Blueberry Cheesecake – A raw vegan treat

It’s blueberry season over here, and they have been so good. I love that blueberries are so tasty and so beneficial for the digestive system. This cake is slightly tart, creamy and purely delicious! The hardest part is really just waiting for it to set overnight. It’s perfect for a family dinner or an end-of-summer picnic.

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Here is what you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Process the almonds in your food processor until they form a loose flour.
  2. Add the dates and the vanilla and process until the mix is smooth and starts to stick together. If you take a small handful of the mixture, it should stay together after it has been pressed.
  3. Spread the mixture at the bottom of a springform pan. Use a glass to even it out. Let sit in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the cake.

For the cheese layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashew nuts, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 to 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a little almond milk, as needed
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your food processor and processor until you get a smooth cream. You might need to add a little bit of milk to help smooth everything.
  2. Pour over the crust and put the cake back in the fridge. Let sit for 15 minutes.

For the blueberry layer:

  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  1. Process 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries in your food processor until completely smooth.
  2. Pour over the cheese layer and sprinkle the rest of the blueberries all of the cake.
  3. Place the cake back in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!

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I really hope you try this recipe because it’s so delicious! I’m always amazed to see how thick the blueberry layer sets to be all naturally.

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The cake is very refreshing and perfect to end a meal. Let me know if you try it out!

Turmeric paste: where were you before?!?

I love golden milk or turmeric lattes, and I’m all for adding more turmeric and its anti-inflammatory goodness to my life. However, I have to admit that preparing this delicious drink from scratch every day is too much for me. I was about to give up, when I stumbled upon an instand drink I had in my tea shelf. This gave me an idea, and I decided to try to make my own turmeric paste. After all, mixing turmeric powder, spices and coconut oil should work, right?

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Well it does. The result is a thick cream that I keep in my fridge, that is ready to go with a “just add water” quality to it. This is perfect for busy nights as I just use one teaspoon of this golden paste in a teacup of hot water or milk. Instant turmeric latte. Yup.

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This clearcly is the answer to all of you lazy cooks (welcome to my corner!) and busy people who need a little bit of TLC (turmeric loving care) in their life. This recipe makes enough for about 2 weeks of daily turmeric drinks and takes 10 minutes to prepare.

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Cheers to that!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whole black pepper grains
  • 1 quill of true cinnamon
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • optional: 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Here is what you do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Mix well. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to keep a soft simmer going. Let sit on the stove for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and transwer your paste to a glass container with an air-tight lid. Keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To make your golden milk: Heat up the milk of your choice or water and dissolve 1 tsp of the turmeric paste into it. Enjoy!

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Because this paste has everything to enhance the availability of the turmeric active agents (fat and pepper), it’s full proof! Adding just warm liquid to this makes it so convenient. It really is the best way I have found to make sure that I drink all of that golden magic. Let me know if you try it out!

Coconut yogurt: this time it worked!

I have been trying out different ways to make vegan yogurt, but so far all of my attempts have failed horribly. There is nothing fun about waking up to a weird and pungeant smell and realizing that it is the soy yogurt experiment that has gone wrong… really wrong!

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Last week however, I realized that I had some boxes of coconut milk in my pantry and that they were about to go bad. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to try making vegan yogurt again.

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Now, my budget this summer is pretty tight, so there was no way I was going to spend 50$ (and maybe more) on probiotic pills. I know that these little pills would mean that I would be able to make hundreds of batches of vegan yogurt, but no. I went to my trusted local health food store, and realized that they didn’t even have those pills. So, double no. They did have already made coconut yougurt however. After checking the ingredients and seeing the “live cultures” listed as part of the ingredients, I decided that I could spare this 6$ for my experiment.

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The process of making yogurt is fairly simple. You mix live cultures with your milk, stir everything well, let this sit overnight in a warm place, move everything to the fridge, and voila! I used to love making goat’s milk yogurt and kefir before going vegan, so my hopes were up on this coconut yogurt.

