Cauliflower fried rice \\ Riz frit de chou-fleur

(version française plus bas!)

I love fried rice. I love it so much I usually end up eating two or three portions instead of one every time I cook fried rice. As you can imagine, this is not the healthiest of options and it doesn’t help make you feel light and comfortable. So, I had to try to make a healthier and lighter version that I could eat without guilt. Well, this cauliflower version is delicious, super simple to prepare and you can actually eat two or three portions without feeling like you’ll explode. Great! If you can control yourself, it’s also a great dish to prepare ahead of time for lunches. Even better!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 cups of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 cups of button mushrooms
  • 1 block of firm tofu (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbs soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 can of corn (about 2 cups), drained
  • black pepper and red chili flakes, to your taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash your cauliflower and cut it into florets. I like to separate the florets from the thicker stem parts to make the blending more efficient. Place the florets in your food processor and blend for a few seconds until you have a rice-like consistency. Cut the stems into smaller pieces and do the same thing. Set your “rice” aside. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also chop your cauliflower very finely.
  2. Shred the  oyster mushrooms lengthwise with your fingers to get pieces that look like pulled chicken. Cut the button mushrooms into thin slices. Sauté the mushrooms all together in a hot pan. Once the mushrooms have lost most of their water, add the garlic and stir well. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Press your tofu with your hands to remove some of the excess water and crumble it up to have small pieces. Place it in your pan and stir fry it until it starts to golden. Add the soy sauce and stir well. Add the mushrooms, corn and cauliflower rice and mix everything together.
  4. Mix in the turmeric until everything has a lovely yellow color and add the black pepper and chili flakes. Serve hot!

This is really super simple to prepare and only takes one pan! I like to serve this with some salad greens to add some freshness to the plate, but it’s also great on its own. I ate this the day after as a lunch, and it was even better reheated. This is also a great option if you are trying to limit your carb intake. But really, try it because it’s delicious! Let me know if you do!

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J’adore le riz frit. C’est si bon est si facile à préparer! Cependant, lorsque j’en prépare, il m’est impossible de résister et je termine généralement le repas avec beaucoup trop de riz dans mon bedon, et l’impression que je ne mangerai plus jamais. J’ai donc cherché une alternative plus santé et plus légère qui me permettrait de manger autant de riz frit que j’en ai envie sans avoir l’impression d’exploser. Il faut bien avoir des priorités dans la vie! Et bien, mon riz frit de chou-fleur est plutôt pas mal… même super délicieux! Et en plus, c’est une recette parfaite à faire à l’avance pour les lunchs de la semaine. Miam!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 chou-fleur
  • 2 tasses de pleurottes
  • 2 tasses de champignons de Paris
  • 1 bloc de tofu (environs 2 tasses)
  • 3 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 1 c. à thé de curcuma en poudre
  • 3 c. à soupe de sauce soja ou de tamari
  • 1 conserve de grains de maïs (environs 2 tasses), drainée
  • poivre et flocons de piment au goût
  1. Laver votre chou-fleur et couper les fleurons des tiges. Je préfères séparer les fleurons des tiges car je trouve que cela facilite le mixage. Placer les fleurons dans votre robot culinaire et mixer quelques secondes pour obtenir une texture ressemblant à du riz. Découper les tiges en petits morceaux et faire la même chose. Placer ce «riz» de côté. Si vous n’avez pas de robot, il est possible de simplement hâcher le chou-fleur très finement.
  2. Effilocher les pleurottes avec vos doigts dans le sens de la longueur pour obtenir un effet «poulet effiloché» et découper les champignons de Paris en tranches. Faire sauté dans une poêle bien chaude. Lorsque leur eau est presque complètement évaporée, ajouter l’ail et bien mélanger. Retirer du feu et réserver.
  3. Presser le tofu pour en retirer un peu d’eau, puis le defaire avec vos doigts pour obtenir de petits morceaux. Faites le revenir dans votre poêle jusqu’à ce que le tofu devienne légèrement doré et ajouter la sauce soja. Bien mélanger.
  4. Ajouter au tofu les champignons, le maïs et le riz et bien mélanger le tout. Ajouter le curcuma et incorporer pour obtenir une belle couleur jaune. Ajouter le poivre et les flocons de piments. Servir chaud et savourez!

