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Garlic Sauteed Beet Greens

In Sides on October 22, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Garlic Sauteed Beet Greens

I hope you believe me. I had seen it multiple times but never believed it myself: beet greens taste great. I assumed they would be bitter or taste like dirt. But nope, they are as silky as sauteed Swiss chard and not nearly a strong flavour, almost sweet. Blanching them then tossing with seared garlic was an easy way to make them delicious and an easy way to eat lots of greens.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew + Plant Pure Nation Cookbook giveaway

In Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 15, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Slow Cooker Creamy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

I always loved eating peanut butter, but I ate even more of it while pregnant. Breastfeeding brought a whole new level of hunger as I build a new human and possibly even higher levels of consumption. It is usually limited to breakfasts and desserts, and even though I had stirred it into stews before (hello, African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew), this version is easily made in a slow cooker, simplifies the spices with curry powder, swaps chickpeas for kidney beans and I love how effortless the frozen spinach brings another layer of goodness. The coconut milk and peanut butter make for a creamy base that is deliciously paired with the sweet potatoes and carrots. I added some peanuts for garnish, but the crunch was a fun treat when they were immersed in the stew, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Orange Wakame Cucumber Salad + The Organic Cook’s Bible giveaway

In Appetizers, Book Review, Salads, Sides on October 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Orange Wakame Cucumber Salad + Organic Cook's Bible giveaway

Is it still salad season? I am loving the lingering warm weather, especially since it is no longer sweltering. I try to make it a daily goal to go for a walk with my baby every day. At least every weekday. At first, he was content with the stroller, but it can be hit-or-miss and result in a crying fit, so we’ve gravitated to wrapping. I never thought I’d be into hardcore babywearing. I knew I’d want to do some babywearing since skin-to-skin is so important, but my guy is a snuggle monster and loves to be wrapped. Or as Rob says, he demands to be snuggled. For now, I am delighted to oblige as I can still walk around and do simple things around the house. Read the rest of this entry »

Chickpea Chile Verde

In Mains (Vegetarian) on September 30, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Chickpea Chile Verde

Our tomato consumption is still going strong but I would hate to bore you with so many consecutive tomato recipes. Another garden winner this year were the boisterous tomatillo plants. I have given away more tomatillos than I have eaten myself. Most of my friends have made and canned salsa verde. I don’t have the time or equipment to can this year, so I looked for less traditional ways to use tomatillos. When I spotted Alissa’s chickpea chile verde, I knew we had a winner!

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Vegan Scalloped Tomatoes

In Mains (Vegetarian), Sides on September 24, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Vegan Scalloped Tomatoes

The original recipe was called “Scalloped Tomatoes”. I had visions of thinly sliced tomatoes smothered in creamy and cheese, akin to scalloped potatoes, except using tomatoes. Only a fool would thinly slice tomatoes that painstakingly which is probably why cubes of tomatoes are used here. Read the rest of this entry »

Slow Cooker Veggie Enchilada Soup + Easy. Whole. Vegan GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on September 17, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Veggie Enchilada Soup

I forgot to mention in my last food post, but roasted tomatoes freeze incredibly well. They last a while in your fridge but if you want to savour some summer bounty during the winter, batch cook them up and stockpile them in your freezer. Last year, I bought a bushel of red bell peppers, chopped them up and froze them, and we are still eating through them!

If you need any ideas what to do with all this frozen (or fresh, if you have some made already) roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, I urge you to try this soup.
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Garden Update: End of Summer

In Garden on September 13, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Garden Update: End of Summer - mizuna, sorrel, tomato, sage

I had hoped to do more garden updates, or even to spend more time working in the garden, but alas. Life happened. But I thought it would be fun to show you what it ended up looking like by the end of August. It is amazing how much it has changed since it was first planted in May (can see photos here). Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Roasted Tomatoes on Toast

In Appetizers, Mains (Vegetarian) on September 10, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Quick Roasted Tomatoes on Toast

So how about more tomatoes? Ooey, gooey, melt in your mouth roasted tomatoes. But you don’t have 45 minutes to an hour to wait, or even 3 hours for a  super slow roast. Because you might have a baby that doesn’t leave you much time between his eat-sleep-poop cycle.. How about 20 minutes? Maybe that’ll work, just maybe.

