Monthly Archives: March 2015

Vegan, gluten-free and as beloved as a cheeseburger

Fabulous and cheap!

Addendum:  It’s now several weeks later and I realize I made a boo boo.  I don’t know why I posted this on my Home page, but don’t know how to move it to the Recipes page.  If you will go to the Recipes page, you’ll read what happened while making this recipe!

Ottawa Citizen

Hugh Forte, the photographer half of The Sprouted Kitchen blog, says this is his favourite bowl of the more than 70 in wife Sara Forte’s new book, The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon. “His other favourite food is cheeseburgers, so that’s enough for me,” writes Sara.

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, but putting it in the same class as a cheeseburger is not so odd: it’s filling, immensely satisfying and offers a classic combination, in this case, warm grains, hot greens, spicy protein, cool creamy toppings and crunchy seeds.

It’s easy to make, but has lots of parts. You can, however, make the versatile dressing as much as two weeks in advance, the spicy seeds a couple of days ahead, and start marinating the tofu cubes a few hours ahead.

And don’t fuss about getting all the exact ingredients. I used the maple sugar I had on hand in place of muscovado sugar on the…

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Indoor Garden Update!


We are now in month two and things are coming along nicely!  I am already eating snippets of all the plants.  I feel so smug as I clip off my organic basil leaves for salads and stir fries when it’s selling for $2.99 for a small bundle in grocery stores.  I have been getting all my lettuce leaves for sandwiches from the seedlings for a couple of weeks now.

I just saw instructions for growing carrots in a jar, so am going to try those next.  This growing your own veggies indoors is such a great idea.  Unfortunately I went a little bit mad and spent nearly $60 on seeds last week.  Obviously not all can be sown in my indoor seedling trays.  Nothing breeds hubris like success!

Indoor garden

The seedlings I planted in January are coming along nicely now.  I’ve repotted them–here’s a picture of some lettuce and a basil plant.


As you can see the plants are leaning a bit.  That’s because I didn’t rotate the pot today and we had bright sun.  The clocks go forward this coming Sunday, so the plants in the south facing windows will lose some morning sunlight.  I may have to make some lighting adjustments.