I have always loved Indian food. The rich combination of spices and herbs used in their cuisine is nothing short of mouthwatering and amazing—it awakens all my senses.
It’s funny to look back and see how much our lives have changed, isn’t it? I once considered myself a horrible cook, someone who loved food but hated the process of actually making it. Nowadays, I love to search for recipes online, follow countless food blogs (mostly vegan) and cherish the time (hours) I spend in the kitchen, listening to jazz, sipping on my Yogi Tea and making delicious, healthful meals for us to enjoy.
A couple of Saturdays ago, my husband and I drove down to Antigua to pay a visit to the market and run a couple of errands. We absolutely love Antigua, so whenever we have an opportunity to head down there we never, ever hesitate.
As a kid I never used to eat my vegetables. Actually, well into my adult years the only vegetables I ‘kind of liked’ were carrots, broccoli and zucchini (forget about leafy greens). It was horrible, I know, but I was a fussy child when it came to food.
I love risotto. It’s one of those comforting dishes that you can enjoy pretty much all year long. Ever since I learned to make my own, healthier versions right here from the comfort of my home, the creamy, ultra cheesy, buttery versions you can order at many restaurants no longer appeal to me. Why eat these unhealthy extra calories when I can make a risotto that is just as rich, fulfilling, delicious and, best of all, is guilt-free?
Tart and sweet, these tiny and tasty little berries, which I have just recently discovered thanks to NaturaFoodsMarket, have now become a must-have snack to have around the house. Either eaten straight from the bag or mixed in a trail mix of nuts and seeds, mulberry is a delicious bite-size snack which, although small in size, offers huge amounts of health benefits.
I love making little patties to have handy whenever hunger strikes: quinoa and kale patties, sweet potato patties, yucca patties and now, my latest discovery, millet patties. I love them because they are not too complicated to make and can be served as either a side dish, or as a filling afternoon snack.
One of the most common questions we get when people hear that my husband and I have been eating a mostly vegetarian diet is: how do you get your protein?
Now that my entire approach to food has changed, I’ve started to really enjoy cooking and planning out our meals. My husband used to be the ‘chef’ of the house, but in the past few months I’ve been the one wearing the chef’s hat in our kitchen. Nowadays, I just love to take my time to search for the right ingredients and create meals that are healthy, nutritious and most importantly, tasty. It feels good to know that I’m only feeding our bodies with wholesome, nourishing and healthful foods. It’s rewarding.
As I told you last week, my first couple of days on the ‘Elimination Diet’ was absolute torture. But now that the hard part is over and I have been slowly reintroducing the foods I eliminated back into my diet, I have to say that I have never felt better!