Day 10

Hiya GFrees!

So proud of my dinner today. I usually think noone can beat my mum’s kidney beans dish! But guess who has..only yours truly! My mum normally puts potatoes in too but I’ve gone off potatoes in my curries at the moment.

I ended up making loads so I will be having the leftover tomorrow..

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Day 6

Another day, another curry๐Ÿ˜‚

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 worse๐Ÿ˜‘ 

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 burnt๐Ÿ˜‘

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 pictures๐Ÿ˜ But just in case you haven’t realised already – I pretty much love and live on curry and rice๐Ÿ™„ (often sneaking in a pizza)

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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

It was delicious! (and I made plenty so I know what’s for lunch tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š)

Vegan treats

Hey GFrees!

So I discovered a new little shop in Leicester today called Currant Affairs. It’s amazing. It’s a vegan shop which sells everything vegan from cooked goodies to store room essentials to fridge essentials to toiletries. 

I treated myself to the vegan gluten-free Red Velvet Loaf which tasted sooooo good!! The cream cheese on top was just something else and I can’t wait to go back! The little loaf was ยฃ2 and it was worth every penny and bite.

Go and visit sometime! 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