Here is what I used:

  • 1L coconut milk
  • 350g plain store-bought coconut yogurt (I used the one from Silk)

Here is what I did:

  1. In a large container, I mixed the coconut milk and the yogurt with a wisk until everything was homogenous.
  2. I covered the top of my container with a paper towel tied with a rubber band and placed it in my oven (with the light turned on).
  3. 12 hours later I moved the container to the fridge and let the yogurt set for 8 more hours.

The result? Well, you have two options here. The fattier part of the coconut milk yogurt will gatter to the top of your container and give you this incredibly thick and rich yogurt. The bottom part will be more liquid and perfect to add to smoothies. The first option is to keep these two phases separate and to enjoy the great diversity that this recipe gives you. The second option is to take out your trusty wisk and to wisk everything together. The result will be a smooth drinkable yogurt that is perfect for parfaits and smoothies. I have to say I did both and can’t believe how thick and creamy the top layer is.

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The taste of this yogurt is tangy with the slightest coconut aftertaste. It really is super smooth and so delicious. Now, for the next batch, just remember to keep 1 cup of already made yogurt that you will use as a starter. Infinite vegan yogurt, here we come!

Buckwheat pancakes and Sea Spaguetti /// Pancake de sarrasin et haricots de mer

A year and a half ago, my sister-in-law brought us a jar of sea spaguetti from Brittany in France. It took me a while to figure out what to do with these seaweeds because I had never tasted them before. Since they had come such a long way, I also wanted to make sure I would prepare them in a dish where they would really be staring. At the begining of the year, a friend from Brittany told me to make some buckwheat crepes and to use the sea spaguetti as a topping with other vegetables. Well, it took me a while, but I finally decided to try it out.

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However, yesterday, as I was looking at my pantry, I realized that I was out of buckwheat flour. I did stumble upon a really big bag of white buckwheat groats. I decided to use those to make my own flour: YUM! The flour was light and fluffy and full of nutrients. I really liked the subtle buckwheat flavour that is a lot less obvious than with black buckwheat, while still being recognisable. It got me thinking about what other flour I could make myself. Stay tuned for more fun kitchen experiments. Let’s start with the buckwheat pancakes.

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Here is what you need for 12 pancakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups of white buckwheat groats (once milled, you should have 2 cups of flour)
  • 3 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the toppings:

  • 1 cup sea spaguetti
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, use your S blade to mill your buckwheat groats into a fine flour. Some bigger pieces are okay, but make sure it is as fine as you can. Transfer your flour to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in the almond milk, salt and olive oil until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat. Once it is hot, make pancakes using about 1/3 of a cup at a time. Let cook until it doesn’t bubble anymore, flip it over and  let cook for one more minute. Repeat until you don’t have any more batter.
  4. For the toppings, rince the sea spaguetti and chop it up in small pieces. Do the same with the cucumber and apple. Use your potato peeler to make ribbons with your carrots. Mix all of the vegetables with the lemon juice.
  5. To plate, alternate between pancakes and salad. Enjoy!

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The sea spaguetti was really tasty: full of sea flavour. The texture is very smooth, which is a great contrast with the apple and carrot. I kept the flavours light and fresh because, well, it’s summer but also because I wanted to preserve the delicate taste of the sea spaguetti. If you have a chance, I really recommend trying them out. The pancakes were soft and chewy. As I had two extra ones, I served them with some melted chocolate and bananas: the sweet version was as great as the savoury! Let me know if you try this out or if you make your own flour. I’d love to know more!


Il y a un an et demi, ma belle-soeur nous a rapporté des haricots de mer de Bretagne, en France. Ça m’a pris un peu de temps pour me décider à les cuisiner parce que je ne voulais pas ouvrir la conserve avant d’avoir une bonne idée… Il y a quelques mois, mon amie bretonne m’a conseillé de les servir avec des crêpes de sarrasin et d’autres légumes. Bon, ça m’a pris pas mal de temps, mais j’ai finalement essayé.

