Vegetarian Day 1

 

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£1 a day Falafels with pitta pockets • Photo by PhilAshley.com

Day one. Ok So here we go again. We know what we’re doing this time, but as the shopping is laid out, I’m hoping I ordered everything we need. I don’t think we’ll miss the meat, as we don’t eat loads of it anyway, we try to have two meat free day a week as it is.

After putting the shopping away we have to get started straight away with the falafels as its starting to get a bit  late now. That’s the only thing about cooking from scratch when you get in from work, it seems to take up a lot of your evening.

We make the falafels, hummus and Tzatziki then using inspiration from Greece I make a kind of Greek salad with a few slices of peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and half a red onion. We toast the pittas and open them to up to make falafel pitta pockets.

Thursday

Breakfast
Toast and lemon curd or porridge and blueberries

Lunch
Cheese salad sandwich and an apple

Dinner
Falafel with pittas pockets and salad with hummus and Tzatziki dips

Snack
Healthy brownie

RECIPES

Falafels

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 x 400g tin chickpeas
1/2 x 400g tin kidney beans
1 heaped teaspoon allspice
1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
Few drops of lemon juice
1/2 bunch coriander

Method

Drain the beans and chickpeas and mix with the coriander, lemon, all spice, flour and salt and pepper.

Blend until smooth then divide and shape into 10 patties.

Put 1 tablespoon of oil into a pan and shallow fry the falafels until crisp and golden.

Serve with toasted pitta breads, sliced and make into pockets, with salad and the dips.

Hummus

Ingredients

200g chickpeas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-2 crushed garlic cloves
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

Mix all the ingredients together in the blender

Sprinkle with a few reserved chickpeas and paprika and drizzle of olive oil just before serving.

Tzatziki

Ingredients

4 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1/4 cucumber
2 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Few drops of lemon juice
Handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
Pinch of salt and pepper

Method

Cut the cucumber in half and scoop out the seeds and discard.

Grate the cucumber and pat the excess water off with a paper towel, then mix into the yogurt with the rest of the Ingredients.

Season to taste.

brownies
Raw Brownies • Photo by PhilAshley.com

Raw Brownies

Makes about 8 inch square tray cut into 12

Ingredients

250g of pitted dates
125g mixed nuts
30g cocoa powder

Method

Simply blend all the ingredients in a food processor.

Remove the mixture and flatten it into a small tray lined with baking parchment to about 2cm deep, then leave in the fridge until cool.

Chop into squares and enjoy guilt free.

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8 thoughts on “Vegetarian Day 1

  1. Saw your blog has been featured in many tabloid newspapers and I’ve got to say, as a student who’s just got into meal planning with her partner, this is an absolute life saver! We can both eat healthy and not break the bank which is brilliant! You should get on Pinterest because otherwise I wouldn’t have found you! Thank you – from a very grateful 20 year old learning how to eat healthily on her own!!

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    1. Thanks that’s lovely to hear, My daughter starts uni next year so hopefully she’ll feel the same. I only started this blog last year so still getting my head around the technology, I have Twitter foodololistGirl, and FB account started this year Eat not spend, maybe pinterest next, Although I’ll have to watermark all my photos as I don’t want people stealing them. I will look in to it though. Good luck with your courses.

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  2. To be even more economical, you could pressure cook the beans, then freeze them in 200g bags. When I get cheap(er) limes (we don’t like lemons), I cut some into slices; some in wedges; juice (and zest) the others.
    We also use the limes slices etc when we cook vegetables, pasta and rice, instead of salt.

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