Unbelievably right at the time I decide to embark on a what I ate in a day project I end up not being able to eat properly for days. How’s that for irony?
My recovery from a tricky wisdom tooth extraction has so far been slow and very painful. Anyone that knows me is aware that if I’m off my food then it’s something serious. Two days post op I’m feeling like hell. My brain knows I need to get some nutrition in me to get the healing underway but my body, or rather my face just doesn’t want to know.
I have pain in more places than I know what to do with which dramatically limits my inclination for cooking. Bring out my trusty friend the slow cooker to the rescue.
I’ve always been a cook once eat twice kind of girl which is why I have an extra special place in my heart for my gorgeous little slow cooker given to me by my mother in law. Not only was it really handy at the start of my vegan journey for cooking vegan meals separately from the boys meals but it’s so easy and cost-effective to have dinner and tea simultaneously on the go.
The fact that it bears a striking resemblance to Johnny 5 may also have a little to do with it.
Breakfast: Recovery nicecream
I went for an indulgent version of nana nicecream. Mainly because in my post traumatic state no-one was brave enough to tell me no. I added as many wholesome ingredients as I could whilst still making it appealing to my reluctant appetite. Despite the fact I did not want to eat anything at all this was like a cup of frozen liquid heaven.
- Whizz the bananas, chocolate milk, coconut water and oats in a blender until smooth and creamy.
- Add a little extra coconut water to thin or a sprinkle more oats to thicken if necessary.
- Once you’re happy with the texture add the maca, coffee extract and turmeric oil and pulse for a few seconds until combined.
- Serve with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top.
I went with chocolate milk and ice cream but vanilla, coconut or a combination of these would work nicely too.
Oats have a long history of medicinal use, both internally and externally. They have anti-inflammatory properties and are known to promote wound healing. They are also a great source of vitamins, minerals and protein content.
Maca is growing in popularity as an adaptogen superfood but has historically been used in natural remedies since the Inca civilisations. It is a natural stimulant and is nutrient dense, containing 20 amino acids and is rich in calcium. It’s a mood enhancer and hormone balancer. It has a pleasant, nutty, slightly sweet taste.
Turmeric is enjoying its time in the nutrition limelight at the moment. Its been used for centuries in both cooking and Ayurvedic medicine. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities.
Dinner and Tea: Soothing lentil dhal soup
This was one of my super easy Johnny 5 slow cooker recipes and is surprisingly delicious considering I threw it together in less than 5 minutes.
I needed something I could leave bubbling away and forget about but also nourishing enough to see me through the day. I don’t know about you but for me lentils are only second to mashed potato when I’m in need of comfort food vibes.
- Rinse the red lentils thoroughly
- Put everything into the slow cooker with hot stock for a few hours until the veggies are cooked through.
- Remove the Star Anise before blending
- Add more hot stock or hot water if you prefer a thinner consistency
I tend towards weakness in my stomach so whenever I’m stressed or run down this shows up for me as irritable bowel. Knowing this was likely to be an issue following my surgery I opted for the most soothing ingredients I had on hand.
Red Lentils are gentle on the digestive system and balancing for blood sugar. They are anti-inflammatory, alkaline forming and packed full of protein which is essential for healing.
Fennel Seeds are renowned for their medicinal properties and are often chewed after eating to aid digestion, reduce flatulence and freshens breath. Their anti bacterial properties help relieve sore, inflamed gums and settle irritable bowel.
Star Anise is deliciously warming and rich in antioxidants. It’s mildly sedative and anti spasmodic which helps relieve irritation and relax stressed out tummies.
Cayenne Pepper is an age-old remedy for toothache and treatment of gum disease. It stimulates saliva which is vital for maintaining a healthy mouth. It’s well-known as a topical pain reliever and anti-irritant. In addition it stimulates the digestive system to work optimally and aid detoxification.
Considering how I’ve been feeling I was lucky to be able to manage these meals so unfortunately I don’t have anything else to add to my what I ate in a day. I hope these recipes bring you comfort and that you choose to try them based on flavour rather than a need for healing.