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Hier, j’avais vraiment envie de les préparer alors je me suis mise en recherche de farine de sarrasin dans mes placards, sans succès. Par contre, j’ai trouvé un grand sac de graines de sarrasin que j’avais acheté pour les faire germer. Je les ai utilisées pour en faire de la farine et WOW! La farine a  une saveur légère et douce beaucoup moins intense que la farine de sarrasin noir. Ça m’a fait réfléchir à quelle autre farine je pourrais essayer de faire, alors c’est à suivre! Pour l’instant, commençons avec les pancakes de sarrasin!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour 12 crêpes:

  • 2 1/2 tasses de graines de sarrasin blancs (vous devriez avoir environs 2 tasses de farine une fois les graines moulues)
  • 3 tasses de lait d’amande
  • 1 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1/2 c. à thé de sel

Pour les garnitures:

  • 1 tasse de haricots de mer
  • 2 carottes
  • 1 concombre
  • 1 pomme verte
  • jus de 1/2 citron
  1. Dans votre robot, utiliser votre lame en ‘s’ pour moudre votre sarrasing en une farine fine.Il y aura quelques morceaux un peu plus gros, mais essayer d’avoir la farine la plus fine possible. Transférer votre farine dans un grand saladier.
  2. Ajouter le lait d’amande, le sel et l’huile d’olive et bien mélanger jusqu’à ce que la pâte soit bien lisse.
  3. Faire chauffer une poêle anti-adhésive. Une fois chaude, faites cuire les crêpes une à la fois en utilisant 1/3 de tasse de pâte pour chaque crêpe. Laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que les bulles soient fixes, retourner et laisser cuire pour environs 1 minutes. Répéter jusqu’à ce que toute votre pâte soit transformée en crêpes!
  4. Pour les garnitures, rincer les haricots de mer et les découper en petits morceaux. Faites de même avec le concombre et la pomme. Utiliser votre épluche patate pour faire des rubans avec les carottes. Mélanger les légumes avec le jus de citron.
  5. Pour servir, alterner entre crêpe et salade. Savourez!

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Les haricots de mer sont vraiment gouteux et remplis de saveurs maritimes. Leur textures est lisse et tendre, ce qui contraste bien avec la pomme et les carottes. J’ai gardé les saveurs simples et fraîches parce que c’est l’été, mais aussi pour préserver la saveur délicate des haricots de mer. Je vous les conseille vivement si jamais vous avez la chance de les goûter. Comme il me restait deux crêpes, j’y ai ajouter du chocolat fondu et des morceaux de banane: MIAM! Aussi bonne que les salées! Dites moi si vous essayez cette recette ou si vous faites vos propres farines. J’adorerais en savoir plus!

1 bowl chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies! \\ Biscuits au chocolat et à l’avoine!

For the last few months, I’ve been trying to eat healthy and to pay attention to portion sizes… except for when it comes to chocolate chips cookies. After resisting that craving for a bit, I finally caved in, and started to try out recipes. I wanted chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside oatmeal cookies, all vegan and gluten-free of course. Here’s a really quick, simple, 1-bowl recipe for just that!

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Here is what you need for 8 cookies:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs chia seeds + 6 tbs water (mixed together to make chia eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 – 2/3 cup chocolate chips (choose your level of chocolateness!)
Here is what you need to do:
  1. In the bowl of your food processor, mix together the coconut oil, nut butter, and sugar until smooth. Add in the chia eggs and vanilla extract and mix again until smooth.
  2. Mix in the two flours, oats, salt, and baking powder until everything is smooth.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until everything is well combined.
  4. Line a cookie sheet, and preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  5. Form balls of cookie doughs with 1 tbs of dough and place them on the cookie sheet. Flatten them to the size you want them to be as they will not spread much.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  7. Remove from the oven, and let cool on a wire rack until completely cooled, and enjoy!

