VEGAN FALAFEL WITH GARLIC TAHINI

I mean who doesn’t love Falafels ! This recipe is super easy to make and you just need a few ingredients and spices, and before you know it you’ll have some delicious little falafels balls to put in  your pitas, salad or enjoy on their own with some garlic tahini dressing.

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I made this recipe after work and was literally as easy throwing everything in food processor and  turning on the oven.

Ingredients

1 Can of 19oz Chick peas

1 1/2 Cups of Parsley

1/2 White Onion

4 Cloves of Garlic

3 Tblsp. Nurtional Yest

2 tsp. Smoked Paprika

2 tsp. Cumin

1/4 Bread crumbs

1 tsp. Salt (to taste)

1 tsp. Black Pepper (to taste)

2 tsp. Olive Oil to grease pan

Garlic Sauce 

4 Cloves of grated Garlic

1 lemon juice

1/2  Cup Tahini

1/4 Cup Water

Method

Drain can of chick peas and rinse throughly. Roughly chop Garlic and Onion and place into food processor and blitz until in fine small pieces. Add Parsley into food process and blitz again until combined with the onion and garlic until well combined. Once combined add in Chickpeas and blitz until ingredients combine *Tip you may have to scrap down the edges a few times to make sure everything is  well combined.  Pre heat oven to 350 degree.

Transfer over mixture from food processor to large bowl and add Nutritional yeast, Paprika, Cumin, Bread crumbs and Salt and Pepper.  Mix throughly until all spices have been incorporated into falafel mixtures.

Grease cookie sheet with Olive oil. With a large spoon scoop falafel mixture about 2 tablespoons and make round balls with palms, press the top of the balls to create small circles and place on cookie sheet. Repeat until cookie sheet if full

 

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Place Falafels in oven and bake for 20 mins. After 20 minutes take out and flip and bake for 10 more minutes until crisp.

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Take out of Oven and let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy over Salad or in Pita wrap

Garlic Tahini Dressing

Mix all ingredients except water into small mixing bowl. Mixture will emulsify, and start slowly adding water until a mayo like consistency is achieved.

Server over Falafels or as dip for veggies 🙂

 

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VEGAN BEAN CURD MOCK “DUCK”

DELICIOUS. EASY. VEGAN

Hey Guys, back with a new recipe that I’m sure you all will love. I first discovered Mock Duck at my favourite Chinese food restaurant here in Toronto, and have trying to find a way to make it at home ever since. I am super excited to share this recipe with you and hope you love it as much as I do.

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I am lucky enough to live in a city where I was able to find the main ingredient Asian grocery store. Its Called Bean Curd Sheets and can be found in the frozen isle where dumplings and spring rolls are found.  It’s absolutely intriguing what can done with the soy bean. It is so versatile, definitely, a food of all trades. In this recipe, it is taking centre stage as the main “meat” replacement. It has an great texture when steamed and then pan fired.  If your Vegan and have been missing out on the textures and flavour, you are going love this dish. Bring it to a party and impress your friends and family, I promise you they will not be disappointed

Ingredients

3 Sheets of frozen Bean Curd thawed

1 pack of Enoki Mushrooms

Marinade

1/4 Cup Light Soy Sauce

2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil

4 Cloves of Garlic

1 Thumb of  Ginger

1 Cup of Water

2 Tbsp. Hosien Sauce

Method:

Start by separating Bean Curd sheets on a clean surface or cutting boards. Fold Sheets in half making a semi circle and firm the edges placing them in a bowl.

In a small sauce pot combine marinade ingredients and bring to boil over a medium heat, once mixed well take of heat and pour over trimmings in a bowl.

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Once the trimmings have been soaked throughly, there should be an excess of marinade left in the bowl – this will be used at the cooking liquid when pan frying your duck – save for later.

Take the first sheet and lay it on work surface, using tongs to hold the trimming use them as a brush and brushed the entire bean curd sheet with marinade, layer the next two sheets

Once all three layers of the sheets have been brushed with the marinade place the trimmings in the bottom centre of the layered sheets and roll into a log shape. At this time you may need to brush a little more marinade to seal the edges

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When the log has been formed cut into 4 even pieces. In a Medium Sauce pot over medium high heat  bring 2 cups of water to  steam. Once steaming, place in steamer, with the four logs.

