Still cooking up vegan goodness

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while as you can see from previous posts I have been very ill and still am.

Although the challenge failed, I have still been cooking up some vegan goodness.

So apparently soup is the best food to help you when you’re ill, I don’t really like soup but being a student away from home my mother demanded it was good for me and to make some.
Mom’s always right…


-Leeks (chopped,frozen)
-Onions (chopped, frozen)
-Mixed Bell Peppers (chopped,frozen)
-Fresh Red Chilli
-Chilli Powder
-Black Pepper
-Vegetable Stock


-Add a little oil to a saucepan and cook down the frozen ingredients
-Add the chilli
-Add all seasoning except for black pepper (I have extra chilli in mine to give it a kick however this maybe to hot for a regular person 😂)
-Create the vegetable stock in the jug with boiling water and add the the pan
-Let it cook down and simmer (so apparently I cooked this really quick it was about 10/11pm and I was tired so I cooked this down for about 10/15 minutes and my mother said it should of been half an hour -either way or still tasted good)
-Once cooked down add the black pepper mix in and put the contents into a blender
-Blend it up til you have the consistency you like.


Let me know your thoughts and how you get on with the this recipe .


Day 5

All I eaten today was a packet of crisps due to me being ill 😦

Feel like I've let the challenge down I'm really sorry guys!

I went to the doctors today turns out I might have a water infection or something so I think I may have to start this challenge another time or until I'm better 😦

Stay tuned…

Day 4…

So it's the third day straight that I've been ill however I've eaten slightly more than before.

The day started with a smoothie!

This idea was taken from "100 Health-Boosting Drinks – Hamlyn"
Bright Start:Smoothies pg.128

The drink in the book is called berry nice and ingredients:
– 2 bananas (I used one)
– 200g raspberries (I used an apple instead/due to not liking raspberries 😅)
– 125g blueberries
– 1 small glass of cranberry juice
– 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt (I used Tesco's own free from plain yogurt and Tesco own free from Blueberry yogurt)

This was actually one of the nicest smoothies I've ever made and I think the juice helped reduce the thickness that a yogurt can have.

All day I have been in pain, feeling sluggish and asleep.

So I attempted to have dinner..

So these are the most basic burgers however I've just about got my appetite back so I'm doing well.. even though I only ate 1 and 1/2 burger.
Asda's Meat Free Burgers with Tesco's Free From White Rolls and Coleman's Tomato Sauce

Overall I think I will be better mid week to continue this challenge properly. I'm off to the doctors tomorrow so we'll see what happens.

Day 2…

So last night took a turn for the worst and I suffered from really bad stomach pains which has continued throughout the whole of today too.

I've been in bed most of the day and haven't really eaten much 😦
Although I had toast for breakfast to try and keep myself at ease however it didn't work

Tesco: Gluten,Wheat, Milk free bread with Vitalife Sunflower Spread

So all I've eaten today is 2 bananas and 1 apple (including the toast)

I can't believe after one day I have became so ill, I used to get these pains before then I started taken medication and they sort of stopped. Hoping taking up a vegan diet was going to change that and leave me feeling better…
Maybe not only 28 days left 😅

Day 1

So I started my day off basic and settled for cereal. I learnt that most cereal are actually vegan friendly unless stated that they do contain anything to do with an animal i.e. honey.

Anyway so..
A bowl of Rice Krispies (Not Gluten Free – contains Barley however wheat free)
with almond milk
An apple
A carton of orange juice

Standard but it’s a start to ease me into a new diet.


I got my lunch idea from Day 1 (dinner) Viva’s 30 Vegan Challenge.
Bean Salad Wraps
-Red Onion (frozen – fresh or frozen is perfect)
-Green Chilli Pepper
-A tin of mixed bean salad (containing: sweetcorn, red pepper, chickpeas, green beans, red kidney beans, black eyed beans, borlotti beans and haricot beans)
-Passata (you can use chopped tomatoes)
-Spices (including: salt, pepper, all purpose, paprika, chilli powder)
-Warburtons Gluten Free Wraps (Free From: Gluten, Wheat and Milk)


I first cooked down the courgette and red onion for a few minutes.
Then added the garlic, chilli pepper and spices, let that cook for another couple of minutes
Added the beans to the mixture, stir and simmer for around 5-7 minutes.

Drained the mix then added passata, put back on the heat for 2 minutes.

I added these to the wraps and then had a last minute thought and got the George Foreman out and grilled the wraps which was a brilliant idea as the wraps were not as soft and could take the mixture.

I then added some bagged mixed salad and spinach to the side of the plate and voila, this was actually really tasted and did not need any meat to bulk it up.


Pasta and Meatballs – I never liked actual meatballs but I bought this meat-free ones from ASDA with an open mind…
-Pasta (corn, spinach and beetroot)
-Meat-Free Meatballs (Not gluten-free contains Barley – but is wheat free)
-Red Onion (frozen)
-Chopped Leeks (frozen)
-Mixed Peppers (frozen)
-Spices (salt, pepper, chilli powder, paprika, coriander, garlic powder)
-Passata (I use passata a lot, it’s great for sauces you can add your own flavours and it’s smooth – as I don’t like full tomatoes)

This is a basic recipe, you can even follow the instructions on the back of the packaging. I boiled the pasta (only 8 minutes)
Cooked down the meatballs, then added the veg and spices (around 10 minutes altogether)
Add the passata in last thing, let it heat up and it’s ready to go.
I then added some Italian Style Hard Cheese (coconut alternative) on top


Overall verdict on dinner…
I didn’t like ‘meat’ meatballs and I do not like the alternative either. However I pushed through and ate it all, due to another mission I’m on of not wasting as much food. -Never again for the meatballs, I’m sorry. I really did like the pasta, it tasted exactly like ‘normal’ pasta. Not like supermarket’s own gluten free version.


Day 1 turned out ok, I’m learning what I do and don’t like and hopefully will continue to trial new things. Rather than having standard easy food (e.g cereal).

If you have any ideas, tips, hints, comments on this.. Do not hesitate to make your mark!

30 Day Vegan Challenge – The Beginning

Hi everyone and welcome…

I’m Effiena and the owner of Vegan Beauty Cosmetics, I create handmade nail polish, manicure bombs and bath bombs. >< I am hoping to branch out into other cosmetics soon, so keep your eyes peeled…

First I want to say and apologise to all the vegans out there… I create cruelty-free & vegan products however I am not a vegan, could pass for vegetarian most of the time that eats cheese however there are occasions where I do eat meat as well.

I want to change this so I have decided to take up a 30 day Vegan Challenge, in order to change my ways, change my health and to show I care about the animals too!

This blog will demonstrate the struggles of me transitioning to being vegan and the struggles of me being wheat intolerant too! – I want to apologise now if any products I do advertise are not vegan but are vegetarian, I’m still learning 🙂

So I’m going to keep this post short and sweet and will be starting my challenge on the 27th July 2017 so in the meantime, lets all just take a moment and look at this cute rabbit.