It has been such a beautiful summers day and all I wanted to do was cook and eat delicious healthy food so here is what I made today.
Tofu scrambled eggs with kale and peppers served with vegan friendly pitta bread.
Home made hummus with harissa spice served with vegan and gluten free bread.
Home made tzatziki made with coconut yogurt.
Plantain chips shallow fried and sprinkled with lemon and chilli.
Vegan mac and cheese with vegan cheese, spinach and chestnut mushrooms.
What a perfect day!
I love to make these delicious Indian snacks in advance and then freeze them. When I fancy some I just defrost and pop them in the oven. They are absolutely delicious.
These ones I made are all vegetarian/ vegan except the Paneer (Indian cheese) spring rolls for those who prefer not to eat dairy. They also are not gluten free still working on that one! But the pastry is made with organic plain flour and gram flour.
So we have:
- Potato, onion, peas and carrots samosa with plain flour pastry.
- Paneer (Indian cheese), onion and peas spring rolls with plain flour pastry.
- Mashed potato patties which I filled with a spicy Cashew nuts and corn filling in the middle before covering in gram flour and plain flour pastry.
I half fried them in oil, then let them cooled down completely before putting them in sealed containers in the freezer.
The chutney is totally vegan made with
- Coconut yogurt
- green chillis
- fresh lemon juice
It has long been established that Ayurveda and Yoga go hand in hand. Ayurveda is the life science and Yoga is the practice to sustain a balanced health lifestyle. They are both inseparable. Without getting all scientific both Ayurveda and Yoga encompass how the body works the Dosha (earth, air, water, fire and either) Known in Sanskrit as Pitta (fire), Kapha (earth) and Vata (air). These are all responsible for the balance our mind and body.
Chyawanprash is a delicious jam made with a mixer of different herbs, Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is its main ingredient, which in it-self is a powerful antioxidant.
I love the taste it is sweet with a slight spicy, herby flavouring not unpleasant at all. I love to mix it in smoothies or spread it on toast or even eat it on the go with some Almond or Cocount Milk. Does it work? Well I have being taking this for a while now and honestly I would not be without it.
There are many benefits to taking Chyawanprash these are just some:
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Improves concentration.
- Calms the nervous system.
- Slows down the effects of aging process.
- Keeps menstruation regular.
- Purifies the blood eliminating toxins.
- Good for the liver.
- Improves skin and fights against bacterial skin infections.
- Acts as an antidepressant for people suffering from depression.
- Good for stronger bones.
- Improves muscle tone.
- Improves metabolism.
- Balances the three Doshas Pitta(fire), Kapha(earth) and Vata(air).
The Elixir of Life” “Tea of Immortality” “Wonder Tea” “Groovy Tea’ – Call it what ever you wish Kombucha is just a vital source of energy perfect any time of the day.
It may be the looked upon as the new kid on the block, but actually it has been around for thousands of years originating in China. It contains a large number of the healthy bacteria known as probiotics, with green tea and sugar.
Benefits: Health Gut, Supports your immune system, helps maintain a health cardiovascular system, full of vitamins, and many, many more. If like me you are looking for healthy, conscious choices this is defiantly one to try. There are many different flavours to choose from its all raw and organic and have I said they are amazing!
I remember every time I had a cold or stomach upset being a young girl my grandma would always make me turmeric tea. With winter fast approaching and the weather turning colder, I have been feeling slightly under the weather and I always find myself going back to this amazing drink to aid my symptom’s.
Turmeric is a wonderful spice with a beautiful yellow golden colour, it has been used in India Ayurvedic Medicine and India households for thousands of years not just for cooking but also for its powerful medical components one compound of most important is Curcumin this is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
There are many benefits to using Turmeric, such as stated earlier anti-inflammatory, it helps to boost the immune system, improves liver functions, helps to relieve pain, increases the antioxidant in the body, in medical research it has also shown the Curcumin can help reduce the risks of certain types of cancer and many more.
You can find Turmeric in Asian shops in either fresh or in a powder form, only beware it will stain your fingers but will eventually fad. I enjoy this recipe just before bed in the cold winter months.
Warning it has known to cause relaxation and a peaceful nights sleep! Enjoy!
Milk of your choice I used Coconut Milk.
1tsp of fresh turmeric grated.
1tsp of fresh ginger grated.
1tsp of Acacia Honey
Dash of fresh ground pepper.
Dash of cinnamon.
Mix all the ingredents into a pan and heat stiring occasional once heated not boiled pour into a mug using a strainer. Now sit back and enjoy!
I bought this wonderful Rose tea from Wholefoods and let me tell you it taste divine!
The tea is made up of miniature rose buds which are sourced form the Fujian province in China and is so fragrant and delicate.
It is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants making it an ideal drink for when your body needs a boost. As with all herbal teas it has so many benefits, it helps to relieve stress and anxiety, it is good for women who suffer with menstrual pain, good for immunity, digestive aid, circulation, it aids in weight loss and it gives your skin a healthy glow, just to name a few.
Just add 3/4 rose buds into your cup pour hot water leave to brew for 2-5 minutes. You can refill and use the rose buds up to 5 times and it even taste wonderful cold. As it is a light tea you can enjoy it any time of the day, Enjoy.
It is always difficult to think of what to cook for everyone in the family some are meat eaters, vegetarians or others are experimenting with vegan. Its a good job I love to cook!
I love to experiment with food from different cultures so here is a dish that is the national dish to Jamaica. I played around with it adding some Mexican influences.
Salt fish is a dry and salted cod, which I soaked in hot water removing the excess salt, then mixed in with chopped scallions, mixed bell peppers and Ackee which is the national fruit of Jamaica .
Next I made Callaoo, which is the country’s staple vegetable and leafy green. I then sautéed the callaoo with chopped scallions, and garlic. As it has a distinguished bitter taste, I added some coconut cream and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Serve on hot home made corn soft tacos, with home made chunky salsa and refreshing guacamole.
What are the benefits well Callaoo is a great source of protein, fibre, antioxidants and its also great for weight loss added bonus! As for the Ackee it provides vitamins, minerals and fibre. Plus it taste fabulous. If you have any left over make frittatas for breakfast.
All ingredients are available in your local supermarket or if your nearest Caribbean store. Enjoy!