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Awesome Ackee Scramble

In Recipes on May 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Since becoming vegan I have been more adventurous with my food. I am constantly on the lookout of new plant-based foods that could become a new favourite. Working in the grocery store I come across many international foods that are not typically found in the Western diet. When I discovered the awesome-ness that is ackee, I was surprised how under utilized it is in the vegan pantry. What vegan recipes I could find on ackee were typically catering vegans who’ve either grown up on ackee or tourists who’ve tried ackee when visiting the Caribbean and want to make it when they return home. I think this is a terrible shame!

It is a Jamaican/West African fruit, that isn’t really treated as fruit, which resembles runny scrambled eggs, although doesn’t really taste like it. It is high in iron, and has some protein and calcium and no cholesterol which makes it a great alternative, in more ways than one, to scrambled eggs. And if I do say so myself, the flavour of ackee is downright delicious and possibly addicting. So much so, that it makes me curse the price-tag of a can of ackee which can go from $4.99 to $8.99 as I have seen in stores in my city. In any case, I believe every vegan should give this fruit a chance (maybe wait for them to go on sale?) and discover a new joy and flavour that could become their favourite as it has for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Maple Hickory Tempeh & Quick Tofu Scramble

In Health, Recipes on April 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Since I have been conscious of the amount of processed mock meats/vegan proteins I have been consuming and my recent digestion issues with wheat, I have been working hard at finding quick, easy and delicious protein options that aren’t as heavily processed and wheat/gluten-free. That usually leaves me with the choice of beans, tofu, and tempeh. Normally I would cut slabs of tofu and marinate several hours or overnight then bake them for half an hour, however I have found myself increasingly reluctant to spend so much time on my tofu. And with tempeh, I would just throw it in a pan of oil and them cover with BBQ sauce, which wasn’t all that inspiring. These past few weeks I have come across two recipes for tempeh and tofu that are now a mainstay staple of my everyday eating, and are quite exciting, if I do say so myself.

They are: Maple Hickory Tempeh and a Quick Tofu Scramble (it tastes way better than the name I came up with, I promise!). The Maple Hickory Tempeh could be more of a bacon substitute, as it has that flavour profile, but it is just so darn yummy that any thought of bacon is quickly erased by the sweet maple and smoky hickory speaking for itself. The Quick Tofu Scramble is so incredibly easy that I couldn’t believe how delicious it tastes. It is suitable for breakfast, in a wrap with veggies, however I use it for all meals in the day since I just was to get some protein on my plate, and fast!

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Homemade Veggie Pasta

In Health, Recipes on April 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

In my quest to lose weight there was one particular food that was a challenge for me to stay away from, and that my friends, was pasta. I was never much of a meat-eater, or a veggie-lover growing up, but I was most definitely a pasta-holic. I could eat them plain, and in large quantities and mixing pasta with cheese (Kraft Dinner anyone?) was a deadly combination for me. I was simply addicted to this starchy food, and it was a challenge to keep me away from pasta so I could shed some pounds. Then I heard about veggie pasta, a guilt-free way to enjoy a bowl of “pasta” and sauce without feeling bloated afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Moon’s Favourite Green Smoothie

In Health, Recipes on June 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it’s mighty hot out there! With the humidity it feels like 38 C, and that’s plenty hot enough by Canadian standards. Summer is definitely here and whipping up a green smoothie is a great way to cool off, while at the same time getting ample nutrition.

Now you may ask, what exactly is in a green smoothie?

The answer: leafy green vegetables and fruits.

I know that the prospect of putting in spinach or swiss chard in a smoothie would turn off even the most adventurous food-lovers, but think of it as a super healthy version of a V8 drink. Trust me when I say, you are not sacrificing taste in a green smoothie at all!

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Recipe: Chocolate, Vanilla and Carrot Cake

In Recipes on May 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

This post will be all about cakes! Honestly, who doesn’t love cake? True, I’m more of a pie person, but there’s something satisfying about baking these sugary delights from scratch for a special occasion like your mother’s birthday, your first vegiversary, Easter or father’s day!

Before I went vegan, I never baked a cake from scratch. There was never any need to. Because store-bought cake always has egg or milk in the ingredients, now I have no choice to make one if I want to have some cake at any given event or occasion.

At first it seemed inconvenient that I would have to make every cake from scratch, but once I got into it, I was surprised at how easy it was to bake a cake. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Kale Chips

In Health, Recipes on December 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

If you’re like me, you tend to let yourself go during the winter season. It’s usually the time when we bring out the chips, cookies and other santa-shaped goodies, despite trying hard all year to lose those extra pounds. Face it, when it’s cold out there, you just want to stay indoors and eat comfort food by the fire.

Well today I discovered a surprisingly healthy alternative to one of the usual comfort craving foods I mentioned. And yes, it includes a leafy green. Who woulda thunk it?

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Recipe: Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

In Recipes on December 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I literally JUST finished eating this amazing stroganoff recipe that I tried for the first time today, and I find that it’s so creamy and delicious that I had to share it.

I personally haven’t had stroganoff of any kind for over 6 years when I stopped eating red meat, so I was very excited to make and eat this. The result: I was not disappointed, and neither was my meat-loving family!

I almost guarantee that you you wont miss the meat (that is, if you still eat it), with this surprisingly easy and flavourful dish: Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Avocado Smoothie

In Recipes on May 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

I love smoothies and I love avocado, but for some reason I never put the two together. Avocados rank as one of my favourite flavours in the world, just by itself. I never thought that I could make it even more delicious than it already is.

I had some ripe avocados sitting around and as much as I enjoy nibbling on them, I wanted a different way to use it up. I went online to find quick and easy ways to use up my avocados, when I came across an avocado smoothie recipe.  I was surprised that it was even possible, and the shade of green looked so pretty. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Vegetarian Mexican-style Lasagna

In Recipes on May 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

Once every week I was asked to make a meal for the entire family to give my mother a break in the kitchen. Since then I have made a variety of different meals, all which have been a huge hit so far. Long before I became vegetarian (in fact I was only excluding red meat in my diet at the time), I came across this Mexican Meatless Lasagne, in my search for recipes my family would love.

I was curious if it would be any good, so I decided to go for it, despite how much the rest of my family loved meat in their meals. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipe: Mock ‘Tuna’ Salad

In Recipes on May 19, 2010 at 11:00 am
Fish was the one thing that delayed my conversion into full vegetarianism. It meant that I would have to stop having my favourite fish sandwiches in my lunch for work or at home with a side of hot tomato soup. It made me a little sad inside, but in the end I decided that it was a small price to pay to be healthy.
After going through a vegetarian cookbook my vegan friend and her husband put together, I was amazed to find a fake tuna salad sandwich recipe as a substitute to the real thing. Of course, I had to try it out, and the results: fantastic! Read the rest of this entry »