Monday, 22 August 2016

WORLD JOLLOF RICE DAY 2016 - BROWN RICE JOLLOF [VIDEO]
























It's been popping off left, right and centre on my little slice of the internet: World Jollof Rice Day. My instagram and twitter feeds give off a fluorescent orange glow from all the pictures of jollof rice being shared. I'm not mad, only hungry 95% of the time I'm online...


They say it became a thing only last year, but the origins are unclear. Whatever the story is, August 22nd has been declared THE day to shine a spotlight on the ever-delicious, every-comforting jollof rice.

To celebrate World Jollof Rice Day (and also to add my vegan voice to the mix), I've tweaked my usual jollof rice recipe by using long grain brown rice and by eliminating red bell peppers. No special reason, just felt like it. I'm also aware that a few jollof recipes call for a tomato-only-based sauce and I wanted to finally give it a try. They say brown rice is much healthier than regular white rice because of the extra fibre and slow releasing energy, so if you're on your healthy eating grind, perhaps this is the version for you.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already as I'll be posting a lot more content as time goes on. Give me a shout if you try this recipe and let me know your thoughts on using brown rice...Yay or Nay?

Ingredients (serves 2):
- 1 cup brown rice
- 3 large tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small red onion
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- salt to taste



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

EASY VEGAN SWEET POTATO PANCAKES [VIDEO]



The recipe for these delicious sweet potato pancakes first appeared on my blog in December 2013 - you can check that out by clicking here. A few years later and I decided to film a tutorial video, showing just how easy they are to make.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos like this! x



Tuesday, 12 July 2016

THE VEGAN NIGERIAN POP-UP RESTAURANT #4



































*Advanced booking required*

Back again for another pop-up! 
This time, we're going traditional with the main meal, serving up the Yoruba classic: iyan (pounded yam) and egusi. 
Whether you're familiar with this dish or you're scratching your head wondering what in the world it is, I invite you to come along and experience the wonderful taste explosion that awaits you.
What on the menu?
- Starter: Selection of salads 
- Main: Pounded yam and egusi 
- Dessert: Mango cheesecake 
- Drinks
WHEN
WHERE
La Suite West Hotel London - 41-51 Inverness Terrace, London, W2 3JN
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-vegan-nigerian-pop-up-restaurant-4-tickets-26529555615

Sunday, 3 July 2016

7 Reasons Why You Should Try a Plant Based Diet (Guest Post by Fresh n' Lean)
























Scientists, researchers, celebrities, and authors all over the world are only some of the people that are talking about the benefits of plant based meals. Including more plant products into your diet can give your health a wonderful boost. In fact, eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds, can have significant benefit to your health and well-being.
Here are some of the common health issues you can avoid by choosing a plant-based diet.

1. Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers have conducted tests on people who consumed at least eight servings of vegetables and fruits in a day. They came to the conclusion that such people have a 30% lesser chance of having a stroke or a heart attack in comparison to people who ate fewer that 2 servings. In fact, a paper published by Dr. Dean Ornish talks about how patients that already have heart disease can reverse the damage by making the appropriate changes in their eating habits. In addition to taking the recommended medications, these patients restricted the the fat content in their diet, switched to more of plant foods, and made other essential lifestyle changes.

2. Preventing Cancer

The American Cancer Society stresses the importance of a plant-based diet for helping the body keep cancer at bay. When you consume red meat including lamb, pork, and beef, among others, this meat induces the bacteria in your gut or gastrointestinal tract to release acids. As a result, you raise your chances of developing clogged arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. Meat also causes mutations in your cells that can ultimately lead to cancer.
Plants contain several compounds called phytochemicals that can protect your cells from damage and mutations. While such mutations can be caused by elements in the environment, the main cause is linked to the meat content in your diet.

3. Preventing Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes could become one of the most significant causes of death in the world by 2030, as reported by the World Health Organization. By making a few important changes in your diet, you could lower your chances of becoming one of these statistics. For instance, eating 2 to 3 servings of fiber-packed whole wheat grains every day can cut back your risk by 30% compared to people who almost never eat whole grains. Since plant-based foods have a high fiber content, your body can break them down and digest them slowly. Not only do you feel full longer and faster, but your body produces less amounts of the hormone, insulin.

