All posts filed under: Lunch

Vegan Moringa Palak “Paneer”

A couple of months ago, I attended the San Francisco Fancy Food Fest where I had the opportunity to discover so many new food products. One of the special exhibits revolved around foods of the future, sharing how sustainability and biodiversity trends in how we grow, produce and develop food will influence what is on store shelves and menus in the future. In today’s recipe, I’m sharing one special product that caught my eye: moringa. Moringa is one stunner of a superfood. It has 2x the protein, 3x more calcium and 4x more iron than kale! As one of the most nutritious greens on the planets, it provides a source of plant-based protein, essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, and 46 antioxidants. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, moringa is an important food source for fighting malnutrition in parts of the world such as India and Africa. Even after drying, the leaves retain many of the vitamins and minerals. It is often used as a supplement for a variety of medical conditions such as anemia, arthritis, …

Cruciferous Superfood Slaw with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Happy Saturday! Today I have a short and sweet post with the easiest, anti-oxidant packed salad to toss together that is popping with color and flavor. Even better, you can prepare it 2 ways: eat it raw as a salad or sautee it to serve over your favorite grain, like quinoa. Recently, I’ve started making my own dressings at home because I’ve realized that most ready-made dressings are filled with preservatives and added sugars, not to mention overpriced! Creating your dressings at home is super simple and can be done with things you already have in your kitchen. Here is my basic dressing recipe equation: something creamy (nut butter, mustard) + something acidic (lemon, vinegar) + [something savory (salt, pepper, herbs) or something sweet (fruit, juice, dates, agave)] + water to desired consistency The lemon-tahini dressing I’ve paired this salad with is so creamy and has become a staple that I batch make on the weekends. It’s a perfect addition to everything from salads, grains, as a dip, or even a spread for wraps or …

Harissa Couscous Stuffed Endive

Happy Saturday everyone! Weekends make for the perfect time to experiment with new recipes and plan your meals for the week. Today, I have a new recipe that is so simple (honestly, barely any cooking involved) but will totally wow your guests at your next dinner party. Seriously, how elegant do these look?! One of my goals for my recipes this year is to experiment with unique flavor profiles. A couple of months ago while traveling in the spice souk (market) in Dubai, I discovered harissa—an Arabic spice made with hot red chilis, aromatic spices, and earthy herbs. I’ve always loved Middle Eastern cuisine because of how vegetarian/vegan-friendly, healthy, and flavorful it is. As a staple to North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, harissa pairs perfectly with couscous and truly makes this dish stand out! Harissa Couscous Stuffed Endive ▸ Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, raw, refined sugar-free Makes: approx. 30-35 stuffed endive leaves Total Time: 15 min Fresh harissa seasoning: 1/2 cup dried chiles minced 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tsp asafetida 1 teaspoon caraway seeds To make, first toast …

Creamy, Dreamy, Garlic-free Hummus

Happy Holidays! I hope that those celebrating had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying plenty of delicious, wholesome plant-based foods over the holidays. As these weeks are often packed with sweet treats and indulgent potlucks, keeping up with a balanced diet is tough! So over the next few posts, I wanted to share some recipes to make eating healthy during the holiday season a little bit easier. Hopefully, it also helps kickstart some of those 2019 resolutions! And hummust be honest, they are quite delicious 😉 Today’s recipe is for traditional hummus–a staple snack in my kitchen for several reasons: Chickpeas are loaded with nutrients! They are an excellent vegan source of protein and fiber–allowing you will stay fuller longer and hopefully, less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks. Making hummus from scratch is SO easy: gather your ingredients and toss it in a blender or food processor. Store it in the fridge in an air-tight container and it should stay good for 4-7 days. Alternatively, I’ve read that you can also freeze hummus for …

Diwali Week Recipe #2: Burrito Bowl Bhel + Mango-Peach Habañero Salsa!

Whether you are wandering down a busy Mexico city street or catching a rickshaw to Bombay’s Chowpatti beach, there is nothing better than getting a taste of local “secret-recipe” street food! Here is a fun fusion of two of my favorite cuisines and street foods! Makes 2-3 servings Ingredients: 1 cup Bhel mix 1 handful tortilla chips, crushed 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (I used the mini ones) Handful of lettuce, shredded 1/2 cup roasted corn 1/2 cup cooked beans (black, pinto, or kidney) 1 avocado, diced 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1 tsp ground cumin lemon juice to taste Jain Salsa (to turn it into mango-peach habañero salsa: skip the corn and peppers, +add 1/2 peach diced + add 1/2 mango diced & sub jalapeño for 1/2 habañero pepper for a real kick!) Directions: Just mix it all together! Top with mango-peach habañero salsa. Serve immediately.

