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Comfort Food Vegan

Vegans don't just eat salad!

Updated: 2017-09-16T06:58:32.264-04:00


Not coming back...


This blog is no more. I'm still cooking, just not taking pictures of it.

Sweet Potato Date Muffins


Sorry I haven't been posting! My husband and I bought a house in the summer and we moved in in December. So between moving/house stuff and holiday time I've been distracted from blogging.

Luckily I got three new cookbooks for xmas! I got fellow Canadian Jae Steele's new one, Ripe from Around Here, Jennifer McCann's Vegan Lunchbox Around the World and Veggie Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger. Most of the burgers have egg- has anyone veganized any of the eggy ones?

Anyway, today I made the sweet potato-date muffins from Ripe from Around Here, and they are absolutely perfect! I don't feel comfortable posting the recipe, so you should go buy this book!

Book review: Eating Animals


I was sent a review copy of this book about 6 months ago, but I only got around to reading it now. By 'now' I mean that I read it yesterday, in one day (I have time off work). It was a great read. I had read in reviews that he is a little wish-y wash-y about vegetarianism in the book, but I found it kind of refreshing, as opposed to annoying. The book is conversational, as opposed to preachy. He repeats over and over that he is a vegetarian, and that it was the right choice for him, while also giving space in the book for some animal farmers to have a say. I think it will reach a much bigger audience with its "I looked into it, and now I am vegetarian because I found.. " attitude than books that say "you should be vegetarian because..". I think it would be a good read for long-term vegetarians and vegans because it's always good to be reminded of why we are veg, and a good book for people curious about vegetarianism because it's written in an approachable way. The topic is extremely timely, too, because it's very Pollan-esque - it's about environment, real food, local eating, and popular stuff like that. Safran Foer even mentions Pollan a couple of times, to agree with him and to disagree with him.

Asparagus two ways


It's asparagus season in Ontario! So exciting! I pretty much eat it every single day for a month, or until the growing season ends. I mostly eat it roasted, but I do like it steamed as well, on pizza (forgot to take a picture) or in a soup. Here's a pic of roasted asparagus with 'Spicy Thai Mung Bean Burgers' from this recipe: It's a pretty good recipe. Sort of mushy burgers, but tasty. I think I overcooked my mung beans, anyway- I'd never cooked them before.

And now for a less oily way to make asparagus - soup! I used this recipe:, but I added about a cup of white kidney beans for protein, iron and creaminess. And a potato. It was made even more fabulous by grated smoked cheddar flavoured vegan cheese.

Pesto and Grilled Tofu Sandwhich


I received a cast iron grill pan for my birthday, and it is a bitch to clean but I really like it! I marinated the tofu in a mixture of half tamari and half balsamic vinegar and grilled it. I added some store-bought vegan pesto, sliced avocado, and broccoli sprouts. Yum!!

Oyster Mushroom and Yves Pepperoni pizza


I made another batch of no-knead bread to use as a crust of this pizza. It's the Peasant bread recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I topped this pizza with tomato sauce, FYH vegan cheese, ton of oyster mushrooms and some Yves pepperoni. I hate that it isn't organic soy but damn are those little pepperonis good!

Ruben Sandwhich


I made this fab tempeh ruben with my homemade rye bread. I've never had a real ruben so I have nothing to compare this to, but it was delish. I got the recipe from somewhere in vegan-blogland. The tempeh is pan-fried with some tamari, and the sauce is Veganaise, chopped pickle and a touch of ketchup. I really am going to make my own sauerkraut soon - it seems so easy!

Rye Bread!


I made bread! And it was a success! And it was easy! I was intimidated - but I should have done this long ago. I just needed the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François to ease me in to bread-making. It doesn't actually take 5 minutes, but it's no-knead, which is good because I have barely any counter space in my kitchen and it's so much less messy to just stir everything in a bowl. You should check out this book from your local library, or just google around for no-knead bread recipes, if you're interested.

Carrot-Cranberry-Walnut Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette


This is the Carrot-Cranberry-Walnut Salad with Creamy Walnut Vinaigrette from Vegan Soul Kitchen. It includes toasted walnut oil, which is a new favourite flavouring of mine. This is for my lunch tomorrow, but I tried a few bites of it and it tastes awesome - sort of sweet and sour with a nice mix of textures.

Beanball Sub and product review


This delicious meal was the beanball sub recipe from Veganomicon on fresh ciabatta bread. If you look in the corner of the photo you can see that this meal also included a romaine lettuce salad. I do eat salad sometimes!

Also, here is my product review of Kenzoil, a yummy basil-based flavoured oil that was sent to me to try: it's fab. I ate it on pasta.. it was like instant pesto.. but more lemon-y. I think one of the secret ingredients is lemon.

Ps- I got The Conscious Cook, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Vegan Yum Yum for xmas prezzies! What should I make?? I want to make everything from VYY, but the other two are more out of my comfort zone so I need suggestions.

Tempeh with White-Wine Mustard Sauce and Lundberg Rice Blend


This was our new year's eve dinner. I cooked the rice in vegetable broth, the tempeh was pan-fried in white wine and olive oil, and the sauce is a simple but amazing mix of olive oil, an onion, local lemon-dill mustard, white wine and veggie broth. Happy new year!

