Day 23 – Vegan Thanksgiving Bell Peppers

Everyday I blog about what I cooked that day; today is going to be a little different. Because thanksgiving is tomorrow, I figured I’d post my favorite vegan thanksgiving dish the day before for anyone who may want to use it tomorrow 🙂

Thanksgiving doesn’t always have to be about the turkey! Tomorrow night , I’m cooking up a humane/ vegan thanksgiving dinner for some friends visiting from the US – I’m used to using beef filling for Stuffed red peppers; but instead- I’m making colourful vegan stuffing , incorporating all the gorgeous fall colours (red, yellow, orange).

Here’s how I’m going to do it (pictures to follow)

6 Bell Peppers (Use Red, Yellow and Orange for thanksgiving colours)

1 can pinto beans

2 cup rice

2 cans black olives (chopped)

3 garlic cloves (minced)

2 cups spaghetti sauce

1/2 cup water or vegetable broth

1 1/2 cup chopped tofu

basil

salt

black pepper

Directions :

pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Bring rice to a boil. While the rice is cooking clean the peppers and cut off the tops so that they can be stuffed. Set them aside and in a seperate bowl combine the cooked rice, pinto beans, black olives and tofu. Mix in the garlic, basil and other spices.

Combine the spaghetti sauce and vegetable broth in a seperate bowl. Stuff the peppers with the rice mixture, put them into the slow cooker and cover them with the spaghetti sauce and vegetable broth mixture (let a good amount drip into the peppers covering the rice). Cook on high till peppers are tender.

Serve with Yam mash (Boil yams, add butter, garlic, salt and rosemary)

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As for today, I made a very simple caesar salad; Romaine lettuce and snap peas, lathered in ceasar dressing and garnished with homemade croutons (mix butter, garlic, rosemary and spread it on slightly stale bread. cut into small pieces and put in the oven till they become crisp)

I really hope you try the recipes and let me know how they go! You can write me an email at nomeatnovember@gmail.com , or tweet @NoMeatNovember .

Happy Thanksgiving everyone 🙂

Day 22 – Zuchinni and Mushroom crisps (Kid friendly finger food)

Want a quick, delicious snack that your kids will love?

Today, I had a bunch of random ingredients lying around and was baffled with what to do with them. If you have been reading my blog, I’m sure you will note that whenever I cook zucchini I pair it with mushroom and that’s exactly what I did again today with simple zucchini and crimini mushroom crisps that are quick, easy and perfect for kids to munch on!

Here is how they’re made:

Recipe:

1 medium sized zucchini

handful of chopped crimini mushrooms

half white onion

pinch of oregano

1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic

pinch salt

pinch pepper

1 cup multi grain bread crumbs (slightly soaked in water)

pinch red chilli flakes

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Finely chop zucchini, onion and crimini mushrooms and throw into a mixing bowl; add garlic, oregano, salt, pepper , red chilli flakes and mix. Add in soaked bread crumbs and mix together till you have a ‘dough’ like mixture.

Roll into small balls and flatten to make ‘crisps’

Place on a baking tray and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes (flipping over at least once) or until they are crispy and brown.

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Day 21 – Crunchy Kale, Apple, candied walnut and Snap pea crisp Salad

I raced out of my sisters apartment in Brooklyn with a heavy heart; leaving NY and my family is always depressing. So I guess it came as a cute little surprise when I opened my bag and found a bag of ‘Snap Pea Crisps’ tucked in there. This is something my mother always did when I was young, and embarking on any kind of journey; while I was putting on my shoes, she would be busy stuffing as many snacks into my hand carry bag as possible.

Anyway- I had never tried Snap pea crisps before; they turned out to be pretty delicious. After the first bite, I realized these little baked goods could potentially taste great in a salad I make very frequently. So as soon as I got home, I tried it out!

Here’s how it went :

Recipe

Salad :-

1 Bunch Fresh Kale

1 bunch Romaine lettuce

2  apples

candied walnuts

1 cup snap pea crisps

raspberry vinaigrette (bottled – will provide a home-made recipe later)

Recipe for Candied Walnuts

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup walnut halves

Vegetable oil (for frying)

1/2 teaspoon salt

 Directions for Candied Walnuts:

In a saucepan add water, sugar, and cayenne. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves Add walnuts to pan; reduce heat to medium and cook until syrup boils, is thick and coats all the walnuts – the cooking time is about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour vegetable oil into wok or large frying pan and allow to heat. Drain extra syrup from walnuts. Slowly and carefully transfer walnuts to hot oil and cook until well browned, stirring constantly. Finally, transfer all the walnuts to a cooling sheet, sprinkle with salt and leave to cool and crisp!

