Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins

As a kid I always loved baking and helping out in the kitchen, and I'm so happy that our son Levi feels the same way. As soon as he found out I was making muffins he wanted to help out! Since we had a whole bunch of old bananas in the freezer that needed to be used, I looked up vegan recipes that had lots of bananas but were more than just a banana muffin (as much as I like banana muffins, we were in need of a change). I came across this amazing recipe.
As much as we can, we try to buy organic. I was happy to find these organic oats at Provigo.
We pretty much followed the recipe, only changing the Whole Wheat Flour for organic Kamut (I find it a bit lighter), and replaced the Almond Milk with a sample of Coconut Milk I had been given from So Delicious at the Wanderlust Festival. They turned out moist and delicious!
Levi waited patiently to lick the spoon after we finished filling the muffin tray.

Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 carrots, grated
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas until only a few chunks remain. Add the vanilla and almond milk and mix with a fork. Whisk in the brown sugar until no clumps remain.
In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients. Fold into the banana mixture about half a cup at a time.
Add the oats and grated carrots, lightly folding until fully incorporated. 
Put batter into muffin tins or ramekins, filling only about 3/4 of the way.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean.
Recipe by The Veggielogues

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Speedy Veggie 'n Rice Noodle Bowl with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

After doing a quick google search for easy vegan recipes, I discovered this one. It's from Oh She Glows by Canadian blogger Angela Liddon. I bought the cookbook for my Mom for Mother's Day, and have been thinking of buying it for myself ever since. It's well put together, easy to read and full of great recipes.
You can mix and match the veggies according to what you have in your fridge and what's in season. Serve with a side salad, or as my husband likes best, with spring rolls and/or mock chicken.

Ingredients:


FOR THE TERIYAKI SAUCE:
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 to 4 1/2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice), to taste
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
FOR THE NOODLE BOWL:
  • 3 ounces/85g gluten-free brown rice soba noodles (or soba noodles of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets, chopped small
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shelled frozen edamame
  • 2-3 medium carrots, julienned
  • 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions:


  1. Prepare the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients until combined. Set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
  3. For the noodle bowl: Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil and coat the pan. Add the broccoli florets, celery, and 2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce and saute for about 7-9 minutes, reducing heat if necessary.
  4. When the water boils, add the noodles and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook the noodles as instructed on the package directions (about 4-5 minutes for most soba rice noodles). Drain.
  5. Add the frozen edamame and julienned carrots to the skillet and saute another 5 minutes, or until the edamame is heated throughout.
  6. Stir the drained noodles into the stir-fry mixture along with 2/3 of the Teriyaki sauce. Cook for a couple minutes and then serve immediately with a garnish of sliced green onion and sesame seeds.
  7. Store leftovers in a container in the fridge for 1- 2 days. To re-heat leftovers, add them into a skillet with a bit of oil. Pour on the leftover dressing and toss to coat. Heat over medium until heated throughout and serve immediately.

Notes: I used coconut aminos (which is very low in sodium), but feel free to use low-sodium tamari instead. I recommend adding it to taste since it has a higher sodium content than coconut aminos so you might not need as much. To get more servings out of this dish, feel free to add more soba noodles.
Soy-free option: Omit the edamame and replace with adzuki beans, chickpeas or another bean of choice. Use coconut aminos instead of tamari.
gluten-free option: Use gluten-free soba noodles such as brown rice or buckwheat. Be sure to check the label of your tamari and other ingredients as well.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zucchini Banana Muffins

When a friends Mom handed us a bag full of fresh zucchinis from her garden, my first thought was zucchini bread, however since our 3 year old son is in favor of muffins, I went with this recipe instead. They turned out moist, delicious with just the perfect amount of sweet.
Note: the best bananas for baking are the really ripe, mushy ones. Once you see them starting to turn brown, throw them in your freezer (they'll probably turn black), and defrost them when you're ready to start baking
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups shredded zucchini
  2. 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  3. 1/2 cup applesauce
  4. 2 tsp vanilla
  5. 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 1/2 cup flour (I suggest Kamut)
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 pinch nutmeg
  9. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1 cup raisins (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees; grease a 12 cup muffin tin
  2. Mix the mashed banana, applesauce, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl.
  3. Stir in shredded zucchini.
  4. Add 1 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt to zucchini mixture and combine.
  5. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup of flour and raisins.
  6. Scoop into muffin tins at 3/4 full
  7. Bake in oven for approximately 20-22 min, or until toothpick inserted comes clean.
  8. Cool and enjoy!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fresh, green salad

