Maternity Leave Musings…

So… it’s been almost a year since I last posted on Rewired.org.uk. The site had become pretty much exclusively about food, which was super fun and I love coming up with recipes, trying out new ingredients and exploring the world of veganism BUT fast forward a year and so much has happened. Now feels like a good time to add new content and to share a little more with you. There are a few things I want you to know about me and hopefully, through this blog, I can reach out to others with the same or similar experiences, creating a little community of likeminded people – how lovely would that be?! Here are three things that have shaped who I am today:

The D word
The label ‘disabled’ has applied to me since the 27th of February 2014 when I was 26 years old. I had a snowboarding accident and broke my back. My L1 vertebra burst and part of the bone pressed on my spinal cord, leaving me partially paralysed from the waist down. I am now unable to walk unaided although, with a lot of effort, I did manage to get back on my feet with the help of splints and a four wheeled rollator (yes I do look a bit weird walking around town!). As time goes by, I do acknowledge that my determination to walk everywhere has actually disabled me further with regards to how far I can go and how easy places are to access hence I have decided to invest in a posh new wheelchair (more on that in a future post). My aim with regards to the D word is to talk openly about my experiences, good and bad. I want to share information about equipment I have found useful, places I’ve been/want to go and how accessible they are as well as the internal, emotional challenges I face living with a spinal cord injury. I usually choose to laugh instead of cry about my injury – hopefully I can bring some humour to a ‘not so funny’ situation.

 

Mum’s the word
On the 4th of June this year, the biggest, brightest light of my life entered this world – all 5lbs 13oz of him. Reuben is now my favourite human (although my husband is right up there in the rankings too!). Becoming a mum has been the most incredible adventure so far and I’m so excited for all that is yet to come. My world has been turned upside down and I’m loving it. I might not be able to push him in his pram or walk around the house rocking him to sleep but I know I’m the best mum there is for my boy and that he is the perfect son for me. I’ve actually found the challenges of parenthood quite motivating and very rewarding when I overcome them. I want to show everyone that when it comes to raising a child, even with a disability, almost everything is possible – and if something is beyond your ability, there is always another way.

 

Conscious living
It feels like there has been a real shift in recent times when it comes to conscious living. The social movement of veganism is becoming increasingly powerful and it seems that eyes are opening all over the world. This makes me happy. I decided to embrace the vegan diet 2 years ago and never looked back. I definitely still want to share new recipes with you, although when the inspiration comes to discuss vegan-related issues, I will more than likely send the articles over to http://www.livekindly.co (you definitely need to check this website out if you haven’t already). I have found that since going vegan, I have subconsciously become more compassionate and more eager to contribute to the health of the planet and thus live more consciously. Here on Rewired, I will be posting about the little changes I am making over time to lessen my impact on the environment. I will be reviewing cruelty free, vegan products as well as any books, documentaries and anything else I can find of intrigue.

There you have it! I hope you’ll join me here at Rewired, leave a comment, make suggestions, share any ideas you have or all three. I’m excited to get started (again!).

Peace and love

Lucy @Rewired 💕🌿

 

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31. Hearty Lentil Soup

🍁🍂 The final day of Blogtober is here! I have really enjoyed coming up with these recipes and being disciplined enough to get them ready each day. Today’s meal is great for lunch or dinner and will fill you full of goodness whilst keeping you warm from Autumn through to winter.

What you will need (serves 2):
– 2 medium potatoes chopped
– 2 carrots sliced
– a handful of shredded kale
– 2 diced tomatoes
– 1 tin of green lentils in water
– 1/2 cube veggie stock
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp Cajun spice
– 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
– salt and pepper to taste

Step 1
Add all of the veggies to a pan in some shallow water on a medium heat along with the spices. Leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 2
Pour in 750ml water and add the veggie stock. Season with salt and pepper. Leave for 15 minutes with the lid on.

Step 3
Add the nutritional yeast and the green lentils. Let this cook for 2-3 minutes then season to taste.

