While doing my Daniel Fast, I’ve been eating a vegan diet. It makes breakfast hard, because cereal is not so nice without cows milk and, frankly, I’m not keen on soy milk or rice milk. They just taste yuk. I’d rather not have milk than drink that stuff. I know that makes me sound fussy, but I would seriously rather make my porridge with water and throw a bit of fruit on top of it, than to try to convince my tastebuds that soy milk tastes as good as cows milk.

Anyway, here are some of the recipes I’ve been playing around with on my fast.

Brekky Hash
This was inspired by Nigella’s Brekky Hash – but she has bacon.

1 x tomato diced
1 x decent sized mushroom sliced
1 x Good handful of baby spinach leaves
1 x splash of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Parsley if you have it.

Stir-fry all ingredients on a med-high heat until hot and spinach is wilted, around 3 – 5 minutes.

Serve on toasted wholegrain / sourdough bread or alongside some baked beans.

Optional idea: add some sliced fresh chilli to the mix.

Tainton’s Carrot Salad

Grated carrot
Shredded coconut
Slivered almonds

Toast the coconut and roast the almonds. Toss all the ingredients together into a bowl and enjoy it. It works best with baby carrots because they are naturally sweet.

Date stuffed apples
These apples literally have their dates stuffed with apples.

Granny smith apple
Date (1 per apple)

Remove the core from granny smith apple, leaving a clean hole in the centre. Run a horizontal slit around the skin so that the apple can swell on cooking. Stuff the apple hole with the date. Top it with a drizzle of honey and some cinnamon. Bake in the oven on 200c for approximately 20 minutes. This would be nice with accompaniments but none of them are included on my fast so I ate it straight.

A couple of ideas that work well in a vegan fast:

Sushi Rolls with Vegetable Fillings
Thai Rice Paper Rolls.