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I really hope you give these a try because they are delicious! Let me know what you think!

Depuis quelques mois je fais des efforts pour bien manger, avoir des légumes verts plusieurs fois par jour et m’assurer que mes portions sont raisonables… sauf pour les biscuits au chocolat! Après avoir resister à la tentation pendant quelque temps, j’ai finalement essayé quelques recettes, et voici ma préférée: croustillants à l’extérieur et tendres à l’intérieur, ces biscuits sont parfaits!
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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour 8 biscuits:
  • 1/3 tasse d’huile de coco à température piècecup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 tasse de beurre de noisettes (ou d’un autre beurre de noix de votre choix
  • 2/3 tasse de sucre de coco
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de chia + 6 c. à soupe d’eau (mélangés pour former un oeuf de chia)
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre à pâte
  • 1/2 c. à thé de sel
  • 1/3 tasse de farine de riz brun
  • 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1/3 – 2/3 tasse de pépites de chocolat (choisissez votre niveau de chocolatitude!)
  1. Dans le bol de votre robot culinaire, mélanger l’huile de coco, le beurre de noix et le sucre. Une fois le tout homogène, ajouter les graines de chia et l’extrait de vanille et bien mélanger.
  2. Ajouter les farines, les flocons d’avoine, le sel et la poudre à pâte et bien mélanger.
  3. Ajouter les pépites de chocolat et pulser pour les incorporer.
  4. Préparer une plaque à biscuit et préchauffer votre four à 350F (180C).
  5. Former des boules de pâte avec 1 c. à soupe de mélanger et les placer sur la plaque à biscuit. Applatissez-les à la taille que vous préférez car ils ne s’étendront pas pendant la cuisson.
  6. Placer au four pour 15 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les bords soient dorés.
  7. Retirer du four et laisser les biscuits refroidir. Régalez-vous!

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Ces biscuits sont sérieusement délicieux et j’espère que vous les essayerez!

Soft marinated tofu \\ Tofu soyeux mariné

When I shared my quinoa bowl featuring this soft marinated tofu on Instagram, someone asked for the recipe, and I shared it there. However, this is so good, it really deserves its own blog post. I updated the recipe a bit, but it’s still terribly easy and delicious.

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Here is what you need:

  • 250g soft tofu
  • 2 tbs light tamari sauce or light soy saue
  • 2 tbs vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs wakame flakes
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • pepper or red chili flakes to taste
  1. Cut the soft tofu in medium size cubes. Make sure not to cut the tofu in small pieces as this tofu is very tender and will break during the cooking process. Place your tofu in a saucepan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients and add to the tofu. Gently mix until each piece of tofu is well coated.
  3. Let simmer on medium heat until the tofu is warm all the way through. This should take less than 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and enjoy!

This is so quick to prepare and so delicious! It’s really good with some quinoa and even better with some rice and grilled veggies. The sauce is savory and has something from the sea with the wakame which is really good. It’s a great way to prepare tofu if you’re out of time. Let me know if you try this out!


Lorsque j’ai partagé un de mes bols de quinoa avec du tofu soyeux sur Instagram, quelqu’un m’a demandé la recette que j’ai postée en commentaire. Cependant, cette recette est tellement bonne qu’elle mérite vraiment son propre post. J’ai un peu retravaillé la recette, mais elle est toujours terriblement facile et délicieuse.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 250g de tofu soyeux
  • 2 c. à soupe de sauce tamari légère (moins de sel) ou de sauce soja légère
  • 2 c. à soupe de sauce Worcestershire végane
  • 1 gousse d’ail émincée
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de sésame
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de wakame
  • 1 c. à thé de sirop d’érable
  • poivre ou flocons de piment au goût
  1. Découpez le tofu en cube de grosseur moyenne. Tenez compte du fait que parce que ce tofu est très mou, il se désagrégera un peu durant la cuisson. Placez le tofu dans une petite casserole.
  2. Dans un petit bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients pour former la sauce. Incorporez-la au tofu et mélangez doucement jusqu’à ce que chaque morceau soit bien nappé de sauce.
  3. Laissez mijoter sur feu moyen jusqu’à ce que le tofu soit bien chaud. Cela prend moins de 10 minutes. Retirez du feu et savourez!

