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Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival Top 5!

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Pic­tured above: Sport­ing the new Oy Vegan Tee at the Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Food Festival!

Arriv­ing at the Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Food Fes­ti­val thrown by the won­der­ful peo­ple at the Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Asso­ci­a­tion is always a treat. Row after row of booths sell­ing vegan prod­ucts, food, and rais­ing aware­ness about issues of ani­mal wel­fare adorn Toronto’s Har­bourfront. That famous Christ­mas carol comes to mind ‘It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year!’ and despite some rain on Sat­ur­day, Oy Vegan attended everyday.

There were many high­lights for us here at Oy Vegan and it was hard… but some­how we man­aged to nar­row it down to a top 5.

Here goes!

5The food from Karma ChaMEA­Leon Food truck. This vegan food truck came all the way from Hamil­ton for the fes­ti­val. Would LOVE for them to come to Toronto per­ma­nently!! Just sayin’

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Pic­tured above: Jamaican Jerk Jack­fruit Tacos from Karma ChaMEALeon

4The panel of heroes that spoke about ani­mal activism and their fab­u­lous ani­mal sanc­tu­ar­ies in New York State. Check out Kathy Stevens’ Catskill Ani­mal Sanc­tu­ary, Jenny Brown’s Wood­stock Farm Ani­mal Sanc­tu­ary, and Gene Bauer’s Farm Sanc­tu­ary. I look for­ward to read­ing all of their books!!!

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Pic­tured above from L to R: Kathy Stevens, Gene Bauer, Sonia Faruqi, Jenny Brown, and Sayara Thurston.

3. Meet­ing Chef Roberto Mar­tin. Known for being Ellen Degeneres’ chef, Roberto Mar­tin made a super tasty ceviche out of hearts of palm. A very cool down-to-earth guy I must say.

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Pic­tured above: Roberto Mar­tin and I

2. I was also hon­oured to receive Chef Taymer Mason’s St. Maarten gift bag give­away fea­tur­ing a green sea­son­ing that she made in St. Maarten! She served up a super tasty lentil patty and an egg­plant and sea­weed accra that was mouthwatering.

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Pic­tured above: Top– Taymer Mason and I, Bot­tom– Lentil Patty and Egg­plant and Sea­weed Accra

1. Strong­man Patrik Baboumian break­ing the Guin­ness World Record by lift­ing 1213 lbs (550 kilos)! This vegan hero was so pumped from his amaz­ing feat that he screamed vegan power with all his might after walk­ing over 10 metres with 1213 lbs on his back. An unbe­liev­able moment and an unbe­liev­able guy. The video I took is a lit­tle shakey but cap­tures his speech at the end which touched every­one in the crowd just as much as the actual feat of strength that he per­formed. An amaz­ing moment that will go down in food fest history!

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Pic­tured above from L to R: vegan ath­lete panel fea­tur­ing Patrik Baboumian,

UFC fighter James Wilks, Iron­man ath­lete Roch Roll,  and for­mer Hockey player Georges Laraque. 

I would also like to send a spe­cial shout-out to Sweets from the Earth for their Cin­na­mon Babka. It was unbe­liev­ably tasty!!!

As well, we want to shout-out Green Zebra Kitchen for their de-constructed Tem­peh Rueben Bowl. Yum!

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Pic­tured above: Green Zebra Kitchen’s de-constructed Tem­peh Rueben Bowl

I also want to com­mend the TVA for mak­ing this year’s event com­pletely vegan. It really made it acces­si­ble for every­one and I felt more com­fort­able and excited know­ing that I could eat any­thing I wanted! I hope this becomes the norm for the food fes­ti­val as it is a cel­e­bra­tion of a plant-based lifestyle after all!

Oy Vegan!

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Ahava Bowl

Happy Sum­mer!

The days are long and hot here in Toronto and recently all I’ve been crav­ing are fruits and veg­gies. For lunch, I usu­ally have a big salad and for din­ner I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent veggie/rice bowl com­bi­na­tions. So, in hon­our of sum­mer, my upcom­ing Sep­tem­ber wed­ding, and  feel­ing good from the inside out, I’ll share one of my favourite rice bowl recipes. This is easy to make and oh so tasty! Intro­duc­ing the Ahava Bowl.

