Hearty Meals for Winter: Koshari

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Koshari is one of my favorite comfort food, specially in the winter time. It’s a perfect #meatlessmonday dish, meatless but full of flavors and textured dish.

Ingredients:

For the Rice

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 cup of green lentils
  • 1/4 cup of angel hair pasta / spaghettini
  • 1 cup of macaroni
  • 1/4 chopped large onion
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of  sunflower oil

For lightly caramelized onions

  • 3/4 chopped large onion for the lightly caramelized onions
  •  High heat oil as needed

For the sauce

  • 500 gr tomato puree
  • half fresh red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 liter of water
  • 2 tablespoons of  sunflower oil
  • salt to taste

Please see how to make koshari down below.

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Can you smell the holiday season already? Yes, the smell of home baked Christmas cookies or ginger bread, mulled wine…Christmas for me is more about traditions than a religious celebration, growing up as a TCK  I really missed having good family traditions especially during the holidays as different cultures have different holiday traditions.

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Now that my kids are TCKs as well, we try to make our own traditions, like using a real Christmas tree that we keep alive since 2 years ago. It would be nice to see the tree grows as the children grow. We also keep the decor minimal, I feel annoyed when I see a Christmas tree so over decorated that  you can not even see the leaves, decorations suppose to accentuate not to cover the whole thing… poor tree.

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This year, to keep up with the minimalist theme, we started a new tradition and decided to have a €5 challenge for gifts, so only things that cost €5 to buy or to make for each recipient. We want to enjoy the season more instead of having the “rush”.

Happy Holidays All!

Vegan Diet – Netflix turned me into a vegan.

I dislike extremism in general, although some people who know me well tend to disagree.

Sometimes most of the time I have the tendency to go to the “extreme”, like leaving everything behind and move across the world to start all over again.The word “try” or “small” didn’t exist in my vocabulary. I always had to go big, be fully immerse into something and burned all the bridges behind. Over the years as being older and many “big” mistakes gained, I become calmer. Now I test the water before I dive in, I learn to make plans, get my focus straight and calculate my risk.

All the above being said, with my vegan diet though I was not even searching, it was my saturday chill night and like any normal person I watched Netflix. First was  IRIS (a maximalist) and then Cowspiracy appeared, and on to the Fork over Knives, so thank’s to Netflix “suggestions” I changed my diet to total plant based diet that day (once again I don’t need to try first, I’ve decided then and there).

However, I avoid using the term vegan to much because of the stigmas that attached to “being” vegan, the extremism, the drama and the hostility. No, I don’t want all of that. I don’t love animals more than I love people and I don’t feel my human superiority is up just because of my eating habit. Living healthier and environmental friendlier are my main goals.

So if you want to know what I eat in a day (with quick and easy recipes) and my food grocery shopping (budget haul) look like, here are the videos…