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Good, better, broccoli!

March 1, 2010

by Chantelle Roelofse

In the yogic tradition, we try to follow a sattvic, (sattva means purity) diet, eating foods that are nutritious and healthy, and staying away from preservatives and artificial flavourings. These foods are digested easily by the body, which ensures that you have ample energy for the things that are important, like spending time with your loved ones, and of course, attending your yoga classes. Sattvic foods naturally come from the earth, like fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds.

This month, we are focusing on broccoli. We all know the green stuff is good for us, but we don’t always know why. Broccoli is packed with vitamin B which keeps us happy and looking good, vitamin C which boosts our immune systems, and calcium and magnesium which build and strengthen bones and teeth. It is also considered a low-glycemic food which means that it regulates blood sugar levels – very important for energy – and it aids digestion because it is packed with natural dietary fibre.

Broccoli is often thought of as a no-fun food. But this doesn’t have to be the case! Try our healthy Broccoli and Sundried Tomato Pizza for Friday night fun and our Veggie and Couscous Delight recipe which is quick, easy and yummy!

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Broccoli and Sundried Tomato Pizza

Try out this vegan option, which is not only healthy, but also promotes cruelty free living. Serves 3-4 people.

Ingredients

Pizza dough – You can buy ready-made pizza bases

Pizza sauce

6 blocks of firm tofu (you can find this at your local Chinese market)
2 tbsp. corn starch
½ cup yeast
1tsp. olive oil
2 freshly squeezed lemons (or ½ cup)

Pizza topping

2 tbsp. tomato puree
1 can of tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1 large bunch of broccoli, steamed until al dente
1 packet sundried tomatoes (I prefer the Woolworths brand)
2 garlic gloves, crushed
1 packet raw pine nuts

Preheat the oven to 180℃. Place all the ingredients for the pizza sauce in a blender and blend it until it appears smooth and creamy. Spread a thick layer of the sauce onto the pizza base as quickly as possible.

Now start preparing the topping. Mix the tomato puree, can of tomatoes and garlic. Spread a thin layer on top of the tofu mix, taking care to keep the layers separate. Now place the onions, sundried tomatoes and broccoli on top of the tomato mix and place directly onto the oven rack. Leave in for 15-20 minutes, allowing the pizza base to defrost and brown a little.

In the meantime, place the pine nuts in a dry pan. Heat up a stove plate and when it’s hot, place the pan on it, allowing the pine nuts to brown a little. Remove the pizza from the oven when it’s done, sprinkle the pine nuts over the pizza topping and serve with a green salad.

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Veggie and Couscous Delight

This easy recipe is a winner on every occasion! Serves 3-4 people.

Ingredients

3 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ bunch of broccoli
½ packet of spinach
1 small packet baby corn
3-4 big carrots, sliced thinly
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Sesame seeds
2 cups couscous

Put the olive oil, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a pan. Place it on a hot stove plate. Fry the broccoli, spinach, baby corn and carrots until al dente. Add the cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Now add a generous portion of sesame seeds. You may have to add a little more soy sauce during the process.

Prepare the couscous during or before the veggies and serve with a green salad.
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Chantelle Roelofse works as a cognitive linguist at Unisa, but also love playing piano and composing music. She teaches yoga at the Yoga Revolution studio, focusing on power yoga and surya namaskara classes. She is interested in the philosophy of yoga and how we can incorporate it in modern living. Chantelle supports ethical living and veganism. Roeloc@unisa.ac.za

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Matthys Dippenaar permalink
    March 16, 2010 11:54 am

    Wonderful article, Chantelle! I will definitely try it out!

  2. Danielle permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:09 am

    I enjoyed the brocolli pizza at the author’s home, and I can swear to its yummy delight!!

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