Diary of a Vegan
Primevera Spagettini with Blue cheese

This one was a miracle. I wanted to make a simple happy herbivore pasta. But when I tasted it, it was rather unimpressive.  

Then I debated on whether gouda or feta would be a better choice. Just then my blue cheese showed it’s face like a rabbit out of a hat. I am very happy with the flavors!

Ingredients
- 1/2 pound of spagettini
- 4 mushrooms
- 4-5 snow peas
- 1 small floret of broccoli
- 1/4 piece of onion
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- quarter cup of shredded carrots
- 1/2 small  habenero

Sauce
- EVOO
- mixed herbs (rosemary, basil, oregano)
- grated parmesan
- finely chopped blue cheese 

Preparation
- use a shallow pan to heat water and add veggies 
- cook spaghetti for 6 mins in boiling water with salt and olive.
- add the spagettini to the veggies and add the sauce
- simmer and put a lid on it. Allow flavors to seep in. 
- grate parmesan and allow it to melt 
- crumble blue cheese over
- mix well. 
-Serve steaming hot.

Primevera Spagettini with Blue cheese

This one was a miracle. I wanted to make a simple happy herbivore pasta. But when I tasted it, it was rather unimpressive.

Then I debated on whether gouda or feta would be a better choice. Just then my blue cheese showed it’s face like a rabbit out of a hat. I am very happy with the flavors!

Ingredients
- 1/2 pound of spagettini
- 4 mushrooms
- 4-5 snow peas
- 1 small floret of broccoli
- 1/4 piece of onion
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- quarter cup of shredded carrots
- 1/2 small habenero

Sauce
- EVOO
- mixed herbs (rosemary, basil, oregano)
- grated parmesan
- finely chopped blue cheese

Preparation
- use a shallow pan to heat water and add veggies
- cook spaghetti for 6 mins in boiling water with salt and olive.
- add the spagettini to the veggies and add the sauce
- simmer and put a lid on it. Allow flavors to seep in.
- grate parmesan and allow it to melt
- crumble blue cheese over
- mix well.
-Serve steaming hot.

THALIPITH 

I can not explain what it is… and no matter how much I translate I will do no justice to it’s taste.  
However that is the tragedy of very specific dishes. 

Here’s my attempt: 
Thali (flat plate) pith (flour/batter) 
Often eaten during the fasting season, thalipith is very nutritious and filling. 

It us often served with spicy yogurt chutney and some deep fried seasoned chips made from various things -tapioca, sago, potato, sweet potato. 

Prepping: 

Thalipith 
- 1 cup rajgira flour (easily found in speciality Indian food stores)
- 3 large table spoons of Vaari grains (easily found in speciality Indian food stores)
- 1 large grated potato
- 3 table spoons of crushed peanuts.
- 1 tea spoon of toasted cumin seeds 
- 1 table spoon of hot oil
- 1 tea spoon of red chili powder 
- 1 tea spoon of finely chopped green chillies
- Salt and sugar

Meathod: 
- mix all ingredients in warm water. The batter must be a little loose but thicker than pancake batter. 
- taste it. 
- Oil a flat hot pan
- lay out a small portion of the batter on a plastic sheet/greasing paper or a plate 
- flatten it till it is 2-cm thick. Make a hole in the center to allow steam to pass.  
- place the thalipith on d pan and allow it to cook for a few minutes cover with a lid to trap steam. The thalipith will rise a little. 
- turn and try to flatten it further if you desire a crispy crust. 
- Serve hot with yogurt chutney 

YOGURT CHUTNEY
- 1 Bowl of greek yogurt 
- 1 tea spoon of crushed green chillies
- 1 table spoon of crushed/ powdered peanuts 
- Salt and sugar

THALIPITH

I can not explain what it is… and no matter how much I translate I will do no justice to it’s taste.
However that is the tragedy of very specific dishes.

Here’s my attempt:
Thali (flat plate) pith (flour/batter)
Often eaten during the fasting season, thalipith is very nutritious and filling.

It us often served with spicy yogurt chutney and some deep fried seasoned chips made from various things -tapioca, sago, potato, sweet potato.

Prepping:

Thalipith
- 1 cup rajgira flour (easily found in speciality Indian food stores)
- 3 large table spoons of Vaari grains (easily found in speciality Indian food stores)
- 1 large grated potato
- 3 table spoons of crushed peanuts.
- 1 tea spoon of toasted cumin seeds
- 1 table spoon of hot oil
- 1 tea spoon of red chili powder
- 1 tea spoon of finely chopped green chillies
- Salt and sugar

Meathod:
- mix all ingredients in warm water. The batter must be a little loose but thicker than pancake batter.
- taste it.
- Oil a flat hot pan
- lay out a small portion of the batter on a plastic sheet/greasing paper or a plate
- flatten it till it is 2-cm thick. Make a hole in the center to allow steam to pass.
- place the thalipith on d pan and allow it to cook for a few minutes cover with a lid to trap steam. The thalipith will rise a little.
- turn and try to flatten it further if you desire a crispy crust.
- Serve hot with yogurt chutney

YOGURT CHUTNEY
- 1 Bowl of greek yogurt
- 1 tea spoon of crushed green chillies
- 1 table spoon of crushed/ powdered peanuts
- Salt and sugar

Yoga for d day!

