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While summer is coming to a close I decided I would write a post on my favorite 5 great VEGAN FOODS FOR THE SUMMER! During the summer I really enjoy cold foods, soups, sandwiches, lots of salad and fruits and when I think of summer I think of bright colored foods, don’t you?
1) SHRIMP PO’BOY – Here we have a delicious Shrimp Po’Boy Wrap. My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. What’s in it? How does this replicate shrimp? If you go to the store you can actually buy soy-based prawns or non-soy based prawns that look exactly like shrimp. Even the reddish pink colored marks are on the “prawns.” Inside of this po-boy is a remoulade sauce that taste like heaven on earth. It reminds me of a chipotle sauce made with love and the perfect seasonings to go with it. I love the fact that it has mixed greens [and a side of Mrs. Beener’s famous salad dressing, YUMMM] inside of it because we all need greens for energy and for our organs to function properly.
2) RAW VEGAN PIZZA – This is a raw vegan pizza made by a Chef at Seasoned Vegan. There are so many ways to make a raw vegan pizza and we tend to overlook it. Look at this presentation! Raw tomato sauce, my favorite vegetables and a flax crust to die for!
3) STUFFED AVOCADO
It’s stuffed with cashew cheese and almond meal, topped with pico de gallo with a side of mixed greens. I HAVE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. This is pretty much perfection at its finest. The organic avocado is so sweet and the cashew cheese just adds that kick you won’t even miss real cheese. This is pretty much a better version of a deviled egg. I think we take for granted the fact that we can make a lot of these foods at home but choose to eat out at restaurants.
4) GRENADIAN CURRY SOUTHWEST CHICKEN
The other day I was craving grilled southwest chicken and something with curry in it. I went to the health food market near my house and figured I would make some for my family. I am of West Indian descent, a little island called Grenada. Grenada is known as the Spice Island country and I figured I would go back to one of my roots and created a family favorite. This “chicken” is actually made from a pea-protein and the texture replicates chicken strips. I sautéed my chickpeas, southwest chicken with onions, garlic, curry powder and my Kelp Seasoning by Braggs. My family loved this and even told me that it tastes great and tastes just like chicken. I am very pleased with my results you have no idea. I matched it with basmati rice and brown jasmine rice and I also sautéed some collard greens with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, ginger and a little raw brown sugar. A light meal for the summer and healthy as well.
5) BUTTERSCOTCH CUPCAKE WITH COCONUT BACON
HERE WE HAVE A BUTTERSCOTCH CUPCAKE WITH COCONUT BACONNNNNNNNNNNNN……WHAT? YES I SAID COCONUT BACON! Chef Reese at Seasoned Vegan is one of the best Vegan Pastry Chef’s I’ve encountered. Usually I am not a huge fan of sweets. You really will never see me buying pastry. I love to have a small sample of pastry, I won’t eat the entire thing. Anyway, this is the best cupcake ever. It’s so moist and just melts the right way. The coconut bacon is my favorite because it looks like bacon chips and gives you a slight taste of bacon. You definitely taste the coconut but this is everything to me. I am so happy that there are so many talented vegan chefs in New York City because I am able to try a variety of their talents. The fact that this has less ingredients than a regular dairy based cupcake and tastes 100x times better than it just blows my mind.
HAPPY VEGAN EATING!!
Beet TarTare with Cashew Cheese looks Yum-Mazing!!!
Beetroots, or beets as most of us like to call them, have a slightly sweet flavor and range in color from red to yellow. These root vegetables can be eaten raw or cooked; boiled, grilled, roasted or steamed; and in sweet and savory dishes. Beets are commonly consumed pickled and in borscht, a European beet soup (source). Thanks to their beautiful red-violet color, beets provide Betanin, a red glycosidic food dye derived from beet juice extract. This food dye is used in various frozen and dry products, and those with a short shelf life (source).
Providing antioxidants, detoxification assistance, and anti-cancer and inflammatory benefits, beets boast a variety of vitamins and nutrients (source). Raw beets are a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Manganese and Potassium, and a good source of Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin C (source). Raw beet greens, similar in taste to spinach, are also very…
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Delicious My Favorite Falafel with Quinoa Tabouli
I freaking love falafel, and for some reason I’ve always enjoyed the baked kind more than the fried. Maybe it’s memories of greasy kebab shops with crispy oily falafels that leave a coating in your mouth. Maybe it’s the fact that you can put them in the oven and leave them be to do their thing without too much worry. Whatever the reason, they rock.
I actually made this recipe back in Gympie when we were living in the van. Oh, how it seems so long ago…cooking in our tiny fold out kitchen on the side of the road or in the bush. Those were the days! I didn’t have an oven then to bake them, but have since made the recipe again and enjoyed it as much.