J’adore ce riz! Il est si délicieux tout en étant beaucoup moins calorique que la version originale. En plus, c’est une recette à une seule poêle! J’ai mangé ce riz en lunch le lendemain et c’était également très bon réchauffé. Cela fait vraiment un très bon lunch. Dites-moi si vous l’essayez!

Simple Vegan Bolognese Pasta Sauce \\ Sauce Bolognese Végane

One of my favourite story featuring my amazing boyfriend is that he almost ate only Bolognese pasta when he visited Italy with his family as a kid. Needless to say, it’s one of his favourite things, and I have been experimenting with different pasta sauces that would measure up to the real thing. This is my latest attempt, and he was pretty happy with it!

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Slightly spicy, this sauce has a nice bite and is filled with protein. It’s also super cheap and quick to prepare. And you can batch cook this and freeze or can some for later.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 cups TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes or 4 diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 4 green onion stalks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tbs arrow root flour or corn starch
  • 2 tbs tamari sauce
  • red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Add water to the TVP until it is well covered and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Mince the onion, green onions and garlic and place them in a large sauce pan with some water. Stir on medium heat until they are tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tamari sauce and thyme, and mix well.
  4. Mix the arrow root in 1 cup of water and add to the sauce.
  5. Drain the TVP and mix into the sauce. Let everything bubble on medium  heat until the TVP is tender and add some red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  6. Serve hot on the pasta of your choice and add some nutritional yeast if you want a cheesy flavour. Enjoy!

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This is so good! It’s filling and delicious, while also being oil free and so simple to prepare. I really enjoyed this, so I think it will become a staple in hour home. Not that anyone will complain! Let me know if you try this out!


Pour tous les amateurs de spaghetti bolognese, cette recette est pour vous! C’est si simple à préparer, super abordable et tellement délicieux! Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 2 tasse de protéines végétales texturisées (j’achette les miennes en vrac dans les magasins d’aliments naturels, mais on peut facilement en trouver en ligne)
  • 1 conserve de tomates en dés ou quatres tomates en dés
  • 1 oignon
  • 4 oignons verts
  • 2 gousses d’ail
  • 1 c. à café de thym frais ou de feuilles sèches
  • 2 c. à soupe d’arrow root ou de fécule de maïs
  • 2 c. à soupe de sauce tamari ou sauce soja
  • flocons de piment, sel et poivre au goût

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  1. Placer les protéines végétale dans un bol et couvrir d’eau. Laisser tremper le temps de préparer le reste.
  2. Émincer l’oignon, les oignons verts et l’ail et les faire revenir avec un peu d’eau dans une grade casserole jusqu’àa ce qu’ils soient tendres.
  3. Ajouter les tomates, le thym et la sauce tamari et bien mélanger.
  4. Mélanger l’arrow root dans une tasse d’eau et ajouter à la sauce. Bien mélanger.
  5. Drainer les protéines végétales et les ajouter à la sauce avec les flocons de piment, le sel et le poivre. Mélanger et laisser mijoter à feu doux jusqu’à ce que les protéines végétales soient tendres. Servir chaud sur les pâtes de votre choix et ajouter de la levure alimentaire si vous voulez un petit goût de fromage. Savourez!

My favourite fancy bowl combinations

I love fancy bowls! They are colourful, yummy, nutritious and so simple to prepare, especially if you food prep like I do. Here are my favourite ingredients to get you inspired, but really, you can make your own version of these by combining your choice of:

grain + protein + greens/raw veggies + cooked veggies + sauce

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  1. Grains:
    • Wild rice: a classic for a reason! This will fill you up for long hours and it’s delicious on it’s own.
    • Creamy rice
    • Quinoa: packed with extra proteins
    • Polenta: because why not?
  2. Proteins:
  3. Greens/Raw veggies:
    • Lettuce
    • Kale
    • Avocado slices
    • Cucumber
    • Beets
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Bell Pepper
  4. Cooked Veggies:
    • Asparagus
    • Green beans
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Roasted potatoes
    • Mushrooms
  5. Sauce:

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The possibilities are endless! I love that most of these things can be prepared ahead of time giving you a chance to take a break from cooking while still having an amazing meal. Also, if you prepare different ingredients, you can turn your meal into a DIY bowl where everyone can choose what they want to eat. Perfect and fun! Finally, this is the perfect option if you are on a cooking rut: this will keep you statisfied until you find something even more exciting! Let me know what your favourite fancy bowl is! Cheers!

Vegan Burgers \\ Burgers Végan!

