Mexican Salad In A Jar

Mexican Salad In A Jar

Mexican salad in a jar! Part 2 of the mason jar lunch salad series (you can check out other lunch in a mason jar recipes). I have been very hard not to buy lunch. :S The problem is though, like most people, I don’t have the time or often the foresight to make lunch in advance. I love this Mexican salad in a jar recipe because it requires minimal prep and is so quick and easy to make. You can make a few of these and they will last at least 2 days in the fridge (longer if you don’t add the avocado in the jar but just before you are ready to eat). 

Mexican Salad In A Jar
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Mexican Salad In A Jar
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup salsa
  2. 1 cup black beans (canned or cooked)
  3. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  4. 1/3 cup corn (I used canned)
  5. *1/2 an avocado, chopped
  6. 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Using a medium sized mason jar, add the salsa
  2. Add the black beans
  3. Add the cilantro
  4. Add the corn
  5. Add the avocado
  6. Will keep in the fridge for about 3 days
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. We use the lemon for taste but to also prevent the avocado from going brown. You can also cut and use the avocado right before you eat it to prevent any browning from happening.
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Lunch in a Mason Jar Recipes – Chickpea Salad

Lunch in a Mason Jar Recipes

Friends, I’ve been pretty excited to do this series: Lunch in a Mason Jar Recipes! Many people have been asking me for quick, healthy lunch ideas. I love lunch in a mason jar recipes. They are quick to make, you can store them for 3-5 days and, most importantly, they are really pretty! 

I have tried to make it a point to spend less money on lunch! Lunch is expensive folks and (usually) not as healthy as the things I make it home. It’s a lose lose: expensive and unhealthy. Salad jars will be the name of the game for a bit, until I get tired of them and opt for something else. 😛 In the meantime though, ode to salads!

I’m a sucker for bean salads. They are so versatile! Lemon, garlic, olive oil and a few spices can go a long way. You can see my http://happygut.ca/black-bean-tomato-avocado-salad/ for another super easy and yummy recipe. The next salads I have in the line-up are a mexican salad and a tofu asian salad! Keep your eyes open. Have any other lunch in a mason jar recipes you’d like to try? Let me know and I’ll give it a shot! Feedback is very much appreciated. 🙂

Lunch in a Mason Jar Recipes - Chickpea Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 tbsp lemon
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. pinch of salt and pepper
  5. 1 cup chickpeas (cooked or from the can)
  6. 1 green onion, chopped
  7. 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes
  8. 1 cup spinach
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized mason jar, add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the chickpeas.
  3. Add the green onion.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes.
  5. Add the spinach.
  6. Will keep in the fridge for about 3 days.
  7. Enjoy!
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Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad

Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad

This black bean tomato avocado salad with garlic and cilantro is my go-to weekday meal. Not only is it incredibly easy but it is very delicious. 🙂 I make so many variations of this depending on what veggies I have in the fridge. Feel free to use this as your base and go to town depending on what you have on hand! Sometimes I add some cumin and fresh chilli pepper (chopped) or chilli flakes. Feel free to add any of those if you like your salads spicy. You could also add some more tang by adding apple cider vinegar or some sweet by adding some maple syrup. Don’t be afraid to experiment! It also keeps really well in the fridge. I’ve definitely had this 3 days later and it still tastes great. 

I eat this usually as the main meal but it also makes a great side dish or a crowd pleaser for a potluck! 

Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad
Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad | happygut.ca
Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad
Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad | happygut.ca

You can also try my my Spicy Tofu with Kale for another quick and easy weekday meal idea. 🙂 

Black Bean Tomato Avocado Salad
Serves 2
A great quick, yummy and healthy weekday meal.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large can black beans
  2. 1-2 cloves chopped garlic
  3. 1 cup baby tomato
  4. 1 cup chopped cucumber
  5. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  6. 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  7. 1 avocado, chopped
  8. 1/4 cup olive oil
  9. lemon, to taste
  10. salt, to taste
  11. pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and there you have 'er! 🙂
Notes
  1. Sometimes I add some freshly chopped chilli pepper if I'm in the mood. Go for it if you like your salads spicy. 😉
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Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese Nutritional Yeast

Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese Nutritional Yeast

This vegan mac ‘n’ cheese nutritional yeast recipe blew my mind! This is how the recipe came to be: 

My neighbour and bff Roopa took me out to Grasshopper, a super amazing veggie restaurant in Toronto, for my birthday last week (happy birthday to me!). We ordered the chick-un nuggets, the chick-un banh mi and, with hesitation, the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. Growing up I loved mac ‘n’ cheese (who didn’t?!) and so even though I’ve made and tried many delicious traditional meat/dairy dishes veganized, I refrained from trying a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. I didn’t want to be disappointed! However, I decided to take the plunge and try it at the restaurant. I was impressed to say the least! 

