A Bountiful Bowl

Budda bowls are filling dishes made of greens (raw or cooked), grains, broth and beans and are great for a quick flavourful dinner. The good thing about them is you can stick pretty much anything you want in them.

The ingredients in mine were largely sourced from the reduced bin in a local supermarket and an ethical food shop whilst I was out on the hunt for vegan cheese yesterday (another story entirely) so it was a very cheap but very delicious dinner.


  • Pint of vegetable broth with a half-thumb sized piece of ginger, a clove of garlic and some fresh red chilli – all finely sliced thrown in to infuse for 10 minutes
  • Some steamed broccoli, carrot,  and sugar peas
  • Raw spinach and spring onion
  • Buckwheat noodles
  • Cashew nuts
  • Pressed tofu

Simply cook the buckwheat noodles in the vegetable broth for 5-6 minutes and put the carrots, broccoli and sugar peas in to steam (use microwave steamer to get them done in a couple of minutes).

Whilst they are cooking heat a little oil in a pan and fry some slices of tofu for a couple of minutes each side so they are golden and crispy. About 30 seconds before the end add a handful of cashew nuts to toast.

In a bowl arrange the noodles, raw and fresh vegetables and fried tofu in a bowl. Top with the toasted cashew nuts and a couple of spoons of the broth. Add a little more fresh chilli if you like your bountiful bowl hot!


I found the vegan cheese by the way, I have yet to try it. As a cheese lover I am skeptical…..


Exploring Expectations #2

Following on from my Exploring Expectations #1 this is the second post in the Exploring Expectations Series.

New Years is a bit of a time for giving your slate a bit of  clean and having the opportunity to start afresh.

Your slate could be something as simple as cleaning out the fridge, getting rid of the last bits of Christmas food and re stocking it with healthy food and making a meal plan, to planning a trip of a lifetime. But, no matter how large or small your slate, it is a good idea to think of what expectations you have in relation to your choices.

What do you expect from removing the chocolate from your fridge and replacing it with superfoods? Are you expecting a body like Beyonce after a month and is this attainable or would a gentle transition into eating a healthier diet long term be more within your attainable expectations. Think about how you will feel if you aren’t Crazy in Love with your body after a month against how you might feel after a few months of gently introducing healthier options in to your diet and under which situation you are most likely to have your expectations met.

I found myself thinking over Christmas that come January I would sign up to give up alcohol for a month, practice yoga every day and try out Veganuary. I would write a blog post at least every two weeks and begin to read all the books I have in the cupboard and sort out my finances. I would go visit my family at least once a week and make more dates with friends to see them out socially.

I then wrote it all done realised that I also had to fit in work, school runs, swimming clubs and Scouts. Without military planning I was probably setting myself up for a huge set of expectations unmet. So I went back to the drawing board.

I have my whole life been one for taking on projects that seemed like a great idea at the beginning only find I didn’t have the time to complete them, or get stressed out with the pressure and then give them up. This has often led to me feeling like I have failed and it is a born out of placing to0 high expectations on myself but not having the tools to deal with the unmet expectations.

So, this January I am going to monitor my alcohol intake, I have put the Dry January app on my phone and each night before bed I honestly note whether I have had a drink or not. I had a gin and tonic last night whilst I watched the TV, do I feel like I have failed? No. I feel like I had a gin and tonic whilst I watched TV.


I have decided to integrate some vegan foods into the weekly family diet, foods that I know will get eaten. This gives me both the chance to experiment and enjoy a new way of eating but also not have a lot of waste and arguments at the tea table.

I am absolutely going to read the books I already own and not purchase anymore and I really made the most of the last 30 minutes of 2017 by browsing and purchasing books on Amazon before the New Year rung in!

And finally, family and friends. By far the most important thing and the resolution I am going to do my utmost to keep.

What are your thoughts on resolutions? Let me know.

Have a great week everyone.