Canning Tomatoes \\ Conserve de tomates

I had to spend last week away from home, and when I came back, I had a dozen tomatoes on my counter just on the verge of going bad. Well, when life gives you tomatoes, make canned tomatoes! This is a great tip if you have extra tomatoes lying around that you don’t want to waste but also a fun way to make your own canned tomato sauce that you can use over the colder months. It’s super simple, I feel kind of a cheat sharing this with you. But, not enough to stop me!

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Here is what you need:

  • 12 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 hot peppers with or without the seeds depending on your taste, chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbs dried basil
  • 1 tbs dried garlic
  • 2 tbs salt
  • pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and place them with the rest of the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to medium heat and let simmer until the tomatoes are completely liquid. If you like, you can process the sauce with your wand mixer to have a very smooth sauce or keep it as is. Place your sauce in clean jars and keep in the fridge. Enjoy!

Yup, another one step recipe! Super fast, super delicious, this sauce can easily double up as a tomato soup if you add some thyme and serve it with some warm toast. Yum! Let me know what you do with your extra tomatoes!


La semaine dernière, je n’étais pas à la maison et lorsque je suis revenue, j’avais 12 belles tomates qui commençaient à avoir l’air franchement tristes. J’en ai donc fait de la sauce tomate! C’est si simple, c’est presque douteux de partager cette “recette”, mais c’est vraiment un bon truc pour éviter le gaspillage!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 12 belles tomates
  • 2 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 2 oignons, tranchés finement
  • 2 piments forts avec ou sans les pépins, tranchés finement
  • 2 feuilled de laurier
  • 2 c. à soupe de basilic séché
  • 2 c. à soupe de sel
  • 1 c. à soupe d’ail en poudre
  • poivre au goût
  1. Couper les tomates en quatre et les placer avec le reste des ingrédients dans un grand chaudron. Bien mélanger et porter à ébullition. Réduire à feu doux et laisser mijoter jusqu’à ce que les tomates soient défaites. Passer votre sauce au mélangeur à immersion si vous souhaitez un résultat onctueux. Sinon, placer votre sauce dans des bocaux et conserver-la au frigo. Savourez!

Si simple, si délicieuse, cette sauce tomate peut aussi être utilisée comme soupe de tomate si on y rajoute un peu de thym et qu’on la sert avec du bon pain grillé. Miam! Et vous, que faites-vous de vos tomates trop mûres?

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!

Incredible sauce for fancy vegan bowls \\ Sauce Incroyable!

This is our favourite sauce in the entire world! Well, at the moment at least! It’s perfect for dipping veggies or assembling your favourite ingredients into a fancy bowl. It’s sweet, savoury, nutty and just delicious! Plus, it super simple to prepare!

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Here is what you need for a week’s worth:

  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs maple syrup
  • 4 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 4 tbs water
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit for 1 hour. Blend in your food processor or blender, or use your wand mixer to make this smooth and creamy. Keep in your fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

That’s it! It’s so ridiculously simple, yet so incredibly delicious! And if you’ve been to Aux Vivres in Montreal, this is a perfect dupe for their magical dragon sauce. Yeah. That’s right.

 

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Even the cat is excited 🙂 well… almost!

 


Pour tous les fans de la sauce dragon de Aux Vivres, voici ma version! Cette sauce est si délicieuse et si simple à préparer! Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1/2 tasse de levure alimentaire
  • 6 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 4 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 4 c. à soupe de tamari ou de sauce soja
  • 4 c. à soupe d’eau
  • 1 c. à soupe d’ail en poudre
  • 1 gousse d’ail émincée
  1. Mélanger tous les ingrédients et laisser reposer 1 heure. Mixer à l’aide de votre robot culinaire, mixeur ou mixeur à immerssion jusqu’à ce que la sauce soit onctueuse et homogène. Garder au frigo et ajouter à TOUS vos plats!

 

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!

Okonomiyaki Night!

I love okonomiyaki! Well, actually, I love the idea of them. I never ate any in restaurants because they are usually garnished with bonito flakes. Tonight however, I really wanted to cook something special and this came to my mind! An okonomiyaki is a Japanese cabbage pancake that is traditionally garnished with ponzu sauce, mayo, bonito flakes and lavish leaves.