I seriously don’t know why I haven’t tried to make my own burgers before! This is super easy and extra flavourful. When we moved, I rediscovered my marmite jar which I hadn’t used for a while and thought it might add some savoury notes. Well, it worked! The mushrooms make the burgers juicy and a bit chewy. Overall, we loved these and I’ll definitively make more of these!

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 pieces of toasted bread
  • 4 king oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tsp marmite (if you don’t have this, you can use soy sauce)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of black-eyed peas (about 3 cups), rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbs applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt, chili flakes, and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Toast your bread on both sides and let it sit while you prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Cut the mushrooms in small cubes. Place them in a large pan with some of the water (about 1/8 cup or 2 tbs), garlic and marmite. Stir around until the marmite is dissolved and let cook on medium heat until all the water has evaporated. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Break the bread into pieces and use your food processor to transform it in fine crumbs. Set aside.
  4. In your large mixing bowl, add the black eyed peas, nutritional yeast, applesauce, paprika powder and some salt, chili flakes and pepper to your taste. Mix well.
  5. Take half of the mixture and process it in your food processor with the rest of the water (about 2 tbs) until it is smooth. Place back into the mixing bowl and add the flax seeds and bread crumbs. Mix until you have a nice dough like consistency. You should be able to form patties that will hold.
  6. Cook in a sauce pan with a little bit of oil on medium heat. Cover for 5 minutes, switch over and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve on your favourite bread! Enjoy!

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These are glorious! They are even better with some spicy toppings. I served them with a spicy cilantro sauce (process some cilantro with some chili flakes and balsamic vinegar), tomatoes, hummus, and mustard. They were amazing! Mixing only half of the mixture really keeps some texture and chewiness and makes the burgers fun to eat. I guess you could process everything if you prefer a smoother burger. My boyfriend had seconds, but I was full after one. I wonder how they would do on a BBQ. I’ll have to try that next! Let me know if you make these!

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Il est encore temps de faire des burgers à manger dehors! Pour ces délicieux burgers végan, vous aurez besoin de:

  • 2 tranches de pain
  • 4 champignons “pleurote géante”
  • 1 c.à c. de marmite (ou de sauce soja)
  • 1-2 gousse d’ail, émincé
  • 1 conserve de haricots à oeil noir, rincés et égoutés
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de lin en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de levure alimentaire
  • 1 c. à soupe de compote de pomme
  • 1/2 c. à café de poudre de paprika
  • 1/4 tasse d’eau
  • sel, flocons de piment et poivre au goût
  1. Faire griller le pain des deux côtés et laisser durcir pendant que vous préparez les champignons.
  2. Couper les champignons en petits cubes. Les faire revenir dans une grande poêle avec un peu d’eau (1/8 tasse ou 2 c. à soupe), l’ail et la sauce marmite. Bien mélanger jusqu’à ce que la sauce marmite soit dissoute. Laisser cuire à feu moyen jusqu’à ce que toute l’eau soit évaporées. Placer dans un grand bol.
  3. Couper les tranches de pains grossièrement et pulvériser dans un robot culinaire jusqu’à l’obtention d’une chapelure fine. Réserver.
  4. Dans votre grand bol, ajouter les haricots, la levure alimentaire, la compote de pomme, le paprika et assaisonner avec le sel, flocons de chili et poivre. Bien mélanger.
  5. Prendre la moitié de la mixture et la passer au robot culinaire avec un peu d’eau (1/8 tasse ou 2 c. à soupe) jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pate homogène. Retourner au bol à mélanger et ajouter les graines de lin et la chapelure. Bien mélanger jusqu’à ce que le tout soit uniforme. Vous devriez être capable de former vos boulettes.
  6. Faire cuire sur une poêle avec un peu d’huile à feu moyen avec un couvercle pour 5 minutes. Retourner et laisser cuire encore 5 minutes. Servir sur votre pain préféré et régalez-vous!

C’est burgers sont vraiment savoureux et si simple à préparer! Ils sont encore meilleurs avec une sauce épicée. Miam! J’espère qu’ils vous plairont autant qu’à nous!

Spicy Eggplant with Creamy Rice \\ Aubergine épicée et riz crémeux

With September coming up, I’ve started meal planning more seriously again. I love meal planning because it makes grocery shopping super simple and quick, I get to use my cookbooks and discover new recipes, and there is no food wasted. It also makes it really easy in the evening because I try to cook ahead and have enough for lunches as well. This gives me more time at night which is always great!

