BRAISED COCONUT MILK + PEANUT GREENS WITH GINGER TURMERIC RICE (VEGAN)

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

I have named a part of my brain Phyllis. She is named after Phyllis from The Office, who can be sweet but also a mother$%#*@. She is tender and understanding at times, but mostly she's just annoying. I still love her though because she's part of The Office. Some facts about Phyllis (The Office):                   1. She is married to Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration and looooves to talk about him.                         2. She is part of the party planning committee and flies a bit of a freak flag.                                                       3. She takes an allergy medication that makes her smell like sulphuric farts.                                                   4. She likes to dance. Get your Phyllis fix herehere and here. Also here if you're feeling muy caliente.

I named my ego Phyllis because they are similar; they both worry about stupid things, they're obnoxious, and both can be a complainy downer who judges and limits themselves. She (my ego) wants anything and everything but then tries to guilt me when we get it. 

Going to bed with Phyllis (my brain):                                                                                                                               Phyllis: “Hey, remember that slightly awkward interaction today?"                                                                      Me: *cringes* “Thanks for reminding me."                                                                                                                 Phyllis: “D'you think that person is still thinkin' bout it?"                                                                                Me: “Ummmm no. Probably not. Why are we still thinking about it?"                                                     Phyllis: “Oh I dunno. For fun."                                                                                                                                      Me: “It's not though. It's not fun at all Phyllis. Okay?! Goodnight!"                                                                     *Three minutes later*                                                                                                                                                Phyllis: “Hey, remember that really annoying song with the barking in it? That one about the missing dogs?"                                                                                                                                                                                     Me: “Uhhh yea."                                                                                                                                                             Phyllis: “Want me to sing it to you?"                                                                                                                             Me: “No. Do not sing it to me Phyllis."                                                                                                                  Phyllis: “........But–"                                                                                                                                                               Me: “NO. DON'T YOU DARE! I HATE THAT F$#*ING SONG AND IT MAKES ME REFLECT ON A VERY WEIRD TIME IN MY LIFE!"                                                                                                       Phyllis: “Sighhhhh. Okay."                                                                                                                                               Me: “... Oh thank god."                                                                                                                                                        *30 seconds later*                                                                                                                                                       Phyllis: “K, I'm gonna sing it to you just once."                                                                                                         *Three hours later Who Let The Dogs Out is still playing in my head*

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Watching TV with Phyllis:                                                                                                                                         Phyllis: “Hey, remember when you were supposed mail in that rebate for $100?"                                        Me: “Yes."                                                                                                                                                                             Phyllis: “And then you never did."                                                                                                                                 Me: “Uhhhh yeah. I remember."                                                                                                                               Phyllis: “And then you finally went to mail it in and it had expired the week before, but you                      left it for 8 months sitting on the table and just never did it because you're lazy and I                                    guess you think money grows on trees."                                                                                                                   Me: “Yes! I remember! Get over it Phyllis!!"                                                                                                         Phyllis: “...........okay."                                                                                                                                               *Returns to TV again.*                                                                                                                                               Phyllis: “Just hear me out though for one minute. I'm really smart, I'm your brain– so I  promise I have a point."                                                                                                                                                                                 Me: “......fiiiiiine. Go ahead."                                                                                                                                       Phyllis: “All's I'm going to say is, maybe this means you're a bad person... That's all."                                 Me: “Uhhhhhh no it doesn't Phyllis. That makes no sense. Not mailing in a rebate has nothing to do     with being a bad person."                                                                                                                                             Phyllis: “Are you sure you're not a bad person? Sometimes you cancel plans with people. Or you look at text messages and don't reply right away. And sometimes you call in sick for work when you're sick but not in-the-hospital-with-SARS-sick.                                                                                                                         Me: “Put a sock in it Phyllis!"                                                                                                                                     Phyllis: “... that's what she said."                                                                                                    

Sometimes I need to remind myself that Phyllis doesn't run the show. In both the tv series and my mind, she is a part of it and she is welcome there, but she is not in charge. I once heard sn analogy of this part of the mind that described it perfectly– You're driving a car and your ego is a child sitting in the backseat. She is always telling you where she wants to go, what she wants to do and even asks to drive the car even though she's a child and that would be ludicrous. She gets angry that you won't let her drive, sings gleefully at times, throws tantrums at others, and sometimes she falls asleep and you get some peace and quiet. But she's just a child and you understand that, so you love her and you let her know that she is always welcome to come along for the ride and provide input for the journey you're both on, but she is not the driver. She's not in control, but she's a part of the family. 

