Welcome to our latest blog post where we showcase some Unique Vegan Recupes for World Vegan Day!

World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1st every year by many nations around the world to encourage a plant-based diet and to encourage people to understand why veganism is important.

So lettuce celebrate World Vegan Day this year and reflect on the importance of this lifestyle!

Why should you celebrate World Vegan Day?

Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for
The more that the global population adopts a vegan diet, the more sustainable our food system becomes. Check below some reports on the benefits of a vegan diet:

How can you celebrate World Vegan Day?

World vegan day provides a great opportunity for people to try out a new vegan restaurant or dish. Are you looking for new vegan foods to try? Check out below 5 unique vegan recipes!

 

#1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Mushroom Crumble

Ingredients
  • 1 pack Big Mountain Foods Lions Mane Mushroom Crumble
  • 2 lbs Brussels Sprouts, washed and cut in halves
  • 1 shallot, diced (or small onion)
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, or vegan alternative
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wash and dry Brussels sprouts and cut in halves and place in a casserole.
  3. Sprinkle over diced shallot. Zest lemon and set aside and add juice to the casserole. Drizzle with olive oil (keep 1 TBSP for mushroom crumble).
  4. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven about 20 minutes. To finish, heat pan over medium high heat.
  5. Add oil and Mushroom Crumble plus your pine nuts.
  6. Toss often until pine nuts are toasted and mushroom crumble is hot wit home crispy bits.
  7. Top Brussels sprouts with Mushroom Crumble/ pine nuts and sprinkle with lemon zest and enjoy!

About Big Mountain Foods:

The mission of Big Mountain Foods remains steadfast— to make food that they would proudly serve their own family. In other words, real food that tastes good. Food with no additives, substitutes and names you can’t pronounce. That is, unless your mouth is full. As a plant-based food manufacturer, their mission is grounded in developing healthy plant-based food for the sake of environmental sustainability, as well as ethical reasons out of concern for the wellbeing of livestock, and this remains a cornerstone value.

Big Mountain Foods is always fresh, made in Canada, and aim to use premium local ingredients to produce good food that is simply good for you. Their products do not contain animal products or byproducts and have not been tested on animals. They are certified vegan, cruelty-free and common allergen free, produced with vegetables and without the taste of meat simulation. 

They stay true to their roots of providing naturally vegan products with the majority of their premium ingredients being locally sourced. They also only choose to work with suppliers who are committed to sustainable business practices.

#2. Gluten Free F’sh Sticks with Tartar Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Nabati F’sh Burgers

Batter:

  • 3/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 3 tbsp gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cornflake breading:

  • 1 cup crushed gluten free cornflakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Tatar Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the batter ingredients. Let sit for 10 mins to thicken.
  3. Then in another bowl mix together the cornflakes, garlic powder, italian seasoning and paprika and olive oil. Cut the F’sh burgers into sticks and dip into the batter and then coat in the cornflake breading. Place onto your lined pan and bake for 15 mins or until breading is golden and crispy. Serve f’sh sticks hot with tartar sauce for dipping. Garnish with chopped chives.
  4. Mix the tartar sauce ingredients to combine and serve with f’sh sticks.

About Nabati Foods:

Based in Edmonton, Alberata, Nabati Foods specialize in plant-based, natural foods for health-conscious individuals looking to indulge in healthier plant-based alternatives.

They are a family-owned business: It started with their own experience of how difficult it was to find guilt-free healthful treats and foods that tasted great – so they started making our own versions of our favourite desserts and foods!

The team at Nabati use whole (NON-GMO), unrefined fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Dates are used as their main sweetener, as well as for their nutritional value. From dates, they  produce our in-house caramel, date paste, and syrup. Without artificial colouring, the naturally bright colours of their products are made with vegetables, increasing the nutritional value without compromising on taste.

Nabati sell a great array of plant-based sweet and savoury treats – including cheeses, cheesecakes and burgers. We highly recommend visiting their site for more info.

#3. Caramelized Onions & Garlicky Tofu Ricotta on Sweet Potato Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (398ml) San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 can (156ml) galic tomato paste
  • 1/2 tap red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Caramelized Onions

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red onions, sliced
  • 1 pinch salt & sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Ricotta Tofu

  • 396g firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch salt

Additional Toppings

  • 1-2 tbsp Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 3-4 marinated artichoke hearts, diced
  • 1 handful fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Tomato Sauce: Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once heated add the garlic and cook for about 40 seconds. Add the San Marzano tomatoes, paste, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Let simmer until you are ready to garnish your pizza.
  2. Caramelized Onions: Heat a pan on medium high heat. Add oil and once it’s simmering add the onions. Stir to coat onions with oil. Spread the onions out evenly and add salt & sugar. Let cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat on very low, add balsamic vinegar and cover the pan halfway.
  3. Ricotta Tofu: Taking a large bowl, break the tofu into large pieces. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender or food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
  4. Pizza: Assembling the pizza is the fun part! Place the crust on a baking tray, spoon on the tomato sauce, spread the ricotta tofu, caramelized onions, olives, artichoke hearts and basil. Cook in pre-heated oven for 15-17 minutes, until the crust is golden. Add additional basil for serving

About Wholly Veggie:

Wholly Veggie was born out of our desire to make it easy for anyone to eat more veggies, while also supporting a more sustainable way of feeding the planet. Wholly Veggie makes uncompromisingly delicious plant based patties, pizzas, snacks and meals. 

