November 14, 2012 · 10:30 am

Yay, it’s WIAW party time again! Thanks, as ever, to our gorgeous host Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. I hope Jenn’s going to bring some of her Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers to the party. They look amazing! You must check them out!

For this week’s foodie party I’d like to share our eats from yesterday. Fortunately I managed to take shots of each meal, though the light was so bad that I’m surprised any of them actually came out!

Here’s what we had…

Warm lemon & water (Me & M); juice for Lil L

Me & Lil’ L had chocolate clusters again this morning (still loving these!), with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts, hempseeds, flaked almonds and goji berries on top. Today’s milk of choice was Kara Coconut Milk (currently on offer in Waitrose)  M had his usual huge bowl of porridge with nuts, seeds and dried fruits sprinkled on top.

I decided that it was about time that I did something with the pumpkin that the boys never got round to carving for Halloween. It’d been plonked on the dining table 2 weeks ago and, until yesterday, it was still there!

I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin as I find it doesn’t have much taste and its texture is a bit watery (well, the ones we get here in the UK anyhow… maybe the US version are different?) I decided that I’d make a soup out of the pumpkin but, to bring out its flavour, I roasted it.  After 30 minutes, I added a red onion, red pepper, yellow pepper and 2 crushed cloves of garlic to the tray and roasted them on for a further 15 minutes. I then blended the roasted veggies with a jug of vegetable stock. The result was a silky smooth, creamy soup with a subtle roasted veggie flavour.

I think that a handful of chopped chives would have worked really well with this soup but as I didn’t have any, I used flat leaf parsley instead. The tiny pieces of fresh chopped red & yellow pepper are great as a garnish & also add great taste & texture.

Lil’ L took the soup to school for his packed lunch, along with some sunflower seeds to sprinkle on top, and a couple of slices of Burgen sunflower & chia bread. He said he wasn’t sure about the soup after the first spoonful (it’s the first time he’s had pumpkin) but, after a couple more mouthfuls, he decided that he did actually like it :)   I had the same experience. By the third mouthful I decided that this soup was indeed scrumptious. I’ll definitely make it again in the future.

For a mid-afternoon snack, I had a huge bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds. For me, the seeds are by far the nicest part of the pumpkin. I absolutely love them roasted with a little sprinkling of sea salt.

For his mid-morning snack, Lil’ L had 2 seeded flatbread crackers with organic mushroom pate.

- 2 black coffees (I’m revising for a 3-hour Buddhist exam (which is next Tuesday) and, for some reason, coffee is my drink of choice whilst revising ;)
- Clippers Organic Nettle tea (still my number 1 herbal tea!)
- Smoothies, juice and water

We had a quick dinner tonight which consisted of left over veggie chilli, served with toasted wholegrain tortilla segments.  I think I’m going to call this my ‘Rainbow Chilli’ because you should see the chopping board once I’d prepared all the veggies. It was an explosion of colour! I used red onion, red, green and yellow pepper, yellow sweet corn, green courgette, red tomatoes and black beans. I also threw in a cup of veggie mince as Lil’ L loves some chewy texture in his chillis.

For a super quick dessert, I whizzed up some date & nut cobbler in the food processor and served it on top of tinned peaches, with a drizzle of Alpro soya cream. Such a simple dessert but it felt really special!

We had a quick, early dinner last night because we were heading into Bath to watch the Christmas Lights being switched on. I was very excited because one of my all-time favourite comedians, John Bishop, was turning on the lights. I gained huge respect for John Bishop after he completed his ‘Week of Hell’ challenge for Sport Relief earlier this year. He gained even more respect from me when I found out he’s a vegetarian ;)

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite clips from John Bishop’s ‘Britain’ Series 2 called ‘Mum, I’m…. a vegetarian‘.  Like John, I became a vegetarian in the mid 1980s and this clip makes me laugh so much.

Are you a veggie? If so, when did you make the change? How did your family react?

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