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Vegan pizza with peppers, mushrooms and onions;

Kidney bean, chickpea & balsamico salad;

Olives;

Grapes;

Grapefruit;

and some plain lettuce.

So lucky to have vegan options on my meal plan! 🙂

Also, I just told the staff at our kitchen that I am vegan (which I am not entirely yet). This means that from now on, I will eat only vegan meals at our cafeteria. Also, it means that there are now 3 vegans in our cooperative, so hopefully they will start incorporating vegan desserts as well.

To give them credit, a lot of the vegetarian meals are vegan as well. While I was registered as ‘vegetarian’, I tried to pick only the meals that “seemed” vegan – but now I can be sure. I was hesitating to do this step for a while since it meant I wouldn’t take any muffins or cake anymore since technically I wasn’t calculated in for it. But today was the day. Feels so good to have done it now. SCORE!

Do you ever hesitate to tell others about your dietary choices like I did?

After strolling through Toronto today, a big dinner was definitely in order. We decided to stop by in the Eaton Center food section on our way back to the subway. I was happy to see the vegetarian restaurant Urban Herbivore there and decided to go check it out.

I opted for the curry bowl with veggies and tofu, which came with a grain of your choice and a small side salad for $9. Not bad at all – especially considering the portions!

It also tasted delicious! The tofu was perfectly done, and the curry sauce was nice and creamy.

Even though I was pleasantly full after having my entire curry bowl (yeah ok, and half of my friend’s bowl as well.. I admit it!), I still decided to check out their desserts. And as expected, they had a great selection of vegan treats.

Sorry for the blurry picture, but what you should see here are vegan muffins, cookies, brownies, and other goodies. I didn’t check if all of them were vegan, but the majority definitely was. I also loved that they put the exact ingredient list down for every baked good: No questions left to be asked!

I grabbed a piece of banana bread for $2.40 and left happily.

After doing a quick search, I found that a few other vegan mofo-ers made a visit to Urban Herbivore in the last couple of days. If you feel that my possibly banana-bread coma induced hymn on this place is not valid enough for ya, check them out:

Lastly, Happy (turkey-free) Thanksgiving to all Canadians today!

I seem to be severely peanut butter addicted this days.
Oh well.
Why not?

This is late-night study food. It’s cover-your-room with the smell of peanut butter to overcome the smell of books and sweat of hard work – food. It’s so simply I can’t even call it a recipe, and am sort of ashamed to post it on here. Still, I figured: it’s filling, it’s (sort of) healthy, it’s vegan and it’s DAMN tasty. And it has peanut butter in it. Why would I keep this away from you?

You need:

  1. 1/2 cup of bulgur
  2. 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  3. some water

Do I really need to tell you what to do here?
Simple: Pour boiling water over bulgur. Add peanut butter and watch how it melts beautifully. Stir. Wait. Wait some more. And devour…

Step 1

Step 2

Done!

Mmmhmm…

Dear readers,

Exciting news: It’s time for Vegan MoFo!

Throughout the month of October, over 700 vegan food bloggers will display their art and get knee-deep into some vegan cooking, baking and writing. I am excited to participate this year. It’ll be a great motivation to try out more new recipes. This is the perfect time of the year to this as well- the leaves are turning yellow and it’s becoming cold outside…

Next thing: picture of my lunch!
I live in a coop, so part of the deal to live here is to do 3 hours of kitchen work a week. And I love it! In the short time I’ve lived here, I’ve already learned so much about cooking, using the right kitchen utensils, which flavours work well together etc. And I get to make awesome vegan things – and eat them 🙂 Here is my lunch from yesterday:

What’s in it?

  1. Eggless “Egg”-Salad
  2. Barley-Chickpea Salad
  3. Spicy Hummous: Tabasco & Pepper
  4. Classic Hummous: Tahini
  5. Carrot sticks!

The Barley-chickpea salad was my favourite. I don’t remember the exact recipe, but I’ll try and remember as best as I can:

  1. Cook 1.5 cups of barley
  2. In a bowl, throw together a can of chickpeas, some cut up spring onion, some fresh parsley, juice of a lemon.
  3. Add some extras. These could be: dried raisins, cranberries, pistachios*, dried apricots. I also used sun-dried tomatos because I love them, worked out well.
  4. When the barley is tender, spread it out on a flat pan. Drizzle some olive oil over it and let it sit for a little bit.
  5. Put together a spice mix of black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, nutmeg, turmeric. This is where my memory gets fuzzy. There may have been more spices. I also left out the turmeric because we didn’t have any, and it worked out well!
  6. Mix the barley with the rest of salad.
  7. Throw the spice mix in and stir.
  8. Let it sit for about an hour before serving. Maybe drizzle more olive oil on if it seems dry.
  9. Enjoy!

(*The recipe is originally a barley-pistaccio salad, but we always leave nuts out of all recipes in the coop kitchen for those who are allergic.)
The best thing was that I made all of the above and then knew they were being diminished by fellow coop-ers at lunch. Yay – vegan food for everyone!

Lastly, I tried out the raw pumpkin butter recipe from Raw Is Sexy last night. I used this baby:

I still had it sitting on my counter from the visit to the Farmer’s Market the other day. I knew it was time to try this…

This is what it turned out as: Yummy raw, cinnamon-y pumpkin goodness! I spread some on a sandwich and digged in right away. The rest is sitting in the fridge now.

Any ideas on what I could with it? Mix in some muffins? Make pumpkin bread out of it?

Lastly, I want to point you guys to some awesome vegan blogs I’ve discovered through vegan mofo already. For the complete list, check here:

To the above and all the other mofo-ers: What is your goal for Vegan MoFo 2011?
I am mainly hoping to have fun, explore some new vegan recipes (particularly soup! I haven’t made much soup yet at all but the season is calling for it), and find more vegan bloggers I like 🙂

Have a nice Sunday everyone!