Seared smoked tempeh served on quinoa & couscous with crispy kale and my favourite Aux Vivres inspired “Dragon Sauce”

  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup tamari sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder and a little hot water to mix. So tasty and so quick!

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Looking for a healthy burger option? Try these tasty Black Bean & Quinoa Patties!

Made from scratch, they are loaded with taste but light on calories. The steak seasoning adds a great depth to the flavor. Feel free to make a double-recipe and freeze a few for a quick meal. Bake ahead of time and they can be tossed onto the BBQ to re-heat.

– 1.5 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 cup dry)
– 1 small onion, finely chopped
– 6 sundries tomatoes (packed in oil), drained and minced
– 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed, divided
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 Tablespoon steak seasoning

– Sauté onion together with sundries tomatoes (oil from tomatoes should be enough to cook with)
– Add in half the black beans, garlic, steak seasoning and 1.5 cups of water. Simmer about 5 minutes until most of liquid is absorbed.
– Transfer bean mixture to a food processor with 3/4 cup quinoa and process until smooth
– transfer to a large bowl and add the remaining beans and quinoa. Allow to cool slightly.
– Shape 1/2 cup of mixture at a time into 8 patties. Bake 20 minutes at 350. Flip and bake another 10.
Serve on your favourite buns or topped on a salad.



This Quinoa & Beet Salad is a complete meal in itself! So colourful & deceptively filling!

– 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 cup dry)
– 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (raw soybeans), cooked according to package directions
– 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
– 2 medium beets, peeled and grated or boiled and cubed
– 1 large carrot, grated
– 1 cup cucumber, diced
– 1 avocado, cubed


– 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar/ apple cider vinegar
– 2 Tbsp lime juice
– 2 Tbsp olive oil
– 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (can use mint)
– 2 Tbsp honey
– 1 tsp Dijon mustard
– Salt & pepper to taste

Combine and enjoy! Feel free to substitute/ add ingredients based on what veggies you have hanging around! Double the recipe for quick & healthy lunches during the week.