Vegetarian dinner: scrumptious brown mushrooms, with jalapeno red cabbage and baby spinach

We are still on the low carbs, low fat, low sugar diet. This plan is contrary to the famous diets, the current Tim Noakes Banting diet craze mostly, which to me does not make a lot of long term physiological sense.

I have done some reading behind the craze, and it seems more emotions than science. I understand how it can help with diabetes control, but beyond that I just see and read about all the risks that outweigh the benefit; losing weight. There’s so many different schools of thoughts within the medical fraternity that if any of them had enough charm, they’d convincingly persuade anyone to follow their theory on nutrition.

For example, some specialists believe in high protein, some high fat; some even specific fats while others believe in any fat. Some medical specialists and researchers now believe dangerous high cholesterol is a fallacy, and high cholesterol is a protective phenomenon against inflammation in your arteries that would cause arteriosclerosis.

It is all so confusing to a lot of people, and understandably so. Medicine is a science that constantly evolves and new discoveries are made and new discoveries are disproved. It’s hard to keep up.

I believe in simple principles: as a doctor, a cook, a mother and an aspiring athlete.

  1. Eat produce that is close to the natural source as far as possible. Not canned corn, but corn sold by the mama at the taxi rank. Not canned and shredded tuna, but tuna from the fisherman. You get the idea.
  2. Eat a balanced diet. It’s all about balance! Your body needs all the things the media, doctors, dieticians may dub as fattening and unhealthy etc.. Your body needs fat for body organ cushioning, for secretion of estrogen, cortisol, aldosterone, pretty much most hormones important for normal bodily functions and balance. Without any fat, the body will malfunction.

The body needs carbohydrates for energy production, build up of macronutrients, sparing of proteins and fat for use of other functions other than for energy. The body needs proteins and minerals for mostly muscle building, toning, and repair. Also used as energy in times of dire need. You also need a lot of minerals, vitamins etc.. Balance! Without balance, the body compensates until it can’t anymore and it all goes into a chaotic gemors.

Still my beliefs. But regardless what path you choose, do not strive for a perfect version of you but rather a happy you! 😊.

Enough heaviness, it’s dinner time. And tonight we are going vegetarian. Last night we had a well deserved break and treat with a potato/ pork on pork pot, review coming soon. Tonight minimal carbs, minimal fat with  large mushroom, jalapeno sautéed cabbage and baby spinach.

It is so easy and quick, anyone and everyone can cook this.

I love brown mushrooms so much, they are so meaty, earthy and delicious compared to white button mushrooms or any veg actually.

What do you need?

large brown mushroom, sliced

red cabbage, sliced

baby spinach, chopped

basil infused olive oil

jalapeno infused olive oil

salt & pepper

What to do? 

Sauté mushrooms in a drizzle of basil infused olive oil, with salt & pepper. As the mushrooms cook, they’ll absorb all the oil, add a little bit more with seasoning as needed.

While the mushrooms are sautéing, sauté the chopped red cabbage in a drizzle of delicious and spicy jalapeno infused olive oil. Season with salt and sauté for 2 minutes. No need to season with pepper, the jalapeno oil packs enough of a punch.

For the last touch to the dish; the freshness. I cut some baby spinach leaves and sprinkle on top of the red cabbage, with the mushrooms as our bed and voila Sipho is your Uncle!

Not too shabby. Simple, delicious, healthy food. No fuss, no foul. Cooking shouldn’t always be a performance.

#no animal was killed in the making of this food 😀.

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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