Creamy Wild Rice and Bean Soup

This is one of our family’s favourite instant pot comfort soup recipes that has been adapted from A Couple Cooks. Pair with my homemade herbed focaccia for a perfect winter meal. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stalks of celery, chopped 4  carrots, chopped 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons dried oregano 2…

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Wow! This recipe really brought me back to my mother’s kitchen. She really loved Chinese take-out and I can remember her making this homemade version at least a few times. This is good back-pocket recipe to make for the vegan-skeptics – I don’t think even the staunchest meat eater would spit out the delicious battered…

Ginger Miso Udon Soup

This is a recipe I started working on over the past year and has quickly become a favourite comfort food in our house. Ingredients 1-2 tbsp oil 1 package extra firm tofu, cut into triangles 1 tbsp Bragg’s (or soy sauce) 1-2 tbsp oil 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp…

Coconut Macaroons

A few years after my grandmother’s death, my grandfather gave me an old box of recipes that had belonged to her. They were almost entirely recipes from “Gurney” but there were some annotations from Grandma and sometimes her own recipes or adaptations written on the backs of the cards. I kept that old box all…

Porcupines

This was a really fun discovery among Grandma’s recipes. I found this recipe by accident, hand-written on the back of another recipe card. I actually had no idea what I was making when I started out but they turned out chewy (almost gooey) and made me feel like I was eating something healthy on account…

Kale Caesar Salad

Ingredients 1/2 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tsp garlic powder 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp Dijon mustard Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tsp Bragg’s amino acids (or low sodium soy sauce) 1/2 tsp capers 1/3 cup water Salt and pepper to taste 1 head of kale, washed with stems removed and…

Mulligatawny Soup

My wife used to make a mulligatawny soup in the early years of our relationship. Although this recipe is quite different from the one she used to follow, she remarked that she was surprised at how differently the different recipes started out but ended up in a very similar place. My mother omitted the apples…

Nicole’s Holiday Lasagna

To be honest, I never follow a recipe for lasagna anymore and just wing it every time. This approximates what I normally make. For best results, make the vegan ricotta the day before. The ground round layer can also be made ahead and stored in the fridge until ready to use. Tofu ricotta layer 2…

Tofu Morocco

This recipe delivers more flavour than you might expect from so few ingredients. We served this over Grandma’s wheat bulgur and rice with vegetables. Ingredients 1 cup uncooked bulgur wheat 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped 1 1/2 blocks of extra firm tofu, cubed 1 can of diced tomatoes (28 oz) 1/2 cup…

Wheat Bulgur and Rice with Vegetables

Great as a side dish – we used it as the carb base for Grandma’s Tofu Morocco. Ingredients 3 cups water 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup wheat bulgur 1/2 cup white rice 2/3 cup chopped carrots 2/3 cup chopped celery 2/3 cup chopped onion 1/4 – 1/2 tsp celery salt 1 tsp or a…