Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge

Breakfast, Dessert, Learn, Local, Love Local, Nourish, recipes, Salad, Vegan

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If you want a super filling breakfast, this is the perfect thing for you. I had a bowl of it and felt stuffed. It’s also a great use of any leftover cooked quinoa.

I used to make quinoa porridge before using soy milk, and if you want something a bit lighter, you can sub the coconut milk with soy milk. Since I’m striving to live more zero waste though, I opted for the coconut milk as I could buy mature coconut meat to turn into coconut meat without any trash. But I’m going to try making rice milk soon, so that’s pretty exciting!

For now though, I’ll share this recipes with you. I personally love carrot cake, so this was an instant win for me. Quinoa + Carrots + Coconut Milk = Heaven!

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Carrot Cake Quinoa Porridge

Good for 3-4 People

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Grated Carrots
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1-2 Cups Coconut Milk (or preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 3-4 Tbs Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Chia Seeds

Instructions:

  1. Place the quinoa, cinnamon, water, carrots, chia seeds, and coconut sugar into the pan and cook on medium-low.
  2. Once you need more liquid, add the coconut water in 1/2 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Top with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.
  4. Serve, share, and Enjoy!

Feel free to sub the coconut milk for another non-dairy alternative, or lessen the coconut milk and increase the water if you aren’t used to eating too much fat. The coconut milk is very fatty, so just adjust according to your preference.

I hope you get to try this recipe for yourself! If you do, please do tag me with #THPnourish and let me know how you like it.

 

Peace and Love,

Mirabai

Sweet Potato Pancakes

#LazyVeganEats, Breakfast, Learn, Local, Love Local, Nourish, recipes, Uncategorized, Vegan

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I don’t think I’ve met anyone that doesn’t like pancakes. So far in my 25 years of existence, I’ve only met people that like pancakes. Probably because pancakes are delicious. They’re a great breakfast food! But conventional pancakes have eggs, dairy, or butter, which isn’t exactly healthy. So I made a delicious sweet potato pancake that is actually filling and healthy. It only has 6 ingredients too! The simpler a food is, the better in my opinion. This is also an oil-free version so it’s very low in fat, high in carbs and fiber. They might not be the regular fluffy pancake, but these are packed with nutrients.

Make this for breakfast, or a delicious snack! Best served in the company of friends or family. Food tastes better shared!

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 3/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/4 Cup Mashed or Blended Sweet Potato
  • 3-4 Tbs Coconut Sugar (Or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 1/4 Nut Milk of choice

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda together in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Mix together the sweet potato, coconut sugar, and nut milk together (you can use a blender if you’re lazy like me)
  3. Mix both the dry mix and the wet mix until fully incorporated, best to use a spatula or wooden spoon to avoid over mixing.
  4. Heat up a non-stick pan and cook the pancakes on medium high. Wait for bubbles before flipping the pancakes. (If you don’t have a non-stick pan, just use a regular pan and put some coconut oil or vegan butter on the pan to prevent sticking)
  5. Serve with your choice of fruits, vegan syrup like rice syrup, coconut syrup, agave nectar, etc. You can also top it with vegan butter, nuts, seeds, etc. The possibilities are endless!

I hope you get to try this out and let me know how you like it!

 

Peace and love,

Mirabai

 

Simple Cochata

#LazyVeganEats, Breakfast, Drinks, Learn, Local, Love Local, Nourish, recipes, Vegan

If you like the taste of coconut milk and cinnamon, then this is the perfect drink for you.  I personally loooove coconut milk, I think it’s deliciously sweet and creamy. I also love to add cinnamon to anything I can add it to because of the nutritional benefits of it, and in this case, I added a lot!

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Now this recipe is very similar to one of my previous recipes, but I can’t help it, I love this combination. If you know my eating habits, I tend to enjoy eating or drinking the same things for weeks at a time. If I like something, I don’t mind having it as many times as possible. So that’s what happened with this.

This is definitely a cheaper and more sustainable version if you live in the Philippines or in a tropical country where coconut milk is abundant. It also has much less ingredients and is unprocessed, unlike store bought non-dairy milks. This is also a great zero waste option if you’re also conscious about the waste you produce. I always thought that the less ingredients, the better.

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Cochata

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (take it easy if you don’t like cinnamon as much as me though)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbs coconut sugar or sweetener of choice (adjust to your own taste)
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Mix everything in a jar, chill, and serve on ice.
  2. Enjoy!

I sure hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know if you decide to try it out! #THPnourish

 

Peace and love,

Mirabai

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

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!

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

Local, Nourish, recipes, smoothie

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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

Learn, Local, Nourish, recipes, Workshops

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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!

 

Peanut Butter Smoothie with a Veggie Secret

Local, Move, Nourish, recipes

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Want to get someone who hates vegetables to eat vegetables? My favourite way is through smoothies! What better way than by using the sweetness of the fruit to mask the taste of the vegetables? This is a smoothie I made the other day because I bought a tub of powdered peanut butter. I bought some bananas that morning and some vegetables, so I made this Peanut Butter Smoothie with Carrot!

Most kids don’t like carrots, but a lot of kids love peanut butter! So why not get them to eat their veggies while thinking they are having something sinful? Fee free to half the recipe since this recipe feeds one MiraMonkey and a MiraMonkey eats for a family of 4 humans.

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Carrot Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium ripe Bananas (12 pesos)
  • 1 Large Carrot (8 pesos)
  • 2 Tbs Powdered Peanut Butter (15 pesos)
  • Water or Ice (12 pesos per ice pack)

Instructions:

  1. Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place in a Jar of cup of choice.
  3. Feed to picky kids and watch them eat some veggies!
  4. Drink some yourself, and Enjoy!

Total Cost: 47 pesos for a 2 Liter Smoothie

I computed the price to show you how cheap it can actually be to have a healthy vegan meal. This is a meal for me, pretty much. Not all meals are the same, but I hope to be able to show you more ways to have nutritious and affordable vegan meals that take almost no time to prepare!

Peace and love,

Mirabai the MiraMonkey

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Local, Nourish, recipes

I’m here in Davao and have been here for over a month already. Part of my daily routine is putting my bike panniers on the bike rack and heading to Bankerohan Public Market to stock up on fruits! I’ve really been loving making this particular smoothie just because I can be a bit lazy, but also because I like simple things.

Since I’m living with my amazing friend Sahara, we do not have a freezer so I can’t freeze fruit, but I did bring a blender and the convenience store nearby sells ice so that my smoothie dreams can become a reality. It’s been incredibly hot in Davao City lately as well, so making an ice cold smoothie is a small thing I can do to keep myself from melting.
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I personally finish the entire recipe for breakfast because it’s just so good! It’s a pretty perfect breakfast smoothie too because it’s so rich in water, fiber, sugar and all the good stuff!

Pineapple Banana Smoothie 

Ingredients:
1 Whole Pineapple
5 Bananas
1 Thumb of Ginger (Optional)
Ice (3-4 Cups or as much as you want!)
Instructions:
Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
Serve and enjoy!
 If you don’t have the appetite that I do, feel free to share this with your loved ones or just half the recipe!
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Happy drinking!
Peace and Love,
Mirabai