Sunday, 21 January 2018

VEGANUARY | Week Three Meals


Week Three Meals

Another week of Vegan deliciousness in my life💓
Have you signed up for VEGANUARY?
(and gotten the FREE COOKBOOK?😀)


Monday
Today was such a delight;
my mom came home for dinner, and I got to cook for her. ^^
I made my own take on a Seekh Spiced Kebab;
paired with fried coriander, chili, gingerroot, garlic, turmeric, and cumin spiced rice and veggies.
I've fallen in love with a new brand of Vegan Filets, that are tha bomb in recipes like this;
SO GOOD! ^^

Tuesday
Today, my boyfriend and I, decided to get cracking
on another recipe from the Official Veganuary Celebrity Cookbook;
Thai Red Curry
by football-player Anthony Mullally.
It was very yummy.
Not spicy, and just the right amount of flavour.

Wednesday
Leftover Bonanza! :D
Yesterday's recipe was big enough in amount, that it lasted for two dinners,
over two days, for two grown people.

Thursday
Typical lazy day. Too tired to cook = Pesto Toast, times every meal of the day xD
Which is okay by me.
I LOVE me my Pesto Toast and Orange Juice Dream-Team! ^^
(pic from last week :)

Friday
Tonight, I went to a birthday party.
Before I started drinking, my boyfriend made us a Brother's Green inspired curry.
It's something he makes often; it's easy, quick, and mouthwateringly savoury.
(yes, I am hella' aware how lucky I am to have a boyfriend who cooks me amazing food ^^ 💓)

Saturday & Sunday
The weekend is often a time of involuntary rest for me.
Whether I want to or not, I need to recuperate after the week, often in nap-form.
(and when I say naps, I mean alarmingly long regular snoozes, and midday siestas for no reason xD)
I often plan on making all kinds of elaborate, amazeballs meals for me, my family, and friends on weekends; Only to be harshly reminded of having zero energy after a busy week.
Typical huh?

I feel like this week has been a little disappointing variety meal-wise.
Sorry about that. Hope it was still a compelling read.💓
For the upcoming week, I want to make more versatile meals that I haven't tried before.
I just got myself a new cookbook
The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, by Toni Okamoto!😀
Can't wait to get cracking on all its deliciousness! ^^

How was YOUR week?
Did you eat anything yum-tastic? ^^
Tell me about it!😁

COMMENT BELOW!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

VEGANUARY | Week Two Meals

Week Two Meals

Monday
Today I did another Chinese style wok.
Although the picture if from another day, of the same dish; as I forgot to take one x)

Tuesday
Today, my Boyfriend and I, decided to try out another Official Veganuary Celebrity Cookbook recipe;
Lebanese Tabbouleh.
It was quite the flavour-bomb.
This recipe was thumbed up, in the cookbook, by actor Joaquin Phoenix.

and since Tabbouleh, on it's lonesome, is more a snack;
we also made a mouthwatering Indian Curry around dinnertime ^^
Which we coupled with watching the movie "The Darjeeling Limited" <3

Wednesday
Leftovers and Pesto covered Toast day.

Thursday
My wonderful boyfriend made me the best fried rice I have ever tasted! <3
Like, restaurant quality. Blew my mind.
Cherry tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, and a shit ton of mushrooms, paired with spiced up rice.
SO GOOD.

Friday
I ran out of veggies, and groceries overall today, so pesto toast was a lifesaver.

Saturday
Today was a leftover-day.
The curry-sauce my boyfriend made on Thursday, some Vegan "Meat"-balls and rice,
made my tummy feel full and nice.
(it was actually hella bland, but what can you do;
we were still out of almost everything grocery-wise xD)

Sunday
Today my mom decided to make something we Norwegians like to call
Pytt i Panne = "Put it in a pan"
Which is basically just whatever you have on hand, fried together in a pan.
Perfect for doing some magic with leftovers.
Potatoes fried with onions.
Onion-licious!
(Yes, my breath stinks so bad xD)

Are you trying vegan this month? :D
Know any yummy recipes I should try?

