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Bamia Soup – Okra Soup

Bamia Soup – Okra Soup

medium sized green okra no black spots

Grab a bag of fresh okra.  When choosing okra be sure to pick the smaller (not tiniest) medium sized GREEN okra (without any dark spots!) instead of the long large okra because the larger okra are more woody in texture.

woody okra

NOTE: The health benefits of Okra are that:

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/okra.html:

“Okra is:

  • Very low in calories, provides just 30 cal per 100 g and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is a rich source of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins; recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • The rich fiber and mucilaginous content in Okra pods helps smooth peristalsis of digested food particles and relieve constipation condition.
  • The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein. It is one of the green vegetable with highest levels of these anti-oxidants. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh pods are good source of folates; provide about 22% of RDA per 100 g. Consumption of foods rich in folates, especially during pre-conception period helps decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in the offspring.
  • The pods are also an excellent source of anti-oxidant vitamin, vitamin-C; provides about 36% of daily recommended levels. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protects body from harmful free radicals.
  • The veggies are rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid. The pods also contain good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is a co-factor for blood clotting enzymes and is required for strengthening of bones.
  • The pods are also good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.”http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/okra.html

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced fresh okra

1/4  tsp salt

2 Cups water

Recipe:

Rinse the okra  (I let them sit in cool water) and begin shaving the “fuzzy hair” off by rubbing the blade of the knife up and down.

hairy okra

The okra will become smooth, slimy and slippery.

note the “hairs” on the knife

**Don’t scare the slime because the slime is the vitamin in okra…it is good for stiff joints,  gives you shiny hair and is especially great for women’s personal health.

SLIME!

Cut the okra into small slices.

small circular slices

Boil with salt in twice the amount of water than okra.  (ie.1 cup okra and 2 cups water).  Turn down so that it doesn’t boil over and let it low boil for about 20 minutes.

boil down until okra is soft

Or until soupy.  Okra will becomes small bits in the soupy broth.

Give thanks let’s eat!

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Toothpaste – JASON TOOTHPASTE – Another Vegan Product that I Love

JASON TOOTHPASTE

** I am only speaking about the paste not the gel

JASON Toothpaste

Another product that always bothers me is toothpaste.  It contains many ingredients that I really don’t want my kids to put in their mouth like : propylene glycol and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates and fluoride

Lailati loves to suck on the brush

Because my kids love to swalow the toothpaste, I especially don’t like the fluoride ingredient.  Fluoride has been known to cause fluorosis (staining of the teeth) and infertility.

Bellingham fluorosis 3

Bellingham fluorosis 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Milla had to have minty fresh breath so my search began for a vegan toothpasty tasting toothpaste that cleaned our teeth.  That is when I found Jason brand.

Products in Europe not tested on animals carry...

Products in Europe not tested on animals carry this symbol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The box says “not tested on animals” (you can tell by  the symbol of the rabbit) and “no animal bi-products”.  But just to make sure I phone the 1-800 number this morning.  They said, “it does not contain any animal derived products in it’s ingredients”.  To make doubly sure I emailed as well and their response was: “

Dear Ms. Henderson,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Jason® Sea Fresh Plus CoQ10 Gel Toothpaste. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and your satisfaction is very important to us.

We never test our products or ingredients on animals. In addition, our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing. We also exclude all cruelly obtained animal ingredients, even if the animal is not killed. We limit our use of animal products to ingredients that are deposited by and have no future benefit to the animal, such as beeswax.

Sincerely,

Veronica
Consumer Relations Representative

I AM LOVING IT (for 5 years now)!

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Today’s Lunch – BAMIA UGALI – Okra and Maize Dumpling

Okra and Ugali

This African classic is a simple and fresh lunch that fills you up!

Dip and eat

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Medical Research – Is it Vegetarian?

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness (Photo credit: AslanMedia)

Recently I had a scare.  I found a lump in my breast and immediately buried myself and gave all my children away!  I confided in a friend who reassured me that breast cancer was “treatable” .  I was relieved as I waited for my Ultrasound and Mammogram appointment.

Mammography in process: Shown is a drawing of ...

Mammography in process: Shown is a drawing of a female having a mammogram. A mammogram is a picture of the breast that is made by using low-dose x-rays. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During one of my sleepless nights I thought how I had been a part of the research and discovery.  I had marched.  I had fundraised.

breast cancer walk, take 2!

breast cancer walk, take 2! (Photo credit: skampy)

I had friends involved in breast cancer research.   I remembered the bite marks where the rats, she used for her research, had bitten her.  I had visited her in the lab one day and she showed what she was working on.  She was thinly slicing the rat’s brains to examine.  The same rats that had bitten her were now dead.

Animal,Porkey Pig, Lobund-Wistar

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had forgotten the sacrifice of those rats.  And while I felt relief I could be treated I also felt like those rats were being taken advantage of.  It was obvious, by the bite marks around my friends finger nail beds, that the rat didn’t want to be injected with cancer needles or be cured of it’s deadly disease.  The rat was protesting without any voice.  Who was the voice of the rat?  Could I be the voice of the rat?  Could I say that a rat’s life was as important as mine or my children’s?  Could I refuse treatment?  I had children to live for.  And my parents, they had already lost a child (my oldest sister), how would they feel if I died from a “treatable” disease?

What about their feelings?

What about the rat’s feelings?  How many rats lost their mother or their sister or child?  The rat, like a slave, had been given no choice and like the Jews in Germany were forced into experimentation for the purpose of medical research.  No moral person could accept people being used in labs(even though we have forgotten where some of our modern medical research stems from).  How could I as a moral vegetarian ignore this rat holocaust?  I am sure God’s purpose for a rat was not research and I knew morally  it was wrong to use any of God’s creatures for that purpose.  How many had to die so that I may live a better life?

