Durian Curry and Durian Cheese || NOURISH

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I LOVE DURIAN. If you’ve been following my instagram, you would know that I love durian. If you know me personally, you would know that I love durian. We have one durian tree in our house and whenever a durian falls, it’s like Christmas in our house. I mean, who doesn’t rejoice when there is delicious free durian?

Last year I went to Davao City to eat durian. It was my first time visiting and the durian did not disappoint. This year I arranged a the Madayaw Fruit Fest in Davao with my awesome friends because I wanted to share with other people how delicious durian is. We went to some farms and feasted on unlimited durian and drank freshly picked coconuts. It was a glorious time! But after the 3rd time I went to a Durian farm and after a month of non-stop durian, I was all durian-ed out. I still am. I didn’t think it was possible but it happened.

Before I had too much durian though, I was experimenting on how else to eat it. One day I thought it would be awesome to make Durian Curry. Another day I made Durian Cheese, another day was a day for a Durian and Dill dip. I only wrote down the recipes of the first two, so I’ll just share those today.

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Durian Curry Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Durian Flesh (Remove the seeds)
  • 3 Tbs Water
  • 1/2 Tbs Liquid Aminos/Coconut Aminos
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Small Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 2-3 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2-1 tsp Salt (Depending on preference)
  • Freshly Squeezed Calamansi Juice to taste

 

  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Spring Onion
  • 3 Small Red Bell Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients into the Vitamix Blender or any blender you have, and blend until smooth.
  2. Add in the chopped spring onion and red bell pepper, and fold into the dip.
  3. Choose veggies to dip, or spread on bread, use as a dip for nachos, or spread in a sandwich.

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Durian Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups Fresh Durian Flesh
  • 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbs Water
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1 Tbs Calamansi

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients into the Vitamix Blender or any blender you have and blend until smooth.
  2. Spread wherever your heart desires.

I spread it on a raw Pizza crust and topped it with lots of chopped veggies, and it was Raw Vegan heaven! You can also top it on some cucumber noodles or just dip some veggies in it. The possibilities are endless and it mostly depends on what you’re craving.

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Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

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The Healthy Pinay x Vitamix Philippines at VegFest Pilipinas 2016

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Just a few more days until VegFest Pilipinas 2016, and it makes me so happy to know that Veganism is going mainstream in the Philippines! It’s really exciting to think of a that the Philippines will be having its own VegFest! Imagine being able to eat anything for any booth, pretty awesome, right? Pretty sure my wallet is going to cry from emptiness afterwards.

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Aside from the actual festival, I’ll also be doing a demo on November 13 at 5PM with Vitamix Philippines which I am very excited and scared about. It is a free event, so I hope you can stop by!

Matcha Chia Pudding and Chocolate Nice Cream

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So I’m back in Manila which means I’m back in the Traffic Capital of the Philippines, but it also means I am back in my kitchen. So what do I make for my sister and I? Something with matcha and some cacao.

This was my deliciously earthy bowl of goodness and it was everything I needed. It was also full of antioxidants and just packed with nutrients.

Matcha chia pudding is one of my favorites, and with chia pudding you can easily make it the night before and let is soak overnight. It’s a perfect thing to make to take on the go.

Matcha Chia Pudding

  • 2 Chia Seeds
  • 2/3 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Matcha Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Spirulina Powder
  • 1/2 Tbs Coconut Sugar

Mix everything in a jar and let soak for 4 hours.

Chocolate Nice Cream

  • 2 Tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 8 Medium Frozen Bananas
  • 3 Tbs Almond Milk

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Place the nice cream in a bowl, pour over some of the matcha chia pudding and melt some chocolate with a tsp of coconut oil and splatter on top. Also sprinkled some pumpkin seeds to stay with the color scheme.

