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Spicy Sesame and Ginger Bok Choy with Bean Sprouts

sautéed bok choy & bean sprouts

This simple recipe of bok choy and bean sprouts is a great healthy side dish. It packs lots of flavour thanks to the chilies, ginger, garlic, and of course sesame oil. How yummy is sesame oil?

I had some bok choy and bean sprouts in the fridge. Some of the ingredients I had a few nights earlier for a stir fry.  I wanted to create a recipe to share on the blo,g but didn’t have much to work with.

I love putting myself in the kitchen, and getting creative with what I have. Even if it is quite limited. Some of my favourite recipes were born by just surrounding myself with ingredients ,and creating on the fly, experimenting. This is something that many people aren’t very comfortable with, that is creating vs following a recipe. It is a great way to improve your cooking skills. Get creative.

I love looking at cookbooks and other blogs for inspiration as well, but often the best inspiration for deliciousness are the ingredients themselves.

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Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe

ethiopian spiced cabbage

Let me tell you how I came to make this Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe.

This dish was a result of my fridge being pretty much empty. I had some cabbage, a few carrots, and not much else. Sad, I know.  Maybe I am exaggerating a little but believe me, it was pretty bad.

However I did manage to take this sad state of my fridge and turn it into something delicious. At first, I lacked inspiration. Stuck. Couldn’t come up with much. There is always a way though…

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Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe with Udon Noodles

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Stir Fry has to be one of the most popular weekday meals around. Everyone seems to make a stir-fry. Even people who don’t really cook.

A common answer to the question “what did you have for dinner last night?” seems to be, “oh, just stir fry.” Well your answer the day after making this recipe can be, “a kick-ass stir fry you need to try!”.

Many people can’t imagine a stir fry without some kind of meat or seafood, but this vegetable stir fry recipe will change that. What’s the secret? The sauce of course. An almond butter and sesame seed sauce that is sweet, spicy, salty, and tangy. Continue reading

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Fennel Top, Strawberry, & Orange Green Smoothie

It’s not everyday you see fennel this beautiful. Fennel with big beautiful greenery still attached. Fennel the way it should be. At supermarkets the fennel greens have always been removed,( the same as when you buy beets or carrots). What a shame! So where do you find fennel with its greenery still intact ? Why, I never thought you would ask! You are more likely to find some at an organic food store or farmers market.

While most people have never consumed fennel leaves and would never think of it, in many cultures, fennel leaves are quite commonly used in cooking.  Probably not so much in green smoothies but they are used to add anise flavour to cooked dishes such as pasta and fish as well as chopped raw into salads etc. The good news is they also taste great in green smoothies. Continue reading

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Arugula Parsley Flax Green Smoothie

I have decided to give my system a little break this week, a cleanse of sorts. I am not changing my diet drastically from my normal day to day routine but am simply being more a little more disciplined and conscious of what I eat.  This means cutting certain things out all together for 7 days.

The main things I am cutting out completely are alcohol and caffeine.  Both alcohol and caffeine are quite demanding on our systems.  I don’t drink coffee, but I have found myself drinking black tea more often then I want to be recently.  I also have been wanting to do a week without alcohol for a while now, something I find is hard to do unless you really commit to it.  Which is what I am doing by sharing it with everybody here.  I really think that it will be a nice break for my system and am expecting it to boost my productivity and energy levels. Continue reading

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Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potato & Coconut Milk Soup

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.

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Butternut Squash Soup with Lemongrass, Ginger, Chilis and Coconut Milk

I know what you are thinking. “Not another butternut squash soup recipe.”  Yes, another butternut squash soup recipe.  Soup seems to be a popular thing to make with butternut squash.  It seems like everybody is making it these days. It is a classic warming winter soup  for good reason. It is absolutely delicious.  I know that I posted a butternut squash soup recipe before Christmas, but I felt that this one was different enough to share.  The last one was roasted butternut squash and parsnip.

The main similarity between the two recipes, other than the fact that they both have butternut squash in them, is that I roasted the butternut squash for both of them.  I love the added depth of flavour that roasting brings to the soup.

The spices used in this soup are similar to those used in some thai curries.  Lemongrass, ginger, red chili peppers, even cumin and of course coconut milk.  This makes for an incredibly flavourful soup.  The roasted squash brings a  sweetness which is balanced with the fire from the chili peppers.  Then, add the kick of lemongrass and ginger.  Oh baby! With the amazing taste of coconut milk to pull it all together. Continue reading

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Black Pepper Tempeh & Cauliflower

This Black Pepper Tempeh is a recipe from Heidi Swanson’s great cookbook called Super Natural Everyday.  I don’t often follow a recipe exactly.  I will look through cookbooks for ideas and inspiration.  I enjoy looking through Heidi’s cookbooks so much, that I decided I had to try some of her recipes.  I mean really try them.  Get all the ingredients and follow all the steps as they are written.  Something I find difficult to do.

