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.

Harissa Sauce 2.0

I've done harissa before and it was good harissa, but I wanted to change it up a little bit to make it more eastern hemisphere authentic.

 I added caraway seed and celery seed. This gives it a unique flavor profile that isn't typically present in western hemisphere recipes.

It's still very easy to make. You just chuck everything into a blender and then pour into a a container to chill. You'll be rewarded with an intensely flavored sauce that will make anything you add it to taste way better.

Harissa 2.0
1 24 oz jar roasted red peppers, including the liquid
3 cloves garlic
1 jalaepno
1 serrano
1 tbl olive oil
3 tsps salt
2 tsps celery seed
1 tbl caraway seed

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add back to the empty pepper jar. Rest in the fridge for several hours to cool and thicken.