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For tonight, I made an easy version of ponzu sauce and a cashew mayo to top off my red cabbage pancake. Delicious! Simple, yet very impressive!

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Here is what you need for 10-12 pancakes:

For the pancakes:

  • 1 potato
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cabbage (red or green)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/4 cup seaweed flakes
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for pan-frying.

For the ponzu sauce:

  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

For the mayo:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup of water
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 pinch of salt

Here is what you do:

For the ponzu sauce: Mix all the ingredients with a spoon.

For the mayo: Process all the ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth.

For the pancakes:

  1. Wash and peel the potato. Pass it under water to remove some of the starch and then grate it. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with some salt. Mix well and let sit.
  2. Wash and peel the carrots. Grate and add to the potato.
  3. Wash the cabbage and cut finely or grate. Mix in with the carrots and potato.
  4. Grate the ginger piece and add it to the mix along with the seaweed flakes.
  5. In a bowl, mix the rice flour, chia seeds, and corn starch with the water. Add to the vegetables and mix until well combined. Season and add the red chilli flakes.
  6. In a skillet on medium heat, place some oil. Add 1/2 cup of the mix at a time and press it down with a spatula. Cover with a lid and let cook for 3 minutes. Uncover, flip over and let cook again for 3 minutes with the lid on.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven until you are done cooking the other pancakes.
  8. To serve: garnish each pancake with some ponzu sauce and mayo. Serve hot! Itadakimasu!

These are so delicious! Crispy on the outside, tender in the inside, slightly sour because of the ponzu and creamy with the mayo: it’s like a party in your mouth!

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I will definitively make these again. Let me know if you try them out!

 

 

 

Avocado Ranch Dressing

With spring finally here, we have been catching up with our salads and enjoying them every day. To make things a little bit more exciting, I tried to make ranch dressing. Now, this is funny because I never had ranch dressing before becoming vegan, so I am not an expert on how it should taste. However, I think this is pretty close… or maybe not. Either way, this is creamy, delicious and so tasty! Call it whatever you like, but you need to try it out!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • the juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional if you are going to eat this before a meeting or date)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Process everything until smooth. Adjust the amount of water to get the consistency you prefer.
  2. Keep in the fridge in an air-tight container.

This is seriously delicious! The dill flavour is fantastic, while the avocado makes everything creamy and so satisfying (regular avocado-magic!). This makes any salad spectacular and amazing. Let me know if you try it out, or what is your favourite dressing!

Fermented Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberries! I love them so much, I usually wait for fall, buy a ton and freeze them. Like that I get to enjoy cranberry sauce all year round. It is perfect paired with curries or salads. If you follow my blog, you also know that I like fermenting vegetables. I got this crazy idea: why not make a fermented version of cranberry sauce?

Here is what you need:

  • 300g cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 small oranges (I used blood oranges)
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup-sweetened dried cranberries (you can also use fruit juice-sweetened dried cranberries)
  • 2 tbs chopped candied ginger

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, chop the fresh cranberries for a few seconds. You want most of the berries to be chopped, but chunks are okay.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the chopped cranberries and the salt. Let sit.
  3. Peel the oranges and remove the membranes to keep only the supremes (pulpy part). Cut them in small chunks. If the membranes are really thin and the pulp is really stuck to them, just cut the oranges in small chunks.
  4. In the mixing bowl, add the orange chunks, dried cranberries and ginger. Mix well.
  5. In a sterilized jar, pour the mixture. To seal, I used a ziploc bag: press the empty bag on top of the mix to remove air pockets. Once everything is well pressed and covered with the plastic, fill in the bag with water to add some weight. Close the bag and place your jar in a large plate to catch any overflowing liquid. Let sit out of light for 5 days.
  6. On the fifth day, remove the plastic bag, close the jar with its lid, and place in the fridge to stop fermentation.

