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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.

Early Bird Scrambled Tofu + Protein Ninja cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Breakfasts, Mains (Vegetarian) on December 3, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Early Bird Scrambled Tofu + Protein Ninja cookbook GIVEAWAY

Tofu scrambles. We’ve made them plenty of times – dillicious, chili masala, curried dill, tahini chickpea, and mighty migas. And then there was the Revolutionary Savoury Egg Mix just waiting for a tofu scramble. They are all good but we make dillicious the most often, since we love it so. However, I have to tell you. We’ve found the chickpea scramble that rules them all. The BEST tofu scramble is right here. And it is deliciously doused in nutritional yeast and also sneaks in chickpeas.
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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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Autumn Chickpea and Lentil Soup

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on November 5, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Autumn Chickpea and Lentil Soup

Last weekend, we tore up our garden. I think we did pretty well for keeping the garden going until the end of October. The tomato and tomatillo plants were ripped out, asparagus ferns chopped off, new garlic planted and we made a new lasagna compost garden to be ready for us next spring.

We continue to harvest a bit, too. I may even be able to store some of the Ayocote Morado runner beans, which only started to produce bean pods in September despite a summer of glorious red blossoms. I harvested them, too, but they are bright green and lush. I will try to dry them indoors. The kale keeps growing, though, and I hope to keep it going to capture some seeds next year. 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 »

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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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 »

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 »