פּראָדוקט איבערבליק: זיגגי מאַרלי אָרגאַניקס…and Recipes for a Jamaican Vegan Feast!!



It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” – Haile Selassie

I miss a lot of things since moving upstate especially all the different types of food I used to be able to eat. Of all the cuisines I miss, the one I miss the most? Ital food! Not Italian food, Ital food.

When I lived in the Bronx, there was pretty much no place to go eat vegan food. Even vegetarian food was hard to come by and healthy food? נאָופּ. Then I discovered 2 places in the Bronx that not only made vegan food but really healthy vegan food. Ital food. It was reminiscent of the Jamaican food I had loved and missed so much. Every time I think about vegan Ital food, I like to watch this video, “What Me Eat” by Macka B.

What is Ital food? Ital is a term used by Rastafarians and derived from the word “vital.” It is a natural and healthy way of living and eating where the body is considered a temple. The goal is to increase the life energy within all humans and all living things. Therefore, foods that contain artificial additives or have been chemically modified are avoided. Many Rastas are vegetarian or vegan, believing that one’s food should be natural and pure from the earth.

While we lived in the Bronx, Tom and I would go get Ital food about once or twice a week. I used to beg Sybil, די פרוי וואס האַלב די געשמאַק עסנוואַרג אין ה.י.מ., צו געבן מיר איר רעסאַפּיז אָדער שרייַבן אַ קוקבוק. איך אַפֿילו געקויפט איר אַ האַלדזבאַנד וואָס האט “וועגאַן שעף” ינגרייווד אויף עס. אבער דעמאָלט מיר אריבערגעפארן און דער רעסטאָראַן פארמאכט און איך קיינמאָל געזען איר ווידער. איצט אויב איך ווילן יטאַל עסנוואַרג, איך האָבן צו מאַכן עס זיך.

אזוי איך איז געווען טאַקע יקסייטאַד ווען איך געלערנט וועגן זיגגי מאַרלי אָרגאַניקס. זיגגי מאַרלי, קלעזמער און זון פון דער שפּעט באָב מאַרלי, האט אַ געזעלשאַפט וואָס מאכט נאַטירלעך פּראָדוקטן אַזאַ ווי קאָקאָסנוס בוימל און כעמפּ זאמען. ווי זיגגי מאַרלי שטאַטן אויף זייַן וועבזייַטל, “If I was given a choice and saw something that was genetically modified and saw something else from nature, I would choose the stuff that’s from nature. I don’t want to put anything into my body that’s not natural, that wasn’t created by nature, because we are a part of nature. ”

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Ziggy Marley makes the first line of flavored coconut oils. Ziggy Marley’s Coco’Mon™ coconut oils are made from fresh organic coconut kernels and are cold-pressed, unrefined and non-deodorized. זיי קומען אין 4 פלייווערז: אָריגינעל, Orange Almond, Lemon Ginger and Curry. Coco’Mon coconut oils are vegan, USDA Organic, non-GMO Project verified, Gluten-free certified and Kosher. טאַקע, און געשמאַק.


Ziggy Marley also makes the world’s first flavored organic roasted hemp seeds called Hemp Rules. Hemp Rules come in Shelled, Roasted Sea Salt and Pepper and my favorite, Roasted Caribbean Crunch.

I have to be honest: I was never a fan of hemp seeds but I’m hooked on these. The Caribbean Crunch Hemp Seeds are delicious on salads, on vegetables or just by the handful. I’m converted!

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So when I set out to try Ziggy Marley Organics’ Coco’Mon coconut oils and flavored hemp seeds, I couldn’t think of any dishes better to make than some of my old favorites. I made myself a vegan Ital feast.

The entree was Jamaican Jerk “הינדל” using soy curls and Ziggy Marley Organics Coco’Mon Original Coconut Oil. עס איז הייס, spicy and so delicious! We could have saved some for leftovers the next day but it was too good! We ate all of it.


For one side dish, I used the Coco’Mon Curry Coconut Oil and made a pot of Jamaican Rice and Peas. ממם…rice and peas was always my favorite part of every Jamaican and Ital meal. The coconut oil perfectly complemented the coconut milk I used to cook the rice in. The curry flavor added just a perfect touch of heat to this creamy dish.


The second side dish was Lemon Ginger Broccoli topped with Caribbean Crunch Hemp Seeds. The Lemon Ginger Coconut Oil added a slight lemony taste and a bit of zing from the ginger to my simple sauteed broccoli. The Caribbean Crunch Hemp Seeds added some crunchy texture with spicy kick. עס איז געווען גלייבן.


איר וויסן, I live in Woodstock, יאָרק, a town that idolizes Bob Marley and rightfully so, but I have to admit, I’m biased toward Ziggy now. His products are amazing! Check to see if Ziggy Marley Organics are available at a store near you and if not, request them. You can also purchase products online. And while you’re online, be sure to submit your e-mail address for a FREE download of Ziggy Marley’s “Personal Revolution” from the new album “זיגגי מאַרלי: In Concert.”


After all this talk about Ital food, I’m hungry. I think I’ll go make an encore of this meal featuring Ziggy Marley Organics. You can too. Get the recipes for my Jamaican Vegan Feast on the Ziggy Marley Organics web site:

Jamaican Jerk “הינדל”

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Lemon-Ginger Broccoli with Caribbean Crunch Hemp Seeds


זיגגי מאַרלי אָרגאַניקס

וועבזייַטל: www.ZiggyMarleyOrganics.com

פאַסעבאָאָק: www.facebook.com/ZiggyMarleyOrganics


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  1. Lorraine יאַנואַר 7, 2015 בייַ 10:01 בין #

    הי ריאַ

    I contacted Butler and asked them whether they sell in UK, they don’t and shipping overseas is too expensive. They asked if I know any outlets for the Uk as they want to start selling over here so I gave them some suggestions who may be interested. So we will see.

    • ריאַ יאַנואַר 7, 2015 בייַ 2:52 PM #

      There’s got to be something. I’ll try searching too.

  2. Lorraine יאַנואַר 3, 2015 בייַ 1:48 PM #

    Just tried the jerk chicken. I cannot get the soy curls but had some yuba twists in that I got from an Asian cookshop, so I used them. I mixed the blend of spices together and wow was it hot and spicy but lovely. I think the soy curls would do it better so that’s the next thing I want to source in the UK. I saw some soy chunks on amazon not sure if they are similar! In the Uk we don’t get such a selection of vegan foods, but still this flaour worked well enough with the yuba sticks and i will be having it again and again and again. Thank you so much for sharing.

    love and blessings

    • ריאַ יאַנואַר 6, 2015 בייַ 4:55 PM #

      Hi Lorraine,

      Can you order them directly from the Butler Soy Curls web site? They really soak up flavors. I’m glad you liked the Buffalo flavor though. You can do that with tofu, any TVP product, seitan or cauliflower. I know you have that. Check out the Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Bites recipe. קסאָקסאָ

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