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

This recipe makes Phyllis be quiet for a few moments. It's comforting, satiating and very healthy so she can't say $h*! if she's all up on her high horse. During this cold season I'm being extra good to myself and nourishing my body with primarily plant based meals so this is an all vegan recipe with no lack of flavour. Some tofu steaks would be excellent with this dish and for my non vegan bebes– a poached or fried egg, piece of fish or some shrimp would be divine. I eat a lot of kale when I need to more nourishment because it's packed with nutrients and anything green makes my body feel so good. To learn more about the health benefits of kale check out this article and then make this dish to feel well taken care of. 

Feel free to change elements of the dish up: quinoa or noodles for the rice, collard greens for the kale, almond butter for the peanut– I'm confident they would all be delicious alternatives. Keep the coconut milk though, preferably full fat. It lends a rich creaminess to the dish which vegan meals are not commonly associated with.  

No go turn down the volume on your Phyllis and enjoy yourself.

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

BRAISED COCONUT MILK + PEANUT GREENS W/ GINGER TURMERIC RICE

the magic

inspiration:                     southern stewed greens has a baby with                                              asian stir fried greens

the feels:                         rich, creamy, soft, crunchy, savoury

eat with:                         green or mint tea, lime + mint water,                                                 white wine(champagne, riesling, chenin                                             blanc), pilsner beer

might like it you're into:  thai food, southern cooked greens, coconut                                          curries, turmeric dahl, maneki neko, The                                            Office, superfoods

the science

makes 4 servings || time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  coconut milk + peanut greens

  • 1 large bunch dinosaur kale – washed, stems removed and chopped into ribbons (for the benefits of kale click here)
  •  1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, smooth or crunchy (made with only peanuts)
  • 2 teaspoons tamari/Bragg's/soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red thai chili pepper, sliced finely in rings
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, white and/or black
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
  • optional: cilantro or basil, to garnish

ginger turmeric rice

  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 one-inch piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt/himalayan salt 

method:

  1. Rinse rice and drain. Add all ingredients from the rice portion to a rice cooker. Turn on and let cook until done. (If you don't have a rice cooker then add everything to a pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes off the heat; fluff with a fork.)
  2. While rice is cooking, boil a large pot of water. Once boiling, add chopped kale and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and run under cold water or place in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking process and keep them green (this step also removes the bitterness).
  3. Place a large wok or saucepan over medium-high heat, add the coconut oil. Once hot, add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until they are translucent. Reduce temperature to medium and add the coconut milk, tamari, lime juice, peanut butter and chili. Stir until the peanut butter is mixed through evenly. Add the kale to saucepan. Cook over medium for 5 minutes. If more liquid is needed during this process you can add a bit more coconut milk or water.
  4. Serve rice as the base, top with braised kale and onions, and sprinkle the sesame seeds, peanuts and herbs on top. Spoon extra coconut peanut sauce on to rice if desired. 

*notes: one 400 ml can of coconut milk is all you need for this recipe. It is the exact amount required between the greens and rice. 

TURMERIC DAHL + CAULIFLOWER BOWL

Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

Turmeric continues to have its grand love affair in the food world. I've been very enthusiastic about it; the vibrant colour, health benefits and taste– warming and slightly pungent but in an unassuming way. Turmeric is like some of my favourite kinds of people– modest but vivacious all at once.            My favourite ways to enjoy turmeric include, but are not limited to:  

  •  In coconut or olive oil while frying eggs (turns them a pretty yellow colour)
  • On top of popcorn with coconut oil, sea salt + nutritional yeast                     
  • In smoothies, juices, kombucha                                                                                                            
  • In legume or grain-based bowls like rice, quinoa or lentils                                                        
  • Golden milk (the best winter pre-sleep drink)                                                                                                                            

It was a rainy day with howling winds while I cooked this dish and took photos. I had on the new Childish Gambino album (Awaken, My Love), a funky and soulfully introspective record. This dreamy yet contemplative setting gave way to a wandering mind and the food began taking on human characteristics through my camera lens. Behind her leafy appendage, the cauliflower appeared to shield her face and shy away from the camera. Hypnotized by her gentle cruciferous soul, I could feel all the conflicting thoughts of her beauty and roughness, her appropriateness or lack there of, her implied place in the world vs where she feels drawn to, her fixed reality vs lofty dreams, her innocence vs sexuality, her deepest fears and desires– that at some point have been mine and every other woman's. Then I was like, Whoa. This is just a cauliflower. Chill." Either way, I took care to remove her leaves with tenderness, aware I might be leaving her vulnerable and exposed. Just in case. 