COMMENT BELOW! ^^

Monday, 8 January 2018

VEGANUARY | Week One Meals

Week One Meals

Monday
As it was just New Years Eve;
leftovers were on the menu.
You won't see me complaining though.
Oven-baked garlic carrots, broccoli, potatoes, and mushrooms,
paired with kohlrabi-/potato-mash and red wine sauce
was still the bomb.com a day later ^^

Tuesday
I opted to do a Chinese style wok
filled with carrots, broccoli, squash, shallots, garlic, and gingerroot.
Courtesy of my childhood bowl here, that I've had for 25 years, and still going strong! ^^

Wednesday
I didn't make dinner today.
In an attempt to get my sleep-rhythm back into reasonable hours after the holidays;
Wednesday was spent sleeping myself back on track
(after a failed attempt at skipping a night's sleep to achieve the wanted results xD )

Thursday
My Boyfriend used to work as a chef, and is therefore a very good cook.
(yup, I am fully aware how lucky I am ^^)
He taught me a BOMB noodle-wok recipe, that takes a matter of minutes, fills the tummy, and leaves my tastebuds mouth-wateringly satisfied.
My favourite veggies in woks are carrots, broccoli, squash, and mushrooms;
and this recipe's got them all! ^^

Friday
My boyfriend came home after the holidays today,
and I was WAAAY TOO EXCITED
to manage much in the cooking department xD

Saturday
I tried out one of the Official Veganuary Recipes,
that I got in the Digital Celebrity Cookbook when signing up;
The Potato and Spinach Curry, by none other than world famous cricketer Jason Gillespie!
It was quite good; much milder than I had anticipated; with it having 1 whole red pepper in it.
Very mild actually; hardly spicy at all.
Would recommend! ^^

Sunday
I decided to get creative, and make up a recipe in my mind;
with vegan filets, I made Kebab-"meat"
pairing it with fried, spiced brown rice. (also salad).
It turned out so good, I can't wait to repeat it! ^^

So far, Veganuary is off to a great start!
Even though I'm already vegan, the fact that I have to insta the food for good food-pics;
it makes me waay more likely to try out new and exciting recipes! xD

How was your week one of Vegan Foodiness? :D
Sling me a comment! ^^

Monday, 1 January 2018

TRY VEGAN THIS JANUARY!


I am SO EXCITED!
This January, there's a really cool thing happening.
For Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat/Dairy Eaters alike!

There's a charity called Veganuary
that is hosting a fun challenge, to try out vegan food for the month of January.
When you sign up, you'll get a digital copy, of the 32 page Celebrity Vegan Cookbook, to inspire you.

It's totally free to join the challenge.
You do so by taking the pledge.

What is the pledge?
When you take the pledge, you make a symbolic commitment that you will try your best to lessen animal-suffering, by trying out vegan alternatives during the month of January.
PLEDGE might sound more daunting than it is.
You just plot in your email, and info about what you usually eat, and why you're taking the pledge, and you're all set.

You can choose to give feedback on how your experience of Veganuary is going;
(which I totally chose, sounds like so much fun; I'm a note-keeping-oholic xD)
But it's totally up to you.

My boyfriend skeptically worried taking the pledge would be
"a big ordeal"
(it wasn't xD)
and is living vicariously, and access to the fab digital cookbook through me.

I can assure you, it's not a big ordeal, but if taking the pledge is not for you
and if you don't have someone to mooch the cookbook off of;
The charity's website has ALL the info you need to try vegan this January;


Are you taking the pledge?
What're your reasons why/why not?
Comment below! ^^

Feel free to SHARE this FAB NEWS with everyone you know!
So more and more people can JOIN THE FUN! ^^

Pictures courtesy of Veganuary.com

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Sore Throat Relief

I'm currently sick with some flu-like ish,
and I would like to share my own tried and tested VEGAN Sore Throat Relief Mixture.

Ingredients
Boiled Water
Agave Syrup
Lemon Juice

Add syrup and juice till it makes a 1cm layer at the bottom of your cup.
Then add boiled water and mix it all with a spoon.

Wait until it's bearably drinkable, temperature-wise, and Voila!
A Sore Throat Reliever that will soothe your pain.

The Science Behind The Drink
The Lemon Juice will create an acidic and hostile environment in your throat,
making it hard for virus and bacteria to prosper.
Swiftly reducing the build-up of slime and swelling.

