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Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy and Tofu

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 14, 2017 at 7:01 AM

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy

I don’t know if other moms can relate but I am constantly running out of space on my phone and google account. I remember when I first opened my gmail account and it was meant to never run out of space. Yeah, um, not for parents.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I am taking tons of photos of my baby. I just happen to take a quick flurry of photos at one time, because much like a cat you can’t control, I never really know what kind of expression will be captured with each photo. Come to think of it, I have plenty of photos of my baby sleeping, since I like to share them with Rob as a form of my small accomplishments for the day. Getting the baby to sleep is never an easy feat. He does not nap very well.

For a while, we had some longer sleeps at night, which I could count on one hand. Provided I get some sleep, the continual feeding every 2-3 hours doesn’t bother me as much. It just means I keep trying to get him to sleep every 2-3 hours, too.

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy

Here is a quick dish Rob made for us. It is quite a treat when Rob makes us a hot meal on the weekends. Much like his impromptu stir fries, this one was in part inspired by the miso stir fry Rob used to make when we first began dating.

Our VIP (very important plants) of the day were frozen red peppers and baby bok choy along with a pack of tofu and leftover rice. The best part of baby bok choy is that you get a firm vegetable (the stem) as well as a green leafy part, like a 2 for 1.

Rob whipped together a very delicious sauce, that I just had to share. It had a mix of ingredients from our fridge but it worked so well. Miso, mirin, orange juice, toasted sesame oil and sriracha. All good things.

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy

PS. I am sharing this with Meat Free Mondays, Eat Your Greens and Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy

2 tbsp miso mixed with 1 tbsp water
1 tbsp soy sauce (use Bragg’s liquid aminos for a soy and gluten free version)
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Squirt Sriracha
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp oil of choice
1 lb pack extra-firm tofu, cubed
1.5 cups chopped red peppers
2 cups leftover brown rice, chilled
4 cups baby bok choy, stems chopped and separated from the leaves

1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce (miso, soy sauce, mirin, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, sriracha, toasted sesame oil and ginger). Stir or shake to mix well.

2. In a large frypan over medium heat, heat the oil. Once hot add the tofu and cook until evenly brown, turning over to catch all sides. Push to the side and saute the red bell peppers, brown rice and stems of the bok choy. Once softened and warm, stir in the leafy green parts of the bok choy until cooked through and a brilliant green. Serve warm.

Serves 2-3.

Chocolate Candy Cane Pots de Creme

In Desserts, Favourites on December 31, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Chocolate Candy Cane Pots de Creme

It might not surprise you, but Rob and I do not have plans for New Year’s Eve. Last year, when I pregnant and super tired, we stayed up as late as I could muster, but these days, I am still sleep deprived and it is not worth staying up all to midnight when my baby will be waking me up a couple hours later.  Read the rest of this entry »

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Plantain Chili

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on November 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Plantain Chili

Who else is a fan of plantains? They might seem like an exotic ingredient, but even here in Toronto, they are usually very reasonably priced and less expensive than sweet potatoes. However, unlike sweet potatoes, their shelf life is not as stable, as they can only last a few weeks until they turn all brown. I never buy them with a plan, other than panfry in coconut oil, but this recipe was excellent, and I’ll probably buy more plantains just to make it again, it was that good.
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Sassy Sesame Tofu with Sweet Potato, Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas & Vegan Under Pressure GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on November 19, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Sassy Sesame Tofu  with Sweet Potato, Carrots, and Sugar Snap Peas

I have had my Instant Pot almost one year and it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Jill Nussinow‘s Vegan Under Pressure that it really clicked. I knew it didn’t have to only be rice and beans, but I finally took the leap to other meals with the cookbook. Quick and easy orange-scented beet salad, maple mustard brussels sprouts, potato salad, and this delicious Sassy Sesame Tofu. There are so many more recipes I still want to try: Lemon Cashew Cheesecake! (in a pressure cooker!) Red Lentil, Sweet Potato Hemp Burgers!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

In Desserts, Favourites on October 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

My mom had a (self-imposed) daunting task: use up all the poppy seeds. How many poppy seeds could she possibly have? A cup or two? No, more like 10 cups of poppy seeds. As such, Rob and I were the recipients of many, many poppy seed infused desserts this summer. In particular, everyone enjoyed these vegan lemon poppy seed cupcakes. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

