Tempeh Banh Mi less Lettuce wraps

I don’t know if its the weather or the fact that I’m trying to eat all the cooling food I can possibly get my hands on before confinement starts, but I’ve been on a complete easy meal kick.  Especially on the weekends! The weekends around here are just so intense that we sometimes don’t even get time to eat  lunch, with all the driving around trying to find stuff and ending up on the complete opposite side of where we live, things are always just chaotic here. We even try to be out of the house before 8 so we can get to everything before all the shops closes at 1 or 2 on a Saturday.  So eating lunch is a luxury for us, on the special days we manage to get home at a decent lunch time we are so ravenous that a quick lunch is the only thing that will do and with all my pregnancy dietary needs I’ve got going on, grabbing the wrong thing to eat can end up in heartburn for the rest of the day or a sleepless night!  Not pleasant at all.

This recipe was created on one of those days where I just wanted a quick meal that would be yum, filling and that I could just eat with my hands.  So why the weird title? Well banh mi literally means baguette in Vietnamese and seeing as there is no gluten or bread in this recipe, but it has all the wonderful banh mi flavour it just seemed like the perfect title?

If you remember a while back I was talking about how I’ve cut out soy in my diet, but kept in fermented soy products for their endless health benefits.  So why tempeh?

Tempeh is processed less than all your other soy based products, its also a great source of protein making it a great plant based source of protein, because its fermented it makes it easier to digest.  The fermentation also increase the ability to absorb your nutrients as well as keeping your gut healthy.

TEMPEH BANH MI LESS LETTUCE WRAPS 10 wraps

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz tempeh slices into pieces
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 1 small diakon, grated or chopped into matchsticks (or radishes)
  • 1/2 a small cucumber chopped into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup liquid sweetener
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • juice and zest of a 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • lettuce butter lettuce or romaine lettuce
  • coriander
  • jalapeno slices (optional
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha

Directions

In a bowl combine the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, sweetener, diakon, carrots and cucumber.  Toss and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a pan over medium high heat add the oil and tempeh.  Lightly brown the tempeh on both sides.  Add the tamari, garlic powder, juice and zest of lime and ginger, making sure it gets covered.  Remove from heat.

In a small bowl combine the mayo and sriracha, taste and adjust.

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Add the refrigerated veggies to your lettuce wraps, tempeh and a drizzle of mayo.  Garnish with coriander and jalapeno.  Serve!

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Amazing Almond Banana Protein Smoothie

I’ve been loving smoothies and shakes lately! Making a quick shake or smoothie is a fast way for me to get in a lot of nutrients in a short amount of time.  When I need a protein filled snack, bam! Lets have a smoothie.  This is my favourite smoothie EVER.  Yes, it might not be a vibrant ,beautiful green or a wonderful colourful colour, but the simplicity of this boring looking smoothie is all sort of amazing on the taste buds.  Filled with all the wonderful super foods you need with a whole lot of yum, this is definitely the treat with so many health benefits you need.

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MACA BENEFITS

  1. Hormone Balance; Maca is believed to balance estrogen levels.  Which can help with ovulation and pregnancy.
  2. Decreases levels of anxiety and stress.
  3. Helps with male fertility
  4. Increases endurance, energy and mood.
  5. Antioxidants booster; Helps in fighting disease and is great for cancer prevention.

COCONUT OIL BENEFITS

  1. Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure.
  2. Protects the liver
  3. Reduce inflammation and arthritis.
  4. Cancer prevention.
  5. Immune system booster.

ALMONDS BENEFITS

  1. Prevention in heart disease.
  2. Supports healthy brain function.
  3. Helps keeps your skin young, thanks to the anti ageing benefits.
  4. Helps control blood sugar levels.
  5. Helps with weight loss.

FLAX SEEDS BENEFITS

  1. High in fibre and great for gut health.
  2. Keeps your hair and skin healthy.
  3. Helps with losing weight.
  4. Lowers cholesterol.
  5. High in antioxidants.

CARDAMOM BENEFITS

  1. Helps prevent cancer.
  2. Keeps your heart healthy.
  3. A great anti – depressant.
  4. Helps with treating urinary disorders.
  5. protects against gastrointestinal diseases.

ALMOND BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIEserves 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 large, banana peeled
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 -2 cup almond milk (depends on how thick you like it, start with a cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 heaped scoop protein powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 large pitted medjool date.
  • Ice

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass and enjoy all those delicious health benefits.

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Rooibos Tea Latte

Its that time of the year again , the time when my instagram feed goes crazy with pumpkin spice everything!  All over the internet everyone seems to be going pumpkin spice nutty, even the starbucks in South Africa is hitting up the pumpkin spice season, even if its technically spring here, but hey, I’m not complaining.  Well I’m sorry to disappoint you guys, but this is not a pumpkin spice recipe!  but its an even better for you treat that’s a perfect afternoon treat or an anytime treat! With a lot of good for you qualities added to the mix thanks to the powerful Rooibos tea.  If you haven’t tried rooibos tea yet, you really should.  This caffeine free tea is native to South Africa, but can be easily bought anywhere around the world these days.

If you are still having a hard time dealing with the no pumpkin spice flavour to this recipe, I’m really sorry, but I’m not asking you to abandon the beloved pumpkin spice, I’m asking you to add some variety and who know this might become your favourite warm drink.

Rooibos Latte

I use a hand blender to get my perfectly foamy top, but if you don’t have a hand blender, throwing everything in a jar and shaking your little heart out will probably do the trick, and you will get a great workout in the process.

BENEFITS OF ROOIBOS TEA

  1. Improves skin: the tea is rich in alpha hydroxy acid and zinc.  Both of these nutrients are great for the skin and may help alleviate several skin problems including acne, pimples, sunburns, eczema and uneven skin.
  2. Anti – Inflammatory: Roobios tea is rich in polyphenols including aspalathin and nothofagin, which are two polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body by fighting free radicals or unstable cells that attack healthy cells to stabilize themselves.
  3. Immune Boosting:  The anti viral benefits gives your immune system a boost.
  4. Improves Blood Circulation; Roobios tea contains chrysoeriols, which is a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This compound aids blood circulation and has been linked to reducing cholesterol.
  5. Promotes Healthy  Hair: Rooibos tea is rich in several important minerals required for hair growth. This includes zinc, calcium, copper and potassium. Regularly consuming rooibos tea may help increase hair growth and strengthen hair fibres, so hair grows healthy and strong.

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ROOIBOS TEA LATTEserves one

Rooibos tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 rooibos tea bag
  • 1/2 heated non dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • sweetener to taste

Directions

Steep the rooibos tea bag in the boiling water for 2- 5 minutes.  Remove the teabag.

Add the vanilla, milk and sweetener, have a little taste and adjust.   Pour everything in a bowl to avoid spillage, and start using your hand blender until the desired frothiness is reached.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy with a view.  (view optional, but highly recommended!

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I’ve even used my salted caramel date sauce as a sweetener for an added extra special.