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Meatless Monday Makes a Comeback

May 28, 2012 | Eat, Recipes, Uncategorized | 68 Comments

Does anyone remember when I did Meatless Monday recipes each Monday of the week way back when? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Looking back, I realized I created some pretty amazing recipes…

Curried Tofu over Quinoa and Kale

Tofu Collard Wraps

Zucchini Noodles with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Beet and Avocado Sandwich

Tofu, Lentils, and Kale with Tahini Dressing

There’s much more on my Food page, but these were just some of my favourites!

I was reminded of my love for creating recipes for Meatless Monday when reading a recent post written by my lovely friend, Caitlin. She mentioned in her post that, even though she is a meat eater, she still loves venturing out to enjoy vegetarian or vegan meals. I can definitely agree with her. I love tofu, tempeh, and other various plant-based proteins, but I definitely do not have them as much as I would like. I changed that when I went to the grocery store this week, though :)

I thought it would be fun to try making a tofu dessert, so I bought a package of firm tofu, went to the kitchen, and got to work! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Obviously, I took out my Magic Bullet (my all time favourite kitchen tool) and created a chocolate tofu mousse inspired by this recipe.

Chocolate Orange Tofu Mousse

Makes one serving

170 grams firm tofu
3 TBSP almond milk
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
12 drops NuNaturals Orange Liquid Stevia

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Chill in refrigerator before serving.

This is definitely the most decadent recipe I’ve created yet. It was so rich and smooth. The flavour reminded me exactly like that of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Remember those?

I really hope you give this recipe a try. I was surprised how smooth the firm tofu got. It was truly incredible and I am currently working on some new flavour combinations to share with you soon :)

Now that I’ve shared the recipe that I’ve been itching to share with you all weekend (ok, it was only since Saturday, but it feels like an eternity) I have to update you on my girl! Since my last post about Cuddles, she has only progressed! She has continued to eat for us which has given her so much energy! She’s walking better, she looks more like her peppy little self, and she even started to play with me last night!

I was teasing her with a treat and all of a sudden she started jumping around just like her usual spunky self!

This is proof that praying does work!ย I’ve received countless comments, tweets, emails wishing Cuddles well and I cannot thank you more <3

All of our prayers have definitely been heard and my girl has a little jump in her step again :) Hopefully this continues, but, as always, I will keep you updated <3

Have a great Monday! I love you more than you know!

Meg
xoxoxo

Are you vegetarian or vegan?ย 

Which do you prefer tofu or tempeh? I can’t pick a favourite! I love both! Which reminds me… I will have a tempeh recipe coming soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you ever had a dessert made with tofu before? This was my first and I fell in love! :)


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  1. Reply

    Jo @ LivingMintGreen

    May 28, 2012

    YUM – everything looks & sounds so great. I need that beet & avo sandwich immediately! Have a great week Meg!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      It was a great sandwich Jo :) I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the flavour combo! It was phenomenal. So creamy and naturally sweet!

  2. Reply

    Linz @ Itz Linz

    May 28, 2012

    i do eat meat but i love going meatless… quite often, actually. i’ve only made tempeh once and it wasn’t awesome, so i’m definitely more of a tofu fan! i’ve made a cheesecake-like dessert with silken tofu before… and loved surprising everyone when i told them there was tofu in it! hehe

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      I like surprising people with healthy recipes, too :)

  3. Reply

    Christy

    May 28, 2012

    This looks fantastic! I’ll be bookmarking this to make sometime soon! I have never made dessert with tofu. I usually only use it in salads or my eggs. It would probably be awesome in smoothies though!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      I’ve heard great things about tofu in smoothies, but haven’t tried it myself yet. I only have smoothies after my workouts, so I think that’s why I haven’t tried it before??

      Let me know when you give this a try Christy! It was so amazing

  4. Reply

    Yay <3 I'm so pleased that Cuddles is doing better now!!

    As for tofu in my dessert….not going to happen! Haha

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Oh come on sis, give it a try ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Reply

    Katie

    May 28, 2012

    Seriously TWINS! Haha! I made chocolate orange oats today! I used to love those damn chocolate orange candy yums and that is what inspired the oat combo!

    Your chocolate orange yum looks amazing!

    Happy Monday doll! <3

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      I love being your twin :)

  6. Reply

    Lauren (@poweredbypb)

    May 28, 2012

    I’m a vegan, but I don’t like to eat too much soy. I prefer beans/lentils/grains, but will occasionally have tofu/tempeh as a treat. Your mousse looks great!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      It is delicious that’s for sure! Let me know if you try it Lauren :)

  7. Reply

    Jessica

    May 28, 2012

    I love your Meatless Mondays :)

    My heart is always with veganism and I try my best to stay that way (6 years now) but I have problems with IBS that make my diet very limited anyway, so it is hard sometimes and I do have trouble with certain vitamins (particularly D3) etc. Plus my eating disorder sometimes causes me to ‘break out’ and binge on non-vegan foods, or adopt meat-centric high protein diets in a desperate attempt to lose weight (mostly to look like bloggers such as yourself who eat a lot of chicken and seafood – in my dreams!) But yes, if I didn’t have a stupid eating disorder then I’d be vegan 100% of the time – when I am thinking clearly that’s where my ethics point me.

