Since taking the plunge to a plant-based diet, friends and family members are always asking me what I actually eat? It’s really funny because they can grasp the idea of a vegetarian diet, but taking dairy and eggs out of the equation just freaks them out. The truth is, my meals are both delicious and healthy. It’s even a freeing diet, I can literally eat anything plant-based that I want and don’t count calories. It’s wonderful! (Mind you I wouldn’t snack on chips all day)
Just to prove how yummy and easy a plant-based diet can be, I am including a roundup of links to Awesome food bloggers and recipes that I used in the previous week for family dinners.
This week I had a goal to use up as many winter vegetables as possible. I subscribe to a food basket from Lufa farms, they are a rooftop farm in Montreal that offers food baskets on a weekly basis. Because they are a rooftop garden they are able to offer some summer delights like fresh tomatoes and lettuce. That being said, the biggest selection is still found in winter vegetables like beets, carrots and parsnips. I now have an overabundance of winter vegetables on hand!
This was fantastic! I was able to offer 4 large portions and small seconds to my family members. We all loved it, it was tasty and a great way to enjoy beets. My sauce was a a medium pink in colour which was a little strange looking, but who cares! It was delicious!
Recipe Notes: The recipe poster mentioned that they pre-boiled the beets for 10 minutes before adding them to this recipe. I’m not sure how cooked they could have been because mine took a little over an hour to boil. Save some time by preparing these a day ahead or so.
Think Crab cakes gone plant-based. No they don’t taste like crabs, but they are inspired by them, with a crispy outside and soft centre they are delicious and filling!
Recipe Notes: I baked my parsnips and carrots with a clove of garlic (I love garlic!) and sprinkled them over with dried Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, and Salt and Pepper.
I made the mistake of throwing the potatoes and carrots and parsnips all together in my food processor. This made it to liquidy to hold together properly when frying. It was like trying to fry something of an icing consistency, no good! Next time I will lightly mash the potatoes by hand and incorporate the rest together, I’m sure that it will hold better.
Don’t skip the tomato sauce, or the bed of spinach. It was absolutely delicious together!
OH MY GOSH! I honestly couldn’t get enough of this!
Recipe Notes: I doubled the sauce and cooked about two full cups of dried rice, so it was a bit more rice than in the recipe. I roasted my vegetables in the oven the night of – this was time consuming (took an hour) so you may want to plan ahead. Roasted veggies can keep in the fridge for days, so you can use them up in many meals. The recipe poster actually mentions putting this meal together from leftovers, awesome idea! I would have never thought about using roasted winter vegetables in a fried rice, I am so happy that I tried this!
Okay so this isn’t dinner but it is awesome! I posted about these the other day, and I am still in love. These energy bites are delicious and definitely offer a boost. Highly recommended!
This recipe began my discovery into the amazing uses for cashews in Vegan cooking. I still remember the first time that I made this and how happy I was to enjoy something familiar and comforting from my past. This Mac and Cheese is sinfully creamy and delicious. The cheesy flavour comes from the Nutritional Yeast and Cashews. Best part of this recipe is that it’s really quick to throw together. You can prepare the sauce while the pasta cooks. It only takes as long to make as preparing the pasta! If you are new to a plant based diet and are interested in some delicious comfort food, check out Julie Hasson’s book Vegan Diner.
Not a word of a lie, this was one of the best chili’s that I have ever had. It was delicious the night of, and even better the next day. Very Yummy and easy to pull together.
Sorry no picture available, friends came over with Sushi!
So there you have it! Looks pretty delicious doesn’t it? Do you have a recipe that I should try? Please leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a yummy week!