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Steam for 7 minutes.

After the Logs have been steaming, place aside.  In a medium non stick frying pan heated over medium heat, place logs in and brown on either side. 2-3 minutes per side. Add mushrooms once you have finished browning and remainder of the marinade. Leave over medium heat until all of the marinade is has evaporated and the mushrooms are cooked.

Sever over steam rice with veggies or your favourite noodles and enjoy !

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Side Project Saturday : Succulent terrarium

Today I completed a project that I have been wanting to do for sometime, If your like me and use Pinterest daily you have probably seen succulent terrariums.  I was obsessed with these cute little green babys from first sight, so when spring came around in the beautiful city  and all the plants came out I knew I had to get right on it.  I wanted to share it with you all because it was unbelievably easy and super fun. I would highly suggest to try it for anyone wanting to give their green thumb a go.

First: Get your plants ! ( in my case i bought everyone I could get my hands on)

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Second: get some glass bowls that will be your plants new home (Dollar Store)

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Third:  Get your hands on some Cactus Soil, Charcoal, Cactus food, Gravel, Pebbles. That I purchased from Home Hardware here in Toronto and the Gravel and Pebbles from the Dollar Store.

Assemble the terrariums by layering pebbles, charcoal and soil add the pebbles of the top for some contrast for the colour and textures of the succulents and Voilà!

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For me that best part was seeing the final  product I was super impressed with how it turned out. If you looking for a little pop of green in your home or office. Theses would also make a great gift for someone special.

Please comment below what your favourite house plants are 🙂

 

Lets talk about: Protein

This is probably one of the most frequent questions one gets asked as vegan. Where do you get your protein from? Although I kinda giggle when I still get asked, its quite shocking to me that most people are unaware how many forms there are of plant based protein.  Most of them are shockingly in things you already eat. There are also great substitutes such as tofu, tempeh and sietan. Have no fear, SK the vegan is here, I will walk you all the way through the wonderful world of plant power protein. Even if you don’t want to become plant based or vegan, eating more of these planted proteins will certainly bring about some positive outcomes not only for yourself but the plants and the animals as well.

Kale

ALL HAIL KALE ! 

Kale is by far one of my best friends in the kitchen, it is one of the biggest staples in my kitchen and can be used for a number of things.( Including the best ever creamy garlicky kale slaw recipe coming soon). I also use this high protein green in just about anything and everything; pasta, stews, soups, noodles, smoothies and even juices. Not to mention that kale is also highly fibrous and will also give you a very happy and healthy digestive system.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are another huge protein staple in my kitchen, they can be a great meat substitute when you are looking to add some texture to your meals. There are also endless varieties of mushrooms, you are sure to find one that you will like. My favourite mushrooms are Portobello or Oyster and they both have completely different flavours and textures but both are incredibly yummy and packed with protein.

Broccoli

If you had told me that one of my favourite things to eat when I grew up would have been broccoli. I would have not believed it myself, But here I am loving those little green trees. They are so nutritious and delicious. A little sprinkle of salt and steamed up with some garlic and you have yourself a punch of protein that will fuel you through the day.

Tofu

I don’t know why tofu gets such bad wrap, it can actually be amazingly delicious, but it all depends on the seasoning. Like any other food you would typically season then prepare, there are so many cool and interesting ways to flavour tofu and so many different ways to cook it. One thing always remains the same though, tofu is high in protein and an excellent meat replacement for someone who is looking to make the transition into a more plant based lifestyle . If you tried tofu once and didn’t like it, try it again I can promise you there is tofu dish out there that you will love.

Quinoa

If you haven’t heard of Quinoa I’m not sure where you have been.It has been blowing up as one of the best superfoods. It is actually a seed that you can treat like a carb, you can replace for rice or even pasta. It is considered a complete protein meaning that it is filled with all the amnio acids that your body needs to thrive.

I really hope this gives you guys some insight into the fact that not all protein comes from animals or animal products there are such a wide variety of high proteins foods at our finger tips that you have already been eating. Honourable mentions to the other plant proteins not referenced in my post.

Beans, Lentils, Corn, Peas, Spinach, Artichokes,Collard Greens,Zucchinis, Beets, Cauliflower and Buk Choy.

