I’m so thankful for what God is doing in this season with everyone of His children, and in particular about our diet and lifestyle
Satan FIGHTS our physical body in the most natural, unassuming way, so that he can make you weak and unable to live your BEST LIFE in obedience to Jesus as we go after our God given assignments
One way he fights us SO EASILY is in food and sadly, we come so casually and ignorantly to the battle that he doesn’t even expend so much energy to win. Worse still, some of us don’t even KNOW we are in a BATTLE.
We eat casually…
Any new thing that comes out, we wanna try. I recall when I used to CHARTER all kinds of MSG laden products phew…
That’s all those seasonings, stock cubes and all.
The sachets, liquids, cubes, powders and so on.
Little did I know I wasn’t doing myself and family any good, what with how DANGEROUS these seasonings are. Whoosh.
I’m thankful for my friend Ezinne who is also CEO of a natural spices company who opened my eyes to the DANGERS of those cubes, AND gave me alternatives too.
It’s been about 6months and I’ve left stock cubes behind, retrained my TASTE BUDS and ENJOY the taste of my meals.
She has also come to speak to my squads about the dangers of stock cubes and co.
Thankfully, God has given us many many spices and herbs ALL AROUND us and in this post, I wanna share a few VERY EASY swaps and introductions we can make NOW into our pots and pans, especially for those of us who wanna transition SLOWLY and not like me who went gangsta and COLD TURKEY lol
Here we go
Oh, the first thing I want to say is we need to PRAY and ask the Lord to help us RETRAIN our taste buds. We have eaten foods with maggi and co all our lives. When you swap, it WILL FEEL BLAND at first BUT keep at it, be patient and keep on praying. You will lose the taste for those unnaturally enhanced artificial flavourings that are killing us and our children to whom it even poses more risk
Secondly, be patient and experimental. Don’t rush. Enjoy the transition process. Even I am still experimenting and loving it
Also, don’t be afraid to embrace the new. Try new things. This one was the game changer for it and I’ll like to start with the new I embraced which I NEVER thought I would
1. ‘Iru’ aka Locust bean
Ah. Who would have thought?
I could never imagine that one day, ‘Iru’ would feature in almost all my meals. I HATED the smell AND taste but once I started my research, I started to see AND experience the wonders PLUS the AMAZING aroma it adds to my dishes. It literally super charges it
Don’t be afraid to add it to eggs, stews, jollofs, green leafy veggies dishes and sauces, and don’t stop at my list. Experiment. These ones are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most with ‘Iru’
2. Ginger and Garlic
Ok this one should be added to just about everything
I mean, say you are making stew, put your oil (these days I’m favouring palm oil in healthy portions. Coconut oil or olive oil too) in the pan, on fire and put in your ‘Iru’, then ground ginger and garlic and let it toast in the oil well. Gosh. The smell and taste? I prefer to blend mine together and keep the paste in my freezer. I enjoy adding to everything including meats and all.
3. Onions and crayfish
Another combo to lick your plate on. Add that to the oil in the recipe above as you make your stews, sauces and egg dishes. Even green leafy veggies. My gosh. I think the nice little toasting in little oil just brings it all the flavors. This is also EVERYTHING that is needed in beans dishes, especially when you add plantain or sweet potato. Please leave off the cubes
4. Over ripe plantain and Sweet potato broth
Well dunno if to call this broth but when I boil sweet potato, I like to let some water remain after it is cooked and then that thick water, use it to blend over ripe plantain which is usually sweet. When that sweet jams the sweet potato broth, it becomes super sweet and you can use it to make dishes like jollof, pasta, even soups. Even moimoi and pancakes for a twist in flavour and heaviness.
5. Turmeric and Thyme
Ok this is a whole health booster.
Thyme heals all things lol
This would especially be great for our older parents or anyone with joint inflammation or pain though it is good for all. Add this to EVERYTHING really. Just throw it into everything you cook.
You need only a little thyme as it can get harsh sha
I literally add turmeric to everything at home, so all my pots are now yellow lol
Also sent to my parents for everything
You can buy turmeric from the open market or supermarkets
I prefer to buy the powder which I buy from Ezinne Somre foods
It is one the BEST spices out there. Both thyme and turmeric
6. ‘Ose Nsukka’ aka yellow pepper
Ah this one is an AMAZING sub for ‘Rodo’ aka those PEPPERY red peppers.
Blend or dice small and tizzle in some pepper on low heat and the smell is just heavenly especially when making a nice sauce for your rice or yam and the likes, especially if you like some spice to your food
So add this pepper to a combo that has onions, crayfish, ‘Iru’ and boooom, enjoy the super yum taste without even missing maggi and the likes
Ok this is like a starter pack kinda list
I will build on this but I just wanted to share these for anyone looking to slowly transition
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