Veggie “sausage” rolls

I haven’t eaten a sausage roll in years. Aside from being a vegetarian for the past few years, I always prefered other options.

However I’ve come across several decent recipes for vegetarian “sausage” rolls, so I adapted and merged the ones I like best and came up with some clean eating, easy and delicious veggie rolls!

What you’ll need :

-Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees

-2 cans of lentils
-1/2 a cube of vege stock (crumbled)
-1 glove of crushed garlic (you could use pre-minced)
-1 medium red onion, diced
-2 teaspoons paprika
-2 teaspoons curry powder
-1 teaspoon mixed herbs (or fresh parsley!)
-2 grated carrots
-1 beaten egg
-1 cup of corn crumbs (or bread)
-1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
-8 mountain bread wraps

Combine all the ingredients apart from the wraps. Make sure the mixture is really well combined. I like to use a potato masher and squash the lentils a bit.
Cover a baking tray with paper. Lay out two wraps on top of each other. In the middle of the wrap place 1/4 of the mixture and roll it up.
Continue with the remaining wraps.
Lightly cover the tops in olive oil.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes!

See? Super easy AND delicious!

Soph xx

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Vegetarian Girl

October is vegetarian month! Many people don’t know but I was a vegetarian for six+ years and it was only last year that I slowly started to introduce it- and even then it’s hardly at all.

My problem always was that I love cooking. I also love eating. I love to appreciate food, and I realised the last time I was in Europe that so much of the food had meat. Luckily my brothers would always order delicious dishes so I was able to still get my vege dish, but taste some of theirs too!

I still haven’t ordered a meat dish in the past six or more years, but if my parents make a curry and the tofu happens to be cooked with the chicken- I’m not going to refuse it. I’d just pick the chicken out now.

I’m always on the hunt to find amazing vegetarian cafes or restaurants. Or places that just cook amazing vege food! One thing that is hard to find though is a delicious vege burger that is sold in supermarkets.

Don’t get me wrong I have found a fair few dining out, but the ones in the supermarket either contain 100+ ingredients or make me bloated and sick.

So I set my mind to finding a recipe.

And after a fair hunt and several kitchen experiments I am in love! 

I’ve make these countless times and they are SUPER delicious. They taste great baked in the oven, fried or best of all BBQ-ed!

The recipe comes from Veggie Num Num– an amazing vegetarian website that i urge you all to have a look at. Click here for the recipe!

One thing I have found though is that to make the recipe a little cleaner is I sometimes use corn crumbs which are 100% maize.

What are you favourite vege burgers? Please hit me with them- I’m always on the look out for something new!

Soph xx

Summer lists & weekend breaks

My brothers

Last weekend I went away to the beach with my family. Just the five of us, my mum, dad and two brothers.

One of my brothers is headed off to South America for seven months in a few weeks so this was our last chance of getting together as a family given he’ll be away for Christmas and the summer holidays.

Anyway..I love the beach- it’s beautiful, relaxing as well as a wonderful place to exercise.

South Australia has so many beautiful beaches. You can reach the beach within 20 minutes of the CBD. But we travelled about 2 hours away to Port Elliot and it was stunning.

Each day I was able to walk down to the beach and go for a long walk or run- not only was it a work out but it was therapudic. I felt like I didn’t have a care in the world.

Sunset at the beach

Gorgeous sunset on the beach

We’re only a few weeks into Spring at the moment, but I’ve realised I have to make the most of what I have right here on my door step. And this Summer I want to make it to the beach more. I want to make more time for that.

Call me crazy but I love lists, they help me stay organised, focused and give me something to work towards. They just work.

So I’ve written a list of the top five things I want to do, or do more of this Summer.

1. More beach walks
2. Cook something new each week
3. Take more photos and capture the moments
4. Go snorkelling
5. Have picnics

I have no doubt that the list will grow, but this is a starting point- and I can’t wait.

Soph x

Run run run as fast as you can!

Yesterday I competed in my first running race. Hooray!!

It may have only been a fun run but for me this was a huge goal in 2013.

Lets back track a little….

About seven months ago I wouldn’t and couldn’t run. I was fit enough physically- but my mind just couldn’t do it. I would jog around the block and be mentally exhausted.

I couldn’t be bothered going further than 1km, and because I wasn’t mentally prepared my body didn’t function.

But one sunny day in March 2013 I decided, out of the blue, to run from A to B. About 6kms…

And I ran. 

The feeling was amazing. I had achieved something I didn’t think possible. It was a huge boost of confidence for me.

I don’t know about you but I work best when I have goals to aim for. I have goals for all aspects of my life, fitness, food, work (and the list goes on…)

So I set myself the goal of running The City Bay,the entire 12kms.  I figured if I could run 6km then I could run 12km!

