Montreal’s version of late-night fast food is shwarma, and the great thing about shwarma places is that they have an amazing vegetarian alternative: Falafel! I’ve found so many places around here that make a fantastic falafel sandwich, but sometimes making it at home is equally delicious!
Falafel mix [I haven’t gotten around to making my own homemade falafel yet, but I hear it’s pretty easy so I will definitely be trying it in the near future! Probably should invest in a food processor first]
Bell pepper [I used orange because they were looking the most alive in the grocery store this week—but red and green both work equally well!]
Olives [Kalamata are my favorite right now]
Hummus/Tzatziki/Yogurt [Tzatziki is fabulous, it’s this type of cucumber yogurt—works perfectly with falafel!]
Feta [YUM, but any kind of cheese works—if you are trying to save cash you’ll probably want to skip feta, it can be pretty pricey. I recommend mozzarella, it’s lower in calories and still very creamy]
Other veggies are up to you and what your fridge has to offer! I love to add mushrooms, grated carrot, or switch out the lettuce for spinach—dark greens are oh so healthy!
The art of using up what’s in your fridge! It’s grocery day for me tomorrow, and most of my food supplies are running low …but that means it’s the perfect time to get inventive with cooking. Filling, healthy meal that accidentally ended up being very orange-themed!
I’m working on a paper tonight, so I don’t have much time for dinner but I want something that will keep me full while I slave away at the library! Still living the student life where Thursdays are supposed to be the weekend, so I’m not overly excited that tonight is a study night. What I am excited for is this dinner—my classic meal for these kind of nights! It’s easy to prepare, pretty quick to make, and still healthy & filling!
Tofu [I use extra firm]
Brown rice [much healthier than white rice, and I love the slight crunch of the shell!]
It’s another gorgeous day here, and I’m taking advantage of this summer weather before we are back to reality [fingers crossed there’s no more snow!]. I love using cous cous as a salad base, it’s more filling then lettuce and you can make it so many different ways!
Cous cous [Prepared any way you like and chilled for at least 2 hours]
Can of Black beans [Black beans are one of the healthiest additions to salads—they are full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that help your digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous system!]
I’m a big fan of breakfast foods, and poached eggs are at the top of my list! They are healthy [no frying, cheese, etc.] and taste great with multigrain toast. I’m not sure where I learned this trick to the perfect poached egg, but it works great every time and is so so simple! Try it out!
I always buy more apples then I need, and I’m that picky person who really doesn’t like bruised fruit! This recipe was created when I wanted to use up some of those apples to make something delicious that still felt healthy! A great twist on this recipe is to added grated carrot as well.
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of oil
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of nutmeg
2 apples [I left the skins on, but you can peel them]
I’m starting this blog for a few reasons. One, I just had an amazing dinner and feel I should share the joy. Two, I’m desperately avoiding watching the lecture I missed last week.
But in all seriousness I have been considering this for awhile. As a student, I put little effort and even less time into eating healthy, cooking, baking, etc. And yet the little time I do spend in the kitchen, I’m always enjoying myself. My friends would make some kind of joke right now, yes I’m a woman and yes I like the kitchen [a lot of my friends are guys]…but it’s true! I love making new recipes, adapting meal ideas I find online [Pinterest has become my new favorite site], and I love that feeling of pride after tasting whatever I’ve made.
I’m not saying I’m an expert—far from it! My recipes are simple, with few ingredients [mainly because I’m pretty lazy]. But as someone who spends hours searching the Internet for quick, easy, delicious meals I’m thinking why not share what I know.
That’s all for now, I should really do some work.
Oh, and I should probably mention…I’ve been vegetarian my whole life. It’s another reason why I’m doing this, I want to show people being veggie doesn’t mean you have to get complicated, and trust me it does not mean you have to give up all things delicious!