A new year, a new diet and our family dinner

Happy new year everyone! I hope 2013 brings you everything you hope for and that you’re still sticking to your new years resolutions 18 hours in!

For those of you that don’t know, I’m beginning a new wholefoods diet/lifestyle from today. You can find out more in my previous post (https://writingbeckles.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/a-new-year-a-new-me/). I thought I’d celebrate this by cooking a family meal for New Years Day.

Well it was a success with my meat eating family! My brother actually went back for seconds which impressed me! I’ll show you some photos and then tell you what we had.


Beans and Mushrooms, Sweetcorn and Peppers


Carrots and Cauliflower, Sesame Sprouted Broccoli, Asparagus and Baby Courgette, Roasted Potatoes and Squash


My plate with a bit of everything!

For the main dish I used a recipe out of Veganomicon but ended up not following the instructions (like always!). The recipe is called Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms and calls for dried beans which always replace with canned (because I’m lazy!). By replacing the  beans I changed the entire texture of the dish as not as much water was needed. I also chopped the vegetables and left them in rather than just using them for stock like the recipe suggests. I therefore ended up with an entirely different dish! I used cannelini and haricot beans, onion, celery, carrot, leek and two types of mushrooms. It was a yummy earthy tasting dish.

The side dishes were:

  • Roasted Potatoes with rosemary and thyme
  • Roasted Sweet Potato and Squash with cumin seeds
  • Sweetcorn with Peppers (red and green)
  • Sesame Green Veg – sprouted broccoli, baby courgette and asparagus tips stir fried in sesame oil with sesame seeds and tamari
  • Boiled Cauliflower and Carrot

The gravy was impressive. I used a recipe from Spark Recipes (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1280339). It was the best gluten free vegan gravy I’ve tried and was vaguely reminiscent of roasted chicken as I used rosemary and thyme instead of sage.

I’ve got some great leftovers for lunch tomorrow and I had a really nice plate of comfort food that didn’t make me ill! It was great passing the dishes around the table as well instead of just putting a plate of food in front of everyone.

I hope you’ve all had as good a day as me and have a wonderful new year.