Meatless Monday Makes a Comeback

by Meg on May 28, 2012

Does anyone remember when I did Meatless Monday recipes each Monday of the week way back when? ;)

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! ;)

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! 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? 

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 ;)

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

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo @ LivingMintGreen May 28, 2012 at 8:29 AM

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

Reply

Meg May 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

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!

Reply

Linz @ Itz Linz May 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

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 at 9:26 AM

I like surprising people with healthy recipes, too :)

Reply

Christy May 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

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 at 9:27 AM

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

Reply

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig May 28, 2012 at 9:04 AM

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 at 9:27 AM

Oh come on sis, give it a try ;)

Reply

Katie May 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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 at 9:27 AM

I love being your twin :)

Reply

Lauren (@poweredbypb) May 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

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 at 9:28 AM

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

Reply

Jessica May 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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 at 9:29 AM

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

Reply

Yellow Haired Girl May 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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 at 9:30 AM

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

Reply

Jessica, the_toned_teach May 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

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 ;)

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 at 9:31 AM

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

Reply

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats May 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I never liked those chocolate orange candies. lol. I used to get so mad when my step dad would always buy them for us! :P 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 at 9:31 AM

That would be good! I’ll have to do that next! Thank you for the idea babe ;)

Reply

Alex @ therunwithin May 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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 at 9:32 AM

Did you try it Alex!? :)

Reply

Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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 at 9:32 AM

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

Reply

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

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 at 9:33 AM

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

Reply

Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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

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

Reply

Meg May 29, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Thanks Chels

Reply

Kristi May 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM

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 at 9:33 AM

Thanks Kristi :)

Reply

Brittany@ Little B's Healthy Habits May 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM

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

Reply

Meg May 29, 2012 at 9:33 AM

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!

Reply

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

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 at 9:34 AM

Me too :D

Reply

Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health May 28, 2012 at 3:15 PM

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!

Reply

Ali Mc May 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

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 at 9:34 AM

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!

Reply

Lisa May 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

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 at 9:35 AM

Well this tofu was very flavourful! Maybe you will have to give it a try? ;)

Reply

Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie May 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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 at 9:35 AM

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

Reply

char eats GREENS May 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

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 ;) haha

Reply

Meg May 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM

HAHA! You make me smile :)

Reply

Jessica May 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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 at 9:36 AM

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

Reply

Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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 at 9:36 AM

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

Reply

sarah May 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

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 at 9:37 AM

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

Reply

Natasha@yogininoms.wordpress.com May 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

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

Reply

Meg May 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM

It definitely was girl! So incredibly decadent!

Reply

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

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 at 9:37 AM

That is a bummer girl!

Reply

Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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 at 9:37 AM

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

Reply

Haley @ Health Freak College Girl May 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

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

Reply

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish May 29, 2012 at 2:10 AM

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. ;)

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 at 9:38 AM

The curried tofu was amazing, so was the sauce that I topped with it ;)

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

Reply

Kate @ Work in Progress May 29, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Wooo meatless monday!! I’m definitely making an effort this month to rely less on meat for my protein. it’s easier now that my vegan sister is home for summer haha! And this recipe looks so fun! I’ve done tofu soups before so I know it blends well but I’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 at 9:38 AM

Oooo yes! Please do give it a try! That makes me so happy Kate :D

Reply

Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 29, 2012 at 7:39 AM

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 at 9:39 AM

That sounds great Heather! Maybe you could give this a try?? ;)

Reply

Caitlin May 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

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!

Reply

Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie May 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM

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 at 11:00 AM

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

Reply

Heather @ Better With Veggies May 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

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 at 11:01 AM

I do have a lot don’t I :) hehe

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: