This no-oil curry is filled with ingredients that are filled with nutrition. There's are some nutritional superstars in this stew. Kale, a green leafy vegetable packed with fibre, protein and folate, you've got red lentils, also high in protein, fibre and are quick cooking and you've got turmeric, a spice which will not only stain your white shirt yellow, but evidence is also mounting about how effective it is at preventing and treating cancer and reversing inflammation in the body. This dish needs very little preparation, it cooks in one pot and has a lot of inactive time.
2 onions chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
3 cm fresh ginger minced
4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
1 vegetable stock cube
1 litre water (4 cups)
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/4 cup red lentils
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp sugar (optional)
6 cups shredded kale
1 cup coriander plus a little extra for garnish
In a large pan, add the onions, garlic, ginger, butternut squash, stock cube, water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and bring down to a simmer. Add lentils, curry powder, tumeric and sugar and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Make sure it doesn't catch. Add a little more water if it is looking dry. After the lentils are cooked through, everything should be very soft. Add the kale and coriander and stir until wilted. Serve 4 as a main dish.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite ice-creams was a Cornetto, mint-choc chip flavour to be 100% exact, indeed, it was actually my favourite ice-cream flavour with or without cone. Now, even though you can now get vegan Cornettos in many parts of the world (seriously, just google that), you can make a homemade version of it in 5 minutes, that's MUCH healthier.
3 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp mint extract (or a couple of drops of food grade mint essential oil)
2 tbsp nondairy milk
1 cup fresh baby spinach
2 ripe bananas
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp nondairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the mint ice-cream place all the ingredients in to a high speed blender or food processor. If you are using a food processor, you might been to break the bananas in to pieces. If using a blender, you will probably need to use the tamper.
To the same thing with the chocolate ice-cream ingredients.
Place in to serving bowls. I layered the ice cream a little bit and sprinkled the toppings over the ice-cream.
You can either eat it straightaway or place it in the freezer. Take out your ice-cream out of the freezer 10 minutes before you would like to serve it.
Serves 2-3 depending on how big you want your dessert to be.
Obviously this recipe is very versatile. Swap up the toppings, swirl through chocolate chips to make it a mint choc-chip ice-cream or add some spiralina instead of the spinach.
.IHerb is a company that has been so helpful for me as a vegan who does not leave in a vegan mecca like New York or Berlin. They ship all over the world with a very good value shipping rate, they have 35,000 products in their line, their website is incredibly user friendly and the amount of information for each product is huge. The prices are also very reasonable, certainly a lot less than the more upmarket grocery stores (Whole Foods, I'm talkin' 'bout you), and you save money when you buy in bulk.
This video shows a typical order I make and why I make it. Iherb really makes it easy to be vegan no matter where you live.
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If I had to tell you one app that you simply must have as a new or established vegan is... Happy Cow!
Happy Cow has been around for ages, first as a website, and in recent years as an excellent app available on the App Store and on Google Play.
Happy Cow is great because it is the largest database of vegan, vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in the world. It also has lists of vegan hotels, bed and breakfasts, catering services, vegan organisations, pop-ups, supperclubs, farmer's markets, bakeries and even museums.
The great thing about this very reasonably-priced app, is some fantastic features.
1. Using the GPS capabilities, you are able to find a place to eat where you happen to be.
2. Using the 'trip function' you can look for all the places that seem interesting before you depart on your trip and keep them on one list and you do not need internet access to access the list.
3. You can add venues. If you happen to notice a new possible listing, then you can submit it to the Happy Cow site or through the app. What I have noticed is that the admins of Happy Cow are kind of selective as to which ones they approve. For example, they will not approve a restaurant that has perhaps one vegan dish in an area that has a ton of vegan options, click here for their full criteria.
4. You can add images and write reviews so you can contribute to making the site better and better.
It's also super for your own city. I am sure, unless you have this app, you will not actually know the extent of the vegan options in your city or town. I have had so many tell me that they think that vegan pickings are pretty thin in the city I live in (Bangkok) and I have to tell them that there are a TON of options here, you probably have just never looked!
Of course, as great as Happy Cow is, some places are vegan deserts. There really is not much that's there, even with a ton of research ahead of time you might not . My advice when travelling to these kinds of places as a vegan is
1. Buy food at the supermarket, granola bars, hummus, carrot sticks, fruit (the ultimate fast food) and eat in your hotel room, or get self-catering so you can cook for yourself.
2. Get really creative in restaurants. Call ahead and ask if they can accommodate you. Look on the menu and see if it's possible to veganise an item.
3. Most importantly, get in to the mindset that it is okay to NOT eat deliciously all the time! I have had some incredible travels in my life where the food was kinda sub par (as a non-vegan too), like vegetable fried rice for a few days. Yeah... It was really boring and not hugely tasty, but I eat so well 98% of the time, 2% of the time I might not. It is (to me) not a big deal. Plenty of people (and of course the animals) have it plenty worse than me.
I have a done of other tips and tricks to eating out and socialising as a vegan in my ebook.
This video (it's a bit long) but it will show you how to use the Happy Cow app through a screencast and all of its advanced features.
I had, what I call, my awakening thanks to Brighde Reed. I never felt good about eating meat, but I continued to do so because "it's part of the natural food chain", or "we need protein"... things so ingrained in many of our heads since childhood. A few inquisitive questions to Brighde, quite simply, changed everything. She helped me see that we humans can actually live a healthier life on a plant based diet. I had no more excuses. What made changing my ways so easy, though, was how Brighde opened my eyes to the fact that a Vegan diet isn't so much about the things you can't eat, but more about the things you can! I've never had so much fun in the kitchen, making and creating things I thought I'd have to give up, impressing people with delicious food that's, *gasp*... vegan!