Baked Tofu Pad Thai

Baked Tofu Pad Thai

A colourful mix of crunchy veggies along with baked tofu are smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce, and finished with a hit of lime and toasted peanuts. This makes a flavourful vegetarian (and easily made vegan) addition to your weekly meal plan. Bonus… most of the fresh and nutritious veggies can be found at your local farmers market.

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Radish Leaf Walnut Pesto

Radish leaf walnut pesto

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, farmers market stands begin to fill with more colourful produce. Radishes recently made their appearance, glowing globes like multi coloured christmas lights adorning the market tables… It was exciting I tell you! In the spring, radishes are a mild, juicy, and crunchy addition to salads and tacos, even the green tops are delightful.

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Kimchi Kraut

Kimchi kraut in mason jar.

There’s something magical about fermentation. In this case, it’s a process by which over salted vegetables yields a highly delicious product. Simple to make and packed full of tangy flavour, kimchi kraut is a tasty addition to nearly anything.

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Mushroom Pâté

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I love pâté, all kinds of pâté, but last year I tried a new to me pâté. At my friends wedding she had these amazing picnic baskets set out for all of the guests. Each was filled with an assortment of goodies and treats among which was a delicious mushroom pâté. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? This version was such a fantastic alternative to the traditional liver based variety. So I went home and thought, why not try and make it myself?

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Dutch Baby with Roasted Pears and Toasted Hazelnuts

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Our first autumn on the east coast has welcomed us with all sorts of vivid shades of oranges, reds and yellows. And as the cool fall weather is setting there is nothing more comforting than a warm breakfast. The first time I had dutch baby was a little over six years ago, when my partner and I took a trip to the Kootenays to visit some of his family. Adrian and talked of dutch baby stating that it was one of his favourite breakfasts, but I didn’t quite understand what all of the fuss was about. What is a dutch baby anyways? Adrian’s step-mom, Jill, whipped one up on our first morning with them and I have been hooked ever since. The crispy edges, puffy and eggy texture makes the dutch baby somewhere between a waffle and a pancake. Simple to make, requiring only a cast iron pan and a blender, means that dutch baby the perfect dish for weekend brunch.

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Oat Milk

Oat Milk

It was only a few months into our relationship when we figured out that my partner is lactose intolerant. Milk, cheese, butter, ice cream… all things that I would have to stop cooking with. Fortunately I had dabbled in vegan cooking before our relationship began, which made the prospect of cooking without dairy a little less daunting.

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Breakfast Cookies

Somewhere between a cookie and a muffin, these nutritious treats are sure to keep you full and give you energy to start your day. Subtle hints of spices are enough to make these cookies interesting, and I suppose the dried blueberries and chocolate chips may also be factor. Make them the night before, for a quick easy grab and go breakfast for those busy weekdays mornings.

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Scallion Pancakes

In Highschool, I could count on my youngest sister (in elementary school at the time) to cook up some pretty fantastic midnight snacks. While I was out with friends, Megan was at home watching Martin Yan—do you remember that guy? With his catchphrase “If Yan can cook so can you!”—Then, when my friends and I got home, Megan was more than happy to cook up her newly found recipes which were quickly devoured. Scallion (aka green onions, yes they are the same thing) pancakes were always a hit, and definitely a snack that would be made again and again.

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