C’est tellement facile et rapide à préparer! Ce tofu est délicieux avec du quinoa et encore meilleur avec du riz et des légumes grillés. La sauce est savoureuse et légèrement océane grace aux flocons de wakame. C’est vraiment une façon délicieuse de préparer du tofu alors j’espère que vous allez l’essayer!

Vegan Protein Pancakes \\ Pancakes Véganes et Protéinés

I have oatmeal every day, and I love it. I find it comforting, and I love that it keeps me full for so long. Once in a while, however, I like to spice things up and have my oatmeal in pancake form. That’s right, I basically just use the same ingredients, blend them up and make pancakes. Trust me, it’s delicious!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cup/ 140g of quick oats
  • 1 scoop/ 22g of protein powder (I use chocolate Iron Vegan)
  • 1 tbs / 10g of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp / 5g of baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup / 280ml of almond milk
  • 1/2 banana

Toppings: Mixed berries, 1/2 banana, maple syrup, maybe some chocolate chips? Go nuts! hum, nuts, that’s a good idea!

  1. Place the oats in your blender or food processor and blender until you have flour. Add the protein powder and baking powder. Blend everything up.
  2. Add the milk and banana and blend until everything is smooth.
  3. Let the batter sit for a few minutes until in thickens.
  4. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat and pour on some of the batter. Let cook until the top of the pancake is nice and bubbly. Turn over and cook for a few minutes on the other side. Repeat until all your batter is gone. Enjoy!

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These are my favourite pancakes! It’s really important that you let the batter sit before you try to cook the pancakes. If not, it will be too liquidy and it will end up being a weird mess. Trust me on that too, it’s not a pretty sight. Anyways, this is delicious, so let me know if you try it out!


J’adore mon gruau quotidien. Je trouve ça réconfortant, et j’aime que cela me garde rassasiée toute la matinée. Une fois de temps en temps, j’aime bien préparer un petit déjeuner un peu plus excitant. Alors, je mets les ingrédients de mon gruan dans mon robot mélanger et j’en fait des pancakes! Yup! Mais croyez-moi, c’est vraiment délicieux.

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 1/4 tasse / 140g de flocons d’avoine rapides
  • 1 portion / 22g de poudre protéinée (j’utilise celle de Iron Vegan au chocolat)
  • 1 c. à soupe / 10g de poudre de cacao
  • 1 c. à thé / 5g de poudre à pâte
  • 1 1/4 tasse / 280ml de lait d’amande
  • 1/2 banane

Pour les garnitures: des fruits rouges, 1/2 banana, du sirop d’érable et des brisures de chocolat. Peut-être aussi de noix?

  1. Placer lesflocons d’avoine dans votre mélangeur et réduisez les flocons d’avoine en poudre. Ajouter la poudre protéinée et la poudre à pâte. Mélanger jusqu’à ce que le tout soit homogène.
  2. Ajouter le lait et la banane et mélanger jusqu’à ce que la pâte soit bien lisse.
  3. Laisser la pâte reposer pour quelques minutes pour qu’elle s’épaississe.
  4. Chauffer une poêle plate à feu moyen et y déposer un peu de la pâte. Laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que le dessus soit pris. Retourner et faire cuire quelques minutes de ce côté-là aussi. Répéter jusqu’à ce que toute la pâte soit devenue des pancakes. Savourez!

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Ce sont mes pancakes préférés! Il est vraiment important de laisser la pâte reposer avant d’essayer de la faire cuire car sinon elle ne sera pas assez épaisse et vous aurez un beau dégât. Faites moi confiance. En tout cas, c’est vraiment délicieux alors dites-moi si vous essayez!