NEWS + Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with the Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

In Desserts, Favourites on June 26, 2016 at 8:42 PM

 Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

First of all, some news. As you may have noticed, I have not been posting nearly as often this year. At first, this was due to first trimester pregnancy food aversions and fatigue and later on, I had pregnancy complications that kept me on rest in and out of the hospital. A couple weeks ago, Rob and I welcomed our baby boy into the world. He is a small fighter and will be in the hospital for a while, but we are thrilled he is doing so well for now. Between the NICU visits and exclusively pumping for him, life has been filled with fatigue and we know it will only get worse. Please forgive me for my patchy posting schedule.

Because I was in the hospital, my baby shower was cancelled with 2 days notice. My mom, of course, was already ready to party and had these delicious cupcakes prepared for dessert. While I was sad to miss my own baby shower, it meant Rob and I (with some help from my parents and brother) basically ate all the cupcakes. They actually didn’t last that long in our house.
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Slow Cooker Chana Masala (Oil-free, Vegan)

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 12, 2016 at 7:25 AM

Slow Cooker Chana Masala

I hope you don’t mind me sharing recipes from my newest favourite kitchen gadget. Rob bought me an Instapot and we’ve been slowly exploring it – both with the slow cooker and pressure cooker functions (I will be waiting a while to try the yogurt function unless someone can point me in the right direction for something easy). Read the rest of this entry »

Mexican Cabbage Soup

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on January 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

Mexican Cabbage Soup

I am not sure if other Canadians will agree with me, but while the exporters should be rejoicing that our loonie is quite low, all I notice are the expensive veggies at the store. Now that the local farmer market has shuttered for winter, we’re back at the regular grocers. We took a special trip to a Polish grocer and came home, with…. wait for it… CABBAGE!  Two monster heads came to a handful of pennies per pound.  Read the rest of this entry »

Top Vegan Recipes from 2015

In Events/Round-Ups, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 2, 2016 at 7:09 AM

It is hard to believe I am still blogging after 6 years. Lots of changes this year, both high and low, but the best of the best include marrying my best friend and moving into our new home. Here’s to a 2016 filled with lots of love, health and happiness… and a belly filled with good food. Here are both my favourites and your favourites from 2015.

1. The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Look no further, these are the Best Chocolate Cupcakes, vegan or not. Light and fluffy but not too sweet. Enjoy!

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Roasted Maple Rosemary Almonds

In Appetizers, Desserts, Favourites on December 29, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Roasted Maple Rosemary Almonds

Looking for an easy snack? Perhaps for your next holiday party?

Allow me to suggest these Roasted Maple Rosemary Almonds and Cashews.  Read the rest of this entry »

Salted Caramel Pear Butter

In Desserts, Favourites on November 3, 2015 at 7:33 AM

Salted Caramel Pear Butter

This post is a two-fer.

First, I made the most awesome pear butter this weekend. Salted caramel pear butter. Oh yeah. Read the rest of this entry »

Revolutionary Savoury Egg Mix + DIY Vegan Cookbook GIVEAWAYS

In Book Review, Breakfasts, Favourites on October 24, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Savoury Egg Mix + DIY Vegan Cookbook GIVEAWAY

Tofu scramble does not taste like scrambled eggs. Have you ever thought that?

I imagine it might be an early reaction to a tofu scramble, with the second thought reminding yourself how wonderful it tastes, irregardless. Even my favourite dillicious tofu scramble does not remind me off eggs, unless you like lumpy firm eggs? When I first cooked scrambled soft tofu, I was one step closer to scrambled egg creation. However, while the soft tofu is creamy, silky and fluffy, the problem is that it took much longer to cook. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

In Desserts, Favourites on October 17, 2015 at 8:36 AM

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

Guys, did you see the viral BRAIN CAKE?

As someone who looks at brains on a regular basis, this is remarkably accurate and in the how-to video, it doesn’t look that hard. I think it is awesome!

But this post is not about brain cakes or even necessarily vegan fondant.

It is about something even better: The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick and Easy Black Bean Dip + tip for ultra creamy bean dips

In Appetizers, Favourites, 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 »