Fast forward one week later and I was scrambling to make something for a bridal shower potluck. I decided it was time to test a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese recipe. I threw cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic and some spices into my blendtec and baam! Absolute deliciousness. It was a hit at the potluck!! Not only did everyone have it (non-vegans I should add) but a few people took it home with them. 

This vegan mac ‘n’ cheese nutritional yeast recipe is a one of those that I suspect will become a regular! 

Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese Nutritional Yeast
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Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese Nutritional Yeast
Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese Nutritional Yeast | happygut.ca

Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese Nutritional Yeast
Serves 4
Easy and delicious vegan mac 'n' cheese.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups dried mac and cheese (or one pack) - I use rice pasta to make it GF or lentil pasta to make it grain free
  2. 1 cup cashews
  3. 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic
  5. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  8. 1/2 cumin powder
  9. 1/4 tsp pepper
  10. 1/3 cup almond milk
  11. 1/3 cup olive oil (makes it creamy)
  12. freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to directions, set aside.
  2. Soak cashews in warm water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Throw all the ingredients into your high powered blender (I used my blendtec) or food processor and blend away!
  4. Add more almond milk if it's not creamy enough.
  5. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste.
  6. Pour the "cheese" over your pasta and mix well.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro / green onion, optional.
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Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe

Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe

This canned mixed bean salad recipe is courtesy of my super duper Mama-in-law. 🙂  

Even though it’s April, it seems that Winter has just arrived in Toronto – we had the biggest snowstorm this past week!

Lucky for me, I had the good fortune to spend this past week on a Caribbean cruise with my Mama. Friends, it was absolutely amazing. I’d never been on a cruise before and now I know why people are cruisers for life. It’s basically a 5-star resort on a ship, in the middle of the ocean. I was a bit worried about the food situation (being gluten-free and vegan isn’t always very easy) but I had no reason to fear! The food was incredible and they were very accommodating to gluten-free and vegan diets! We cruised with Holland American who have impeccable service.

Anywho, I arrived 2 days ago and was not ready for a Toronto winter in April! To keep up with my Caribbean spirits, I have decided to share a summer canned mixed bean salad recipe. This salad is incredibly satisfying with it’s sweet and spicy flavours. It’s basically a flavour party in your mouth. Plus, it’s perfect for the summer! Bring some Caribbean in your life. 😛 Enjoy! 

Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe
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Canned Mixed Bean Salad Recipe
This canned mixed bean salad recipe is the perfect spring and summer salad. Not only is it super delicious but it is incredibly quick and easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of bean medley, rinsed & drained
  2. 1 tomato, chopped
  3. 1 mango, chopped
  4. 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  5. 1 avocado
  6. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  7. 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
  8. 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  9. 1/2-1 Tbsp hot chilli sauce
  10. 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  11. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the the ingredients & refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Vegan Winter Salads (with protein)

Vegan Winter Salads | Happygut.ca

Sigh, vegan winter salads….the best type of salads! I love salads and eat them all year round. Eating salads is the summer is super easy and refreshing. Having salads in the winter though is not always awesome. My criteria for vegan winter salads: it has be warm and complete with protein (and, of course, delicious and easy).

I was invited to a potluck a couple of weeks ago and decided to bring a salad. In my search for vegan winter salads, I came up with so many delicious options that I decided to bookmark and share with you. 🙂

See below for my roundup for the best vegan winter salads.

All of the salads are complete with protein. The first section of salads calls for lentils, the second section has tofu and the last section has some other type of veggie protein.

I’ve indicated whether the salads are

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

A few of the salads call for some dairy but I have provided options to veganize.