The Agave Syrup has healing properties,
and will give the drink a round, warm feeling,
that coats your throat and alleviates pain and dryness.


If you try my recipe, please, feel free to comment below, about how it turned out;
Did you like it? Did it help you?
COMMENT BELOW!^^

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

How to MENSTRUATE and SAVE THE PLANET

How to MENSTRUATE
and SAVE THE PLANET

Menstrual-Cup
Invest in a menstrual-cup.
1) The amount of uses you get out of one menstrual-cup
compared to tampons, makes it waaay cheaper in the long-run, so it basically pays for it self.
2) You won't have to worry about getting poisoned by the stuff inside tampons and having to amputate stuff below your waist, like your legs.
(yes, sadly, that is a real thing)
3) You won't be contributing to literally TONS of un-reusable waste that's killing the planet.
4) It's way easier, and more discreet, than having to always make sure you have a new tampon at the ready. With the menstrual-cup, you just pop it in, let it collect; then pop it out next time you go to the bathroom, pour it into the toilet, and pop it back in. VOILA! That's how easy it is.

I clean my menstrual-cup before and after my period starts and ends. In the middle of having my period, I just use some tissue to wipe off any blood left in the cup, between popping it out and in.
It might feel a little uncomfortable the first time, 
but for most people, once you get the hang of it, you won't even notice it's there.
Once my lady-parts widened up a little, after using it, it all became a breeze.
(I know that sounds bizarre, and maybe even horrifying, but trust me; It's a good thing. 😉 )

I have a MOONCUP
and I checked with that company, and it's cruelty-free and vegan.
They have FREE-DELIVERY EVERYWHERE.
(note: MoonCup does not ship to Italy and Israel)

If you opt for a different brand, I recommend you google, 
and/or ask the company about their policies and ingredients.

HILARIOUS MoonCup Video


Cloth-Pads
Investing in some cloth-pads makes a world of difference.

1) You're dramatically cutting your spendage on feminine-hygiene products in the long-run.
2) You won't be contributing to the TONS of un-reusable waste in the world.
3) Again, you won't be subjecting yourself to the toxins that are present in regular pads.
(mostly the high-brand ones actually, believe it or not 😱 )

 Another thing that might shock you about most regular pads and tampons, is that,
the toxins they put in them, to make them super-fancy, and "absorb better" or some BS like that,
is actually TESTED ON ANIMALS.
I know right, WHY??
WTF!

And it's actually the high-brand ones that are the worst when it comes to this.
They have SO much money, and they spend a lot of it on testing ALL THE INGREDIENTS that goes into their products, on animals.
Some of the cheaper ones don't add a bunch of toxins into their stuff, 
partly because they don't want to spend money on the animal-testing.
Making them much safer. 
So you're actually paying more to be exposed to unsafe and cruelty-ridden stuff.
Ironically enough.

So if you are going to opt for non-reusable stuff, at least google the brands you buy.
So 1) You won't be risking your health and life.
and 2) At least won't be contributing to torturing and enslaving innocent animals.


I usually use BOTH pad and cup. 
Just to make sure I don't fill it too quick and accidentally stain my panties slightly.
(Those stains might be small, but they are HARD to get out!)
Mostly though, throughout my experience of using a cup, it's more for the confidence of knowing that IF, I were to have the one in a million mini-spill, it won't go through my pants and affect my day.
A security-net if you will.

Here are some Cloth-Pad Brands that I found
GladRags
LunaPads

Link to a Review of many different Cloth-Pad brands
by Menstrual Cup Reviews .Net


Pain-Reliever

Invest in a Livia and gel-pads.
1) You won't be taking drugs that could hurt your body.
2) You won't be taking drugs that have animal-products in them.
3) You don't have to deny yourself pain-relief,
because you can't go over the limit of how many pain-pills you can take per day without getting sick.
4) It's immediate and safe pain-relief.
The electrical impulses the device gives you, is stopping the signals from your pain-area from reaching your brain, by acting as a "wall" of sorts, that the pain-signals can't get past.
Therefore, since you're brain is none the wiser, it won't tell your body to feel the pain.
(It's usually a good thing to have your brain tell your body to feel if you're in pain, in case you're suffering from a critical injury, and you need to do something about it. 
Like call for help or cover a bleeding wound or something. 
With period-cramps though, not so much. 
Knowing there is pain there, isn't going to help you or make your life more pleasant.)
5) It's vegan and cruelty-free. I checked with the creators of the product.