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This is great! There are two sour points: the cranberries and the fermentation, which creates a more complex flavour. The ginger also gives this a slightly sparkling taste which is complementing the sourness perfectly. The oranges add a sweet note to the mix, but if you find that it is too sour, mix in some maple syrup or honey to even things out. This is clearly a winner! It is super delicious, so tasty, and look at this color. Let me know if you try it out!

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!

 

Simple Curry (for busy nights)

This is the recipe I fall back on when I’m feeling like having some comfort food. It is very quick to make, looks impressive and is really delicious! It also makes for a great lunch!

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Here is what you need:

Part 1: The protein:

  • 1 cup TVP (texturized vegetable protein; I used big pieces. You can find this in Asian grocery stores or in health food stores.)
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp miso

Part 2: The sauce:

  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tbp corn starch
  • 2 tbs tamari or soy sauce

Part 3: The vegetables:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil (you can replace this with some water)
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 zucchini squashes
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbs garram massala

Here is what you do:

  1. Dilute the miso paste in the warm water and place the TVP in so that it can soak up all the water. Put aside.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredients and put aside.
  3. In a large sauce pan, heat up the coconut oil, and stir the garlic and onion until golden and fragrant. Add the spices and give a good stir.
  4. Cut the zucchinis into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan. Mix well.
  5. Add the TVP and the remaining water and stir everything until well coated in spices.
  6. When everything is cooked and ready to serve, add the sauce ingredients and stir until the sauce becomes thick and glossy. Serve with warm rice or noodles.

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I really like this dish because I can pretty much make it with anything on hand: eggplant, chickpeas, mushrooms, tofu or even tempeh! It is also very easy to prepare and quite quick to make. It is supper flavourful and so comforting!

Let me know if you give it a try!

Fancy (but easy) Mushroom Nest

This week-end I went to Blanc de Gris which is an urban farm specialized in oyster mushrooms. How fun! I was so excited I actually did a cooking test before cooking the whole batch to make sure I would do it right… Well, I’m glad I did because this looked really nice, and it was delicious!

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Look at all these colors! This dish was fresh, savoury, filling and really let the mushrooms be the stars of the show. The grapefruit and clementine salad was so flavourful and brings a really nice texture to the entire plate. It could really make a meal of its own. As for the purple potato mash, well, I’m completely biased about purple sweet potatoes, so let’s just say it was amazing.

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But really, the mushrooms were incredible! So firm, tender and so not mushy. Unlike any mushrooms I have bought before these have a flavour of their own and are not watery at all.

Here is what you need for the strawberry-grapefruit dressing:

  • 1/2 cup grapefruit flesh
  • 3 strawberries
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sriracha (adjust to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do for the dressing:

  1. Just put everything in your blender and blend until the strawberries are completely pureed.
  2. Keep this is an air-tight container in the fridge. This will stay fresh for about a week.

Here is what I put in the salad:

  • romaine and butter lettuce
  • grapefruit flesh
  • clementine chunks
  • capers
  • avocado
  • shredded carrots

Here is what you need for the purple mash:

  • 2 normal white potatoes (I really need to pay more attention to varieties of potatoes…), about 4 cups once diced
  • 2-3 purple sweet potatoes, about 4 cups once diced
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do for the mash:

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Dice them in small chunks.
  2. Boil in water with the laurel leaf until the potatoes are tender and cooked through.
  3. Strain and transfer to a big bowl. With a potato masher or a fork, mash the potatoes. Add the milk a little at a time until you get the consistency you like.
  4. Add the dried herbs, give a good mix and season to your own taste.

Here is what you need for the mushrooms:

  • 350g fresh oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Crush and mince the garlic and set aside. Separate and cut the mushrooms if they are not bite-sized.
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until they have a nice golden color.
  3. Add the garlic and salt and stir well until cooked through.

To assemble the plate, add lettuce first then all the other salad ingredients around the plate. Add a few spoonfuls of mash in the center and flatten it with the back of a spoon. Arrange the mushrooms in the center and add some dressing on the salad before serving.

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Be ready to impress anyone you are serving this too, including yourself! This is such a fancy-looking plate, so why not try it out?

Let me know what you think and if you try it out!