What are you REALLY eating?

With so many people switching to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle these days, I’m taking this opportunity to “raise the curtain” on meat. Why do we not call a spade a spade? Why do we work so hard to separate ourselves from what we are eating? Are we in denial? Some people would offer thanks…

Sweet Potato With Braised Spinach With Coconut Milk And Beans

Ingredients 2 teaspoons oil of choice 1 small yellow onion, diced 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger 2 tbsp lemon juice Pinch of chilli flakes ½ can chickpeas ½ can of kidney beans 450g baby spinach 1 can coconut milk 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 whole sweet…

Can we completly avoid exploiting animals?

 “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” Although the biggest part of veganism is a dietary change there is also the lifestyle changes for example not using products that…

Veganism Its A Lifestyle Not A Diet

The article Im looking at today is Niki Bezzant: Should we all go vegan? This article was published on Nzherald. In this article Niki Bezzant who claims to be a committed omnivore try’s a vegan diet. Her philosophy for eating is “a little bit of everything and not too much of anything”. She acknowledges that…

Fruity Friday 1 – Apples

As another addition to my blog, I will be doing a “Fruity Friday”. A lot of people know about 5 a day but the fruit is often overlooked and people opt for vegetables to meet this target. So every Friday I will be uploading a blog which looks at the benefits of fruits and why…

Cow Milk Should Not Be The Main Beverage For Young Humans.

Another day and another pseudo-science article has come to my attention online. This one from the ever-reliable CBC News entitled “Plant-based milk shouldn’t be the main beverage for young children, health experts say”. According to this article, Canada’s dieticians and paediatricians are unfavourable of the trend of parents feeding their children plant-based milk.  One doctor…

Vegan Holiday Cooking – Week 1 – Starters.

In the lead up to the holidays, I have decided to upload a vegan holiday recipe every Tuesday. These will be based on my own childhood Christmas dinners but I hope there will be something there everyone will enjoy.  Recipes will be simple to prepare and cook. So whether you’re struggling to cook for a…

Being vegan on a budget – Yes you can!

A lot of times when I speak to someone who is considering going vegan a big concern is the price. Vegan is considered expensive but it doesn’t have to be there are many ways you can take the leap and be vegan on a budget. Fresh or Frozen? For example, a lot of the cost…

To soy or not to soy

  The soya bean is a species of legume which is native to East Asia. This bean has a multitude of uses. Containing only 2.9g of saturated fat this bean is commonly used in vegetarian foods and meat substitutes. Soybeans contain a large proportion of unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This fat is known to increase…

Vegan Diet For Diabetics

Type 2 diabetes is spreading fast. Over 21 million people have been diagnosed with the disease in the United States, triple the number from 1990. Type 2 diabetes has devastating health consequences.  It may lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, and stroke. When you are diagnosed with diabetes the treatment is a diet change….

Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower

Ingredients 1 large or 2 small cauliflowers (about 850g) 5 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp breadcrumbs 250g kale chopped 1 tbsp milled linseed 1 onion chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped ½ small pack sage leaves chopped ½ small pack rosemary leaves chopped 150g cooked chestnuts finely chopped, plus 30g for the topping 2 lemons zested…

Garlic VS Dracula

With Halloween coming up I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about an ancient tale of mortal enemies and to try and understand why these two could just never get along. So join me for the tale of the vampire and the garlic clove. Why do we believe this tale where did…

10 places to eat as a Vegetarian/Vegan in Donegal

When you think of food and Co. Donegal there’s really only one thing that springs to mind – Fish. Donegal Catch*. Now you would imagine it is not the most ideal place to be a vegetarian.  With the selection of vegetarian options in supermarkets on the rise, I’m taking this opportunity to look at the…

Fizzy drink tax in Ireland

A charge of 20c per litre will be placed on drinks with 5-8g of sugar per 100ml and the tax will commence in April 2018 in a similar move the UK took last year, pending State aid approval. There will also be 30c a litre on drinks with more than 8g of sugar per litre will kick in in Ireland from April.

Living better dairy free

I have returned after a long break away from my blog.  I am back with some exciting news, I have cured Asthma. Let’s begin at the beginning! As I’m sure I have mentioned before I am a vegetarian. Reasons for this are highlighted in another blog but to summarise I am a veggie simply because…

Superfoods Part 1 – Acai V.S. Blueberry

There is no scientific definition of a superfood. Foods that have slipped into this category are acai, cacao powder and goji berries and they have done so because it is believed that they contain higher than usual levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals and also anti-oxidants. Five years ago foods that made up this list…

Introduction

Welcome to pie-R-2. This blog is about all things food. I am a food scientist based in Ireland. I have had a lifelong (somewhat unhealthy) love of food, and I know I am not alone. My BSc (Hons) in food science and nutrition does mean that I am conscious of the nutritional value (or lack…

Fruity Friday – Bananas

Happy Fruity Friday! This week I’ve gone Bananas! Bananas are loaded with antioxidants and are also a decent source of that yummy fibre I’ve been raving about. Essential for Metabolic processes Bananas are interestingly not the best source of potassium, another instance where the media has been misleading. With only 9% of the RDI in…

Medeterranian Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients 1 large head cauliflower, separated into 1-inch florets 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 medium bell pepper, finely diced ½ courgette finely diced 100g cherry tomatoes. 2 cloves of garlic 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp cumin Salt   Method For this recipe, it is best to have the…

Cheesy tofu bites

  Ingredients 350g block firm or extra firm tofu 75g chickpea 55g nutritional yeast 1 Tbsp wet mustard (I recommend dijon) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning (use your preferred seasoning, I love Italian seasoning) ½ tsp pepper 100ml water 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil   Press tofu for about…

Vegan Holiday Cooking – Week 2 – Sides

Roast Vegetables (Carrot, Parsnip and Potato) Ingredients 2 kg potatoes 6 parsnips 6 carrots 1 bulb of garlic 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary olive oil   Method Preheat the oven to 200°C. Peel all your vegetables and chop the carrots and parsnips lengthways. Break the garlic into individual cloves without peeling them and bash with…

Meat Free Monday 2 – Vegan Cashew Cheese

Ingredients 250g cashews 2 garlic cloves (minced) 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 zested lemon, 2 lemons, juiced 180 ml water 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast 1/2 tsp sea salt 2 Tbsp olive oil Method Put your cashews in a bowl of cold water the night before cover with cling film. The next morning drain them and…

Carrot Based Vegan Veggie Burger

  2 large carrots 400 g can mix beans 1 onion 3/4 tsp dried rosemary 3/4 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp curry powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup / 80 g whole wheat flour or oat flour Olive oil   Wash the carrots, I like to leave the peel on for…

An Athletic Vegan Debunks Vegan Myths.

Today’s article is one from Paul Landini who writes a column for the globe and mail. He does a number of health columns but he took this opportunity to truly introduce himself saying “My name is Paul and I’m a vegan” He appreciates the fact the vegan lifestyle has changed a lot in the last…