Shopping date and tasty bake

Hi everyone! How’s things? I’ve had a fabulous day with my Mam shopping! I went for a simple outfit today:

P1050441 OOTD: Gold necklace: Accessorize, shirt: River Island, belt: Topshop, trousers: Primark, ballet flats: Dorothy Perkins.

I got some great items including these tops from Zara:

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I just love Zara, I always find lovely things in there. I also got some random bits and pieces from TKMaxx including some vanilla macadamia flavoured coffee, organic rooibos tea and some pink stackable mixing bowls.

Yesterday I had a busy day sorting things out around the house but managed to fit in a gym workout in line with my monthly plan. I did 1 hour of intervals followed by my abs and core – got my plank up to 2min 15! Today I did Yoga for Runners this morning plus 30 minutes of intervals followed by my body pump class this evening. With being off work I got to the gym early so I decided to squeeze in that extra cardio.

Monday’s breakfast put my latest obsession to good use – a strawberry and peanut butter green smoothie!

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This contained spinach, frozen strawberries, 2 tbsp of peanut butter (I used one smooth and one crunchy), water and xanthan and guar gums for thickness. I topped it with half a pack of Tropical Crunch we are bear granola and some freeze dried berries.

For this morning breakfast I had a big bowl of porridge made with 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of oat bran, 1/4 cup of scottish oats, 1 1/2 cups of water, mixed frozen berries, a chopped apple, walnuts and a drizzle of black strap molasses:

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Monday’s lunch was a big leafy salad with leftover roasted veggies and high protein hummus (watered down to make it like a dressing):

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Plus a gorgeous persimmon!

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Today I treated myself to lunch from Marks and Spencer. I got the Super Whole Food Salad Shaker which I love, and ate it on top of a big carrot and beetroot salad bowl:

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Dinner both evenings has been a new recipe, another random creation of my own:

Cheesy Leek and White Bean Bake with Rye Crumb Topping (makes 2 servings, vegan)

  • 2 large leeks, washed and sliced
  • 1 tin of white beans (I used cannellini)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of sweet white miso (optional but adds creaminess, add a pinch of salt if not using)
  • 4 tbsp of nutritional yeast flakes
  • Around 1/2 cup of water or soy milk to thin the sauce
  • 1 slice of rye bread

Begin by sautéing the leeks in a little oil over a medium heat until tender. Transfer to a baking dish. Pre heat the oven to 200c. Using a food processor or blender process the rye bread into crumbs and set aside. Then add the drained beans, garlic, miso and nutritional yeast to the processor and blend into a creamy sauce – you will need to add a little water or non dairy milk to get the right consistency, your looking for a smooth pouring sauce. Pour the cheesy white bean sauce over the leeks then top with the bread crumbs. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until warmed through and lightly browned on top.

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I made mine in two smaller dishes and served with steamed purple sprouting broccoli, asparagus, green beans and spinach. This was fantastic! The cheesy bean sauce was just perfect with the soft sweet leeks and crunchy bread crumbs, this recipe is definitely a keeper! Oh, and if you leave out the water when making the white bean sauce you get an awesome cheesy low fat dip or spread. It would also go really well as a sauce for pasta.

Dessert yesterday was some plain soy yoghurt with two small chopped cox apples and the other half of the bag of we are bear granola:

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I love apple, yoghurt and granola, yum! I have to admit the soy yoghurt is now growing on me. Tonight I made this gigantic bowl of protein ice cream using 1.5 scoops of nutty berry spiru-tein, crushed ice, water, xanthan and guar gums and agave. I topped it with the last of my raw granola:

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So amazingly good, I just love all that volume it fills me right up!

I was really happy with how my cheesy leek bake turned out as I don’t often make recipes like this. Do you cook / enjoy these kind of oven baked dishes? I tried to make a pasta bake once and it totally failed so that’s probably why I’ve stayed clear of them. I do love my vegan lentil and swede mash cottage pie though!

Well I’m going to spend the rest of the evening writing up my list of things to take to NYC to make sure I don’t forget anything! Hope you have a great evening!

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  • That recipe looks AMAZING!! I love the look of it, and I’m definitely bookmarking that one!! :D

    I do a vegan cottage pie thing about once a week, cos I love it so much! And it makes so much I have leftovers to eat for AGES! Love it:)

  • That sounds lovely- I like the idea of using rye bread for the topping. I make a lot of bean bake things- pasta bake I like if the pasta is cooked first, othersise it stays crunchy :)

  • That cheesy leek dish looks gorgeous, I’d love to try it with brocolli baked in too! I love baked dishes but with the warmer weather I haven’t been making as many

  • Oh man, that bake looks AMAZING. I am cursing my lack of a blender, I think I might need to get one. I assume the cheesy flavour comes from the nutritional yeast, right? Can you get it from Holland & Barrett? I like the idea of adding broccoli to it as well. :D

  • LOVE that yellow top from Zara, makes me feel all summery just looking at it!