Mexican Millet with Oven-Baked Lemon-Pepper Tofu


Another Veganomicon recipe - the book was feeling neglected. I LOVED this recipe and I can't wait to make it again. Millet is a yummy (and cheap!) grain, and this is slightly spicy, slightly tomato-y mushy goodness. The tofu was marinated in lemon juice and black pepper and then baked at 350 for 30 minutes.

Sloppy Joes


Last night was sloppy joe night. Strangely, there is a lack of sloppy joe nights in the vegan comfort food household, considering how perfectly comfort-food-y this meal is! These are made with brown lentils, and the recipe is the "Snobby Joes" recipe from Veganomicon.

Slow-cooked Beets and Seitan with Red Wine Sauce


It's a rainy Saturday so I felt like making something fancy, by which I mean something with red wine. The beets are the Three-Orange Beets from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, a very favourite cookbook of mine, and they are cooked in orange juice with a touch of marmalade.

The seitan is a basic recipe, simmered and sliced, and the sauce is the Red Wine Roux from Veganomicon. I can't believe I had never made this sauce, it is delicious!!

Recipe roundup!


This week I made this carrot gnocchi recipe from Vegan for the People:
It was really good and I will definitely make it again. I made some kind of creamy cashew sauce to go with them, not pesto, but I can't remember what was in it..

I also made this super simple but AMAZING split pea soup from 101 Cookbooks:
I prefer yellow split peas to green but I had some green, so I used half green and half yellow. I make split-pea soup about once a week when the weather gets cold, and I usually add carrot and potato and other things, but I like the simplicity of this recipe.

I made raw pasta sauce last night based on this recipe from Ani Phyo:
I liked it. It would have been better if I had added the basil but I didn't have any.

I plan to make this roasted sweet potato dish:

and I can't believe I haven't made this yet:

Any comments on these recipes? Which online recipes have you tried lately and which ones are on your to-make list?

Vitamin Wheel


I just thought this was cool...

Raw Chocolate Caramel Cake


This is my new favourite dessert recipe- and it is from the cookbook Raw for Dessert by Jennifer Cornbleet. It is the chocolate lava cake recipe but the caramel variation, and without a top - I used the extra chocolate "cake" to make more little cakes instead. Yum yum yum.

Soy-free Chocolate Mousse


There seems to be a version of this pudding on every raw vegan food blog- and for good reason! It is super easy and super delicious. I'm glad for an alternative to tofu-based mouse. This one has a much better aftertaste.

My version:

2 organic avocados
5 honey dates, soaked in water at least 3h
1/2 cup Fair Trade cocoa powder (no, I didn't use raw cocoa like the raw-foodies usually do)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Use some of the date-soaking water until you have the desired consistency.

Raw Tortilla Soup with Cheesy Hemp Nacho Sauce



I'm excited for my lunch for tomorrow! It is:
Raw Tortilla Soup (minus the cilantro):
Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce:
and organic corn chips.

Pesto Scrambled Tofu with Cherry Tomatoes



I am the new proud owner of Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and this is the first recipe I've made from it. It's as delicious as you would assume. Which is very delicious.
(All photos on this blog can be clicked for a bigger view).

Easy Black-Bean Stir-Fry


This was a super quick and simple dinner. The noodles are these cool 100% millet noodles that I found in a Chinese grocery store. They were great, and they are slightly yellow in colour so they kind of look like egg noodles.

The stir-fry is Soy Curls, carrot, celery, ginger, and black bean-garlic sauce from a jar.

Green Salad with Pesto-baked Tofu



Mixed baby greens, grated raw beet, grated carrot, tomato and slices of tofu baked with pesto.
I'm not sure what the dressing was.. probably olive oil, white wine vinegar, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.

Lemon Macadamia Wedding Cake


I got married on the 1st- and this was my wedding cake! It is the lemon cake recipe from [here], including the lemon curd center, but we used an icing that we invented made with icing sugar, macadamia nut butter, coconut cream, and shortening. My friend Courtney made it for us- and it was amazing! The roses matched my bouquet.

Lemon Biscotti


These biscotti are for my wedding favours. We're making 3 flavours of biscotti, and this is first one. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfectly!

Here is the recipe, copied from this link:

Lemon Biscotti

3 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
Flax seed egg replacer for 3 eggs
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 Tablespoons Malibu rum
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking power, baking soda, and lemon zest. Blend well.

With a hand blender, mix lemon juice, oil, egg replacer, agave nectar, rum, and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the liquid ingredients in. Mix until a stiff dough forms. Try not to overmix the dough.

Form into two logs. Lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten the logs’ tops. Bake for 30 minutes. Logs should give a little, like a cake, when they are done. Remove from oven and let cool for at least half an hour.

Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees. Cut the logs in slices on the slant, about 1/2-inch thick or more if you like thicker biscotti. Lay biscotti flat on a pizza screen or baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you use a baking sheet, turn the biscotti halfway through baking. Biscotti should be crisp and lightly browned.

Herbed Tofu Baguette Sandwich



A yummy lunch after grocery shopping. Organic baguette with baby spinach, bulgarian roasted red pepper spread, and tofu marinated and fried in olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, italian spices and dijon mustard.

Also, this recipe isn't pretty enough to take a picture of , but it's a favourite of mine (without the cheese, of course):