Two Quick Stir Fry Dinners \\\ Deux Dîner Sautés et Rapides

These two recipes share a lot of ingredients and are super simple to prepare. They are current favourites, and I just love that I can easily make enough for dinner and for lunches. They are delicious, cheap and full of protein to give you energy and make you feel full. I served these with rice, pasta, and even rice cakes, and all three options were great!

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Here is what you need for the carrot option:

  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cup shimeji mushrooms
  • 2 cups of shelled edamame beans
  • 1 block of firm tofu (about 250g, 2 cups)
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes  to taste
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • sesame seeds to garnish

Here is what you need for the zucchini option:

  • 1 onion
  • 3 zucchini squashes
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbs wakame flakes
  • 2 cups of shelled edamame beans
  • 1 block of firm tofu (about 250g, 2 cups)
  • 4 cups of chopped kale
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes  to taste
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • sesame seeds to garnish

Here is what you do:

  1. Spiralize or cut the carrots or zucchini in julienne strips. Set aside.
  2. Chop the onion in small pieces. Add it to a large pan with a few tablespoons of water. Set the heat on medium and stir until the onion is translucent.
  3. Slice the mushrooms and add them to the pan. Stir until they have lost most of their water.
  4. Add the carrots or the zucchini and stir until they start to get soft.
  5. Add in the edamame beans, the tofu, the wakame flakes (for the zucchini option), salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and maple syrup. Mix everything well and let simmer on medium heat until all the vegetables are soft.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the kale. Serve hot and enjoy!

This is so good! The maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness which is quite nice. Balance it out with some red pepper flakes, and it’s amazing! I love the texture of the vegetable noodles: the carrots stay a bit crunchy and the zucchini is pasta-like. Delicious! Let me know if you try it out!


Ces deux recettes partagent plusieurs ingrédients et sont supers faciles à préparer. Ce sont mes recettes fétiches du moment, et j’adore que je peux facilement les préparer pour dîner et pour les lunchs du lendemain. Ces deux sautés sont délicieux et pleins de protéines pour vous donner tout plein d’énergie. Je les ai servis avec du riz, des pâtes et même des galettes de riz, et ces trois options sont délicieuses!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour l’option aux carottes:

  • 1 oignon
  • 4 carottes
  • 1 tasse de champignons shimeji
  • 2 tasses de fèves edamame décortiquées
  • 1 bloc the tofu ferme (environs 250g, 2 tasses)
  • 4 tasses de kale haché
  • sel, poivre, au goût
  • flocons de piment, au goût
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • Graines de sésame pour garnir

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour l’option aux courgettes:

  • 1 oignon
  • 3 courgettes
  • 4 champignons shiitake
  • 2 tasses de fèves edamame décortiquées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de wakame
  • 1 bloc the tofu ferme (environs 250g, 2 tasses)
  • 4 tasses de kale haché
  • sel, poivre, au goût
  • flocons de piment, au goût
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Spiralizer ou couper les carottes ou les courgettes en julienne. Réserver.
  2. Couper l’oignon en petit morceaux. Utiliser une grande poêle et faire revenir l’oignon avec quelques cuillères d’eau. Régler à feu doux. Faire revenir jusqu’à ce que l’oignon soit translucide.
  3. Couper les champignons en fines tranches et les ajouter à la poêle. Bien mélanger jusqu’à ce qu’ils aient perdu presque toute leur eau.
  4. Ajouter les carottes ou les courgettes et faire revenir le tout jusqu’à ce que les légumes commencent à s’attendrir.
  5. Ajouter les fèves edamame, le tofu, les flocons de wakame (pour l’option courgette), le sel, le poivre, les flocons de piment et le sirop d’érable. Mélanger le tout et laisser mijoter jusqu’à ce que les légumes soient cuits.
  6. Retirer du feu et ajouter le kale. Bien mélanger, servir chaud et savourer!

Simple Kale and Sweet Potato Salad \\\ Salade de Kale et de Patate Douce Facile

(version française plus bas!)

Since the beginning of January, I have been craving kale like if it was chocolate. That’s very good I think! Well, better than chocolate anyway… This is a really fun kale salad: it is colorful, simple to prepare, delicious and makes for a complete meal. I prepared this many times for my lunches-on-the-go, and it is great.

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Here is what you need per person:

  • 2 cups of kale, washed and shredded into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 sweet potato, baked and diced
  • 1 cup of shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tofu burger, diced
  • 1 tsp tahini paste
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • sesame seeds to garnish
  • salt and pepper to your taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the lemon juice and the tahini paste together until it is well combined. If the mixture is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water.
  2. Place your kale in a large bowl and mix in the dressing. Massage the dressing in the kale to help it be more tender. Add the other ingredients and mix everything. Enjoy!

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Simple right? It’s so delicious! The dressing really brings the kale to another level by adding just the right amount of creaminess. As it is full of greens and protein, this salad really keeps me full for a long time. Plus, it’s super colorful and fun. You can also prepare all the ingredients in advance and just put everything together when you need something amazing to eat. Let me know if you try it out!


