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.
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.
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!!
I love me a good take out. I do not love me a muffin top. So in efforts to veggie-fy and healthy up some favorite dishes I decided to make one of our favorites, pineapple curry fried rice. A recent trip to my happy place Trader Joes landed me with a package of vegan spring rolls. That sounded like a perfect Sunday dinner to me!
Here’s the his and hers since the Hubs really wanted egg in his (baby steps people…) so I added that in.
All you need is:
3-4 Cup cooked long grain brown or brown basmati rice (follow the directions on the package or if you are even lazier than me, buy it cooked)
1 Cup diced fresh pineapple
1 Cup mixed frozen veg (I used a blend of carrots, peas, corn and green beans)
1 Package of Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n (optional if you aren’t a fan or do gluten free)
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp mild curry powder (or go for the hot if you like more heat. I was hoping the kid would partake so kept it mild)
1/2 cup low salt roasted cashews
Cook the Chick’n as per the directions or in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and cook the garlic for a few minutes. Toss in the veggies, rice and sauce/curry powder. Stir. Add the Chick’n. Stir.
Place in a bowl. Toss on the cashews. Eat.
Hubs finished his and asked if there was more. Score! He was out of luck. Will make more next time I guess! Will add some sliced green onion next time too I think.
The spring rolls were just okay. Not bad. Just not fabulous. Their frozen pakoras on the other hand….