Unmarked grave in the Ukrainian Cemetery

Unmarked grave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is there an answer?  When must one become a hypocrite?   In the face of death?  For our children’s sake?  For our parents or husband or family?  For our religion?  What would Daniel or Jesus or His Imperial Majesty Selassie do?  What would I do?  Could I listen to the teachings of the great Rastaman Prof I (a man of love and peace and tranquility within his heart) who after being questioned about being a vegetarian says “I don’t eat fish because I can’t afford to take a life to save a life.  Cuz’ a fish love him life just like how I love mine!”

Orginally found at flikr. Photo taken by user ...

Orginally found at flikr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fortunately I was relieved of my worries about breast cancer but not of my obligation to the rats who sacrificed their lives for medical research.  Is the cost of so many lives and the spilling of so much blood worth it?  Is medical research a vegetarian ideal?

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MSETO – Muung Beans and Rice with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Muung Beans

1 cup Rice (Basmati)

3/4 coconut milk 1/4 water mixed

1/2 tsp salt

Recipe:

Rinse the Muung Beans

Rinse the beans and boil for 25 minutes (start the timer when the water is boiling)

Rolling Boil 25 minutes

Drain water.

Muung Beans should look like this split and soft

Add water/ coconut milk mix and salt to Muung beans and bring to a boil.  Add rice.

Stir gently

Turn down to medium low with the lid on for 10 minutes…stir gently one last time at about 2 minutes after adding the rice.

Take the lid off

Take the lid off to let the rice “dry out” for 20 minutes or up to 1 hour on your stoves LOWEST setting! (This step makes the rice super tasty with a crunchy bottom)

Serving Size:

4 adults

Preparation Time:

1 hour

*Traditionally this dish is topped with honey but we like to eat it with sweet fruits like papaya, mango, banana, etc…and top it with tomato sauce.

It is said that this dish is an aphrodisiac for women!?!

Tell me what you think ladies!

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Snack Time-Avocado and Salsa

snack time

SALSA

Ingredients:

1/8 cup red onion

1/8 cup green pepper.

1 peeled Roma Tomato (seedless)

1 clove garlic

2 tsp chopped jalapeno (about 1/2 jalapeno)

1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

Recipe:

Chop red onion, green pepper, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro…

Chop small

Peel tomato and remove insides(to use in something else) and chop up small…

remove inside of tomato

Add ingredients together…

Mix together

Add salt, pepper and lime and mix…

Lime

*Optional ingredients – pickled jalapenoes and little juice, a dash of hot sauce, mango chopped small, papaya chopped small, etc…

Cut avocado in half and remove seed.

cut avocado in halves

Cut avocado into squares without cutting skin

cut avocado into squares

Leave avocado in peel and scoop salsa into seed hole

snack time

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Today’s Menu

Lunch time!

Boiled Green Plantain with Salsa and Hot Sauce Dip

Do you ever have those days where you just want to take it easy but the kids “gotta” eat?

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WALI WA NAZI – Coconut Rice

WALI WA NAZI -Coconut Rice (*note: the crispy brown bottom)

This is a hard recipbecause I never measure.

Recipe:

Bring a 2 qt pot* of water to a boil.  Add salt generously (4-5 Tbsp) to boiling water.

*The pot that you use for rice should be wide bottomed.  Rice likes to be stretched out in a pot not piled on itself.

Salt generously because you'll be pouring it out later

Add rice to a slow count of 8 (or add 3 cups).

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

Stir rice and turn down a little (to avoid splashing out of the pot).

Be careful not to over stir rice!

Leave boiling for 4 minutes (5 or 6 minutes if it’s Basmati).  You want to try some “kernels” of rice.  If they are still a little crunchy the rice is ready to drain. 

Drain salt water.

Add 1 1/2 cup coconut milk to the rice (on the burner).  Stir in coconut milk but take care not to over stir and get mushy rice.

Add 1 1/2 cup coconut milk

Cover turn to a high low (like #4) for 4 minutes…this creates a golden bottom crust (ymmmmmm).  After 4 min. turn to low or minimum.

cover

Leave covered on low/minimum for 10 minutes.   After 10 minutes taste rice.  Is it still hard?  If it is cover for another 5minutes…repeat if nessecary.

Finish by uncovering the pot for up to 20 minutes (10 minutes works but the longer the rice cooks the drier it becomes).

Serve HOT!

(even though it tastes good cold too)

WALI WA NAZI -Coconut Rice

Preparation Time:

30 minutes

Serving Size:

3 adult suppers


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NDIZI MBIVU – Sweet Cardamom Plantain

Creamy goodness

Ingredients:

3 Ripe Plantain Banana

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups Coconut milk

1/8 tsp (2 pinches) ground cardamom

Don’t be afraid of the black banana!

The blacker the Plantain the better!  The softer they are the more sweet they are.  BUT yellow, like this one, works too(it just has to boil longer to get soft and more sugar to sweeten the recipe).

Recipe:

Peel plantains.Make sure to scrape the banana, to remove stringy banana bits.

Peel and scrape plantain

Or alternatively cut into the skin and outer flesh of the plantain.

To avoid stringy bits in the sauce, instead of peeling you can cut off the skin and outer flesh of the Plantain banana.

Cut Plantain in half and then half again. Cut plantain length wise to expose seeds.

slice banana length wise exposing inside (seeds) of plantain

Remove seeds and core (It is hard and unpleasant in the sauce)

Remove core

Boil in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.

Boil

Add coconut milk, sugar and cardamom.

Use finely ground cardamom!

Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Simmer for 15 minutes

Or until you have a creamy consistency.

Creamy goodness

Serve with Coconut Rice or Chapati or on its own.

Serving Size:

3 adult sides

Preparation Time:

45 min.

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