Find out how to make a chia seed breakfast pudding with a green & healthy twist, courtesy of Chef Jerome at The Dreamcatcher !
A while back, I showed you guys around The Dreamcatcher, a bohemian guest house that’s nestled on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. The grounds are covered in lush greens and tropical flora, a haven unlike any I’ve ever seen. One thing The Dreamcatcher prides itself on is being a total vegetarian retreat, so the food they plate is local, organic and produced with 100% love. Chef Jerome is the master behind the menu, a raw, vegetarian & vegan soul chef. He infuses traditional Puerto Rican flavors into his healthy way of cooking to create dishes that are one-of-kind and unique to the surrounding area. I enjoyed a delicious 3-course vegetarian brunch during my stay, and got to watch Chef Jerome do his thing in the kitchen. Find out how he adapted to his vegan lifestyle below, and learn how to make one of his specialties, Chia Spirulina Breakfast Pudding!
Why/when did you decide to go vegan?
In what ways has this diet changed your life/health?
What are some key ingredients that are important for living a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle ?
What’s the relationship like between your cooking and your location? Does the local food inspire your dishes?
I think that, at the beginning of my cooking, my background was in local criollo food. It was very present in my dishes, especially the super tasty seasoning that we normally use. But then I started expanding and learned how to combine ingredients to create my own style. In Puerto Rico, people eat lot of meat with lots of rice, beans and root vegetables. I think many people make the mistake of taking out the meat and then eating lots of starchy food that causes an imbalance in nutrition. So you just have to explore and start incorporating new ingredients.
Chia Spirulina Breakfast Pudding
1 quart of unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup of chia seeds
1 tsp spirulina powder
2 tbsp raw agave nectar
1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
Mix together all of the ingredients in a container except for chia seeds. Once mixed, slowly add in the chia seeds while whisking everything together. Let it rest for 15 minutes, stirring about 3 time in between. Set it in the fridge for about an hour before serving with lots of fresh fruit and fresh mint!
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