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Last night we got to eat some spicy eggplant in a ratatouille type dish with deliciously creamy rice. This was so good! It’s spicy, creamy, sweet and so flavourful. It also packs great as a lunch. It takes about 5 minutes to put together and 20 minutes to cook, which is perfect if you want to prepare it in the evening, but it also keeps very well in the fridge if you prepare your food ahead. Great!

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Here is what you need:

For the eggplant:

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 can of chickpeas (or any other legume), drained and rinsed
  • 690mL strained tomatoes (about 3 cups; you can also use tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs peanut butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
  • salt and pepper to your taste

For the rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs tamari or soy sauce

Here is what you do:

  1. In a pot, place all the rice ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the rice is fully cooked. Make sure there’s always some water in to avoid the rice from sticking and burning. You can also cook this in your rice cooker.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the eggplant into bite-sized pieces and place in a large saucepan. Add all the other ingredients except for the peanut butter and stir well. Place on medium heat and cover until in it starts to bubble. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the eggplant is cooked. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter.
  3. Serve the eggplant over the rice and garnish with some sesame seeds or green onions if you like. Enjoy!

This is seriously filling and so great as a lunch! I love how easy it is to prepare while still being extra flavourful and delicious. Let me know if you try it out!

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Pour préparer ce plat d’aubergines épicées et ce magnifiquement délicieux riz crémeux, vous aurez besoin de:

Pour le riz:

  • 2 tasses de riz
  • 4 tasses d’eau
  • 1 c.à soupe de tahini
  • 1 c. à soupe de tamari ou sauce soja

Pour les aubergines:

  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 boîte de conserve de pois chiches (ou d’autres légumineuses)
  • 690mL coulis de tomates (environs 3 tasses; peut être remplacé par de la sauce tomate)
  • 1/2 c. à café de flocons de piment ou de poudre de piment
  • 2 c. à café de poudre de paprika
  • 2 c. à café de graines de cumin
  • 2 c. à café de tamari ou sauce soja
  • 1 gousse d’ail, finement hachée
  • 2 c. à table de beurre d’arachides (ou d’un autre beurre de noix ou de graines)
  • sel et poivre à votre goût
  1. Dans une casserole, mélanger les ingrédients pour le riz et porter à ébullition à feu moyen. Reduire à feu doux et laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit complètement absorbée. Assurez-vous de garder un oeil sur le riz pour éviter que l’eau s’évaporer trop rapidement et que le riz brûle ou colle. Vous pouvez également utiliser un rice-cooker.
  2. En attendant que le riz cuise, découper l’aubergine en dé et placer dans une grande poêle. Ajouter tous les autres ingrédients sauf le beurre d’arachides. Bien mélanger et placer sur feu moyen. Lorsque le mélange commence à faire des bulles, réduire à feu doux et laisser bouillonner jusqu’à ce que l’aubergine soit cuite. Retirer du feu et incorporer le beurre d’arachides.
  3. Servir les aubergines sur le riz et garnir de graines de sésame ou d’oignons verts. Régalez-vous!

Ce plat est parfait pour les soirées pressées car il prend 20 minutes à préparer et est parfait pour un lunch le lendemain. Miam!

Sweet Corn and Basil Salad

Corn is finally in season over here, and I just can’t get enough! Near our new place, there’s this little health food store that takes orders on Facebook, and I just think this is the best system ever. They let you know when produce, like corn, will be in and you can let them know what quantity you’ll buy. It’s just perfect: you get to enjoy the freshest produce, and they don’t order too much. Anyways, all that to say that today I got to pick up my 12 corn ears! They are so delicious, I actually hate one raw: super fresh and extra sweet! While I was at the shop, I also grabbed a bag of arugula and basil. Perfect for a summery salad!

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Here is what you need:

  • 4-6 fresh corn ears
  • 4 cups of arugula
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 4 tomatoes or 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • salt, hot sauce and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Peel your corn ears and lightly brush them with some of the sesame oil. Place on a lined cooking sheet and sprinkle them with some salt. Place in your oven set to broil for 10 minutes, turn them over and let them sit for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. If your barbeque is out, you should grill your corn!
  2. Roughly chop the tomatoes and the basil. On your lined cookie sheet, place the tomatoes and half of the basil. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper and place in your oven set on broil for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. In your salad bowl, mix the remaining sesame oil, vinegar, and soy sauce. Add hot sauce or salt and pepper to your taste. Toss in the arugula, the rest of the basil and the tomatoes.
  4. Cut the corn from the cobs and add to the salad. Give a quick stir and enjoy!

