Easy 5 Ingredient Salsa

Hi Savvys,

I love having a well stocked pantry so that I can whip up any recipe that my family is craving that week without having to go to the grocery store.  One of my pantry staple recipes is this easy 5 ingredient salsa.  The base of this salsa is canned diced tomatoes, and it uses ingredients that are already in my fridge and pantry.  The only ingredient that we may or may not have is cilantro, but a quick hack is to save some in the freezer for last minute recipes like this one.

All of the ingredients are thrown into the food processor and is ready in less than 5 minutes.  I love using this salsa to eat with tortilla chips, as a topping to tacos or even as a sauce for casseroles. Can be jarred and frozen for up to 3 months!

Leave a comment below on what you like to use this salsa with!

Now set forth and be savvy!

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of whole or diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded if you prefer less heat)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions

  1. In a food processor, add all of the above ingredients
  2. Pulse for 30 seconds, ensuring that the salsa is chunky
  3. You can freeze half of the salsa for a later use for up to 6 months in the freezer
  4. Serve with chips and enjoy!

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Hi Savvys,

I am still making my way through using that frozen pumpkin from roasting my pumpkin from last Halloween.  If you haven’t seen that blog post, be sure to check it out for the full tutorial.

This vegan pumpkin mac and cheese is creamy and earthy.  You can serve it right out of the pot, or go the extra step and bake it with a nice crunchy top.  I also served this to my 7 month old and he loved it!

Check out both variations down below!

Now set forth and be savvy!

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  •  3 cups of elbow macaronic pasta (or pasta of your choice), dry
  • 1 package silken tofu (300 g)
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp arrow root
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried mustard (or use 1 tsp Dijon mustard)
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups vegan cheese

Topping (optional)

  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp vegan parm (you can also just use 2 tsp nutritional yeast)
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook the pasta according to package instructions
  2. In the mean time, blend the rest of the sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth
  3. In a medium sized pan, heat the sauce mixture over medium heat until it just comes to a bubble, and heat through for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. 
  4. Add the cheese and stir until it is fully melted.
  5. Take the sauce mixture off the heat, add the drained pasta.  Mix to combine.
  6. Serve with fresh parsley on top.
  7. For the baked variation, pour the mac and cheese into a baking dish.
  8. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  9. Mix the topping ingredients and spring on top.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  11. Serve immediately!

Postpartum Fitness Challenge Journey and High Protein Low Carb Vegan Meals – Week 1

Hi Savvys,

Fitness has always been an important part of my daily routine, even throughout my entire pregnancy.  I worked out from 12 weeks of pregnancy all the way till I was 41 weeks pregnant!  I’m glad that I did because I believe it helped me with the delivery and recovery of the pregnancy.

Although I had to modify my workouts while I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to really challenge myself and gain my strength back after 3 months postpartum.  I began by working out every day and slowly building up my strength. When I was about 6 months postpartum, I decided to join Muse Fitness on an 8-week Beta Butt and Abs Challenge.

Follow me on my 8-week fitness journey as I regain my strength, endurance and most importantly my identity.

This week’s blog post and video showcases the 1st week of the challenge.  See below for the meal plan I had during the week, which features high protein, low carb vegan meals, all while I am still exclusively breast feeding!

I have also included the macros break down for each day below!

Don’t forget to subscribe to watch my full transformation!

Check out Muse Fitness to join a challenge.

Now set forth and be savvy!

Daily Snack: Protein Smoothie

Makes 1 portion

Ingredients

  • 50g hemp protein (I get mine from Bulk Barn)
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/8 English cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup water

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth
  • Serve immediately or can make it the night before.
  • Enjoy!

Makes 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red split lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 apples, your choice, peeled, cored, diced and divided into 2 portions
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cups soy milk
  • Blueberries (optional)

Directions

  1. Soak the lentils for 2 hours – red lentils do not need to be soaked longer than this, especially the red split lentils
  2. When you’re ready to cook the lentils, drain and rinse the lentils until the water runs clear (about 3 times)
  3. I like to use my rice cooker to cook this porridge and setting it to cook for 20 minutes.  You can also do it over the stove top.
  4. Stove top method:
  5. Place lentils into your pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the blueberries and diced apples pieces from 1 apple
  6. Bring the pot up to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the lentils from sticking.
  7. Turn the heat down to medium as soon as the pot comes to a boil and simmer the contents for about 20 minutes, until the lentils become tender.
  8. Divide into 4 portions and top with the remaining apples and blueberries (optional)
  9. I like to prep this in advanced and freeze it in portions so it’s easy to have in the morning.

