melon balls one of healthy vegan recipes

Feel The Power: Healthy Vegan Recipes

3 mins

They don’t just taste delicious, but these healthy vegan recipes by Andrés Moran, Head Chef of SHA Wellness Clinic – which has a unique seaside destination at AlJurf between Abu Dhabi and Dubai – give your body strength and energy, too

Food is power. Not only does it sustain you but it feeds your soul – and these healthy vegan recipes are more than just sustenance. These dishes, from the head chef of SHA Wellness Clinic, can support your body, giving you strength and all the nutrients you need, while teasing your tastebuds.

Andrés Moran has evolved the concept of healthy gastronomy at SHA, applying the latest in nutritional research to curate cuisine that does not use dairy products or derivatives, eggs, margarines, sugars and refined flours nor artificial colours or preservatives.

Melon Balls with Mint and Lemon 

melon balls healthy vegan recipes

Prep: 15 mins Serves: 2 

  • ½ piel de sapo melon
  • Mint leaves, handful
  • 1 lemon or lime 

Peel the melon and remove the seeds with a spoon. Make balls using an ice cream scoop. 

Blend leftover melon with the mint and lemon (or lime) using a hand blender. Add the melon balls to the mix and leave them to rest for a few minutes in the fridge before serving.

Baked Pumpkin with Basil Pesto and Vegan Parmesan

baked pumpkin which is part of series of healthy vegan recipes

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins Serves: 4

  • 1 medium pumpkin 
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Sea salt to taste 
  • 1 sprig of rosemary 
  • 1 sprig of thyme 
  • Extra virgin olive oil, drizzle 
  • Basil leaves, for decoration
  • 2tbsp pine nuts 
  • 1tbsp pumpkin seeds 
  • 60g of basil 
  • 30ml of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Sea salt to taste

For the vegan parmesan 

  • 100g of almond flour or ground almonds 
  • 3tbsp nutritional yeast 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 

Wash and peel the pumpkin. Cut into quarters, place on a baking tray and put to one side. Add the chopped garlic, salt, rosemary, thyme, and a little olive oil to taste. Let it marinade for 10 minutes. 

Bake at 160C for 30 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces, Check that they are cooked with the tip of a knife and keep them at room temperature. 

Toast the pine nuts and pumpkin seeds (separately on the same tray) at 165C for 8 minutes and allow them to cool. Put the basil, olive oil, a pinch of salt, and the toasted pine nuts and pumpkin seeds into the hand blender and blend until the desired texture is achieved. Adjust with salt if necessary and refrigerate. 

To make the vegan parmesan put all ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a fork until you get the texture of grated parmesan. Adjust with yeast until you achieve a cheese flavour and refrigerate. Serve with basil leaves as decoration.

Vegan Paella

vegan paella which is part of series of healthy vegan recipes

Prep: 15mins Cook: 60 mins Serves: 2 

  • 70g brown rice
  • 200ml vegetable stock 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 piece kombu seaweed 
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • Vegetable oil, drizzle
  • 1 leek 
  • 3 mushrooms, chopped 
  • ¼ broccoli, stem removed 
  • 3 asparagus, chopped 
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • 1/3 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tbsp tamari 

Wash the rice thoroughly and cook it for about 25 minutes in the vegetable stock. Add a pinch of salt and a piece of kombu seaweed. Set aside. 

In a separate pan, fry the chopped garlic in oil until translucent. Add the leek and let it cook for a few minutes until it is transparent. Add a pinch of salt. Add the chopped mushrooms. Cook until tender.

Add the broccoli florets, the asparagus and stir. Add the paprika, turmeric and stir. Add the rice, and tamari. If it looks dry, add water. Let it cook for another 20 minutes with the lid. Turn off the heat and leave it to rest for 10 minutes and serve. 

chef Andrés Moran who created healthy vegan recipes
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