Let me know if you try them out, and how you like them. 🙂

Vegan Winter Salads with LENTILS and…

Yam & Brussel Sprout
Lentil Salad | In Pursuit of More
Lentil Salad | In Pursuit of More

By In Pursuit Of More

Ingredients: 8
Main items:
lentils, yam, brussel sprouts, balsamic vinaigrette

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

Spinach & Mushroom
Lentil Salad | Tales of a Kitchen
Lentil Salad | Tales of a Kitchen

By Tales of a Kitchen

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
mushrooms, spinach, carrot

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

Spinach & Quinoa
Lentil Salad | Simply Quinoa
Lentil Salad | Simply Quinoa

By Simply Quinoa

Ingredients: 14
Main items:
fennel, quinoa, spinach, pine nuts

✓ Gluten free
✓ Vegan
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

Potatoes & Pickles
Lentil Salad | Vegan Insanity
Lentil Salad | Vegan Insanity

By Vegan Insanity

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
potatoes, capers, dill pickle

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

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Roasted Veggies & Apples
Lentil Salad | Green Evi
Lentil Salad | Green Evi

By Green Evi

Ingredients: 16
Main items:
lentils, beetroot, sweet potato, apple, almond

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
✓ Nightshade free

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Carrot, Leek & Arugula
Lentil Salad | Craving Something Healthy
Lentil Salad | Craving Something Healthy

By Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
carrot, parsnip, leek, arugula

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has honey)
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

Note: Replace honey with maple syrup to make vegan. 

Squash & Tahini Sauce
Lentil Salad | Coconut & Berries
Lentil Salad | Coconut & Berries

By Coconut & Berries

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
lentils, squash, tahini

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)
✓ Nightshade free

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Vegan Winter Salads with TOFU and…

Kale & Indian Spices
Tofu Salad | Happygut
Tofu Salad | Happygut

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 14
Main items:
kale, cilantro, green onion, indian spices

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ *Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

*Note: Remove nuts if nut free. 

Brussel Sprouts
Tofu Salad | Vanilla & Spice
Tofu Salad | Vanilla & Spice

By Vanilla & Spice

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
brussel sprouts, sweet potato, pecan

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nightshade free

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Kale & Sriracha
Tofu Salad | Vegetarian Gastronomy
Tofu Salad | Vegetarian Gastronomy

By Vegetarian Gastronomy

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
kale, carrots, sriracha, vegan mayo

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

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Vegan Winter Salads with TOFU and…

Kale & Peanut Sauce
Tofu Salad | Get Off Your Tush & Cook
Tofu Salad | Get Off Your Tush & Cook

By Get Off Your Tush & Cook

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
kale, onion, carrots, cucumber, peanut butter, peanuts

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free (*has agave)

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Mushrooms
Tofu Salad | Lady & Pops
Tofu Salad | Lady & Pups

By Lady & Pups

Ingredients: 15
Main items:
mushrooms, greens, miso

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ *Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Nightshade free

Get recipe here.

*Note: Replace mayo with vegan may to make vegan. 

Eggplant & Zucchini
Tofu Salad | Greek Vegetarian
Tofu Salad | Greek Vegetarian

By Greek Vegetarian

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
eggplant, zucchini, arugula, pistachio

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ *Vegan
✓ Sugar free

Get recipe here.

*Note: Remove feta to make vegan. 

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Kale & Northern Beans
Bean Salad | Fat Free Vegan
Bean Salad | Fat Free Vegan

By Fat Free Vegan

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
kale, bok choy, carrots, cabbage, northern beans

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

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Black Beans & Sweet Potato
Bean Salad | Oh She Glows
Bean Salad | Oh She Glows

By Oh She Glows

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
black bean, sweet potato, onion, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Nightshade free

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Tempeh & Vegetables
Tempeh Salad | Vegan Yack Attack
Tempeh Salad | Vegan Yack Attack

By Vegan Yack Attack

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
tempeh, red onion, baby bella, romain lettuce, cherry tomato

✓ Gluten free
✓ Grain free
✓ Vegan
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

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Real Simple Quinoa Salad – 12 Vegan Recipes Packed with Protein

Real Simple Quinoa Salad

I love me some real simple quinoa salad. It’s the perfect quick, yummy and nutritious weekday meal.

