Monday, 30 June 2008

Yummy cereal and even more more pasta and stir fries : )

This is my new favourite cereal. I usually prefer hot breakfasts (even in summer) and tend to have either weetabix (heated up in the microwave) or porridge. However, this cereal caught my eye last time that I was shopping so I decided to give it a go. It is really healthy because it is a good vegan source of omega 3 and is fortified with loads of healthy vitamins and minerals. I have been enjoying it for breakfast for the past few days but I think it would also make a great snack any time of the day!

Unsurprisingly, my dinners have not been a break from the norm. I was in a realy lazy mood last night so made myself some noodles with a nutritional yeast sauce. It was nice comfort food and was so easy to cook.

This is a seriously spicy stir fry that I made for myself the other evening. I used birds eye chillies (which are much hotter than the larger chilli peppers I buy!) I love spicy food so this was lovely. I used a tomato based sauce to coat the veggies and tofu and burried underneath is some wholemeal spaghetti. This was certainly dinner with a kick!

I also added some chillies to this stir fry but I used the larger chilli peppers so the heat was not quite so intense! I used a black bean sauce, wholewheat rice noodles, tofu (which I remembered to freeze then defrost for a better texture) and loads of veggies! Sorry that the picture is rubbish- it was taken hurriedly with my phone because I couldn't find my camera and I was really hungry!

Also over the weekend I enjoyed a lovely meal out with my parents at one of our favourite restaurants: Wagamama. My favourite dish there is yasai itame which is: 'stir-fried bok choi, fried tofu, red and spring onions, red peppers, portobello mushrooms and beansprouts. served with rice noodles in a spicy coconut and green chilli soup. garnished with coriander, mint and a wedge of lime '. I love it!

Both my omni parents also had tofu dishes and they both enjoyed their meals very much! My dad had: saien soba 'wholewheat noodles in a vegetable soup topped with stir-fried courgettes, asparagus, fried tofu, red onion, leeks, shiitake and portobello mushrooms, mangetout, beansprouts and garlic. seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil and garnished with sliced spring onion'. My mum had: yasai chilli men 'stir-fried courgettes, white and portobello mushrooms, mangetout,green and red peppers and fried tofu in a sauce made from chillies, ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes, lemongrass and sweet red peppers. served with wholewheat noodles.'

We all really enjoy eating there because all the food is cooked freshly to order (so sometimes food comes at different times) but it is always delicious! They do a wide range of different dishes, including milder dishes,which is great for people like my sister who don't like spicy food! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

I don't know if anyone has any experience of growing veggies but my mum has been trying to grow courgettes and chilli peppers (both in pots). The chilli plant is still in its infancy but I cannot wait to start eating the chillies from it! The courgette plant however has been growing faster. Last night this courgette was picked last night by my mum and she used it in a pea and courgette soup, which she and my dad enjoyed for dinner last night.

She was really proud of her plant so I took a picture of her next to it!:


The Voracious Vegan said...

Your meals look gorgeous, so tasty and colorful! Love this blog!

Emma said...

Thank you so much for such a lovely comment- I very much enjoy reading your blog too and your recent chocolate truffle post has had my mouth watering!

Vaala said...

Fresh from the garden is awesome. My Mum has a huge vege garden (plus several different fruit trees) and she's always trying new stuff. We don't have anywhere to really grow stuff at our apartment so I grab stuff from her garden when I go and visit.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Your mom's so cute!

CeciLiA said...

Wow, I saw that cereal brand in the supermarket aisle yesterday!! For once, we have a product in common!!

By the way, is weetabix the same as weetbix (known in Aus) - are they like rectangular blocks for wheat flakes?? hahaha

Emma said...

Cecilia- yes weetabix is the same as weetbix over there, I used to live in New Zealand and that is what it was called there too. : ) The normal weetabix are large wheat biscuits.

We also have oatibix over here (looks the same as weetabix but made with oats) and mini weetabix, which are little wheat bites with fruit or chocolate in.

I definitely recommend trying the soya and linseed cereal if you fancy it. It is kind of like all bran but even tastier I think. Unfortunately it is quite pricey though : (