Ahava Bowl

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Ahava means love in Hebrew and I think that you’ll love this bowl as much as I do. It fea­tures mar­i­nated tofu, sun-dried toma­toes, pea-shoots, and spinach, on rice with a light gin­ger dressing.

Ingre­di­ents

• Rice — what­ever type you pre­fer. I use white bas­mati with this recipe which is ready in 25 min­utes! I make 1 cup of uncooked rice which yields about 4–6 servings.

• 2 hand­fuls of baby spinach per bowl

• A gen­er­ous heap of pea-shoots. You can also use sun­flower sprouts or any other green sprouts that you can get your hands on.

• 4–6 pieces of sun-dried toma­toes. I like to buy the kind packed in oil and herbs.

• 2–3 table­spoons of chopped fresh cilantro

• 1/2 cup of  extra-firm mar­i­nated tofu cubes. I eat them as is, but you can fry them after mar­i­nat­ing them if you don’t like the tex­ture of raw tofu. Recipe for mar­i­nated tofu cubes below.

• Driz­zle of Light gin­ger dress­ing. Recipe below.

Instruc­tions:

1. Fill a bowl with desired por­tion of rice.

2. Layer on baby spinach, sun-dried tomato pieces, and pea-shoots.

3. Driz­zle with some light gin­ger dressing.

4. Top with desired amount of mar­i­nated tofu and cilantro. Driz­zle on more dress­ing if desired.

5. Enjoy!

Mar­i­nated Tofu

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Ingre­di­ents

• 1/2 cup of Tamari or soy sauce

• 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar

• 1 table­spoon of flax oil

• 1/4 cup of water

• 1 block of Extra-firm Tofu

Instruc­tions

1. Whisk ingre­di­ents together (minus the tofu) in a medium bowl.

2.  Drain any water from tofu then wrap tofu with paper towel to absorb excess water. Unwrap tofu and slice into small cubes.

3. Immerse tofu cubes in mari­nade and make sure that all tofu is covered.

4. Mar­i­nate for at least 15 minutes.

5. Use as is in Ahava Bowl, or fry with a lit­tle olive oil over a medium heat if desired.

Light Gin­ger Dressing

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Ingre­di­ents

• 1/2 an onion

• 1/2 cup of oil (saf­flower, canola, or flax)

• 1/3 cup of rice vinegar

• 1/4 cup of water

• 1 stalk of celery

• 2 table­spoons of minced fresh ginger

• 2 table­spoons of Tamari or soy sauce

• 1 table­spoon of agave

• 1 tea­spoon of lemon juice

• pinch of sea salt

• pinch of fresh ground pepper

Instruc­tions

1. Com­bine all ingre­di­ents in a blender and blend. Store in refrig­er­a­tor for up to 3 weeks.

Store any left­over rice, mar­i­nated tofu, and dress­ing in the refrig­er­a­tor for quick and healthy leftovers.

Here’s to sum­mer! Here’s to healthy eat­ing! And here’s to love!

Oy Vegan!

 

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Meatless Monday Recipe

Happy Mon­day all!

Hope every­one enjoyed this past Mother’s Day. I sure did despite it rain­ing and even snow­ing at one point! Just when we thought sum­mer was around the corner…

In hon­our of the not-so-warm weather, I’m going to share a recipe with you just in time for meat­less monday.

Today’s recipe: French Lentil Soup.

This soup is awe­some for a num­ber of reasons:

1. Lentils are amaz­ing because they are high in iron.

2. The vit­a­min C from the tomatos help us absorb the iron in the lentils!

3. It’s really tasty!

4. It’s not expen­sive to get these ingre­di­ents and it’s easy to make! woot woot!

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French Lentil Soup

(Source: About.com)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 2 table­spoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 medium car­rots, chopped
  • 2 cloves gar­lic, crushed and chopped
  • 1/2 tea­spoon salt
  • 1/4 tea­spoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 tea­spoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups veg­etable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups french lentils, rinsed
  • 14-ounce can petite diced toma­toes or dice the equiv­a­lent amount of fresh tomatos
  • 2 tea­spoons apple cider vinegar

Prepa­ra­tion:

In a medium saucepan, sauté the onions, cel­ery, car­rots, and gar­lic over medium-high heat for 12 to 15 min­utes. Once the veg­eta­bles have just started to turn light brown, add the salt, dried thyme, and black pep­per to the pan. Con­tinue cook­ing and stir­ring the mix­ture for 1 minute.

