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My delicious adventures in homemade vegan sushi

I’ve been making sushi. No bamboo roll mat needed, no fish, just fresh rice, avocado, sesame seeds, wasabi, seaweed sheets and a lot of love!


These maki rolls are delicious, healthy, affordable, cruelty free and fun to make.

I bought a package of 10 roasted sushi sheets at my supermarket for about two bucks. I bought a bag of my favorite rice, some rice wine vinegar, wasabi, some sesame seeds and the rest is just your fillings.


Don’t put hot rice on your seaweed sheets, wait for it to be room temperature and then spread it on the seaweed sheet with a plastic spoon.


I added some rice wine vinegar to my rice and stirred it in. You leave the top inch with no rice so you can spread some water on it with fingers as you roll up.


You put your fillings in the middle and roll. I got it on my first try but they say it takes practice. So easy, delicious and super healthy!


I discovered how to do this by watching YouTube videos by High Carb Hannah and Cheap Lazy Vegan. Love both those channels!

It’s a great vegan lunch or dinner, and so fun to make! I’ve made these sushi rolls twice now and they were delicious until the last piece! I drink a cold homemade elderflower Italian soda with my vegan sushi.


xxSerena

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Asian-style marinated chicken with Chinese rice 

My third chicken marinade is Asian style! This marinade has Sirracha (hot), soya sauce (salt), a dash of fish sauce (ferment), rice wine vinegar (sour), sesame oil (flavour) and sweet chili sauce (sweet)!


Does chicken with rice, which I made using Asian spices.


I diced the chicken and pan fried it until fully cooked in some olive oil.



Was totally delicious! 

xxSerena 

Marinated chicken with potatoes 

In accordance with my marination series I will now announce my second marinade! 

It is garlic herb seasoning and extra virgin olive oil. 


It wasn’t bad. I could definitely taste the marinade because I left it on overnight and it was very garlicky.

This time I decided to boil some diced red potatoes to eat with the chicken.


I decided to cook some diced onions, add the chicken and then eat over the boiled potatoes. I did need to add some mustard and sweet chili sauce for chicken. 

I diced the chicken too: 


Turned out pretty good. In the middle of my cooking, I got a very exciting package from FedEx, delivered priority overnight:


But that’s a tale for another day. Let’s get back to that chicken, shall we?!?


So filling. Totally boring compared with all the yummy stuff out there but it’s lean, helps muscle growth and aids fat loss! 

xxSerena 

Turkish soup & salad healthy lunch 

This lunch, ordered in, looked so good I had to let’s you guys peek. Sometimes you feel like taking a break from meat, keeping it plant-based and vegetarian. 

Here’s the order: 

  
Lentil soup, which came with bread, and a Mediterranean salad. Here’s what it look like when it arrived: 

  

Turkish food delivery. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Here’s what it look like after unwrapping:

 

Red lentil soup and Mediterranean salad. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Looks so delicious my mouth is watering. Here’s a close-up of the salad:

 

Mediterranean salad. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
What is your favorite soup and salad combo?

xxSerena 

Why are some people eating scuttlebutt and what is it?

Apparently scuttlebutt is in season right now. What is it you ask? It’s a delicious sandwich of course!

  
Here is what one half of the scuttlebutt looks like:

 

One half of scuttlebutt. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Not long after it’ll look like a crazy mess in your hands. But from what I have heard, and they are good sources, all is good in scuttlebutt heaven. 

 

Someone is now getting into the scuttlebutt. Photography and eating by Rizwan Alvi
 
In fact, I am surprised I got these pictures at all. You know how it is sometimes – so busy eating don’t have the energy to take a picture.

 

Inhalation of the scuttlebutt. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
One final picture of messy but delicious scuttlebutt:

 

Polishing off the scuttlebutt. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

 
Have you ever tried scuttlebutt? Have you ever heard of it? Would you like to try one day?

xxSerena 

Making a cheese and tomato sandwich for work

In my quest for a good work sandwich, I wondered how to make a boring cheese and tomato sandwich more exciting and up to date. How will I make this tomato and cheese sandwich modern?

First, slice the flax bread.

   
 
And then one side gets sun-dried tomato and onion chutney and the other side gets fresh rosemary mayo.

Fresh rosemary Mayo is just ordinary mayo with finely chopped rosemary spread into it.

  
Then we add the layers. Finally sliced tomato. Aged cheddar cheese. Butter lettuce. Fresh basil leaves. Pea sprouts. And cucumber.

 
  
  
  
And then pack the sandwiches up nice and tight! To eat at work the next day.

   
 
What are your favorite sandwiches to make for work?

xxSerena 

 

Stuffed baked portobello mushrooms recipe

I love stuffed mushrooms. Mushrooms hold stuffing really well and to be honest I love stuffed fish, stuffed cabbage, stuffed pastry, the list goes on and on. I like something delicious inside  something already delicious! Anyways I’ll stop the ramble before this gets off-topic. Back to my stuffed Portobello mushrooms.

