A nutritious, cheap, and easy vegan meal that kids like and vegan bodybuilders

I made a delicious and disgustingly healthy meal tonight which was a hit with everyone, including the kids. It was also very simple, indeed half of it required no cooking at all.

The cooked half was a recipe from Rukmini Iyer’s The Green Roasting Tin which involved bunging orzo and tomatoes in the oven for 20 minutes. Recipe here – All-in-one roasted tomato & bay orzo with black pepper. The tomatoes were from my greenhouse which has just passed peak production.

The other half of the meal was a kale salad from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book, Isa Does it. Recipe here – Kale salad with butternut squash and lentils.

I’m back to harvesting kale from my allotment and I’m making good use of it. This salad is absolute perfection and very easy to make, especially if you substitute the squash for apple which is what we did because we didn’t have any squash. The lentils were from a tin so no cooking was required at all and it was very tasty, very cheap, and very nutritious.

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If I had to describe myself with just one word I would choose strong. I feel stronger now, both physically and mentally, than I ever have and I attribute this largely to my plant-based wholefoods diet. We are what we eat and plants are a powerhouse of nutrients that boost energy, reduce inflammation, and lower our risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Speaking of strong, a friend recommended this podcast with Rich Roll and the vegan bodybuilder, Nimai Delgado. It was very good. Nimai Delgado is amazing! He describes true strength as compassion. You can’t get more manly and sexier than this (except maybe in the odd mathematics professor) and he’s never eaten meat in his life.