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Steamed Veggies, Peanut Sauce, and Calamansi Juice || NOURISH #EasyVeganEats

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#EasyVeganEats

I know that I am not the only one that like simple meals. I also know that I am part of the majority in the world that does not have hours and hours to make their food. Most of the time all I do is chop my food and eat it, simple as that. But there are also times when I make food that is a bit more grounding and requires cooking.

I love potatoes, and I think it is one of my top starches beside rice. I’m asian, so rice is pretty much in my blood. Once I went on the high carb vegan wagon though, I started loving potatoes even more! Prior to the shift my favourite way to eat potatoes was in the form of deep fried hash browns and french fries. Nowadays I like it plain, or drowned in calamansi (native limes) because I am addicted to that stuff.

This was a super simple meal i made when it started raining in the middle of the day here in Davao City. It was the first time to rain during the daytime since I’ve been here and it brought me this feeling of wanting something warm and grounding so I steamed some potatoes and harvested one alugbati from the garden so around 1/6th of this meal was free! I would have gotten more if I had taken to account how much they would shrink. Silly me.

The sauce of this was incredibly easy to make as well, just mixing everything with a fork and you’ve got a pretty good sauce within just a few minutes with very little effort! I really enjoy low effort food, specially when you’ve got a lot of work on your plate.

Quick, Simple, and Easy. that is how I like my food to be. Tasty is a given of course, I don’t want to be eating anything that isn’t tasty. That’s what this meal is.

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#EasyVeganEats: Steamed Potatoes, Alugbati and Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium Potatoes
  • A big bunch of Alugbati

Sauce

  • 2 Tbs Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Nectar
  • 2 Tbs Calamansi
  • 1 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Water
  • Pepper & Chill Flakes to taste

Instructions:

  1. Chop and steam the potatoes until tender.
  2. Steam the alugbati.
  3. Mix the “sauce”
  4. Serve in a beautiful plate.
  5. Enjoy!

It should also be noted that this sauce can be used for salads or as a dip for spring rolls. If you decide to use it as a dip though, simply omit the water so that it creates a thicker consistency and is less watery.

Want a juice that takes little to no time? Make some Calamansi Juice in just a few minutes! This is perfect to share or just to drink all by yourself like me because I love Calamansi Juice with a passion.

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#EasyVeganEats: Calamansi Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Pure Calamansi Juice
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 7-8 Tbs Coconut Nectar (adjust to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbs Chia Seeds (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix everything in a jar.
  2. Serve. Enjoy. Make it again. Repeat.

If you like you can chill this in the fridge first before serving, or lessens he water a bit and serve it with some ice. Whatever floats your boat!

That was pretty easy, right?

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

Leftover Salad || #LazyVeganEats

#LazyVeganEats, Breakfast, Learn, Nourish, recipes, Salad

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Everyone gets lazy, right?

Or is it just me and my circle of friends?

We all have our moments when we just don’t want to do certain things.

Today I didn’t want to go out to buy fruit and I had pretty much nothing left in the kitchen, but I think I managed pretty well for someone who had nothing. I had 5 leftover cucumbers, some cabbage, a few tomatoes, a red bell pepper, 2 calamansi and some seeds, nuts and spices in the kitchen.

What did I make? I peeled the cucumber and made some cucumber noodles by just peeling it and peeling it until I reached the core. Repeat that with all the cucumbers. After that I chopped the cabbage really thinly. Chopped the tomatoes and mixed everything. I also made a really simple dressing using sesame seeds, some water, 1 bell pepper, 1 tomato, 2 calamansi, some nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt. Poured that over the salad and topped with with chili flakes and I was pretty much set. It would have tasted better with more calamansi though, but at times like these, you gotta make due with what your lazy vegan bum has.

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If you look at it though, it’s not too bad for a “whatever is left in the kitchen” type of meal, right? Whenever you are left with few options, your creativity and skill gets put to the test.

What are the things you’ve made at times when you pretty much had no food? I’m sure there are much more creative dishes out there than mine. I’m quite proud of what I created though with what I had.

