Recipes from my favourite cookbooks & blogs.

Love and Lemons afro vegan Smitten Kitchen

I know that most of my posts are about eating out in the city, which, as you know, is one of my favourite things to do. However, as mentioned in some of my previous posts, I’m on a budget so I try to keep eating out to a max of 1-2 times per week. Since the beginning of the year, I have made an effort to bring my lunch to work almost every day. Sometimes, I put my adult pants on and cook up a storm over the weekend. Other times, I drive over to my WONDERFUL parents’ house to “help” my Mum cook. I know I am biased, but I think my Mum is an incredible cook and I am not just saying that because she reads all of my blog posts. If you like healthy home cooked Indian food, you’ll like her recipes – which will be a feature coming soon to!

When I’m cooking by myself, I turn to my favourite blogs and cookbooks to find tasty and diverse vegetarian recipes. As a first-generation East Indian Canadian raised in Scarborough, I enjoy including Indian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern flavours in my everyday meals. Here’s a list of great cookbooks and blogs that have guided me on my cooking adventures:

  1. Afro Vegan – Chef Bryant Terry’s cookbook featuring African, Caribbean and Southern foods. Recipe Highlights: Savoury Grits & Collard Greens, Sweet Potato & Lima Bean Tagine 
  2. Indian Simmer – Created by Prerna and Abishek Singh, Indian Simmer features easy to make Indian food. Recipe Highlights: Rajma Masala, Aloo Gobi 
  3. Love and Lemons – Healthy, seasonal, whole foods recipes by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews. Recipe highlights: Lemon Pesto Spaghetti Squash, Easy Vegetarian Pho 
  4. The Mediterranean Dish – Home cook, Suzy Karadsheh, celebrates flavours of the Mediterranean from Europe to North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. Recipe highlights: Skillet Okra & TomatoesChickpea Potato Hash 
  5. Smitten Kitchen – Deb Perelman’s blog and book that features a huge selection of vegetarian recipes. Shout out to my friend Dana for introducing me to this one! Recipe highlights: Charred Cauliflower Quesadillas, Pasta Puttanesca

I hope this provides you with some inspiration for your next home cooked meatless meal. Let me know how your recipes turn out and if you have favourite cookbooks and recipes, share them with me below!

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