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this bowl of deliciousness is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in it for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this meal have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins. They are great for your skin, your heart and your eyes. They also help to repair damaged cells from smoking so put your cigarette out and eat some tomatoes.
Potatoes are awesome. They contain lots of vitamin b6 which is great for athletic performance, helps with brain cell and nervous system activity and is actually good for cardiovascular protection.
Green lentils are a great source of plant protein and iron. They are full of dietary fibre and B vitamins. Whoop!

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

28. Polenta Served With Italian Herb & Wine Infused Veggies

🍁🍂 Another day, another post for Blogtober. Today I have a really simple dinner idea which looks sophisticated but really only takes 10-15 minutes to make. It’s great for date night or an evening with your bff and is especially tasty with a nice glass of wine 🍷

What you will need (serves 2):
– 1/2 red onion
– 2 handfuls of button mushrooms
– 1 courgette
– 4 large tomatoes
– 1 handful of green beans
– 1 handful of olives (black or green)
– 1 tbsp Italian herbs
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 50ml red or white wine
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1tbsp olive oil
– 300g ready made polenta
– a sprinkling of nutritional yeast (optional)
– fresh basil to garnish
– balsamic glaze

Step 1
Chop all of the vegetables and add to a pan with the wine, garlic and Italian herbs. Let this cook down for 10-15 minutes on a low to medium heat and season to taste.

Step 2
Slice the polenta to 1cm thickness and add to a pan with the olive oil on a medium heat. Fry for a couple of minutes on each side, sprinkle a little nutritional yeast over the top if you wish.

Step 3
Plate up, garnish with basil and drizzle balsamic glaze over to serve. Bellissimo 👌🏻

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this plate is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in it for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this meal have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins. They are great for your skin, your heart and your eyes. They also help to repair damaged cells from smoking so put your cigarette out and eat some tomatoes.
Basil is an excellent antibacterial herb. It is also anti inflammatory so can ease the pain of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats – don’t be scared of the word fat because this is a good type of fat. It helps to prevent disease including diabetes and cancer and metabolic syndrome. Be careful when frying food with it – always use a low to medium heat to prevent carcinogens from raising their ugly heads.

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

25. Pho

🍁🍂 Blogtober day 25 brings you a warming, aromatic Vietnamese-style bowl of goodness. It’s not the traditional pho but it’s my take on this delicious meal. It’s really easy to make and I swear it’s the ‘chicken soup’ of the vegetarian/vegan world as it makes you feel so good afterwards 😊

What you will need (serves 2):
– a handful of mushrooms sliced
– 1 carrot peeled and chopped
– broccolini (or any other green, kale is nice in this too)
– 1 handful of baby corn optional
– 2 spring onions sliced
– 1 chilli pepper sliced
– 1-2 tsp sesame oil
– 2 tbsp soy sauce
– 1/2 cube veggie stock
– 1tsp ginger
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional
– black pepper to season
– 1 lime or 1/2 lemon
– rice noodles
– coriander to garnish

Step 1
Add the veggies (apart from the chilli and spring onions) to a pan on a medium heat and add the sesame oil. Add the spices and stir for a few minutes until the mushrooms are soft.

Step 2
Boil 750ml water and crumble in the veggie stock to make a broth. Pour this into the pan of veggies, squeeze in the juice of you lime/lemon and add the chilli. Season with black pepper. Leave this to simmer with the lid on for about 10 minutes.

Step 3
Add the rice noodles and spring onions. These only take a couple of minutes to cook through. Transfer to bowls and serve with lots of fresh coriander – delicious! 😍

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that pho is a healthy!
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in it for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this noodle soup have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Carrots are a source of beta-carotene which is excellent for your heart and your eyes (it is sometimes used to treat age related macular degeneration).
Broccolini is one of the most wonderful vegetables around. If you want protein, calcium, zinc, iron, omega 3 fats, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A,B,C,E and K amongst many other nutrients, broccoli is your best bet.
Lime/lemon juice adds so much flavour to this meal and also helps to keep you in top shape. It’s great for skin, hair and nails as well as digestive, respiratory and ophthalmic health.

