Vegans May Need Lysine Supplements

I started taking a lysine supplement to prevent cold sores and accidentally discovered that it's something really important for a vegan diet. 

While plants are a source of lysine and some even have a lot, on a strict vegan diet you may end up not getting enough, like I did. Especially if you're very physically active. 

There were no overt symptoms. Just general tiredness and fatigue. A lysine supplement really made a difference in my overall alertness and physical ability. I stopped sleeping so long and stopped waking up tired. 

If you're sure your vegan diet is healthy and well rounded and don't understand what's missing, lysine may be the answer. It's an essential amino acid found in many animal products. So taking a supplement isn't generally dangerous. You can take in a lot without any negative impact. So it's definitely worth a shot if you're experiencing unexplained fatigue.

Fix a Bad Steak

Got a tough steak? Don't waste it. I've had more than my fair share of steaks that I cooked exactly to my perfect doneness only to discover they were chewy and tasteless. No problem. Here's an easy remedy for bad steak.

Let the cooked steak cool thoroughly first. In the fridge. Slice thinly. As thin as you can.

Heat a pan on medium and coat the bottom with low fat Italian salad dressing or plain olive oil. Add slices of steak. Salt and pepper generously if using plain olive oil. Do not crowd the pan. Cook slices in batches if you have to. As you remove heated pieces place them on a foil tented plate to keep warm.

You can also cook any veggies you want in the same pan. Frozen or fresh. Once your done cooking your steak slices lower the heat a little. Low medium. Add a few tablespoons of water and cover. Cook fresh for 3-5 minutes. Frozen 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Your chewy steak will be tender and flavorful. Your veggies will be healthy and tasty thanks to the left over meat junk in the pan.

Additional you can make a glaze from the liquid left in the pan. After you've removed any meat or vegetables cook the remaining liquid uncovered for about 5 minutes. Serve as is or whisk in some flour or cornstarch to thicken to a gravy like texture.

Serve your sauce/glaze over your meat and vegetables. Delicious.