  • I had the same experience with soy yoghurt ~ wasn’t blown away by it at first but then really grew to love it, in savoury as well as sweet dishes. Your protein ice-cream always looks so good too: it’s the same as the tofu yoghurt for me as no matter how hard I try I just can’t get it right in terms of taste and texture (the ice always seems to make it really watery and anaemic …perhaps I’m adding too much?)

    Mmm, love the cheesy bean bake: I love those dish-based meals. My mum used to make loads of them for me, from vegan shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash to baked polenta with lentil bolognese underneath to a cottage pie (lentil/mushroom mixture) with mashed potato on top. Pasta bakes too! Maria’s Pumpkin Pasta one has to be my favourite.

    I think you pull of even simple outfits with finesse: definitely understated chic.

    Did you get my last e-mail? No worries if you’re not keen on meeting still (no obligation!) as I’m such a misery in my posts recently, it’s just so I know what to do with train tickets/gym classes.

    <3

    xxx

  • Another fan of that leek dish here :-) I also love Zara tops. I recently bought that stripy one — such a bargain!

  • Your protein ice cream looks amazing! Your smoothies and Jessica’s smoothies are a huge reason I bought xantham gum, haha!

  • Those Zara tops are lovely and the leek bake looks it too!
    I like the sound of strawberry/pb too; I love the combination with jam and I forgot I’d bought some freeze-dried berries too; thanks :-)

  • I am in love with Zara, but there are only so many shops in the U.S. I definitely plan on hitting up when I go to Vegas this summer, love your picks!

  • What a cute outfit! Love zara– I wish I had one here

  • Wish we had a Zara – such cute clothes! The food looks amazing.

  • We have Zara here, I wonder if it’s the same store!

  • I’m absolutely love your Zara shopping! It’s my face shop EVER!!! I have at least 5 leeks in my fridge right now. I was thinking of making your leek and bean stew, but I think I might try a variation on this…yum!!!

  • Emma – vegan cottage pie is just the best!

    Maria – I should give one of your pasta bakes a try as they always look so good!

    Laura – oh broccoli baked in would be great too! I still think that bakes can be ok in warmer weather if served with salad.

    Konni – you should be able to get nutritional yeast at H&B, if your not vegan then you could just as easily add parmesan or another cheese

    Haley – I know! Thats what I thought, I love yellow but realised I had no yellow in my wardrobe, so glad I bought it!

    Jess – I think its a balance with the amount of ice and protein powder – I’ve started to leave out milk and use more protein powder. The guar gum makes a huge difference to the creaminess over just using xanthan I think so I add quite a bit!

    Alison – ha, we both obviously have great taste ;-)

    Kate – if you want to take them to another level of creaminess try adding guar gum!

    Elanor – enjoy using your freeze dried berries, I’m surprised I still have some left as I love them so much!

    Leashieloo – We’ve only recently got them up north in England. So glad as I love that store!

    Kimberly – I’m so glad we have one nearby but my bank balance may not be!

    Diane – thanks!

    Madeline – yes I’m pretty sure its the same store!

  • Jemma – I completely agree – I saw those red pants you got, so cute!

  • You are one stylish lady! You always have the best outfits.

    I’m still counting down the days until Topshop opens in Canada.

  • Oh I do like those trousers you’re wearing, but you have lovely long and SLIM legs so of course they look wonderful on you. I love the tops as well, especially the third one. I am actually getting into patterns a lot lately having usually been a monochrome kind of gal……I’m not sure if my tastes are changing but I think a lot of the flowery stuff in the shops is really nice whereas even a year ago I’d have been gagging at the sight of it!

    Buying lunch from M&S really does feel like a treat doesn’t it!!

  • I love your outfit of the day!

    That bake is genius – so different, original and of course nutritious :-)

  • Oooh, those Zara tops are lovely – especially the butterfly one! I think Zara is the shop I’d most love to have a money flutter in, everything I see in there is just so timeless.

  • Hope you’re having a fabulous time in New York!

    Just wanted to say that I had a go at making your leek and bean bake on Saturday and it was absolutely gorgeous, so thank you very much for sharing the recipe! I posted on my blog about it, too, so I’m sharing the leek love!

  • Randomly stalking old blogposts as any dedicated blogger does and just have to say how much I love your haircut here – it looks lovely!! May steal a pic to show to my hairdresser next time I go.

    love Amy x

    • Laura

      Oh my god that is a blast from the past, I forgot I once had it that short!