Sunday, 19 February 2017

RECIPE | Kale & Mushroom Carbonara [VEGAN].

When it comes to vegan food, I'm a big fan of meals that are not only tasty, but also quick and easy to prepare. This kale and mushroom carbonara is something I prepare most weeks as it ticks all three of those boxes. It can be whipped up in around 15 minutes and so makes for the perfect mid-week dinner.

I appreciate that not everyone is a fan of creamy sauces, nor are they the healthiest choice, however, before going vegan they were one of my favourite savoury food indulgences and so I've enjoyed finding ways to recreate them since going vegan. I think it's worth noting that plant cream does have significantly less fat when compared to dairy-based cream and so is a great swap to make even if you aren't vegan.


♥ 1 leek - sliced
♥ 250g chestnut mushrooms - sliced
♥ 100g kale - sliced/thick stalks removed
♥ 2-3 garlic cloves - finely sliced
♥ 1 carton of plant cream (Oat or Soy)
♥ 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
♥ 1 vegetable stock cube
♥ 1 tbsp vegetable oil
♥ 300g pasta (spaghetti/linguine are my favourites for this dish)
♥ salt and pepper to season


♥ Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, once boiling add the pasta and cook as per the packet instructions.
♥ Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the leek, garlic and mushrooms until softened - approx 5 minutes.
♥ Add in the kale and cook until it begins to wilt.
♥ Mix together the plant cream and nutritional yeast and crumble in the vegetable stock cube. Pour over the vegetables and stir through until it begins to thicken slightly.
♥ Drain the pasta once cooked, reserving a small amount of the water. Add the pasta to the creamy vegetables and stir through. If you feel the sauce needs thinning slightly you can add a small amount of the pasta water too.
♥ Season to taste.
♥ To serve, try adding a sprinkling of nutritional yeast or even some vegan bacon crumbles for a little crunch.

Just a little side note - you could also swap the kale in this recipe for spinach or do half and half if you fancy.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Adding Value.

My General Life - Adding Value

Recently I've listened to a fair few episodes of The Minimalist's podcast. If you haven't listened I'd definitely recommend it, particularly if you're interested in minimalism or living with less. 

One thing that The Minimalists mention a lot when talking about living a meaningful life is adding value, in fact they have a blog post all about it just here. Hearing them talk about this really got me thinking about what value I add, particularly in relation to this blog.

There are so many people out there trying to get their voice heard through blogging. And it's fantastic, it really is, that it's so easy to put your thoughts into words and publish it to the world. But because there's so many people doing it, I feel personally it's hard to see how what I'm doing is adding value. This is not me being all down on myself, nor am I offering any judgement towards others or their blogs. I feel it's more a case of me being realistic about what I add to the party. I want you to want to read what I write. For it to be worth you spending 5 minutes of your life on. 

So, how do I move forward with this blog and use it as a way to add value rather than just adding to the noise? That's something that I'm still considering. But I'm leaning more towards the realm of blog posts that are informative, helpful and also high quality, rather than something that's wishy washy, consumerist or half-arsed. 

For me, achieving that takes time and isn't something I can just churn out on a daily basis. This has been partially fueled by my attempt a bloguary, which I managed two weeks of before falling off the wagon. I felt like I was producing blog posts for the sake of producing blog posts and honestly was struggling the see the value they added.. I want my blog posts to be meaningful rather than meaningless. 

And so this is where I'm at currently. The posts that follow this will, I hope, add value, rather than just adding to the noise. What I would really love, if you're reading this, is for you to share what topics you feel will add value? What do you enjoy spending your time reading? Please do share your thoughts in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @mygenerallife.