Pho (ish) Soup 🍜

Hey all! What’s up? Just here to share one of my favourite recipes with you all. I like to make this particular dish when I’m feeling kind of lazy and in need of comfort food. It’s very filling, but also not too heavy! I’m not going to call it pho because it definitely doesn’t fit the traditional pho recipe mold, but it’s certainly derivative of it. Here goes.

Vegan Pho-ish Soup

Ingredients

1/2 cup brocoli

1-2 cups kale

1/2 cup chopped or quartered cremini mushrooms

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup shredded carrot (I like to take a potato peeler to a full carrot)

6-8 Cups pho broth, or vegetable broth (I used powdered veggie broth and it came out delicious!)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon  lemon juice

1/2 standard package of flat rice noodles

1/4 tablespoon pepper

Piri piri oil and/or spice

1/2 teaspoon thyme

Vegetable or Olive oil

1 Cinnamon stick

2 small ginger root pieces

  1. Chop all vegetables into desired sizes – I like to cut my onions into straight slices. Before frying vegetables, fill large pot with broth and turn on high heat.
  2. Toss all vegetables except for carrot into a large pan on high heat with oil of your preference. I used vegetable oil. Cook until the kale shrinks, then reduce to lowest heat. Season with pepper, piri piri, and thyme.
  3.  While the vegetables cook, add flavour to the broth. Add cinnamon stick, ginger roots, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Toss in the shredded carrot.
  4. In a separate pot, boil the rice noodles on high until soft – 3-4 minutes. They cook very quickly! Remove as soon as they’re cooked, and place into a separate bowl. This is optional – you can cook the noodles in the broth, but they may come out soggier.
  5. Once all the ingredients are cooked, combine and serve!

That’s it! Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you have any tweaks – it’s one of my favourites! 🙂

1for1 Pizza

Hey guys! I’m here today to talk to you about some of my favourite Ottawa comfort food.

One of the biggest hurdles to transitioning to a vegan diet is the shift in the kinds of dishes you can eat – sometimes, some of your favourite comfort foods disappear from most menus. Chicken fingers? Nope. Soup? Usually not. Pizza? Definitely not – well, most of the time, unless you want to eat it without cheese. But who does, really?

Ottawa’s Best Independent Coffee

Hey guys! I’m here today to talk to you about coffee – I don’t know about you, but coffee is a treasured treat to me. Although I have heavily cut down on my consumption of it (side note: I did this because it reduced my anxiety very much. I sooo recommend this), I still love it, and have it every now and then. And since it’s so occasional, I like to get quality drinks.

My relationship with coffee started very young: coming from a Greek family, I remember my uncle giving me sips of coffee as early as age 5, and making me coffee of my own at 7. (I know this sounds completely irresponsible, but trust me, it was all done while considering my age). I don’t ever remember feeling like I actually needed it, but I loved the taste from very early. My love for it only intensified this part year, after I spent a year working at Starbucks and learning about the logistics of it.

Tofu Scramble

Hey all! How’s everyone doing?

Today,  I want to share one of my very favourite recipes with you – my tofu scramble. Full disclosure, eggs have been one of the hardest animal products for me to give up; I grew up eating them most days, I have fond memories of my grandmother making them for me everyday when I was very young, and that habit followed me into my university life. But when I found out the atrocities that go on in egg farms, I decided I had to stop. It’s been very difficult, and at times my motivation wavers, but finding delicious alternatives is what keeps me dedicated. Now, I didn’t invent this recipe from the ground up – it’s more like a mash up of many others I’ve encountered. This was one of the very first recipes I tried as a vegan alternative, and while it’s not quite the same as a sunny side up eggs, it pretty much satisfies my craving for scrambled eggs or egg sandwiches. 

Pure Kitchen

Hey everyone! Time for another vegan Wednesday! *imagine theme music here*

Not long ago, I had a craving (for weeks) to visit one of my favourite spots in Ottawa – Pure Kitchen. I think maybe I’ve written about Pure Kitchen before, but I’ll tell you about it anyway. Pure Kitchen is a mostly vegan / vegetarian option available restaurant on Elgin St. It was one of the very first vegan spots I tried here and I fell in love with it immediately. Their food is always delicious, and they have a constantly changing menu so there are always new things to try.

Pizza Pizza

Hello everyone!! The time has come for me to tell you about one of my favourite places to get vegan pizza – Pizza Pizza! I order this pizza literally all the time – and while Pizza Pizza wasn’t my favourite place for pizza beforehand, they really stepped it up and offered vegan options before a lot of other places! And their vegan pizza is also very good, not to mention they often have great deals.

The Works

Hey all! Time for some more vegan eats!

My band mate’s birthday just went by, and so we all went to the works to celebrate – which I, of course, took as an opportunity to try out some vegan eats for you all!

Firstly we decided to start with the tower of onion rings, which was adorable – and the Works offered like a whole bunch of vegan dips, which was great!