Friday, October 21, 2011

VeganMOFO-14 & Zucchini Slim Me Noodles

The Label. VEGAN. It means different things to different people. Some are scared of it, some don't understand it, some use it as a badge of honour, some use it to attack others (I still don't get that one) but in my opinion it is a personal label- you have to decide what it means to YOU. There are dietary vegans, strict vegans, vegans 99.9% of the time, vegans expect in the case of medical care etc etc. If you're committed to living a kind, plant based lifestyle that avoids harming others I would consider you vegan. I know there are others out there who will disagree with me but guess what? its my blog :P So I get to tell you what I think. I believe your intent is key to this point- if you are trying your hardest to eat a vegan diet but you find out after you ate something you previously thought was safe that it had traces of milk in it does that make you not vegan? um no. It means you need to become a label reading, wary of others cooking for you vegan. 

The Line- you need to work out what being vegan means to you and where your line is. You can not be perfect. There will always be something you can not avoid (contributing to companies that own businesses that use animal products, animals possibly hurt in grain production, animals affected by the growing of vegetables, eating in omni restaurants etc) you just have to do your best. Personally I draw the line at medical care- things I can not reasonably avoid. I will not buy painkillers with lactose in them but I will accept vaccines that have used eggs to produce them. Call me a horrible vegan if you want but I have the desire to stay healthy and happy. So there you have it, the thing that will drive you crazy is working out where you stand on all the little things you don't immediately think of when becoming vegan.

Zucchini Slim Me Noodles
1 tsp chardonnay vinegar (or whatever vinegar you like)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup passata
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
paw paw seeds or pepper to taste
Zucchini curls (1 medium or 2 small)
1 packet slim me noodles
2 tsp nuttelex (lite)
  • combine, tomato paste, passata, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, vinegar on a low heat
  • boil water
  • cut zucchini
  • heat noodles for 2 mins
  • add to sauce
  • combine with zucchini and top with nutritional yeast- enjoy :)
I really enjoyed the combination of textures of the raw zucchini 'pasta' and slim pasta. This sauce is thick and rich to compensate for the lack of sauce on the zucchini. Its one of my faves, I just love the vinegar tang with the rich tomato flavour.. I know its not a complex recipe but its what I eat. Yeah, I'm not ashamed to be a lazy cook- I like things quick and easy but really, who doesn't? 

Bootcamp 21/10/11
Spin Class. Hills. Horrible Hills.
15 minute horrible hill- level 7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5
Free wheeling recovery 3 mins
Level 7-9- 30 seconds on each x 10? I don't really remember, it was just painful.
Free wheeling recovery 4 mins
Sprints- all doing level 7 then 2 at a time sprint at level 12 x 3 all
Free wheeling recovery 5 mins
Tabata sprint intervals- 20 secs on 10 off x 8
Only 3 more sessions to go! Thank goodness. I'm sitting on an ice pack at the moment to try and help my leg... yeah I'm silly, I had to do spin. I'm taking the weekend off though. Fingers crossed its better by Monday..

Hope you're all well and happy :) xxx
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  1. I love your def of vegan. Sometimes we get too preachy and judgy about other's life choices - live and let live!

  2. This pasta looks absolutely gorgeous!! I despise zucchini with all of my heart, but we always have a heap of it so I'm devoted to finding ways to kind of maybe like it a little bit. THe zucchini curls here are darling!


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