Tofu Bacon Bits \\ Morceaux de bacon végans!

This is another recipe that I made for the vegan workshop I gave last Wednesday. I don’t think it needs much introduction as vegan bacon bits is pretty self-promoting, but here we go! These are delicious: crunchy, crispy, smokey, savoury and slightly chewy. Yum! They are the perfect topping for all your salads, as a snack or on soups. Plus, they take 15 minutes to prepare and you can keep them in your fridge in an air-tight container for about a week.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 block of extra-firm tofu (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 pinch red hot pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Cut the tofu in small cubes. The smaller the crispier!
  2. Place the oil in a pan and heat up on medium heat.
  3. Once hot, add the tofu and all the other ingredients and give a good stir.
  4. Let sit and stir every few minutes until the tofu is golden and crispy. Enjoy!

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Super simple, super delicious. This is so addictive, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Let me know if you try this out, and enjoy the week-end!


Ces petits morceaux de tofu sont vraiment incroyablement délicieux: croustillants, fumés, délicieusement savoureux et si simple à préparer. Ils sont parfaits pour toutes vos salades, en collation et sur les soupes. Miam!

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  • 1 bloc de tofu extra-ferme (à peu près 2 tasses)
  • 1 c. à café d’huile
  • 1/2 c. à café de fumée liquide
  • 1 c. à soupe de tamari
  • 1 gousse d’ail
  • 1 c. à café d’ail en poudre
  • 1 c. à café d’onion en poudre
  • 1 pincée de flocons de piment
  • sel et poivre à votre goût
  1. Couper le tofu en petits cubes. Plus ils sont petits, plus ils seront croustillants!
  2. Dans une poêle, faire chauffer l’huile à feu moyen puis ajouter le reste des ingrédients.
  3. Mélanger de temps à autres jusqu’à ce que le tofu soit doré et crousitillant. Se garde au frigo dans un contenant hermétique environs une semaine. Savourez!

 

My favourite oatmeal toppings \\ Deux options gruau!

I love oatmeal! It’s so comforting and easy to eat in the morning, it’s like you’re easing into the day. Plus, I love that I can eat it warm if I have time to prepare it or prepare it the night before and enjoy it on the go. How versatile! It’s also amazing because it keeps me fuller longer which is always good as I become mean when I’m hungry. Finally, I love it because I can top my oatmeal with seasonal fruits, nuts and seeds. As I have been trying to reduce my sugar intake, toppings are really important. Here are my current favourite toppings.

  • Peach Dream
    • peach slices
    • peanut butter
    • coconut chips
      • Cut the peaches in nice slices. Spread fancily on your oatmeal. Garnish with some coconut chips and drizzle some peanut butter over everything. Yum!

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  • Apple Sauce Wonder (This is the recipe for the apple sauce that I prepare weekly and that I use with my oatmeal and all over really.)
    • 4 apples
    • juice of 2 oranges
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • Cut and core the apples and place them in a saucepan. Add the orange juice, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Place on medium heat and let bubble. Once the apples are completely cooked and mushy, transfer your apple sauce in your food processor and process until everything is extra smooth. Keep this in the fridge and enjoy all week long!
    • Garnish: coconut chips, sesame seeds, hemp seeds

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I’m completely obsessed with these two new oat flavours. If you want to check out more, I have 3 more options for overnight oats. Yum! What do you put on your oatmeal?


J’adore le gruau le matin! C’est si réconfortant! Pour garder les choses intéréssantes, j’aime varier les saveurs et ajouter des fruits de saison et autres délicieusetés tous les matins. Voici mes deux dernières additions favorites, sans sucre!

  • Pêche Incroyable
    • Tranches de pêches
    • Beurre d’arachides
    • Flocons de coco
      • Couper la pêche en de belles tranches et les placer sur le gruau. Garnir des flocons de coco et laisser couler le beurre d’arachides de façon artistique. Miam!
  • Super Pomme: Voici ma recette de compote de pommes que j’aime garder dans mon frigo et utiliser toute la semaine.
    • 4 pommes
    • le jus de 2 oranges
    • une pincée de cannelle
    • 1 c.à café de vanille
      • Couper les pommes en morceaux et retirer les coeurs. Placer dans une casserole avec le jus d’oranges, la cannelle et la vanille. Faire cuire à feu doux jusqu’à ce que les pommes soient cuites et commencent à se défaire. Les transferer dans votre robot culinaire et mixer jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien lisse. Garder au frigo et savourer toute le semaine!
    • pour garnir: flocons de coco, graines de sesame, graines de chanvre.

J’ai également partagé mes trois options préférés pour le gruau préparé la veille. Et chez vous, on trouve quoi sur le gruau?

Stale Bread to Crunchy Croutons, a Cinderella story

If you are gluten-free, you know that, often, gluten-free bread is a silly oxymoron. Too dry, yeasty taste, old sponge texture, strange smell, the life of the gluten-free bread maker seems to be filled with difficulties. Even the yummiest gluten-free bread often has a very short life-span. We rarely buy gluten-free bread, but when we do it often ends up staying in the fridge for days, and then it’s not so appealing anymore. Enter Cinderella moment.

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Home-made croutons!

These are really fun because you can add all kinds of topping, herbs or nuts to make them extra flavorful and delicious. They also only take a few minutes to whip up, and that’s always a plus.

Here is what you need:

  • a few slices of bread
  • 1 tsp oil: you can go classic and use olive oil, but why not use hazelnut, pumpkin seed or pistachio for extra flavour?
  • seeds and nuts: almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, or sesame seeds? Use ground or whole to add a nice crunch.
  • herbs: rosemary, thyme, basil, cilantro or oregano. Go fresh or dried!
  • Salt, pepper and other spices of your choice.

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large pan, heat the oil on medium-high heat. While it is warming up, cut up the bread in small bites.
  2. Once the pan is nice and hot, fry the bread, tossing it from time to time to avoid burning. Once the bread has a nice golden colour, add all your additions, and let sit for a few more minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the croutons cool-off before keeping them in an air-tight container. This is really key if you want your croutons to stay crispy.

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This is so great because you get to use up some bread, but you can also really make it your own to match whatever it is you are eating. And they are deliciously crunchy and full of flavour! Let me know if you try it out!

Maple Glazed Pecans

I don’t have any story to tell you about this recipe. I just love pecans and maple syrup together! These two ingredients are the perfect combination, and it’s even better when you add some ginger to the mix! This recipe takes 20 minutes to prepare, is delicious, and makes for a great ‘mason jar’ gift.

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Here is what you need:

  • 4 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 8 pieces of candied ginger, cut into small pieces

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all your ingredients and spread in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet.
  3. Place in your oven and mix every 5 minutes. The overall cooking time for these are 20 minutes. You know they are ready when all the maple syrup is really thick (almost caramel like), and your pecans are slightly brown.
  4. Place the pecans in your fridge for 30 minutes until they are completely cooled. Placing them in the fridge makes them crispier.
  5. Once cooled, keep the pecans in an air-tight container.

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This makes for a great snack or nice cream and salad topping. It is crispy, sweet, full of maple flavour and so easy to put together! The ginger pieces also add a little bit of heat and balance the maple nicely.

Let me know if you try this out!