|| My favourite blogs for plant-based recipes ||

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Michael Pollan

I am always on the hunt for new and exciting plant-based recipes. I find cooking with plants fun and exciting because there are so many ways you can prepare them and you have a ton of opportunities to get creative!

Here are some of my go-to blogs for plant-based cooking!

To Die For

Managed and edited by Erin Ireland, this blog is EVERYTHING! So many inspiring vegan recipes and creative ideas on how to use plant-based foods in new and exciting ways. Also, if you aren’t already following Erin Ireland on Instagram, do it now!

Minimalist Baker

This blog turned cookbook has endless vegan recipes many of which are super simple to create and require less than 10 ingredients!

Oh She Glows

The one stop shop for everything vegan! So many amazing and simple recipes to get you started and they all turn out amazing! Both cookbooks are also a must have in a plant based kitchen!

I’m having a love affair with crunchy tofu

If you haven’t tried crunchy fried tofu, you are seriously missing out. Perhaps not the healthiest thing out there when all dressed up, as a vegetarian protein option it’s top of my list and it’s sooo easy!

There are countless blogs out there that explain how to get perfect crunchy tofu and different ways to dress it up. Most days, I simply dip mine in some corn starch and fry in a frying pan with some coconut oil until golden adding a little bit of seasoning. I find this great to add to stir-fry’s or wraps. You can also dip the corn starch powdered tofu in some nut milk and then into some panko to take it up a notch. Here are some of my other favorite ways to dress it up:

Hot for Food: Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu 

Budget Bytes: Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

Omnivores Cookbook: General Tso Tofu

Olives for Dinner: Super- Versatile Crispy Tofu Cutlets

Soy and tofu tend to get a bad rap because it comes highly processed and most of it is genetically modified unless labelled otherwise. There are so many amazing benefits to soy though and the reality is the processed soy is in everything. I personally choose to eat soy in moderation and only select non-gmo and organic tofu. There are many health benefits to eating tofu including it’s protein content for vegans and vegetarians.

This article does a great job of breaking it down.

Scrumptious vegetarian sweet and sour “meatballs”

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This recipe is out of this world delicious and sure to be a crowd pleaser for the vegetarians and carnivores alike. It’s not dairy or gluten free but for a hearty-weekend dish, it sure does the trick! My aunt made these for us on Christmas Day as an appetizer and I’ve made them twice since! The recipe is super simple and they come together super quickly!

Recipe is from allrecipes.com


Ingredients

4 eggs
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1/4 cup white vinegar (I used apple cider)
3/4 cup apricot jam (I used maple syrup)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup minced onion
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 dash hot pepper sauce (skipped)

Preheat the oven to 350
In a  bowl, mix together the eggs, cheese, and cottage cheese until well blended. Mix in 1/2 cup onion, pecans, basil, salt and sage. Stir in bread crumbs. Form the mixture into 2 inch balls, and place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
In another bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, syrup, ketchup, 1/4 cup onion, oregano and hot pepper sauce. Pour over meatballs.
Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until meatballs are firm, and sauce is thick and bubbly.

I served over brown rice


Why Beautycounter: Glowing Moments 2016

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I will be the first to admit that this “wholeistic” lifestyle/mommy blog of mine has been overrun with posts about Beautycounter in the last couple of months. It’s for good reason though as this brand of safe beauty products has been life changing for me. Not only have they improved my skin while being made of completely safe ingredients, Beautycounter has  offered me an opportunity to share my passion for safer products! This is an easy mission to share when these  products work so, so well.  It has also been a chance to earn an income as well, however I want that to look like! Not only does Beautycounter produce amazing products, their mission is to improve the industry as a whole and get safer products into the hands of everyone!

Beautycounter’s Mission

The whole experience has been so much fun and 2017 is going to be a great year! If you want more info on how to sign-up, check out this link:

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/join/

Let’s make beauty better, together! 

Check out this video below for more information on what Beautycounter has accomplished this year! 

Seven foods I always have on hand

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We all lead busy lives, it’s just they way of the world! I really envy people who can meal plan and have everything figured out for the week on Sunday night. I am not one of those people, I need a little bit of chaos to function. One thing I do know, that makes my life a little bit easier, especially when I haven’t planned ahead my meals for that day, is keeping a few simple ingredients on-hand to make some go-to dishes. These will obviously differ for everyone but, I thought I would share my favourites!

Sweet Potato/Yams

I always have sweet potatoes or yams on-hand. They are nutritious, cook quickly in various ways and I find them super tasty! You can easily make a stuffed-sweet potato dinner for one, sweet potato toasts, sweet potato pasta, or oven fries. The possibilities are endless and there are a ton of amazing recipes online!

