eggplant black bean tacos

Eggplant tacos with spicy black bean sauce

The Chinese eggplant—smothered in a thick black bean sauce, loaded with ginger and garlic—is a staple of Sichuan cooking and versatile with rice and noodles. Here, the classic dish is reimagined as tacos. Pungent, salty and slightly sweet at the same time, it's a lip-smacking, greasy way to spice up your taco night.     … Continue reading Eggplant tacos with spicy black bean sauce

savoury French toast

French toast with portobello mushrooms, roasted garlic and thyme

The classic French toast recipe—cooked in butter and cream, drenched in maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon—is adapted here into savoury bliss on a plate. This vegan version calls for thick slices of bread dipped in a chickpea flour batter, fried in coconut oil, spiced with turmeric, thyme and roasted garlic, and topped with sautéed … Continue reading French toast with portobello mushrooms, roasted garlic and thyme

red miso udon soup

Spicy red miso soup with udon noodles

A steamy bowl of thick, chewy noodles swirling in a rich, fiery broth is a good idea any time of the year. And especially now, as many Canadians are feeling the deep freeze and #BombCyclone is part of our daily lingo.   Misonikomi udon is a popular specialty in the Nagoya region of central Japan. The … Continue reading Spicy red miso soup with udon noodles

Lebanese pizza

Tabbouleh eggplant chickpea pizza

Shake up your pizza game with this Lebanese-style version. The toppings are easy and fun to assemble: spread some garlic sauce, hummus, tahini or baba ghanoush (I picked a roasted garlic and onion hummus), and use whole chickpeas or crumble up some spicy falafels (below). The tabbouleh, with herbs, tomatoes, bulghur wheat and olive oil, … Continue reading Tabbouleh eggplant chickpea pizza

bread spreads

Bread spreads: easy, vegan and life changing

Sometimes you need a break from avocado toast. Shake up your toast game with these toppings ranging from sweet to savoury to spicy. Sweet: espresso chocolate hazelnut butter (a.k.a. coffee Nutella) Dates provide natural sweetness, which means you don't have to add extra sugar. Soaking them overnight will keep the butter moist and rich. 2 cups … Continue reading Bread spreads: easy, vegan and life changing

smoothie bowl with figs, kiwi and blueberries

Easy ways to eat fresh figs

Sweet and luscious, delicate and pretty—fresh figs make an easy, rich pairing with a variety of dishes (hello, cheesecake!). In Ontario, they're typically available from June to November due to the short growing season, but I've been finding black mission figs at grocery stores almost all-year round. Biting into a perfectly ripe and juicy fig feels like a … Continue reading Easy ways to eat fresh figs

mac and cheese casserole

Baked cauliflower mac and cheese

January is often synonymous with "detox," launching a million juice cleanses and yoga passes. I prefer to start the new year indulging in the heartiest, most satisfying, lip-smacking comfort food—both to fill my steady hunger cravings and keep me sane during the Canadian winter. On a frigid day when my only agenda is to lounge … Continue reading Baked cauliflower mac and cheese

chocolate-oatmeal

Post-party hangover cures for vegans

Last night's holiday soirée had the cocktails flowing, and you found yourself sipping a bit too much prosecco. So when it comes time to treating your hangover the next morning (or afternoon), make sure you're prepared. For starters, don't come home from the party to an empty fridge. Keep it stocked with the supplies you'll need … Continue reading Post-party hangover cures for vegans

savoury granola bowl

Vegan breakfasts you’ll want to get out of bed for

Eat, drink coffee and be lazy. It's a dreary Saturday in November, a stay-in-your-cozy-pajamas kind of morning. Today, you're not rushing out the door with a juice, phone and newspaper in one hand. Slow down and take some time to make yourself an indulgent breakfast. Keep scrolling for ideas that will wake up your taste buds (and they don't … Continue reading Vegan breakfasts you’ll want to get out of bed for