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Coconut Bacon and Coco-BLT (BMT) + Baconish cookbook review

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on September 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Coconut Bacon and Coco-BLT (BMT) + Baconish GIVEAWAY

Rob and I have been plowing through our tomato stash. Mostly me, since Rob doesn’t like them raw. Slow and steady it built up, as we waited for the green tomatoes to ripen on our windowsill. We had to pick them early, otherwise the rodents would take off with them. I blame the squirrels. Or maybe it is raccoons? I thought there were telltale teeth marks but my mom assured me the culprit (in that case) were earwigs. I know earwigs cannot lift a tomato on top of the fence, so I have multiple foes. I am surprised any rodent could lift them because some of the tomatoes are huge. One tomato I found on the plant that was turning red was 540g! Over a pound! Read the rest of this entry »

Grilled Peach Salad with Mizuna

In Salads on August 27, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Grilled Peach Salad with Mizuna

I was hoping to do a mid-season garden update but it took too long for me to share my July photos. I will try to photograph my current August jungle because it is quite impressive now that it is finally time for harvest. Read the rest of this entry »

Smoky Corn Chowder + Vegan Bowl Attack GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on August 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Smoky Corn Chowder + Vegan Bowl Attack GIVEAWAY

It is local corn season!

This baby business has had me cooped up most of the spring and summer and it is nice to finally feel like the early hazy days have lifted somewhat. It only took 9 weeks. One problem with having a preemie is that his newborn period runs longer.  We have to wait for his corrected age for him to develop his milestones. So no, he isn’t sleeping through the night just yet. Not even close.

But, it was nice to wake up while corn season is in full force. Rob can grill the corn pretty quickly and if you have any leftover, or can spare a handful of cobs, this is a fantastic soup. Read the rest of this entry »

Homemade Ginger Stir Fry Sauce

In Mains (Vegetarian) on August 13, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Ginger Stir Fry Sauce with udon noodles, broccoli, bell pepper, carrot and tofu

I certainly do not profess to being prepared for the onslaught of emotions, fatigue and physical recovery following birth. Despite being on bedrest for nearly 2 months, I think we were even less prepared than had I been at home and able to move around. It takes a village to raise a child, right?  My parents and Rob helped out tremendously in the first few weeks, making sure the house was clean and we were fed. My small contribution was selecting a few recipes for others to make.😉 Read the rest of this entry »

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on August 6, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

There is something about pregnancy and being a new mama that makes you want to kick your lifestyle up a notch. When I could finally stomach something other than this easy lasagna, I was excited to incorporate more vegetables, more protein and more nutritious foods into my diet. This is why I was so happy it timed perfectly with the release of Jess Nadel’s second cookbook, Superfoods 24/7.

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Creamy Summer Cajun Soup

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on July 31, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Creamy Summer Cajun Soup

This summer we’ve been eating a lot of soups and stews. It could have been that we were immune to the hot weather, as we spent the majority of it in an air conditioned NICU. Or, more likely, that we’ve been making up for lost time and stocking our freezer with extra food.  We have fully adopted making a second batch of a recipe and freezing half. Soups and stews are great for that. Read the rest of this entry »

Smoky Tofu Sandwiches

In Mains (Vegetarian) on July 23, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Smoky Tofu Sandwiches

Wow, it is incredible what a bit of sleep can do for you.

The good news is that Baby P is now home from the NICU but he has grown up enough such that his previous 3 hour around the clock feeding schedule didn’t come home with him. It was closer to every 2 hours when we were discharged home and let me tell you, when feeding can take 30-45 minutes and followed by a 20 minute pumping session, this doesn’t leave a lot of time before the cycle resumes once again. Read the rest of this entry »