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Magnificent Mushrooms: Tofu & Mushroom Ramen

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com This year-round (fun)gi and the life of the dinner party is an ingredient everyone should have in their kitchens. Mushrooms are versatile and have the best seasonality due to their growing environment being in a greenhouse. Their famous umami flavour makes them a great addition to just about any savoury dish. Another bonus, they’re jam-packed full of a variety of nutrients. Mushrooms are well known for being a natural source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin, especially those living in the Northern hemisphere, like Canadians. This vitamin aids in bone strength and repair, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, studies show that adequate dietary vitamin D intake appears to reduce the risk of dying from certain cancers, including breast and colon. Mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, which are known to have protective factors for the heart, red blood cell production, and maintaining healthy skin. Mushrooms can be used as a meat replacement due to their chewy and tender texture. Try them in veggie burgers, mushroom loaves, or in this savoury tofu and mushroom ramen recipe. Tofu and Mushroom Ramen Ingredients: – 1L vegetable… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Vegetable Barley Soup

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  As the cold winter months progress, choosing hearty dishes is essential to stay warm. Barley is an impressive grain due its vast health benefits, and its ability to keep us feeling full for a long time. Barley, like other whole grains, is rich in B vitamins which aid in brain health, red blood cell development, and increasing energy levels. Additionally, barley is rich in soluble fibre, particularly beta-glucan which causes us to feel full for longer thus reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss. This fibre can also reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, lowering the risk for cardiac diseases. Beta-glucans also produce short-chain fatty acids which reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer cell formation. Not only do these powerful grains have amazing health benefits, they are also delicious and easy to cook. This chewy and nutty grain can be served is many dishes like soups, stews, salads, or on its own. Check out this Vegetable Barley Soup recipe to gain these amazing benefits. Ingredients – 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 yellow onion, diced – 3 carrots, peeled and diced – 3 stalks of celery,… Read More


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Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Makes 6 servings Soup ingredients: 1 tsp grapeseed oil 1 small onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 red chili pepper, minced 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp paprika 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 1 L vegetable stock 1 540 ml can coconut milk ½ cup smooth peanut butter 1 lime zested and juiced 1 tsp salt Sriracha peanut ingredients: 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, shelled 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp sriracha or your favourite hot sauce Sweet potato green pesto ingredients (optional): 4 cups greens (sweet potato greens and/or arugula) ¼ cup ground blanched almonds ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic ¼ tsp salt Garnish (optional): Whole grain crostinis Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F and line baking sheet with parchment. Set aside. For soup: In a medium stock pot, over medium high heat add oil. Once heated, add onions and sauté until translucent and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Next add garlic, red chili and spices and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Next add sweet potatoes… Read More


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Hearty Adzuki Miso Soup with Kohlrabi Greens

Care of Ashley Sauve of The Vegan Chef This hearty, stick-to-your-ribs miso soup uses the nutritious, often over-looked greens of the kohlrabi plant. Ingredients 1 tablespoon cooking oil of your choice 1 small yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons ginger, grated 3 cups mushrooms (any variety), chopped 1 oriental sweet potato, roughly chopped 6 cups water 2 cups cooked adzuki beans (or from canned) 3 cups kohlrabi greens, chopped 3 tablespoons white (shiro) miso To garnish:  Black sesame seeds Chopped green onion Directions 1. In a medium size pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté 3 minutes. 2. Add garlic, ginger and mushrooms to the pot and let cook 5 minutes, until mushrooms have released much of their moisture. 3. Add potatoes and water, bring soup to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. 4. Add beans and kohlrabi greens, cook for 2 minutes and remove from heat. 5. In a small bowl, combine the miso with approximately ½ cup of liquid from the soup. Whisk until the miso has dissolved into the hot liquid. 6. Stir the miso mixture into the soup, keeping in mind that… Read More


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An Ode to Soup

  By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Wow. That was a bit of a rough start to 2014. After a couple of years with above seasonal winter temperatures in Toronto, the past few weeks of icy days (and fine, I will admit it, a bit of a sniffle…) have definitely inspired me to savour some hot soups. Do you ever find yourself so busy trying out new recipes from the never-ending plethora of new vegetarian cookbooks that you realize you’ve forgotten to give attention to some of your old favourites? Here are some of my favourite soup recipes I’ve been enjoying and returning to this January. Fressen’s Spicy Sweet Potato Soup from VegNews Magazine: In an old issue of VegNews Magazine (printed in black and white on the interior!) you’ll find a recipe from Toronto’s very own Fressen (now Grasslands) for an incredibly delicious sweet potato soup. With just the perfect hint of spice and coconut milk to boot, it’s simply dreamy and perfect with a side of a crunchy loaf of french or sourdough bread from a local bakery of your choice. Jessica’s Cure What Ails Ya Garlic Soup from Sarah Kramer’s La Dolce Vegan: While I can’t… Read More


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It’s Slipper Time!

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator While most people are shedding tears after the first snowfall in Toronto, I’m usually a little bit excited because the need to start wearing boots again means…it’s slipper time! Once boot season hits, I bring along a pair of cozy slippers to change into when I get to the office in an attempt (emphasis on attempt) to keep the floors relatively clean. After all, when we’ve got a few months of dark mornings, early nights and cold temperatures ahead of us, we all need to find the little pleasures we can look forward to over the winter. Slippers and bubble baths are just two things I look forward to, but there’s also all the great comfort food that I get excited about this time of year. I love soups, chilis and stews and admittedly, I continue to eat them during the scorching summer even in our non-air-conditioned apartment. But people make fun of me for it. Now I can do it with no apologies! Here are some of my favourite soups, chilis & stews. What are yours? Post your pictures or recipe reviews to our Facebook page (facebook.com/torontoveg) or send us… Read More


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Walnut Loving Soup

Care of Laura Wright Ingredients: 2 tbsp grapeseed oil 3 leeks, white + light green parts chopped (discard green tops or use them for stock) 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves minced 1 fennel bulb, cored and chopped (reserve a few fronds for garnish) 1 medium apple, peeled, cored + chopped 1-2 tsp ground turmeric 1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted salt + pepper 4 cups vegetable stock For garneshing: maple syrup, black pepper, reserved fennel fronds, toasty walnuts Directions: Heat the grapeseed oil in a large soup pot over medium. Add the chopped leeks and thyme. Stir and sauté the leeks until they are a bit soft, about 4 minutes. Add the chopped fennel and apples. Stir everything up a bit. Add the turmeric and stir to coat all of the vegetables evenly. Sauté the vegetables until the fennel is starting to soften, another 4 minutes. Add the walnuts and stir them in. Season the whole thing with salt and pepper. Add the vegetable stock and stir. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer until all of the vegetables/apples are very soft, about 12-15 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat. Carefully blend the mixture in batches… Read More


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Cream of Kale Soup

    Care of Amy Symington Ingredients  1 tbsp oil 1 large onion, diced 1 leek (white parts only), diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped 1 small head of cauliflower, greens removed, chopped 1 small celeriac root, diced 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 6 cups water 5 cups kale, chopped – you can include stems here too if you’d like 1 lemon juiced, seeds removed 1 cup unsweetened milk alternative 1 tsp sea salt Black pepper to taste Directions  In a large stock pot over medium heat add oil. Once heated add onion, leek, garlic and ginger. Sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Next add cauliflower and celeriac root and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add coriander and cumin and sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add water and stir. Allow water to come to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes. Next add kale and incorporate until it is fully wilted. Very carefully, either using a blender or hand immersion blender puree the soup completely. Now add lemon juice, milk, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Serve and garnish with cilantro (if… Read More


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