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

24. Apple & Blackberry Crumble

🍁🍂 Happy Monday lovely people. It’s day 24 and this is the cosiest desert ever. There’s something so nostalgic about fruit crumble and it always brings a smile to my face. Going vegan, rest assured that you won’t miss out as this tastes exactly the same as regular crumble 😎

What you will need (serves 2):
For the crumble
– 150g plain flour
– 90g light brown sugar
– 90g vegan butter/margarine (I used coconut spread)
– 50g oats (optional)
– 1 tsp nutmeg
For the filling
– 3 apples peeled and cored
– 100g blackberries
– 1tbsp maple syrup
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground ginger
– 50ml water

Preheat your oven to 180c fan/200c convection oven

Step 1
Add the filling ingredients to a pan on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes with the lid off. Leave to cool as you make the topping.

Step 2
Put all of the crumble ingredients into a bowl and mix them together with your hands until it becomes crumbly in texture.

Step 3
Put your stewed fruit into a dessert dish (or distribute into separate ramekins for individual puddings). Crumble to topping over the fruit and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Your house will smell amazing and your tummy will be very happy indeed 😊

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this dessert is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in it for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this crumble have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Cinnamon. What can I say? It’s one of those things that makes food taste like a treat and looks after you without you even realising it. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory, great for protection against disease as well as painful conditions such as arthritis. It also has beneficial effect on neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by protecting neurons and normalising neurotransmitter levels.
Apples are also quite impressive when it comes to the prevention and the fight against disease. Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer with their antioxidants and flavonoids, apples are always a good idea.
Blackberries are detoxifiers. They help to balance electrolytes and encourage iron absorption.

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

22. Monster Double Bean Burgers

🍁🍂 Holy moly day 22 of blogtober has arrived. As it’s the weekend, it’s only right that we treat ourselves a little. These monster double bean burgers are a middle finger up to Mac Donald’s and Burger King. Who needs beef when can have spicy Mexican bean burgers?! These are a delicious way to indulge without feel bad about it afterwards.

What you will need (for 2 burgers):
– 4 spicy Mexican bean burgers (Tesco’s own brand are so delicious and they’re vegan! I can’t recommend them enough 👌🏻)
– 3 burger buns
– a handful of lettuce (of your choice)
– 1 tomato
– 1/2 onion
– 1/4 red onion
– pickles
– vegan mayo
– 1/2 tsp smokey paprika
– juice of 1/2 a lime
– ketchup or sriracha
– coriander (optional)

Step 1
Pop your burgers in the oven. Follow the instructions on the packet. (I am assuming you will not be making them from scratch – let’s save that recipe for when we have time/motivation). When they are cooking, you can get the rest of your ingredients together.

Step 2
Finely chop the white onion into super small pieces. Chop some pickles until you get what looks like the same amount chopped as the onion pieces. Add these to a bowl with a few tbsps of vegan mayo and add the paprika and lime juice. Stir well. Yes it tastes bomb!

Step 3
Toast your buns! You can do this in a toaster but I like to just pop them in a pan (no oil needed) to toast for a minute or so on each side.

Step 4
Assemble your burgers (the fun part!). Get your bun bases and put some lettuce on top followed by a burger patty on each. Then spread your lovely pickley mayo over the top and some coriander if you have some. Then add half of the 3rd burger to each one (you may need to flatten out the top half or slice a bit off for the perfect middle slice of bread). Squeeze over some ketchup or sriracha (or both, I’m not judging). On goes the second burger patty topped off with a slice of tomato, red onion and maybe another pickle ❤️ Sprinkle some more coriander if you wish and then it’s time for the closing ceremony! Monster burgers are ready for demolishing!

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you may be surprised to know that these monster double bean burgers are healthy ones (as part of a balanced diet obvs).
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in them for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in these bad boys have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Beans are amazing. Everyone should incorporate more of these into their weekly diet. Cannelini beans help with collagen production, vision and nervous system function and are also great for appetite regulation. Red kidney beans are known to be great for cell development and anaemia prevention.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins. They are great for your skin, your heart and your eyes. They also help to repair damaged cells from smoking so put your cigarette out and eat some tomatoes.
Onion is such an underrated food. It is so good for you. It can improve your mood, does wonders for your skin and hair and reduces the risk of many types of cancer – yay for onions!

