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Vegan Asian Vegetable Rice Dish

Updated on September 19, 2014

What's a vegan diet?

A vegan diet does not use any animal-deriven ingredients like meat, dairy products, eggs or honey. Many people decide to become vegan to turn their back to food that is produced and processed on the basis of violence towards and abuse of animals. Modern farm animals are usually confined in dark and tiny spaces their whole life and are murdered in a horrible, violent manner, often transported for hours or even days until they reach the slaughterhouse.

I have been a vegetarian for 15 years and after the first year of adjustment, it was rather simple. I just had to leave out the meat and that was it. In 99 percent of the restaurants in Europe and North America, you'll always find at last one vegetarian dish that you can order, at least from my experience. In Argentina, the meat-loving country, that is more difficult.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to change my diet to vegan. At the beginning, I kept going back to consuming milk products and eggs because it seemed so hard to leave them away. But in the last few weeks, it has become easier and I have successfully cooked some very wholesome and deliciouses dishes that I would like to share with you. I am so thankful to all the vegans out there who have share their recipes on the internet and I want to do the same for my readers who are interested in healthy, cruelty-free recipes.

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Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves two people

Make sure to buy the vegetables at the local market to ensure their freshness. It's advisable to use organic vegetables that haven't been treated with harmful chemical pesticides.

I always order a vegetable and fruit box that is delivered to me every 2 weeks by a local farmer here in German. It's slightly more expensive than at the supermarket but the quality is so much more satisfying. They practically harvest the vegetables and deliver them to my house a couple hours later.

  • 5 middle-sized white mushrooms
  • 4 leaves of pointed cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 corn-on-the-cob
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 middle-sized onion
  • soy sauce
  • coconut oil
  1. Cut the bell pepper in cubes, the pointed cabbage in stripes, the white mushrooms and onion in slices and use a knife to remove the corn from the cob. Chop the two garlic cloves.
  2. Take a flat cooking pot and use coconut oil to fry the garlic. Pay attention in this step because you might burn the garlic if you fry it for too long.
  3. Add the rice to the garlic and fry it for a minute or two. Don't burn the rice.
  4. Add two large glasses of water to the rice and cook the rice until it's ready. You might have to add more water. Brown rice takes longer to get ready than white rice.
  5. Heat the soy sauce in a pan and add the vegetables. Fry the vegetables at a high heat but for only 2 minutes. You want the vegetables to stay crunchy to retain most of the vitamins.
  6. When the rice is ready, add it to the vegetable pan and fry it for another minute. You are done!

The benefits of coconut oil

I use coconut oil to fry all my vegetables because it doesn't contain dangerous trans fats. Native people that have consumed coconut oil for years like the Tokelauans and the Kitavans do not suffer from cardiovascular diseases. In addition, th main fatty acid in coconut efficiently kills pathogens. Last but not least, coconut oil has positive effects on the cholesterol levels in our body and leads to greater satiety which has positive effects on your weight.

Brown rice has a saturating effect that lasts for many hours. There will be leftovers for sure, so you can save some for the next day and enjoy your meal again.

Let me know what you thought of this dish and leave me your feedback :).

I'll be publishing more vegan dishes in the future, so make sure to come back regularly.


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Jennifer, this was an easy vegan recipe to make with rice. Voted up for useful!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll pass this one to family members who are vegan. Thank you!