The French word “Jardinière” doesn’t translate to English. Best I could come up with was mixed veggies, and truly, that’s exactly what it is. There are many ways to cook and spice vegetables but I chose my Grandmother’s way, the healthy way…Well kind of…I replaced the olive oil with butter (yes, vegan!) to have less of a “grown-up” taste and more of a “baby taste”. Because we all need some comfort food that is vegan and healthy, don’t we now?

Jardinière de Légumes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP Vegan Butter
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 4 medium Carrots (sliced)
  • 3 medium Gold Potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Florets
  • 3 Cups Cauliflower Florets
  • 8 Oz Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a non stick cooking pot, melt the butter and sauté the onion until golden

  2. Add carrots and potatoes then add the water. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes

  3. Add the cauliflower and broccoli and cook for another 10 minutes, until tender

  4. Add salt to taste then serve

 

Summer is just around the corner for us Angelenos but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good hearty autumn meal. I originally intended to make a white bean salad but got inspired at the last minute and decided on this dish instead. Great über major idea! It was delicious. So quick and simple to make too…a true winner for a cozy dinner. Enjoy!

Haricots Blancs à la Bretonne
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Cannellini White Beans (15 Oz)
  • 8 Oz Tomato Sauce (Marinara is fine)
  • 3/4 Cup Yallow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Oz Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 TBSP White Flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse beans then set aside

  2. Melt butter in a deep non stick frying pan

  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent

  4. Sprinkle flour then cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly

  5. Add tomato sauce and salt to taste. Mix well then simmer over very low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes

  6. Add beans, mix and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

  7. Serve hot

There’s this little café in West Hollywood that I love. Everything on their menu is absolutely delicious and service is beyond excellent. One of my fave item is their Power Salad. I love it so much I decided to try to make it myself at home. Pretty close, pretty good…The original recipe calls for raw kale but I didn’t have any so I used mixed greens instead. I made up my own quantities and my own Tahini dressing which you can find here. You will find the original at V Café in West Hollywood, CA. If you’re ever in the area, make sure to pay them a visit! In the meantime, enjoy this simple but delicious and super healthy salad at home.

Power Salad
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 handfuls Leafy greens or Raw Kale
  • 1 large Tomato (cut in cubes)
  • 1 medium Avocado (cut in cubes)
  • 1/2 Cup Edamame (shelled)
  • 1/2 Cup Garbanzo Beans (cooked)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Almonds (crushed)
Instructions
  1. Fill large salad bowl with greens then add all ingredients and mix well before adding the Tahini dressing.

 

When you are hungry and bored…many magical things could happen! After a long day of work at home, an empty stomach and not much in the fridge, I decided to improvise. I used what I had on hand and the result came out so yummy! I hope you enjoy this Indian inspired recipe. Bon appétit! (You don’t pronounce the “t” at the end :-))

Curried Brown Rice
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Corinne
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cup Short Grain Brown Rice
  • 1 large Yellow Onion (sliced thin)
  • 1 small Carrot (cut in small cubes)
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peas
  • 2 cloves Garlic (sliced thin)
  • 1/8 Cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Curry
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 1/4 Cup Water
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook onions, garlic and carrots with all spices in oil in a non-stick pot on low heat until onions are golden.

  2. Add rice and water. Set the heat to maximum, and bring the rice/water to a boil uncovered. Add green peas then put the lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes (cooking time will vary based on the brand).

  3. Turn off the heat, and let the rice sit in the covered pot for another 10 minutes. 

  4. Top with cilantro and serve.

Indian food is among my favorite. Its vibrant colors, rich aromas and complex flavors remind me somehow of Moroccan food, my favorite ever! This dish is very simple and quick to make and taste delicious. You can have it spicy or simply spiced ;-), as an entrée or as a side dish. Perfect on a cold winter night…

Aloo Phujia
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 4 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Red Potatoes (cut in small cubes)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes (cut in small cubes)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 Cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Water (add more if needed)
Instructions
  1. Brown the onion slightly in oil in a medium skillet on low/medium heat.

  2. Add all spices (except the Cayenne if you don't want your dish spicy), mix well with the onion then add the potatoes and the water. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally on low heat.

  3. Add the tomatoes, cover and cook on very low heat until potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).

  4. Once ready, top with cilantro and serve.

One of my friend got sick a while ago and I wanted to bring her some comfort food. Since I am a vegeta*ian, chicken soup was out of question. So I settled on a very special dessert: Sautéed Coconut Bananas. She absolutely loved it, and so did her children. If you have a sweet tooth and like bananas, this dish is for you!

Sautéed Coconut Bananas
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 Bananas (not too ripe, or they'll melt)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup Almonds (crushed)
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Flakes
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the bananas in half, then sliced them horizontally.

  2. In a pan, heat the coconut oil on medium heat.

  3. Add the bananas and fry until golden.

  4. Serve the bananas topped with crushed almonds and coconut flakes.

For my very first post (yay!) I’d like to share a recipe from home, Morocco: Moroccan Chickpeas! This dish is totally vegan and absolutely yummy! Quick and easy to make, you can serve it with rice or quinoa. Enjoy!

Moroccan Chickpeas
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can Chickpeas (about 400 grams)
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil with all the spices in a large pan on medium heat.

  2. When onions are golden, add chickpeas and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes on high heat.

  3. Add cilantro and continue cooking until chickpeas are golden or brown.

  4. Add salt to taste then serve!