Still on my vegetarian kick, going on week 2 and suddenly down quite a few pounds so thinking I will be sticking to it for now~
So today I made the following vegetarian snacks and nibbles:
Cucumber Salad – I love having this as a snack, as a side dish and I have to confess I have had it for breakfast too!
- Japanese Seasoned Rice Wine
- Sesame Seeds
- Sesame Oil
- Salt and Pepper
Peeled the cucumbers and sliced them on my handy dandy mandolin.
Then I added some sesame seeds, salt and pepper and here is the tricky part as I don’t measure (we call that “al tum tum where I come from”), added in some Japanese seasoned rice wine (about 1/4 cup) and a drizzle of sesame oil.
Place in bowl, cover and place in fridge, I think its the best cucumber salad ever 🙂
Courgette (Zucchini) Spaghetti with home grown veggie sauce
I started by putting my courgette’s through my spiral slicer and then chopping up the little ends to use in my veggie sauce.
Boiled some water and threw the courgette spaghetti in for just a minute to give it a quick flash cooking, too much cooking turns it into mush! Drained it and drizzled a bit of olive oil into it and put it to the side.
Placed some tomatoes in a blender and gave them a quick swish and then threw them in a pan with some onions, fresh basil from the yard, my chopped up courgettes, garlic and seasoning and a dollop of sour cream. Once everything was nice cooked, I tossed the spaghetti into the sauce. Added some cracked red pepper and dinner and lunch for tomorrow is ready.
Salt and Vinegar Chick Pea snacks
Found this recipe for salt and vinegar chick pea snacks and decided to give them a go.
- 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed ( recipe calls for just 1 but I thought I should make more out of the first batch) I kept the rest of the recipe the same
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- salt and cayenne pepper
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
Place chickpeas, vinegar and a dash of salt into a pot, as soon as it boils remove from the heat and leave them in the warm vinegar for 40 minutes.
After the 40 minutes have gone by, drain them and place in a baking pan, seasoned with more salt and I decided to give them a spicy kick so I gave them a good dusting of cayenne pepper.
Preheat oven to 400 Deg F and bake for 40 minutes.
Recipe got a seal of approval from the family, wonderful healthy snack that replaces items like salt and vinegar chips <3
Black Rice Salad
This is another favorite, black rice has a nutty flavor and had a bit more body than regular rice.
- 1 cup of black rice
- 1 1/2 cup of water
- dash of salt
- Chopped cilantro
- chopped mint
- chopped tomatoes
- small chopped yellow onion
- One Lime Juiced
- Sesame Oil
Add all the above ingredients to the rice once its cooled down and there you have it, the tastiest rice salad ever! Even my daughters boyfriend tried it and liked it which is an extra special seal of approval as he doesn’t eat as much weird stuff as we do!