Eat A Day With Pixie Turner’s Plant Based Recipes
You might have noticed that we’re slightly preoccupied with the sh!t we put in our mouths. And like most girls, we know how to put our calories where they count: desert and alcohol. But the three meals of the day (or are we supposed to be eating five small meals?) still sometimes allude us. Bored of delaying our heavy hitting meals then binging on granola and yogurt, our cries for new, healthy recipes were answered by Pixie Turner, aka plantbased pixie, one of the pioneers of the online food movement.
The food porn lovers among you have surely hopped on Pixie’s Instagram and blog for the stomach-rumbling plates and bowls. She spelled out everything she eats in one day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, and her favorite recipes for each. You’ll be inspired to put some new munchies in your grocery basket: this calls for a visit to Whole Foods.
How many meals do you eat in a day?
I tend to stick to having 3 decent sized meals a day, and I try and minimise snacking as that fasting period between meals is so important. I go for meals that will fill me up nicely with complex carbs and protein so I won’t even feel the urge to snack! I would much rather have dessert than snack!
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
Plenty of research has shown that people who don’t eat breakfast tend to overeat later on in the day, and put on weight more easily. Honestly though, I don’t understand why anyone would want to miss breakfast! There are so many delicious possibilities (dessert for breakfast anyone?) and you can even prepare it the night before if you don’t have time in the morning.
What’s your favourite breakfast?
My favourite breakfast has to be a bowl of warm chocolate zoats topped with fruit and nuts. “Zoats” are zucchini oats, a mixture of oats and finely grated zucchini. I love it because the oats fill you up nicely, the zucchini adds bulk and a secret portion of veggies without you realizing (you can’t taste it at all, trust me!), and the fruit makes it nice and sweet as well as really getting your digestion going.
50g finely grated zucchini
200mL almond milk
1 heaped tsp cacao powder
1/2 mashed banana or a pinch of stevia (add more if you have a sweet tooth)
Fruit and nuts for toppings
Place the oats, zucchini, almond milk, cacao powder, and sweetener in a small pot and cook on medium heat for around 5 minutes, or until it reaches a nice thick consistency. Throw it in a bowl and top with your favourite fruits and nuts.
What are your tips for getting in a quick lunch when you are on the go?
Preparation is key! If you know you have a busy day or won’t be able to find anything healthy out and about, invest in some Tupperware and prepare in advance. Cook a big pot of rice or quinoa and roast some vegetables over the weekend, and then whenever you need a quick and easy lunch on the go, throw some in a container with some leafy greens, protein (meat or beans, depending on your dietary preferences) and hummus, and you’re ready to go!
What new snack are you currently in love with?
It’s so simple, but I’m in love with carrot sticks and hummus. So cheap and easy, and no utensils required! Also mashed avocado on toast is pure perfection.
In an ideal world where money is no object, what would be your dream dinner?
It’s tricky for me to answer this, as all my favourite meals tend to be pretty cheap to make! But my dream dinner would probably be a traditional Rajasthani (North Indian) thali like the ones I had in Jaipur and Jaisalmer. A thali is a large round tray with rice and chapati in the center, and several types of curry surrounding it in small bowls, including at least one vegetable curry and a dal. It’s heavenly, and super filling as well. For dessert I would then have a raw vegan cheesecake topped with endless berries.
Your fave desert for the health-concious?
Definitely avocado chocolate mousse. Its so creamy, so easy to make, and healthy despite tasting very decadent. Here’s my favorite recipe.
What do you do when you don’t feel like cooking?
If I don’t feel like cooking I usually get a takeaway from my local Indian. I’m a huge curry fan – I could eat it every day! I usually get a vegetable curry, rice, and chapati, and usually have leftovers for the next day.