It's a strange time right now in the world but I think it's bringing like-minded people and women closer together. Women have been distanced for far too long– pitted against each other, programmed to mutually judge and compare ourselves to one another.

Enough of that trash.

It feels terrible and makes us weaker individually and as a whole. It tells others and men that it's what what we expect and that we are okay with it. Let's all support and be there for one another in this weird and contrasting life, okay? It's grounding and unifying to know others are there for you. I used to have this irrational fear that would give me severe anxiety attacks while alone and out in public. My fear was that something would happen to me unexpectedly like a seizure or heart attack and no one would help me. I imagined they would all just stand watching me die and do nothing. I don't know where it came from but I had no faith in humans as a whole and wouldn't happen when I was in the company of people who were undoubtedly there for me. I don't have this this fear anymore, in fact I mostly feel the opposite. Mostly. Recently I have confusing and conflicting thoughts with everything happening in America, but then I shut that shit down because it makes me feel weak and powerless. And we cannot evolve or move forward if we all start feeling weak and powerless. We need to strive for more connectedness than ever right now.  Practicing gratitude and appreciating others has probably been the biggest factor in making my life a better and more joyful place. Why stop now that there are things happening I don't agree with? There have always and will always be things happening I don't agree with. I don't know what to do with the shit storm of information that is America right now, but I do know that can't let it suck me into a downward spiral of hate and disappointment about the world. I am trying to find a place of just being while I figure out.

Right now we need some comfort. We need some nourishment. We need to feel like everything is going to be okay. I find that simple comforts are the easiest things for me to be grateful for– my warm bed, loving friends and family, a bowl of pasta or cup of tea. This meal is just that. It's comfort, it's about feeling gratitude for everyday things. A bowl of hug if you will. 

Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Cauliflower || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

I've made this dish at least once a week for the last month. It's so tasty, very quick to make and really versatile. You can use whatever vegetable(s) you have in your fridge and each time I top it with something slightly different– almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, a fried egg, soft boiled egg, whatever herbs I have, dulse flakes, or hot sauces of all kinds. Enjoy with some lemon-mint water or switchel for an extra detox feel. 

Enjoy! xx

Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Dried Red Lentils || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Lemon-Mint Water || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca
Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || Turmeric Dahl + Cauliflower Bowl || A vegan detox bowl recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! It's easy, delicious and healthy! A perfect cozy bowl for fall or winter. Plant based, dairy free, + gluten free. || creamandhoney.ca

TUMERIC DAHL + CAULIFLOWER BOWL

the magic 

inspiration:                   cozy winter evenings

the feels:                       warm + hearty

eat with:                        flatbread, naan,lemon + mint water, ginger                                        hibiscus switchel, golden milk,                                                          poached/boiled/fried egg, green tea                                                  w/honey.

might like if you're into:        yoga, kitchari, congee, hand made                                                    quilts, eucalyptus steam rooms, detox                                                water. 

 

the science

makes 4 servings || time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 

  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk + extra for drizzling on top
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 lemon or lime, cut into quarters
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cilantro + 1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
  • optional: chili flakes, a fried/poached/boiled egg

method: 

  1. Rinse lentils in cold water and strain. In medium pot heat the coconut oil, add onion, ginger, garlic and turmeric. Stir frequently and sauté for a couple minutes. Add hot water, salt and lentils to pot and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer stirring every few minutes until lentils appear thicker with no extra liquid (around 7-8 minutes), add coconut milk and garam masala. Cook for another 7-10 minutes or until the lentils look porridge-like or cooked to your preference. 
  2. While cooking the lentils, in a small pot add water and lightly salt. Bring to boil. Add cauliflower and boil for about 5 minutes (or until just cooked). Drain. 
  3. Spoon dahl into bowls, add cauliflower, a squeeze of lemon/lime and pour extra coconut milk over top. Sprinkle on chopped herbs,  sunflower + sesame seeds, black pepper, chili flakes + egg if desired. 

Dahl recipe adapted from Hello Glow.