My stomach has been a bit off since returning from my holiday trip so I’ve decided to keep a food journal and dabble with the elimination diet. First to be eliminated was dairy – which meant the first half of February was almost vegan (apart from some eggs). Friday was my birthday celebrations and the end of my two weeks without dairy so I have been enjoying cheese all weekend (with no ill effects). Maybe my tummy troubles were just a fluke?
This Quinoa with moroccan winter squash and carrot stew from Bon Appetit was a wonderful warm winter meal. And I got to use some of the saffron I picked up in the Dubai spice market:
The Oh She Glows Cookbook has been at my side for this adventure.Enlightened miso power bowl – why yes I do!
The Super Foodie Superfood Breakfast Bowl from Camille Styles was another good winter recipe. Gets you ready to face a cold winter day.
And finally – another warming bowl for our cold February – Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry. I substituted the curry/korma paste for a lot of curry powder which I had on hand and it worked out pretty well.
There were lots of other recipes in the kitchen over the past few weeks too (including a few pre-dairy elimination):
- Oh She Glows Blog – Chocolate Hemp Smoothie, Smoky Butternut Squash Pasta and Greens (I’ve made this many times before, was how I found her in fact, but it is just so good!), Vegan Caesar (a repeat of this has already been requested twice. B loves the garlic!)
- Oh She Glows Cookbook – Creamy Vegetable Curry, Eat Your Greens Detox Soup & Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Happy Quinoa Wraps from Olives for Dinner – lots of good taste
- For our Robbie Burn’s Day Party: Scotch Whiskey Cake and Not So Offal Mini Vegetarian Haggis
- How Sweet It is – Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter and Toasted Pecans – I found this a bit bland. I prefer by sprouts with some bigger taste!
- From Veganosity – portobello mushroom bacon. Yes yes yes. I’ve made a lot of bacon alternatives over the years and this is the best so far in terms of a filling option. We had on a caesar salad and also on cheeseburgers. Mmmmm
- Ginger Miso Sweet Potato Bisque from Dishing Up The Dirt
- Apple and Peanut Butter Breakfast Quinoa from Stephs Bite by Bite – a pretty obvious breakfast quinoa choice but it tasted good. I’d make this one on the regular.
- The Food Network’s Crispy Tofu with Sweet and Sour Sauce. A bit of work, but end result was quite good.
- I just borrowed Superfood Snacks from the library – first test was the Brussels sprouts and pine nut crisps.Unfortunately I found them quite a challenge with some pieces burning and others barely touched by the heat and coming out pretty soggy. Might be my challenging oven though. I’ll have to try something else soon!