Here’s where I share with you my favourite recipes from, well, “the internet”. About 90% of the recipes I use these days are found online, so this is basically the equivalent of me putting sticky notes in a couple of my favourite cookbooks and lending them to you to flip through at your leisure.
Yellow Jasmine Rice (from Budget Bytes): Beth from Budget Bytes claims that this is the best rice she’s ever had. That’s a bold assertion, but holy-yum this rice is that good. It’s also easy and goes with so many different dishes.
Substitutions/Additions: You can make this with water if you don’t have broth on hand (or just don’t want to use broth). It will still be delicious.
Substitutions/Additions: I don’t usually (ie. ever) have yellow mustard seeds, so I’ve only ever made this without them. I’ve made this with and without the raisins and both options are fine. Also, I don’t make this recipe with a whole pound of tofu, I usually just make it with whatever tofu ‘leftovers’ I have after making something else, and adjust the quantities accordingly. Honestly, I don’t really even follow the directions, I just kind of eyeball the ingredients and stir it all together in a bowl. This is more of a situation of being inspired by the recipe, than actually following the recipe.
Substitutions/Additions: I like to scramble/fry up an egg and then mix it into the rice once it’s done. It makes the dish a bit heartier, especially if you’re going to eat it as a meal, rather than a side dish.
Substitutions/Additions: I use ‘regular’ (white) onions and caramelize them first. Also, the recipe calls for way too much oregano and garlic – I just use a generous sprinkle of each. You should also probably just go ahead and double the recipe and make two pizzas. You will thank me.
Our Perfect Veggie Burger (from Oh She Glows): These really are perfect. Nutty, crispy on the outside, a bit moist on the inside, and full of healthy goodness. They also freeze pretty well, which is important because this recipe makes a fairly large batch. This recipe seems a bit complicated, and it kind of is (lots of ingredients and several steps), but it’s worth it.
Substitutions/Additions: I use 2-3 eggs in place of the ‘flax eggs’ called for in the recipe.
Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie (from Oh She Glows): I don’t typically use recipes for smoothies – I’m more of a dump whatever you want into blender type of smoothie maker – but this recipe is quite tasty and is worth the extra time it takes to actually follow a recipe. It’s also a good way to get some blackstrap molasses into your diet, which contains vitamin B6, and minerals such as magnesium and iron. Word on the street is that it’s good for you.
Substitutions/Additions: It’s not exactly a substitution, but I don’t usually use a frozen banana. A non-frozen banana will do.