I’m lazy and so I need meals that are complete and packed with protein. Adopting mostly a plant-based lifestyle this isn’t always so easy and so I’m always on the look out for quick, delicious and complete meals. I’ve curated the best real simple quinoa salad recipes that are both vegan and are complete meals with protein.

See my roundup below for the the best real simple quinoa salad recipes.

All of the recipes are vegan but I have also indicated whether they are:

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Real Simple Quinoa Salad with chickpeas and…

Tomato
Quinoa Salad Cilantro, Tomato, Cucumber | HappyGut.ca
Quinoa Salad Cilantro, Tomato, Cucumber | HappyGut.ca

By HappyGut

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
chickpeas,
tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Full disclaimer, this is my recipe. 🙂 If you like zesty loaded with garlic and lemon, you will like this one! It’s one of my go-to staple weekday meals.  

Get recipe here.

Cauliflower
Quinoa Salad | My Darling Lemon Thyme
Quinoa Salad | My Darling Lemon Thyme

By My Darling Lemon Thyme

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
chickpeas, cauliflower, almonds, jalapeno, lime

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: the combination of almonds, jalapeno and lime sounds so delectable!   

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Zucchini
Quinoa Salad | A Cedar Spoon
Quinoa Salad | A Cedar Spoon

By A Cedar Spoon

Ingredients: 10
Main items:
chickpeas,
zucchini, onion, parsley

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: with turmeric, cumin, zucchini and chickpeas, this sounds like the perfect weekday hearty meal. 

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Edamame
Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything
Quinoa Salad | The Girl Who Ate Everything

By The Girl Who Ate Everything

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
chickpeas, edamame, corn, cranberry, bell pepper, almonds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: An incredibly hearty and protein packed salad with beans and cranberries, a fabulous combination. 

Get recipe here.

Real Simple Quinoa Salad with black beans and…

Kale & Sweet Potato
Quinoa Salad | Cookie & Kate
Quinoa Salad | Cookie & Kate

By Cookie and Kate

Ingredients: 14
Main items:
black beans, sweet potato, avocado, jalapeno, pumpkin seeds

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: This nut free version of this southwestern style quinoa salad sounds so appetizing. 

Get recipe here.

Kale & Red Onion
Quinoa Salad | The Glowing Fridge
Quinoa Salad | The Glowing Fridge

By The Glowing Fridge

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
black bean, kale, red onion, corn, cilantro, lime, hot sauce

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: no quinoa salad round-up would be complete without a spicy version. 😛 Plus, it has kale! 

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Sweet Potato & Cashew
Quinoa Salad | Simply Quinoa
Quinoa Salad | Simply Quinoa

By Simply Quinoa

Ingredients: 16
Main items:
black beans, sweet potato, avocado, cashews, cilantro

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: Sweet potatoes with chilli powder and avocado cashew dressing? Yes please!!! 

Get recipe here.

Orange & Bell Pepper
Quinoa Salad | Damn Delicious
Quinoa Salad | Damn Delicious

By Damn Delicious

Ingredients: 13
Main items:
black beans, orange, bell pepper, jalapeno, corn, onion

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free

Why this makes the cut: another zesty recipe with orange, orange juice and apple cider vinegar. 

Get recipe here.

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White Bean
Quinoa Salad | Kelley & Cricket
Quinoa Salad | Kelley & Cricket

By Kelley & Cricket

Ingredients: 11
Main items:
white bean, tomato, red pepper, onion, basil

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: I’m always looking for ways to use white beans – this one looks delicious! 

Get recipe here.

Kidney Beans
Quinoa Salad | Renee Clerkin
Quinoa Salad | Renee Clerkin

By Renee Clerkin

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
kidney beans, carrot, celery, corn, bell pepper

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: A hearty quinoa salad packed with so many veggies! 

Get recipe here.

Three Bean
Quinoa Salad | Domesticate me
Quinoa Salad | Domesticate me

By Domesticate Me

Ingredients: 12
Main items:
chickpeas, black beans, edamame, red onions, lemon, garlic

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free

Why this makes the cut: An ultra simple and protein packed salad. 

Get recipe here.

