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Maya Kaimal

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Maya Kaimal is a brand created by a wonderful woman who wanted to bring people together through eating. Growing up, it was very important to her family to socialize together and eating was always part of that. Though cooking can be therapeutic and fun, sometimes in our lives we feel we are too busy or don’t have enough time to create a full meal from scratch. It can be time consuming and that means less time with the ones we love. Maya has made it super simple to not only be able to eat a healthy meal, but to also have time to socialize and be around our loved ones.

There are many different products Maya Kaimal offers! Not all the products are vegan, but many are, and the others are vegetarian. Don’t you worry, she still took just as much care and love creating the vegetarian items as the vegans items.

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For example, she has made some amazing shelf stable simmer sauces. I truly enjoyed making my Indian Nachos with the Madras Curry sauce. I have yet to try a few of the other vegan flavors, and I cannot wait! They’re so simple and so flavorful, all you have to do is chop a few of your favorite veggies, you can even throw in some beans/lentils/ or tofu, pour the sauce over them in a pan, and simmer. Viola! You have a quickly home made and amazing dish that your guests will love, and you’ll have more time to spend with them instead of spending so much time cooking. Plus, not all of us are wizards in the kitchen, able to make amazingly spiced Indian food, lets be honest…

There are also some Chickpea chips and pita chips. They are yummy, crunchy, and made with tons of love. I used the chickpea chips for my nachos because they are gluten free, but Pita chips would probably be so yummy too, for those of you that don’t mind eating gluten.

Now for the Everyday Dal packets. Oh my goodness, the pouches are are a flavor punch and basically a full meal. Most would add some rice or quinoa to make it seem more hearty. I was on a camping trip and easily tore open the pouch, poured it into a sauce pan, and heated it on the gas burner for just a few minutes. Again, the meal was easily made, ready quickly, I knew it was healthy, and that I would be eating tons of loving vibes. I think the Red Lentil Butternut Squash Dal so far has been my favorite, but again, I truly enjoyed all the flavors. Go check them out, love on them, and I am sure they would love to hear from you.

You can check them out on their website or follow their Instagram at:

http://www.mayakaimal.com/

@Mayakaimalfoods

appetizers, entrees

Indian Nachos!!

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Say what??!! Indian inspired nachos. Yes, I said what you read, Indian Inspired nachos!! As some of you may have noticed by now, I WILL do whatever I can for an excuse to make and enjoy nachos! I also like to be different, and I like a challenge. So of course, why not take so many of our favorite dish, nachos, and use different flavors? I recently found this fantastic company Maya Kaimal, who I will be doing a product review in more depth shortly on another post, and I thought, “I am going to use one of their wonderful simmer sauces and flavor some yummy veggies, then throw them onto chickpea chips with vegan cheese!!! Whoo hoo!!

The first year of becoming vegan, I was holding onto some of my favorite meals pretty strong. So you can bet that Plant based nachos, caesar salad, pizza, burgers, and mac & cheese were constantly in the mix. Of course, all of these things are still highly processed. So once I got use to being plant based and I felt more knowledgable, I felt more comfortable to branch out and try less processed meals. I started using more whole foods and beans or lentils to substitute for “meat.” Beans and mushrooms have a meaty like texture, or at least the firmness some of us crave in a meal. I find when it looks and feels similar with colors & texture and it has a great seasoning and flavor, it makes it easier to be satisfied with meals we are use to eating.

I took some vegetables that I am use to eating with Indian food, like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and garbanzos and sautéed them with Maya Kaimal’s Simmer Sauce! It is so easy because the flavor is already all there in the sauce, SO DELICIOUS! All you have to do is chop the vegetables, add the simmer sauce, cook, and then plate over the chips and cheese. It is just a fun spin on your usual Indian dish with just rice or potatoes.

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Indian Nachos

Ingredients:

-1/2 Medium Onion

– 2 Cloves Garlic

-1 Tablespoon Coconut oil

-1/2 Cauliflower Head

-1/2 Broccoli

-1/2 Bell Pepper

-1 Yellow Zucchini

-1 Can Garbanzo beans

-1 Jar of Maya Kaimal’s Madras Curry Simmer Sauce (or if you find another flavor of their many flavors, use that)

-Shredded Mozzerella (Or any other dairy free cheese you like)

-1 Bag of chickpea chips

Method:

-Chop all the veggies in smaller portions so they fall over the chips better. Start to sauté the Onions until translucent (about 3-5 minutes on medium heat). Then add the garlic to the onions and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the broccoli and cauliflower and sauté for another 8 minutes.

-Add Zucchini, Simmer sauce,  bell pepper, beans and sauté for another 10 minutes.

-While the vegetables and sauce are simmering, in between stirring every 2 minutes, start plating them chips. Get a nice pile of chips and either sprinkle the cheese on top of the chips, so that when you put the hot topping on it melts, or just add it to the mix of vegetables. Either way is fine and up to you. Own it! Enjoy it. Be proud you made something new and fun!

Love, Always, Stephie <3

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