Cooking with a Vegan


President’s Choice Cooking School Menu

Instead of taking any ordinary cooking class I thought I would try something different. I decided to take a vegan cooking class with a friend. The perfect class to learn some new recipes! Some of my favorite foods are vegetarian, but I am not as familiar with cooking vegan dishes. A lot of my vegetarian meals consist of making breakfast combinations for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Waffles, omelettes, pancakes, crapes, protein shakes, and muffins…yum! I love breakfast! It was time to add some more variety to my palate. Cooking vegan was fun and inspiring…

The Menu:

Ceasar Salad & Garlic Croutons

Ingredients: tahini, water, tofu, garlic, Dijon mustard, gluten free French bread, olive oil, salt, basil, oregano, garlic, and nutritional yeast flakes

Ceasar Salad

Ceasar Salad

Pesto Plum Pizza with Balsamic Arugula

Ingredients: Unbleached flour, yeast, water, basil, walnuts, tofu, arugula, fresh plums, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, cane sugar, and balsamic vinaigrette

Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients: onion, celery, cumin, chili powder, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, black beans, carrots, vegan cheese, and red bell peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Chocolate Cup Cake, Chocolate Avocado Icing & fresh picked Nova Scotia Blueberries

Ingredients: Unbleached flour, cane sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda salt, orange juice, olive oil, white vinegar, vanilla, almond milk, icing sugar, avocado, and blueberries

Cup Cake

Cup Cake

Surprisingly my favorite was the vegan chocolate cup cakes with chocolate avocado icing! I didn’t anticipate liking the cup cake as much as I did. #1. I don’t usually like chocolate cake, #2. I’m not a huge fan of avocado and the only time I eat it is when I am eating guacamole in Mexico, and #3. I do not have a big sweet tooth. I couldn’t tell that there was avocado in the icing and the cup cake itself was extremely moist and not too sweet (just how I like it). I will definitely be making these to bring in for the teachers when I go back to work! A perfect healthy and clean alternative for a chocolate craving.

Reasons to incorporate vegan and vegetarian cooking into your diet:

1. Colourful and fresh foods

2. Incorporating new varieties into your diet

3. Vitamins & Minerals

4. Healthy

5. Plant based protein

6. Recipes are plenty

7. Tasty

8. Good for the environment

9. Increases your energy

10. Cheap

Fresh Food

Fresh Food

I’ll be incorporating more vegan recipes into my diet!

9 thoughts on “Cooking with a Vegan

  1. Well done for choosing to eat more vegan food, it’s a much healthier choice for you, the planet and everyone on it. You’ll probably find you like a lot of vegan desserts if you don’t have a sweet tooth, as they tend to use less sugar and more alternatives like agave syrup. Those muffins look delicious by the way 🙂

      • I follow Somer at Vedged Out who posts some delicious (and simple!) recipes. My personal favourite are the maple buttermilk pancakes – yummy! The Forks Over Knives website is also a really good source of recipes and inspiration.

      • I’m a plant-based vegetarian, so I avoid eating any animal protein. I don’t class myself as vegan because I eat honey and things that are processed using animals, but when I eat out it’s usually easier for me to ask for vegan food!

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