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The Side Dish from Heaven: Jamaican Curry Cabbage

To start off, I believe that cabbage is life! It compliments almost every ethnic dish from Indian to African cuisines, and just never gets old for me. This is why I had to test out a way to make this cruciferous veggie texture, taste, and picture perfect.

It took a lot of trial and error (luckily not too much error!) but I feel that this is a flavor most people would enjoy, especially without having the extra crunchy texture and bitter taste cabbage usually leaves behind. Even though I eat a very low-salt diet, the spices overpower the possible bitterness and still give me my savory fix. Say goodbye to bleh cabbage and hello to its bomb version!

Now that I’ve let you know my obsession with this recipe, let’s get started!

Ingredients: 

  • Half a head of green cabbage (organic if possible)
  • 1/2 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Jamaican curry powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2-1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • Non-stick skillet

Instructions: 

Heat your skillet on high while chopping your cabbage. When fully heated, turn it down to low-medium and toss cabbage in the skillet. Stir for 4-5 mins or until slightly translucent and then add in coconut milk little by little. Once the cabbage is fully covered by the milk, add in your spices in whatever order you prefer. Cover the skillet with a lid and let it sit for 5-10 mins or until it’s completely translucent and fork-tender. Eat it alongside an awesome ethnic dish and enjoy!

Chunky Chana Masala

 

I’m sure most people would agree that Indian food fucking rocks! I, for one, can’t live without it, so I had to make one of my favorite dishes from the tasty cuisine to satisfy my craving at home.

Chana masala, consisting of chickpeas and a blend of mouth-watering spices, is pretty easy to make with a lot of room for creativity. In this case, I added potatoes to the mix because why not? You can almost never go wrong with potatoes!

Now that you get the idea, let’s get started already!

What you’ll need: 

  • Non-stick skillet
  • Sauce pan
  • Rice cooker or boiling pot
  • Olive oil
  • 1-2 potatoes of your choosing
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Salt/oil-free (if possible) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of white basmati rice
  • Curry powder
  • Garam masala
  • Garlic & onion powder
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne pepper

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat non-stick skillet on med-high heat. Chop potatoes into desired size and toss into skillet. Add a cap-full of olive oil with basic seasonings (garlic, onion, and pepper) and let the taters steam for about 20-25 mins.
  2. Boil rice using the 2:1 (cups of water to rice) ratio. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  3. Once the potatoes are close to being fork-tender, preheat sauce pan on high and toss in chickpeas. Use a cap-full of oil with basic seasonings and stir until slightly browned. Pour in tomato sauce and add in all the spices to taste.
  4. Stir the chickpeas and sauce and let them simmer on low until the potatoes are soft. Then, pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the potatoes and stir until the potatoes are evenly covered.
  5. Add any finishing touches and plate this beautiful meal!

Have fun with this and enjoy!!

Your Perfect Smoothie Bowl Awaits!

Smoothie bowls rule! They’re another perfect meal for the lazy cook but are sometimes wayyy too pretty to eat (not really). It takes some creativity, but you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this tasty treat! Try it out 🙂

What You’ll Need: 

  • High-speed blender
  • A big ol’ bowl
  • Approximately 3 (or more for each) fresh AND frozen bananas
  • Other fruit of your choice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water and/or plant milk
  • Oats and granola (sugar, salt, and oil-free if possible)

Instructions: 

Add about 4-6 ounces of water and/or plant milk to your blender. Toss in an equal amount of fresh and frozen bananas and blend on high for around 10 seconds to prep. Then add any other tasty fruit (like strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, etc.) along with 1/8 tsp of vanilla extract and blend until you are pleased with the consistency. Pour the deliciousness in a bowl and decorate with oats, granola, or more fruit. Be creative and have fun!