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

 

 

Choco Chia Pudding || NOURISH

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I have to say, I really like chocolate.

Mostly cacao nibs. Raw. Roasted. Coated in Coconut Sugar. Blended into hot cocoa. The possibilities with cacao are endless.

I also happen to live with someone at the moment who also loves chocolate, probably more than I do.

I love making Chia pudding. Ever since I discovered this amazing seed, I just fell in love! So I love making different types of Chia puddings and thought I would share the one I made for breakfast today with you. Normally I put this in the fridge overnight so I have a ready made breakfast in the fridge for the next day, but I don’t have a fridge and this still turned out fantastic!

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Choco Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 350-400 mL Chocolate Non-Dairy Milk (I used Natura Chocolate Almond Milk for this specific recipe)
  • 2-3 Tbs Cacao Nibs
  • Coconut Sugar (Optional- If needed for added sweetness)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the Chia seeds and non-dairy milk together and make sure the chia seeds don’t stick together. Best to mix as you pour one into the other.
  2. Add the Cacao nibs in and mix in so they can nice and soft.
  3. Leave to soak for at least an hour, if you like it cold keep in the fridge, if not room temp also works.
  4. Taste to see if you need extra sweetness and add coconut sugar according to you taste preference.
  5. Serve and enjoy in all its Choco goodness!

This is a perfect option for anyone who has no time in the morning to prepare an energizing breakfast. It’s also easy to eat on the go, and it’s really yummy.

Hope you enjoy it!

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

Tahooooooo || #PinoyVeganEats

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I live in the Philippines and there really aren’t that many vegan options here. We do have a lot of sweet vegan options though and a lot of them revolves rice., but that’s for another day and another post. This time I just want to talk about Taho.

What is Taho?

It’s pretty much silken tofu or tofu pudding with arnibal (Sweetener) and sago or tapioca pearls. If you don’t like sago, you can always ask them not to put any, and if you want more arnibal, you can also ask them to add more. This is usually served hot, but you can get it chilled also in some places like chinese restaurants, if I’m not mistaken. There are usually sold by a guy carrying this metal container carrying it on his shoulders. I should have taken a photo of him, but you can just google it if you really want to see it. If you’re in the Philippines and you hear someone shouting “Tahooooooo”, it means there’s a guys selling it walking by and you should grab a mug and buy some.

Is it Vegan?

Yes! Although if you get the chilled ones, you need to check and make sure they did not use any gelatine (aka something gross that is derived from animal bones. ew, right?). The hot one don’t contain any though so that’s safe for you to ingest!

Use a mug.

Since I am trying to live zero waste or at least as close to it as possible, I like to use my own container whenever I buy some taho. Although I haven’t had some in many months, but that’s usually how my family does it because they usually serve hot taho in a thin single use plastic cup. So I do advise that you use a mug instead if you can.

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I’ve let some friends try this before who were visiting the Philippines, some people like it and some people don’t. It’s all a mater of preference. This is a popular breakfast option here in the Philippines because it is served hot in the morning. It’s quite hard to find it during the day time actually. If you find yourself in Baguio City, you can even get taho with Strawberries in the arnibal which is even better than regular taho in my opinion, so you should definitely give it a try!

 

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

Free Greens

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I hate whenever people tell me it’s hard to go vegan because it costs a lot. Or when they say that it’s expensive to eat healthy. Let’s get things straight, you can make it as expensive or as cheap as you want. You can buy all your food from Healthy Options and buy all imported goods, or you can just go to your nearby palengke or market and just buys some local produce. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to Health shops because they have chia seeds, flax seeds, and other great wonders not grown locally, but that should only be a small percentage of your daily diet.