It’s Diwali Week! Tamarind Curried Cauliflower + Cucumber Raita

Hello beautiful friends! In honor of Diwali this Thursday, October 19th, I will be posting a new Indian recipe throughout the week! Today’s recipe is… Tamarind Curried Cauliflower + Cucumber Raita This recipe makes a PERFECT side dish or appetizer for any upcoming Diwali dinner, a quick, filling lunch, or even as a filling in a wrap (throw in some more salad veggies and avocado)! So, a little bit about Diwali: Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an Indian holiday celebrated by many faiths including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains. While each religion has their own perspective behind the occassion, they all share the common commemoration of victory of good over evil, and start of a new year. On this day, we decorate our homes with many deevos (lamps), create beautiful designs with rangoli (basically, next level chalk art), dress up in traditional Indian attire, spend time with family, and eat a lot delicious food including mithai (Indian sweets–here is a healthy version mithai hack)! In Jainism, Diwali signifies the anniversary of Lord Mahavir’s (the 24th …

Masala Cakes (“Uttapam”) + Coconut Cilantro Chutney | PA School!

Happy Sunday my beautiful friends! I hope that you have been enjoying the recipes from my YJA  webinar on Compassionate Cooking! If you haven’t tried them yet, check them out here and here. I know it has been awhile since I’ve updated the blog, and I’m sure many of you can understand why if you have been following my Instagram. Last summer, I committed myself entirely to my education as I began my masters degree program as a Physician Assistant (PA) student. A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. PAs can practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services. “With an education modeled on the medical school curriculum, PAs learn to make life saving diagnostic and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. PAs are certified as medical generalists with a foundation in primary care. Over the course of their careers, many PAs practice in …

Vegan Tofu Scramble & 5-minute Roasted Corn Salsa | Breakfast Burritos!

Happy Memorial Day! So maybe you’re sleeping in on your extra day off, or getting ready for a lunch picnic with friends. Here is a super easy, quick, and protein-packed recipe from the live webinar I did with Young Jains of America on Compassionate Cooking (video tutorial coming soon on my YouTube channel, so subscribe here!) that will help you kickstart your day: Vegan Tofu Scramble with Roasted Corn Salsa Prep Time: 10 minutes & Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Tofu Scramble: 1 8-oz block tofu, extra firm- drained and crumbled olive oil ½ green chili or jalapeno ½ red/yellow/green bell pepper, sliced thin 2 cups greens (kale or spinach) ½ cup black beans 1 small zucchini chopped 2 stalks chopped celery A handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half ½ cup chopped cilantro (or parsley if you don’t like cilantro) Juice of 1/2 a lemon Hot sauce (Choluda and Tabasco are Jain-friendly!) Spice Paste ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp paprika ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp sea salt Dash of Asafoetida powder (Hing) ~3 tbsp water to make sauce Sliced …

Mediterranean Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Chutney

Oh, this bowl is HEAVENLY. Just close your eyes and imagine taking a bite into the cool cucumbers, tangy olives, smooth avocado, sweet cherry tomatoes, chewy couscous, herbed zucchini, crisp pita triangles, and roasted spicy opo squash. This bowl makes for an eclectic array of textures, flavors, and colors. But the most magical ingredient of them all is the incredibly flavorful and nutty, roasted red pepper chutney. It impeccably ties all the ingredients together to create the ultimate tastebud experience. You could even use the chutney as a spread on toast, or as a dip for savory crackers and veggies. Loaded with protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and vitamins–could there be a more perfect way to eat a wholesome and delicious meal? This recipe makes enough for about 3 hearty bowls. I’ve broken up the ingredients and directions for each component of the bowl below. Feel free to add or substitute different types of salads or dips. Maybe try some pickled cabbage, labneh, dried fruit compote, or falafel? Mmmm. Mediterranean Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Chutney: Roasted Red Pepper Chutney: Makes about 1.5 …

Asian Lettuce Wraps with Chili Peanut Sauce

Cool and crisp–lettuce wraps are a fantastic way to get your daily serving of veggies and more! These healthy wraps are high in protein and totally vegan. They are so simple to make and are perfect as a lunch or appetizer item. Ingredients you’ll need: Dice the following ingredients for the filling: 3/4 cup purple cabbage 1 medium red bell pepper 1 medium orange bell pepper 1/2 cup water chestnuts 1/2 cup bamboo shoots (optional) 1 bulb of fennel (sliced like in the picture above) 3/4 cup of baby corn 2-3 stems of celery handful of cilantro handful of pea sprouts or bean sprouts 1 block organic extra-firm tofu organic coconut oil Sambal Oelek Chili Paste low sodium soy sauce sesame oil rice vinegar juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper to taste chopped roasted peanuts (optional) For the Chili Peanut Sauce: 2 tablespoons Sambal Oelek Chili Paste (NOT the Garlic Chili Paste–make sure you read this correctly!) 2-3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce lemon juice to taste To …