4. Preventing Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol

Having hypertension or high blood pressure indicates that you have a higher risk of developing stroke and heart disease. If you have been consuming meat and other animal products all your life, you could have high blood pressure by the time you’re 60. This is why it’s recommended that you change your diet to include more plant-based meals.
Not only can you reverse the damage, but you might also notice that it becomes easier to keep your hypertension levels down. High cholesterol causes high blood pressure, but you can control the bad cholesterol percentages in your blood by choosing a low-fat, healthy diet.

5. Preventing Skin Damage and Aging

Plants and vegetables contain phytochemicals, vitamins, and pigments that can bring back a healthy glow to your skin. For instance, tomatoes have lycopene that works to prevent the damage caused by the sun. Sweet potatoes can induce your skin cells to produce collagen that in turn help to plump up the skin and remove the appearance of wrinkles.
When you cut back on fat-laden animal products, you’re also eliminating saturated fats that can cause the pores of your skin to clog and acne to appear. In addition, plant compounds can actually hydrate your skin.

6. Preventing Obesity

Typically, animal sourced products are calorie dense while plant food has a lesser number of calories in the same portion sizes. For instance, eating a bowl of ice cream for dessert is likely to cause much more severe damage to your waistline than a bowl of fresh fruit. In addition, the processed and refined foods that you eat contain chemical additives and preservatives that have no nutritional content, but pack on unwanted calories.
If you choose fiber-packed food instead, you would need smaller portion sizes since you’ll feel fuller for longer. The fiber you eat keeps your gut healthy by moving food through it more easily. If you can prevent constipation, you can help keep your weight down.

7. Preventing Weakened Vision

Foods like grapes, kiwi, squash, corn, kale, and spinach are known to contain pigments like zeaxanthin and lutein. The American Optometric Association reports that these compounds can help keep your eyes healthy by preventing the formation of cataracts and weakening of the eye muscles. Carrots contain beta-carotene that can help you see in dim light thanks to the Vitamin A they produce in the body.

Plant Based Meals for Extraordinary Health

These are only some of the benefits that you can gain from making healthy changes in your diet. Plant-based produce is easier on the pocket when you’re paying for the food and in the long-run, when you pay medical bills. In addition to being good for you, cutting back on animal produce is good for the environment. Think about ethical issues like preventing cruelty to animals and you’ll be sold on the idea of moving to healthy, plant-based meals.

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Photo credit: Tomi Makanjuola

Article written by: Thomas Asseo

About Fresh n' Lean: Fresh n’ Lean is a U.S. based meal delivery service co-founded by Thomas Asseo, a health and fitness enthusiast from California. Fresh n’ Lean aim to provide everyone with a convenient, healthy, vegan diet meal plan, and promote a healthy lifestyle through good quality food. All dishes are organic vegan meals, GMO free, contain no artificial ingredients, and are made by real people, not a product of a machine. Everything is tailored to provide well-balanced and nutritious meals that keep you and your whole body feeling great. It’s the gift of health, delivered to your door.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

PICTURES FROM MY 3RD POP-UP RESTAURANT (BUFFET EDITION!)

If you've been keeping up with my latest exploits then you'd know that the 3rd Vegan Nigerian pop-up restaurant took place yesterday (June 29th) at La Suite West. 

Straying away from the format of the last two events, I decided to try out a buffet, which - my goodness - was a definite winner. And not just for the guests, but also for me (talk about profoundly cutting down stress levels!) Don't get me wrong, I love the creativity and polish of a plated service, and I'm not doing away with that format forever, but there is something so satisfying about allowing guests to help themselves and have a wider variety to choose from. It also meant that I wasn't stuck behind the scenes for most of the night, and I could have more robust conversations, hear instant feedback, and generally enjoy the night along with everyone else!

So, if you missed this event, I hope to see you at the next. I am currently scouting for a second location in another part of London in order to spread myself out a bit, so who knows, I might decide to hit you with two dates at once very soon. We'll see!

If you were at the event last night and snapped some pictures, I'd love to see them! :) Either send to me directly at: vegannigerian@gmail.com or tag me on social media @vegannigerian. 

*Special thank you to my mum who is my number one inspiration for being a boss lady, and to the lovely Cristina for helping out*

Here are some shots from last night: 






















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