This is my new favourite soup, and I am convinced that if you make it, it will be yours as well. What does that mean? It means I really think you should make this soup. I made it at the beginning of last week, and it provided me with lunches and even a quick dinner. I loved it so much, that I made it again today, so I could have it again this week.
Do you have a favourite soup? One that you found yourself making several times this winter? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
This soup is filling, really tasty, incredibly nutritious, and REALLY easy to make. Seriously. It’s so easy! We often don’t have the time or motivation to prepare a healthy meal for ourselves or our family, but preparing a big batch or 2 of something like a soup or a stew is a great way to help you eat healthy. This way you have something ready for those days when you don’t have time or simply aren’t in the mood to cook.
The inspiration for this came a year or two ago from a small Jamaican restaurant here in Montreal. I was with my friend Erin, and we ordered a vegetarian plate that had 3 dishes on it, and a roti to share. One of the dishes on the plate was something like this. I don’t know exactly how they made it, but this is my version, from what I remember. I do remember that we both thought it was delicious.
I have searched the internet many times to try and find a Jamaican recipe or any Caribbean recipe that is something along these lines, but with no luck. So as usual, I freestyled it. I quite like my version. I have made it several times dating back to soon after I first tried it at the restaurant, but have never shared it.
The combination and amount of spices can definitely be played with. I have used canned beans, because it makes for a relatively quick and easy meal to make. If you think about it though, I recommend using dried beans. Continue reading →
This is the second time I have made this soup. The first time was when my friend Rosanna suggested that we make dinner make for her roommates and neighbours. She wanted to get to know some of the neighbours( in her building) better, and thought inviting them over for dinner would be fun. I agreed. Rosanna, loves to support me in everything I do, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my food with others. Well, at least that’s what she told me. I think she was happy to have someone take charge of cooking dinner for 8 people in her apartment kitchen. I was up for the task, because that is just the type of thing I love to do.
Check out this video of Rosanna and Jon performing their song “Hold Me Down”. I really love this song. I am warning you. It is catchy and will very likely get stuck in your head if you listen to it a few times over. Enjoy.
My friend, Nathalie, who happens to be one of my favourite yoga teachers, just returned from a yoga training in Costa Rica where she stayed at The Harmony Hotel. Nat and I are always talking and sharing juices and smoothies. I walked into the studio and was greeted by Nat. She extended one arm out over the reception desk, mason jar in hand. “Kieran, you need to try this”. It was a smoothie she had discovered at The Juice Bar at at the Harmony Hotel.
After checking out their website a little bit I can safely say The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica is my kinda place. It pretty much sounds like paradise. Eat. Sleep. Relax. Play. “They say The Harmony Hotel is the perfect place to get in tune with your natural rhythm.” Yes please.
If this smoothie is the type of fare they are serving up at The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica, then I would be more than happy to eat there. I can only imagine what other amazing food and drink they have to offer. Local, seasonal food. 80% of the foods served at their Juice Bar are from their very own farm. Now that is fresh at its best.
I have made smoothies similar to this one in the past but not with coconut milk and coconut water. There are so many amazing different combinations you could come up with. Raw cacao truly is amazing. It is so good and so good for you. If you didn’t know, now you know. Raw cacao can be very expensive to buy, but if you are lucky enough to live in the US you can get a great deal on amazon.
Banana Nut Butter Smoothie
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1/4 cup almond butter (raw if possible)
1/4 coconut water
1 cup ice cubes
dates to to sweeten (amount will depend on type of dates used and personal taste)
1 medjool date should be enough
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until almost smooth but still a little crunchy. Do not over blend.
Enjoy the sweet rich goodness.
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French toast. A breakfast classic. Something a lot of us grew up eating as kids and loving. Weekends at my house growing up often meant either french toast or pancakes. There are many different twists on french toast. This is the first time I have made vegan french toast. It is a coconut banana vegan french toast.
Although I had never made it or tried it, I imagined vegan french toast made with silken tofu. It didn’t interest me that much. Then I came across the idea of making french toast with bananas and coconut milk blended together instead of eggs and milk whisked together. Genius. I wish I had come up with the idea myself.
A very easy way to make a delicious and colourful coconut curry. The hot pepper and ginger lend a fair amount of spice which is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the sweet potatoes, carrots and coconut milk.
This dish doesn’t take too long to prepare. Cutting up all the vegetables is the longest part which isn’t so bad. Being a team of 2 or more definitely helps this task go a lot faster.
Of course it is a healthy choice, because of the variety of plant based foods providing your body with all types of goodness. Spinach, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk. Trust me, you are going to like this one.
No lack of flavour here. Guaranteed to excite your senses. There is something very satisfying about using the mortar and pestle to make the curry paste; adding one ingredient at a time and grinding it down, releasing its full flavour. Take the time to do this instead of a food processor. Don’t rush through it. Enjoy the process of preparing your food. Put some love into it. Continue reading →
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Welcome to Health is Happiness! My name is Kieran. I am a foodie who loves to eat and cook plant-based whole foods. Health is Happiness is for those of us that love great tasting food but also want to eat healthy. You will find recipes, videos and more. Enjoy!