I put this tasty salad together with fresh ingredients from our first Lufa Farms Basket. Then I sprinkled it with Hemp Seeds (Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids) and Nutritional Yeast (It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein). It tastes especially good when you have fresh organic produce!
fresh, green salad
boston lettuce
cucumber
endives
green onions
hemp seeds
nutritional yeast

Chop veggies & sprinkle with hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. Serve with your favorite dressing.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lufa Farm Basket

our first basket contents
I have been hesitant to sign up for an organic produce basket, but when I heard about Lufa Farms I was intrigued. It is the world's first commercial rooftop greenhouse, and it's in Montreal! They deliver fresh, organic and local produce. The best part is you get to build your own basket, meaning you can pick and choose what you want and don't want, as long as it is a $30 minimum. Plus they have more than just fruits and veggies, they also have baked goods, pasta, grains, soaps, juices and more. The baskets are dropped off once a week at conveniently located pick up points (we found one just 3 blocks from our house). 
1st basket pick up

We just picked up our first basket, so we're brand new to the whole organic basket experience, but so far it's been great and we are enjoying fresh tasty salads!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vegan Staples

This year I will be giving two vegan workshops, one at Luna Yoga and the other at Wanderlust. I am just starting to work on my notes and decided it would be a good idea to create a Vegan Staples handout. Below is a list of items I like to have stocked in my kitchen. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments box.

vegenaise
non-dairy milk: my favorite is almond milk, other options include; soy (a bit creamier), rice (closest consistency to dairy milk, but least nutrients), hemp (often difficult to find and more expensive, but lots of nutrients)

tofu: I usually use the firm blocks for cooking and occasionally the silken (soft) for lasagna or baking

tempeh: a nice alternative to tofu, a bit hardier and can be kept in the freezer

nutritional yeast: we use it mostly for dragon bowl sauce & tofu scram, it is a great source of B12
earth balance

miso: great for sauces/dressings (so many different kinds!)

veggies: onions, carrots, peppers, zucchinis, sweet potato, broccoli, spinach, kale, mushrooms, etc...

fruit: apples, bananas, tangerines, in-season fruit, etc...

veganaise: for sandwiches and dressings

chia seeds: rich in omega-3 fatty acids, I sprinkle it over salads, can be mixed with water as an egg replacement in baked goods

chia seeds
flax seeds: contain high levels of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, sprinkle over salads, cereal, and use in baked goods

vegan chocolate chips: keep these on hand for baking

kamut flour: spelt flour is another good option, but a bit heavier (both have much more nutritional value than white flour) we use kamut in our pizza dough

tofu or veggie dogs: great for a quick dinner

field roast sausages: lots of tasty flavours, including soy-free

soba noodles: my favorite is kamut

brown rice noodles: great alternative to white pasta
nutritional yeast

whole grain bread: bread and hummus is definitely a staple in our house

hummus: our staple sandwich spread

ginger fake chicken: my husband likes to fry some up as a side dish, it always tastes to 'real' for me

maple syrup: sweetener for baking

mesa sunrise cereal: my 2 year old and I eat this almost every morning with almond milk

earth balance: butter alternative
quinoa: good source of amino acids, calcium and iron
nuts: great snack and/or salad topping, plus a good source of protein
chick peas: for salads, chanas & making hummus
lentils: high in protein, good for dhals, etc.
brown rice: much healthier than white rice









Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cold fighting ginger tea

When you're feeling a little under the weather or just a bit chilly, this is the perfect cup of tea to warm you up. Tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds, headaches and nausea. Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property, and turmeric is often used for treatment of various infections and as an antiseptic.
cold fighting ginger tea
1 cup boiling water
sliced fresh ginger
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp turmeric
agave to sweeten

Mix ingredients together, let steep, enjoy!