Vegetable Rice Bowl Recipie

Hey everyone.  So, I thought that I’d make this post a little different, you know, change it up a bit!

Cooking has always been a passion of mine, however, how much I can do it depends on my health.  However, recently I have undergone a variety of dietary changes after discovering that I have a few intolerances, which has been a shock to the system to say the least!  My new diet is dairy-free and gluten-free, which may be restrictive to some, but I have never felt more energised or healthy since I have cut out all the food that my body can’t cope with.

One of my favourite things to cook at the minute is a rice bowl with some Quorn steak pieces (gluten free).  This is an absolutely delicious, healthy and filling meal, and I usually have leftovers that can be reheated.

I also just want to say that the reason I use microwaveable rice is for simplicity and convenience.  However, you should use whichever rice you prefer!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of egg-fried rice
  • Handful of tender stem broccoli
  • Handful of mangetout
  • 1 packet of pepper stir fry vegetables
  • 1 cm of grated ginger
  • Some fresh coriander (put as much in as you like, but I usually put in a large pinch)
  • 2 tbsp. of soy sauce (gluten free)
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 Spring onions

Recipe

  1. First, I usually cook the broccoli in a large pan with some rapeseed oil, salt and pepper. I put the lid on the pan and leave it for a few minutes to soften, otherwise you will have some very crunchy broccoli!
  2. Put some Quorn steak pieces in a frying pan, drizzle a little oil and put it on a medium heat. These will take approximately 12 minutes to cook.
  3. I then add in the crushed garlic clove, a little soy sauce and the ginger. I give it a stir, put the lid back on the pan, and I let it cook for another minute.
  4. In the meantime, I will put the rice in the microwave to cook, as well as the mangetout.
  5. Now I will add the packet of pepper stir fry vegetables into the pan, and I will add a little bit more oil and some more soy sauce. Leave this to cook for a few minutes.
  6. Once the vegetables have softened a little more, I put the rice and the mangetout into the pan. I will then place the coriander into the mixture and some more soy sauce if needed.  Once the Quorn is ready I add it in, and then I then season with salt and pepper.

Disclaimer:  I am not a chef, nor do I claim to be.  I am probably doing this all wrong, but I am a student, and I don’t have the time to cook everything from scratch.  It tastes good either way! ❤

This tastes absolutely amazing and it is really filling.  The reason I use the microwave for the mangetout and rice is simply because of convenience.  I usually don’t have a lot of time, so I try to make quick and healthy food when possible.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe!  You can modify it to your own dietary needs, and if you do take inspiration from it or recreate it, I hope that you enjoy it!

xoxo

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Bucket List Ideas

Everyone has a bucket list, or at least everyone has a few things that they’d like to do before they die! There are so many wonderful places and things to do in life, and it is my intention to try and experience as much as I can while I am able to.

I wrote my first bucket list when I was about ten years old, and as you could expect, the entries were along the lines of getting the new Bratz doll, becoming a famous actress and going to the moon. As I have gotten a little older, I think that it is safe to say that my tastes have changed!

So here are a few entries from my current bucket list!

· Go to Fiji

Fiji is one of those magical places that I have always seen on Instagram. The crystal-clear water, the white sandy beaches and the endless supply of gorgeous food and natural wonders makes Fiji an absolute dream!

· Drive the great ocean road

The great ocean road is a 243km road and a recognised tourist destination in Australia. Along the road there are various attractions, places to eat and experiences to enjoy, as well as the stunning views over the ocean. To some this may seem like a relatively boring experience, but I think that there is something relaxing about just driving, looking at the views and stopping at the coastal towns and experiencing what they have to offer.

· Get over my fear of deep water

I don’t know whether it is a fear of the unknown, a fear of drowning, or a fear of both, but I cannot get into deep water without freaking out! I would really like to tackle my fear and then maybe go snorkelling, swimming with dolphins or just be able to get into a swimming pool!

· Be an extra

Maybe this is playing into my fantasy of becoming a famous actress, which is extremely unrealistic, but I would love to be an extra on TV.