Add the veg­etable broth, lentils, and diced toma­toes to the pan. Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the tem­per­a­ture slightly so that it is sim­mer­ing. Sim­mer the soup, cov­ered, for 30 min­utes, until the lentils are ten­der. Purée 1 3/4 cups of the soup with the cider vine­gar and stir the pureed mix­ture back into the soup. Serve the soup hot or store it for up to three days in the refrigerator.

This French lentil soup recipe makes 6 serv­ings. Enjoy!

Until next time, my mother and I in the 1980s wish you a happy meat­less monday!!

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Oy Vegan!

 

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A very vegan Valentine’s

Tomor­row is the day of love, hearts, candy and friend­ship. If you came by the  Sun­day Antique Mar­ket at St. Lawrence North Mar­ket this past Sun­day, you might have seen me sell­ing turn of the cen­tury Valentine’s in prepa­ra­tion for the big day.

Vin­tage Valen­tines at the Sun­day Antique Market

For all you love­birds out there who are won­der­ing where to have an ani­mal friendly meal, check out these Toronto estab­lish­ments fea­tur­ing vegan price fixe menus.

Source for list of restau­rants: Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Association

Hog­town Vegan 

www.hogtownvegan.com

Sadie’s Diner

www.sadiesdiner.com

Raw­li­cious

Check out their V-day menu here.

Veg­e­tar­ian Haven

Check out their V-day menu here.


Of course you can always make your own Valentine’s din­ner! Here’s a recipe for tasty baked vegan dough­nuts that are easy to make!

Raz­zle Daz­zle Valen­tine Doughnuts

Makes 6 doughnuts.

Needed: dough­nut pan

Ingre­di­ents:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tea­spoons bak­ing powder

pinch of salt

dash of nutmeg

dash of cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk (any non-dairy milk is fine)

1/2 tea­spoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 tea­spoon vanilla

Egg replacer (equiv­a­lent of 1 egg)

1/4 cup vegan mar­garine (melted– then cooled. Mustn’t be too hot when added to mixture!)

Choco­late Glaze:

1/2 –3/4 cup of vegan choco­late chips

1 table­spoon coconut oil

red sparkling sprinkles

Instruc­tions:

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F

2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.

3. In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.

4. Add wet mix­ture to dry mix­ture and mix together until just combined.

5. Scoop out your mix­ture into a pre­pared dough­nut pan. Don’t put too much mix­ture in! Make sure it is level or below the sides of the pan so it doesn’t bal­loon up in the bak­ing process.

6. Bake for 12 min­utes or until a tooth­pick inserted comes out dry. Let cool a few min­utes before turn­ing the dough­nuts out of the pan to cool completely.

Choco­late Glaze:

1. Melt 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of vegan choco­late chips and coconut oil in the microwave for inter­vals of 30 sec­onds. Stir­ring in between until melted completely.

2. Dip cooled dough­nuts half way in the choco­late glaze turn­ing as you pull them out to avoid drip­ping down the sides.

3. Dip the glazed dough­nuts into another bowl of sparkling red sprinkles.

4. Serve and enjoy!

 

Wish­ing all you lovers and friends out there a Happy Valentine’s Day from Oy Vegan!

 

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Green Cooking — Tu B’Shvat!

Come cel­e­brate and cook a scrump­tious vegan meal with me on Tues­day at 7pm! We’ll wine, dine, and cel­e­brate the new year of the trees! Lim­ited space avail­able. Sign up now!

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Devilishly Delicious Vegan Halloween Treats!

It’s that time of year again! All Hal­lows’ Eve is fast approach­ing so hope­fully every­one is get­ting their vegan snack on. This is one of my FAVOURITE hol­i­days. So I’ve com­piled a list of vegan snacks and treats that I will be mak­ing this Octo­ber 31st.

