If you don’t like the F word maybe don’t read on.

See, the Thug Kitchen book is like nothing I’ve read before. Vegan recipe with bite might be the best description.

Thug Kitchen recipe book

Blurb

Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (‘This might be my favorite thing ever’) and with half a million Facebook fans and counting, Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell -and most people can’t afford the hype.

Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.

This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.

My Review

This book really took me by surprise. The extreme profanity is woven throughout out the book. It’s a big concept  and it’s a lot of fun. It’s definitely found a niche in the market. Yes it might turn some people off, but I liked the contrast because this is a vegan cookbook. I think veganism has a bad rep for being a little, nice? But this takes it to another level. Love it.

The recipes are split into six sections, each with an equally rude name. But basically, we have breakfasts, lunches (salads and sandwiches,) stews, munchies (salsa, snacks) mains, and motherfucking desserts. Yes, it’s actually called that. The recipes are fantastic. Favourites include baked spanish rice, pozole rojo, and creamy ravioli with house marinara.

They are in American cup sizes which can be confusing but a quick google will help.

I love the bowl recipes. The idea is you pick a grain or starch, then add vegetables, a protein, and a sauce or dressing. The book then lists combos from the book, from different sections to help you out (with helpful page numbers and whether it’s a veggie, protein etc.) It’s a wonderful way of making the book more versatile. Yes you could make quick pickled vegetables and serve it with your own recipe, or helpfully you could mix it with sweet citrus baked tofu and make a bowl. The book becomes a lot more personal.

The book doesn’t just do recipes it also breaks down different ways of cooking an ingredient. Tofu is something T and I have struggled to cook at times. The book has two pages that give different marinades, and different ways of baking the tofu. It’s really helpful. There’s also a page on how to make a vegetable broth which is used in numerous recipes. Which again was V helpful .

Additionally any confusing ingredients have a *, (****) depending on how many confusing ingredients there are. It might link to another recipe or explain other ingredients you could use. It’s brilliant. So instead of teaspoon oil you could use coconut/grape seed/olive oil. Wonderful.

Final Thoughts

It’s a bloody brilliant book. If you’re vegan definitely buy it. If you want to try cut out a little meat definitely buy it. It’s a wonderful book for mixing up what you make in the kitchen!

Thug Kitchen recipe book

Thug Kitchen recipe book

 

 

 

If you haven’t got a spiralizer you need to.

Maybe need is too strong.

I would recommend it.

They’ve been around a little while now so you can pick them up for pennies from Amazon and the like. I’ve been experimenting the past few weeks with different recipes and vegetables. I’m currently on a toning up mission and one of the big wobbles has been a reliance on carbs. Carbs are good for you, there’s no doubt about it. But, I was VERY reliant. Breakfast, lunch and all my snacks, and it was making losing weight tougher. Cutting pasta from evening meals and replacing with carrot spaghetti has been, eye opening. Here’s one of my favourites from the past month.

Carrot Tomato Spaghetti

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Serves two people

200g of carrot peeled and spiralised. (Use a potato peeler if you don’t have one.)

50g of red onion

140g of sweetcorn

200g of bacon (I used Campbell’s from my box that I’m still getting through.)

120g of chopped tomatoes

20g of feta cheese

1 heaped tbsp of jerk seasoning

You might have noticed that a lot of recipes contain the same types of ingredients. It’s because everything I make is something I eat regularly which means a lot of the recipes rely on the same types of things. Hope this is cool with you all.

Step One 

Chop up the bacon into small bits and fry with the onion until caramalised around the edges. If you wanted you could save a couple of bits to really crisp up and sprinkle on the top. I don’t actually like crispy bacon (sorry) but you could. Chuck in the sweetcorn and jerk seasoning and cook for a minute

 

Step Two

Spiralize the carrots and add to the pan. Cook for a good 5 minutes. Carrots are a lot tougher than courgette which takes about 2 seconds to cook. You don’t want the carrot to be tough. Slop the chopped tomatoes into the pan and let bubble for a good couple of minutes. You want this to thicken nicely and coat everything.

Step Three

Once everything has come together and it’s bubbling nicely put into a lovely looking bowl and sprinkle with the feta to add contrast. Add some cracked black pepper and you’re good to go. So, DEMOLISH.

Numbers (if you’re bothered.)

This is super low cal, but really filling because of the carrots and sweetcorn mix. It comes to around 370 cals depending how much feta you add. Really great for a lighter evening meal which I tend to prefer before bed. Breakfast like a king and all that.

Recommended Reading

I recommend reading The Graces by Laure Eve. The cover is sublime and the blurb sounds fabby.  

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

Carrot Tomato Spaghetti

Carrot Tomato Spaghetti

I love a good carbonara.

But since my weight-loss mission it’s been off the table. It’s not that I restrict foods, it’s just I want to find ways to make them healthier. I’ve been using courgette to create healthier recipes and it took a while to perfect but I think I got it spot on.

With all my recipes I try to then out multiple times. This took around three goes because courgettes let out a lot of water. Due to my idleness I try to cut out as many steps as possible and I didn’t want to have to drain the courgettes. So, this is the easiest way I’ve found to make this scrummy Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara.

Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara

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Serves two hangry people

2 egg yolks

200g of chestnut mushrooms

1 clove of garlic (crushed.)

200g of bacon (I’m using Campbell’s from their breakfast box.)

400g of courgette (spiralized into strips)

25g of low fat cream cheese (to add creaminess.)

Step One

Cut up the mushrooms and bacon into similar sized pieces. Pop into a large frying pan and heat over a medium heat until golden.  Stir in the garlic and fry for another minute. Add courgettes and fry for 5 minutes until softened.

Step Two

In a cup whisk the egg yolks and add a little water. Season well now. Stir the mixture through the courgette  and cook for a minute. Just before it’s ready stir through the cream cheese for extra creaminess.

Step Three

Serve immediately. If you have you can sprinkle with parmesan and herbs for extra pzazz.

Numbers (if you’re bothered.)

This works out to about 350 calories if you add everything in (bar the parmesan.) It’s also really good if you’re trying to cut out refined carbs or attempting a low cal diet.

Recommended Reading

This is quite a light but filling dish and I think it deserves a book that’s the same. I think I’ll suggest The Post Office by Charles Bukowski. It’s the perfect mix of humour, self-hatred, and reckless living. The writing is deep and filling but Henry is a very shallow character. He barely gives a crap but lives life to the full. Perfect.

Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara

Cheats Courgetti Spaghetti Carbonara