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™‚