Here’s a quick tip if you want to add more nutrition into your diet for cheap, free even. I recently bought some fresh alugbati and put it in a raw pizza because I like to get as much of my produce locally, and alugbati just so happens to be really cheap at 30 pesos per kilo, and a kilo is a lot of alugbati! After I took the leaves out from the stems, I planted the stems into the ground at my friend’s place where I’m staying now. It’s been around 2 weeks since and I have an abundant supply of alugbati now for free! I just water it with the water from my laundry because I use an all-natural soap for my clothes, and they have been getting really big and abundant! Try and plant something, you’ll never know what you are capable of and how much it could save you as well!

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Today I made a breakfast smoothie, and I wanted to spend as little as possible for it, so I used the bananas I had left, harvested some alugbati, bought some ice, and used some of the cacao nibs I was given when I was in Kaputian in Samal Island.

Here’s the breakdown of ingredients with the prices:

  • Bananas: 20 pesos per kilo
  • Ice: 12 pesos per bag
  • Alugbati: FREE
  • Cacao Nibs: FREE (it was a gift)

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Eating healthy doesn’t mean just eating salads all day, it just means eating more nutritious things or at least adding more of it to your meals. Eating healthy also does not mean eating 1,000 pesos per kilo kale when you can only afford 10 peso pechay. If anything, I would go for the pechay anyway because it’s cheaper. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your budget. Lately I’ve been finding that I am more of a budgetarian than a vegan (just kidding, I’m just a vegan on a budget). Do what you can, it’s your life and your money.  Just be mindful, and you can have whatever you want!

Want to eat healthier?  Eat vegan and  local. What to eat cheaper? Eat local. Want to support your country? Eat local. Keep it simple.

Sending you green hugs and high fives,

Mirabai

Healthy Made Simple || Davao Workshop || FULLYBOOKED

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Hello beautiful people!

As some of you know, I have been in Davao City for about a month and a half now. I organized a small gathering here with my awesome friends called the Madayaw Davao Fruit Fest in September and we also organized a Plant-Based Nutrition Talk and Food Demo which I  did with the beautiful Kristine Crouch.

This time I am doing a Health talk and Food Prep Demo with The Vegan Dinosaur here in Davao City on October 23, 2016. We will talk about how to eat healthy and how to make it simple for those who have no time to spend hours in the kitchen. We will also do a recipe demo and have free tastes and some freebies as well!

 

SLOTS ARE OFFICIALLY FULLY BOOKED!

 

How to make Hot Chocolate without using Heat || NOURISH

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Right now I am living in a house where we have no means of cooking. Well, sort of. There is a steamer and a rice cooker but those take way too long to make hot chocolate, and there are nights when I just want a hot cup of cocoa. Luckily I’ve got a Vitamix in the house so I don’t even need to use heat when I want a hot drink, I can just use friction.

I love making hot chocolate in the Vitamix because it takes me less time really. I made sure to count this time it only took me 2 minutes until it was hot and steamy. If you want this to be frothy and and creamy, I suggest adding maybe 2 Tbs of soaked cashews make it thicker. This is just a version that has less fat it in compared to normal hot cocoa because I used powdered peanut butter which has less fat than regular peanut butter and doesn’t have the oily-ness of peanut butter. I use cashews when I don’t have powdered peanut butter though, or just soy milk and lessen the water.

If you don’t have a Vitamix… You can just switch the cacao nibs for cocoa powder probably and heat everything on a stove top or just mix it all with hot water. It should work. Also take note that this serving is for a MerMonkey which means it serves probably 4 people because I eat for a family of 4 hungry humans.

If you like cold drinks, you can blend this until smooth then serve it with ice, or blend it with have of the water until smooth then add some ice to the blender until you’ve got your desired consistency. There are many different ways to enjoy this, really.

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Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter and Cinnamon

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs Cacao Nibs
  • 7 Tbs Coconut Sugar
  • 3 Tbs Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 3- 3 1/2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients into the Vitamin Blender and blend until smoooooooth, or follow the other instructions I wrote above.

Total time blending until hot:  2-3 minutes

If you don’t have a Vitamix and want to get one for your kitchen, you can check them out here or here.

Hope you enjoy!

Peace and love,

Mirabai