Gardein breakfast sandwich makes for easy vegan morning meal

Gardein breakfast sandwich

Fresh from the toaster oven. (Stephen Hui)

Sometimes you just want a quick and easy vegan breakfast that’s not cereal or toast. Here’s a fairly new frozen product from the people who brought us veggie boob—Richmond-based Garden Protein International—that fits the bill.

We found the Gardein breakfast sandwich selling for $4.75 at Donald’s Market in Vancouver. A box comes with two small sandwiches and takes minutes to prepare in the microwave, on the stove, or in a conventional or toaster oven. Continue reading

Tofu McMuffin recipe

Vegan Egg McMuffin

The Egg McMuffin is super easy to veganize. (Stephen Hui)

Since they’re a favourite breakfast of mine, I often post pictures of Tofu McMuffins on Instagram. Whenever I do, someone invariably asks for the recipe.

So, let’s kick off the seventh annual Vegan Month of Food by devouring this sandwich, which sadly isn’t on McDonald’s menu yet. Here’s how to cook up a vegan version of the Egg McMuffin. Continue reading

Loving Hut Express veganizes Philly cheesesteak in Vancouver

Philly's Dream

Vegan dreams do come true. (Stephen Hui)

If you like Loving Hut Express as much as I do, then you’ve probably devoured their Crispy Chick’n, bacon cheese, and grilled mushroom cheese burgers on many occasions. But have you tried their vegan version of the Philadelphia cheesesteak?

Philly’s Dream ($9) is a newer addition to the menu of the first vegan food cart in Vancouver. This juicy sandwich features grilled marinated beefless strips, mushrooms, onions, cheese sauce, tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a submarine-style wheat bun. Holy shiitake, it’s that good. Continue reading

Vegan grilled cheese sandwich with arugula and fig jam

Grilled cheese sandwich

This rich and decadent grilled cheese sandwich is guaranteed to satisfy. (Stephen Hui)

To celebrate our son turning six months old, we had a little half-birthday party for which I made a couple kinds of “fancy pants” grilled cheese sandwiches. This is one of the sandwiches I created.

The bread I used is made by a local bakery called Terra Breads, and it’s likely difficult to get outside of Vancouver. If you can’t find a rustic-style bread with dried fruit, a good-quality sourdough bread will work just as well. And if you can’t find fig jam, try using a pear or apricot jam instead.

Makes 2 sandwiches. Continue reading