Plant-Based Easy Side Dish Staples For Every Meal - Chef Cynthia Louise
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Wholesome Plant-based Side Dish

In this blog, we’ll explore how to make Healthy and Hearty Plant-Based Side Dishes, adding a delightful twist to your meals. Let’s celebrate the world of delicious and healthy plant-based with these side dishes!  Try the tantalizing flavors of Asian cuisine with our first recipe – Asian Style Quick Pickled Carrots. Enjoy the refreshing crunch of our Homemade Cucumber Pickles, a perfect addition to any meal. And if you crave a bold and spicy flavor, dive into the exotic appeal of Balinese Sambal Matah. Come along as we explore the rich world of plant-based indulgence, redefining the essence of flavor in every bite.

Explore the delicious world of Asian flavors with this quick and easy plant-based side dish, the Asian Style Quick Pickled Carrots recipe! This dish combines the crunchiness of fresh carrots with a tangy pickling solution inspired by Asian cuisine. The recipe achieves a delightful balance between sweetness and savory notes, making it a perfect complement to your favorite Asian-inspired dishes. With just a few ingredients and a speedy preparation process, these plant-based pickled carrots offer a convenient and flavorful way to infuse your meals with Asian influences.

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Join me in this episode and learn how to make homemade cucumber pickles! In this recipe, I use a great vinegar called apple cider vinegar which contains pectin that acts as a prebiotic or food for beneficial bacteria. The recipe is packed with umami. Let’s begin!

I want you to experience the joy of Sambal Matah but I have one tip: start with mild chilli like those long, fat ones. Then build your way up to those small, fiery chilies. I’m already impatient to hear your stories!

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My Thoughts

These plant-based side dishes are a flavorful and versatile addition to your diet, showcasing the health benefits of embracing more plant-based options. The Asian Style Quick Pickled Carrots bring a zesty and refreshing twist to your meals, complementing other dishes perfectly. Homemade Cucumber Pickles offer a classic, crisp bite that pairs seamlessly with various main courses. Lastly, the Balinese Sambal Matah provides a spicy kick, highlighting the diverse flavors of plant-based cuisine. Not only do these recipes enhance your dining experience, but they also promote a healthier lifestyle, proving that plant-based side dishes can be both wholesome and hearty. Dive into the world of plant-based cooking and make these recipes staples on your table, bringing joy and nourishment to every meal.

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Chef Cynthia Louise xx

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About the Author

Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.