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This is such a nice side dish to any barbeque you might be attending, or to accompany veggie burgers or anything really. It’s sweet, fresh and full of summer. Let me know if you try this out!


Pour cette jolie salade de fin d’été (et oui, déjà!), vous aurez besoin de:

  • 4-6 épis de maïs
  • 4 tasses de roquette
  • 1 tasse de basilic frais
  • 4 tomates ou 2 tasses de tomates cerises
  • 2 c. à table d’huile de sésame
  • 1 c. à table de vinaigre balsamique
  • 1 c. à café de sauce soja
  • sel, poivre et sauce piquante selon votre goût
  1. Enlever les peaux des épis de maïs et les placer sur une plaque allant au four recouverte de papier d’aluminium ou de papier sulfurisé. Huiler légèrement les épis avec un peu d’huile de sésame et saupoudrer quelques pincées de sel. Place au four sur le mode ‘grill’ pour 10 minutes, retourner les épis et laisser cuire encore 10 minutes. Sortir du four et laisser refroidir. Si vous avez un barbeque, c’est l’occasion parfaite de s’en servir! Lorsque les épis sont manipulables, couper les grains de maïs et réserver.
  2. Couper les tomates en morceaux et hacher le basilic. Placer les tomates sur votre plaque et ajouter la moitié du basilic. Ajouter un peu de sel et de poivre, bien mélanger et enfourner pour 10 minutes encore sur ‘grill’. Retirer du four et réserver.
  3. Dans un grand saladier, mélanger le reste d’huile, le vinaidre et la sauce soja. Vous pouvez ajouter du sel, de la sauce piquante ou du poivre selon votre goût. Ajouter la roquette, le reste de basilic, le maïs et les tomates. Bien mélanger et déguster!

Simple Pasta with Smoked Tofu, Perfect Lunch!

We usually bring lunches to work, and I know it can seem daunting to prepare extra food for the next day. To avoid this, I usually make sure I cook two extra portions that we can enjoy the next day. This recipe is perfect for this. It’s so simple and easy to make, it’s perfect for busy weeknights or lazy Monday nights. Plus you can cook this ahead of time and have lunches ready to go!

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 cups dried pasta (I used gluten-free penne)
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • 2 laurel leaves
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 block smoked tofu (300g) ( If you can’t find smoked tofu in your area, you can marinate regular firm tofu with 1 tbs of tamari sauce and 1 tsp of liquid smoke overnight.)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes, to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Place 8 cups of water (or enough to cook your pasta) in a large stock pot. Add the laurel leaves, peppercorn and a few pinches of salt. Bring to a boil and cook the pasta according to direction.
  2. While the water is warming up, dice the zucchini and tofu is small cubes. Chop the green onions finely. In a saucepan, add the coconut oil and warm up on medium heat. Stir fry the zucchini, half the green onions, and tofu until golden.
  3. Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves.
  4. Once the noodles are cooked, drain and return them to their pot. Add the zucchini, tofu, green onions and tomatoes. Season and stir well. Enjoy!

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I love this! It’s so fresh and simple. Perfect for busy days and great for lunch, this will keep you fueled up and satisfied. Let me know if you try it out!

Tamari-Glazed Mushrooms and Quinoa, Perfect Lunch!

I present you another simple lunch recipe! I love making this because it takes minutes to prepare, I can make multiple portions ahead, and have lunches ready during the week. You can of course add in beans or extra vegetables, but it’s pretty good as it is. It’s super filling and so yummy!

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Here is what you need:

  • 8-10 oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbs tamari
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • 2 green onion stalks
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Rinse the quinoa under running water. Place it in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and let simmer until all the water has been absorbed. Stir in 1 tsp coconut oil and add some salt and pepper if you like. Set aside.
  2. Cut the mushrooms length wise. Heat up 1 tsp of coconut oil in a saucepan and add the mushrooms. Stir until they are golden. Add in the tamari sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic and half the green onion. Give a quick stir until the tamari sauce is well absorbed. Remove from the heat.
  3. Place some quinoa in your plate and add some mushrooms on top. Garnish with the remaining green onions and enjoy!