I had just under 6 months to prepare.

By June I was running 8kms comfortably. I knew then I had to step up my training though.

Unfortunately I had to have an operation in mid-June which set me back several weeks of training, but still I continued.

The hardest bit was in the last few weeks- wanting to push myself but not tire my body out! The whole thing was a learning experience.

And I’m proud to say I achieved my goal. I ran the entire 12km 🙂

And my goal for next year? Well I have two. I’m going to up the anti and train for a half marathon! And I’m excited. I can’t wait to push my body and mind and feel that overwhelming sense of achievement at the end of each run.

The other goal? Well to run The City Bay faster of course!!

What goals have you set for yourself?

Soph x

Cacao, cranberries and almond balls

balls

For the past few months I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some raw cacao powder and the endless recipes that I continued to find spurred me on. I love chocolate, so what could be better than a chocolate that is good for you?!

Yesterday I finally go around to buying some cacao power. And today I made some balls.

O.M.G.  I think I’m in love.

This stuff is amazing. I compiled a whole lot of recipes I found and created these from the ingredients I had and love.

They are perfect- I thought I made enough to last a week but now I’m hoping they will last the day after one of my brothers was salivating in the kitchen while I was making them.

I love the dried cranberries in them- they add the sweetness and you don’t have to use any honey or other sweetener! Plus they make the balls taste a bit like a cherry ripe!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 shredded coconut

Soak the dates in hot water for 5-10mins
In a food processor combine all the other ingredients, then add the dates.
Leave the mix for a few minutes.
Form the balls and roll in extra coconut.
Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes + to set!!

Soph xx

Simply running

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”
George Sheehan

I never thought I’d be able to run- not physically but mentally. I had no doubt that I could, but it was whether I wanted to. And in the past I never did. I would run for 10 maybe 15 minutes and be bored.

However, one day, about five months ago, I decided it was time. I plugged in my iPod and found my mojo. I didn’t doubt I could- it was merely whether I wanted to.

The time was right and it was great.

I realised this whole other side to exercise. I love walking, but running is everything walking is and more.

The satisfaction of completing a long run is exhilarating and very satisfying. It’s almost like I prove to myself that I can do this every time I run.

I’ve entered my first race, and I can’t wait. I’m nervous, excited and don’t know what to expect.

Running has given me a new and fresh outlook on fitness- something that I think is so important. If I find something boring and I don’t have to do it- it’s simple, I dont. A work out shouldn’t be a hassle- maybe having to drag yourself out of bed- but once you’re in it it should be something you enjoy doing whether it is running or not.

Soph xx

Muesli

Ingredients:

-oats
-cinnamon (to taste)
-Pumkin seeds
-sunflower seeds
-natural almond flakes
-dried cranberries
-goji berries
-shredded coconut

You can either make it fresh each morning or mix all the ingredients together and store in an air tight container (super convenient for busy mornings!)

-Lastly pour over milk, soy milk, almond milk or your choice of liquid!!

Enjoy!

Soph xx

 

Clean eating

I’ve always been interested in food. And I’ve always loved being active.

About two months ago I came across the term “clean eating” and didn’t give it much of a second though. 95% of the time I eat really well. The other 5% would consist of dinners out, the occasional junk food and the lolly/ chocolate jar at work that haunts me- let me tell you at 3pm it is hard to resist that Caramello Koala just three steps away from your desk…

Anyway. Somehow I came across clean eating about three weeks ago- only this time I noticed it. I go to the gym about 4 times a week, run at least twice and play netball and I work hard. But my figure doesn’t budge in the slightest. So after a few hours of reading, researching and looking at all the wonderfully delicious recipes online I decided to eat as cleanly as possible. And you know- it hasn’t been too hard.

I’ve just had to alter small things that I haven’t really missed. Bread was the big one for me- but I haven’t had any since and honestly I don’t miss it- the only thing I am missing is any bloating!! When I do feel like bread I have a mountain wrap instead. They may not be 100% clean but with only 4 ingredients they come fairly close!

I must admit it was hard in the mornings. In summer I always have a smoothie for breakfast- that would be easy and clean. BUT it’s the middle of winter and I’ve been wanting something more comforting…

So I looked over and over in supermarkets but everything- even the “natural” muesli was loaded with sugar, vegetable oil and things I can’t even pretend to pronounce. I headed to a health food store last week and found a variety of muesli that seemed good- but ridiculously expensive. So I set about making my own.

And it is delicious!

(I will post the recipe next!!)

So wish me luck and hope I don’t stray!

Soph xx