Sometimes, cooking is a breeze and everything seems to come together even when you’re just guessing. This was not one of those days. “What I Ate Wednesdays” is a series where I share what I eat in a day in hopes of dispelling misconceptions about what vegans eat and inspiring new meal ideas that you can take and run with. This edition is no different, but also comes with a lesson: keep your dang eyes on the stove!

What I Are Vegan – Kitchen Nightmares Edition

This video was originally published on April 22, 2015.


Vegan Breakfast – Noodle Salad

My concept of breakfast is very flexible, with no foods off limits. So knowing I had to use up some cucumbers, I prepared a noodle salad. The noodles were just plain instant ramen noodles, dressed in a sweet soy concoction. I rinsed them under cold water after cooking to chill them and plopped on a bed of pea shoots and cucumber sticks. For protein and flavour, I added some veggie tofu. That’s one type of tofu I would love to learn how to make myself; it’s too delicious.

vegan noodle salad pea shoots and cucumber

Vegan Lunch – Homemade Watercress & Tofu Dumplings

I had a very busy work day so when lunch rolled around, I wanted something quick. I happened to have some homemade dumplings in the freezer so I used the pan-fry and steam method of cooking which can take less than 10 minutes. I guess I was distracted because they came out a wee bit on the burnt side. The sweet and spicy dipping sauce covered up my mistakes though. Just another reason to love dumpling sauce!

vegan potstickers with sweet and spicy sauce

Vegan Tea Time – Vanilla Honeybush Tea from Stash

I’m a big fan of rooibos tea and honeybush is known to be similar so I gave this tea a try. The flavour has a slight honey-like quality with just a hint of vanilla. It was ok.

birds eye view of cup of tea

Vegan Dinner – Penne Alfredo with Garlic King Oyster Mushroom Stirfry and Kale

You would think I’d learn my lesson from burning my dumplings earlier in the day. I clearly did not. Because in the process of making this dinner, I decided to turn away from the stove to wash some dishes. And promptly burned the kale. At least it was still edible.

And that was that! What kitchen nightmares have you handled at home?

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