If any of you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed me complaining about my Stress Belly. My stress levels are so high at the moment that I’m starting to display physical symptoms on top of the usual emotional stuff. One of these symptoms is Stress Belly.
At first I was scared I was becoming wheat intolerant (oh God, no!) but soon realised that when I have a lot of stressful stuff going on, my belly blows up like a balloon. It’s usually just super uncomfortable but there have been a few occasions recently where I’ve been so bloated that I can’t move. It’s frustrating and it’s agony.
The last thing I want to do when this happens is eat, so I make these because they’re light and simple to make. They can be adapted depending on what’s in the fridge and how much pain I’m in, if I’m in a lot of pain I keep it as simple as possible. They’re also tasty, which is a plus.
Quick Vegetable Patties
- Gram Flour
- Grated vegetables (beetroot, parsnip, carrot)
- Black onion seeds
- Fresh Coriander
- a little oil
- Mix equal parts water and gram flour together in a bowl.
- Grate in some vegetables and mix.
- Add a sprinkling of black onion seeds, some salt and some coriander
- Pour 1/3 cup of the mixture into a preheated and lightly oiled frying pan and fry for a few minutes on each side
Simple right? I usually just have mine with some mayonnaise or some chilli sauce but these are a nice accompaniment to a dal or curry. Also nice topped with fresh avocado, tomatoes and lots of coriander.
When I’m feeling up to it I’ll fry up some onion, garlic and ginger with the black onion seeds beforehand and add to the mixture. Any vegetables work well here, I used beetroot and carrot this time round because that’s all I had.
Gram flour is super cheap, you can get 1kg of the stuff for around a quid, so these patties cost pennies to make. They’re perfect for a cheap lunch to take to work too.
Also, I am okay. I have a lot of stressful stuff going on but feeling a bit more positive than I did a few months ago. I’ll do a longer update soon, but for now, have a go at making these!