Enjoy if you dare!

Muha­ha­ha­hah­hahha!

Try  these super easy and quick vegan Peanut But­ter Cups from Healthy Happy Life. You can sub other nut but­ters or sun­flower seed but­ter for a nut-free version.

I can’t wait to make vegan “Rolo” knock­offs made with dates and chia seeds.

For a health­ier haunted snack these 3-Ingredient Hal­loween Apple Bites look appro­pri­ately ter­ri­fy­ing. Both of these recipes come from Oh She Glows.

If you don’t feel like mak­ing any treats this year, don’t stress! Check out One Green Planet’s guide or the PETAKIDS.com guide to vegan Hal­loween treats!

Oy Vegan wishes all you ghouls, ghosts, and goblins,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

 

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Oy Vegan Top 5 Thanksgiving Recipes!

Won­der­ing what to cook for thanks­giv­ing din­ner this week­end? Here are 5 mouth­wa­ter­ing recipes that will impress every­one veg and non-veg alike.

 

1. Por­to­bello Mush­room Gravy

This gravy is seri­ously addic­tive! Peo­ple “ooo” and “aaah” over it every year. Trust me, it’ll be a hit!

2. Pump­kin Pecan Pie

Party Vegan by Robin Robert­son also has an awe­some recipe for pump­kin pecan pie which I love to make. I like how this recipe from Whole­foods incor­po­rates pecans into the crust. I pre­fer to top my pie with pecans mixed with maple syrup and melted earth bal­ance for a tasty topping.

3. Baked tofu or Tofurkey

As a tofu lover, I find a nice mar­i­nated and baked tofu is great on Thanks­giv­ing, but for the tra­di­tion­al­ist, Tofurkey offers great animal-friendly options.

4. Roasted Veg­gies

This recipe from gluten-free god­dess is sweet and satisfying.

5. Vegan Scal­loped Potatoes

This recipe from Post Punk Kitchen will rock your socks.

There you have it! A vegan thanks­giv­ing feast!

I know I wrote about how incred­i­bly kind and social turkeys are last year, but I can’t say it enough… turkeys rock! This thanks­giv­ing, let’s raise a toast to them and how won­der­ful they are!

Let us also hold a moment of silence for all the turkeys who are slaugh­tered at this time of year. I’ll never for­get the late turkeys of Cedar Row Farm Sanc­tu­ary, whose joy­ous spir­its and ener­gies touched me on my visit a few octo­bers ago. Sadly, they died from chest issues as their breasts had become painfully, over­whelm­ing large, some­thing that turkeys bread for meat com­monly expe­ri­ence. They were so won­der­ful and friendly and I will never for­get my encounter that fall day.

Late turkeys of Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary

So let’s raise a glass to our fine feath­ered friends and encour­age oth­ers to dine with us on incred­i­bly deli­cious, nutri­tious, earth-friendly, and animal-friendly thanks­giv­ing meals.

Oy Vegan!

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Highlights from the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

On the week­end of Sep­tem­ber 7th-9th, the 28th Annual Veg­e­tar­ian Food Fes­ti­val took place. Oy Vegan was there all three days hang­ing out and attend­ing var­i­ous events and sam­pling delec­table vegan food. Here are some of Jamie and Jared’s top picks!

Jamie:

1. Learn­ing how to make tomato olive sei­tan gyros with Terry Hope Romero. I tried mak­ing these at home after and they were amaz­ing! I have to say the coconut yoghurt dill Tzatziki sauce is super tasty.

2. Bump­ing into veJEW­tar­ian friends wan­der­ing about the booths.

Shimmy, Jan­ice, and Jamie 

3. Eat­ing the pizza with sun­dried tomato, cashew cheese, and kale from Green Zebra Kitchen! I was hon­estly blown away by how great this pizza was. Best vegan pizza I’ve ever tried!

4. Vis­it­ing the awe­some peo­ple at Toronto Pig Save. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Anita Kra­jnc for win­ning the Com­pas­sion for Ani­mals Award!

Jared, Danielle, Jamie

5. See­ing Vegan Meal­time on the Red­path Stage. These guys were full of energy and totally hilar­i­ous! Sea­weed strips & Sea­weed strips & Sea­weed strips & Sea­weed strips!

