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Happy 28th To My Amazing Husband!

Yesterday I was busy baking some of Hubby’s favourite vegan desserts in celebration of his birthday.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes


Ingredients:
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup almond or soymilk
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Begin by whisking together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl except the chocolate chips. Once these are well mixed you can add the oil and milk to the mixture and mix well. If the mixture seems a little too dough-like you can add small amounts of milk at a time to get the proper consistency. Finally add in the chocolate chips and mix well. You don’t want to use an electric mixer for this recipe, hand mixing is fine and will get you the proper texture you want.

Put a little vegetable oil in the bottom of a frying pan and heat for a minute on medium-high heat. Pour a small amount of batter in the pan and let it cook for a few minutes. Small bubbles should begin to form when the underneath side is finished. When this happens flip it over to cook the other side. Each pancake should only take minutes to make so make sure you don’t burn them! Repeat until all of the batter has been used, then serve with your favourite maple syrup!

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Mucho Burrito

I have to admit that it took me a long time to give vegan burritos a chance. Refried beans have always reminded me of cat food although I guess the meat alternative doesn’t look much better. My husband has always loved them so when a Mucho Burrito opened near us a couple of years ago he finally convinced me to check it out.
I was pleasantly surprised! I loved the atmosphere, which seemed like a mix between relaxed dining and fast food. The restaurant was also clean and welcoming and the staff were friendly. 
My husband and the employee working helped me choose my toppings to build my first burrito and I loved all of the flavours! Although this isn’t a place for vegan selection – you either want a burrito or you don’t – I was so stuffed that I felt completely satisfied after my meal! 
I enjoy the fact that when I’m hungry and want something quick, easy and delicious I can stop at Mucho Burrito and always be satisfied! 
You can check out Mucho Burrito here.
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Coconut Curry With Tofu & Kale

Sometimes I disappoint myself with the concoctions I create. Other times I’m amazed! Luckily for my starving husband and I, this recipe was the later. In fact we couldn’t get enough!

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
1 yellow onion diced
1/2 cup of diced extra firm tofu
1 can of kidney beans, drained
1 cup of finely chopped fresh kale
3 cloves of garlic
1 can of coconut milk
3 tbsp. of curry powder
1/2 tsp. of black pepper
2 cups of brown rice
1/4 tsp. of roasted red pepper flakes

Directions:
In a pot cook the brown rice as per package directions. When the rice is about halfway through cooking begin prepping the rest of the meal. Dice the onion, tofu and kale. In a large saucepan heat the oil for a minute or two. When the oil is heated add the onion and garlic. Cook the onion until it begins to soften, usually a minute or two, then add the curry powder, red pepper flakes, tofu and kale. Cook until the kale has weakened, the tofu has browned slightly and the onion has turned an opaque colour. This took about 10 minutes. Now add the can of kidney beans, coconut milk and pepper. Stir well and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Adjust seasonings as necessary. We love flavour so I added more curry powder in at this point. By now the rice should be completed. Add it to the mixture, give it a good stir and cover, letting it simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes or until most of the coconut milk has been absorbed. Serve and enjoy!

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Mongolian Grill

The first time we ended up at Mongolian Grill was an accident. We had family visiting and our reservations at another restaurant got mixed up. We were starving and freezing cold (as it was the dead of winter) and trying to figure out another place to eat that would also have vegan options for Hubby and I. Being a Saturday night most places had long lineups or were booked solid with reservations but when we called Mongolian Grill they said they could seat our large party immediately.
What a unique experience! You build your meal in the dining area, top with the sauces and spices of your choosing, then stand around a large circular grill while the cooks prepare it for you! Since you are essentially building your own meal it’s easy to veganize. They have tons of great vegan options, some of which include various noodles, lots of veggies, tofu and different sauces and spices for flavour! They also provide a small salad bar.
Your food is cooked with everyone else’s on a large grill so we let the cooks know from the start that we were vegan. They immediately scraped and cleaned the grill for us and then sectioned off part of the grill with a separate pair of swords to ensure our food didn’t come in to contact with any meat.
Since then Hubby and I return every month or so to enjoy the delicious food! It’s the perfect place to eat before heading to a movie or to just wind down after a busy week! The cooks have always been more than accommodating and have never made us feel like we’re inconveniencing them with our requests. Our servers have always been very friendly as well! For all you can eat, Mongolian Grill’s pricing is more than fair and I loved the relaxed atmosphere – perfect for catching up with family or a date night out! 
You can check out their website here.
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Toasted Tomato Sandwiches With Hummus & Kale

