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.

Red Pepper Protein Curry Sauce

Red peppers were 99 cents a pound, so I had the idea of a red pepper based curry sauce. It's similar, yet different from a classic tomato based curry. Sweeter. Can take more heat.

I added tofu for protein and creaminess. But it was still pretty chunky, so I added some coconut milk as well. It really doesn't feel like a curry without it.

This is a protein rich curry sauce that works well with rice, vegetables and beans.

You can go traditional and pour it in a bowl to pair with rice. You can also utilize it similarly to a puree and plate it on the bottom of crisp veg and additional beans.

Ever since I first discovered curry, I've been fascinated with how it can be transformed beyond classic applications. I think this iteration is a perfect example of how a complex curry sauce can be paired with whatever fresh beans and veg you're hungry for at the moment. Rice optional.

1/4 cup cooked lentils
2 large red bell peppers
1/2 package silken firm tofu
1 jalapeno
1 habanero
6 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion, halved
1 tbl garam masala
2 tsps ras el hanout
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika
1 tbl salt
2 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 can coconut milk

Broil the red peppers and onion for 20 minutes. 5 minutes per side for peppers and turning onions once. .

Use tongs to slice peppers into large chunks. Puree onion and pepper in food processor with tofu, jalapeno, haberno, garlic.

Rinse food processor and set aside to use again.

Ad pureel to a medium pot with the remaining ingredients, except lentils.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Return to food processor and puree until smooth. Stir in lentils.