One of the ways I like to keep healthy by is making some of my meals with plant-based foods.
In general I try to be 80% plant-based as I feel my body thrives and feels content that way. So much so I could never go back to my old “regular” diet. I smile when I see my children eating more and more vegetables too.
Hey they do as you do, not as you say
This way of eating keeps my cholesterol levels down, naturally. I maintain my ideal weight. I have tons of energy all thorough the day. And the Meniere’s disease I once suffered from, has gone!
Yesterdays plant- based invention was this:
Morrocan Vegan Burger with Homemade Spicy Harissa
Moroccan Vegan Burger with Spicy Homemade Harissa
3 medium sized yams – cooked until tender
2 cups of cooked quinoa
500 grams dark mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic
3 spoons of flaxseed meal
Freshly ground pepper
small 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Small 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
Small 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Small 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
Finely chop the shallots, rinse and chop the mushrooms – put the mushrooms into a hot frying pan with olive oil and fry until they are until golden brown. Add the chopped shallots and continue frying until they are tender. Add sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
In the blender put the de-skinned baked yams, the cooked quinoa, the cooked mushrooms, the spice mix, the freshly squeezed garlic, the sea salt and the freshly ground pepper-blend. Put the “burger” mixture into a bowl and add 3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal. The mixture is quite soft so it can be a little tricky to work with – you can put the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours before you make them into patties so they can firm up a bit. Then turn them in seasoned flour like this:
Gently fry the patties in olive oil until they are golden brown on both sides.
Serve on a good bun with homemade harissa sauce, slices of red onions and a handful of Arugula or mixed lettuce – (see recipe for homemade rolls here )
Homemade Spicy Harissa
I love this sauce on anything – the perfect dip for any vegetable! But also good with fish, chicken, lamb, – well, as I said, anything
2-3 red peppers
1-3 cloves of garlic depending on how fierce you want it
1/4 cup of olive oil
Red chilli – I use 1/2 , how hot do you like it?
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Juice of one lemon
Cut the peppers in halfs and bake them in the oven with the skin up until they are tender and the skin is beginning to get dark, actually almost almost black. Leave them to cool and then take off the skin.
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend into a smooth sauce.