Makes 1 portion

Ingredients

  • 1 portion of Black Bean Noodles
  • 1 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 ½ cups of water or homemade veggie broth (no sodium or oils)
  • ½ block of extra firm tofu (175 g)
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots (50 g)
  • 3 head of baby bok choy, sliced in half
  • ½ pack of enoki mushroom (your choice)
  • Handful of pea shoots, spinach or kale
  • handful of green onion for garnish

Directions

  1. Book the black noodle pasta according to package directions, drain and set into a large soup bowl
  2. Dissolve the white miso paste into ½ cup of the water/veggie broth in a medium sized pot
  3. Once the miso is dissolved, add the rest of the veggie brother and the remaining ingredients (except for the green onion)
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook until the veggies are cooked through
  5. Pour over the noodles and garnish with green onion

Ingredients for bowl – Makes 4 portions

  • 2 cups dried TVP, rehydrated in water
  • 1 package of beyond meat ground beef
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (I use homemade taco seasoning to control the salt)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt

Ingredients for sauteed mushroom and peppers – Makes 4 portions

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 package of mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Ingredients for cauliflower cilantro lime rice – Makes 4 portions

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Ingredients for vegan sour cream – Makes 4 portions

  • 1 package of silken tofu (300 g)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp ACV
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions for Taco Meat

  1. To cook the taco meat, start by rehydrating the TVP in water, set aside
  2. In a large frying pan, cook the beyond meat grounds over medium-high heat.  I like to use a potato masher to break up the grounds.
  3. Stir the meat so that it browns evenly, for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Drain the TVP and add it to the meat mixture.  Stir to combine.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients for the taco meat and cook until the water is dissolved, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Portion into 4 equal portions
  7. Do not clean out the pan – continue to the next step to cook the mushroom and peppers

Directions for Mushroom and Peppers

  1. Using the frying pan from the taco meat (we will want to use the residual fat to cook the mushrooms and peppers), add the onion and garlic and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, just so that the veggies become fragrant
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms and peppers and cook for about 5 minutes, until the veggies get a nice color on them.  Depending on your stove top you might need to turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for about a minute until all of the seasoning is well incorporated.
  4. Portion into 4 equal portions adding it to the bowl of the taco meat

Directions for Cauliflower Cilantro Rice

  1. Chop the cauliflower into bite sized pieces
  2. Add it to the food processor and pulse until you get a rice consistency
  3. In a clean pan, add the riced cauliflower along with the remaining ingredients and stir until the cauliflower is cooked.  You might need to add a splash of water to help steam and cook the cauliflower rice – about 7 minutes
  4. Portion into 4 equal portions and add it to the bowl of the taco meat, mushrooms and peppers

Directions for Vegan Sour Cream

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Portion into 4 equal portions and serve on top of the taco bowls.
  3. Enjoy!

See below for the full day of macros for Monday/Thursday:

Ingredients – Makes 3 portions

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 package extra firm tofu (350 G), crumbled
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp black salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp water

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large frying pan
  2. Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the water, and stir to combine. 
  4. Continue to cook the tofu mixture over medium heat for about 7 minutes
  5. Add the water and cook until the water has dissolved
  6. Portion evenly into 3 containers

Ingredients – Makes 6 portions

  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp garam marsala
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 cups of water

Directions

  1. Rinse the lentils in a strainer until the water runs clear, about 3 times
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the coconut cream from the can of coconut milk by taking a spoon and scooping a spoonful of cream from the top layer
  3. Sautee the spices (except the salt) in the coconut cream over high heat until fragrant, about a minute
  4. Add the lentils, the rest of the coconut milk, salt, soy sauce and water and bring up to a boil.
  5. Once the pot is boiling, turn it down to a simmer and cook until lentils are fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
  6. Divide into 6 portions.  You can also serve this with cauliflower rice.

