Winter comfort food roundup

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Tis the season!

To layer on tons of clothes every time before you go outside.

I’m back in Toronto for the holidays and it’s been a hard transition from California. I almost slipped and fell on ice 2x, my skin is embarrassingly dry, and I resent having to wear 2 layers of pants on some days.

Anyway, now is the perfect time to make comforting meals that make you feel cozy and warm, like getting a hug from the inside.

Here are some healthy, vegan stews and soups that I’ve been making and / or are planning to make this winter:

Quick Beefless Stew (Gardein)

I made this tomato-based stew a few days ago (pictured above). It’s chock full of veggies, beans and flavor and comes together so quickly. I added extra mushrooms and peas and eat it with a side of brown rice.

15 Minute Vegan Kimchi Tofu Stew (Brothers Green Eats)

I haven’t made this yet but I love kimchi (the vegan kind that doesn’t contain fish sauce) and it reminds me of another Korean dish I also love called soondubu. The base is miso and vegan kimchi, which are both fermented foods that are supposed to be good for your gut. Some enoki mushrooms would also be really good in there.

Spicy Mapo Tofu (Vegan Miam)

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Mapo tofu, aka grandma tofu, is one of my favorite dishes. I finally found this vegan version a while ago and made a week’s lunch worth. I find it so flavourful & satisfying, and I also love bean paste. I think the spiciness and mushiness (in a good way) are perfect for cold weather.

Simple spicy butternut dhal (Jenny Mustard)

This dish looks super healthy, with lentils and tons of veggies. I have been really getting into Jenny Mustard recently and binge watched her videos.

Spicy Pumpkin Peanut Soup (Peaceful Cuisine)

Soup with peanut butter? Uh, yes please. I will eat cardboard if it has peanut butter on it. Even if you don’t make this soup, you will definitely enjoy watching this artfully created video.

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What are your favorite vegan winter meals or holiday treats?

I hope you’re all having a great holiday — not stressed — and enjoying this time of year 🙂

Vegan comfort food at Doomie’s

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A few days ago I was in Toronto and went to a new vegan comfort food restaurant that had just opened, called Doomie’s near Queen and Dufferin. I’d been waiting since before they opened to go because I heard their LA location was really popular. We had to wait 30 minutes to get a table when we got there around 12:30 (they opened a 12:00), which wasn’t bad considering many places in San Francisco require a 2-hour wait.

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When you go downstairs to the bathroom, the walls are covered in comics from Vegan Sidekick.

Ok, onto the food!

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My boyfriend and I started off with Jalapeno poppers, which apparently JUST came on the menu and we were the first people to order it! Whaaaaa! They were delicious.

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For my main, I ordered “chicken” and waffles, which was super decadent and came with a side of sticky fries (which are sweet and I think sticky because of maple syrup) and topped with vegan butter.I’m not sure how I felt about french fries being sweet but the rest of it was really good, although I could only eat half of it.

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My boyfriend ordered the “chicken” sandwich. I had a bite of it and it was delicious. He was full for the rest of the day from just the burger and actually wasn’t hungry enough to eat dinner like 7 hours later.

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I had to order dessert even though I was full, because who knew when I would have the opportunity to be back there again? We got the pumpkin Doomie bits, which are kind of like Tim Bits. If you’ve never been to Tim Hortons, Tim Bits are basically donut holes. They came topped with vanilla ice cream and it was all very yummy. My mouth is watering as I type this.

If you are in Toronto, I highly recommend checking it out. If you like vegan comfort food, I ALSO recommend Hogtown Vegan, which is near Bloor and Ossington and also very delicious!