What I’ve been eating for the last 2 months!

When I work on my blog, I like to experiment with new recipes, try out new products, invent new ways to eat ordinary foods. This worked for me for the last year or so. However, about two months ago, I started craving the same dish. Over and over again. So much in fact, that it’s starting to be a running gag in our house. My boyfriend will come home from work and say things like: “Can’t wait for my quinoa-tofu-broccoli tonight!” Yeah. That’s what I have been craving every day for two months now. Not chocolate cake (although I’ve had my days), not fancy and exotic fruits, not my mom’s food. Nope. Just quinoa, tofu and some kind of grilled veggies (it’s not my fault broccoli is so cheap), or salad greens if I want something fresh.

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Now, here’s the issue. I have been feeling completely satisfied eating those quinoa bowls every day. There is something reassuring and structuring in preparing big batches of food and just having to plate your daily servings. No fuss, no rush. However, it’s difficult to blog about the exact same bowl you’ve been having. Now that the temperatures have been going up (finally), I’m hoping to crave something else and to hopefully have some variety back in my kitchen. I’m sure grilled broccoli, tofu and quinoa will stay in my heart for long though! Here’s a few tips if you are stuck in the same rut as me.

For your grilled veggies:

  1. I’ve been loving using infused olive oils to add an extra kick of flavour. Try lemon or rosemary infused oils for a fresh taste, or go for the classic chili oil. I usually rub about 1 tbs onto the vegetables before placing them in the oven. Yum!
  2. I’ve also like sprinkling some freshly ground pepper on the baked veggies. I know, it’s nothing groundbreaking (you see what I’ve done here, right?), but it’s a classic for a reason. Why not go crazy and try different types of peppers? I love white pepper for its spiciness, but pink pepper brings a whole different range of flavours. Experiment with kitchen staples!
  3. Add some lemon juice and lemon zest! Fresh lemon zest gives such a nice aroma to the most simple dishes. Plus, it makes me feel like a fancy chef when I zest lemons. You zest have to try it out!

For your tofu:

  1. Vary the type and bite size: I tend to go for extra firm tofu because I like how it crips up when you pan fry it. The smaller the pieces, the crispier they will be. If you feel like having some bacon, you can cut your tofu into small cubes and add a few drops of liquid smoke to your marinade or sauce. Soft tofu can also be a great option to mix things up a little. I love to gently cooking soft tofu in some soy sauce. Very simple, but so good.
  2. If you really don’t feel like cooking, you can simple cube your firm tofu and mix it with the vegetables. Put everything in the oven, and that’s it! Bing, bang, boom.
  3. If you really, really don’t feel like cooking, you can also substitute the tofu for canned beans. Rinse them well, and they are ready to go, but you can also cook them in some tomato sauce or curry spices for something a bit more elaborate.

For your quinoa:

  1. Make sure that you cook it in enough water. I usually use 4.5 cups of water for 2 cups of quinoa. I place everything in a pot on high heat. I then reduce the heat to medium once it starts boiling. I put a lid on the pot and let everything simmer for 15 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and let it sit until you are ready to eat. The result: light and fluffy quinoa! Yum.
  2. Add some stuff: I like adding some corn, chopped carrots or peas to the quinoa as it is cooking. It adds some bite to it and makes it extra yummy. Plus it adds a touch of colour to the mix.
  3. Make sure that you don’t add salt to the cooking water as it will harden the quinoa.

That’s it! This is perfect for meal prepping because you can prepare big quantities of everything and save your food in the fridge. It’s so quick to plate up and makes for great lunches to bring at work. Plus, you can add fresh veggies or sauces according to your daily cravings. So, yeah, that’s what has been going on in my kitchen lately. And guess what? I’m now heating up some quinoa, broccoli and tofu for lunch. Cannot wait!

