Eat For Your Health: Black Lentil, Roasted Carrots and Green Harissa

This year, inspired by my international travels, I decided to make a somewhat traditional dish with a global twist.  While the black lentils and roasted carrots are absolutely delicious, for me the rising star is the Harissa sauce!  

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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: Brown Rice for Breakfast

I was disappointed I couldn't find oatmeal, as this was my breakfast staple last month in Malaysia, but I figured this month I would branch out and do as the Asians do: eat rice for breakfast!These brown rice porridge recipes are simple, quick and you can make so many different variations!  

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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: Sweet Potato Coconut Mash (V, GF)

This side dish has quickly become one of my favorites.  It is super simple and absolutely delicious.   Sweet potatoes, a naturally sweet vegetable, are packed with Vitamin A and antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and can help with blood sugar regulation, even in people with Type 2 Diabetes.  It is a much healthier alternative to your average white potato.  

This particular recipe was adapted from The Blue Zone Solution by Dan Buttoner.  I topped mine with unsweetened Dang toasted coconut chips to add a little crunch and extra coconut flavor, but this is obviously optional.  

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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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