Ingredients – makes 4 portions

  • 1 package of silken tofu (300 g)
  • 1 ½ cup vegan beef broth
  • 1 package vegan ground beef (I used lightlife for this recipe)
  • 2 cups dried TVP, rehydrated in water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 package mushrooms (227 g)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 package high protein pasta (I used Liviva Soy Fettuccini)

Directions

  1. In a blender, blend together the silken tofu and vegan beef broth – set aside
  2. In a large non-stick skillet over high heat, add the vegan ground beef
  3. Break apart so that they resemble a crumble and sautee for 3 minutes
  4. Add in the onion and garlic and sautee for another minute
  5. Add in the mushrooms and continue to sautee for 2 minutes
  6. Lower the heat to medium and add in the rehydrated TVP (if there is extra water, drain the TVP before adding the mixture)
  7. Mix the protein until it is well combined
  8. Add in the kale, soy sauce and black pepper and continue to stir until the kale is wilted and well incorporated
  9. Add in the silken tofu mixture and mix until well combined with the meat mixture – it should be creamy and not watery
  10. Add salt to taste
  11. Divide equally into 4 portions
  12. Serve on top of high protein pasta

See below for the full day of macros for Tuesday/Friday:

Ingredients – makes 4 portions

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts

Directions

  1. I like to cook my steel cut oats in a rice cooker, but you can use a slow cooker or instant pot as well
  2. Pour all of the ingredients into the container of a rice cooker, slow cooker or instant pot
  3. For rice cooker and instant pot method: Select the function which automatically cooks oats
  4. For slow cooker method, cook on low for 6 hours
  5. Portion evenly into 4 containers, heat in the microwave or stove top with water before serving.  Can be frozen for easy breakfasts as well!

Ingredients – makes 1 portion

  • 1 serving of high protein black bean noodles
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 king oyster mushroom, sliced (or mushroom of your choice)
  • Handful of spinach, kale or bok choy
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ block of extra firm tofu (about 175 G), cut into cubes

Directions

  1. Cook the black bean noodles according to packed directions.  Cook the edamame in the same pot to save time and water
  2. Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and set aside
  3. In a non-stick frying pan, add the sliced mushrooms and cook over medium heat until it gets color, for about 3 minutes
  4. You may need to add a splash of water if your mushrooms are sticking
  5. Add in your greens, the sou sauce and the tofu and cook until the greens are wilted and the tofu is cooked through, about 5 minutes
  6. Add the pasta and edamame to the pan and toss until combined.
  7. Serve hot or can be eaten cold.  Goes great with hot sauce on the side!

Original seitan recipe found at Connoisseurus Veg – makes 4 portions

Ingredients for seitan dough

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • ¼ cup quinoa flour
  • 1 cup water

Ingredients for beef flavour broth

  • 5 ½ cup homemade veggie discard broth
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper

Directions to make seitan

  1. In a large bowl, mix the vital wheat gluten and quinoa flour together
  2. Add in the water and stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms
  3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes by hand, or in a stand mixer
  4. Let rest while you prepare the broth – you can also prepare the seitan the night before and let it rest in the fridge overnight
  5. Place all of the ingredients for the broth in a medium sized pot (not too large since you will need enough liquid for the dough to be submerged)
  6. Set the temperature to high and let the broth come to a boil
  7. Meanwhile, divide the dough into 4 equal portions, shape into mini loaves
  8. Once the pot comes to a boil, lower the heat to low so that there is a steady simmer
  9. Carefully lower each piece of dough int the simmering broth and let simmer for 1 hour, with the lid slightly ajar
  10. The dough should double in size during the cooking process
  11. Once an hour has passed, remove the seitan from the pot and let cool on a rack. 
  12. I stored the seitan immediately in the freezer after I let it come to room temperature.
  13. Take out the night before serving
  14. Can be sliced, cut into chunks, marinated.  I left it as a “steak” and served it with a mix of soy sauce and miso, baked in the oven over medium
  15. Tip for the left-over broth – store it in a jar and save it to be used in the vegan stroganoff recipe above

See below for the full day of macros for Wednesday/Saturday:

Instant Pot Pumpkin Congee

Hi Savvys,

Winter is now upon us, which means it is congee season in my household.  If you haven’t heard of congee before, it is a Chinese rice porridge, usually made with leftover rice.  Growing up, my grandparents made congee almost every weekend in the wintertime, and we could expect a big batch after major holidays, when they would make the congee using leftover Turkey meat and bones.

