Spiced Sesame Kale Yam Salad

I made this salad for dinner tonight and it was a hit! The sweetness of the yams and the tartness of the kale danced beautifully together. The colours make this not only a delightful dish to eat but also to look at…so bright and wonderful!

Serves 8

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Ingredients

  • 5 small-medium yams
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 4 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. dried or fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp-1 tsp. chili powder
  • 5 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut yams into small 1 inch cubes.
  • Place yams on to baking sheet and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, toss to cover all yam cubes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place in oven for 20 mins.  Flipping half way though. Make sure not to over cook to prevent yams from becoming mushy.
  • While yams are cooking, cut onions into thin strips and and mince garlic.
  • Place onions and garlic in sauce pan with olive oil over medium heat.
  • Continue to stir till onions become transparent.
  • Turn to low and cover. Allow onions to caramelize while the yams are roasting.
  • Add kale to onions with a splash of water. Cover and cook until kale is tender and wilted. About 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove yams and onions from heat and allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, combine yams, kale mixture, vinegar, sesame oil, chill powder, thyme and sesame seeds.
  • Toss salad until mixed.
  • Enjoy your tasty creation!

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I paired my salad with a homemade chickpea curry.

I think it would pair wonderfully with your favourite tofu recipe and a fresh green salad or spring rolls!

Happy cooking!

Terrific Tofu Spring Rolls

I absolutely LOVE fresh spring rolls! They are quick to make and so so tasty…as well as healthy! Pair them with a delicious dipping sauce and you’ve got yourself a meal that will make your mouth water.

Makes 5 spring rolls

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Ingredients

  • 5 spring roll wrappers (rice wrappers)
  • 1/2 block tofu, cut into thin strips
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 beet, grated
  • 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cilantro, chopped

Directions

  • Marinade tofu for 1 hour in soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar.
  • Heat up frying pan and place marinated tofu on it to warm, flipping every so often for even cooking.
  • Prepare rice wraps as directed on package (usually soak for 5 seconds in warm water).
  • Place 1/5 of each: tofu, carrot, beets, avocado, onion, sesame seeds, and cilantro onto the middle of the prepared wrap.
  • Wrap as directed – seen on wrap’s packaging.
  • Pair with your favourite dipping sauce. I served mine with a sweet chill sauce and a peanut sauce.

Now dig in and start dipping!

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Vegan’s Dream “Egg” Salad

I’ve always enjoyed egg salad sandwiches but now that I’m not really into eating eggs I decided to try make something similarly enjoyable! …and boy, was it ever good! It is a tofu salad sandwich… hope you enjoy!Image

 

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 block tofu, crumbled or chopped
  • 3 pickles, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cumin
  • dash of paprika
  • squirt of mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fixings of your choice

Directions

  • Combine mashed avocado with lemon juice and garlic. Whip up to remove chunks until smooth mayo-like texture is achieved.
  • Add remaining ingredients into avocado mixture
  • Enjoy on a wrap, toasted bread or as is!
  • Top with your desired fixings!

Note: This time I topped mine with cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, chives, and romaine lettuce.

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This is a quick and easy recipe.

Have a great day!

Hummus, Avocado, Black Bean Grilled Sandwich

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The lunch bell is ringing! Combat your hunger with this tasty and satisfying loaded sandwich.

I’ve always loved grilled cheese so here is a veggie loaded, vegan alternative.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • Avocado, mashed
  • Hummus
  • Tomato, sliced or diced
  • Black Beans
  • Sprouts
  • Chives, chopped
  • A pinch of cumin
  • A pinch of Chili powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • A few drops of your favourite hot sauce- I used the local Ebesse Zozo Dipping Sauce.
  • Vegan butter/margarine or olive oil

To put this together, I slathered on the hummus on one piece of bread and avocado on the other. I then topped the hummus with the black beans and slightly pushed them in to hold them in place. From there you can pretty much throw it together as you please! Brush outsides of your bread with olive oil or margarine. Heat up a panini grill or frying pan and grill your sandwich to perfection!

Pair with a freshly made salad and voila you have a easy and scrumptious meal!

Ahhhh… Sandwich heaven!