Welcome to day seven of my summary of my experiences on Marco Borges’ 22-Day Revolution. To find out why I started this vegan diet challenge, and to begin with day zero, click here! Please note that these recipes are for day four of the plan as I had to wait until today to get my tapioca flour!
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Day four should begin with some chia pudding, but I enjoyed yesterday’s almond spread on toast so much I had it again today! 298 calories, served with the blueberries, but not the banana.
Then it was time for the much anticipated vegan pizza. One of the main selling points of this diet seems to be “and you can even eat pizza, too!”. Well… after a fashion. You make a crust of brown rice flour and tapioca flour, which feels more like Play-Dough than pizza dough, and then shape it onto your baking tray, pre-bake (or, pre-harden maybe…), then load it with tomato slices, avocado slices and vegan cheese, which is made by blending soaked raw cashews with water, tapioca flour, cider vinegar and lemon juice, and then cooking until it thickens. I wondered if the recipe called for too much water, because I had to cook off a lot of it before the cheese thickened. And, because my blender isn’t really top-notch, there were still grainy cashew pieces in it. I strained those out and ended up with some thickish, smooth cheesy-looking stuff, and there was a lot more than I needed even for two servings.
So, what was my verdict? Well, I said I’d be honest! Although it wasn’t really good, it also wasn’t that terrible either. I didn’t like the cheese all that much but I’m still up for trying vegan cheese rather than the cashew cheese from this recipe. However, the vinegar and lemon juice in it did give it a taste that reminded me of Welsh Rarebit, so that was pretty nice. The pizza base wasn’t brilliant, to be honest – I refuse to believe this is the best gluten-free pizza base you can make. It was pretty hard and crunchy – I’d recommend you use a rolling pin to shape it, rather than your fingers as is recommended. If you get it thin enough, the crunchiness might be a bit more palatable! Calories here wound up as 581.
I was excited about dinner as I got to try out my new spiralizer, which was kindly sent to me by www.ukjuicers.com. It’s a Lurch Spiralizer, and it is absolutely adorable – it reminds me of a Fisher-Price toy! It has three detachable blades, and you can store two of them handily as little drawers in the side. It’s currently retailing for £25.59, but is out of stock at the moment here. However, you can see the full range of spiralizers here – they have other versions of the same spiralizer (just with different colours), and a very fancy Benriner one, which is also used by Yo! Sushi!
I can definitely vouch for this model (same one as this, currently in stock at www.ukjuicers.com) – it’s so easy to use, you just need to put a bit of pressure on the end of the veggies you’re cutting to push them through the blades as you turn the handle. With summer coming up, they’re a great way to make colourful and interesting side salads for parties and BBQs, and also, for making those famous courgette noodles for the 5:2 diet!
UK Juicers has loads of cool kitchen gadgets – juicers, raw food blenders, dehydrators, citrus juicers, sprouters… chances are, if you’ve seen a trendy new healthy kitchen gadget, they’ll have it! (Seems like I need to check out their range of blenders, right?!)
With my courgette, carrot and cucumber salad spiralized, I made up the dressing of tahini and lemon juice, then poured it over together with some sesame seeds. To be honest, I think there was way too much lemon juice in this dressing – it pooled like water on the bottom of the bowl and barely stuck to the salad at all. Never mind, I definitely saved on the calories from the tahini, because I must have only eaten half of the full tablespoon I added! Calories were 282.
Full calories for the day were 1318, because I also ate a Sharon fruit and my usual cup of rice milk. I did go on my exercise bike for 45 minutes too!
On day seven, then, so far I’ve lost 8lbs (lost another pound today!). To be honest, I was expecting to lose about that much or less in the entire program, so I’m thrilled. When will this witchcraft end…? (Hint: tomorrow.)