Oh look, another curry recipe! What can I say apart from the fact that this chilly afternoon weather makes me crave comforting yet nourishing and grounding food. To be honest, I wasn’t actually intending on making another curry but I guess adding coconut milk to a savoury spicy dish kinda makes it one right?
I am utterly obsessed with chickpeas at the moment whether it is roasted until crunchy, ground into a flour or added to curries/ chilli recipes. This meal is laden with plenty of plantbased protein and fibre amongst folate, vitamin B and prebiotics for a healthy gut. Although the meal sounds a little fancy and maybe a little complicated, it truly isn’t!
On this day, I realised that I had legumes for lunch, snacks and dinner! I don’t think there is nothing wrong with that especially in a plantbased diet especially if the legumes are sourced organically and sustainable. Legumes are cheap and are an excellent source of fibre, protein, folate, vitamin B, magnesium and can be used in so many different dishes. Say hello to the humble yet absolutely delicious peanut butter brownies with a salted caramel. Sounds luxurious and guilt-laden right? Fear not- these are wholefoods based and use organic, homecooked chickpeas!
My love for sweet potato is never-ending whether it is roasted, baked, steamed or mashed. I always ensure my root vegetables including potatoes are organic as conventionally-grown ones are sprayed heavily with pesticides to stop them from sprouting. Sweet potatoes are high in betacarotene- a form of vitamin A, vitamin B and C as well as fibre. One of my favourite combinations is roasted sweet potato with a lemon tahini sauce.
It is no secret that a majority of my lunch and dinners are some sort of nourish-bowl. You can see the ideal components of a nourish bowl here. This bowl is satisfying and warming during the cooler days thanks to the additional of dried chilli flakes in the baked tempeh and the fresh garlic and ginger in the sautéed kale. I have used my favourite lupin and wild red rice tempeh in this recipe which is soy-free and locally made.
As Autumn is well and truly here with the crisp mornings and evenings, gone are the raw salads and in comes the warm nourish bowls. The key to the perfect nourish bowl is incorporating a balance of complex carbohydrates, a protein source, a healthy source of fat and an abundance of [organic] vegetables. I also top mine with fermented vegetables such as kimchi or sauerkraut however I also love a good drizzle of fermented hot sauce.