Depuis le début du mois de Janvier, mes envies de chocolat ont été remplacées par des envies de kale. Plutôt chouette, non? … et étrange aussi! Cette petite salade de kale est délicieuse, pleine de couleurs, facile à préparer, et parfaite à emporter en lunch. Miam!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin par personne:

  • 2 tasses de kale, lavé et déchiré en petits morceaux
  • 1/2 patate douce, cuite et coupée en dé
  • 1 tasse de choux rouge rapé
  • 1 burger de tofu, coupé en dé
  • 1 c. à thé de tahini
  • le jus 1/4 de citron
  • graines de sésame pour garnir
  • sel et poivre à votre goût

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le jus de citron et le tahini pour obtenir une sauce. Si le mélange est trop épais, vous pouvez ajouter quelques cuillères à thé d’eau pour le rendre plus fluide.
  2. Placer le kale dans un grand bol et y ajouter la sauce. Masser le tout pour rendre le kale bien tendre. Ajouter le reste des ingrédients et bien mélanger. Savourez!

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C’est super simple, non? La sauce apporte un délicieux côté crémeux à cette jolie salade colorée. Puisqu’elle contient plein de kale et de protéines, cette salade me donne de l’énergie pour un long moment. J’adore aussi le coté sucré que la patate douce apporte. Finalement, tous les ingrédients peuvent être préparés à l’avance et gardés au frigo pour une salade prête à assembler. Dites-moi si vous l’essayer!

Zucchini lasagna with cashew cream

Yesterday at the market, I found some beautiful zucchinis that I really wanted to cook today. I decided to try out making zucchini lasagna: you use thin zucchini slices instead of pasta. Sounds good, right?

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This is a fun recipe because you can really decide on what you want to add as your layers. I went for a more traditional tomato sauce with a lot of fresh thyme and some cashew cream to give it a ricotta cheese feel. It was really good! The only thing I would say it to keep in mind that your zucchinis will give out a lot of water as they cook: make sure the different dressings you are adding are not too liquid or you will end up with a lot of extra sauce!

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Here is what you need:

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbs miso paste
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes

For the cashew cream:

  • 2 cups raw cashew nuts
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Additional ingredients:

  • 3 medium-size zucchini squashes
  • 4 cups of shredded kale
  • 2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Here is what you do:

For the tomato sauce:

  1. Thinly mince the garlic cloves and dice the tomatoes. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil on medium heat, and add the garlic. Let cook until golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, miso paste, thyme leaves and tamari sauce. Mix until everything is dissolved and well combined.
  4. Let simmer until the tomatoes are completely mushed and the sauce thickens up.
  5. Season to your taste.
  6. Set aside.

For the cashew cream:

  1. Place all the ingredients in your food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Set aside.

For the noodles:

  1. Using your potato peeler, peel long strips of zucchini and set aside. I find it helps to keep the stem of the zucchini and use it as a handle. When you get to the middle of your squash, just flip and start over on the other side.

To assemble:

  1. Place some zucchini noodles on the bottom of your lasagna dish (or pie plate if you don’t have one like me…) in an even layer.
  2. Place an even layer of kale on top.
  3. Place a layer of cashew cream.
  4. Place a layer of tomato sauce.
  5. Sprinkle some walnuts and some thyme leaves.
  6. Repeat until you reach the top of your dish and end with a layer of cashew cream. Sprinkle some thyme leaves and red pepper flakes.
  7. Place the lasagna dish on a cookie sheet, and put in the oven set at 350F for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the lasagna cool in it until you are ready to serve. Enjoy!

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This was amazing! I served each lasagna piece on a bed of fresh lettuce to add some green to the mix and it was great! The zucchini is tender but not mushy, while the cashew cream is a dream: rich and, well, creamy, it really feels like ricotta cheese. The thyme adds a touch of freshness to the mix, while the walnuts add a nice bite to the dish. This is a great alternative if you want a gluten-free lasagna. It can also be customized to your own liking in a breeze! Let me know if you try it out!

Simple Pasta Salad

This is the perfect recipe if you want something simple and delicious for dinner, and for the next day. It’s perfect when just cooked, but it makes for a perfect lunch or picnic addition. You probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen, so it’s perfect if you don’t know what to cook and are in a rush. It only takes minutes to put together, and it’s delicious!

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 cups pasta, I used gluten-free fusillis
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs tamari sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • a few pinches of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes

Here is what you do:

  1. Set the pasta to cook according to instructions.
  2. Wash and dry the zucchini and carrots. Peel the carrots skin if you like. With your potato peeler, peel up the carrots and zucchini into ribbons. Place in a large salad bowl.
  3. Wash and remove the stems for the kale. Bunch up the leaves and finely chop so that you have thin ribbons of kale leaves. Add to the vegetables. Pour the lemon juice over and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Once the pasta are cooked, drain and add to the vegetables.
  5. Add the sesame oil, nutritional yeast, ketchup, tamari sauce and pepper. Mix well until everything is coated in the sauce and well combined. Enjoy!

