Vegan: When you don’t feel like cooking

On my vegan journey, one thing I have thoroughly enjoyed and has been a new endeavour for me- is cooking. When I wasn’t a vegan I hardly cooked, and when I did, I was absolutely lazy about it and was hardly racking my brain for something new. Now, I find that being a vegan has demanded of me to experiment with a variety of foods that I otherwise would’ve overlooked, and has opened my eyes to many different types of seasonings.

However, there are days when I just don’t feel like making a meal. And for a while I did slack off with the cooking and instead settled for snacking- which did have a negative impact on my energy levels. Noticing this, I realised that preparation was really going to save the time and effort required for cooking, and make the process a little more appealing.

Here are some ideas for quicker eating:

Freezing 

Growing up in a Nigerian household, my mother instilled in me the importance of freezing.. absolutely any and everything!

But I find this is a great way of skipping that sometimes lengthy chopping stage. Chop your vegetables when you do have the time and energy, so on those lazy days you’ll thank yourself. This freezing method also works amazingly well with fruits and is a great way to preserve them, have you ever tried frozen blueberries? Yum!

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Cooking in bulk

Another method (also inspired by my mother) is cooking in bulk. I am still yet to try this, but cooking in bulk and planning your meals for the week ahead ensures you won’t miss out on a good meal on those cant-be-bothered-to-cook days, and gives you the peace of mind if you have a busy schedule. The youtuber Cheap Lazy Vegan demonstrates this to perfection

 

Okay Iv only got two ideas- feel free to recommend me any of your own! Enjoy your food preparations 🙂

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Joining veganism

Slowly, i’m starting to believe being a vegan is like joining a new religion. I’ve been fully vegan for a little while now but iv been on the journey as a pescatarian for over 3 months now, and it has been life changing to say the least, I am more conscious without a doubt, I never though with a new change in diet would come a new found knowledge on the body and food and other general yet extremely useful stuff about health. But this change has indeed separated me to some degree, I thought it would be okay- the fact that I now eat different from everyone else in my circle, and it is. But now I find myself trying to “save” my friends and my family, I have this itch to tell everyone just how bad our beloved milk really is and that meat that we all believe is good for protein- I roll my eyes in irritation. Propaganda is one of my new frequently used words. And I know I shouldn’t be irritated- or trying to put people off their food. I should be sitting quietly in a corner eating my meal and allowing them to eat theirs. But how can I let that go on with what I know. So its safe to say that I do feel like I’m in a new religion. Im cramming information down unknowing peoples throats because they don’t know any better, I need to save them right? Wrong. I know its wrong, Im working on finding the balance. Be the change I wish to see, and all that good stuff.

Nourishing the body

 

I just finished a bowl of the most satisfyingly tasty vegetables mixed with some couscous. Have you ever had food that’s made you sing? That’s what this bowl done to me.

Recently, iv been embarking on a more healthier lifestyle. Specifically with the foods I put in my body. And it’s no exaggeration to say that it’s changed my life. I’m 20, used to be quite content with the fact that I didn’t cook that often. Used to “need” my day time naps. Used to struggle to stay awake in lecture. NOW I’m alive! Literally, i’m much more happy, full of energy, with a new love and appreciation for life. Not to mention this has been the most iv ever cooked in my life (and I don’t mean putting together a bowl of salad!) iv been more creative with the food I make, more aware of what I’m putting in my body and have so joyously reaped the benefits of its nutrients. Goodbye moodswings. Even my menstrual cramps have lessened substantially.

But seriously, the message today is simply this. When you’re about to prep some food, be it a snack or a meal, think about what impact its going to have on you. I don’t think I ever thought I’d embrace so lovingly being a vegan. But here I am 3 months in, no meat, no milk, no eggs, now iv only got fish left to give up. And it’s been easier than I initially thought it would be.

So to summerize, you are what you eat. That statement once upon a time used to confuse me but now I understand. I used to be a doughnut. Lol along with other things. So give it a try, embrace being healthier.

Lots of love x