When the Life of ‘Ri’ Gets too busy
It's been a busy year in the Life of Ri, I have an issue, whenever I get insanely busy which is quite regular for me - I work full time and then perform. Sometimes life gets the better of me and hard to deal with and I'd be lying to say otherwise. We all have them days where breakfast slipped from our sights, lunch never happened because work was too busy to sit down and eat. So what can we do to stop skipping meals.. we ALL know how bad it is for you so I won't bore you with that I'll just tell you how I go about it.
I'm a morning person, every day I wake up at 7am fresh and ready to start my day, I have a glass of Lemon water with some ground ginger ( hot or cold - It depends on how I fell) with a lovely bowl of porridge with fruit or plain TIP; Before cooking with Soya Milk add a pinch of salt to taste if I'm not feeling like cooking I always have a stock of different breakfast bars in the cupboard or fruit in the fridge - I would recommend bananas on the simple fact that they are not as high in sugar as other fruit. Starting your day with sugars, even if they are healthy can lead to fatigue and sugar cravings throughout the day.
Now, I'm not going to lie... I like my Elevenses:
'a short break for light refreshments, usually with tea or coffee, taken at about eleven o'clock in the morning.'
normally again, a banana and a coffee or if I'm feeling cheeky I'll have some biscuits! This can be my downfall sometimes - I have a real sweet tooth and struggle to say enough is enough, so sometimes I'll just go for a coffee and have the tiniest amount of Hotel Chocolat Vegan range that can be found here: Click Here
This chocolate is amazing! its 100% dark pure, rich cocoa making it amazing for you and you'll find after the smallest amount it will suppress your appetite and really leave you fulfilled for a few hours. I'd recommend 'Peru 100%' and '70% Dark chocolate with ginger puddles' both are delicious and 70% is something I'd recommend if you're not the greatest lover of dark chocolate.
By the time Lunch comes around, I always make it my priority to have a big meal here, you Know that saying 'Dine like a king in the morning and a pauper at night'. Well that's me - I choose this as I'm more active during the day and choose to eat more carbs to burn them off and then in the evening, all I need is something light and filling before I settle down and start to write these blogs for you guys - aren't I just so thoughtful? Normally I'd have something starchy and heavy, So a Pasta, Curry, Something on toast or with rice, Its the one meal I really like to mix up and keep changing. but sometimes like has been mentioned in the beginning, Time is not always on my side so I batch make a curry base and freeze it - 5 minutes in the Microwave and some fresh vegetables fried off and rice cooked you have yourself a lovely curry that can be changed regularly so you don't get bored of it
TIP: I also try and get as much protein into this mean as possible! Spinach(5g of protein a cup), Green lentils (18g of protein a cup), Sweet Potato(2g of protein a cup), Soya milk(8g of protein a cup), Peas (8g of protein a cup)
Recipe for the base I use can be found here:
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp mustard
1 Red Chilli chopped finely
100g Red Lentils
2 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
500ml vegetable stock
400g Tomatoes (cut in half and grated)
2 tsp Soy Yogurt/ Coconut cream
1 Butternut squash peeled and chopped into chunks
For those of you who get confused as to why I said grated Tomatoes here is the method I use to make sure I don't get tomato skin in my Sauce( As well as being entirely fresh)
The great with this recipe is that as a base it's pretty solid to add or take away whatever you like - don't like coconut? replace it with Soya Yogurt? Don't do spicy? remove it. It's really easy to shape and bend to your own taste.
I normally cook off the cumin seeds and the chilli, add the grated tomatoes, then the stock, The potatoes, the lentils and the Butternut. Then allow to simmer, adding water if you feel your base curry needs it once everything is cooked through use a Potato masher and mash the mixture, adding the mustard, salt, and pepper to taste and there you have a lovely Base to work with.
From this point, I normally portion the base and freeze them ( they take about 4 minutes in the microwave to defrost). Typical ingredients for me are spinach, mushrooms, onion, and cauliflower as shown below and often served with rice.
Served With Pitta instead of Naan Bread - Due to the Milk in Naan
Overall the meal takes me about 30 minutes to prep and another 30-40 to cook - but this batch makes me about 5-6 meals (when served with rice and more vegetables). Its tastes amazing and is so easy to create more dishes from. Enjoy! If you choose to make this Dish- let me know what you think!
By the time dinner comes around, I'm normally relatively satisfied for the day so,I keep it light - Something like a Salad just to keep me going and washing it down with litres of water throughout the day. If you don't like your water plain - add some lemon and mint, Let it chill and you have yourself a refreshing drink. Neat thing with Lemon is that Its good acidic qualities help to disolve unwanted tummy fat, however if this is a regular thing you drink - PLEASE invest in some straws for the sake of your teeth (Lemon will cause erosion and damage if consumed heavily)
I hope this has inspired you guys to recreate and reinvite your own takes on my recipe! If so I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Until next time.