Back from the abyss

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I know, it’s been forever since I posted. The new role that I spoke about last time I posted has totally taken over my life! In a good way, though 🙂 Now I get my weekends off and I work more regular hours. Only problem is I leave as the sun comes up in the morning and I get home maybe an hour before sunset (thank the heavens for daylight savings!). Once home, I cook dinner, maybe have an hour to do study and/or read and then it’s bedtime again. I’ve really just been to distracted and exhausted to post. Plus the longer I don’t post, the more I wondered if I should just chuck this blog in and not post ever again?

Happily, it’s summer in Australia and almost Christmas. What better time of year to slowly start posting again, especially with all the wonderful and inspirational posting going on by other bloggers!? If you’re an Aussie, like me, you probably phased out a little during the weeks of Thanksgiving posts from our American and Canadian counterparts! Maybe not as interested in the hearty winter meals they are posting when all you want is for it to be cool? But now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Some of you might be in the same boat as me where you’re the only vegetarian/vegan so you pretty much have to bring your own food! Not only that, but you want people to try it and realise how awesome vegetarian and vegan meals can be!

I’ve left it a little late to create any wonderful or creative recipes myself, but here are a few that I am planning to whip up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers from Eat To The Beet. I’m thinking I might make a cheezy, bean-based sauce to stir through the rice before stuffing the capsicums. This will be my main which I will share, of course!

Creamy Kale and Mushrooms from Road Warrior Vegan. I think this will make a beautiful side dish!

After that, it has to be about salads, as Christmas in Australia is usually HOT!! I will be throwing together a curried kale coleslaw inspired by Dreena Burton’s which you can see here and it looks something like this:

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I’m pretty sure my Mum’s putting together a yummy tomato salad and some other bits and bobs that I can eat. Maybe a big fruit salad for dessert, if I’m lucky! 🙂

I’ll leave you with it for now. Merry Christmas and have a very happy holiday. I promise to be back soon with a new wrap recipe that I’ve been eating stacks of lately!

Stay awesome x

Holiday Challenge

I haven’t really designed any new recipes in the last week because I’ve been following the Eat to Live menu plan. I’m loving it still. I’ve lost about a kilo and I’m back at the gym three times a week minimum. I’m feeling fantastic! I can’t actually describe how clean and vibrant and awesome I’m feeling. It really shows me how much food influences your health and life.

I made an awesome Thai Vegetable Curry for dinner the other night and even husband loved it! It didn’t have much heat which suited us perfectly. I had mine as per recipe while Tom substituted his tofu for chicken. No matter what I try, I don’t think I’ll even quite bring him around to tofu! I served mine with a side of quinoa and some steamed broccoli. Recipe for it is here.

So how many of you are undertaking Dr Fuhrman’s 2012 Holiday Challenge? I’m doing it and I’ve even got my Mum partially following it! We’ve made a deal to try cut back on the wine too because I’m sure we’ll all get to indulge a stack over Christmas! The challenge has already started but if you feel like cleaning up your act in the lead up to Christmas, you can get the info here.

How are your Christmas plans coming? Only a month now! I’m hosting the event this year, which is just for 5 of us, but I’m already planning menus. Tom’s sorting out the meat for everyone because we’ll have a barbeque (Christmas Day barbies are an Aussie institution!) so I’ve been thinking about salads and sides. I think I’ll definitely be making Carrie on Vegan’s Lemony Brown Rice and Lentil Salad. It looks like a great hearty salad that won’t make me feel like I’m missing out at all. I’ll probably chuck together a green salad of sorts and I know Tom will ask for a potato salad. My old standby had a mayonnaise and sour cream base, so I’m going to have to re-think this one this year. I’d love to hear some suggestions!

Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of the recipes I’m eating soon!

Stay awesome x