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This is a great dish! I really like how the vegetables are barely cooked: the heat from the pasta will warm them up, but you still get all those great raw nutrients. It also makes for amazing textures. This is seriously delicious! Let me know if you try it out!

Pistou Soup

This is my version of my mom’s pistou soup. Pistou is the Provencal version of pesto: basil, garlic and olive oil! Pure green-gold in a spoon! For this version, however, I’ll be using my kale-parsley pesto because it is less expensive and also helps me use up all the kale that seems to appear magically in my fridge.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch of green onions, minced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 zucchinis, cubed
  • 5 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups green lentils
  • 2 tbs of fresh thyme (about 6-7 stalks)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • optional ingredients: 3 carrots (chopped), 2 stems of celery (chopped), 1 leek (minced), 1 cup walnuts

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large soup pot, saute the onion and garlic with a few tablespoons of water until fragrant.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients but keep the pesto last. Put on high heat.
  3. Cover with water, and add to more cups of water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer until the lentils are done.
  4. Remove from heat and add pesto. Give a quick stir.
  5. Serve hot with some warm bread.

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Using lentils also makes it super fast to prepare because there is no soaking required.This makes for a great lunch. It is super filling and comforting, while not being heavy. The flavours all work so well together, and the kale-parsley pesto is a great alternative to basil pistou.

Let me know if you give this a try!

 

Kale-Parsley Pesto

I love pesto. If I could, I would eat basil pesto every day: the flavour is so fresh! However, until summer gets here and we get to grow it, basil is too much for our budget (especially if had every day). So, I turn to the next best thing: parsley! This pesto is super green, very delicious, and adds a ton of fresh flavours to salads, soups, toasts and, of course, pasta. It’s also oil-free and a breeze to make!

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Here is what you need:

  • a bunch of flat-leaf parsley (about 2 cups)
  • 1 bunch of kale leaves, stems removed (about 4 cups)
  • 1 peeled orange
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional ingredients (pick a few!): 3 tbs pine nuts, 2 cloves of garlic, 3 tbs walnuts

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix everything up in your food processor or blender.
  2. Keep in an air-tight container in the fridge.

The orange balances out the bitterness kale can bring while also keeping the pesto green. It’s also is more subtle than lemon and really lets the parsley’s flavour come through. This recipe is also a great way to use up some left over kale. Perfect! Let me know if you try this out!

 

Christmas series: Appetizer kale chips

Another appetizer recipe!

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These are very easy to make, tasty and ready to be customized. If your guests are a little bit reluctant to try these kale chips as an appetizer, why not guide them into discovery by using them as garnish? (It’s less work for you too!)

This is a very simple, mild, yet rich seasoning for our lovely kale. Once done, they have a lovely crunch, and a seaweed reminiscent taste. In fact, I would use those in a miso soup instead on the nori sheet anytime.

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If you are planning on using them as chips, use about a bunch (7 to 9 stalks) of kale per person. Kale shrinks a lot when it is dehydrated so keep this in mind when cutting it into bite size pieces.

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Here is what you need per person:

  • a bunch of kale, washed and dried (the less water on the leaves, the less time it will take to make)
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper to taste ( I used Herbamare salt)
  • spices to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. With clean fingers, separate the kale leaves from the stems and cut each leave into bite size portions. I usually make 2 pieces out of each side of the leave, so around 4 or 5 chips per stalk. This might seem big, but they will shrink a lot. Discard the stems (you can keep them for your smoothies or veggie stock!).
  2. Place all your leaves into a big salad bowl and pour on the oils and seasonings.
  3. Massage gently until the leaves are tender and well coated with the seasonings.
  4. Place the leaves on a lined cookie sheet or on your dehydrator tray being careful that they don’t touch each other.
  5. Place in your oven set on the lowest temperature, or in your dehydrator at 52C or 125F.
  6. The chips are ready when crispy. In my dehydrator this takes about 2 hours. If you are using your oven, I would suggest checking the chips every 15 minutes until they are done. You can also leave the oven door slightly open to help air circulation.

As you can see, there is nothing complicated in making kale chips, so please don’t buy a 6$ bag of them when they could cost you a fraction of this!

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The thing I love most about these is that you can keep the recipe simple like this one, or make it fancy and exotic by adding different spices or herbs: mix in coriander leaves and lime juice for a refreshing flavour, curry powder and sriracha for a little kick or avocado dressing for a creamier feel. The possibilities are endless!

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And if you are looking for a dehydrator, I bought an Excalibur a few years ago, and it’s perfect! If you are in Canada, you can check out Upaya Naturals: that’s where I got mine, and the shipping was super quick. Let me know if you try these out and what flavours you have captured!

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