Lavash

I love Lavash and found the easiest way to make them. It is best to start with the store bought rotis. Once you are confident then you can experiment with different flours and toppings. 

Ingredients
- a few uncooked rotis 
- toasted sesame seeds 
- rock salt/sea salt 

Method
- lay the roti out and sprinkle sesame seeds and salt on top. 
- to keep them in place, press them in with a rolling pin.
- cut them in triangular shapes or stripes 
- grease the try witg oil and bake them for 225 degrees for 3 mins
-keep an eye on d rotis. Flip them after 2 mins.

Lavash

I love Lavash and found the easiest way to make them. It is best to start with the store bought rotis. Once you are confident then you can experiment with different flours and toppings.

Ingredients
- a few uncooked rotis
- toasted sesame seeds
- rock salt/sea salt

Method
- lay the roti out and sprinkle sesame seeds and salt on top.
- to keep them in place, press them in with a rolling pin.
- cut them in triangular shapes or stripes
- grease the try witg oil and bake them for 225 degrees for 3 mins
-keep an eye on d rotis. Flip them after 2 mins.

Bananas Beans and Chocolate chip Brownies.

I first heard of the bean brownie when a colleague brought it to work. Obviously, I refused. I do not eat brownies or cakes or anything related. However I love beans and she kept shoving it in my face. So I took a pinch of it. Then a bigger pinch, then I small piece and then d whole damm thing! I made them the very next week and was complimented for the taste and presentation. It’s been a few months that I made them, so when the sweet cravings began I decided it was time to bake them. This time around I made them with whatever was in the pantry. So no nuts this time around! And I used leftover haricot beans and bananas for natural sweetness.

Ingredients
- 2 cups oats
- 2 bananas
- 100 gm bar of dark chocolate
- 1 tea spoon peanut butter (optional)
- 1/4 cup cooked beans (any variety)
- 1 table spoon of honey
- 1 cup milk (ur choice)
- 2 table spoons of EVOO
- 1 tea spoon of baking powder.

Prepping
-Divide Chocolate in equal parts. Chop 1/2 into tiny pieces. Melt the other 1/2.

-Divide Oats into equal parts.
ground 1/2 to make flour.

Process
- blend beans; banana, peanut butter, honey, milk and oil together
- sieve baking powder into oats flour
- add the wet mixture to dry and mix well. Ensure there are no lumps.
- add oats
- rest batter for 15 mins
- preheat oven for 325; bake for 15 mins
- to get a cruncy crust increase temperature to 340 bake for 7 mins.
- check them by piercing the knife through.

- allow them to cool and cut them in pieces. Best Served - Fancy: warm with some chocolate sauce - Everyday: dunk in warm milk - To Go: wrap them in butter paper and your 4 pm hunger pang is taken care of.
Oats, bananas and chocolate chip Cookies. 

I have been craving for some healthy desserts. I love cookies but the store bought ones are usually too sweet for my taste. 

So I decided to experiment. They turned out delicious. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. (Next time I am going to lay them flatter)

Ingredients
- 2 cups oats
- 2 bananas 
- 100 gm bar of dark chocolate
- 1 tea spoon peanut butter (optional)
- 1/4 cup cooked beans (any variety)
- 1 table spoon of honey
- 1 cup milk (ur choice)
- 2 table spoons of EVO
- 1 tea spoon of baking powder. 

Prepping
-Divide Chocolate in equal parts. Chop 1/2 into tiny pieces. Melt the other 1/2. 

-Divide Oats into equal parts. 
ground 1/2 to make flour. 

Process
- blend beans; banana, peanut butter, honey, milk and oil together
- sieve baking powder into oats flour
- add the wet mixture to dry and mix well. Ensure there are no lumps.
- add oats
- allow ur to rest for 15 mins
- preheat oven for 325; bake for 15 mins
- increase temperature to 340 bake for 7 mins. 
- keep an eye on ur cookies or they will burn black. 
- coat them in chocolate.

Oats, bananas and chocolate chip Cookies.

I have been craving for some healthy desserts. I love cookies but the store bought ones are usually too sweet for my taste.

So I decided to experiment. They turned out delicious. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. (Next time I am going to lay them flatter)

Ingredients
- 2 cups oats
- 2 bananas
- 100 gm bar of dark chocolate
- 1 tea spoon peanut butter (optional)
- 1/4 cup cooked beans (any variety)
- 1 table spoon of honey
- 1 cup milk (ur choice)
- 2 table spoons of EVO
- 1 tea spoon of baking powder.

Prepping
-Divide Chocolate in equal parts. Chop 1/2 into tiny pieces. Melt the other 1/2.

-Divide Oats into equal parts.
ground 1/2 to make flour.

