Eat for Your Health: Eggplant Claypot from Vietnam (V, GF)

Here is part two from my series on plant-based recipes from around the world!  This one is a traditional Vietnamese dish that comes from Kim of Kay Vegan Bistro in Ho Chi Minh City.  I ate there several times during my stay in March and everything was so delicious!  The restaurant is tucked in a peaceful little side street in Saigon and the staff is so friendly, especially Kim!  Here is the recipe for a special traditional dish that many of their guests enjoy, myself included!  I also highly recommend the papaya salad.

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Eat for Your Health: Malaysian Nasi Lemak (V, GF)

One of my favorite parts of travel (and life really) is eating.  It's become even more exciting over the last few years as a plant-based lifestyle has become more mainstream because more and more options are popping up EVERYWHERE.  It doesn't matter which country I visit- there is a vegan restaurant, or at least a restaurant with labeled vegan options on the menu. Heck, I was even served vegan food all the way up Mount Kilimanjaro.  

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Eat for Your Health: Pancake Dreams (V, GF)

It's hard to believe, but I've been in Malaysia for nearly 4 weeks already and in 1 week I will move on to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! My, oh my how the time does fly.   I am fortunate enough to have a kitchen in my current accommodations and in an effort to save money (and stay healthy!) I've been preparing a fair amount of simple meals at 'home' (like overnight oats).  However, I have otherwise been torn between buying ingredients to make more elaborate meals knowing that I may very well have to toss them at the end of the month or eating out more frequently. Throwing away food gives me massive guilt, so I've opted to eat out more, which I've rationalized by convincing myself it's a necessary way to explore a city and blog for vegantravel.com :)

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Eat For Your Health: Spicy Winter Soup (V, GF)

After a great weekend cross-country skiing and hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I came down with a nasty cold.  I am my father's child and basically never lose my appetite, but when I'm feeling stuffed up, I gravitate to soups and stews with hot spices.  Spicy foods, like cayenne, turmeric, cumin and habanero, are natural decongestants, helping to relieve symptoms without the side effects or unnecessary toxins of some over the counter decongestants.  

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Eat For Your Health: Roasted Eggplant and Chickpea Stew (V, GF)

I made this hearty stew for my mother's retirement dinner.  The recipe is adapted from Veganomicon. There are a lot of moving parts to get the timing right, but a lot of the time is inactive.  It was well worth the effort- perfect winter weather crowd pleaser. I served it with a green salad. This recipe dishes up 4-5 servings.  Whenever I am cooking something like this I keep vegetable broth on hand to add to the soup pot (in place of more oil) in case things look like they are drying up too much.  I added it to the ingredient list, although you may or may not need it.  I ended up using just a few splashes.  

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Eat For Your Health: Pumpkin Chia Pudding (V, GF)

I first jumped on the Chia seed bandwagon after reading the book 'Born to Run' in 2009.  The author, Chris McDougall, describes how the Tarahumara of Northern Mexico, who are renowned for their long distance running ability, use the magical seed to fuel their running adventures.  At the time I was just getting into distance running and was in search of an alternative to the chemical and sugar laden gels on the market.  Enter, Chia seeds.  

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Eat for your Health: Roasted Brussel Sprout Alfredo (V, GF)

My mom never goes for seconds. Like, ever. Tonight she went for seconds.  Enough said. 

I used gluten-free brown rice spaghetti and my pasta loving I-talian family was none the wiser.  Get yer whole grains!  Whole grain, gluten free pastas are easy to find in the natural food or gluten free section at any grocery store.

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Eat for your Health: Mediterranean Veggie Burger (V, GF)

I'm a sucker for frozen veggie burgers, especially Hilary's Hemp and Greens Burger, but the homemade variety just can't be beat!  These burgers are quick and easy.

Excuse the terrible photos.  Although the veggie burger looks identical to the countertop, I promise it tastes much better! Multi-colored granite is not the most photogenic food backdrop, but I was too damn hungry to get creative with the photography.  

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Eat for Your Health: Pumpkin Veggie Soup and Cornbread Muffins (V, GF)

When I'm traveling I seek out new and unique ingredients for cooking.  It helps broaden my culinary horizons, but also adds a dose of nostalgia to each dish.  Last November I gifted my mom with some sea salt from the Dead Sea in Israel and was excited to be able to use it for myself for the first time with these recipes.  As I slurped the pumpkin soup, I reminisced about my time floating in the sea. 

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