What I liked about these is how moist they are, they don’t dry out even when baked. Rather than being like dry…
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Veganism is a great lifestyle to adapt to. The health benefits are great and you lessen the chances of heart disease if you follow the appropriate veganism lifestyle. I never mentioned this to anyone but when I became vegan, the first few months were great. My body responded very well to this new lifestyle. As each day went on I noticed at one point I became depressed and filled with anxiety. I was wondering why I was feeling so lethargic because the first few months I was feeling great and happy. I started doing some research and talking to a few doctors. I knew prior to that those feelings I was having were symptoms of depression.
During that time I was hospitalized and the doctors ran some tests on me and my vitamin D was significantly low as well as some other vitamin levels. My doctor stated I needed some sort of dairy and meat. At that point I knew that I had to take it into my own hands.
Self-research is always important because you know how well your body responds to certain things. I found many articles on vegans and their need for extra doses of Vitamin b-12 and Vitamin D. Within those articles, I also read there are millions of people that have low levels of these vitamins. Many dairy products allegedly contain these vitamins but with the cost of your health. When you lack vitamin b-12 you also deal with the chances of memory loss, fatigue and other body harming stressors. The only way to up the levels of your vitamins is to consume fortifying plant based foods such as: hemp milk, nutritional yeasts, nori, seaweed and other holistic green foods. You can also purchase vitamin supplements but be cautious of the synthetic vs non-synthetic vitamin supplements. Always do your research prior to purchasing anything. There are way too many synthetic supplements in stores that will prevent you from really getting the proper nutrients you need from them. Let’s come together and help each other gain the proper knowledge and nutrients so that we can live longer. I want to lessen the amount of heart and mental disease issues in our country so spreading the word is just the first step.
Sri Lanka is a country found in Southern Asia/ South of India. They are well-known for their curries and their aromatic Indian spices. In Sri Lankan culture they eat a number of different foods stemming from: Lamprais, Kotthu Roti, Jackfruit, String Hoppers, Pittu, Kiribath and a dessert called Wattalapam. I have been to Sri Lanka a few times due to the fact I have in-laws from Sri Lanka. It’s a beautiful country that remains under-looked and there is so much to explore.
So fast forward…. I have been craving Sri Lankan food for months but I haven’t had anyone who was up to go to the Sri Lankan restaurant until my mum said she wanted to go there for her birthday. We went to Banana Leaf NYC located on 28th street. By the way, typical Sri Lankan decor contains a stone red, green and orange colors.
NOW ONTO THE FOOD!!!!!
When I first visited Sri Lanka I saw my family eat this but I never tried it before. I made sure that this was going to be one of the dishes I ordered this time. The vegetable lamprais contains: jackfruit, plantain, curried potatoes, cashews, saffron rice with coconut and traditional Sri Lankan spices. All of these items are baked in a plantain banana leaf.
I ordered the String Hoppers which was one of my favorite dishes that comes with a spicy coconut sambol. Sambol is a “dressing” that is made of chopped coconut and Sri Lankan spices. The String Hoppers are made with rice flour from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has the best spices and red grain rice that I have ever had. While I was in Sri Lanka I lost quite a bit of weight due to my diet consisting of nothing but vegetables and grains.
I absolutely enjoyed revisiting Sri Lanka by reliving the experience at Banana Leaf. Every single bite of the food made me happy. Of course the level of spiciness isn’t for the weak. You must be very open to eating curries and flaming spices. Be prepared to have lots of water by your side if you try this food. There are also rotis (fried/baked bread) that resembles pita which tastes absolutely amazing and you can enjoy that with a coconut sambol or a mango chutney of your choice.
What does it mean to be a vegan?
– A vegan is an individual whose diet doesn’t consist of any animal products whatsoever. Someone who consider themselves as a vegan has a diet that consists of Earth foods and whole grains that contribute to a holistic lifestyle.
What inspired you to become a vegan?
– I became very sick in 2011 and I began transitioning to vegetarianism and eating fibrous foods. I then had a conversation with my best friend Troy who has been a vegan for a few years already and I’ve always wanted to stop eating meat. I felt like I couldn’t do it. From February 2011 to October 2012 I would get sick because I started eating more and more greasy food. I was addicted! That October I was hospitalized and I became a pescatarian. One day in January of this year I woke up one day with this strong feeling and said that’s it I am tired of consuming junk that constantly makes me sick. The rest is history……
I want to become a vegan but I am not sure if I have the will-power to commit to a meat-less lifestyle; any tips?
– I suggest reading a few enlightenment books, practicing yoga and meditating. Why do I suggest this? I suggest this because it will help you clear your mind of negative thoughts whilst you are trying to enter into a holistic lifestyle. Before doing anything I would recommend mentally preparing yourself for the next step you are going to make. This helped me so much while I was transitioning to pescatarian and prior to me waking up and deciding I want to become a vegan; I was preparing myself on a weekly basis.