Sausage and bean casserole

Sausage and bean casserole

This is a really great dish if you want to follow a more plant based diet, you’re supporting the veganuary campaign, participating in meat free Monday, need a bit of a change to your current vegan diet or just fancy something that’s really simple tasty and comforting

Using sweet potatoes not only adds complex carbs to the dish (our primary energy source), but also great levels of fibre, protein and vitamin A.  The addition of tinned beans – here I used borlotti beans but cannellini, butter beans or haricot would all work, adds plenty of protein and fibre and of course will count as one of your five a day.

So here’s what you need for 2 – 3 people

4-6 vegan sausages.  At the moment I love Sainsburys Shroomdogs and Frys sausages, but feel free to use your own personal favourites

1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil

1 onion or half a leek – or a mix of the two

2 sweet potatoes – washed but not peeled

1 tin of borlotti beans and their liquid

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 garlic clove

2 tsp smoked paprika,

Large pinch (or more of) chilli flakes

and 1 – 3 handfuls of red lentils.

Small handful of chopped parsley

Fry the sausages in oil until golden, about 15 minutes (but read the packet). I

sausage casserole

In a large pan fry 1 sliced onion and/or half a leek until soft.

Add the cubed sweet potatoes cook until softening, you may need to add some water if the ingredients stick.  

sausage casserole

Add the beans and their liquid, chopped clove of garlic, tinned  tomatoes, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and the red lentils. cover and cook until the lentils and sweet potatoes are really soft, about 20 minutes.

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Half way through add the cooked sausages and check if you need to add more water.

 

Once cooked pour in to two or three bowls and scatter over chopped parsley 

sausage casserole

And why not serve it with some toasted garlicky sourdough bread.  Delicious

garlic bread

Tex Mex vegan salad

Sweet potato Tex-Mex salad – serves 2

This is a really great tasting and colourful salad.  You can make various substitutions for instance use butternut squash instead of sweet potato,  any tinned beans like butterbean or cannellini. Use fresh chills instead of dried, add some sun dried tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, chopped red or yellow peppers or some toasted pine nuts.

vegan salad

Tex Mex vegan salad

200g sweet potato washed and cut in to chunks,

2 tsp olive oil,

large pinch of chilli flakes, salt & pepper,

½ can black beans,  drained,

½ tin red kidney beans, drained

½ can (or 100g frozen) sweetcorn, drained,

1 avocado, chopped,

120g fresh tomatoes and ¼ cucumber chopped into chunks,

1 small red onion or 2 spring onions, thinly sliced,

large handful of fresh coriander and mint leaves and stalks, chopped,

juice of ½ (1 tbls) lime

Heat oven 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

sweet potato

On a baking tray mix the oil, chilli flakes, salt & pepper and sweet potatoes.  Bake for 30 minutes until tender, and the edges are crispy. sweet potato

Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Taste and season.

Add the cooked sweet potato and serve

vegan salad

It’s that simple, but oh so tasty

 

The 80/20 rule of healthy eating

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The 80/20 rule of healthy eating

the 80_20 ruleVery few things in life are perfect and the same can be true of your diet.  Its hard to not look at the delicious cakes at the coffee shop and then ask only for a black coffee, when you really want that lovely cake as well.  This is where the 80/20 rule comes in.  We never do 100% of things 100% perfectly, so why do we expect to eat perfectly all of the time.  It places an unrealistic expectation on us. If you want to lose weight and keep it off then give the 80/20 rule a go.

 

It’s the ‘perfect’ way to eat

For 80% of the time eat a healthy balanced diet and 20% of the time have some well deserved treats.  It’s that simple!

How it works

Over a week you will probably eat 3 meals and 2 snacks every day, that’s 35 different times every week you have to make food choices.

So 80% of the time (or 28 times during the week) make good healthy choices; for instance:

  • Eat lots of fruit and veg in a rainbow of coloursfruit-and-veg-225x300
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Eat good quality protein like quinoa, Quorn,  tofu, nuts, eggs, oily fish (salmon and mackerel) and chicken
  • Eat more wholemeal grains like wholemeal pasta, bread and rice
  • Incorporate more beans and lentils into your cooking – for low fat, low cholesterol and high protein nutrition
  • Eat nutrient rich fats like olive oil, avocados, coconut oil
  • have plenty of calcium rich diary and non-dairy
  • Cut down on alcohol 

  • Snack on nuts and dried fruit
  • Reduce your portion size

dark chocolateAbout 20% of the time (or 7 times during the week) relax a bit and have a few treats.  That’s the time to really enjoy a glass of wine, a packet of crisps, a biscuit or two, a square of dark chocolate, a latte or a piece of cake.  But eat that treat Mindfully, which means really savour and appreciate that treat and most of all ENJOY it and don’t feel GUILTY.

 

 

A healthy balanced diet can accommodate treats but like many things (and I’ve talked about this before) it’s all about moderation!

This handout may help you to apply moderation with your diet

The 80-20 rule

Try to follow these guidelines at least 80 % of the time for                                           a healthy lifestyle change.

But if you do need additional help and support then please consider coming to see me for a nutrition consultation

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