A few days ago Victoria asked me to try and make some vegan stuffed peppers for us. I wasn’t too excited about it because I haven’t loved them in the past. But I created a recipe for these roasted vegan stuffed peppers with rice and vegan cheese and actually ended up being blown away with the result. This time the peppers were full of flavor and we liked them so much we ended up eating them two nights in a row.
You know when you find out about one of the most flavorful and vegan friendly cuisines in the world and you can’t possibly understand how you didn’t know about it sooner? That’s exactly how we felt after our first life-changing mouthful of Ethiopian food.
Our newest food obsession began at the Ethiopian restaurant, Teff, in Stamford, CT – which might be one of the most unlikely places to first try Ethiopian food but we digress. The cuisine was at the time completely new to both of us but we could clearly see a resemblance between it and one of our favorites – South Indian Food.
Let’s just say our first meal at Teff was all the introduction we needed to become hooked on this mind-blowing cuisine. As avid lovers of spices, the food seriously hit all the right spots and we could not get enough.
In a few years Malmö went from having a couple of specialized vegan places to an impressive scene of great vegan food within walking distance from anywhere in the city. Here you can find everything from acai bowls and healthy raw vegan food, to traditional veganized Swedish cuisine, and scrumptious vegan grub.
We all know the importance of staying healthy especially while traveling in places where it can be difficult to control your diet and where you are constantly subjected to all types of foreign bacteria, different sleeping patterns, drastic changes in temperature, etc. To ensure our immune systems are always top notch we load up on spices.
Spices are powerhouses of nutrition. They are packed full of antioxidants, offer major nutritional benefits without calories, and are easy to pack which means that they are perfect to take with you on your travels. Two of the healthiest spices that we try to consume every day and that we always pack when we go traveling are amla powder and turmeric.
Smoothie bowls have taken the world by storm and are by far the hottest food trend out there. They come in all kinds of flavors and can be found pretty much anywhere in the world. We had our first experience with this creamy delight a little more than a year ago in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We fell in love after the first spoon full and has ever since kept seeking out smoothie bowls everywhere we go. Bali has so far proven to be the place offering the biggest variety of these delicious bowls and this is also where we got the idea to start making our own. We’ve made all kinds of smoothie bowls with berries, tropical fruit, different kinds of plant based milks, and, of course, chocolate. Our favorite so far has been this amazing and protein packed smoothie bowl with chocolate and peanut butter!
One of my favorite things to enjoy is a huge bowl of creamy avocado pesto pasta! It’s an exciting version of a classic pesto and it only takes a few minutes to prepare, but the best part is that it is packed full of vital nutrition! I normally make it with penne or rigatoni but you can use whatever kind of pasta that you prefer.
The pesto only takes a few minutes to prepare and since I’m always hungry I normally start to heat the water for the pasta on the stove before I start with the sauce. However, you can make the pesto in advance and even keep it in the fridge for a few days before using it as well.
This soup has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. It’s easy to prepare and it can be eaten all year around. It can also be a good way to use up any vegetables you might have laying around before they go old.
The base of the soup is broccoli, leek and soup but you can add pretty much any vegetable in it. Personally I love adding eggplant, zucchini and carrots in it but anything that can be boiled and blended can go in it.
One of the most fascinating aspects with Penang is the bustling and colorful little India. It covers the area of about 4 X 4 streets and is packed full of shops selling saaris, Bollywood movies, Indian pastry and jewelry. It is also home to quite a few very authentic Indian restaurants. Thanks to Penang’s influence from Southern India and particular Tamil Nadu, most of these restaurants are Pure Vegetarian, which in other words means that this little India is a vegan paradise!
South Indian food differs quite a lot from the northern Indian cuisine in the fact that less meat and dairy products are used (hence the vegan friendliness). Also, the curries are in general lighter and not as thick as a typical northern Indian curry and they have a few special dishes that you rarely find in the northern parts of South Asia (see below).