She’s the girl who defied all odds and opened Egypt’s first and only vegan and organic restaurant ‘The Vegan Kitchen’. Three years later and she’s still shattering glass with the release of her recipe-book Happy Belly (available in both English and Arabic) which contains over 100 recipes without gluten, sugar, dairy, tofu or yeast. In essence, no matter what your food tolerances or preferences are, everyone gets to have a Happy Belly!
The best thing about Nazmy’s book is that each and every healthy recipe is made with local ingredients, and we got assurance that not every recipe is made with tofu. Actually, no recipes are made with tofu, to defy the myth that all vegan food is made with tofu. This recipe book is filled with recipes that will change your understanding of healthy and vegan food for good, we’re talking about quiche, burgers and brownie recipes!
Happy Belly tells the personal story of Yasmine Nazmy, it is the accumulation of three years of her life, her recipes and her vegan lifestyle. What inspired Yasmin to write her recipe book in the first place? Last year, while giving a workshop on gluten-free and dairy-free foods to women who have children with Down Syndrome, which means they are required to follow a strict diet, one women stood out to Nazmy. Among the many participants attending, was one woman who came all the way from another city in Egypt, located two hours away from Cairo. The woman came all the way, to attend a workshop just so she could learn how to be able to make a few things for her daughter, and that’s when it struck her, “if I wrote a book I could be saving these parents SO much time and money! As soon as I got home that day, I opened a Word document and started writing.”
For Nazmy, this is isn’t just another one, in a market of millions of recipe books. It’s a book that is aimed to change lives, to help people make better choices and inspire them. Some of the recipes included are actual recipes that are used in Nazmy’s own business Earthly Delights which she makes and sells, yet she is more than happy to share the recipes with anyone willing to listen, “I believe no one owns copyrights on food. I may not be here tomorrow, so I want to give what I can, while I can, knowing that it is making people live happier healthier lives!”
Nazmy is self-publishing her book, she’s managing everything from design to photography. Starting February, Nazmy plans on meeting with people who would be interested in buying her book during book signing events, Q&A sessions, cooking demos and workshops. She’ll be hosting her events at health centers and markets (like Osana Wellness Center & Zamalek Market) with the intent of involving her audience as much as she can. Happy Belly is not your average recipe-book; it’s a very personal piece of work made with a genuine ingredient, that is to change people’s lives. You can stay up to date with Nazmy’s book release date on her Facebook page, Livin Green with Yasmin
We managed to get our hands on a couple of exclusive recipes to give you a taste of what it’s like to have a Happy Belly!
Almond Hummus Recipe
This raw alternative is much easier to digest than traditional chickpea hummus, you can also sprout the almonds for additional health benefits.
1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight in tap water
1 cup filtered water
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup tahina
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt, or more
½ tsp ground coriander seeds
2 limes, juice only
1-2 garlic cloves
pinch of chili powder
Drain almonds and rinse well.
Blend everything in a blender until smooth.
Serve and garnish with fresh herbs.
Tip: I love this dip with steamed veggies like broccoli – it’s so satisfying and nutritious!
Hot Chocolate Recipe
Makes 1 large portion or 2 small
1 1/2 cups vegan milk (almond or cashew milk work best)
2 tbsp cacao
Optional: 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp peanut butter
Soak the dates in milk for at least 30 minutes.
Blend all ingredients together well until the dates are completely dissolved.
Simply heat this drink on low fire to obtain a delicious hot chocolate!
Turn the fire off when it boils.
Serve and enjoy!