I've never really tried to make pie before but when I found this recipe on the Vegan Convert website, I couldn't help myself. I am so glad I tried it because it was pure perfection! This recipe was based on the recipe I found and I tweaked it a little.
1 packet of pastry (you can also make it yourself but I'm no expert on that)
1 Leek roughly chopped
1 punnet of Mushrooms roughly chopped
2 chopped cloves of garlic
1 brown onion
Cream Sauce Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Plain Flour
4 Tbsp Dairy Free Butter
1/2 cube of vegetable stock
1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
1. Pre-heat oven to 200C and put your pastry on the bench to defrost.
2. Add 1 tbsp of dairy-free butter to a pan and add the leek and mushrooms to the pan. After 2 minutes add the 2 cloves of chopped garlic and continue to cook the leek/mushroom/garlic combo.
3. Whilst leaving the above on a low heat to slowly cook through, you can start making the white creamy sauce. To do this melt 3 large tbsp of butter in a pan. When this has melted, take off the hob and add 3 heaped tbsp of plain flour, and mix in ensuring they aren’t separated in any way.
4. Add the milk slowly. Mix in thoroughly. The mix may be very running at this point. Add in the vegetable stock and stir until it is melted.
5. Once the vegetable stock is melted, add in the nutritional yeast and stir until properly mixed through.
6.Make sure to continuously stir the leek/mushroom/garlic combo on the other hob, and when the white sauce is done you can add the chopped onion to the veggie pan for about 2 minutes.
7. Get your pie dish and line it with baking paper. Place the pastry into the baking dish.
9. Now pour the cream sauce into the veg pan, and mix to make sure all veg is covered by sauce. Pour the mix into the pie dish.
10. Place some pastry on top and make sure to put some slits in it so the hot air can release while cooking.
11. Place in 200 C pre-heated oven for around 30-40 minutes. Near the end of the cooking time, keep checking it to make sure you only cook it to when the tips of the pastry are golden brown.
12. Let sit for a couple minutes the serve and enjoy.
There is such a big debate when it comes to weight loss and calories counting, Many people swear by it and others swear you shouldn't waste your time with it.
I have been on both sides of the equation. I used to be a hard core calorie counter. It was to the point where I could look at something and know how many calories it was!
These days, things have changed. Whenever I hear that a woman is calorie counting, i try to steer them away from it. Here are my reasons why I do not recommend calorie counting. I am sure much of this information will be new to you and I hope it changes your life as it did mine...
Reason Not To Count Calories #1: The calorie equation is out dated.
Calories counting was first introduced after World War I. At this time, many people were poor and struggled to afford food. This meant they were malnourished. The calories equation was introduced to help make sure people were getting the minimum requirements to keep them functioning (1200 cals for women and 1500 for men).
Keep in mind, this was before the industrial revolution. This means that people were eating whole foods that were full of nutrients. There were no calories dense, low nutrient chocolate bars and protein bars around. This ensured that people were still getting everything their bodies needed, despite not consuming a lot of calories.
Reason Not To Count Calories #2: Calories cut us off from the intelligence of our bodies
When eating natural, whole foods the way nature intended we don't need to count calories. Many times when we are consumed with counting calories, we are eating “low calorie” food that has little to no nutritional value and has a big effect on our hormones and metabolism.
This effect on our hormones means that the natural cues of our bodies become skewed which makes the weight loss process a lot more confusing.
Reason Not To Count Calories #3: Counting calories hurts our relationship with self
Quite often when counting calories, we feel like we are restricted and we can't trust ourselves. Calories also have a tendency to make us wrong in what we think and feel about food.
We start to feel guilty about having a slice of cake at a birthday or that we can't celebrate when out with loved ones. For centuries people have connected, celebrated and commemorated over food. This is a natural part of the human spirit.
At the end of the day it is our hormones and metabolism that are in control when it comes to fat loss. Take care of your body and balance your hormones, the rest will be done for you.
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