Day 6

Another day, another curry😂

I thought today’s dinner was going to be a disaster. At first, my lentils were too salty so I added a bit more water. Then I thought adding the slightest bit of sugar may help but I thought it made things worse😑 

My mum froze some okra because see thought I wouldn’t use them from the fridge and they would go off. I usually eat fresh okra. I think because they came straight out of the freezer, they didn’t cook as normal. They ended up looking burnt😑

However, after all of this…dinner turned out to be delicious.

 I think I will just have to accept that anything I ever cook tastes better than it looks..

Day 4

GFrees!

Just a quick update. 

Today, I had chips and beans for lunch from the canteen at work.

Followed by a potato and mango curry with jeera rice for dinner..

I really must start taking better pictures😐 But just in case you haven’t realised already – I pretty much love and live on curry and rice🙄 (often sneaking in a pizza)

Day 3

So GFrees,

Day 3 was a bit of a cheat because we went out for a birthday meal as it was my nieceypook’s birthday!

We went to Zizzi’s in Kenilworth. 

1) Kenilworth seems like such a nice little town! My cousin said there’s a nice Thai restaurant there so will definitely be going again to check it out. 2) Zizzi’s has quite a lot of choice for those following strict diets – whether that be gluten free, dairy free or vegan. Pretty impressed!

I stuck to the gluten free pizza with chillies!

Didn’t fancy trying the gluten free vegan pizza but will definitely go again to have a taste!

Have you been to Zizzi’s? What were your thoughts?

Day 2

Hiya GFrees,

So it’s been another day in the gluten-free kitchen.

For my random breakfast I had Gujarati snack (gluten free) fenugreek bread with some spicy tomato chutney, mint tea, an energy ball and a teaspoon of peanut butter.

Yes, I know. Not the healthiest but hmm!

For dinner, I had some rice vermicelli. It tasted better than it looked 😎 I would normally use flat rice noodles but I didn’t have any so had to use the thin vermicelli instead.

I have some leftover to take with me to work for lunch tomorrow. 

It’s my niece’s birthday tomorrow and i think we may be going out for a meal – let’s hope dinner will be safe eeks!

Day 1

Hey GFrees!

I’m so excited. I have a (gluten free) kitchen all to myself for 3 whole weeks! 

I made spicy moong dal or MUG as us Gujarati’s call it. My mum’s mum used to make it every Monday – “Mug Monday’s” and so we like to have it on Monday’s also 🙂

It was delicious! (and I made plenty so I know what’s for lunch tomorrow 😊)

Cheesy Update

Hey GFrees,

So it’s been about 3 months since I gave up all dairy foods – butter, spreads, cheese and ghee (😣😢), milk, the whole lot. I really enjoy alternative milk. I think I’ve really mastered understanding which milk tastes best with what – soya milk in tea and coffee, hemp milk with cereal, almond milk in smoothies. Never make a cuppa with hemp milk!!!

However, yesterday, I sort of reached my breaking point. I missed cheese and pizza too much. 

I munched a whole gluten free one. It was so delicious and I even had double cheese as a topping. The moment was perfect! I had it in the car whilst the rain was pouring and listening to Emeli Sandé’s new album❤

I feel ok today. Just the odd ache here and pain there..but I don’t feel that I’m ready to give up cheese, yet. I am so underweight at the moment and my BMI is coming out under 18. I think once I put a bit of weight on, I will give it another go. But for now, I hope that the cheese and ghee will help me to put on weight because I actually look like something off the walking dead at the moment. and I feel it too🙁
I’ll keep you updated.

Healthy Dessert/Snack Balls

Hiya GFrees,

So I’ve been wanting to make these ever since a colleague introduced me to Bounce Balls. These delicious, super healthy, quick to make, protein-packed balls are so convenient and filling as a snack for work. and I finally did! 😀

Protein Balls

(For 7 balls each, weighing approx. 17g)

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 7 dates
  • 7 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons hemp protein (I used the Purition Raw Vegan Hemp powder)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Shredded coconut (enough to roll the balls in at the end)

Method:

  • Soak the dates in warm water until they are soft. This can take anything up to a couple of minutes, a couple hours or overnight (depending on the type of dates you use)
  • Drain the softened dates and add to the food processor.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time whilst blending until you have a paste. This will be what acts as a natural sweetener in the recipe.
  • Add the ground almonds, hemp protein, cacao powder, chia seeds and date paste to a bowl and mix thoroughly using the back of a spoon. Keep pressing and eventually, everything will be combined and moist.
  • Divide into 7 parts and roll into balls.
  • Roll the balls in the shredded coconut.
  • ENJOY!

You can have these after being refrigerated for a couple of hours or immediately.

I’ve also got some nutritional information for you guys 🙂

Per ball:

  • Calories – 186kcal
  • Fat – 8g
    • of which saturates 1g
    • of which monounsaturates 0.5g
    • of which polyunsaturates 0.9g
  • Carbohydrates – 8.5g
    • of which sugars 5.2g
  • Fibre – 4g
  • Protein – 5.2g

There are loads of recipes online that you can try. Let me know if you try this one and how it goes. I’ll post some other variations soon 🙂

Happy New Year (+18 days)!!!

Hey GFrees..

First of all..HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope your 2015 is full of love, laughter, happiness, smiles and loads and loads of delicious food!!!

Secondly, I’m sorry for not posting regularly. I had been busy searching for, applying, and interviewing for jobs for the past couple of months. I was finally successful with one of my applications and I started my first ever, proper job last Monday! I am currently going through the “honeymoon period” of a job (if there is such a thing) and fingers crossed it will stay like this forever. The people I’m working with are super lovely.

I wanted to write this post because having been home for the past few months..I had gotten used to preparing warm meals and grabbing snacks that were safe to eat, very easily. But now, because I’m always going to be on the go, it seems as if I will have to learn some new things. Mainly with preparing foods either the night before or in the morning, but making sure they will still be tasty both hot and cold (because I may not be able to heat the food up) and also, making sure I always have snacks in the car. Recently I have religiously kept a packet of Glutafin Mini Crackers both in my car and in my handbag so if ever I get peckish, I have something at least. These crackers are great! They are so handy and totally delicious – the closest thing (if not better!) to the nice, crunchy, savoury crackers that we can’t eat ( plus they’re available on NHS prescription 😀 ). I think the crackers are helping me to finally put on some weight (in all the wrong places though!!)

For lunch on my first day at work, I had prepared some pasta on Sunday night. I had forgotten just how disgusting some makes of GF pasta tasted if eaten cold. Yeah. So lunch on Monday consisted of only a bar of chocolate (very unhealthy, I know!). I was literally drooling because all my other colleagues had bought a sandwich and all I could smell was fresh bread and it smelt so good! For the rest of the week, I took in rolls which I ate with crisps and although I realised that one roll is not enough to fill me up, it made lunch-times a helluva lot better.

I’m going to be staying at my cousins, so..away from my home, and I’ve packed lots of food so I don’t need to go on an expensive shopping-spree..for food..whilst I’m away. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Did you find it difficult when you first started a job? What helped? What didn’t help? Are there any healthy, must-have snacks that you recommend? I’ll be posting some reviews that somewhat coincide with the working-life so stay tuned. Hopefully they will be of some help…