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This is clearly a very simple recipe, but it’s so delicious! It’s packed with delicious flavours and incredible textures. It makes the perfect lunch because you can eat it both cold or warmed up. The quinoa will keep you full for a while, so you’ll be able to run around all day. Finally, this is something you can prepare ahead of time to have ready to go when you need a flavorful and nutritious lunch. Let me know if you try it out!

Buckwheat Stuffed Zucchinis

A few months ago I went to a bulk store where I bought a giant bag of buckwheat groats. I love the idea of adding more whole grains to my kitchen, but this bag of grains got lost in my pantry. When I found it again this morning, I decided to give it a go. I also had pretty little ball zucchinis waiting to be cooked, so I combined both and made stuffed zucchinis.

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I started by cooking the buckwheat groat to have a better idea of their taste. I was really surprised! These grains have a subtle bread-like taste that is very mild, but still unique. These are also great because they cook so quickly! They would be a perfect alternative for rice as a side dish too.

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Combined with the fresh summery flavours of tomatoes and basil, these stuffed zucchinis were delicious!

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Here is what you need:

For the stuffed zucchinis:

  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 8 king oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 3 stalks green onions
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 ball zucchinis

For the sauce:

  • the flesh of the zucchinis
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 laurel leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you need:

  1. In a sauce pan, combine the buckwheat groats with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer until all the water is absorbed. This should take less than 10 minutes. Set aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the mushrooms in tiny pieces. In your sauce pan, add the oil and the mushrooms and let cook on medium-high heat. Add the tomato paste along with 1/2 cup and mix well. Once all the water has evaporated, add the mushrooms to the buckwheat.
  3. Mince the garlic cloves and green onions and add to the mix.
  4. Add the chickpeas, pepitas and basil leaves and mix until everything is well combined. Taste and add salt and pepper accordingly. Set aside.
  5. Cut the caps off your zucchinis and hollow them out using a spoon. Make sure your zucchinis are still about 5-7mm thick all around. Set aside.
  6. Fill the zucchinis with the buckwheat filling and close with their caps. Place on a lined cookie sheet. Cook for 45 minutes at 350F.
  7. Dice the 3 tomatoes and place them in your sauce pan. Add the zucchini flesh and the laurel leaves, rosemary leaves and red pepper flakes. Place on medium heat and mix.
  8. Once the tomatoes are completely mushed, remove from the heat. Add the basil leaves, salt and pepper. Using your wand mixer, process the sauce until smooth. Set aside.
  9. To serve, place some sauce at the bottom of your plate, add a zucchini and garnish with some green onions and basil leaves. Enjoy!

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These are so cute! They were delicious: the sauce added just enough moisture to the dish, while the buckwheat made it super filling and delicious. The contrasting textures of the mushrooms and pepitas also made every bite exciting. But, really, how cute are they? Let me know if you try this out!

Zucchini Raviolis, perfect for the BBQ!

Zucchini are so good right now and super cheap too! That’s why I went a little overboard at the farmers’ market and bought a ton. I thought I would try making something summery that would be perfect grilled on a BBQ. Now, I don’t have a BBQ, but I think this would make the perfect addition to your vegan grill.

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These little raviolis are super cute, and you can customize them to your liking by changing the filling. I used some fresh basil for an extra summery touch, but I think sun-dried tomatoes would also be a great option.

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Here is what you need (for 14 raviolis):

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 cup firm tofu, drained and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, separated in two.
  • 2 tbs ketchup or tomato paste
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

For garnish:

  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • Red pepper flakes

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, place all the ingredients except the zucchinis and half of the basil leaves, and process until you have a firm, slightly sticky dough. Set aside.
  2. With your potato peeler, make long ribbons with the zucchini.
  3. Take two zucchini ribbons and place them in a plus sign (+). Place one or two leaves of basil in the center with one tablespoon of the tofu filling. Pat to even down and close the zucchini flaps over the filling. Flip over so that the closing of your ravioli is on the underside. Place the ravioli on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Once all your raviolis are done, add one slice of tomato on each one. Place in your oven set to broil for 10 minutes, or grill on your BBQ. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes and fresh basil leaves before serving and enjoy!

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This is really good! The zucchini slices are barely cooked and therefore keep their nice crunch without being soggy. The filling is full of basil flavour and has a very meaty texture to it. The sunflower seeds also give it a nice crunch. Finally, the tomato slice balances out the lightness of the filling and adds a lot of flavour. I love how these look like little parcels of goodness! Let me know if you try this out!