Various Pasta Noodles

I eat a lot of pasta! If I am ever in a pinch, I usually try to adapt something into a pasta sauce of some sort as many combinations work well! And, who doesn’t love pasta!?

Pizza Ingredients

Pizza is seriously my favourite food and, I love how versatile it is. I always try to have flour (whatever type you use), tomatoes, feta or goat cheese, and some sort of green leafy vegetable or herb such as spinach or basil. You can even prep the ingredients a head of time and freeze them! Once you get making pizza down to a science, it is so easy to whip up!

Feta or Goat Cheese

I find I can usually lift up an otherwise bland meal with some feta or goat cheese. They keep well and can be added to many recipes from avocado toast to pasta.

Lentils

These are another really versatile ingredient and can be used in many ways. I typically use them as a side or incorporate them into pastas and stews. Great for iron and protein too!

Avocado

Last but not least, avocados. I find this fruit (yes, fruit) goes so well on a multitude of dishes. Again, I come back to pasta but! You can make it into a dressing, dip, put it on toast, use it in pasta, brighten a salad, make chocolate mousse, the possibilities are endless!

Zucchini

I have been absolutely loving zucchini lately, which is funny because I hated the taste for years!! I have found it to be really versatile. I use it as a zoodle or grate it into salad (raw). I also really like making zucchini chips in the oven. So delicious and crunchy! Even better if you have a dehydrator!

 

What are some of your go-to ingredients?? 

Deliciously healthy lentil bowl and cookbook review

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I am a big fan of getting inspiration from cookbooks and then modifying them to suit your needs and taste. Also, it’s even better when you can make two meals out of one! Recently, I picked up the cookbook THUG Kitchen at Indigo. I was looking for more inspiration when it comes to plant-based meals and was inspired by the lentil taco recipe on page 144 of the cookbook. I ended up making the lentil taco recipe adding my own spin to the slaw as I was unable to find jicama. I was pleased that I had enough filling and ingredients left over to make a yummy deconstructed lentil taco into a yummy veggie bowl!


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The great thing about THUG Kitchen is that nearly every page has pictures and I love the intro to the cookbook and their no nonsense approach to eating real food.

“It’s easier to sauté kale than it is to eat pizza bites without burning the fuck out of your tongue.” — What the fuck is this (preface) to THUG Kitchen.

Yup, my kind of cookbook! All of the recipes are simple and I like that it breaks down the basics of plant-based cooking while serving up a side of realism and hilarity.

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I did a modified version of the jicama slaw by adding some Wildbrine red beet and cabbage sauerkraut. I also served up some oven-baked yam fries on the side. This recipe was simple and tasty. It also left enough of the filling over for a hearty lentil bowl to which I added my modified slaw, the leftover yam fries and the red beet and cabbage sauerkraut for some extra probiotics. I love recipes like this where I can get two healthy and relatively similar but different meals out of one! I am excited to delve further into this THUG Kitchen book and would recommend that you do too for some good recipes and a good laugh!

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Vegan weeknight recipe


IMG_6604Do you ever have those nights where you have a bunch of random ingredients but you aren’t sure what to make so you decide to throw them all together and hope for the best? I have lots of them. Sometimes things work out great and other times, not so much. The other night I was trying to figure out something fast, healthy, and flavourful. I basically grabbed all my veggies and came up with something I found rather delicious.

What’s in the bowl?

Roasted sweet potato and butternut squash – these veggies cook fairly quickly in a hot oven and you really can’t go wrong with these two flavours. I simply peeled and cut up one squash and about three small sweet potatoes, put them on a pan and brushed with some coconut oil. Roasted in the oven at 375 for about 20 min. While they were roasting I prepared my other ingredients.

Lentils – I just used a bag of red lentils and cooked as per the directions on the bag.

Tofu – I pan fried the extra firm tofu in coconut oil. What I find key to getting flavourful tofu is to dry off the tofu before frying it.

Frozen Spinach and Peas – In the same frying pan as the tofu I added frozen spinach and peas.

Cauliflower Rice and Hemp Hearts – I added some leftover cauliflower rice I had and hemp hearts to the tofu and veggie sauté I had going, just to use up some of what was in my fridge.

Add whatever seasonings you like. I usually just do a bit of mineral salt, and pepper.

To layer the bowl, I stared by spreading the lentils in the bowl and then adding the slices of roast sweet potato and butternut squash. Next to the roast veggies I added the tofu sauté. Over top, I poured some tamari sauce. It sounds like quite the random mix of flavours but it was actually super delicious and it just goes to show that sometimes making something random out of what you have in your fridge can turn into something really delicious that you would make again! It was sure a hit at our house!

What’s your favourite random, weeknight meal? 

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