Simple Vegan Burrito \\\ Burrito simple et végan

I have been craving burritos in the last few days, but I was a bit intimidated in making them myself because I know next to nothing about Mexican food. Now, I don’t say that these are authentic Mexican burritos, but they are delicious and simple to prepare. I had a lot of fun making them, and they were a big success in my home. I hope you’ll give them a try!

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Here is what you need:

  • Flour tortillas
  • 2 cups of cooked black beans
  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups of shredded lettuce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste

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Here is what you do:

  1. Start cooking the onion with a little bit of water in a large saucepan set on medium heat. Mix in the cumin and hot pepper flakes until they are fragrant. Add in the black beans and the rice, and mix everything until well combined.  Set aside.
  2. Chop up the tomatoes and mix in half the lemon juice and the garlic powder. Set aside.
  3. Mash the avocado flesh with the rest of the lemon juice, the cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  4. To assemble, place 1 tablespoon of the avocado mash in the middle of your tortilla and spread it in a thin layer. On top of it, add some bean and rice, tomatoes and lettuce. Fold the sides over the middle, roll up your tortilla making sure that all the fillings stay inside.
  5. Set a pan on medium heat and place your burrito to grill. Let sit for a few minutes until golden and beautiful, and turn over to repeat. Cut up in two and enjoy!

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In case you are a burrito newbie like me, take a look at this video to get an idea of how to roll everything up. This is so great! I loved that I had plenty of leftovers to make lunches for tomorrow: burrito bowls! I hope you try this out because it is delicious, simple and super cheap!


J’avais envie de burrito depuis quelques jours, mais j’étais vraiment intimidée d’en préparer moi-même parce que je ne connais pas grand chose à la cuisine mexicaine. Bon, je ne prétends pas que ces burritos sont incroyablement authentiquement mexicain, mais ils sont vraiment délicieux et facile à préparer. Je me suis bien amusée à les cuisiner, et ils ont été un franc succès à la maison. J’espère que vous les essayerez!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • Tortillas
  • 2 tasses de haricots noirs cuits
  • 2 tasses de riz cuit
  • 1 oignon, émincé
  • 1 c. àt thé de poudre de cumin
  • 1/2 c. à thé de flocons de piment
  • 2 tomates
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre d’ail
  • 1 avocat
  • 1/2 tasse de corriandre, coupée finement
  • 2 tasses de laitue coupée finement
  • le jus de 1 citron
  • sel et poivre, au goût
  • sauce piquante au goût

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  1. Commencez par faire cuire votre oignons dans une grande poêle à feu doux. Ajouter le cumin et le piment et bien mlanger. Lorsque l’oignon commence à être transluscide, ajouter les haricots noirs et le riz et mélanger jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien incorporé. Réservez.
  2. Tranchez les tomates en petits morceaux, et y mélanger la moitié du jus de citron et la poudre d’ail. Réservez.
  3. Écrasez la chaire de l’avocat et y ajouter le reste du jus de citron, la coriandre, le sel et le poivre.
  4. Pour assembler, placez une cuillère à soupe du mélange d’avocat dans le milieu de votre tortilla et l’étendre en une couche mince. Placer un peu de riz et de haricots sur le dessus, suivi de tomate et de laitue. Repliez les côtés et roulez le tout pour que la garniture reste bien à l’intérieur.
  5. Placez une poêle sur feu moyen et placez-y votre burrito. Faties-le dorez quelques minutes de chaque côté, coupez en deux et savourez!

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Si vous êtes des débutants en burrito comme moi, je vous conseille cette video qui montre bien comment rouler ces petites merveilles. C’est vraiment délicieux, facile à préparer et peu dispendieux. En plus, il vous en restera certainement assez pour vous préparer un bol-burrito pour votre lunch du lendemain: c’est ce qu’on a fait chez nous. J’espère que vous les essayerez!

Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

(version française plus bas!)

In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!


Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés

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Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!

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C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!