Guest Post By Pamela Tourigny, Vegan Eats Ottawa
It was lunchtime, and I stood looking into the fridge, trying to figure out a way to cram in some vegetables, but also some starches so I’d be able to think for the rest of the afternoon.
I had some pasta, some spinach, some smoked tofu and some Zengarry Brie that I wanted to use up. Perfect!
This particular option is a bit more of a white cheddar style mac and cheese. Since it has greens right in it, there’s no additional choking down of salad required. Big win!
LAZIEST MAC & CHEEZ
PENNE WITH ROSÉ SAUCE
I recently spent some time at a family member’s home, and as we have very different eating habits, I had to bring all of my own food.
This time, I cooked up penne noodles and greens as described above (adding sautéed onions, and mushrooms for my husband) and then tossed the cooked pasta in Zengarry sundried tomato and basil fauxmage. All I needed to add was a little bit of salt!
Pamela Tourigny is a marketing/communications consultant, and is Ottawa’s leading voice on the vegan lifestyle. She was the president of the National Capital Vegetarian Association for many years, co-founded Ottawa Veg Fest, and has spoken at events including Ottawa Veg Fest and Toronto Vegan Food Fest. She blogs at www.pamelatourigny.com and founded the Vegan Eats Ottawa Guide to vegan food in the Ottawa region.
Yes, Christmas is just around the corner, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one around that has yet to put up their Christmas tree.... But it occurs to me that this is the last newsletter before the new year! If you've been following me for a while you may already know that I have a deep rooted need to look back over the past year just before the new year is born to reflect on what was great, what could have been better and most importantly what progress I've made over the course of the year!
I think this annual change over is a super important opportunity to reflect on where we've been and set intentions for where we want to go. This fuels me with new energy to start planning for the year to come.
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME.....
We took on a distributor in Quebec in June to expand our reach throughout the province. Zengarry Fauxmages can now be found everywhere from Quebec City to Sherbrooke, to Boucherville to Magog and all the way out to Rouyn-Noranda!! I sincerely appreciate all of you that have requested Zengarry at their favourite stores and helped us spread our wings! It's because of your continued support that we have been able to bring YUMMY dairy-free cheesiness this far! Find out where else you can find us here.
We are so excited to now be working with some great Toronto stores like Yamchops, V Word Market and even Noah's!! We spent quite a bit of time in this Veg friendly city including the weekend of our first ever Toronto Veg Food Fest in September. Despite the rain, it was an incredible experience and I was SO SO flattered to have been voted 'Best New Grocery Product' in the 2015 Veg Awards! I met so many amazing people and discovered many new veg restaurants! Thank you for the warm welcome Toronto, and stay tuned, I have some pretty exciting things in store for you in 2016!! wink wink!!
I couldn't finish up the year without choosing MY 3 FAVOURITE RECIPES OF THE YEAR. It was a challenge since I've posted dozens of recipes over the year and I love them all.... but these are some that I make over and over again and that I day dream about.
Click the photos for the full recipe!
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