I can't do my vegan food diary as I was doing before. Firstly, on the days I work we don't get home until 7pm, Orlaith has already been fed by her childminder (who is amazing and cooks her fresh vegan dinners every night) and the sun has already gone in (the sun is my photography light). So basically I just grab photos of food here and there wherever I get a chance now. It's usually on the days I don't work, and is usually some kind of leftover from dinner the night before. P.S. on week days I either eat leftovers for dinner or a big bowl of miso soup with noodles so there's nothing too exciting that's being missed.
Orlaith's still in a more picky phase. Honestly sometimes she looks at her food like I've dumped a bunch of alien people on her plate. It's just a different type of broccoli mate, just eat it. I probably don't help by making random things that she probably won't like but I love recipe testing and discovering new dishes to add to our 'love' list. It's a bit of give and take most days.
Pesto Pasta w/ Spinach, Avocado, Toasted Pine Nuts + Nutritional Yeast - We absolutely love pasta. I try not to make it too often, maybe once every week or two, because we tend to have less veg when we eat it. Orlaith had hers just with the pesto + nutritional yeast. The pesto was shop bought, Sacla do a lovely vegan one we use often (here).
Potato + Lentil Stew w/ Rice + Veg - Ok, I'm fully aware this may look gross in the picture but it's one of our absolute favourite recipes we make at home. It's meant to be a soup but I cook it longer so it turns into more of a stew and serve it with grains and veg, It's packed with lentils and beautiful spices. I gave it to Orlaith and her friend who came over for a playdate and they couldn't get enough of it.
Leftover Sweet Potato Gratin w/ Baby Corn, Yellow Peppers, Toasted Peanuts + Avocado - If you like Asian food you'd like this sweet potato gratin (recipe here). Orlaith had one taste and recoiled like I'd put poison in her mouth (hah) so I ended up making her steamed corn on the cob and tender stem broccoli instead. I generally don't make separate meals but the flavours were strong on this one. I quite liked it but probably won't make it again.
Leftover Black Beans + Rice w/ Kale + Avocado - These black beans are another favourite of ours. We had them for dinner the night before, with the rice and black beans separated and served with tender stem broccoli.