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Nigerian Smoked fish with greens

Healthy, flavourful and fresh smoked fish with greens

Smoked Fish with greens is a flavourful and fresh way to use greens. By greens, I mean green amaranth which is simply called Green in Nigeria. It is a quick and simple dish to make, convenient for a quick dinner on a weeknight because it comes together very fast with little effort.

This dish is really healthy, with just a little carbohydrate like rice or potatoes, you will feel

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Healthy mixed green vegetable dip

Super healthy mixed green vegetable dip

Stews/ Sauces/ dips, vegetarian | December 6, 2017 | By

Green vegetable dip is an age-old dip from the hinterlands of Eastern Nigeria. It was quite a staple when people ate whatever they could get from their farms. Sometimes, quick meals were a necessity in the daytime for the farmers pending the main meal of the day which is a supper of

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Potato and green vegetable balls (Green amaranth)

Crispy and light as air uncooked potato green vegetable balls

Potato and green vegetable balls are crispy and light. They are healthy and taste great warm or cold, it makes you wonder how something so simple can taste so good. These vegetable balls are quick and easy to make. The kids will love them and can help with moulding the balls.

This is especially awesome when feeding children who don’t like vegetables and is a fresh and imaginative appetizer or ‘small chop’ when entertaining guests. Potato and green vegetable balls look pretty on a serving platter. They are also excellent as a healthy lunch pack or snacks with drinks.

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Nigerian greens and beans (green amaranth)

Very comforting and healthy Nigerian Greens and beans

Beans, Porridge/Pudding, vegetarian | December 5, 2017 | By

Nigerian greens and beans is a healthy nutrient dense combination of greens and beans. Green in Nigeria is the green amaranth. The addition of greens to beans makes a delicious and comforting dish that is low in calories but very filling. This dish is easy to cook and the beans can be cooked ahead and stored until needed.

Nigerian greens and beans is ideal for vegetarians and weight watchers. It is low in calories and cholesterol and

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18 amazing health benefits of amaranth greens

18 amazing health benefits of amaranth greens

How-tos, Tips, Tips/How-tos, vegetarian | November 30, 2017 | By

Leafy vegetables are an integral part of Nigerian cuisine. They are present in almost all soups, an accompaniment to carbohydrates and served as a side. Amaranth greens are simply called green in Nigeria, it is called Efo Tete in Yoruba and Inine in Igbo, Alefo in Ghana while the Jamaicans call it callaloo.

Amaranth greens are widely used in most parts of the world from Malaysia to Kenya to the Caribbeans. They are used in stir-fries, curries, soups, side dishes, warm salads, drinks etc. Also, they are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.

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How to remove gas from beans

How to remove gas from beans

Beans, Hacks, Tips, Tips/How-tos | November 10, 2017 | By

Beans are a cheap source of healthy food, rich in vegetable protein, soluble fibre, antioxidants, complex carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. They are low in glycemic index and fat, this makes them excellent for vegetarians, diabetics, weight watchers etc.

In Nigeria, there are different varieties of beans, the most common being

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Nigerian beans porridge

Healthy, delightfully tasty nigerian beans porridge

Nigerian Beans porridge is a one-pot dish that is cheap, healthy, very easy to cook and tastes delightful. Beans is a good source of plant protein, Iron, fibre and vitamin B. It is especially important for vegetarians and weight watchers. Nigerian mothers believe beans porridge is highly nutritious and will make a child grow taller, so they make sure it features regularly on the dinner table.

In Nigeria, there are different varieties of beans, the most common being white beans (large Kano

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Fried plantain recipe

very ripe plantain slices for Fried plantains recipe

Fried plantain is caramel sweet and delicious. Plantains are a staple of the tropical region, from far east Asia to west and east Africa to the Americas, and are enjoyed in different ways.

They are high in potassium and fibre and when ripe, they are fried to make a delicious snack, meal or side dish to jollof rice, fried rice, beans porridge, adalu (Beans and Corn Porridge), Spicy goat meat (Asun), Tomato stew etc.

The Plantains

When plantains

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12 Nigerian dishes everyone should know how to cook

okro soup 12 Nigerian dishes everyone should know how to cook

Nigeria is blessed with so much food, fresh organic produce with a lot of variety, due to its climate range. Nigerian climate changes from the north (Sokoto) to the south (Calabar), from Savannah to forest which is reflected in the vegetation and food found in each region. They are varied both in type and abundance. The variation also shows up in the way the ingredients are used in each region e.g in the south with an abundance of rainfall, vegetables are used fresh while in the far north with much less rain but an abundance of sunlight, dehydrated vegetables are mostly used which are stored and used all year round.

The sheer variety of dishes found in Nigeria is mind-boggling. Nigerians are also known to adapt imported cuisine to their taste and make it their own e.g

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Jamaican oven baked Jerk chicken

Spicy, hot, tender, juicy oven baked jerk chicken

Jamaican oven baked jerk chicken is spicy, hot, mildly sweet, tender, juicy with crispy skin and packed full of flavour. Jerk chicken is traditionally Jamaican, there is also jerk pork, jerk burger, jerk shrimp, jerk cauliflower etc.

Authentic Jamaican jerk chicken made in jerk joints use a jerk grill made out of old oil drums or barbecue grills, they use pimento wood to fire it up. The wood adds to the flavour of the jerk chicken but the pimento (allspice) seeds used in the marinade mimic this very well.

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