NoChees (No Cheese Nachos) + Liberating your food from dairy

I am going to front this post with saying that I completely disagree with people who say “vegan cheese is totally the same thing!” Because, well, it’s not. Let’s get that out of the way: this is not cheese. It will never be cheese, it doesn’t even really taste super cheesy. And that’s ok. That’s even better. I am starting a series of recipes where I will take common foods that usually rely on dairy, and show you that they don’t need to. We don’t need cheese. We. Don’t. Need. Cheese. Continue reading

Red Lentil Radicchio Tacos

I have never met someone who dislikes tacos. If you are that person then stay far, far away from me so I can live in this blissful bubble where certain foods are universally loved. Like tacos, pizza (no cheese, please!), and waffles. Tacos are so customizable, too! The anatomy of a taco is: a well-seasoned filling, inside some sort of open-top vehicle, with fresh toppings and a little acid. So let’s toss out the sad, pre-made beef crumbles with packaged taco seasoning and over processed cheese toppings in stale corn tortilla shells (I’m looking at you, depressing Old El Paso products) and make something fresh and festive and summery! Continue reading

Light Veggie Sushi (Raw)

I love sushi almost to a fault. I thought giving up sushi would be so so so hard. There was a little sushi place down the street from my little Marpole apartment and I was almost in mourning when I went vegan, I though I would never eat sushi again! Wow, I was so wrong. Thankfully, veggie sushi is just as good, if not better! I think sushi is the easiest for new vegans to eat with friends since there’s always something and it’s guaranteed to be cheaper than everyone else’s food! Bonus is that there’s avocado in everything. Plus now I can really pack in the rolls and get my money’s worth at those all-you-can-eat places! There’s even vegan sushi restaurants popping up and doing amazing things like making ‘tuna’ using tomato skins. That’s definitely been added to my ‘to try’ list. This was only my second attempt at making sushi and it went surprisingly well. It also was a nice reminder that I should really get sharper knives- I had to cut the rolls so big so I wouldn’t squish everything out of the ends! So use your sharpest cutting knife for sure! Continue reading

Summery Quinoa and Black Bean Skillet

I can’t believe that it’s already starting to feel like summer! Today the temp was upwards of 25C and I felt like no matter what I do I am constantly damp. I feel like I’m back in SoCal for crying out loud! And worst of all: we have  no air conditioning. I woke up so early because the sun was just beating down through our bedroom window. It’s the season for light eating that’s for sure! I know I definitely don’t want to be walking around in the sweltering sun with a belly full of heavy food. So I’m trying to make much lighter meals meaning lots of fresh, bright flavours (aka the best things ever)! Expect lots of seasonal produce, citrus, and dark leafy greens everywhere. I’m also currently stuck on throwing quinoa in just about everything after C’s sister reminded me my love of quinoa with some really yummy quinoa burgers (note to self: get this recipe from her). Continue reading

Roasted Root Vegetables and Carrot Top Pesto

Happy Belated Birthday to me! It was on Tuesday! My age sounds so young, but I feel so old. I can hear my mom scoffing at that in my mind. Sorry, mom, I won’t call myself old anymore. To celebrate,  C and I went to a lovely vegan restaurant in Vancouver, called Graze, where we had a fantastic three-course meal. We both had their featured small plate to start which was a ravioli with some asparagus and a hollandaise-type cashew cream, for mains I ate the Wild Mushroom Purse and C had the Harvest, and we polished it off with an espresso cashew cheesecake with balsamic figs and a nutty chocolate trifle with candied peaches and lavender coconut whipped cream. This was a seriously good meal and you can ogle at it on my instagram here .

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BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos

Well, I have absolutely no excuse for not posting for a couple of weeks. I was basically wallowing in a state of virtual unemployment. I took a lot of bubble baths, I read a book or two, and started studying for the GRE. But I have literally nothing to show for my time. Except a book recommendation, go pick up “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly,” it’s short, sweet, and perfect for an afternoon at  coffee shop. Actually, I made a lot of really delicious food in the last couple of weeks consisting of a vegan pizza, some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, a loaf of bread, banana french toast, and a really yummy veg benedict. Maybe someday in the near or very distant future these will wind up on here… eventually…maybe.. don’t count on it but I’m being optimistic. Luckily, I started working again so I’m feeling somewhat motivated! And with this motivation brings some BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Tacos! Continue reading

Light and Creamy Tortilla Soup

This past week I’ve been trying to take a step back from the, what I used to call, “weird vegan ingredients” that I was scared to use before I became comfortable with vegan cooking. So this dish has no faux meats, textured vegetable protein, soy, or nutritional yeast. Just whole plant foods! Nothing scary, and great for the veg-curious crowd, or people trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet. This is a great one-pot dish and is comforting and warm without being too heavy. Make a big batch for leftovers or use it as an appetizer course for a taco night! I also found this great farm market today and got a bunch of produce that I was really excited to put to use… which also accounts for the long ingredient list, sorry! I promise it’s worth it 🙂 Continue reading

Tofu Scramble

Let’s talk breakfast. Some say it’s the most important meal of the day, others say they skip it daily. I know some people don’t even eat until dinner time. I couldn’t even fathom what that’s like. I’m one of the former, without breakfast I can’t even function for more than a couple of hours. Even if I’m running an hour late I will pause for a handful of cashews or a banana. I love breakfast and so I love weekends and days off because I get to really enjoy my mornings, even if I sleep in! I’ve always been more into savory foods so the first concern of mine when transitioning to veganism was “what about breakfasts?!” I think the first day after choosing this lifestyle I scoured the internet over savory vegan breakfasts and immediately ran out to gather the ingredients for this one. I’m pretty sure this was one of C’s first vegan meals, too! He likes it so much that he specifically requested me to make it for his birthday breakfast! Continue reading

Wild Rice Bowl with Portobello Bacon

Life update: moving was crazy and I totally wound up driving a massive 26ft moving truck because they didn’t have any small trucks available! I was terrifed at first but now I’m convinced that I should be an ice road trucker and I make a point to wave to my fellow truck-driving brethren whenever I see them on the roads. Then, we had to get rid of our couch because it wouldn’t fit into our new doorway after hours and hours of trying (currently sitting on cushions on the living room floor, haha!). And on top of that we were woken up at 4 am by the fire alarm, what a great welcome! Other than that, I love our new place (especially the kitchen!!) and will love it even more once we get all this stuff put away.. and get a new couch.. C wants a bean bag couch.. oh gosh. Ok anyway. Continue reading