Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday

BBQ tofu sandwich from Urban Herbivore Toronto

On Friday night, my husband and I went to a members' preview of the Basquiat exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Whenever we go pretty much anywhere, I get to thinking about what restaurants are nearby. I saw on somebody's Instagram account that she got a vegan mac and cheese burrito at Hot Beans in Kensington Market. I was determined to get me one of those very same burritos before the exhibition.

Well, long story short, when we finally found a parking spot and trudged through snow and dirt to get to the restaurant, we opened the door and were told it was closed - early. I don't take food-related disappointment lightly. I practically begged for whatever food was left. To no avail. But the nice guy at the restaurant did stamp a card for me so I would get a free burrito next time I visit. See what begging gets you? In any case, we walked over to Urban Herbivore instead. (Kensington Market is amazing for vegan food options!) We caught them just before closing (whew!) and ordered BBQ tofu sandwiches (made on delicious focaccia bread with a miso sunflower spread). I'm not big on sandwiches overall, but this is a good one.




I also ordered a cranberry lemonade. It was tasty, but I was surprised by just how much lemon pulp it contained. Kind of an odd sensation on the tongue.


For this mid-February What I Ate Wednesday, I'm looking at my Monday eats. I started the day with a slice of spelt bread made in the bread maker. I topped it with good old peanut butter and jam. Sometimes it just hits the spot.


Lunch was leftovers of a vegan stew with dumplings my husband made on Sunday. Lots of beans and veggies, but of course the dumplings are the best part. There are never enough of those.


I did a Costco run after the kids came home from school. Always takes me longer than I plan. So, I didn't feel like cooking much when I got home. My husband fried some tofu slices in barbecue sauce and we put them on toasted buns with mayo, lettuce and tomatoes.

 
Plus we had a mixed greens salad topped with strawberries, cucumber and some organic dried fruit (cherries, cranberries and blueberries) I picked up at Costco.


Before I left for Costco, I whipped up a batch of these easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies from Sweet Eats for All, a cookbook full of 250 vegan and gluten-free recipes. I'll be reviewing it (and giving away a copy) here on the blog next week. Oh, and I'm going to share the recipe for the cookies too - it's so easy and the whole family loves them. Anyway, I ate two (or three) of these for a snack in the evening.

I'm not going to lie - it's going to take A LOT of chocolate to get me through February and March. How about you? What carries you through the winter?


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18 comments:

  1. This post made me miss Toronto a lot! We're living in Chiang Mai in Thailand these days. The population is 95% buddhist here, so the vegan food is prolific and amazing... but some days I just want some vegan tex mex and boy do I miss UH sandwiches!!!

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    1. I know I would miss Toronto too Jessica, but some warm weather would be nice right around now!! :)

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  2. Mmh, that stew with dumplings looks amazing - as do all of your pictures, really! Is there any chance you'll share the recipe for it?
    By the way: your owl mug is adorable. I have a few similar ones and I hardly ever use others when I'm in my apartment anymore.

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    1. Thank you! Hmm...the recipe is from a book. Raising Vegetarian Children I believe (I have so many cookbooks I sometimes mix them up!) Very similar to one in Isa Does It as well. I have a few owl mugs too. Every time I see one at Homesense, I buy it!

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  3. Oooh I love the way that vegan dumpling dish looks - perfect for winter! Now you have me craving some healthy-ish comfort food.

    Just got on the WIAW bandwagon and I love it all - seeing and sharing weekly eats!

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    1. Perfect for winter for sure! Helps me get through it. :) WIAW is a lot of fun. I'm happy you're joining up!

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  4. I agree, chocolate is so necessary! Especially this time of year. I love it in any form - cookies, coco, energy bite or just regular old Hersey kiss!

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    1. I will be eating chocolate very shortly, once those kids are finally in bed! ;)

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  5. Your owl mug is so so cute! I agree, a little bit of chocolate every day is a must!

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    1. Hot beverages in owl mugs and a little bit (or a lot) of chocolate = the perfect recipe for a winter's day. ;)

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  6. No bake cookies are one of my favorite sweet treats just because of memories of my mother making them frequently during my childhood. I like the owl mug too!

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    1. No-bake cookies are awesome! Especially when they come with lovely memories. :)

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  7. I haven’t been to Toronto yet, but would love to! What a delicious recap! I have the cookbook, Sweet Eats for All, which one is your favorite so far?

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    1. You definitely should. Great city full of awesome food. (It's always the food with me.) I have only made those cookies so far. You'll have to tell me what to try next. :)

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  8. Lots and lots of baked goods & hot tea get me through the winter. I don't think I drink a cold beverage until like May.

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    1. Sounds like a plan Emily. In fact, I think scones would be helpful on this cold winter day. ;)

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  9. So delicious. Bummer about the burrito, but now its something to look forward to right?

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    1. Absolutely Taby! And spring, glorious spring. ;)

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