Jared:

1. Hear­ing Dr. Michael Gre­gor’s two part lec­ture on the lead­ing causes of death in Canada. Check out his web­site nutritionfacts.org where he posts daily videos on all the lat­est studies!

2. Learn­ing how to cook Caribbean style with Taymer Mason and win­ning her Bajan/ Jerk wet spice mix hand­made straight from St. Maarten. Awesome!

3. Hear­ing Ultra­man Ath­lete Rich Roll speak about chang­ing his life with a plant based diet!

4. Eat­ing the sticky mush­room rice wrapped in a banana leaf from King’s Café for break­fast. Yum!

5. Try­ing Doug McNish’s new chewy gluten free choco­late coconut almond cookie for Sweets from the Earth and try­ing to name it.

 All in all, the TVA did an amaz­ing job this year and the fes­ti­val was a ton of fun. Despite the rain on Sat­ur­day, it was packed with peo­ple! There are many other high­lights that we are leav­ing out and we encour­age every­one to check out the Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Asso­ci­a­tion and all the cool events they hold in the city.

Here’s to a healthy fall!

Oy Vegan!

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Happy Vegan Pizza Day!

The tra­di­tional: Organic crem­ini mush­rooms, red pep­pers, red onion, green olives, daiya ched­dar cheese, veg­gie pep­per­oni, and oregano on a thin crust brushed with gar­lic olive oil!

Sat­ur­day June 30th 2012 was Vegan Pizza Day! A day when veg­gies around the world cel­e­brated this won­der­ful lifestyle by eat­ing vegan pizza.  I made “the tra­di­tional” (pic­tured above).  Hope this inspires you to eat more vegan pizza! It has a lot less fat than cheese pizza and it’s 100% ani­mal friendly.

Happy eat­ing everyone!

Here’s an awe­some song from Aus­trail­ian come­dian and activist Vegan Smythe for Vegan Pizza Day. Very catchy, if you ask me.

oy vegan!

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Sexy Summer Salads!!!

Sum­mer is com­ing and if you’re like me, you don’t want to eat really heavy lunches and din­ners. Here are some sexy sum­mer salad recipes that are nutri­tious, deli­cious, and per­fect as we greet the warm weather!

This Viet­namese Salad from chef Lan Cao from Viet Café in NYC is sim­ple and super tasty!

Chef Alan Roet­tinger, author of Speed Vegan, shows us how to make the per­fect Bal­samic Vinaigrette!

This Spicy Peanut Gin­ger Kale salad from Kathy Patalsky’s Healthy. Happy. Life blog is seri­ously out of this world! And her idea for sal­ads in a jar, pure genius!

 

Vegan Yum Yum has a num­ber of gor­geous look­ing salad recipes. Check out Lolo’s Potato Salad Two Ways and her BLT salad which uses smoky tem­peh strips and kale in a healthy, mouth water­ing vegan ver­sion of this classic.

 

As for me, I love a good salad. My secret ingre­di­ent to freshen up any salad? Cilantro!

Add some chopped cilantro to any salad to give it oomph. I’ve included a recipe below that I make all the time. The quinoa gives you a com­plete pro­tein, while the pump­kin seeds pro­vide you with iron which the bell pepper’s vit­a­min C helps you absorb.

Oy Vegan Sum­mer Salad

Ingre­di­ents:

• Let­tuce and baby spinach mixed

• One bell pep­per chopped

• 6 or 7 white but­ton mush­rooms chopped

• A few stalks of cel­ery chopped

• half of a cucum­ber sliced

• one avo­cado chopped

• a hand­ful of cilantro roughly chopped

• a half a cup of cooked quinoa

• Pump­kin seeds

Dress­ing: (Whisk the fol­low­ing ingre­di­ents together until combined)

  • 1–2 cloves gar­lic, minced
  • 1–2 table­spoons minced fresh gin­ger root
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 table­spoons Agave
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 table­spoons of fresh lime juice

 

Com­bine all the salad ingre­di­ents in a bowl, toss, and enjoy!

 

Oy Vegan!

 

 

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