In the afternoon I like to have a small bite of something, a mid-day energy boost with a cup of green tea. Of course, as you might imagine, the perfect snack for the job is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, but variety is good too. I had ordered a bunch of nuts, seeds and fruit from Prana… so yummy and fresh! Now and then, I’d reach into the pantry and try to figure which I would eat for a snack. I wanted all of them, but opening all those jars… no time for that! So, I had an idea…
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.
By now, you may know how I love to try out new kitchen gadgets! I just finished making a new batch of sauerkraut with the pickle pipe and pickle pebbles…. great little tools for fermentation!
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.