eggplant black bean tacos

Eggplant tacos with spicy black bean sauce

The Chinese eggplant — smothered in a thick black bean sauce, loaded with ginger and garlic — is a staple of Sichuan cooking and versatile with rice and noodles. Here, the classic dish is reimagined as tacos. Pungent, salty and slightly sweet at the same time, it's a lip-smacking, greasy way to spice up your … Continue reading Eggplant tacos with spicy black bean sauce

jackfruit curry rice

Thai lemongrass coconut rice with curried jackfruit and veggies

This vegan version of Thai chicken curry shows that jackfruit is a game changer. With its meaty-yet-tender texture and ability to absorb flavours, the Southeast Asian jackfruit is a versatile staple and ideal for vegans. Work it into your stews, salads, sandwiches, stir fries, burgers and tacos. You can find canned jackfruit in Asian markets … Continue reading Thai lemongrass coconut rice with curried jackfruit and veggies

Creamy spaghetti squash pasta

In honour of World Pasta Day, I'm combining two of my favourite things: autumn flavours and loads of noodles. Early fall marks the season of the beautiful lemon-hued spaghetti squash. But in Toronto this past weekend it was glorious patio weather again, making my sunny kitchen feel like an oven. Instead of squash soup, I … Continue reading Creamy spaghetti squash pasta

bread spreads

Bread spreads: easy, vegan and life changing

Sometimes you need a break from avocado toast. Shake up your toast game with these toppings ranging from sweet to savoury to spicy. Sweet: espresso chocolate hazelnut butter (a.k.a. coffee Nutella) Dates provide natural sweetness, which means you don't have to add extra sugar. Soaking them overnight will keep the butter moist and rich. 2 cups … Continue reading Bread spreads: easy, vegan and life changing

curry pesto rice bowl with roasted eggplant

Moroccan-style curry pesto (10 minutes!)

I'm always thinking of fun new ways to bring more curry into my life. So far I've shared tips for a red curry, red lentil stew and a curry-spiced granola. For today's post I experimented with Moroccan-inspired flavours to come up with this curry pesto. If you like plenty of heat, feel free to add more spice: curry … Continue reading Moroccan-style curry pesto (10 minutes!)

beet pesto pasta

Easy beet pesto with sesame and walnuts

Feeling amorous? Beets may bring love at first bite. Lately I've been experimenting with colour, like purple rice noodles, purple cabbage and purple onion. This week I'm feeling pink, and beets hit the spot. Traditionally used in borscht (the Russian soup), beets are high in fibre, iron and antioxidants, and have detoxing benefits. But did you … Continue reading Easy beet pesto with sesame and walnuts

mac and cheese nachos

Nutty and nice: cashews as cheese sauce

Before I was vegan, I was a cheese addict. The toughest thing to give up was the gooey, salty creaminess of brie, mozzarella and camembert. Although the Daiya brand is a great non-dairy alternative, I wanted to make my own cheese sauce and had heard about using cashew nuts. But I was lazy and thought … Continue reading Nutty and nice: cashews as cheese sauce