Since we don’t usually have leftover rice and are primarily plant based in our home, I like to use half uncooked rice and half lentils to bulk up the protein and nutrients.  I also like to add shiitake mushrooms to really give the congee a depth of flavour. 

This congee can easily be made in an instant pot the day of or a slow cooker the night before so that it’s ready for breakfast/lunch. 

If you haven’t seen my last video on how I roast a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin, check it out here (https://bit.ly/34it2mq).  I repurposed the pumpkin by adding it to this congee recipe to add extra creaminess and nutrients.  I also love topping it with Chinese fried donut, sauteed snow pea shoots and peanuts.  Let me know in the comments below what your favourite toppings are!

Now set forth and be savvy!

~makes about 8 large servings

Ingredients

  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice (or whatever rice you have)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 2-inch nub of ginger
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mushroom powder
  • 2 cup pumpkin puree
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Re-hydrate the dried shiitake mushrooms by placing them in a bowl and cover with hot water – set aside for 30 minutes
  2. Place 1 cup of uncooked jasmine rice in your instant pot container and rinse 3 times until the water runs clear.  To rinse, fill the pot with some water so that you have room to massage the rice for 30 seconds, pour out the water (or reserve the water to water your outdoor plants) and repeat 2 more times.
  3. Once the rice is washed, place the container into the instant pot machine and add the water, red lentils, ginger, soy sauce and mushroom powder
  4. Slice up the shiitake mushrooms and add to the pot along with the water
  5. Place the lid on and ensure that the nob at the top is set to “sealing” and not “venting”
  6. Turn the instant pot on and select the “Porridge” function, increase the time to 30 minutes
  7. Once the instant pot is done cooking, allow the pressure to decrease naturally – you will know that there is no more pressure once the red nob has descended.  You can also turn the nob to “venting” to ensure there is no more pressure.
  8. Remove the lid and stir the congee – it can be served immediately
  9. Top with your favourite toppings!

How to Roast a Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin

Hi Savvys,

Every year, like so many other households, I like to purchase the biggest pumpkin that I can find to signal to trick-or-treaters that we are giving out candy.  If the pumpkins are really cheap, like a few dollars cheap, I like to purchase 2!  I don’t carve the pumpkins or decorate them, but sit them on my porch since they are a decoration piece in itself.

Once Halloween is over, I love to cut them open and roast the seeds as a healthy snack.  You may not have already known this, but you can actually roast the meat of a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin as well!  These pumpkins have been cultivated to grow larger, and therefore have a larger water content than pie pumpkins, however they are still full of nutrients even if the pumpkin flavour is more subtle. 

Of-course being the eco-warrior that I am, I never let a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin go to waste!  Because they are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E and iron, to name a few, they are perfectly fine to eat in sweet or savoury recipes. 

 I like to roast the flesh, puree it in my Vitamix and freeze it so that I always have roasted puree on hand!  I use the puree in various recipes, such as the below:

Pumpkin barley risotto

-Pumpkin spiced granola

-Pumpkin spiced oatmeal

-Pumpkin Lasagna

-Pumpkin Soup

-Added to smoothies for a punch of nutrition

And so much more!

Follow the directions below on how you can roast your own Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin and enjoy it long after Halloween is over.  Also check out my video tutorial to see how easy it is.

Now set forth and be savvy!

