Usually, at the beginning of October, the children and I all come down with a heavy cold. The sort that really seems to wipe us out for a good week or two as the various bugs get passed around. However, this year we seem to (fingers crossed at least!) have not succumbed to the usual bugs.
Over the summer I was feeling really low on energy in a way that I haven’t really for a long long time. I have, in the past, had problems with my thyroid so I made sure I had my blood checked, but that didn’t show anything untoward.
I decided that it was most probably a case of doing too much and not really looking after myself. I decided that a better approach would be to start taking a multivitamin (I like this one from Epsilon Life – it’s a vegan multivitamin) and to make a more conscious effort to eat better.
I’m always a bit wary of buying multi-vitamins… I’ve had some before that haven’t tasted nice and I’ve struggled to take but these from Epsilon Life are fine, they’re easy to swallow and they coating makes them one of the nicer tasting ones I’ve tried.
Since taking a multivitamin regularly, and making a more conscious effort to eat better I’m definitely feeling more energised! I thought I’d share some of my recent favourite family recipes that have proven to be winners with my family. They all have the added benefit of being vegan too, which with World Vegan Day approaching is the perfect time to try these out.
Tomato, Spinach & Chickpea Curry
This is my go-to meal to make in a hurry and it’s a real winner with the family. It’s super easy, packs in lots of vegetables and doesn’t take long to cook. If you like using a slow cooker it’s a perfect one to throw in there. I modified this BBC Good Food recipe; I increased the red lentils and I don’t add the broccoli. Occasionally I add in more turmeric or garlic. If the children aren’t sharing with us I add a little more chilli, but they generally are so we leave it with just a pinch.
Served with rice and naan bread this is a super tasty and super nutritious dinner. Plus it freezes well if you want to make in bulk
Slow Cooker Dahl
I LOVE dahl and I’ve never quite been able to find one that is as good as a takeaway one (oops!) until recently. I’ve made this twice now and it cooks really well in the slow cooker. Next time I am going to double up and freeze a portion. You could also throw some spinach into this if you wanted to add in some more veggies.
This is another packed with lots of goodness and at 19g of protein, it’s great for energy-boosting. It also has the added benefit of smelling delicious when you come home if you leave in the slow cooker. We have this with rice and poppadums
Falafel Pitta Pockets
When I fancy a quick dinner night then falafel pitta pockets are the way to go for us. A bag of salad, warmed pitta bread, potato wedges and/or cous cous and we have a deliciously tasty meal. I won’t pretend that I make falafel from scratch every time but when I do I like this recipe from Jamie Oliver.
This is a really tasty meal and super quick and easy to prepare.
In preparation for World Vegan Day, I am thrilled that Epsilon Life are offering one of my readers the chance to win some multivitamins as well as a Jamie Oliver Veg Cookbook. To be in with a chance to win, simply complete the widget below.
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1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only aged (18) and over.
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5. The winner will be sent a copy of Jamie Oliver’s Veg Cookbook and a pack of Epsilon Life Multi vitamins.
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Epsilon Life sent me a pack of multivitamins to try and provided me with payment in exchange for hosting this giveaway.