Process
- blend beans; banana, peanut butter, honey, milk and oil together
- sieve baking powder into oats flour
- add the wet mixture to dry and mix well. Ensure there are no lumps.
- add oats
- allow ur to rest for 15 mins
- preheat oven for 325; bake for 15 mins
- increase temperature to 340 bake for 7 mins.
- keep an eye on ur cookies or they will burn black.

- coat them in chocolate.
Homemade Spicy Eggplants
http://thenriwife.blogspot.com/2013/09/spicy-eggplant-recipe.html
Spinach tofu vegetable with cumin and coriander flavored rice and spicy coconut milk curry

Spinach tofu vegetable with cumin and coriander flavored rice and spicy coconut milk curry

Beet root salad with crushed peanuts, salt, lime juice, olive oil and roasted mustard seeds

Beet root salad with crushed peanuts, salt, lime juice, olive oil and roasted mustard seeds

superfruitsarah:

Not to mention that consuming dairy (or other animal products) leads to an acidic state within the body which requires the body to leech calcium from your bones in order to re-establish an alkaline environment. Avoid animal products altogether and choose calcium-rich foods that support an alkaline environment. Disease cannot and will not exist in an alkaline environment, but it thrives in an acidic environment!

Go greens!

superfruitsarah:

Not to mention that consuming dairy (or other animal products) leads to an acidic state within the body which requires the body to leech calcium from your bones in order to re-establish an alkaline environment. Avoid animal products altogether and choose calcium-rich foods that support an alkaline environment. Disease cannot and will not exist in an alkaline environment, but it thrives in an acidic environment!

Go greens!

gettingahealthybody:

theveggieblackboard:

HEALTHY VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE LENTIL, CARROT AND SPINACH BURGER RECIPE

  • small cup of lentils
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 onion 
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 garlic
  • loads of herbs!

Start off by putting the lentils on to cook, once they are simmering away start chopping and grating the onion, chilli, garlic and carrots. Heat up a frying pan with a little oil and add the chopped and grated goods. This is a good time to start with some seasoning, as the carrot and onion can soak it all up wonderfully. Add any spices that tickle your fancy, personally I like quite a lot of coriander, chilli powder, cumin, turmeric, smoky paprika powder and some salt and pepper. By the time you have fried this all up, the lentils should be lovely and soft, so drain and rinse and spoon into a food processor, add as much spinach as you like and blend until the mixture is smooth. This is what will bind your burger. 

Now to the fun and messy part: Combine the carrot and onion mixture with the lentil mixture in a bowl and get your hands dirty! Start scooping out small handfuls of the mix and shape into patties on a board covered in chickpea flour, or whatever flour you have lying around at home. Once all patties are shaped, start heating up the frying pan with a splash of oil. Make sure the oil is hot to create a crispy burger crust and start frying. Et voilà, enjoy!

P.s. You can make a large batch of these and freeze them. Ideal for your packed lunch sandwich, simply combine in a pitta bread (available gluten-free) with fresh rocket and hummus. 

Yummeh!

Bhel Ingredients 2 bowls of Puffed rice 1/2 bowl of chopped onion+coriander boiled potatoes+green chillies+tomato mix 1 table spoon of red tamrind chutney 1 table spoon of green coriander chutney Puri and sev can be found in the snack section at specialty Indian/Asian stores
PreparationWhen chopping ingredients, take smaller portions(1/2 potato, 1/4 onion, 1 green chili etc..)Mix the puff rice with the dry ingredients and the chutneysserve with sev and puri

Bhel

Ingredients
2 bowls of Puffed rice
1/2 bowl of chopped onion+coriander boiled potatoes+green chillies+tomato mix
1 table spoon of red tamrind chutney
1 table spoon of green coriander chutney
Puri and sev can be found in the snack section at specialty Indian/Asian stores

Preparation
When chopping ingredients, take smaller portions(1/2 potato, 1/4 onion, 1 green chili etc..)
Mix the puff rice with the dry ingredients and the chutneys
serve with sev and puri

Oregano Wheat Bread

I was intimidated by the thought of baking bread, till i actually did it. It takes much time, but very little effort.

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Ingredients

3 cups of wheat flour
2 teaspoon of sugar
1 sachet of fleischmann`s dry yeast  (8mg)
1 tea spoon of oregano
1 Table spoon of Olive oil / Butter
Salt

Preparation
Soak yeast in warm water and 1 tea spoon of sugar
Mix all dry ingredients
After the yeast has risen, add it along with water to the dry ingredients and knead
oil a large bowl and allow dough to rest for 3 hours. the dough will rise, punch out the air and knead
set it to rest for another 3 hours
Set the oven on 350C, and increase to 400C
Shape the dough and make gashes for the heat to pass
Brush with oil/butter and bake for 30 minutes

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The flavor and fragrance of bread was delicious; however it turned out to be a little dense than store-bought bread - more like the artisan bread.

beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood:

Banana Morning Smoothie

beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood:

Banana Morning Smoothie

be-freeatlast:

Easy Raw Food Storage Tips (by RawfullyOrganic)