Thursday, March 30, 2017

Healthy low fat ideas for vegan children

Hey everyone,
So much has happened and I don't want to bore you with the details since there is always happening things in every bodies life so its not really a special thing to say as much as an excuse for my absence. Long story short, I left London and am hanging out in Hong Kong right now. The vegan food is amazing but food poisoning is to be expected since the hygiene just isn't the same as in our western countries. Cooking is pretty difficult whilst Im on the road but I will do my best.

The recipe I am bringing you today is from one of my Couchsurfing hosts, a wonderful christian vegan mother. She inspired and humbled me in so many ways, just the loving way she is raising her two children, homeschooling and teaching them to eat with a conscience from the beginning, and while I might not be christian, I think its important to teach children that they have a responsibility to the creator, which in Christianity's case is God, but it might as well be nature. To give back and be empathetic and kind are values that are beneficial to any upbringing. Plus, I grew up Catholic and it was basically my gate way drug to spirituality haha

The food I got here in New ham/London was so nutritious and tasty, and the children loved it, so I thought it might be interesting to some of you that are in need of delicious recipes for your little ones. Even if they are picky, Im sure they'll eat these up and ask for more. Best thing, they are completely oil free, as the mother was eating a completely whole foods diet, and oil as you may or may not know is a refined food and definitely not good for you.


These bean burgers are absolutely delicious, and while they are not completely gluten free they are quite easy to adjust, so I will give some alternativ swap outs for the gluten free folks. 
Very filling too, and she was cooking them in batched and storing them in tupper wear to use for lunch for the next day.
Ingredients:
1 can black eyes peas or mixed beans
1 can kidney beans
1/2 cup oat flour (you can make it gluten free by bleeding gluten free oats into powder)
1 tbsp whole meal flour (alternatively use 1 tsp of chia seeds mixed with 1/4 cup of hot water - and leave for 15 min - to bind)
1/3 cup of sweet corn
1/2 onion
Garlic
2 tsp cumin
3 tsp coriander
Salt
Soy sauce
+ a silicone baking mat

Preheat your oven to 200-220 F (depending on your oven, but anywhere in that range should be fine).
Chop your onion, sweetcorn and garlic and sauté them in water for 5 minutes, then set them aside.
Rinse your beans well (this will keep you from getting gassy) and mix them together in a large bowl with your oat flour. 
Use a hand blender to soften everything up just a little bit, but it should still be rather chunky. 
Now add your onion, sweet corn and garlic + your spices and take out your silicone baking mat. These are great because they keep you from having to use oil when baking and they are more sustainable.
Form burgers from your mass and place them on the mat. You should get around 6-8. Bake them for 25-30 minutes, but check on them and if they need more or less just trust your intuition, because every oven is different and it always depends on the size of the burgers you decide to make.


** She made these home fries as a side dish, they go super well and make this meal very cheap and incredibly filling. Just chop up potatoes, place them on the sheet and bake them without oil in the oven for 15-20 minutes, at around 200-220 (but make sure to check).

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and forgive me for breaking my new years resolution.

Love you all dearly,

J



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