Extra protein idea

This idea came to me by an accident. I have bought Quinoa flour thinking that it must be healthy and full protein. When I brought it home I opened the packed just to see.  The flour seemed to have a strong aroma. After a quick surf through the internet I found out that the flour is mostly used in a mix with some other flours. There did not seem to be many recipes purely for Quinoa flour. So I kept the packet on my shelf and it sat there for at least a month. One day I was preparing my tofu which I usually coat in a starch. I though let’s try the Quinoa flour instead. It is healthier than starch and provides some extra protein. The result was surprising. It tasted O.K. and family finished it as a snack not even waiting for dinner. It is not even a recipe but in case you are stuck with Quinoa flour as I was here it is:

1/ Drain the tofu and slice it.

2/ Mix half a cup of Quinoa flour with teaspoon of salt. Add black pepper or smoked paprika according to your preference.

3/ Coat the tofu slices in the mixture. The tofu will be still damp so most of the flour will stick to it.

4/ Heat up 2 table spoons of olive oil and quickly fry the slices from both sides.

5/ Dry the slices on the paper towel.

6/Serve hot as a side or as a snack with your favourite sauce.

I have included a photo strictly for illustration purposes 🙂 It is not very inviting I know so maybe next time…

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One week on HCLF

Short holiday break was perfect opportunity to try the Vegan diet properly. Three clean meals with lot’s of veg seemed appealing. I have dedicated few hours to gather some really tasty recipes and make my shopping list. During the search I have realized that there are different types of Vegan diets and after talking to my daughter we have decided to give High Carb Low Fat diet /HCLF/ a go. We liked the recipes and the fact that carbs are allowed and can be eaten at every meal. People promoting this style of eating looked great – energetic, healthy and optimistic. That was a great promise for us because that is what we are after. We have done a week of HCLF cooking and here is my short report.

I have enjoyed the meals but missed the fat. I am sorry to say this but I just always thought something was missing. I just like my stir-fries or baked veg with olive oil. In terms of energy I have expected a surge of vitality – but it did not come. I felt the same as before and had to turn to my cup of coffee to get through the afternoon. And the third negative would be that I have put on weight – little bit over 1 kg. I don’t know how it happened. I was meant to be eating very healthy food cooked with no oil…When I look back I think I probably eat to much. I think I watched too many videos showing huge portions and beautiful slim girls saying eat as much as you want. I did not think to myself that may be I should eat my normal portions and maybe the girls can burn the calories lot easier because they are younger and more fit. Also during that week I did feel that I filled up more and that my trousers are tighter. When I started to feel like that I have automatically down sized the portions. After that week I looked franticly for people who had the same experience because until then I thought that everyone on HCLF is guaranteed to weight. I did find some people saying that they put on weight, too.. Some of them noted that they have been under weight before they started the HCLF diet so when they started it they have put on weight. But that was not my case.

Now about the positives. I was happy to learn some new recipes that I can add to my repertoire. It was wonderful to see how many people are there turning to vegan lifestyle, wanting to make a difference and the world to be less cruel. All in all a good experience which I will repeat again /but I will be more mindful about the portions next time/.

An extra note – I have checked with my daughter and she has also put on weight 2 kg. This is quite interesting because we are different age and she has faster metabolism. I think we really overindulged in the carbs. We love big portions and the recommendation “eat as much as you want” did more damage than good. So please be mindful of this. Take in mind your age, your activity level, your metabolism etc.

I have used recipes mainly from Hi Carb Hannah and Cooking with plants. Only after I finished the week I have discovered a YouTube channel The Vegan Corner which seems to be very popular and has have lot’s of hi carb recipes. So I recon it is worth to try – maybe next time 🙂

Update: I have found a good video explaining HCLF and weight gain on Hi Carb Hannah channel.

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Time to become a vegan?

Time to become a vegan?

Well, my daughter came home the other day saying: “ Mum, just to let you know I will be a vegan now.” My face probably did not look very cheerful as she quickly said:” Don’t worry,  I will eat the food you cook now except no dairy.” As she is headstrong I knew the decision has been made and there is no way of going back. But would I ask her to?

I grew up in a society where the ‘real’ food was meat. Meat had to be served for lunch and dinner and sometimes for breakfast, too. At least that was at school, at friend’s house, at auntie’s. At home we kept it as meatless as possible. The main reason was that my father was brought up as an vegetarian. Those days it was a real oddity. You was either a child of some hippies or not very clever person who must suffer with protein deficiencies for sure. Thanks God those days are over. I became a vegetarian in my twenties because my husband is a vegetarian and it made sense. I did not like to deal with meat in my kitchen knowing that my husband does not like it for humanitarian reasons. I knew I could survive on the vegetarian diet with no problem. Food for me was not a biggie. So kids also grew up as vegetarians, I kept on checking their iron levels and there well-being but did not see any difference when I compared them with their meat eating friends. I felt peaceful as I knew that eggs, milk, cheeses will be enough in terms of protein, calcium and vitamin D needs. So cutting this group out made me worried. Moreover, I did see the statistics showing that most vegan do not have enough B12 and need to take supplement. That is something I do not need to do. To be honest I do not like supplements of any kind and I do believe we should be able to get everything we need from food. I do have few other arguments against veganism but it does not matter now. I do have to respect my daughter’s decision and just go with it. Fortunately, thanks to internet I have discovered plenty of vegan recipes that are worth to try. At the moment I am filling up my pantry because there are some ingredients I have never used. For example: nutritional yeast, almond butter, tapioca flour, flaxseed – the list is long. The journey will be long, too I assume. But so be it…

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