Stuffed baked Portobello mushrooms ready to enjoy, hot out of the oven. Photography by Serena Alibhai
This recipe makes two stuffed mushrooms. For a dinner of two you can serve this as the main course along with a side of salad, pasta or potatoes.

Ingredients:

2 portobello mushrooms, stems trimmed
1 teaspoon olive oil

For the stuffing:

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano
Half teaspoon hemp heart seeds
Half a small red onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon fresh salsa
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Fry onion with salt and oil for five to 8 minutes until lightly browned.
  2. In a bowl combine yogurt, Parmesan, hemp seeds, salsa and cooked onions.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Fill portobello mushroom caps. Place a tiny bit of olive oil under each mushroom cap before placing on cookie sheet or foil.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes.

Portobello mushrooms. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai

Stuffed. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai

Stuffed and baked. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai

Tender, great flavor and delicious. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
They were delicious. And very filling. Check out this link for some nutritional facts for portobello mushrooms:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/9170/2

Do you like mushrooms? Have you ever made stuffed mushrooms? How do you make them?

xxSerena

Tomato pimento cheese sandwiches

Post workout can feel that you want to eat big, high protein and high carb. 

Today after my post workout fitness class, I taught a Tred n shred class at the gym, I was craving tomato and cheese sandwiches.

So I bought some bread that was relatively high in protein and fiber:

  
You can use any kind of sliced cheese. I used the pimento cheese that I make. I wrote a blog about it, so check it out. Cheese on both sides of the bread. Tomato in the middle.

   
 The trick to slicing the tomatoes is to do it thinly. And season your tomatoes with salt and pepper:

  
And voilà! A great post workout vegetarian sandwich. Tomato and pimento cheese on whole grain bread.

  
What are some of your favorite vegetarian sandwiches? What is your favorite version of a tomato and cheese sandwich?

xxSerena

Second annual New Year’s day meal with nutritional facts

On New Years Day I like to cook black eyed peas with rice, usually a vegan or vegetarian version of the traditional Southern meal “Hoppin John.” 

  
I’ll make this starting with a mirepoix, cooking diced celery, onion and carrot first. I always soak The Black Eyed Peas the night before. The expand quite a bit, more than half.

There are health benefits to eating all kinds of beans and lentils, even Black eyed peas:

  
I’ve been boiled the beans for some time, about an hour. And then I add the rice and steam together.

   
It was delicious. It is said that eating Hoppin John on New Years Day brings luck and prosperity.

Do you have any traditional activities or meals that you eat specifically on New Year’s Day to bring luck or prosperity?

xxSerena 

Chicken split pea soup recipe

This warm winter soup recipe is great for so many reasons: health-wise it’s high in protein and low in fat. It’s even got vitamins, minerals and fiber. It’s very easy to make, if you don’t mind letting a soup simmer on the stove for a few hours while you do other things, stirring ever hour or so. It’s also so delicious. You have a great mingling of spices, spinach, butternut squash, chicken, onions and of course the star of the dish – what gives it the thick wonderful consistency of a stew – yellow split peas.

Yellow split peas are low in fat and high in fibre & protein.

Here are some basic nutritional facts for yellow split peas:


Here’s a great winter recipe that I learned from my cousin’s wife. She uses chicken on the bone. To keep mine lowfat I use rotisserie chicken breast.

Ingredients:

450 grams yellow split peas (half the bag)
2 cups diced butternut squash
8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic purée
1 teaspoon ginger purée
2 cup spinach or 1/2 package frozen spinach
2 pieces rotisserie chicken breast, diced
Salt, pepper, 2 teaspoons dal spice mix (tumeric, Red chili, black pepper, cumin, coriander, brown Cardiman, green cardamom, dehydrated dill, citric acid)

Directions:

  1. Fry diced onions in olive oil with salt, pepper and dried spice mix. Cook under medium heat for about 6-8 minutes and you can smell the aroma.
  2. Add rinsed yellow split peas, garlic and ginger. Stir to mix.
  3. Add butternut squash and spinach. Stir.
  4. Add stock and cooked chicken. Reduce heat to low and simmer for four hours, stirring once an hour, until squash and lentils almost dissolve.

 

I used a mixture of diced red and yellow onion because that’s what I had. I fried the onions in the mixture of spices and olive oil. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
Add pureed ginger and garlic. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
Add the yellow split peas and stir to blend flavors. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
After adding other ingredients including water, butternut squash and spinach. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai
After a few hours of simmering, about 3-4, the yellow split peas and squash will dissolve and create a very thick delicious and healthy soup. After adding other ingredients including water, butternut squash and spinach. Photography and recipe by Serena Alibhai

It was very delicious by the way! Plus nutrient dense so a great weight loss dish.

Have you ever cooked with yellow split peas? Do you enjoy lentils?

xxSerena