I like to keep my meals simple! I use as many fresh ingredients as possible and I try to mix it up every week to keep meal times exciting for myself and the kids.
During the summer months, we like to be outside as much as possible and now that we have a finished and safe garden, that is where we spend most of our time as a family. As a result, the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals. This is where couscous comes in! It is so easy to prepare that you can whip up a healthy and light meal within 10 minutes.
Since becoming a vegetarian and physically more active, I have to make sure that my protein intake is enough to keep my body strong and healthy. As I do more weight training, my protein intake had to double and in turn I’ve even noticed my skin and nails have become stronger and healthier. Instead of using meat in my cooking, I use cheeses like halloumi or paneer and include whey protein into at least one of my meals each day, especially on the days I am exercising.
My diet also includes a lot of chickpea, lentils and green peas. As well as keeping a healthy, balanced diet; I re-evaluated what daily vitamins I was taking and recently I’ve been trying out the Wellwomen Vegan Vitamins. These include Vitamins B6, C and D plus Iron to help reduce fatigue (which is something I do suffer with due to my chronic migraines) as well as Evening Primrose Oil to keep my blood sugar levels and hormones in check.
Halloumi has to be my favourite cheese and as a Cypriot, I think its in my blood, I love it! It is a great substitute for meat like chicken in a salad as it bulks up a meal making it more filling too.
So here is a quick and easy recipe you can use for a light lunch or dinner when you want to spend less time in the kitchen. This is also a good one for meal prep, store in the fridge and enjoy for lunch the next day.