I can barely rip my eyes away from my screens during the Olympics. I get obsessed. So many amazing athletes, feats, stories, and atmosphere. I had the chance to go to the Vancouver Olympics as a volunteer – an experience chronicled in my first blogging attempt – if you happen to have a similar obsession, it is fun to re-live!
But the best thing so far about the Rio Olympics is learning about pão de queijo – a Brazilian cheese bread that is always made gluten-free (with tapioca flour). I made these last week for a little Opening Ceremony party with friends and they would not, could not believe they were gluten-free! They are not pictured because you can’t keep paws off of them long enough to take a shot!
Before the Olympics began (when I still had time for reading), I borrowed Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon from my local library.
I tried 6 recipes while I had it checked out and 5 were fantastic (Popeye Protein Bowl, Mixed Greens with Beet and Walnut Puree, Summer Tomato Salad, Barbeque Tempeh with Cauliflower ‘Couscous’, and Kale Slaw with soaked Golden Raisins). I’ve already made the cauliflower ‘couscous’ a couple of times again. The other miss was the Chickpea Deli Salad which was fine but not among my favourite chickpea salads – luckily those other five recipes meant I need to get my own copy so I can make them all again and all the others that look great too!
Popeye Protein Bowl
Mixed Greens with Beet and Walnut Puree
And a few more favourites from the past few weeks:
- Summer curry with eggplant and squash from Veganista. A great way to use up August produce!
- Vegan Pepperoni from Minimalist Baker (who has a cookbook out I can’t wait to get my hands on!)
- Chatelaine’s Nutty green beans. I made this with Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Panko and it worked just great even though it doesn’t look like traditional panko.
- Lots of salads with the great local produce including a version of this Loaded Power Salad from What’s Gabby Cooking – with a really yummy basil vinaigrette!
I have been a bad blogger lately, but there is a good reason….
We bought a home!
Time to say goodbye to our fun little condo, but I’m looking forward to having more space and potential projects. All of the time I was spending on pinterest and instagram looking at weddings has been replaced with homes and DIYs. So addictive! I’ll have to add a few new links to my favourite blogs page soon.
I’ve also made some good food over the past few weeks…. Starting With the spiced chickpea wraps with tahini dressing from Thug Kitchen. Their book has some good recipes based on what I’ve tried so far (this one and the smoky maple tofu marinade) and plan to try in the future. The language is amusing at first, but becomes a bit tedious – but that won’t stop me from getting some vegan yum.
And that second one may not look as appetizing, but it was tasting great: tofu chickpea stirfry with tahini sauce from the kitchn. Super tasty!
This week I picked up my friend Shannon’s CSA box while she was out of town and there was a lot of asparagus to use so we had some eggs florentine with asparagus for breakfast this morning. Our CSA box will be starting in the next two weeks and I cannot wait. I’ve also wanted to try it out – lots of fresh local produce – and cooking challenges. Can’t wait!
And the others:
- Taiwanese cold sesame noodles from Vegetarian Times magazine. Similar to the cold pad thai salad from last time (B preferred), but I preferred this one. I think it was all about the texture. I have had a lot of great veg recipes from VT over the years – I always look forward to reading a new issue.
- Chickpea Sliders from Take A Megabite. Her pictures are always so cute and the food is good too. I made these full size (and they still stayed together!) and without the adorable pink buns – next time!
- Pineapple guacamole from Gimme Some Oven. Pineapple makes everything better. And this tasted like summer!
- Chatelaine shared some unique spins on coleslaw for the summer. I tried the honey-lime one and loved it, especially when I had all of the ingredients already on hand.
- This one’s been on my list to try for lunches for quite awhile – Almond-flaked tuna salad from Oh She Glows. It was alright, but I much prefer the similar Chickpea version from her cookbook.
- I wish I’d taken a photo of this Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu from the Minimalist Baker. Not only did it taste delicious, but we scarfed it down between talking to our realtor about selling the condo and having someone knock on our door and want to buy it. So I’d call it Lucky Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu ;D
- Buy too many tomatoes at Costco? This Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Croutons from Well Plated by Erin will fix that problem. It was really good. This was my first visit to her blog and I will be back.
- Another new-to-me blog, Delightful-Delicious-Delovely, shared this Spicy Vegan Chinese Eggplant recipe that was super-good. Our new place is close to a great smelling Chinese restaurant so this might be a good alternative to have at home when the air smells tasty.