David and John started Wholly Veggie with a very simple mission: how can we help create a more sustainable food system? They help democratize access to healthy foods, made from plants. Nothing they do is made from a lab, or synthesized from a protein. Just great quality vegetables, simple seasonings and chef inspired recipes.

At Wholly Veggie, they don’t think you need to make a vegetable look like meat to eat it. If you are looking for easy ways to add more veggies in your diet, whether it’s breakfast, snacking, lunch or dinner, they’ve got you covered.

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#4. Gluten-Free Vegan Acai Berry Pie < The only sweet-treat in our Unique Vegan Recipes guide!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Gluten Free Pie Crust

Filling:

  • 2 Sambazon Superfruit Packs (Original, Pure or Protein)
  • 3 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Optional: ground ginger
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla

Crumble Topping:

  • 1 – 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar OR 1/2 cup Agave
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Optional: small handful chopped nuts and seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To Make Filling: In a blender, combine Sambazon Superfruit Packs (melted), 1 cup frozen mixed berries and optional ginger or cinnamon. Blend until smooth and combined. In a bowl, add the rest of the berries and then add your blended mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour mixture into your pie crust, evenly smooth out the mixture. Over the top, evenly distribute small dollops of coconut oil. Top with crumble mixture.
  4. To Make Crumble: In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Make sure all oats are covered. Scoop atop pie filling, gently pat down.
  5. Bake 350 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool before serving. Try adding a scoop of Açai Sorbet and enjoy your acai pie.

About Sambazon:

Our business member, Sambazon’s CEO, Ryan Black wanted to start a business to introduce this Açaí berries to the world. He wanted to directly connect consumers to the sustainability of the indigenous communities they originated from – while protecting the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest.

Fair Trade is more than just a certification — it allows them to help raise the standard of living for tens of thousands of Açaí family farmers.

Sambazon also invest a percentage of our fruit purchases directly back into local communities, and with your help, they’ve been able to build schools, library, sports center, renovate healthcare centers thus helping to improve literacy and access to healthcare.

From their use of alternative energy in their processing factories to their efforts to help protect the Rainforest’s endangered species, the planet is always top of their mind.

#5. 4 Ingredient Walnut Cream Sauce For Pasta

Ingredients:

For the Walnut Cream Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup (70g) walnuts
  • 1 cup oat milk, no sugar added
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 clove of garlic

For the Pasta:

  • 300g pasta of choice
  • 1 recipe, Walnut Cream Sauce, above
  • 2 – 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Pasta water, as needed
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Add walnuts, oat milk, sea salt and garlic to a blender and process at high speed until smooth and liquidy.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Strain and set aside about one quarter cup of pasta cooking water.
  3. Add the strained pasta back to the pot and stir in the walnut cream sauce, 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast and extra virgin olive oil over low heat, just until everything is combined and creamy and the sauce is heated through and thickened. If the sauce is too runny, add a bit more nutritional yeast. If it’s too thick, add some pasta water, a tablespoon at a time. Do not overheat the sauce as you want to protect the delicate omega 3 fats.
  4. Top with nutritional yeast or this All Purpose Hemp Topping.

    Recipe credit to the HolisticNiss blog.
    Author, Nissrine is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and holds a Natural Nutrition Diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

About Canadian School of Natural Nutrition:

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) is the largest holistic nutrition school in Canada and has  been Teaching the Medicine of the Future™ since 1994. There are provincially-licensed classroom locations across Canada plus Online Distance Education. 

CSNN is happy to provide flexible study formats to accommodate students. Live virtual interactive learning has been added across Canada to its existing in-classroom format. Hybrid formats may also be offered by select classroom branches. Self-study online format is offered with the distance education branch. These study formats apply to the Natural Nutrition Diploma Program, as well as all introductory, culinary, and advanced certificates and workshops. 

“Our school was founded for the specific purpose of creating a center for learning with a strong practical and clinical approach to holistic nutrition. All courses in the program are designed to provide essential nutritional knowledge as well as to develop the client/practitioner relationship. Students who successfully complete the program qualify for professional designations and titles that are exclusive to our graduates.”

There are lots of innovative businesses that want to help people transition and succeed when trying to eat more vegan foods. Our cherished business member, Lucky Iron Fish, aims to ensure that people who are reducing or ceasing their meat-intake are consuming enough iron by providing a vegan, reusable, all natural solution to iron deficiency.

Looking for a good place to get convenient, sustainably made unique vegan fast-food? Check out Odd Burger! They are located in:

  • Toronto
  • Windsor
  • Vaughan
  • London
  • Waterloo
  • Hamilton

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