Roast Vegetables

Roast Vegetables

 – Alice Louey

I love this Roast Vegetables recipe; it is so easy to prepare and makes a great side dish, or the base of a number of different meals. It’s my current favourite take to work lunch, mixed with other leftovers. Each of these vegetables contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and trace elements which are essential for health and vitality, as well as being rich in fibre which helps you feel sated for longer. Match with green vegetables and/or chickpeas, plus hummus for a balanced vegan option, or add as a side dish to a meat-based casserole or a slow cooked meat dish.

Cauliflower Fritters & ‘Nori Chips’

Cauliflower Fritters & ‘Nori Chips’

Cauliflower Fritters & ‘Nori Chips’

An article on Preventing Chronic Disease by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention places cauliflower 24th on the list of  “powerhouse fruits and vegetables”. It is a rich source of nutrients and trace minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, selenium, Vitamin K and many more. Cruciferous vegetables in general, and cauliflower in particular provide important fibre and other benefits that may promote heart health, lower cholesterol, and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Waste not, want not! These yummy fritters can be eaten warm or cold, and the leaves can be dried in the oven and made into delicious chips so you don’t need to throw out any of your cauliflower foliage. While the recipe is supposed to serve 4, these delicious fritters are hard to resist, so make sure that you get your share quickly because they won’t last long.

Quick Vegan Cabbage Fry

Quick Vegan Cabbage Fry

 – Vimala Kumar

Cabbage is a wonderful cruciferous vegetable with anti-carcinogenic properties, as well as the ability to enhance and boost the immune system. Many people who are attempting to lose weight through a healthy diet incorporate cabbage into their menu as it is low in calories and has a delicious natural sweetness.

The addition of onion and ginger paste to this quick vegan cabbage fry makes cabbage easier to digest.  Coconut flakes add a nice texture, along with added flavour and sweetness to this dish.

This quick vegan cabbage fry recipe is good to prepare when one is feeling a bit sick or under the weather.  During these times, the digestive system tends to be weak because the body’s natural defences are hampered.  Additionally many people take medications like antibiotics which tends to disrupt the delicate gut flora.  Therefore eating food that is simple, bland and easy to digest is a good strategy to adopt.

Mung Bean Noodles with Greens and Sesame Sauce

Mung Bean Noodles with Greens and Sesame Sauce

Mung Bean Noodles with Greens and Sesame Sauce – Alice Louey

One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves food therapy, where different foods have different thermal effects on the body such as heating, cooling and neutral.  You can then use these different foods to take care of your own health. For example, according to TCM, there are are skin conditions that may be caused by too much “heat” such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatis, and rosacea. Some people with these skin conditions will then benefit from eating more foods which have a “cooling” influence on the body.

This yummy dish contains “cooling” mung bean noodles, tofu, cucumber and watercress. The addition of slightly “warming” ginger and garlic also help with digestion.

Sesame paste and oil are deeply nourishing. They are packed with protein, magnesium and other nutrients. As well as adding a wonderful depth of flavour to the dish, studies suggest that consistent use of sesame may help in lowering blood pressure, blocking cholesterol production, preventing diabetes and improving plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics. (Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine 2006 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1942178/)

 

Steamed Oysters with Ginger and Chilli

Steamed Oysters with Ginger and Chilli

This delicious meal of  “Steamed Oysters with Ginger and Chilli” is quick and easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients.

Oysters are reputed to be an aphrodisiac, the truth is that they have a many health properties and support your kidney energy which is important in promoting libido and sexual function. They enrich your blood and are high in zinc and other trace minerals like magnesium, potassium, selenium, manganese and calcium which is why they are often regarded as a superfood.

Ginger is a very powerful ingredient commonly used to help with digestion and prevent nausea (great for travel sickness and morning sickness). It also has documented tumour-suppressing capabilities and is a powerful antioxidant and yang tonic.

Lemons / Limes and Salt have very positive digestive properties. They are important for healthy hydration, balancing your intestinal ph, reducing muscle and intestinal cramps, and promoting heart health.

Chilli adds flavour and can be reduced or eliminated if preferred, or if your constitution is ‘warm’.