Directions for Salad:

Roughly chop Kale, Romaine lettuce and wash thoroughly.

Chop apple into thin long slices.

In a bowl, mix greens, apple and raspberry vinaigrette . throw candied walnuts and Snap Pea Crisps on top as a generous garnish.

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The Salad turned out great and the snap pea’s really did add a great salty crunch to the salad. Not only that, the crisps are healthy and have a delicious flavor.

This is a perfect lunch salad for anyone; it is extremely healthy and full of flavour. Anyone can enjoy it !

Try it out and let me know how it worked for you 🙂 @NoMeatNovember signing out..

Day 20 – NYC Vegan food hunt!

Reason 1098097 for Why I Love New York City :

You can easily find a great vegan/vegetarian restaurant that delivers in any burrough !

After the longest and most exhausting weekend, Sunday night was all about hanging out with my sisters and enjoying some warm soup. The only issue, by the time our errands for the day got done (i.e , socializing), we were all too tired to cook and it was pretty late in the evening.

Luckily- In NYC, this is not a problem!

My sister introduced me to ‘Zen Palate‘ (663 9th Ave – this is just ONE of the many locations); An All Vegan fusion/Pan-Asian restaurant.

http://www.zenpalate.com/

For starters we ordered,

Taro Spring Rolls (shredded chinese cabbage, mushrooms, taro root and soy protein, fried until crisp)

Basil Peanut Moo-Shu Rolls (dried jicama, carrots, mushrooms and soy with basil, ginger and crushed peanuts rolled in rice paper)

And for soups – we ordered (Not realizing how HUGE the servings were going to be, we should’ve just gotten one and shared it)

Tong-Mein Noodle Soup With Deluxe Vegetables (soy chicken and mock duck,  garden vegetables, wheat noodles in vegetable broth)

Dumpling Soup With Vegetables (veggie dumplings, garden vegetables, chinese mustard greens and scallions)

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Now, I have to add- the reviews online for the dine-in resto have not been great, but I found the meal to be absolutely delicious, filling and wholesome! My sister, who is not a vegetarian, LOVED every bite of the meal and said she didn’t feel the need to eat any meat!

I would highly recommend Zen Palate to anyone who wants a really good Pan-Asian/Chinese Vegan meal in NYC.

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I’m REALLY looking forward to my return to Toronto, and the long anticipated all-Veg Thanksgiving cook-off (I am hosting some American friends who are visiting)!!! For anyone looking for Great tried & tested Thanksgiving recipes, STAY TUNED! @NoMeatNovember will provide 🙂

Till tomorrow ! I’m loving my Veg-Adventures in NYC and hope you’re enjoying healthy, delicious and environmentally friendly eating , where ever you are !! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @NoMeatNovember !

Day 18 & 19 in NYC!

If you’re a foodie , NYC is the place to be! 2 Nights, 2 GREAT vegan meals – and, as a bonus- 2 celebrity sightings 🙂

The first night, (17th November) My family and I went out to an amazing little gem of a spot – Miss Lilly (132 W Houston  st). This tiny, almost hidden restaurant has some of the most delicious Jamaican food I have ever tasted!!  Miss Lilly’s is vibrant & fun – If you’re looking for a night out with the girls or just an exciting place to be with your friends- Check it out! They have a DJ spinning lots of reggae and Island Hip hop from the 90’s, A disco ball hanging off the ceiling and fun retro decore. The best part, they have vegetarian AND vegan options on the menu; and also are extremely flexible and will whip something up on the spot if requested! If you’re in NY, please be sure to check out Miss Lilly’s and try the food! Be sure to start with the Jerk Corn (with toasted coconut) , Plantain Chips, and for your Entree, try the Vegan Bushman Plate ( jerk seitan, cous cous, stir fry vegetables, callaloo).

At the table infront of us , we spotted Jamaican-American Super star, Shaggy, who came over and wished my sister a Happy Birthday 🙂 He is apparently a regular at Miss Lilly’s and told us he loves the food there!

The second night, we hit the jackpot again! We went out a Place called ‘Tipsy Parson‘ (156 9th Avenue).