Fun-Fact: It's FDA approved. And you can buy it and have it shipped anywhere.

Pictures courtesy of;
MoonCups - Nuts&Grains Online Retailer
Livia - Official Livia Website

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

How to go Vegan | Step by Step

In the mood to try a more environmentally friendly, animal-loving food-habit?
But you feel like going through the change is daunting?
Let me help you! ^^
In this step by step manual, I'll guide you, 
based on my personal experience from going vegan myself. 

Step 1
Vitamin Up!
Something that I had to learn the hard way, and that you don't have to;
is how important multivitamins and supplements are.
When you go for a change in eating-habit, to make sure your body doesn't feel like you're depriving it of anything; taking vitamins is key.
This way, even though you're introducing your body to new sources of nutrients, it won't feel like you've suddenly stopped giving it something it needs.

For me, personally, this made all the difference.
Before getting my vitamins in, I would CONSTANTLY be thinking about the things I was no longer eating. Hard-core, EVERY DAY. And EVERY NIGHT. Thoughts of eating cheese and meat infested my dreams on a constant loop.
Which is very unpleasant when eating those things repulses you.
Don't feel bad about yourself, if you have those thoughts. It just means your body is trying to get you to feed it something it needs. And going vegan, just means you need to feed it those nutrients and vitamins and minerals through new foods.

I was also very tired all the time.
Not because I was going vegan necessarily; before making the change, I was a very unhealthy eater, I never took vitamins (should have ofc, most people need to) and my meals consisted of ready-made packet reheats and fast-food. All very low in nutrients and all the good stuff the body needs to keep on top of it's game.

There are so many choices in vegan multivitamins and supplements now.
Take advantage of it, and rule the world! ^^

Step 2
Get a Vegan Cookbook!
My world opened up crazily when my mom got me a vegan cookbook.
Before going vegan, as I said, I barely cooked 
(I do not think reheating or adding water counts as cooking xD)
And I had a dim view of what I could eat now that I was going vegan.
I legit thought I had to eat a lot of salad, and that was it xD
Turns out, I was wrong, Thank G ;)

Before buying a cookbook I'd recommend browsing through it,
to see if the ingredients sound like it would suit your pallet.
Also check out the reviews.
I'm not a huge fan of chickpeas, and I'm allergic to avocado, 
so I make sure cookbooks I get, are low on those things x)
I also check if I like the way it's written, and if it's easy to follow.
Nothing more annoying than trying to cook a bomb meal,
but the recipe sounds like a different language trying to teach you heart-surgery.

I also try to get books that don't rely heavily on hard-to-get or expensive items.
A lot, and I mean A LOT (most) vegan food, can be made of the stuff 
you find readily available, at your local grocery-store.

If you're not much of a book person, or if buying a cookbook isn't in your budget right now;
No worries! I got you covered! ^^
Here are some cool, free vegan recipe websites that'll give you all the goodness! ^^

Elegantly Vegan
All Recipes
The Vegan Society


And of course, you should totally check out my original recipes,
that you can find right here, on this blog! ^^

Things to look out for when going vegan:
(a list of things to avoid)

- Gelatin (made from animal bones)
- Dairy (Milk from animals, also look out for yogurt/milk-powder in pastries)
- Meat (ALL meats, also seafood and poultry)
- Eggs
- Palm-Oil (palm-tree industry destroys habitats and kills off animals)
- Honey (also beeswax)
- Animal-Tested Consmetics
- Cosmetics and food that contain ingredients made from bugs
(Cosmetics that pledge to be cruelty-free and vegan are best)
- Leather
- Fur
- Feathers
-  Certain types of wool (Angora, and farms that mistreat their animals)
- Silk
- Pearls
(stuff with Marble in it, might have been made from the shells of sea-creatures)
- Porcelain
(not all porcelain, but make sure not to get the kind made from bone-dust)


Humans are creatures of habit, and changing habits might feel hard.
Don't be too hard on yourself, take it one day at a time, 
and soon enough, you'll reach your goals! ^^