My Jamaican vegan dinner!

Jamaican vegan dinnerI made this dinner the other day as I love Jamaican food, but I wanted a vegan twist.

You need the following organic ingredients for this dish for 2 people:

*1 piece of seitan sliced into pieces

*2 plantains or bananas

*400 grams of brown rice

*1 can of black beans

*coconut flakes

for the "jerk" seasoning:

* 2 cloves of garlic

* 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

* 4 tablespoons of tamari

* half an onion

* a piece of fresh ginger as big as your thumb

* 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper

* 1 table spoon of dried thyme

* 2 table spoons of olive oil

* 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

* lemon juice

* a few leaves of fresh cilantro

*frying oil (I prefer coconut oil or tea oil)

How to make:

Grind all ingredients for the  "jerk" seasoning. (you can add ingredients for your own favorite flavor) Rub it on the seitan pieces. Let it sit for about 1 to 2 hours.

Rice and beans: Cook the rice and drain. Drain and rinse the black beans from the can (if you don't rinse the beans you are more likely to get gas after eating.) Mix the drained & cooked rice with the black beans.

Plantain (or banana). this to add a sweet touch. Cut the plantain in slices of the size of your thumb. Put in a pan with enough cooking oil so you can fry them until they become soft. Sprinkle coconut flakes over it.

Seitan: drain the seitan from the jerk seasoning but keep the leftover. Grill the seitan in a pan until hot and tender. Add the seasoning at the end for a few minutes to heat up.

Serve hot. Add fresh cilantro, Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


Macrobiotic-ish

The word "macrobiotic" comes from Greek roots and it means "long life". The macrobiotic diet is a low-fat, high fiber diet that is a predominantly vegetarian diet, emphasizing whole grains and vegetables. In addition, the macrobiotic diet is rich in phytoestrogens from soy products (which can be omitted or kept to a minimum).

What are the Guidelines of the Macrobiotic Diet?

Here a few simple steps that you can take to incorporate these meals into your schedule. Their simplicity and ease of preparation, make them ideal for quick dinners, packed lunches and having a pot luck with friends! (You cook a heaping portion of Brown Rice or Millet, and everyone else brings a Vegetable and Bean. SO FUN!)

  • Whole grains typically make up 50 to 60% of each meal (brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley, corn, wheat berries)
  • Soup. One to two cups or bowls of soup per day. Miso and shoyu, which are made from fermented soybeans, are commonly used or any light veggie broth soup
  • Vegetables typically make up 25 to 30% of the daily food intake (I always add more!) Up to one-third of the total vegetable intake can be raw. Otherwise, vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, and sauteed
  • Beans make up 10% of the daily food intake (chickpeas, black, pinto, black-eyed, pinto, butter,etc...)

  • Animal products. A small amount of fish or seafood is typically consumed several times per week. Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are usually avoided but do not have to be eliminated
  • Seeds and nuts in moderation
  • Fruit. dessert, condiments also echo the same sentiment as the diet itself, moderate and simple

Let's cook something

My plate above was SUPER easy and quick to make. I already had left over beans (dry beans soaked over night or salt-free/organic canned beans) as well as left over brown rice (2 huge staples for me)

I then lightly steamed both cauliflower and broccoli tossed in a little lemon juice and organic balsamic (something new I just found out, that you can eat the stocks of broccoli! You simply cut off the hard exterior and you are left with a yummy center that tastes like a root veggie.No more throwing away of stocks=less waste)

Lightly steamed green  beans tossed in fresh lime juice and pink himalayan salt

Finally I sauteed spinach in a little bit of EVOO and chopped garlic

It took merely minutes and it was so comforting and filling. I love incorporating this way of eating into my life, because I truly do have a passion for simple, healthy and unprocessed foods.

You don't have to follow a macrobiotic diet to enjoy its benefits, a few simple steps and preparations and you have a healthy dinner right before your eyes.

Enjoy!


Edemame - healthiest snack in the world?

I love to make this EASY snack when I am hungry and in between meals!

It is supersimple!

You need frozen edemame/soy beans that you can find in the freezer in your supermarket (or in asian supermarkets in your neighborhood) . It is preferred to buy organic and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). And I prefer soy beans in pod.

Seapoint farms edemame

(I buy from Seapoint farms)

You boil them for 4 minutes in a pan with water, drain and add some seasalt.

Edemame or soy beans, are good for protein and are very healthy and filling snacks for  when you are hungry but don't really need a whole meal. But they are also tasty in salads, soups and even mashed!

Enjoy!