Ingredients

  • 1 Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin
  • Oil
  • 3 Baking Dishes

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out all of the seeds – reserve for roasting and snacking
  3. Cut each half into smaller segments to allow the pieces to fit into the roasting pans
  4. Coat the bottom of 2 (or 3, depending on the size of your pumpkin) roasting pans with oil
  5. Drizzle some oil onto the flesh of each pumpkin segment and rub generously
  6. Place each pumpkin segment flesh side down (skin side up) onto the roasting pan
  7. Feel free to season with salt and pepper – however, since I like to use the roasted pumpkin for both sweet and savoury recipes, I leave out the salt and pepper
  8. Roast in the center of the oven for 50-60 minutes, rotating at the halfway mark; you may also want to put a baking sheet on the lowest rack in case there is spillage from the pumpkins when roasting
  9. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool down enough so you can handle it, overnight if you can (I just leave it in the oven over night and deal with it in the morning)
  10. Carefully scoop out the flesh from the skins with a spoon and add to a blender or food processor – blend/process until smooth, about 30 seconds; discard the pumpkin skins
  11. Note that there could be liquid at the bottom of the roasting pans from the pumpkins– you can keep this liquid and add it to soups or stews as a broth or add it to smoothies
  12. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months
  13. I was able to get about 14 cups of pureed pumpkin!  Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 6 months.

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies VEGAN

Hi Savvys,

In a recent attempt to clean out my pantry, I noticed a small jar of macadamia nuts that I had purchased but never used.  Since my husband is currently laid off and watching the babe, I decided to bake some cookies.  Since my husband has lots of interviews this week, I decided that it would be best to get as much baking done while I can and to have them readily available in the freezer, since my time will be all consumed with watching the little one again.

This recipe uses my Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe as the base with the add in’s as the only modification.

See below for the full recipe – I will definitely have to pick up more macadamia nuts in the future so I can make another batch!

Now set forth and be savvy!

Makes ~72 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seed, 6 tbsp hot water)
  • 1 cup softened unsalted vegan butter (I like to use Melt or Becel sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch (optional, I find it adds chewiness)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Make your flax egg by mixing the ground flax seed and hot water in a bowl, set aside
  3. In a stand mixer (or by hand), cream together the unsalted vegan butter with the brown and granulated sugar.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and the flax eggs and mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl
  5. Add in your flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda and salt and continue mixing until the flour is well incorporated
  6. Taking it off the stand mixer, mix in your white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  7. With a mini cookie scooper, scoop out the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Make sure to space the cookies about 2 inches apart since they will spread
  8. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through
  9. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about a minute before transferring onto a cooling rack
  10. Enjoy while they’re warm and gooey!

Vegan Blueberry Banana Bundt Cake

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Hi Savvys,

Blueberry season just ended and they have been plentiful in my fridge this summer.  Whenever they go on sale at the grocery store, I always make sure to stock up and have plenty of them frozen, ready for any use!  One of my favourite ways to use blueberries is in this blueberry banana bundt cake.  I like to use ripped bananas as it adds a natural sweetness to the batter while keeping it moist. You can easily make this in a loaf pan but I love the way it looks in a bundt pan.  I hope you guys try out this recipe – it’s packed full of blueberry goodness.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed, 3 tbsp hot water)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup white all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ripe bananas (aprox 1 cup mashed bananas)
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare the bundt cake mould by generously greasing it with coconut oil
  3. In a small bowl, make your flax egg by mixing the ground flax seed and hot water, set aside
  4. In another small bowl, make the buttermilk by mixing the soy milk and apple cider vinegar together
  5. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  6. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.  Add the flax egg. soy milk mixture, lemon juice and zest and mix to combine
  7. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until just combined
  8. Add the blueberries and combine
  9. Pour the mixture into a bundt cake mould.
  10. Bake loaf for 45-55 minutes (depending on your oven)

Bon Appetit’s Pumpkin Loaf made vegan

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Hi Savvys,

I have been obsessed with watching Bon Appetit on Youtube lately and when I saw Molly’s recipe for this Pumpkin Loaf, I knew I had to make my version of it!

Of course with being on mat leave now, I don’t have all of the time in the world to be baking like I had in the past, so the next time I make this I will definitely make 2 batches so that we always have a loaf in the freezer.  That is how good this loaf is!

I modified the original recipe slightly to make it vegan friendly, and also reduced the amount of oil and toppings to make it suitable for my needs.  This loaf is perfect for breakfast and as a dessert.  Hope you guys try this recipe – it tastes like fall with each bite!

