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British-Style Baked Beans

In Sides on October 10, 2015 at 9:26 AM

British-Style Baked BeansSomehow (Canadian) Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year. With the recent balmy weather and let’s be honest, no events that necessitate bringing a Thanksgiving dish this year, it has barely crossed my mind. All of a sudden a long weekend is upon us as we scramble to do all.the.things over the next few days.

Still thankful? Absolutely.
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Reuben Collard Wrap with Sauerkraut, Caramelized Onions, Caraway Tempeh and Raw Thousand Island Dressing

In Mains (Vegetarian) on October 8, 2015 at 7:11 AM

I grew collards this year. Initially, the brassica loving bugs ate the leaves mercilessly. And quickly, too, I might add: within a week of planting. You can see the moth-eaten appearance below. I had to take drastic measures otherwise I knew I would have zero leaves for myself.

I made a simple solution of water, detergent and rubbing alcohol (recipe here) and sprayed my collard plants. The next day, the leaves were all shrivelled and covered in a white substance. At that point, I remembered I used ultra concentrated detergent and worried I had killed my plants altogether. A few weeks later, though, there were new leaves and new growth. And no evidence of any more bugs. Success!

A hardy green leafy plant, they will still be good into the fall, even after the first frost. Nice! Read the rest of this entry »

Green and White Chili Bowl + Vegan Bowls cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 6, 2015 at 6:56 AM

Green and White Chili Bowl + Vegan Bowls cookbook GIVEAWAY

While I have never eaten a white chili, this definitely reminded me of my time in Houston.

This chili has no red in sight. No tomatoes. No red chiles. No red kidney beans.

Instead, we use all the white and green counterparts: green Anaheim peppers. White kidney beans and even some chickpeas. Spinach adds another punch of green. And corn, technically yellow, is almost white. The original recipe called for hominy, which is actually white, so I was the one deviating from the white/green template.

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Caramelized Fennel and Mushroom Quinoa Salad

In Mains (Vegetarian), Salads on October 3, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Caramelized Fennel and Mushroom Quinoa Salad

So, I don’t know if you remember our car fiasco from last year. The time when our car broke down en route to Toronto, the day before starting my first day at work. It was due to an electrical problem and we eventually drove it into the ground, necessitating being towed to the dealer for a paltry trade-in value.

We bought a new fuel-efficient car and figured we were all set. Read the rest of this entry »

Tangled Thai Salad with a Lime Peanut Dressing + Cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads on October 1, 2015 at 6:51 AM

Tangled Thai Salad with a Lime Peanut Dressing

I am holding onto summer as long as possible.

Our last trip to the farmer’s market had us splitting a basket of summer peaches with our friend. We sampled the offerings and found the stall that had the ripest, juiciest peaces. It was the stall we had been purchasing from all summer long.

Just as I am keeping up with the salads as we roll into October.

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Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

In Appetizers, Mains (Vegetarian), Sides on September 29, 2015 at 7:51 AM

Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

Rob started a new experiment last week: Bring back the homemade lunches.

Not that Rob doesn’t bring lunches to work, but this time, he is making meals specifically earmarked for lunch. And they are sandwiches.
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Quick and Easy Black Bean Dip + tip for ultra creamy bean dips

In Appetizers, Sides on September 27, 2015 at 8:21 AM

Quick and Easy Black Bean Dip

Sometimes I have no clue which recipe will appear next on my blog.

I didn’t even think I would post anything this weekend, to be honest, but I made this wicked awesome black bean dip for my cousins and it was gobbled up. I knew I had to share it soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Heirloom Tomato and Beet Panzanella + Food52 Vegan cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Salads on September 24, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Heirloom Tomato and Golden Beet Panzanella

This summer other than learn how to barbecue (which was mostly Rob’s domain), I definitely increased my side salad repertoire. Potato salads a plenty, as the produce shifted, I worked with my abundance of tomatoes. Along with an abundance of fresh basil, this was a simple end of summer salad. Toasted bread defines this as a Tuscan bread and tomato salad, aka panzanella. Read the rest of this entry »

Mojito-Dressed Roasted Plantain and Black Bean Salad

In Mains (Vegetarian), Salads, Sides on September 22, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Mojito-Dressed Roasted Plantain and Black Bean Salad

As the weather cools off slightly, instead of gravitating towards my closest root vegetable (in due time), it seems I am gravitating towards meals that keep summer in my kitchen. Almost a fusion of my recent Jerk Tofu and Plantain Bowl and my Mojito-Inspired Tofu Skewers, I used a Mojito marinade for a black bean and plantain salad.
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Middle Eastern Cauliflower and Hummus Tacos with a Tahini-Cumin Dressing

In Mains (Vegetarian) on September 19, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Middle Eastern Cauliflower and Hummus Tacos with a Tahini-Cumin Dressing

It is much more obvious in these photos that I like to overstuff my wraps.

With so many different parts, I wouldn’t want each bite to miss out. Read the rest of this entry »

Corn Chowder Salad

In Salads on September 17, 2015 at 6:56 AM

Corn Chowder Salad

Aren’t vegetables just the cutest?

The purple and white fingerling potatoes, red and orange bell peppers and fresh corn were all from a recent haul from the farmer’s market. I hope you aren’t enthralled by winter squash just yet because I am happily munching through the summer bounty. Read the rest of this entry »

Jerk Tofu and Fried Plantains with Quinoa and Avocado

In Mains (Vegetarian) on September 15, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Jerk Tofu and Fried Plantains with Quinoa and Avocado

A few weeks ago, Rob told me he was taking Friday off of work.

He couldn’t bear to have a full 5-day work week.

I finally was able to join the 4-day workweek for the last few weeks as Rob and I headed out for the weekend to see friends and family via a fun roadtrip.  Read the rest of this entry »

Roasted Ratatouille with Basil Pistou

In Sides on September 12, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Roasted Ratatouille with Basil Pistou

Despite making quite a few excellent dishes with eggplant, it is not an ingredient I turn to instinctively. It is probably because I almost killed Rob with his asthma when I smoked them in our house. I still think that is the best way to make smoky soft eggplant and with our new BBQ, Rob has lifted the smoky eggplant ban.
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Thai Quinoa Salad

In Mains (Vegetarian), salad, side on September 10, 2015 at 7:39 AM

Thai Quinoa Salad

Some of you may have noticed I changed the look of the blog. Please come over, have a look if you subscribe through email or RSS and tell me what you think.

I have also updated some of my other channels on social media.

I finally signed up for twitter and slowly figuring it out. I am also now on instagram, too, but I haven’t done much (yet). I am still on pinterest (lots of pins there!) and you can follow me on facebook now, too.

A bit slow on the uptake, but check it out and follow me, if you’re already there. :)

I am trying to declutter my life but we’ll see how that contributes (or not). Read the rest of this entry »

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad with Fresh Oregano

In Salads, Sides on September 8, 2015 at 6:55 AM

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

It has been a while since I have gushed over an Ottolenghi recipe.

He came out with a new vegetarian cookbook, Plenty More last year but it wasn’t until I was overflowing in fresh herbs and summer produce did I take a stab at conquering his cookbook. Being that it is now September, I am sad I didn’t do it earlier. Read the rest of this entry »