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!

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!

Creamiest Curry Pasta Sauce

Cauliflowers are in season! This means they are super cheap right now and so delicious! I really wanted to make a creamy curry sauce for a while now, but I have been waiting for cauliflower to get super fresh. Now is the time. This sauce is the creamiest I have made so far, while still being light and guilt-free. I really enjoyed adding some Indian spices: it made the dish stand out and more exciting!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cauliflower head, chopped
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 1 can (about 2 cups) coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve: pasta of your choice (I used gluten-free fusillis)

Here is what you do:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, heat the coconut oil on medium heat. Add the spices and give a quick stir. Add the onion and stir until it is transluscent.
  2. Add the coconut milk and almond milk. Stir.
  3. Add the cauliflower and bring to a boil. Let simmer until the cauliflower is very tender. Remove from the heat.
  4. With a wand mixer, process until smooth. Taste and season to your liking.
  5. Pour on your pasta and mix well. Enjoy!

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What I love about this pasta sauce is that it is extremely creamy and rich without being super heavy and full of fat. It has the most satisfying texture: smooth, thick and yummy! The coconut milk and the spices add a touch of happiness to the whole thing and really bring this to the next level. This is clearly the ultimate comfort food recipe, guilt-free! Let me know if you try it out!

Simple sweet potato gnocchi and lazy rosé sauce

Yesterday I realized that we had some beautiful potatoes that were starting to sprout in your pantry. It was time I took action and transform these beauties in something good! I wanted to try out something new, and so I went for gnocchi. I don’t have any experience in eating or making gnocchi but, after watching a few videos online, I eyeballed a recipe and it worked really well! My boyfriend said they were really good and very ‘gnocchi’ like. Success!

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Be warned, this recipe takes a while to prepare as you have to cook everything twice. However, the result is a filling, soft, chewy and satisfying meal. We devoured these little beauties at night after we went for a run, and they were perfect! I recommend preparing a light sauce as they can become quite heavy. My lazy rosé sauce was really good and fast to prepare.

Here is what you need:

  • 400g potatoes: 200g sweet potatoes and 200g white potatoes
  • 100g corn starch
  • 100g rice flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • only if needed: 2 tbs almond milk.
  • extra flour to work with

Here is what you do:

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water. You can cook them whole with their skins, or peel and cut them first. Drain well.
  2. Mash the potatoes with a fork, add the salt and the flour little by little. Mix with your hands until you have a nice supple dough. If your dough is not coming together because it is too crumbly,  you can add a few tablespoons of almond milk little by little. This can help if your potatoes are not starchy enough.
  3. Divide in small dough balls, and form long tubes of about 1cm of diameter by rolling your dough with your fingers on your counter. Don’t forget to sprinkle your work surface with some flour to avoid sticking.
  4. Cut in bite sized pieces. Press each gnocchi on a fork to add the typical gnocchi pattern. This is optional, but it’s fun and will help your gnocchi cook faster.
  5. Boil some water and add a few gnocchi at a time. Let cook until they come to the surface of the water. It is important to keep the water boiling.
  6. Eat with pesto, tomato sauce or with your favourite pasta topping. I served mine with some oyster mushrooms and a rosé sauce.

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For the lazy rosé sauce: in a sauce pan, combine 1 cup of almond milk with 2 tbs ketchup or tomato paste, 2 tbs almond powder and season to your taste. Bring to a boil and mix until it thickens. That’s it!

The contrast between the soft gnocchi and the crunchy mushrooms was really nice. The sauce brought a nice savoriness to everything and combined all the flavours. Definitively a recipe to try out when you have time and feel like having a special pasta dish. Let me know if you give this a try!

Basil One Pot Pasta

It’s been very warm in Montreal these last few days, and so we have been eating salads after salads. Tonight though, I wanted something else. I thought I would try out the one-pot pasta that has been everywhere. This was perfect: one pot, delicious flavours and only one skill required: dumping. That’s my kind of Monday night cooking!

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion, washed and peeled
  • 8 carrots, washed and peeled
  • 3 small zucchinis
  • 8 carrots
  • 15 button mushrooms (white or coffee)
  • 4 stems of fresh basil
  • 1 cup coral lentils
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • spaghetti (I used 1/2 a pack of gluten-free spaghetti)
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Peel the garlic and mince finely. Place in a large stockpot.
  2. Finely chop the onion and add to the pot.
  3. Shred the zucchinis, mushrooms, and carrots. Add to the pot.
  4. Finely chop the basil and add half of it to the pot. Keep the rest for garnish.
  5. Add the lentils, hemp seeds, spaghetti, chili pepper flakes and 8 cups of water.
  6. Put on the stove on high heat until fully boiling. Lower to medium heat and let simmer until the pastas are cooked. Taste and season to your taste. Most of the water should be absorbed, and you should be left with a rich and creamy sauce.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil and serve hot.

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This is really simple, packed with yummy vegetables, and so satisfying. The great thing is that you will only have one pot to wash. You’ll probably have enough for lunch as well: even less work! Yup! I’m completely converted to one pot pasta. Seriously, it’s the best way to prepare pasta… or at least for lazy Mondays!

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!

 

Easy Jicama Pasta

I really like jicama! It is great raw in salads: crunchy and fresh, it really adds a lot of texture to any salad. Guess what? It’s also great cooked!

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Paired up with asparagus and pasta, it creates a very easy and fresh recipe for spring, while still being filling and deliciously flavourful! Cooked jicama has a really nice peppery taste that greatly complements pastas.

Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 jicama, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 asparagus bunch, sliced bite size
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Cooked pasta to serve

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large sauce pan, sauté the tomato until some juice comes out. Add the onion and garlic. Stir until fragrant.
  2. Add the asparagus and stir around until tender. Add the jicama and mix well.
  3. Add the spices and season to your taste. Add the pasta and give it a quick stir.

This is very simple, but so flavourful!

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The asparagus adds a lot of flavour, but the jicama really brings it to another level and is perfect with the herbs.

Let me know if you try this out!