Breakfast Congee

I get asked about this a lot, for some reason. Probably because  I bring it up a lot. On weekdays, I eat congee for breakfast every day. It’s fast, easy, healthy (maybe? Brown rice has fibre, right?) and filling. I got the idea while staying at a youth hostel in Hong Kong where they offered…

Egg Tofu with Udon in Soy-Peanut Sauce

There are days that I really don’t feel like cooking. That’s why I fill my pantry with items that can easily be turned into a balanced meal with very little effort. Something I always keep around are udon noodles. You can find them in Asian grocery stores in the noodle aisle (for those who haven’t…

Dairy-free Cream of Mushroom Soup (vegan alternatives)

WINNER of the least photogenic food ever! Is there anything better than cream of mushroom soup? My mom was a big fan of condensed cream of mushroom soup. Like boxes of cans in the basement before Costco existed, even though everything else she made was made from scratch. Look up “canned cream of mushroom soup…

Sautéed Rapini with Balsamic Reduction

I was inspired by a side dish at DeSoto’s, a very good neighbourhood restaurant. I love rapini and this is quick and very, very tasty. Ingredients 1 bunch rapini, washed, bottom 1/2″ of ends cut. I also separated the larger branches from the main stem for easier eating 6 garlic cloves, minced finely (less if…

Spinach and Potato Curry Roti

Potato in curry is one of my favourite things in the world. So the first time I had spinach and potato curry roti, my mind was absolutely blown. Anyway, this is a great spicy lunch for a super cold day. Seriously, Toronto?   I added in peas for some protein, to round out the meal….

Vegan cheesy chili

  Yeah, let’s totally pretend that I’m going to eat 7 chips with this, and not  that entire bag behind it. The first rule of chili is that it needs to be bad for you. This is junk food, so despite all the veggies and lack of fat in this dish, it still has to…

Couscous Salad

In an effort to be healthy (and get rid of a TON of cilantro), I present: couscous salad. Measurements are approximate! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup couscous 2 3/4 cups water 1/2 tbsp lemon zest Lemon juice to taste 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped 1/2 tomato, diced 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp turmeric splash of…

Split pea soup with bacon, if you’re into that sort of thing

Even though it’s unseasonably warm for December (low of -1ºC on December 15? Really?) I’m already craving soup like crazy. This is something I threw together with a bunch of ingredients from my house. Ingredients 1 cup dried split peas, rinsed very well Water 1 bay leaf 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder 1 medium onion…

Basic fried rice

Fried rice is another one of those recipes that use up all the leftovers in the fridge. All you really need is rice, soy sauce, veggies, protein and oil. You can have an endless amount of combinations. I have yet to make a combination that tastes bad, but that doesn’t mean this recipe is infallible….

Easy pasta salad

My plan today was to buy sushi for lunch. This morning, my cheapness overcame my laziness and I made one of the laziest, but still satisfying, meals I had in my arsenal. Working Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: roughly 10 minutes Ingredients Pasta, cooked as per directions on package (also a great recipe for leftover…