Today is Monday, the start of a new week and the first day of the month, and I had it all planned to write about the Meatless Monday movement. But after a super busy weekend with no internet, I read Brook’s post and then changed my mind – just a little bit. I decided to write about something bigger: the will to take the first step, and to give you a quick and easy recipe for a casual vegan health meal to inspire Brook and everyone.

It all started on Saturday when I was at the organic and agro-ecological street market here in Porto Alegre. A magical place, full of life, where you can buy products without pesticides, without animal testing, vegan, and straight from the hands of those who planted/made it. It makes me very happy to know that no one needs to suffer to feed me – and to be able to buy directly from the producer is an important step for local agriculture. Additionally, it helps keep me healthy (a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of heart disease), helps the planet (in the United States, livestock is responsible for the use of half of all the water consumed in the country for all ends), helps create awareness to know that only the life that nature provides is enough to nourish me. But I’m not telling you to become a vegetarian, as this is an individual choice. I’m just giving you the idea to try, every Monday, to live without using anything of animal origin in your food. Believe me, there are many flavors to be discovered and well-being as well.

Once at home I began to prepare my lunch, 100% cruelty free, and so delicious. But first, I want to dedicate the lunch recipe and this post to Brook and all the people who step one at a time toward a more balanced life. And as she said, I also think no one has to run around with the perfect body or have a 100% healthy life (but 25% is too little, ok? Hehehe). What we must do is to chase our best version, our state of harmony with the body and the mind and this powerful feeling of being satisfied with who we are.

So, to the lunch …

Ingredients vegan health meal:

  • Cauliflower
  • Brown rice
  • Avocado
  • Goji berry
  • A carrot and basil burger that I bought ready-made from local producers (but vegan burgers are easy to make and I’ll dedicate a post to that soon)

Steps:

  • In a saucepan, warm half a tablespoon of coconut oil and add spicy paprika, turmeric (all powdered), and the cauliflower to sauté.
  • Prepare the rice without oil, no onion, no condiments. Only water and a little salt.
  • I cut the avocado into slices and put a little olive oil, a pinch of toasted sesame seeds and goji berries
  • The burger I bought cold, so put in the oven to heat.

It was a colorful lunch, nutritious, balanced and full of life. I do not know how many calories this dish had – I do not count calories because they do not matter much. What matters most to me is how much energy, life and satiety a meal can give me and how my body will assimilate those foods. Hope you like, hope you cook!

Om Shanti