Plan Ahead Make Ahead

This is a collection of vegetarian recipes for the meal planner and meal prep aficionados out there. The recipes are healthy, easy to pull off, and great to prepare in advance. Includes delicious vegetarian recipes such as Slow Cooker Chickpea CurryMeal Prep Bowls, and freezer-friendly Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps.

swiss chard and gruyere strata

A savoury and comforting make-ahead dish with layers of whole grain bread, swiss chard, and gruyere cheese baked in an eggy custard. Somehow the equinox slipped past me this year. Maybe because the weather in Stockholm has been somewhat autumny for a while now. Or maybe because I’ve had other things on my mind. But… 

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tempeh reuben bowls

A veganized and bowl-ified riff on a classic Reuben sandwich. Packed with nutritious gut-friendly foods, this meal-bowl takes some effort but is great for make-ahead meals and packed lunches. One of the challenges of being a food blogger is constantly coming up with new and exciting recipes to post. Sometimes you come up with an… 

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kale caesar salad with roasted chickpeas

A vegetarian (egg and fish free) caesar dressing is tossed with Tuscan kale and roasted chickpea ‘croutons’ for an exceptionally good kale caesar salad. Perfect for make-ahead meals.  Over the weekend, I had some very grown-up moments. My income tax statement arrived, and unlike my many years of being a student and getting happy refunds,… 

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lemony roasted broccoli and tempeh with quinoa

Batch cooked quinoa comes together with lemony roasted broccoli and tempeh for a quick, easy, and nourishing make-ahead meal. Sundays are perfect for weekday prep, so let’s do some batch cooking, shall we? Let’s whip up a batch of something fast. Something jam-packed with goodness. Something that’s good when it’s warm but equally good when… 

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slow cooker lentil shepherd’s pie

An easy and nourishing vegan lentil Shepherd’s pie filling made in your slow cooker. Simply serve with hot mashed potatoes, or stuff into a baked sweet potato.  By way of the calendar, spring is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, the weather is (at least where I live) milder, and I can… 

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make and freeze breakfast bars

I learned something shocking recently. Not everyone loves overnight oats as much as I do. I know. It’s crazy, right? For one thing, the texture, which I find magically creamy and delicious, is not for everyone. Also, being the winter and all, not everyone is into the idea of a cold breakfast. And perhaps most… 

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beautiful beet burgers {vegan}

A beautiful vegan burger patty made from beets, beans, and quinoa. Great in sandwiches, or crumbled into salads. Make a big batch and freeze them for future meals. The perfect veggie burger is, I think, an elusive thing. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good veggie burgers out there, but it’s a trick… 

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kale and white bean tortilla

A riff on a Spanish-style tortilla featuring ribbons of Tuscan kale and replacing the traditional potatoes with heart-healthy cannellini beans. Five years ago today I said a tearful goodbye to my husband as he walked through the gates of the Vancouver International Airport to board a flight to Minneapolis, then Amsterdam, then Stockholm. I returned… 

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savoy slaw with smoked tofu

A sturdy slaw with savoy cabbage, carrot, apple, caramelized shallots and smoked tofu. It’ll last the week in your fridge and makes for great packed lunches.  I can never remember whether or not I’ve locked the door. Many mornings I’m suddenly seized with panic when I’m a block or two from home and have to turn… 

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one-pan roasted sweet potato burrito bowls

These super simple one-pan roasted sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls are the easiest and most delicious thing to hit your dinner table this week! Want make-ahead meals? Wrap ’em up in a whole wheat tortilla and you’ve got freezer burritos! One of my goals for 2015 is figuring out better work-life-blog-business balance. I… 

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roasted cauliflower and white bean salad

This hearty vegan roasted cauliflower salad with cannellini beans, chewy kamut, and toasted pine nuts is great warm or cold. I bought a Christmas tree on the weekend. A tiny, squat, and somewhat ridiculous looking tree. I personally would have gone for something tall and lush, even though we’re going away in just 10 days,… 

