Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far.
What’s the weather like where you are? Here in Bath, we’re finally getting to see the odd glimmer of sunshine. I find blue skies so uplifting 🙂
Now the snow and ice has finally gone, I’m back into my 30 minute morning jogs after I’ve dropped Lil’ L off at school.
I never been ‘a morning person’ but I find these runs are really helping to energise me. I still find it much harder to run in the morning than at night but I guess that’s just the way my body works. At night it seems effortless, while in the morning I feel like my trainers are glued to the ground. Hopefully, one day, my body will get used to running in the morning and it won’t feel like such an effort. Until then, I’ll keep plodding along 😉
For this week’s WIAW party, I though I’d share my eats from yesterday, including a recipe for one of our all-time favourite stir fries… ‘Sweet n Sour’.
– Warm water & lemon
– After my run, I made myself a large bowl of cinnamon porridge, made with Mornflake Superfast Oats, Alpro Almond Milk and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. When it had cooled down slightly, I’ll sprinkled in some hempseed, ground linseed, chopped walnuts, flaked almonds, goji berries and candied citrus peel, and a light drizzle of Sweet Freedom natural sweetener.
– This was followed by a black coffee
– Lil’ L had three apple & cinnamon pancakes (left over from the weekend), sprinkled with ground linseed, chopped pecans and walnuts and a drizzle of Clarks original maples syrup
For lunch, I had some creamy Red Lentil Dhal, which was left over from Saturday night. This is still one of my all-time favourite dishes and it’s so easy and cheap to make!
For our main meal on Saturday, I’d added butternut squash, red pepper and chopped chestnut mushrooms to the dhal. We loved this combo so much that I think I’m going to have to change my original recipe.
Lil’ L took some Sweet Kale Soup for his lunch today (one of his latest favourite soups 😉 )
– 1 organic apple
– nettle & peppermint teas
When Lil’ L got in from school we both fancied a ‘Raw’ Hot Chocolate. This time we used 1 tbsp each of the Elements for Life Original Chocolate Blend and Spiced (Cinnamon) Blend, 2 tbsp ground almonds, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 2 cups Alpro Almond Milk. We first blended the ingredients smooth in the blender, then gently heated it through. Delicious!
We drank the chocolates whilst playing Lil’ L’s current favourite board game called ‘Dungeon‘. M visited his parents last week and returned home with a whole array of board games, books and toys from his childhood. You would not believe how excited Lil’ L was. It felt like Christmas had come again!
I have no interest whatsoever in computer games, but old board games, now they’re something else 😉 I’d never heard of ‘Dungeon’, but I can imagine it’s classified as a ‘Boy’s Game’ as you have to combat monsters for treasure. While our game is from the 80s, you can still buy it in the shops. Obviously our version looks way different to the modern one.
And check out the family on the back of our box. Now that does make me feel old!!!
For dinner, we had Sweet ‘n’ Sour Stir Fry. This is a quick and simple wok-based dish. You don’t have to include the tofu if you’re not a fan of it, but we love the additional texture that it brings to the dish.
Here’s how I made it…
Sweet ‘n’ Sour Stir Fry
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes Ready in: 25 minutes
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2.5 cm / 1 inch piece of root ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 large carrot, cut into julienne sticks (no need to peel organic carrots)
2 small-medium bell peppers, chopped
2 medium-large tomatoes, chopped
100g / 3½oz / 1¼ cups chestnut mushrooms, chopped
½ medium head of broccoli, cut into small florets
170g / 6 oz / 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
42g / 1½ oz / ¼ cup unsalted cashew nuts
160g / 5½ oz / 1 heaping cup marinated cooked tofu, cubed (either home-made or shop-bought*) or substitute with another ¼ cup of cashews
240ml / 8 fl oz / 1 cup vegetable stock
2 TBSP rice vinegar
3 TBSP organic tomato ketchup
1 TBSP agave or maple syrup
salt & ground black pepper
1 TBSP corn flour (corn starch)
Fresh red chilli, finely chopped (for a spicy kick)
Shelled hemp seeds
Toasted sesame seeds
250g / 9 oz wholewheat, brown rice or other wholegrain noodles
*Here in the UK, Cauldron Organic Marinated Tofu Pieces are available from major supermarkets (in the chiller cabinet).
Chop the veggies.
Prepare the vegetable stock.
Prepare a pan of boiling water.
Ready, set, go!
Heat the oil in a non stick wok or deep frying pan (skillet) and stir fry the onion, ginger and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the veggies, fruits and cashew nuts, and continue stir frying for a couple of minutes. Add the stock, rice vinegar, ketchup and syrup. Simmer for 5 minutes or so, until the veggies are crisp tender.
In a small bowl, whisk the cornflour with 1 TBSP water, then add it to the pan along with the tofu pieces. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes, stirring regularly, until the sauce has slightly thickened. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
While the veggies are simmering, cook the noodles as per the instructi0ns on the packet. When the sweet ‘n’ sour is ready, stir in the noodles to coat them in the sauce. Sprinkle on the garnish and serve.
Any leftover veggies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or for weeks in the freezer. Store-bought marinated tofu usually needs eating within 1 day, once open. Check the packet for instructions.
[This recipe has been submitted to Ricki Heller’s #Wellness Weekend]
For dessert, we ‘taste tested’ one of these chocolate black bean brownie hearts. They were oh so good!
Thank you so much to our lovely WIAW host, Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. I’m off to hook up with all the other enthusiastic foodies and check out their yummy eats. Hope to see you there 😉
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