Meatless Monday: Lentil and Wild Rice Tourtiere

Photos and recipe by: Angela Tucker Growing up in part with French-Canadian culture, there were certain customs that were followed at Christmas time. One of those was staying up late with my huge family on Christmas Eve as part of the “reveillon”. Another cultural element to the holiday season was “tourtière” which, if you haven’t heard of it already, is basically a pie filled with meat. Since Christmas falls on a Monday this year, I thought it would be a great idea to give you a meatless spin on this traditional dish that you can share and enjoy with your … Continued

Meatless Monday: Autumn Harvest Mac n’ Cheeze

Recipe by: Angela Tucker I hope you have all been keeping warm so far this winter! This month I wanted to feature a dish that is an ultimate comfort food. Mac ‘n Cheeze – veganized! Autumn Harvest Mac ‘n Cheeze to be exact. This is not your typical heavy, overly-rich, food-coma type of mac and cheese, so if you are looking for a lighter, healthier version to warm you up one of these cold winter days then give this recipe that I created a try. The sauce features some yummy veggies that you might still have hanging around your pantry … Continued

Meatless Monday: Winter Squash and Red Lentil Soup

Post and recipe by: Angela Tucker Warm, satisfying, tasty, nutritious. Just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this Winter Squash and Red Lentil Soup. With all this snow that appeared over the weekend here in Manitoba, who doesn’t need a little soup in their life? The internet tells me soup is basically a sweater for your tummy. So, you can’t go wrong. This recipe is a source of protein on its own, but if you were looking to bump it up I would suggest topping it with some roasted chickpeas. The squash and lentils in this … Continued

Meatless Monday: Lentil and Leek Soup

Post and recipe by: Angela Tucker Well, the days of cozy scarves, tea and crunchy leaves are upon us. And what better way to warm up than with a bowl of quick, yummy soup? Plus, leeks just happen to be in season right now! This recipe also is really basic and versatile, so feel free to add any other veggies you have kicking around in your fridge/freezer such as shredded carrots, peas, or tomatoes. Or you can even jazz it up with some of your favourite spices! I like to round out this soup with some tomato slices on toast … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Tomato Chickpea Salad

Post and recipe by: Angela Tucker Question: what is a fruit that is ripe, juicy, and super abundant this time of year? That’s right, IT’S TOMATO TIME!!! Whether you planted some in your home garden, you received some in one of those awesome CSA boxes, or you find yourself mesmerized by all the different colours of heirloom varieties at your local farmer’s market, we can all use a quick, versatile and inexpensive recipe using tomatoes. Let me introduce the Tomato Chickpea Salad. This is a dish I have been making for a long time, but I never really sat down … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Summer Bounty Veggie Burger

Post and recipe by: Angela Tucker The Summer Bounty Veggie Burger is a great way to make use of some of the amazing produce that is always so plentiful over the summer: kale and zucchini. Whether you have a garden at home or frequent your local farmer’s market, you are likely to find these two garden fresh staples in large supply over a good chunk of the summer. However, too much of a good thing can have its draw backs and after a while, we can find ourselves wondering what to do with those lovely veggies in the fridge. I … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Vegan Caesar Salad

Post by: Angela Tucker Recipe from: I have loved this recipe for a long time, but I was recently reminded of it when an amazing colleague made it for a work function. I have also made this recipe for work pot lucks, and it is always a great success! My favourite thing about this recipe? It uses roasted chickpeas instead of croutons! What an interesting idea for enjoying more pulses! At said work function, many people who normally wouldn’t touch chickpeas actually tried some! This recipe also includes other nutritional powerhouses such as hemp hearts, kale and cashews. This salad … Continued

We need more compassion for hogs in Manitoba

Nearly 4000 hogs died in a barn fire this past Thursday. The death these intelligent creatures have faced is mortifying. Desperately trying to get away from the thick toxic smoke, the burning heat inside the barn. Manitoba is the largest hog producing province in Canada. In the last decade, numerous hog barns have burnt down killing tens of thousands of pigs. There are two important facts on the horizon: the Manitoba government has lifted the hog barn moratorium. This means more hogs barns will be built – despite many areas already saturated with them. The second important fact is, the … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito

Post by: Angela Tucker Recipe from: Think you can’t make a tasty vegan breakfast burrito? Think again, buddy! Did you know that you can use crumbled tofu as an alternative to scrambled eggs? This lovely recipe by the Minimalist Baker does just that, all wrapped up with a bunch of other tasty, healthful ingredients including roasted potatoes, roasted red pepper, sautéed kale, and plenty of flavour boosting herbs and spices! And of course, the recipe is not limited to just that first meal of the day, you can enjoy it whenever you want, and you can completely customize the ingredients to … Continued

Meatless Mondays: Meatless Bacon

Post by: Angela Tucker Recipe from: This recipe by The Buddhist Chef instructs you just how easy it is to make your own meatless bacon from scratch, using some fairly basic and easy to find ingredients. One of the concerns over bacon, as with all processed meats, is its connection with an increased cancer risk. For this reason, the World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Canadian Cancer Society recommend minimizing processed meats. And of course, enjoying something made of plant based foods is a way that we can practice compassion to animals. Pigs are similar to … Continued