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creamy cauliflower pasta bake

This creamy cauliflower pasta bake is a lightened up version of a classic mac and cheese.  The other day my favourite swimming goggles snapped just as I was getting ready to dive into the pool. I borrowed a pair from the lost and found, and then put my other pair of goggles into my swim… 

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banana flax freezer waffles {vegan}

Whole grain vegan waffles made with flax, spelt flour, and the brownest bananas you have. Made in bulk and kept in the freezer, they’re perfect for quick and easy breakfasts on busy mornings.  A while ago I bought a new waffle iron. I should confess this was actually the third waffle iron that I’ve bought… 

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sweet potato, lentil, and kale salad with chipotle lime dressing

I have SFBPD (seasonal food blogger photo disorder). Stockholm is way the heck up north. Not quite in the arctic circle, but we’re kissing it. For perspective, we’re just a smidge further north than Juneau Alaska. At this time of year taking photos for the blog becomes a real challenge. Photographing anything after work is… 

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sweet potato strata with smoked gouda and leeks

“The way sunset is to the day, October is to the year” A friend of mine posted this quote on Facebook recently, and I thought it was both lovely, and true. It does seem that the sun is well and truly setting on the year now. These days I’m waking up in darkness, and finding… 

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chipotle hummus wraps

Hearty vegan wraps with big flavours, these chipotle hummus wraps are sure to be a lunch box favourite. Our fridge is pretty big by Stockholm apartment standards, but still significantly smaller than what we had when we lived in Vancouver. Probably half the size. After a Saturday afternoon trip to the farmer’s market and a… 

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kale and walnut pesto

The season is changing. This was clear as we slipped past the equinox over the weekend; a sunny Saturday gave way to a stormy Sunday, complete with flashes of lightening and thunder so loud and close it shook the windows of our apartment. On Saturday, while it was still nice out, I did a fly-by… 

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baked sriracha tempeh bowls

This Saturday will mark 11 years since I went on my first date with the cute triathlete guy who swam in the fast lane. It’s an anniversary that will go by without much fuss since we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last month, but still one that deserves a little attention. After all, 11 is… 

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turmeric tofu scramble, 2 ways

I’m always on the hunt for recipes that serve double duty. You know, the kind of thing that you can make for dinner but also makes great leftovers for packed lunches. Something that’s equally good hot off the grill, or eaten at room temperature the next day. Something that’s fast, easy, soul-satisfying, AND jammed full… 

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chipotle black bean burgers

The last couple of weeks have been a tad on the bonkers side. There were several really long days and one super late night at the office, the morning after which I dragged my tired self out of bed and gave myself a pat on the back for having pre-packed my lunches for the week… 

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kale salad with quinoa and smoked feta

A delicious kale salad with quinoa, dried cranberries, smoked feta, and sunflower seeds. Hearty and filling, this kale salad is a real crowd pleaser. When we first moved overseas, nearly four years ago now, every time we flew back to Stockholm from Vancouver I would pack an extra suitcase, filled to the brim with foodstuffs…. 

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miso veggie soup in a jar

I spend a chunk of my Sunday planning and packing breakfasts and lunches for the week. It isn’t a chore I enjoy, but it’s never a chore I regret having done. When I’m done, our fridge and freezer is filled with convenience food, my way – meals that are ready to grab and throw into… 

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meze bowl

Sometimes I have so much going on at once I feel like I’m failing at everything. Other times I feel pretty on top of the game. Mostly it’s somewhere in the middle. I’m terrible at getting out of bed in the morning. I’m pretty good at scheduling exercise into my day. I rush out the… 

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Heather’s Hallelujah Bowl

Hello friends! Happy new year! If you follow me on instagram, you’re probably aware that I spent the holidays hanging around a hospital. My mom had a fairly major reconstructive surgery on her spine just before Christmas, so I flew to Vancouver to be with my family during that time. I packed all kinds of… 

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