    So happy that Cuddles has improved!

    In terms of the tofu mousse have you ever tried it using silken tofu? It makes an even smoother mousse than the firm tofu, particularly if you don’t have a very powerful blender.

    xxx

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      This was the first time I made it, so I have never tried it using silken tofu. Maybe I will have to next time!

  8. Reply

    Yellow Haired Girl

    May 28, 2012

    This looks SO good! I need to give this a try … especially because my favorite thing in the whole wide world is involved (Magic Bullet)! I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, but I always try different dishes. I have meatless days … they’re not always on a Monday, but they do happen :)

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      I knew you were a Magic Bullet lover ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe. Please let me know if you try this :) It was so so so good

  9. Reply

    My first 3 years of college, I was a “pescatarian” or basically a vegetarian who would eat fish when I came home or went to a restaurant that had some. I loved it and really enjoyed the diversity, but then I discovered free range meats!! Since my main reason for being a veg was because I was against the way manufacturers raised and processed meats, this was a wonderful alternative! I began eating some meat again, and I really enjoy it– so tasty and easy protein. Now, I eat meat (mostly chicken or fish) about once a day and a TON of eggs (thanks Tara ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I do still enjoy tofu and tempeh sometimes, but I eat a lot less of it. I have grown to like cheeses and yogurts, too, so they are a handy protein source!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Sounds like you have a great variety of protein Jessica! Much like myself! :)

  10. Reply

    Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats

    May 28, 2012

    I never liked those chocolate orange candies. lol. I used to get so mad when my step dad would always buy them for us! ๐Ÿ˜› I think he did it on purpose just so he could have all of the candy. lol. Tofu mousse sounds so good though! :) I bet it would be tasty with mint extract. Maybe like our favorite mint chocolate ice cream?

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      That would be good! I’ll have to do that next! Thank you for the idea babe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Reply

    Alex @ therunwithin

    May 28, 2012

    This is so funny because I literally was googling a tofu mousse recipe last night to try and make because I have so much tofu to use. Thank you so much, I now know what my dessert will be tonight. Oh the puppy looks so much happier today! Love it!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Did you try it Alex!? :)

  12. Reply

    That avocado and beet sandwich looks AMAZING. As a veggie, I would be so grateful for more Meatless Monday posts! The more recipes, the better! xx

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Excellent! Let me know if you try the sandwich! It was definitely one of my favourite creations!

  13. Reply

    That dessert looks awesome! I love the cardamom and the orange Stevia in it.

    I prefer tempeh because I love the chew… but both are delish!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      I have tempeh in the freezer right now and will be using one of your recipes for sure :) xx

  14. Reply

    Yum! This looks awesome Meg! I’m obsessed with those Terry’s chocolate oranges – I get one in my stocking every Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Also, I’m so glad that Cuddles is doing better!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Thanks Chels

  15. Reply

    Kristi

    May 28, 2012

    I really want to get back to adding in more meatless meals. I have to admit I do eat a lot of it! Those recipes are mouthwatering!

    And YAY for Cuddles!!!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Thanks Kristi :)

  16. Reply

    I’m not a tofu person, but that mousse looks pretty darn good!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      It was delicious Brittany! You’d never know it was tofu. I made some for my Mom and she HATES tofu. It makes her gag, actually, but she enjoyed this!

  17. Reply

    Sometimes I try to take a break from meat because I usually have it twice a day but I drink a ton of water so I like to think that helps my poor liver handle it :) I don’t eat soy so I suppose eggs would be meatless alternative…but I eat those everyday too, lol. Gosh I love eggs.

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Me too ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Reply

    I’m so happy that your dog is getting better! That’s so good to hear :). I enjoy tofu and tempeh on occasion, but I usually prefer meat haha. Hope you’re having a great day love!

  19. Reply

    Ali Mc

    May 28, 2012

    wow this looks fantastic. I made some grilled tofu on the BBQ last weekend and it was divine. I hope you will one day put these all in a cookbook :)

    I like taking breaks from meat weekly due to the environmental impacts :)

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Your grilled tofu sounds great Ali!

      You should try this mousse! I would be excited to hear your thoughts :) It seriously tasted like a dessert!