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

21. Cous Cous

🍁🍂 Blogtober day 21 is happening right now. This is a really quick and easy lunch to put together, you can even make it the night before and take it to work or school as a packed lunch 😎

What you will need (per person):
– 100g Cous Cous
– 160ml water
– 1/4 cube of veggie stock
– ground Italian herb mix
– the juice of 1/2 a lemon
– fresh basil to garnish (optional)
– 1 pitta
– 1 tbsp hummus
– veggies of your choice (also optional but will definitely liven up your plate)

Step 1
Boil the kettle and measure out 160ml of water. Add to a pan with the cous cous on a medium heat. Crumble the veggie stock in and squeeze in your lemon juice.

Step 2
After one minute, turn the heat down to low until all of the liquid has been soaked up. Then, turn off the hob and stir in the herbs. Cover the pan and leave for 10 minutes.

Step 3
Serve your cous cous with some pitta and hummus – delicious. I always add a good few veggies for added colour and taste 👌🏻🌿

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know this lunch is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in it for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this meal have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Cous cous is a great source of vegetarian protein. It is high in fibre and rich in vitamins.
Chickpeas in hummus are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Basil is an excellent antibacterial herb. It is also anti inflammatory so can ease the pain of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions.

Happy creating!
Rewired 💕🌿

20. PB & Chocolate Chia Bites

🍁🍂 Blogtober day 20 is here and with it comes these bad boys. Packed full of protein, these are a great snack for an added boost of energy.

What you will need (makes 12):
– 1/2 cup of chia seeds
– 1/2 cup of oats
– 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
– 1/3 cup peanut butter

Directions
Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Scoop up some mixture with your hands and roll into little balls. Easy peasy! Leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to solidify and keep their lovely spherical shape 😎

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that these balls are healthy ones.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in them for you as there are not enough to be worried about.
* The ingredients in these bites have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and may also lower blood pressure as well as the risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease).
Peanut butter is a wonderful way to introduce good fats and proteins into your diet. You will be helping your heart, your body’s iron absorption, cell development and boosting your metabolism.
Chia seeds are one of the greatest sources of energy around. Per 100g, they contain a whopping 486Kcals, 34.4g of fibre, 16.5g of protein and 30g of fat.

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

19. Thai Green Curry

🍁🍂 It’s day 19 of Blogtober and this meal is so easy to make, really delicious and guaranteed to warm you up on a cold autumn eve.

What you will need (serves 4)
– 1 onion
– 1 carrot peeled and chopped
– 8 baby sweetcorn
– 1 handful of snap peas
– 1 handful of broccolini
– 2 spring onions chopped
– 1 red bell pepper sliced
– 1 tin of chickpeas
– 1 chilli pepper (optional)
– 1 tbsp Thai green curry paste
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp ground ginger
– 1/2 tsp lemongrass
– 3 tbsp coconut milk
– 1 lime
– coriander to garnish
– rice

Step 1
Slice the onion and sauté in a pan of shallow water along with the red bell pepper on a medium heat. When the onion softens and becomes translucent, add the Thai green curry paste, ginger, garlic and lemongrass.

Step 2
After 2-3 minutes, add the carrot, snap peas, broccolini, baby sweetcorn and chilli ( if you have one) to the pan along with 200ml of water. Let this simmer for 15 minutes. This is a good time to cook your rice.

Step 3
Squeeze in the juice of your lime and add the chickpeas and coconut milk to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes on a low to medium heat.

Now you are ready to serve, garnish generously with coriander 👌🏻

Nutritional spotlight-
* If you’re like me and you like to know what’s in your food, you will be happy to know that this Thai curry is a healthy one.
* Rewired isn’t going to count the calories in this meal for you as there are not enough in it to be worried about.
* The ingredients in this dish have many health benefits and I will list just a few:
Chickpeas are fantastic for iron metabolism and red blood cell production. They also help with heart, muscle and immune function.
Carrots are a source of beta-carotene which is excellent for your heart and your eyes (it is sometimes used to treat age related macular degeneration).
Broccolini is one of the most wonderful vegetables around. If you want protein, calcium, zinc, iron, omega 3 fats, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A,B,C,E and K amongst many other nutrients, broccoli is your best bet.

Happy creating!

Rewired 💕🌿

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