coconut brown rice

anonymous asked:

Henny, what are some staple plants based vegan foods? I'm slowly easing myself into it and I wanna have some go-to foods. Mind helpin' a sis out?

ABSOLUTELY—I’m excited because I love food

I would love to help. Assuming you have no extra plant-based allergies, I really recommend:

A staple nut butter or make your own (peanut, almond, cashew, sunflower, coconut) with the whole nuts.

A staple, perhaps complementary, dairy free milk or make your own (almond, cashew, oat, soy, coconut, hemp).

A staple set of Vegetables that YOU like, because you don’t want something going to waste in your pantry or fridge just because you want to get into something you don’t like (unless you compost or make your own stock‚ which you should/could!!)—Like think what do you like ROASTING what do you like GRILLING or PANFRYING.

For me, I love potatoes because I love carbs, my food pyramid has food pyramids for just carbs—But I’ll get to that, trust me. I also love sweet peppers, I love them for their freshness and bite and nutrients but also they are so COLORFUL! And they come in different sizes, etc.  Cherry tomatoes are so good for frying or baking for like bursts of like “organic” ketchup.

Now you also need greens, how do you like eating greens is what you need to consider. I love eating them raw and sometimes like plain or just avocado mash and lemon juice so spinach works for me because I can also sautee it and blend it. But kale, bok choy, escarole are some other alternatives that go great with pasta and soups or grilled so switch it up. I also like arugula, for salads and sandwiches. 

So I love smoothies so I’m also about fruits like bananas, avocados, berries, mango, anything honestly—on sale the better. I love fruit because they freeze perfectly and then you can throw them in frozen and not use ice and it’s way better imo. I love avocados but I’m only into them when I feel like I wanna be thicker and so I just add fats to my diet. Really great carbs, too. Pasta, rice, grains, starches (beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, potatoes), flours (I love baking because it’s easier and like less work for me, so many flours to choose from or make, oat flour, farina, whole wheat, coconut flour, brown rice flour. The more you bake and use these ingredients the better your future judgment will be). BREAD, because sometimes you don’t wanna bake or bread+fry, and you just want to toast!!!!

And then essential because it’s all about baking, crafting, and cooking for plant-based food you need a handy oil, or a handful of oils (olive oil, sesame, sunflower, coconut (refined and unrefined)), and maybe an easy vegan butter even but honestly one oil is fine for all of it, I just use oils on my body lol. Spices like cocoa, cinnamon are really big to me, and turmeric, pepper, rock salt, smoked paprika, because I like it more than normal, onion, garlic, cumin, pepper flakescayenne, and any other spice or herb blend you fancy because like it’s up to your buds. 

I also like honey, like as an ingredient for food and skin care and for breakouts. It’s regarded really high in my book and bees love it so much they work together and make it for free and don’t even mind sharing if you don’t fuck with the hive dynamics and cause drama. Also, like dips and sauces!! always switch it up and have your constants. Hot sauces, BBQs, dips, hummuses, hummi?(idk?) or tahinis, like things that add instant flavor or textures. Like there is just so much variety, use one buy another, or scroll down how to make your own. 

Chia seeds are really good in a lot of ways so I think those are pretty important too because high in fiber, like beans and some veggies. I really recommend frozen veggies just as back up and like last minute plans and a quick and east meal, frozen fruits too (or if they’re cheap and in season—buy a lot and freeze). Also, think about soup stocks, make your own by saving vegetable scraps in a bag in your freezer and when it fills up use it to make a broth. I love making soups, chowders, curries, and a great base makes a great soup. 

Of course, random vegan snacks are fun (toasts are the quickest things I like). Drink lots of water and get into teas, herbs, and nutrition in general because it could help you in some cool of ways.

I’ll add things if they come to me later.


Whoever says vegans don’t eat f@!king fabulous food is a liar! Homemade tikka masala with potatoes, dal, peas, mushrooms, coconut milk- enriched brown basmati rice with whole spices- oven roasted tandoori cauliflower- topped with avocado and cilantro! Iffy presentation but you get the idea.

