lettuce love

For all of you vegans west of Toronto you probably have heard of lettuce love! Let me start by saying this is one of my favourite Clean eating spots As a vegan. If you need a stronger picture of how much I love Lettuce love, Me and my friend rode our questionably solid bikes for two hours from Mississauga to Burlington to stop at lettuce love!

lettuce love has two locations both on the West End of Toronto.

The first location is in Oakville, 326 Kerr St.

The second location is in Burlington, 399 John Street.

Both locations are closed on Monday but open every other day of the week!

Now, let’s get to the menu!

Soups, chilli and sharing:

The first part of their menu you can find things like vegetable soup chilli and then the more greasy stuff like nachos avocado fries and potato wedges!

Salads:

For your clean eaters out there you’re in luck. They have a beauty salad a mega salad and a Caesar salad for you! They also have a bunch of bowls and if I can recommend one thing to eat here it would be the bowls. Here you can find your typical Buddha bowls, burrito bowls, felafel bowls, and much more!

Sandwiches and burgers:

Don’t worry if you’re not a solid person there are plenty of sandwiches to go around at lettuce love. You can find a vegan grilled cheese barbeque jackfruit, a California burger, sweet potato burger, and a big batch

Now, lettuce love also has a smoothie bar attached to it and this is my favourite part of the whole entire restaurant it’s called pure love smoothie bar!

Smoothie bar:

If I recommend you try any of these smoothies I recommend the yoga Bliss colada! But you can also find many different flavourings such as the chai spice movie, the blue goddess, your typical strawberry banana, and a pure chocolate love!

And don’t worry you definitely have your smoothie bowls here with the options of a jungle bowl, Açaí bowl, and a blue wave bowl!

To access their website to find out more about the menu and what’s recommended visit lettucelovecafe.com

Tenon vegan sushi

For many of us who have made the transition to being vegan, one of the hardest foods to give up was sushi. Sure, we can… Make our own with cucumber, avocado or yam but the flavouring isn’t quite the same and I for one have been missing sushi immensely.

That’s why I was so excited to hear about tenon vegan sushi in Markham. Tenon vegan sushi is located at 487 Bloor St., W. Toronto Ontario. It has a sister restaurant, the original, in Markham Ontario right outside Toronto. Both restaurants strive to serve authentic begin Japanese cuisine and I also add Thai fusion vegan dishes to the menu to provide as many choices as possible for the Beacon consumers.

As if the restaurant was made for me, their goal is to make it easier for people to transition to a vegan diet and boy do I wish I had this restaurant when I was transitioning.

Now let’s get to the menu I know that’s why you’re all here:

Appetizers:

Their appetizer menu is no joke. You can find the normal stuff like edamame but then you can also find things with the fake chicken on a skewer soy beef on a skewer sushi pizza soy shrimp tempura, deep fried tofu, and more!

Japanese style:

They have their own Japanese style section of the menu. Whoever you can find sweet yam tempura roll, California roll, deep fried soy crab meat with barbeque sauce roll, spicy broccoli roll and more!

Special Rolls:

now this is where it gets good! You can find rolls like the caterpillar roll which has cucumber, housemaid vegan meat, avocado and barbeque sauce. You can also find things like dynamite roll, the green dragon roll, king mushroom special roll, king dragon roll, and more!

Thai dishes:

Thai dishes you can find things likeThe basil eggplant tofu dish, yellow curry soy dish, green curry mix vegetable dish, red curry vegan duck dish, house special duck, And more!

More:

You can also find things like soups, noodles and rice dishes, à la cart menu items, sushi combos, and drinks.

This restaurant has been all the rage in the vegan communities. Now I follow a lot of vegan groups on Facebook and Instagram and this is one of the most talked about restaurants over the last few weeks.

If you’ve been missing sushi just as much as I have, give this restaurant a try!

Find their website here: https://www.tenonvegetariancuisine.comhttps://www.tenonvegetariancuisine.com

Vegan BLT’s

I have to be honest with you. One of the reasons it was so hard for me to switch to a vegan lifestyle is breakfast foods. I mean right?!!! Breakfast can be a very challanging meal for someone who is new to plant-based foods. I mean sure…. we have smoothies, oatmeal, toast etc., but lets be real. YA GIRL NEEDS MORE THAN THREE OPTIONS TO START THE DAY OFF RIGHT.

One morning, after shamefully eating spaghetti at 7 a.m. because I was fed up with my limited options of “breakfast foods,” I thought to myself …. What did I like to eat for breakfast before I became vegan??? and BAM! Vegan BLT’s – or TLT’s (as I like to call them) became one of my breakfast staples.

Now before you jump right into breakfast, I want to add some additional details for you. I have attached websites to the steak seasoning and the vegan mayonnaise as I know that not everyone just has this lying around their kitchen (like I do) or even their closest supermarket. The sites tell you how you can make both of these ingredients so you can enjoy TLT’s as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Block Super Firm Tofu (680 g)
  • 4 Whole Wheat English Muffins
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Vegan Margarine (vegetable oil can substitute) 
  • 3 to 4 Lettuce Leaves
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • Steak Seasoning to taste
  • Vegan Mayonnaise to taste

Instructions:

  1. Slice tofu into 4 even blocks. Once divided cut each block into four thin slices.
  2. Add margarine to a large pan and heat medium – high
  3. Once margarine is melted, place tofu into the pan and turn heat up to high.
  4. Season tofu with steak seasoning once it’s frying in the pan.
  5. After 2-3 minutes flip tofu and fry for another 2-3 minutes or until your desired texture.
  6. As tofu is frying, place the English muffins into the toaster
  7. Once tofu is your desired texture remove from pan and set aside.
  8. Take English muffins out of the toaster. Add vegan mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.

There you have it a TLT (Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato)

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Peace & Love

Chloe