A vegan's adventures cooking for her meatatarian husband

Monthly Archives: February 2014

I live in the Lower mainland in beautiful British Columbia and I am always on the look out for new Vegan or Vegan friendly joints that will actually appeal to the Hubs and I and huge bonus marks if the Kid can eat there too. Here’s a secret, there sadly really aren’t that many. However, this one falls into the “doh!!” category because I have walked by and heard about a newer take out place in the Kitsilano area called The Noodlebox but had never bothered to go in. Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a fan-freaking-tastic yoga conference on Vancouver Island (Victoria Yoga Conference to be exact) and on one of our lunch breaks my friend suggested we just grab something from “The Noodlebox”. Of course, I had to ask, is it the same as the one in Kitsilano and she said yes. (Duh…). So off we went!

Sigh. It was amazing!!!! Veggie options galore! Add Tofu to anything!! Pick your spiciness level!! Noodle or rice?? White or Brown!? OMG!??! Why haven’t we eaten here before!??! They even had a kids menu!!!! I have to say that this is quite rare in Canada in any restaurant you actually want your child to eat in. They also offered Ocean Wise seafood and plenty of meat and egg add-ons for those who are so inclined. Plus the portions were HUGE. A plus when you’ve just completed two, one hour power yoga classes.

the noodlebox 2

I picked the Spicy Peanut Noodle Box but added Tofu and got brown rice instead of noodles (they have Gluten Free options as well if that is an issue for diners). It was PACKED with tofu, veggies, spicy peanut sauce, crushed peanuts, chopped fresh herbs,  some green onions and some sprouts. It was the perfect meal and I’m not going to lie, I freaking LOVE the old school Chinese food take out boxes. I’m cheesy like that.

the noodlebox

I literally can’t wait to go back. And next time I’m taking the Hubs and Kid. They also have locations in Calgary and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them enter the East Coast market some time soon too. Keep an eye out people!!


Sunday is hockey day at my house. I always feel like the Kid needs a slightly heartier breakfast when he is going to be skating his little tush off for 45 minutes and I am trying to stay away from the same old same old. He asked for pancakes last weekend and I was wondering if I could find something more creative than just regular pancakes. I had some walnuts left over from an awesome beet salad from earlier that week and a few apples in the fridge. Apple pie pancakes! Yes. Yes.

vegan spelt apple pie pancakes

They were even more amazingly delicious than they look in this photo. Something about the combination of the warm, soft, cinnamon scented apples with the crunchy and toasty walnuts over the soft and fluffy pancakes. Yup. Kitchen win over here. I needed a basic vegan pancake recipe so I modified this one.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup spelt flour
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder  ( I know this sounds ridiculous but trust me, have faith)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk or other milk alternative
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 apples, sliced thin
1/2 cup walnuts
Earth Balance
Cinnamon to taste
Here’s what you do:
Apples and Walnuts:
Add some Earth Balance (1-2 Tbsp) to a hot pan. Once melted, add the walnuts and cook for a minute or two. Add the apple slices and cinnamon (approx 1 tsp or more if you love cinnamon) and saute over med-high heat until the apples are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Mix the try ingredients. Mix the wet. Add the wet to the dry and mix. It will get super airy and puff up a ton. Just mix it again right before you pour it. If it starts to puff up again (think bread proofing and rising) just mix it again and it will fall. Scoop 1/2 to 1 cup of mix into a hot pan (I oil the pan with earth balance but you could use oil too I think) and cook as you would any pancake. You need a hot-ish pan and you have to wait until the pancakes bubble towards the middle before you turn them. Pancakes can be fickle little buggers and I think everybody has burned a few in their days. Don’t get too annoyed. This recipe will make at least 6 decent sized pancakes.
Serve the pancakes with the apple and walnut mixture on top and a heavy drizzle of Pure Maple Syrup. Please god to not think that Aunt Jemima is an acceptable substitute. Sacrilege!!!!

 


If you live in the Vancouver area and are on the look out for a restaurant where everybody and ever diet can be accommodated but actually has awesome food, look no further. Nuba has a lengthy menu that literally has something for everyone. Vegan? No problem. Gluten fee? Sure thing. Meatatarian? Yup, got you covered too.

Nuba offers a wide array of middle eastern dishes. As always I indulged in the Najib’s Special. A slightly crispy, slightly lemony cauliflower dish that is served with tahini and their own version of hot sauce (it’s green….but tasty!). I could just order this dish. Or four. It is the perfect side dish for the meatatarians in the crowd but honestly, it is so delish you could have it as your entree too.

najibs special

This time I also wanted to try something different so I also ordered the Mjadra lentil stew which came with a small slice of avocado and crispy onions. It was also amazing and I would have it again in a heart beat. The flavour of the lentils was amazing developed and the crispy onions and creamy avocado were the perfect accompaniment.

nuba lentil stew

 

If I could find one or two faults with Nuba it would be the pita. I really feel very strongly that pita should be served warm. Maybe it’s just me. But I really do think it would make these dishes better. So there’s that. I also enjoy their falafel but need tomato and cucumber with my falafel and theirs is served on it’s own which is not for me. All that being said, if you live in the Vancouver area or are going to be visiting some time soon add Nuba to your list of must visit restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.