I ordered the Quinoa Salad ( Quinoa, arugula, roasted cauliflower, spiced pecans, piave, cumin-lemon yogurt dressing)

This is the simplest salad; but so filling and flavourful! The roasted cauliflower, arugula and quinoa made for the most perfect combination!For a second course, i had The Tuscan Kale Salad (dried cranberries, roasted mushrooms, almonds,
crispy shallots, sherry brown-butter vinaigrette)

Compliments to the chef! for vegetarians who don’t mind sea food; the shrimp and grits on the menu are also to die for!

Tipsy Parson is definitely going on my list of favourite NYC spots. great food, great service AND, at the end of the night we ran into the gorgeous Ethan Hawke who told us that he spends many nights at Tipsy Parson as he lives close by and he loves the food! We also got to meet his beautiful dog named Nina 🙂

Anyhow- those are my 2 NY resto’s, so far. I will post again tomorrow with more updates, meals and perhaps some recipes! I hope you’re having a great NoMeatNovember 🙂

Day 16- Crispy Kale Chips!

You know you’ve had a long/crazy day when you realize that you still haven’t had lunch at 8:00PM! Yup, that was my day today. I’m leaving for New York early in the morning and had a tonne of work to do before I head out- so today, I picked up a veggie burger from a random burger shop on yonge street on the way home from work as my lunch/dinner.

I did though, reach home and realize I was craving chips. Too exhausted to go down to the super market and buy some for my self- I decided to go through my fridge and see what I had lying around that I could turn into chips.

I found my two favourite things: Kale and Sweet potatoes!

Sweet potatoes take FOREVER to ‘chipify’ (I need to stop making up words)- so I decided to make Kale chips for now, and leave the sweet potato in the oven while I pack- and zip lock them for my journey !!

Kale and Sweet potato chips are really the easiest things in the world to make!

Kale chips :-

Recipe

Handful of Kale leaves

Splash of Olive oil

Seasoning Salt

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees

Wash Leaves; remove the stem. Place baking sheet in a roasting tray- pile Kale leaves on top of the baking sheet – sprinkle with a tiny bit of olive oil and seasoning salt.

Stick them in the oven for about 15 minutes- and done! Crispy, delicious Kale chips!

–       For sweet potato chips, do the exact same thing – thinly slice, and oven bake with olive oil and seasoning salt. The only difference is, sweet potatoes will need to be left in the oven for at least 45 minutes and you will need to turn them over once!

I know this isn’t much of a ‘recipe’ ; but I will be back with much more in the coming days , so stay tuned!!

For now, I need some shut-eye before I head to my favourite city !! NYC here I come!! @NoMeatNovember signing out!

Day 15 – Quick & Easy Asian Lettuce Wraps!

Today has been a looong day with barely anytime to put together a decent meal! Luckily, I have lots of quick, easy and nutritious recipes up my sleeve that are perfect for a busy day!

Here is what I put together on my 20 minute break:

Recipe:

1 chopped white onion

half a cup chopped shiitake mushroom

half a cup shredded carrot

1 bunch broccoli (only the heads)

half cup bean sprouts

romaine lettuce leaves

1 ½ tablespoon light soy sauce

½ tablespoon hoisin sauce

½ teaspoon ginger

Directions:

Mix together light soy sauce, hoisin sauce & ginger.

In a wok throw in chopped white onion and shiitake mushrooms- let the onions sweat and the mushrooms soften. Next, add in the broccoli and shredded carrot. Let veggies cook for 2-3 minutes and then add in the soy mixture and coat the veggies. Finally , turn off the heat & throw in Fresh bean sprouts and mix again. Do not ‘cook’ the veggies or over heat; you want to maintain the crunch, flavour and most importantly, the nutrition in this meal!

Once the mixture has cooled down, Spoon it out into romaine lettuce leaves , wrap and serve!

(I usually have these wraps with chilli sauce)


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Try any of my recipes and let me know how they turn out for you. I’d love to hear your results along with your variations and versions- also if you have anything you’d like to share, please feel free to write me an email (nomeatnovember@gmail.com), comment on the blog, or contact me via twitter (@NoMeatNovember). Thank you for all those who have already sent supportive emails and messages- I promise to upload recipes catering to your requests over the next few days! I hope to keep hearing from you! Have a great NoMeatNovember!

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