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax seed, 6 tbsp hot water)
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Brush some olive oil in a loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on both sides, length wise so that the loaf can easily be taken out.
  2. Make the flax eggs by combining the ground flax seed and hot water in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and ginger in a medium bowl.
  4. Add the pumpkin purée and 1 cup of sugar into the bowl with the flax eggs. Add olive oil and mix with a whisk until well combined.
  5. Gently fold half of the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until no dry spots remain. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients, stirring to combine but being careful not to over mix.
  6. Transfer batter to the prepared loaf pan; smooth out the top with a spatula. Scatter pumpkin seeds over batter, pressing lightly into the batter to adhere. Sprinkle the loaf with remaining 1 tsp sugar.
  7. Place the loaf pan on top of a baking tray – this loaf will rise when baking so ensure there is a baking tray under the loaf pan to avoid any spillage.
  8. Bake for 80 to 90 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.  The loaf is ready when a toothpick poked into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Using overhang, remove the loaf from the pan and transfer bread to a wire rack and let cool before serving.  Delicious with butter or a dollop of coconut whip.

Easy Rustic Dutch Oven Raisin Bread

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Hi Savvys,

Since the beginning of social distancing and working from home, which started in March, I’ve kept myself very busy and rekindled my love for baking.  I used to bake all of the time but haven’t had this much fun creating recipes in a long time.  A huge trend with social distancing is baking bread!  This is definitely a habit that I will continue into the future.

When my sister sent me the recipe for Le Creuset’s No Knead French Oven Bread, it was so easy to make that I’ve been making it every other week.  I also have a few loaves in the freezer just in case!  Using this recipe as a base, I turned it into my favourite: Raisin Bread!  This Raisin Bread is delicious toasted with some vegan butter and jam.  Try it out for yourself!

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup raisins

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, cinnamon, yeast and salt. Add water and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover the bowl with a large plate or towel. Let the dough rest over night at room temperature.
  2. The next morning, remove the dough from the bowl and lightly sprinkle the bowl with some flour. Place the dough back into the bowl and spring a little more flour on top and fold it over on itself once or twice. Place plate or towel back on top of the bowl/dough and let rest 15 minutes.
  3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to your fingers, gently and quickly shape the dough into a ball. Generously coat the bottom of the bowl with flour, put dough seam side down at the bottom of the blow and dust the top with more flour. Cover with a plate or towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it’s ready, the dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
  4. Place a Dutch oven into your oven and preheat to 450°F.  Once the oven is heated, carefully remove the pot from the oven. Turn the dough over onto your hand and place onto a piece of parchment paper, with the seam side up. Place the parchment and dough into the Dutch oven, shaking the pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  5. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Chrissy Teigen’s Spicy Miso Pasta made Vegan

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Hi Savvys,

If you haven’t already seen Chrissy Teigen’s recipes all over the internet, you definitely need to check them out. Her recipes are full of flavour and always so craveable.  When I saw a post on Instagram for how to make it vegan, I knew I needed to make my own version using ingredients that I always have on hand.

This recipe is easy to whip together during the week and so full of flavour you can easily serve it for a dinner party (post COVID of course).  See below for my version of this delicious recipe.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 340 g of pasta your choice (I like to use linguine)
  • 1 package silken tofu (300 g)
  • 3 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 package king oyster mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 1 packaged smoked tempeh (or other vegan bacon)
  • 340 g of pasta (I like fettuccini)
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onion to garnish

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions
  2. In a food processor, blend the silken tofu, nutritional yeast, miso paste, sambal oelek and onion powder until smooth.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil over medium heat
  4. Add the minced garlic and sautee for about 3 minutes
  5. Add the king oyster mushrooms and sautee for another 4 minutes until browned
  6. Crumble the smoked tempeh and sautee for another 2 minutes until browned
  7. Turn down the heat to low
  8. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss in with the mushroom and tempeh mixture
  9. Add the tofu mixture and the pasta water
  10. Toss with tongs to combine
  11. Serve with vegan parm cheese