· Learn a new language

Speaking a foreign language is something that I have always wanted to do! I currently speak Spanish relatively well, but I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese and French! So, it is on my bucket list to learn how to speak Spanish and another language. I think that it is a wonderful and very useful skill, as well as a way to enjoy and immerse yourself in other cultures!

· Become a morning person

There is something about getting up in the morning that immediately puts me in a bad mood. Whether it is the lack of sleep, the amount of light, or the realisation that there aren’t enough hours in the day, but regardless, I hate mornings. I would love to condition my body to be able to get up in the morning and be productive!

So, there are a few of my bucket list ideas! I know that they aren’t terribly exciting, but I think that the smallest win can be the biggest achievement.

10 Ways To Relax

Coming out of the winter months and heading towards the summer should be an exciting time. However, for many students this is the most daunting time of the year. Exams are getting close, tensions are getting high, and stress levels are increasing.

Stress has an awful effect on your body! It causes insomnia, weight gain or weight loss, heartburn, high blood pressure and depression, and the worst thing about stress is that you cannot control it. However, what you can do is try to minimise how much you are affected by stress.

So here are the things that I do to battle stress!

1. Take a long hot bath

Nothing is more relaxing than a long hot bath! Put on some music or your favourite TV show, sink into the warm water and let your muscles and your mind unwind.

2. Read a book

Reading is such a wonderful thing because it lets your imagination take control. It allows you to forget about what’s going on in your life while you focus on something else. Sometimes this is exactly what we need… an escape.

3. Eat right

When you are stressed and under pressure, eating right is the last thing that you want to do. However, it is at these times when it is most important! Eating sugary food causes mood swings and weight gain, and that isn’t going to help your stress levels. Properly fuelling your body will help you feel right from the inside out.

4. Yoga

Sometimes I don’t realise how much I hold my breath or how quickly I breathe because I’m too stressed out. Yoga really helps you tune out to the world, and it allows you to focus on breathing and stretching, which can be really therapeutic at times. A yoga app that I really enjoy is Yoga Studio: Mind and Body. You can do fifteen, half hour and hour sessions, and you feel so unbelievably relaxed afterwards.

5. Sleep

I love my sleep, I really love my sleep. I feel absolutely lost if I don’t have at least seven hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation causes your attention span to decrease, you become less creative, your immune system becomes less efficient, your mood decreases and your memory decreases.

Getting a good night sleep helps your body to clear toxins, and means that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. What could be less stressful than that?

If you are interested, here is a link to a wonderful video explaining how dangerous sleep deprivation can be. http://uk.businessinsider.com/what-happens-when-you-dont-get-enough-sleep-2017-12?r=US&IR=T

6. Get some space

Sometimes they key to relaxation is taking either your body or your mind out of the situation. Taking a few moments for yourself during a stressful time can provide you with the clarity you need to complete the task, which is why I recommend an app called Headspace. This app helps you meditate for a short period of time every day, and I have found that I feel much more relaxed and ready for life after a few minutes of meditation.

7. Follow a passion

When you spend your days following your head, sometimes it is nice to follow your heart. Taking some time every once in a while, to follow a passion whether it’s cycling, makeup, running or knitting can have a positive effect on your mood. You are worth some ‘me’ time.

8. Smell

Aromatherapy is a tried and true way to reduce stress levels. It involves essential oils being aromatically inhaled, causing mood changes. The best oils and scents for stress relief are lavender, bergamot and lemon oil!

Aromatherapy has also been proven to help treat depression and headaches.

9. Music

Music has a wonderful ability to influence our emotions, and sometimes when I’m stressed I will play a specially made ‘Stress Playlist’ to allow me to relax. My favourite band to listen to when I need to relax is Oh Wonder, they are a phenomenal band and their music is really unique.

10.  A cup of tea

Maybe it’s just me, but tea can solve almost any problem! It doesn’t matter what the problem is… if you’re tired you can drink camomile, if you want to cleanse your body you can drink peppermint etc. In fact, drinking black tea has been proven to reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in your body.