This sandwich is exactly what the title says – toasted tomato with hummus and kale! We were getting extremely low on groceries in the house the other day but I was determined to make use of the food we had left in the cupboards. I realized I had everything to make a toasted tomato sandwich – my Mom’s favourite after a long day of working and coming home to two hungry kids – but I’m not too keen on them. Then I got to thinking – I love hummus and cucumber sandwiches, what about hummus and tomatoes? Even better, I had a bunch of kale in the crisper! And that’s how I came up with this delicious sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • Hummus
  • A leaf of Kale
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:
  • Toast your bread
  • While toast is still warm from the toaster, spread your hummus on both pieces of toast
  • Lay your four slices of tomato on one piece of toast with your kale leaf on top
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on top of the kale leaf (optional)

Voila! You have a tasty lunch in just minutes!
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Burrito Brothers

Hubby and I ended up in Brantford, Ontario for most of the week due to a family emergency which left us wondering where we were going to eat. We have recently discovered our love for burritos and one particularly hungry afternoon we started looking up mexican restaurants in the area. Up popped Burrito Brothers in downtown Brantford so we plugged the address in to our GPS and were soon at 38 Dalhousie St.
 When we walked in to the restaurant the first thing that jumped out to me were the words ‘Vegan’ and ‘Gluten Free’ on their menu board! Next up was how clean and colourful the place was! The staff were incredibly helpful and since it was our first time there they basically created our burritos for us! It was my first time having sweet potato as a filling in my burrito and definitely won’t be my last! That plus their vegan guacamole, salsa and an assortment of veggies had me both satisfied and excited to come back again!
We visited Burrito Brothers two more times that week, bringing different family members with us to try their food and each time we left completely stuffed but craving more! Just wish we lived closer!
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Barbecue Tofu Burgers!

Now that the warmer weather is here I had to share Hubby’s and my new guilty pleasure!  Hubby found this recipe online and it has become his new specialty! Best of all it’s quick, easy and delicious! Now I no longer have to feel like I’m missing out on burger night with the fam!

Ingredients:
1 package of extra firm tofu
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce
6 hamburger buns

Directions:

  • Press the tofu between paper towels until the majority of the water has been squeezed out.
  • Slice the tofu into 1/4″ thick slices.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and fry the tofu pieces until they’re golden brown on both sides.  
  • Add the onion and cook for a few more minutes until the onion has turned clear and softened.
  • Add the barbecue sauce and cook on low for an additional 10 min. so the tofu has time to absorb the flavour.  Adjust sauce amount as necessary.
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The Lunch “meat” Sammich

I don’t know what it is but sometimes I crave those old meat classics.  I always liked the taste of meat but I can’t stand the thought of where it came from.  It’s why I love making a Tofurky on special occasions or adding veg chicken to a jambalaya.  Although I was never big on lunch meat, one day out of the blue it seemed to call to me.  So instead of consuming something that went against my morals I built a vegan version instead.  My husband loved me for it!  He was a meat and potatoes kind of guy so I was shocked and delighted when he first decided to become vegetarian and then went on to be full vegan with me.  That being said he loves when I make the vegan version of all of his old favourites like lasagne and Shepherd’s Pie.  It’s great that the vegan section in grocery stores is forever growing.  Years ago making something like this sandwich would have never been possible!


To make a Lunch “meat” Sammich:

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Tofurky deli slices (they come in a variety of flavours which I sometimes mix together)
  • Tofutti cheese slices
  • Vegannaise 
  • And toppings of your choice – mustard, relish, pickles etc.

Assembly

I’m going to assume you know how to put together a sandwich – if I walk you through it I’d feel like I was making fun of you!

We don’t make these all of the time – after all everything that goes in to them is heavily processed – but they’re a great way to satisfy a craving and stay plant friendly!

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Vegging for Valentine’s Day!

Hubby and I never make a huge deal out of Valentine’s Day.  I think we both know that it’s a holiday created by card companies to make a few extra bucks.  That doesn’t mean that I’m not a complete romantic though!  Hubby had two dozen of the most beautiful red roses delivered to my work around lunchtime which was a nice surprise!  For dinner we always stay in and watch a movie, ordering takeout.  This year we ordered from our favourite local vegetarian restaurant – The Jasmine Garden and the meal didn’t disappoint! We got our chocolate fix too, enjoying one of the best slices of vegan chocolate cake ever made!  Best of all….leftovers!  We enjoyed our meal accompanied by some tasty red wine and a good snuggle on the couch with a romantic movie!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
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