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Instant Pot Lentil Fricot

I’m going back to my roots today with a traditional Acadian recipe – Instant Pot Lentil fricot. As I said, fricot is a traditional Acadian recipe, which I grew up eating when living in the Maritimes. Traditional fricot is a dish made of chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions and dumplings, but since eating a mostly vegetarian diet, I decided it was time to make a plant-based version of one of my childhood favorites. If you’re not from the Maritimes, then think of fricot as a sort of chicken and dumplings soup. And believe me, it’s an easy and comforting recipe. My version is made chicken-free thanks to lentils. I used red lentils for protein, which also thickens the dish to make it stew-like and comforting. It’s then flavored with vegetable broth (instead of chicken…

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

Slow cooker vegetarian pumpkin chili. Slow cooked for maximum flavor and made vegetarian and high-protein thanks to a combination of red lentils and black beans. This pumpkin chili has been a fall favorite around here for the past two years and I hope you’ll love it too. This is actually my first time sharing a slow cooker recipe on the blog and I have no excuse for it. Since I moved in with Shaun 4 years ago and he brought with him an old slow cooker, I’ve used it exactly 3 times. Two of those times being this week. The other time was 2 years ago when I made Half Baked Harvest’s Moroccan soup. I’m not sure how it’s been 2 years already, but it has. Two years ago, I was starting my dietetic…

Late Summer Vegetarian Tex-Mex Casserole

Late summer vegetarian tex-mex casserole. The best way to use all your fresh end of summer vegetables, including corn, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and eggplants. First of all, how are we at the end of August already?! The past month has flown by and it doesn’t help that we spent it mostly indoors, away from the wildfire smoke.  You have no idea how excited I was on Sunday morning when we woke up to fresh, smoke-free air. The smoke has finally cleared from the Okanagan (I’m hoping it doesn’t come back as bad as it was), and we can now enjoy every last bit of summer. The smoke over the last month had us cooped up in our apartment, doing nothing outdoors, so now that the skies are clear, we finally get to…

Healthy Lunchbox Recipes

Healthy lunchbox recipes. Because soon, it will be back to school (some of you may have already started!). This time of year is a little bittersweet for me. This is my second year not going back to school and I miss it! I know, I’m weird. But seriously, I would much rather study for the rest of my life than work. Considering I could get paid to study of course. Hah! Part of it is that I miss the freedom of university. I miss having a few classes and being free the rest of the time. While I was in university, I could choose when to study, when to go to the gym and when to relax. I had so much time, even if a good part of it was spent studying. You don’t get that…

Vegan Chickpea Pasta Salad with Tahini Dressing

Vegan chickpea pasta salad with tahini dressing. Chickpeas, pasta, arugula, red onion, tomatoes and tahini dressing. Key word here: Tahini. Have you ever tried tahini dressing with pasta? It’s life-changing (slight exaggeration here, but my love for tahini dressing is real). Rarely do I make a salad without it, no matter the kind of salad. Part of it is because it tastes so good, the other part of it is because I’m too lazy most days to make creamy dressings using avocadoes or cashews and a blender. I mean, more dishes? No thank you. To make things even better, this salad is all done in one bowl (plus a small mason jar to make the sauce, but at least that can easily go in the dishwasher). Here’s how it goes: Boil the pasta…