Introduction to Rastafarian “I-tal” Cooking

I’m interested in flavorful recipes that are full of nutrients and have natural favors. If anyone has ever noticed Rastafarian people, many of them are very healthy people, full of spirit and stamina. This can be attributed to their daily eating habits.  I-tal cooking focuses on local fresh food, free of meat, dairy, and eggs.

When Cooking I-tal Food:

Thoroughly Cleanse Produce

No Salt, With the Exception of Sea Salt

Salt often takes away from the natural flavor of natural food and is often processed. Sea salt is in it’s natural form.

Use Wooden Utensils or Cookware From the Earth

Despite the cookware not taking away from the food itself, using cookware made from the earth encompasses meaning of I-tal cooking.

Common Key Ingredients

The key ingredients used in I-tal cooking provide a lot of flavor and nutrients, making this style of cooking unique. Use whatever fresh vegetables you want because it is your food.

Callaloo

Scotch Bonnet

Sweet Potatoes

Plantains

Coconuts

Annatto

Pimento Berries- “Allspice”

Ackees

Susumba

Breadfruit

The Vegetarian “Beef” With White Castle

 

Apparently, a few members of the vegetarian community are disappointed in White Castle for having veggie sliders. But, is it a matter of a fast-food joint like White Castle cheapening the vegetarian lifestyle by having veggie sliders? Or is it the fact that vegetarians feel as though vegetarian dishes are transitioning from healthy gourmet food to vegetable-stuffed patties searing in a puddle of animal grease? The patties are said to come from Dr. Praeger, but there is no solid evidence to prove this. Either way, I have no issue with the Dr. Praeger brand or White Castle’s attempt to cater to the growing vegetarian community. The only thing I can hope for is the ethical handling of vegetarian products. It isn’t beneficial to have a veggie patty cooking in bacon, chicken, or beef fat.

Tokyo’s New Vegetarian Revolution Has High Hopes for the 2020 Olympics

Thirty vegetarians are banding together to create a campaign convincing Tokyo restaurant owners of the benefits of having vegetarian menus which cater to the growing vegetarian population. Despite Japan having a rich history of vegetarian recipes and practices, especially Buddhist traditions, the population of restaurants offering vegetarian menus are in the minority. Using tourism as a motivating factor, the coalition of vegetarians in Japan hope to have 50,000 restaurants on board by the 2020 Olympics.

Vegetarian sushi.

Shojin Ryori- traditional vegetarian Japanese dish eaten by many Buddhists.

How to Handle Vegetarian Gas

When I first started a vegetarian diet, I dealt with a lot of gas. For about 2-3 weeks, I was “fart girl” and I had to excuse myself at every turn. But, trouble doesn’t last always and my the gas stopped. Once you consider it, many vegetarian virgins are allowing our systems to heal from years of Friday nights at the rib shacks, steakhouses and Sunday afternoons at grandma’s house.

Here are some remedies that helped me out:

Charcoal Tablets

Charcoal tablets help to relieve gas caused by high fiber foods, especially beans and legumes. Also, they help to clear toxins from the body. Don’t overuse charcoal tablets because taking too much can cause constipation and loss of energy.

Papaya

Papaya has natural digestive enzymes that break down proteins to eliminate gas.

Ginger

Ginger is an herbal enzyme that treats upset stomach and prevents colon cancer. It is also used for colds, the flu, migraines, arthritis pain, and menstrual cramps.

Vegetarians Don’t Need to Put Dairy in Every Dish

I’ve noticed it’s a trend in the vegetarian community to put dairy on most meals to substitute for the loss of meat in the vegetarian diet. Dairy has vitamin D, vitamin B12, and calcium. It also has cholesterol, and for people who are lactose intolerant, it causes a lot of unnecessary bloating. Use dairy, but not for every meal, or even for most meals. It’s All About That Base A vegetarian lifestyle was intended to be a ‘living’ lifestyle, meaning most of your dishes should be plant-based and not dairy-based. Try plant-based sauces with ingredients like avocado, nuts & seeds, legumes, coconut, vegetables, herbs, and tofu.

Raw Vegan Basil Cashew Sauce retrieved from saavyvegetarian.com

Five Ingredient Red Curry Coconut Sauce or Dressing retrieved from choosingraw.com

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

Walnut ‘Bolognese’ Spaghetti Sauce retrieved from thehonoursystem.com