The guys at Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York city told me about her. I told them I liked lots of vegetarian cooking and one of them asked, “do you follow Heidi Swanson ?”  He asked the question assuming I should know about her.  There is a reason for that.  She is incredible.  I was a little embarrassed to answer no, but am incredibly thankful that he asked me anyways.  The book he handed to me was Super Natural Cooking.  I was out the door about 3 minutes later, book in hand.  I liked it so much that shortly after I ordered her other book.  Super Natural Everyday.  She is incredibly inspiring.  She makes delicious healthy food, takes beautiful photos and is a captivating writer.  Check out her website 101 cookbooks.

It wasn’t too long ago that I developed a love for tempeh and when I saw this recipe it sounded delicious.  Slow cooked garlic and shallots. Mmmmm.  She describes it as “a substantial meal in a skillet exploding with spicy, peppery, gingery madness”.  Now that’s my kind of meal description.

And it didn’t disappoint.  I wouldn’t say I made it perfectly, but it was spicy, sweet and more.  I am curious to try it again and see how it turns out.  If you give it a try let me know what you think and how it turns out.

Black Pepper Tempeh

A recipe from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day

3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
15 small cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons shoyu, tamari, or soy sauce
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
2 tablespoons water, more if needed
8 ounces tempeh, sliced pencil thin
12 ounces cauliflower, very finely chopped
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

 

In a large deep pan on low heat, combine the coconut oil, shallots, red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger. The key to this dish is cooking these ingredients slowly and not letting them brown.  Cook for about 15 minutes.  This is what will give you the sweet flavour to compliment the pepper and ginger.  Garlic cloves should be soft.

While the garlic is cooking, whisk together the shoyu, sugar, and water in a small bowl.

Increase the temperature in the pan to medium-high and add the tempeh. Gently mix to coat the tempeh. Add the shoyu mixture and mix again to coat.

Cook for a couple minutes and then add the cauliflower.  Cover and cook for about 3 minutes.

Remove the cover and turn up the heat to high and cook until the tempeh and cauliflower start to brown.  If you need to add a little water do so carefully, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Remove from heat and stir in the black pepper. Taste and add more pepper if you like.

Serve immediately.

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Living Your Moksha- Be Healthy Smoothie

Posting live from Moksha NDG. Green smoothies for everyone who comes out of class this evening made by Nat and myself.

Today is the first day of Living Your Moksha. 7 Weeks, 7 Challenges to inspire your life.

The first week is Be Heatlhy. Which is why Nat, Raquel, and I decided to make 40 litres of smoothie today to kick off the challenge.

For those of you in the middle of the 30 day Moksha challenge this smoothie will rejuvenate you and boost your energy and immune system.

The smoothie features banana, strawberry, swiss chard, lemon, and ginger.  It’s great to see so many people who have never tried a green smoothie before giving them a try.

Going to go give out some more green smoothies now. More pictures and videos to come later from the evening here at Moksha NDG.

Living Your Moksha Be Healthy Smoothie

1 large banana
150 g strawberries (about 6-8 medium)
160 g swiss chard (about 2 leaves)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cups of water
a little piece of fresh ginger (peeled)

Put all the ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smooth.

Remember you can adjust the proportions to your taste. Feel free to start with more fruit or if your daring more ginger or swiss chard.

Enjoy in the morning for breakfast or after an awesome yoga class.

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Ginger and Flaxseed Green Smoothie


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Ingredients

1 cup water

1 banana

5 frozen strawberries

3-4 swiss chard leaves, washed and bottom of stems removed

Fresh ginger, peeled , piece approx the size of 1/2 your thumb

1 tbsp flaxseed, grind first if your blender isn’t powerful enough to grind them in the smoothie

Instructions

Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Yield: Approx. 2 1/2 cups

Note: you can always you use fresh strawberries if they are in season where ever you live.  If you do you may want to add a few ice cubes if you want your smoothie cold.

This recipe can easily be doubled if you have a big blender and want to make more.  The quantity here is about one big glass.

Simple, healthy, and tastes amazing. Enjoy.

 

A little info on swiss chard for you. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2399/2

 

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