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Tempeh Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Kale tempeh salad with Tahini Dressing. I can’t believe this is my first time sharing a tempeh recipe. Before moving to BC, 5 months ago, I had only ever had tempeh once, at a potluck with dietitian friends. For some reason, I never bothered cooking with it at home. Then we travelled across Canada and tried many new vegetarian restaurants. After trying tempeh in different dishes, I knew I needed to start cooking with it at home. My favorite way to eat it so far? In a salad with tahini dressing. It’s so good, it’s making me crave salads every day. This salad is ready in less than 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for last-minute weeknight meals. Here’s how it’s made: Start by chopping the kale (small bite sizes makes it much easier…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Pecans

Roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic pecans. The most addictive holiday side dish. I don’t know about you, but brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. In my opinion, they’re seriously underrated. Steamed they’re okay, but roasted? I could eat the whole pan. I think that’s the key if you don’t like vegetables. Try them roasted and it will change your mind. These brussels sprouts aren’t only roasted, but they’re also topped with toasted salty and garlicky pecans. Those pecans are what takes these brussels sprouts to the next level. It’s what makes them even better for your holiday feast. Trust me. I first used these toasted pecans in this savory sweet potato casserole last year. I loved it so much that this year…

Coriander Sweet Potato Soup with Toasted Cinnamon Pecans

I have a delicious holiday soup for you today: Coriander sweet potato soup with toasted cinnamon pecans. Yes, I’m starting to create and share some holiday recipes already. To be honest, Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and I always start getting in the holiday spirit in the first few weeks of November. A few weeks (or maybe days) after Halloween, I start listening to Christmas songs… Whenever Shaun is not around because he doesn’t get in the Christmas mood as early as I do. I don’t think many people do. Hah! I’ve been this way since I was a kid. I was the one to set the Christmas decorations at home early November, listening to Christmas songs and baking cookies. There’s no waiting for December…

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with 2-Minute Vegan Aioli

My latest obsession: roasted sweet potatoes with 2-minute vegan aioli. I’ve been eating this about 3 times a week lately and there’s no stopping me. These sweet potatoes with tempeh and a kale salad have been a staple in our house since I finally found tempeh and vegan mayonnaise in Vernon a month ago… It was an exciting day. As disturbing as it may be, we went through almost an entire jar of vegan mayonnaise in one month, all because of this recipe. Me, who’s never bought mayonnaise in my life. It’s just not something we use, but now, that may change. Mayonnaise may become a regular condiment in our fridge, all to satisfy my aioli cravings. I mean, I could make my own mayonnaise, but sometimes you just want…

Sweet Peach Kale Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

My first recipe in a few weeks – Sweet peach kale salad with feta and toasted pecans. (That title is quite the mouthful, but I wanted to include all the goodness!). Actually, this is the first salad I’m sharing that doesn’t require turning on the oven. For real. All of my other favorite salads include either cooked grains or roasted veggies. I can’t help it, I love that hot and cold combination when it comes to salads! However, now that we’re in Vernon and the temperature is considerably warmer than it was in Saint John, I’m craving cold salads. Honestly, anything that doesn’t require turning on the oven. A little off topic, but as I’m writing this (a few days before actually sharing the recipe), it’s Saturday evening and we…