week.
I had to think, I had to be creative! AND created I did! 😆
One bowl of this delicious and healthy Vegan Buddha bowl on my estimate costs approximately €2.50. Not only is it budget, it met the nutritional value for my husband and the dish contained "Complete protein" for muscle growth! 💪🏻
Plus, the best part of this dish was the feedback I got from my husband "Oh my god"
Now that's good enough to share 👌🏻
I call it the 'Ms Budget's "Complete Protein" Buddha bowl'
This Vegan Buddha Bowl with "Complete Protein" will keep your mouth watering, your belly happy, and your muscles growing. This recipe is an adaptation of one created by Sarah Sullivan
I have outlined the 3 key steps in creating this delicious dish, as follows:
Budget TVP Meatballs
Prep 10min Cooking time 25min Yield 10 Meatballs
*** In Sarah Sullivan's recipe, it says "Shape mixture into 1-2" balls"
Coconut sesame Long Beans and Spinach
Prep 5min Cooking time 5min Yield 2 servings
Mixed grain rice/Quinoa
Prep 2min Cooking time 30min Yield 2 servings
Serving The Budget Buddha bowl
Prep 5min Yield 2 servings
⭐️ Budget Tips ⭐️
What other dishes can you make from the left over ingredients?
After I visited my mother in Seoul Korea June 2018, I came back to Germany with much fulfilled heart AND a second hand Dehydrator! 🙌🏻
I have always wanted to own a dehydrator so bad that my heart began to beat fast with excitement with anticipation of finally getting one. So naturally, I needed a calming agent and decided to make my own blend of Tea for much needed zen-ness.
Here's how I did it ...
Taking the plunge... Vegan & Muscles
Muscle gains and vegan diet, yep I've heard the worries and I've had the worries.
Lots of vegetables are considered “Incomplete protein” meaning they lack key amino acids that are building blocks of making protein. Don’t fear!
There are Complete protein sources for vegans and vegetable lovers such as Quinoa, Buckwheat, Hempseed, Chia, Soy (Think Tofu, Edamame and Tempeh), Spirulina
For vegetables that are considered “Incomplete protein” source you can easily overcome this by “Protein complementation”, which simply means eat variety! Starchy vegetables lack lysine that leafy green vegetables have abundance of, Beans and legumes are high in Lysine yet they lack in Methionine that Nuts and Seeds have abundance of, you get the trick 😋
Have a dig at this simple Buddha bowl with “Complete Protein"