Tofu
Quinoa Salad | Craving Something Healthy
Quinoa Salad | Craving Something Healthy

By Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients: 20
Main items:
tofu, edamame, cabbage, carrots, tahini

✓ Gluten free
✓ Soy free
✓ Nut free
✓ Sugar free (*has maple syrup)

Why this makes the cut: A delicious sweet and spicy tofu quinoa salad recipe. 

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Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale

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This spicy stir-fried tofu with kale is the perfect quick, spicy and delicious week day meal!

For a nut free option, omit the cashews.

Ingredients for Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale

  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu (I use sprouted), drained and chopped into small cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1-2 fresh chilis
  • 1/4 tsp salt (add more if you like to taste)
  • small bunch of kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for stir fry + 2 tbsp olive oil for kale
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews

Directions for Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu with Kale

  1. Drain tofu (I usually do this by placing it between 2 plates, putting something heavy on top, and letting it sit for about 10-20 minutes).
  2. Mix all of the spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add garlic and heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add all of the spices and combine well with the garlic, add a little bit of water if necessary.
  6. Add the tofu and green onions and coat well with the spices.
  7. Cook for a couple of minutes over medium-high heat and then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  8. Wash kale and chop into bite sized pieces. Steam kale for about 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Top the kale with the tofu and the cashews. Add the lemon juice and garnish with the fresh cilantro.

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Kale Chips Indian Style

Kale Chips Indian Style

What are the best type of kale chips? Kale chips indian style! I grew up eating amazing Indian-Pakistani style foods so I take any chance I can to make stuff with an indian twist! I had a couple of friends coming for dinner and needed a delicious appetizer. This did the trick and was such a hit!

See my recipe for kale chips indian style below. 🙂

Ingredients for Kale Chips Indian Style

  • large bunch of kale (you can 1/2 the recipe if you have a smaller bunch)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions for Kale Chips Indian Style

  1. If using oven, preheat oven to 300
  2. Wash and dry kale (make sure it’s completely try)
  3. Remove stems and rip kale into bite sized pieces
  4. Combine all the spices in a small bowl and mix well
  5. Massage the olive oil into the kale and add the spices, coating each kale piece as best you can
  6. Place the kale pieces onto a baking sheet, or dehydrator sheet if using, and make sure not to stack them at all (this may require multiple sheets)
  7. If using oven, bake for 10 minutes, and then flip the chips and bake for another 10-15 or until very crispy (but be careful not to burn!)
  8. Is using dehydrator, “cook” until crispy (this will vary depending on your humidity level, it is quite dry during this time of year in my apartment so it took about 2 hours).

 

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Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

The mung bean salad indian style is so delicious and super quick. The perfect weekday meal with such few ingredients. I’m always looking for fast protein packed meals that are yummy. I basically used the same ingredients for my Quinoa Salad with Cilantro, Tomato, & Cucumber but with an indian twist.

I made this one with mung beans but feel free to use the beans of your choice. I try to use dry beans over canned beans when possible (for the advantages of using dried beans over canned beans see Dry Beans Vs. Canned Beans). The problem with using dry beans though is the soak time. Dry beans usually require 8-12 hours of soak time. I can sometimes bypass at least some of the soak time by using my pressure cooker. I often opt for mung beans as they require less soak time and they better for the tummy (see here for more info). Make sure to not overcook the beans, as even a few minutes too long will cause them to go mushy.

Mung Bean Salad Indian Style
Mung Bean Salad Indian Style | happygut.ca
Mung Bean Salad Indian Style
Mung Bean Salad Indian Style | happygut.ca

Ingredients for Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

  • 2 cups dry mung beans (or another type of beans, can also use 3 cans of beans)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • half a small red onion or 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1-2 fresh chillies chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Mung Bean Salad Indian Style

  1. For cooking dry beans: wash beans and soak overnight/8-12 hours (can soak for less time but just know that it will require more cooking time). Place beans in a pot or pressure cooker with 6 cups of water. If using a pressure cooker, cook beans for about 10-15 minutes, checking frequently. If using a regular pot, cook for 40-50 minutes, checking frequently.
  2. Combine cooked or canned beans with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Adjust spices to taste and enjoy 🙂
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