  20. Reply

    Lisa

    May 28, 2012

    Yay for Cuddles getting better! So happy to hear that news! Your tofu mousse looks awesome! Chocolate and orange are definitely a great combo. Loving all of the meatless meals, I definitely prefer the taste of tempeh, I’m not much of a tofu lover unless I add a lot of spices

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Well this tofu was very flavourful! Maybe you will have to give it a try? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Reply

    YAYYYY Cuddles!! Oh this makes me so so happy!! I love that picture of you with her! And omg I love all this vegetarian food! I need to try making that dessert sometime, thanks for sharing! <3

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Definitely try this recipe (or all of them ;))

  22. Reply

    char eats GREENS

    May 28, 2012

    Yay for more veg-friendly meals!!!! They all sound super delicious!! I had a tofu curry from Whole Foods on the weekend and it was so amazing that I might need to replicate it. I should probably by another container of it, just to make sure I get the flavours right ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      HAHA! You make me smile :)

  23. Reply

    Jessica

    May 28, 2012

    I have always eyed mousse recipes made with tofu, but I’ve been intimidated to try it for some reason! Yours looks pretty easy and totally delicious! I’m thinkin’ I need to try it ASAP!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Please give it a try! :) It is so worth it! I would love to hear your thoughts on it too!

  24. Reply

    Yay for Cuddles!! I’m so happy to hear that news. Hugs to you, Meg. You have such a sweet spirit. I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know you a bit through your blog. :)

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      I hope to get to know you more in the future Kristen :) <3

  25. Reply

    sarah

    May 28, 2012

    I’m ALL for meatless! I have a block of tofu in the fridge and I think I’m going to make that curry tofu dish with it:).

    Mmm, that mousse looks delicious. I love blending tofu to make sweet things, especially with bananas.
    Xxx

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      The curried tofu was great! :) Let me know what you think!

  26. Reply

    chocolate orange mousse?? that sounds like heaven on a spoon!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      It definitely was girl! So incredibly decadent!

  27. Reply

    I’m thrilled Cuddles is doing better!! :) I love tofu and tempeh, but I had to cut soy out of my diet for health reasons. It was SUCH a bummer.

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      That is a bummer girl!

  28. Reply

    Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    May 28, 2012

    Mmm these look great… I like the sound of those wraps the most! I never make anything like that, so it would be a fun challenge to take on!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      That would be a great challenge Tessa! Let me know how you like them!? :)

  29. Reply

    Oh yumm! I love Meatless Mondays so everything looks delicious :)

  30. Reply

    When I read your email today and learned that Cuddles has a bounce back in her step, I was SO SO SO happy! Meg, I’ve been praying for her every night! I lost a dog a few years ago, so I know how heart-wrenching it is to watch a close friend struggle. <3

    Your chocolate tofu mousse sounds delicious! I'll definitely be giving it a try! And yes, I definitely remember those chocolate oranges; although in the US they're sold under a different brand name. Santa used to leave one in my stocking every year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I'm going to go check out the curried tofu recipe in the first picture right now. Looks amazing, babe! Can't wait for more meatless Monday recipes! Even though I'm not vegetarian, I too love tempeh, tofu etc. The "nuttiness" is so satisfying and delicious!

    LOVE YOU, sis!!! I'll be emailing you soon! xoxoxo <3

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      The curried tofu was amazing, so was the sauce that I topped with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Try this mousse too babe! I KNOW you will love it! I KNOW IT! <3

  31. Reply

    Wooo meatless monday!! Iโ€™m definitely making an effort this month to rely less on meat for my protein. itโ€™s easier now that my vegan sister is home for summer haha! And this recipe looks so fun! Iโ€™ve done tofu soups before so I know it blends well but Iโ€™d never thought to make a dessert out of it! and we all know how much I love ice cream. and orange-chocolate :). Definitely going to try this one out!!

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      Oooo yes! Please do give it a try! That makes me so happy Kate ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Reply

    You know I love this post!!! I love how you’re so open to all sorts of cuisine (like my bb Cait). :-) I LOVE vegan mousse too! My all-time favorite is a raw version that has avocado and cashew as the base. It’s pretty magical.

    • Reply

      Meg

      May 29, 2012

      That sounds great Heather! Maybe you could give this a try?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Reply

    Caitlin

    May 29, 2012

    Thanks for the mention, my friend! I love venturing out, vegetarian and vegan meals aren’t just for vegetarians and vegans. I so miss the choc oranges. There’s a Self Mag recipe for chocolate fondue that is healthy, light, and tasty with orange slices. I adore it and now I want to make it again!

  34. Reply

    I feel like I’m one of the few vegans who doesn’t love tofu! I’m definitely more of a tempeh girl because the texture and taste is so much better in my opinion. I really want to try a tofu mousse though, yours looks amazing!

    • Reply

      Meg

      June 1, 2012

      You should try this tofu mousse sweetie! My Mom really does not like tofu, but she thought this was so good!

  35. Reply

    Love the cardamom in this recipe – sounds like a nice spicy, kick! And I didn’t realize how many other awesome recipes you had on the blog that I haven’t checked out yet — wow! I need to spend some time browsing those!

    • Reply

      Meg

      June 1, 2012

      I do have a lot don’t I :) hehe

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