As I test boundaries and venture into the plant-based diet, purely out of interest. Don’t you worry I am still a meat-eater. I think it is due to qualifying soon as a nutritionist you come across many types of diets that you have to be on top of your game with so you can identify possible deficiencies that that person might be having if they follow strict beliefs or rules to their diet.
As a nutritionist I want to be able to really help that individual and develop recipes for them that they are capable of mastering and not just another “eat more vegetables”, but really delving into their lifestyle needs and what requirements might attune nicely with them.
This excursion landed me with the connection between nuts and “vegan” plant-based cheese. Some of you may be asking “what does plant-based cheese taste like?” Well this particular oven baked vegan feta taste garlicky, nutty, citrussy, herby and truffly, it was delicious. Didn’t taste exactly taste exactly like feta, but oh-boy it is a great addition to any vegan’s fridge. It is a great addition to sprinkle on salads, smother it on toast, have as a dip for crudités, you can add it as a “feta” to quiches (although might defeat the point of being vegan!!) but the options are endless.
My oven baked feta took a few tries to tweak the flavours and the consistency. But the end results are marvellous. Drizzle in truffle oil and fresh herbs & bob’s your uncle you have a winning dish that those dairy free friends will love!!
I think the thing I love about this recipe is it is so simple to make and nearly anyone can give it a whirl at home. Come back to me with your thoughts I would love to know.
Why its good for you:
Almonds are a great form of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body, it helps protect our cell membranes and can improve our immunity. Nuts also contain a dose of magnesium which really helps our body relax, it aids repair of our muscles and can also help us sleep well. A good dose of potassium for fluid and electrolyte balance. Containing calcium for your bones, teeth formation, heart beat and muscle function. Almonds also have a good dose of protein it has 21g of protein per 100g. That’s pretty high for this little chap. Protein is the essential building blocks for the human body, with out it we have big problems. By eating almonds will your body replenish, nourish and heal your skin, tissues and muscles. A handful of raw nuts can help fend off mid-morning or afternoon sugar cravings, opt for these instead of that choccie bar!
Raw garlic is wondrous for nurturing your immunity. It is rich in vitamin C as well as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatain) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids.
Organic Lemon and its zest adds that extra boost of vitamin C for your immunity, collagen production (less wrinkles ladies), each cell will benefit form vitamin C (including bone and teeth growth, healthy gums and teeth, improves sperm motility, excretion of heavy metals, detoxifies) and helps to stimulate digestion. Vitamin C is one of the most under-utilised vitamins and lemons is such a potent form of it.
Thyme is a great herb, it has a carminative effect on the body, brilliant for relieving irritability, dryness in the respiratory system (so tickly coughs add this to hot water with lemon & honey and you have yourself your very own natural lemsip!) and is great for treating gum disease and infections