BEST EVER BANANA BREAD

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Banana bread always brings me back to a time when I was young, in the kitchen with my Mom and Aunt helping them bake on a Sunday afternoon. My love for baking started there and now has grown into a passion. There is something extremely comforting in making something with love that fills the people you love, and believe me this Banana bread is it!

Super moist and full of aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg that will be sure to bring you back to the most nostalgic of times.  This recipes is ideal for bananas that are brown and spotty, so no need to throw those babies out.

Its incredibly easy, delicious and best of all I can guarantee that no one will ever miss the egg or diary from the traditional recipe.

Ingredients

4-3                               Bananas ( the spottier the better)

1 1/2 C.                       Flour

1 1/2 tsp                      Baking powder

1/3                               Brown Sugar

Pinch                           Nutmeg

Pinch                           Cinnamon

Pinch                           Salt

3 Tbsp.                        Walnuts

1/4 C.                          Coconut oil

1/2 C.                          Dark Chocolate chips

1. In Large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt and set aside. Pre heat oven to 350 degree.

2.In a separate bowl mash bananas until they make a paste and  then mix in sugar and coconut    oil

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3.   Fold the Banana mixture in with dry ingredients and prepare baking tin

4.   Add walnuts and Chocolate chips and fold into mixture one more time

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5.   Transfer batter into baking tin

6.   Bake for 40 mins

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I Hope you guys enjoy this recipes, please let me know in the comments below if there any recipes that you would like me to vegan-ize !

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Classic Vegan Ratatouille

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Im sure everyone has heard of the heart warming Disney Movie and Culinary masterpiece called Ratatouille.The mixture of vegetables in this dish meld so well together, creating a symphony of the sense from when you are preparing it to when it is finally served on your dinner table. Ratatouille works well as a main or a side and it is amazingly simple to prepare. If you looking to incorporate more veggies into your life, this is the dish for you! Bring it to your next Potluck or family get together and be sure to surprise everyone that it’s completely vegan !

Ingredients

1                   Medium Zucchini

1                   Medium Eggplant

1                   Red Bell Pepper

1                   White Mushrooms

2                   Roma Tomatos

5                   Garlic Cloves

1 Tblsp          Olive Oil

1/2 Cup        Tomato Sauce

1/2 Cup        Daiya Cheese Shreds *Optional 

Start by slicing all vegetables in to 1/4 inch coins, try to make sure all veggies are  in uniform though they don’t have to be perfect you just want them all to cook at the same rate. Mince/ Grate garlic cloves finely.

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Preheat oven to 375 and prepare baking tin. Pour tomato sauce in to the bottom of baking tin to evenly coat it, begin then layering veggies diagonally onto each other creating a pattern. There is no specific pattern you have to do, make it completely your own. Once you have filled your baking tin with all the veg, sprinkle garlic evenly over all the veggies along with Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper to taste. *Optional sprinkle Daiya cheese*

Place in Oven and bake for 25 mins. The aroma of the dish when finished is absolutely outstanding. Set on a cooling rack and let rest for 5 mins then serve.

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I love to have my Ratatouille with some fresh French bread and a balsamic reduction

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe, and please let  me know if you try it!

Cheers

Lets talk about: Perseverance

As you guys know I like to write these post, not only to help you guys reach your goals and ultimately lead happy fulfilling lives but also to help me get those things in turn from doing so.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to help people and animals, when I was young I told everyone I would be a Veterinarian when I grew up. As I got older, my path way to whom I wanted to be got clouded in the mix of Life events and excitement of growing into  a real person. I thought I knew what I wanted from life but when those things fell through I always just shrugged away and set my hopes on something else creating  a cycle of disappointing endeavours. Looking back now, I don’t regret any of those choices I need to make them to get to where I am now. Now I know what I want from life and am grabbing it by the horns and not letting go.

Even If i think I’m not doing well, at least I’m doing something.

Perseverance.

Don’t ever give up on something that you want, despite what anyone says or how impossible  it may seem right now. If you preserve, you will find away. You will never get to where you want to go if you don’t start your journey now and believe me, late is better then never. Take time to reflect on what you want from life, make an action plan and take steps to get there everyday but most of all preserve.

Even when you don’t want too.

Please share some of your own goals and road bumps in the comments.

Cheers !