I think I have more jars of spices than articles of clothing now. And I’m so okay with that.

This is such a simple recipe but I wanted to share it anyway! With the beautiful weather I’ve been in a grilling mood- except my no-balcony apartment doesn’t have a grill so I broke out the trusty non-stick grill pan and got to work! I made this for David to go along with grilled tuna, avocado salsa, & coconut brown rice and all those recipes will be up soon. I wanted the pineapple to be more savory and spicy so I dusted mine with cumin and a little salt but you could also go the sweet route with honey, agave, or even a little brown sugar! Get creative and have fun with your fruit. :)

For more easy, healthy snack recipes go here. :)

food log (*'ω'*)

˚✧breakfast was plain oats and smashed blackberries and salmonberries on top
˚1 Dorito
˚✧1 plate indian vegetarian buffet which was daal, some chickpea curry, zucchini curry, some potato onion curry, rice, one samosa and two thin pieces of naan
˚✧a teensy weensy bowl of part rice pudding part mango stuff(?)
*it’s been one of those days*
˚✧i came home and ate a late dindin w my mum, we had brown coconut rice w green onions, cod, green peppers, and lots of green n purple leaves (i added some goddess dressing.) i also had a second helping of just salad
˚✧dessert is plain yogurt, a banana, and sesame seeds +a piece of watermelon

So the pic on the left is of me in 2014, and the pic on the right is of me in 2016!
I am a size 14 on the left, and a size 10 on the right.
And no, this did not happen from silly diets, starvation, or extreme measures!
But simply a clean and healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and a simpler lifestyle.
When I mean simple lifestyle, I mean no partying, consuming alcohol, and late nights! I think sleep and mental health is so key to this too!

I am naturally a UK size 10 and always was. And I also love food, so realistically I was never going to get to a size 8 or less and be able to maintain it.
Over the years, a lot of people I know have had such yoyo effects with their body weights. I never joined that band wagon!
The struggles they go through with their crazy diets always put me off. One month they would be 2 sizes smaller and 6 months later they would be 3-4 sizes bigger, but then get back to being smaller in a very short time! Surely that must have dramatic effects on your health?

For me, life got so depressing at one point, I became insecure, less confident, and just found comfort in cakes and pizza! Junk food was my best friend.
But instead of making me feel better it just made me feel worse, which in turn would result in more binge eating, and therefor the entire cycle started from the beginning. There was no escape.
I put on 2 dress sizes in just under a year.

Another very important thing is to implement these in your household. My parents and sister all eat super healthy now: no fried food, cook in coconut oil, brown rice, brown bread, almond milk, no desserts, no juices only tonnes of bottled water, grilled chicken or fish, no red meat, lots of vegetables and salads, etc. My Dad goes to the gym every single day, my mum goes zumba and walks a lot at work. My sister has the perfect body, so no point talking about her!
We never do take aways or eating out, and we all have dinner very early!
Now imagine you being the only one who wants to be healthy, and you come home to Kothu Rotti and indian sweets! Game over!!!

The past 2 years changed the way I feel about me on the outside and the inside!
I still have my Personal Trainer Chris from Fitness First Harrow (since 2014), and still go see my nutritionist Sana from Binsina Laser Clinic in North Harrow, and I cut out so many negative people in my life this year alone!
I like who I am today, and how can you love anyone or anything if you don’t love yourself???

I have decided not to travel abroad anymore for jobs, so I should be able to have more of a routine and get into shape quicker.
There is no end goal really; I just want to keep my youth, good skin, full hair, and feel healthy, fit and strong! Oh and I rarely get the flu now, so a strong immune system is also a plus point!
I think these reasons are more of a motivation than thinking of fitting into a tiny body con dress!

Good luck y'all!!!



Bit of a clash of cultures. Also a huge protein kick because I’ve been feeling a little anemic. Brown rice is steamed with coconut milk and black beans. Curry is a tomato base with cumin and ginger - potatoes, fried tofu, carrots, spinach and asparagus are yum yum yum.