Not quite the Whole 30 – The Mostly Vegetarian version

If you saw my earlier post about the Whole 30 you will know that I didn’t get on with it. The idea is to eat loads of protein, a reasonable amount of fat and hardly any carbs – a bit different than my normal, mostly vegi, some fish and meat heavy on the pasta and bread diet. I gave up on day 10 with terrible stomach aches (apparently not uncommon if you are not used to eating loads of meat) and a taste of death in my mouth. Not fun.

Anyway, the good bit about the Whole 30 was that apart from the stomach and taste, physically I felt great, I dropped a few pounds and I had loads of energy. So, I’m trying a revised version with less meat but no grains or sugar.

There is a Whole 30 shopping list for vegetarians but it’s a bit vague about what legumes you can eat. It does say that these forms of protein are ok:


then there are some weird things I’ve never heard of like Natto and Kefir and Edamame which I’ve seen at Yo Sushi but not been terribly impressed with.

Then for second choice it says tofu and ‘various beans’.

A very helpful moderator on the very quiet  Vegi section of the Whole 30 forum said

“You can eat lentils and beans if they are soaked and rinsed before cooking to remove phytates. And finally in this area, you can use hemp or pea protein powder. You can find many of these foods in health food stores and at Whole Foods.
The soaking and rinsing process for beans is like 12 hours of soaking and several rinses.”

So, here we go;

Day 1

Breakfast – cabbage, courgette, carrots softened in butter with 2 poached eggs

Lunch – vegi soup with lentils (not rinsed to specifications), yeast flakes, yoghurt and a drizzle of oil

Snacks – all of my Graze box (oops) but way better than laying into the strawberry dessert I have in the fridge for my son.

Dinner – Vegi Thai green curry with more veg and lots of fresh coriander.

I’ve no idea how much I weigh as the scales are broken, I’ll go by clothes that fit me again if I lose any weight. And I’ll be looking on here for recipes that don’t contain too many bizarre ingredients – Until tomorrow……


WW2 Recipes – Anzac Biscuits


1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of rolled oats

1 cup of desiccated coconut

1 cup of brown sugar

½ cup of butter of your ration.

2 ½ tbs golden syrup ( or honey)

1 tsp bicarb soda

2 ½ tbsp of boiling water

Combine flour, oats, sugar and coconut into a bowl.

Melt the butter and golden syrup or honey in a pot over low heat

Mix the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter and golden syrup or honey

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix it all well.

Teaspoon dollops of the mixture onto a greased tray make sure you leave space for spreading.

Bake in a 350F for 15 to 20 mins


In reality I melted the butter, syrup and sugar, poured this into the dry ingredients, added the water and bicarb and mixed up. I messed up the weighing so my ratios are all wrong but they taste fantastic!

Beetroot and Kale Pizza Recipe

kale and beetroot pizza The Dough

500g Strong White Bread Flour
1tsp dried quick acting yeast
1tsp salt
1tsp sugar if it is cold
1tbsp olive oil
300ml of lukewarm water

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix up then put out on the table to knead. Resist the temptation to add more flour, it will all come together if you give it time. Knead for as long as you can stand, I aim for 5 minutes. Bring the dough together into a ball.

Oil the bowl lightly then put the dough back in, cover with cling film or a plastic shower cap (they really are great for this!, steal one the next time you are in a hotel)

Leave in a warmish place until the dough has risen, or do all this the day before and put it in the fridge where it will still rise but more slowly.

This basic recipe is from Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3 which also has wonderful instructions on kneading dough to make it rise beautifully.

An hour before you want to eat take out enough dough for each pizza, I like mine thin so a large duck egg size of dough works well for me. Knead again on a lightly floured surface then roll out as thin as you like.

Warm the oven up to as hot as hell.

Place the rolled out pizza base on a baking sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal or polenta. This is worth doing as it stops it sticking and it gives you a fantastic texture.

On top of the pizza base you can use anything at all you want. I smear about a dessertspoon of passata, or spread some tomato puree on if I have any, no problem if I don’t. This particular pizza has chopped up kale, sliced cooked beetroot, asparagus and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. My son favours smoked salmon and mushrooms. I quite like egg, spinach and anchovies.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and around the crust to give a nice golden colour and stick in the oven for 10 minutes or so.

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I’m really proud to have sold 3 set of the Rag Baby Zodiac cards to Carnill & Company Ltd. who are a new shop just about to open. More news of when and where later.

I haven’t sold out though because I make to order so if you like the look of them please head over to the Folksy shop to spend spend spend.

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