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Dorm Room Dish: Vegan edition

By Janet Lee

Special to the Chronicle

It is hard to eat healthy on a regular basis, especially on a college campus. However, sophomore Ashley Carter proves that it is not impossible and shows how easy it is! As a vegan, she prepares dishes that mainly consist of fresh organic vegetables and fruits. In order to find organic ingredients, her go-to grocery store is Trader Joe’s, which also happens to be her favorite store.

Here’s her delicious Kale Tempeh Scramble recipe!

Many might wonder what tempeh is. Tempeh is a soy product originally from Indonesia. It is made from a process that binds soybeans into a cake form, like a firm vegetarian burger patty. Tempeh is also easily digestible and is a naturally cholesterol-free food, which makes it even better. Kale meanwhile is a trendy green vegetable that helps lower the body’s cholesterol and even helps lower your risk for cancer.

This recipe is a great meal for either lunch or dinner. It has a different kick from a normal salad, which makes it more special. Now, many people might think that these dishes are not as appetizing because of the common stereotype accompanying vegan or gluten-free foods, but wait until you try her recipe – your taste buds are in for a ride!

First, here are the ingredients you will need: coconut oil, kale, artichoke, broccoli, bell pepper, shredded carrots, tempeh. tomato, whole wheat couscous, vegetable broth, garlic, and lime.

Here is how you get it all together:

Step 1: Lightly grease a pan with coconut oil.

Step 2: Prepare the tempeh by slicing it into ¼-thin slices.

Step 3: Grill the tempeh on medium heat, adding fresh garlic for about 8–10 minutes until it is browned.

Step 4: In a separate saucepan, prepare the couscous by adding 1 cup of vegetable broth to a boil. Then, remove the pan from the heat and add 2/3 cup of couscous. Cover the pan for 10 minutes until all the broth is absorbed.

Step 5: In the same grilling pan that was used to grill the tempeh, add seasonings and cook the kale and the vegetables, adding your desired amount of seasoning.

Step 6: Finally, combine all ingredients, topped with fresh tomatoes and slices of lime.

Bon appétit!

Ashley makes her own meals regularly and shares her easy and healthy vegan dishes through Instagram: @vegi_yogi. If you are interested and want to find other recipes, make sure to check out her Instagram and be sure to hit follow!

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