All posts tagged: Vegetarian

Mexican Masala Jackfruit

Happy #TacoTuesday! If you are following me on Instagram, you may have caught my Instagram Live tutorial on two delicious mains: Mexican Masala Jackfruit and Tempeh “Sofritas”. Both of these recipes take less than 30 minutes to make, and is a perfect addition to any dish like tacos, burritos, pizza, salads, grain bowls or even as a sabji! In this first of two blog posts, I’ve shared how to make Mexican Masala Jackfruit–a dish that is sure to send your tastebuds off into paradise, at a beach-front fiesta with waves of flavors in every bite. I’ve shared this dish with over 8 friends in the last 3 days and I am proud to say it has pleasantly surprised each and every one of them. Never tried jackfruit? Raw jackfruit has a neutral flavor, with some faint notes of apple, banana, lychee, mango, melon, and pineapple. But when you pair this funky fruit with the right spices, it takes on whatever flavors it’s cooked with and can surely fool non-vegans alike! *I highly recommend using canned …

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 …

Golden Vegan French Toast

Walking down the aisles of Whole Foods, I’ve noticed that so many products today are spiced up with some golden fairy dust: turmeric. You’ll find turmeric cereal, face masks, soap, popcorn, crackers, vitamins…and even toothpaste. We might as well say that turmeric is the new kale! Now, you’re probably thinking–isn’t turmeric a root? Yes, you’re right. Dried turmeric and dried ginger powder are two “root exceptions” in the Jain diet, which are permitted because they are used in small quantities, not as a flavor-enhancer, and primarily for health benefit. Turmeric is the superfood of ancient and modern-day India. Growing up, turmeric was a staple in the Indian food my mom made, and a first-line medication for any signs of sickness. With a sprinkle of turmeric, the aroma of curry fills the room. Sore throat? Take a shot of warm, salty water mixed with a heaping spoon of turmeric. While a not-so-tasty herbal concoction, it has consistently proved it’s miraculous healing power.  Now you can even find vegan turmeric vitamins to take daily! To note, it is important …

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 …

Avocado Corn Salsa

Did you know avocados are a berry, not a vegetable? Here are some quick stats on the lovely fruit: Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, unlike most fruits which are high in carbohydrates. They are low in saturated fats (unhealthy fat). They contain more potassium than a banana! Potassium is essential for blood pressure regulation. The are abundant in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E A quick trick to know if your avocados are ripe: Gently peel off the stem and look for a bright green color like below. Then your avocado is ready to go! Ingredients: 2-3 ripe avocados, diced 2 diced medium roma tomatoes or 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh green chilli, diced (for spicier version) 1/2 cup black beans (optional, but adds a good source of protein!) handful of cilantro 1 tsp cumin juice of 1/2 lemon (or to taste) salt to taste 1-2 tsp paprika How to make: Simply toss all prepped ingredients into a bowl …

3-step Vegan Thai Coconut Curry

Vegan Thai Coconut Curry Behold the mighty coconut. Full of vitality, nutrition, and sustainable practices, coconuts are incredibly versatile from providing nutrition, to fuel and shelter. As the main ingredient of this recipe, coconut milk provides a savory and creamy base for vegan curries (also check out this recipe) and for those who are lactose intolerant. It makes for a great substitute for not only milk, but heavy whipping cream in many soups or Indian curries. You can also try adding a splash into smoothies, oatmeal, or to hydrate chia seeds into a pudding. With just 3 easy steps, create this savory curry in no time! Makes 5 servings Ingredients: 2 cups chopped mixed bell peppers (about 1 medium size pepper of each color: red, yellow, orange, green) 2 cups broccoli 2 cup yellow corn firm tofu cubes (optional) 1 can coconut milk 2 green chili’s (Serrano or Thai) juice from half of lemon freshly ground sea salt and black pepper green chili paste, optional handful of chopped fresh cilantro coconut oil Directions: 1. Heat 1-2 …

Almond Crusted Tofu with Roasted Red Pepper Fusilli

Almond Crusted Tofu with Roasted Red Pepper Fusilli Almond Crusted Tofu: Ingredients for Almond Crusted Tofu: 1 block extra-firm tofu 1 cup raw almonds ½ tsp salt ground black pepper, to taste ½ tsp paprika 1 tsp Italian seasoning 2 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp lemon juice ½ cup water olive oil oat flour, for dusting 2 tbsp flax meal + 4 tbsp water, mixed To make the Almond Crusted Tofu: Drain and press tofu. Slice extra firm tofu into 1/2 inch slices and then in half to form triangular pieces. Marinade tofu slices in a shallow dish with soy sauce, lemon juice, and water for 1 hour. Use a food processor to grind 1 cup of raw almonds into tiny crumbly, pieces. Fold in spices, seasonings, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove marinated tofu and dab off any excess marinade with a paper towel. Quickly dust in flour, dip in a dish of flax-meal water mixture, and coat with almond+salt+pepper crumbs. The flax-meal water mixture will help adhere the almond crust. Add each …

Roasted Baby Heirloom Bruschetta

Roasted Baby Heirloom Bruschetta A sweet symphony of baby heirloom tomatoes paired with a creamy avocado spread and a dash cayenne, this appetizer tastes as good as it sounds! What you will need: Yeast-free Sourdough bread, sliced (or other bruschetta bread) Olive oil Black pepper Cayenne pepper 1 tbsp raw tahini Hand-full of Baby heirloom tomatoes, halved or quartered Jain guacamole Drizzle olive oil on the bread slices and toast the sliced sourdough bread in a toaster oven (or regular oven) until lightly browned. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with olive oil. Place baby heirlooms in the dish, spritz with olive oil and top with ground black pepper. Roast tomatoes for 15 minutes at 400 F, until the skin begins to crinkle. Meanwhile, prepare the avocado spread by following the Jain Guacamole recipe, but make sure to add 1 tbsp of raw tahini and mix well so that the spread is smoother than regular guacamole. Spread the avocado over the toasted bread slices. Use a fork to place the roasted tomatoes on …

Winter ‘Bu Smoothie

Polar vortex is taking over much of the U.S., but here in Malibu, winter is feeling a bit like summer 😉 So whether you are stuck in the snow or have your toes in the sand, kick back with this refreshing, tropical Winter ‘Bu Smoothie. Here is the ‘Bu at dawn: Winter Mali(‘Bu) Smoothie  1 cup natural coconut water 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 ripe banana 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks 1 cup baby spinach 2 fresh/frozen slices of pineapple 1 tbs chia seeds wedge of lime mint to garnish ice Blend until smooth. Sip to soothe. The ‘Bu during the day: #thebluffs at dusk: #elmatador at sunset: #nofilter