Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIAW #34 OR A Day of Favorites

   Hi Friends!

   Are you ready for another edition of WIAW? Me, too! This is actually Sunday's eats, not Wednesday's AND, they all just happen to be my favorite foods. So, without further ado, let's get on with the eats!


Tofu Scramble with Avocado Toast

  Lately I've been obsessed with two weekend-type breakfasts: tofu scrambles, like the one above, and my new favorite Chickpea Omelette. I can't get enough of either lately!


Spring salad with lot's of veggies, hemp seeds and a homemade vinaigrette
I love salad! If salad were the only food I could eat for the rest of my life, I would be totally fine (and happy) about that!


Organic Gala Apple and Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter
I thought about cutting the apple and plating it with a spoonful of the peanut butter, but I knew that if I did that then I would have gobbled it up before I could take the picture. If salad is my weakness then there is no word for what peanut butter is. If I allowed myself, I could finish a jar in less than a week! No joke.


Chili-Lime Lentil Tacos on  sprouted Corn Tortillas with Guacamole
I love tacos! This is another meal that I could eat every single day and not get sick of. And it's so versatile. You could pretty much turn anything into a taco, or taco-like food as I like to call it. I've been known to cook up a veggie burger, chop it up, and add it to a corn tortilla along with some peppers and salsa. I've also done that with a Field Roast sausage. Fast food but healthy and delicious!

In keeping with my Day of Favorites, I thought I would share my favorite songs of the moment. The ones that I hit the repeat button to three times before I let the playlist move on to the next song. Every.Single.Time.

Click to listen....

For some reason I could not find the original to this ^ song on SoundCloud so check it out here on YouTube (warning- explicit lyrics) if you haven't heard it yet... that's only if you've been living under a rock. The remix is only okay. It's missing the drums. Oh, the drums!

And, last but not least, this last song has been on repeat for a LONG time. I had to add it. I love running to this song so I listen to it a lot. It's also my morning alarm... so yes, I do listen to it on a daily basis! Haha! LOVE it.

I hope you enjoyed the little music break! You danced a little, didn't you? Me too!

Happy Hump Day!

Ves xx

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chickpea Omelette

   Hi Friends!

   I have a fun and simple recipe for your Monday. Maybe you're on holidays, or maybe you're at work, but either way, you're going to want to make this for dinner... and then again for breakfast tomorrow! This is a soy-free and gluten-free alternative to your usual tofu omelette or scramble. Not that there's anything wrong with a tofu scramble. I love them! But it's fun to mix things up a bit once in a while. This recipe uses chickpea flour (or garbanzo bean flour) which you can find at a Bulk Barn, or in stores (Bob's Red Mill makes one) and at Indian markets as Besan flour.

   I've tried making an omelette using chickpea flour once last year but I completely destroyed it. I don't even remember if it tasted good but I do know that I wasn't in a hurry to try again anytime soon. Then, chickpea omelettes started popping up on my instagram feed and the pictures would make me drool! I finally decided to try again. I took a few pointers from a couple of different users and I was so thrilled with how it turned out! Obviously, I had to share it with you guys!

Let's get on with the recipe...

Chickpea Omelette
1/3 cup Chickpea Flour
1/2 tsp ground flax seed
1 scant tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dehydrated onion (or onion powder)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but yummy)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup water + 2tbsp
1-2 tsp Earth Balance butter, for greasing the pan


After you've gathered all of your ingredients, preheat your pan on medium heat. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Add the water and whisk it all together. The consistency should be on the thinner side, like a beaten egg except a bit more watery. If it's too thin it will not cook properly (trust me).

Brush a bit of Earth Balance butter on the pan before pouring the mixture in. Swirl the mixture around until it's evenly distributed in the pan. Then leave it to cook for about 4 minutes. Don't fuss with it and NO flipping.

While it's cooking, prepare your filling. Don't be shy, choose whatever you want. I chose asparagus this time. I marinated it for a couple of minutes using my vinaigrette and then I quickly grilled it on the stove while the omelette was cooking.

You'll know the omelette is done when it starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and the edges begin to lift up a bit. Ease it onto a plate using a spatula for support. Then, add your filling to the omelette before folding it in half.

Easy, right? And the best part is that you can play around with the spices to suit whatever filling you want to add. I've added a bit of cumin and chili powder to the base and then warmed some salsa to fill the inside with along with some greens. So good! FYI: There's 13 grams of protein in this omelette from the chickpea flour, flax seed and nutritional yeast!

Enjoy and have a Happy Monday!

Ves xx

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

   Hi Friends!


   I just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone (who's celebrating) a wonderful Independence Day! I may be living in Canada (and loving it) but there's still an American girl inside me and I can't help but celebrate every American holiday. Luckily the important people around me love to humor me! Secretly, I think they enjoy celebrating right along with me. I mean, who doesn't like to party and eat delicious food that's been prepared for them, am I right? Ha!


  So, enjoy your BBQ's, picnics, beach fun, family time, fireworks, and whatever other shenanigans you're getting up to today! I know I will!

Even if you aren't celebrating the American Independence Day, it's still Friday! That's worth celebrating, too!

Happy 4th of July and TGIF!

Ves xx

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Birthday Canada!

   Hi Friends!


   How are you celebrating this holiday? Praying that it doesn't rain? Ha! Me too. Seriously though. Have fun, make a picnic, spend time with family and friends and watch some fireworks. If you have to work, I'm sorry. I'll think of you while I relax the day away!

Happy Canada Day! 

Ves xx
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