As already mentioned, I’m not a fan of sugar in my first meal of the day. My favourite breakfasts include scrambled tofu and tofu spread on whole grain toast, mixed bean spread and scrambled oats. On rare occasions, I will have cereal, usually oats soaked overnight with chia seeds, or cooked oatmeal. I feel like I need protein in the morning; commercial cereal and granola are way too sweet and pretty much deliver only carbs.
This is one of my favourite dishes, and it is so quick and easy to make! Main ingredients include Thai curry paste and coconut milk….mmmmmm! For this dish, the Soy Seaweed Fish from Paradis Vegetarien works very well (pictured below), as does tempeh (as pictured above). Serve with rice, noodles or even quinoa. The peas are optional, but they do add a nice sweetness to this dish.
I used to grow sprouts in Mason jars that I would lean top down onto a wooden rack made by my engineer dad. The rack was large enough to hold 4 large jars at a time, and probably sturdy enough for 4 people to stand on. While this was a great system for when I had a decent-sized kitchen, in a condo, I needed something more compact. Last year I discovered the Easy Sprout Sprouter–what a find!
Grains & beans constitute everyday fare for me, and let me tell you that everyday fare needn’t be dull or boring. By the same token, delicious and exciting dishes needn’t be complicated to make. This dish is so simple to make that it doesn’t require a recipe, but I have one, just in case: Black Bean Stew. Just replace the black beans with pinto beans, or any bean of your choice!
Who doesn’t love carrot cake? I found this lovely recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking, tweaked it a bit: reduced the sugar, replaced walnuts with almonds and simplified the instructions. You know me, my kitchen is my lab; can’t do a recipe without playing around with it. I also like to bake it as cupcakes; easy to frost and freeze. Just pull a couple out when I have guests.
It’s kale season! Last week, I was looking for a way to use up some of the kale I had picked up at Tau and I came up with a super yummy dish, but I made one mistake: I didn’t write down the ingredients! When my folks came over unexpectedly and finished off the lot, I decided to dig through my memory cells and come up with a recipe. And voila, here it is! Actually, with one minor difference; the first time I made it I used cooked chickpeas. For a chickpea version, simply reduce the liquid to 1 cup, reduce cooking time, and add the chickpeas after the kale and sweet potato are cooked.
Crackers ‘n cheddar are a great accompaniment to a hearty soup. I was pleased to discover a simple vegan recipe for Cheezy Crackers in 500 Vegan Recipes with the same flavour. This is an awesome book with fun and creative ways of using healthy ingredients to prepare wholesome foods!