Meatless Monday – Mmm Canada

Even vegetarian Canadians eat beaver tails.

Beaver tails are basically fried dough served with a variety of sweet toppings eg. cinnamon sugar, maple butter. They are meant to resemble a beaver’s tail, hence the name. The recipe usually calls for eggs and milk. Simply omit the former and substitute the latter with a non-dairy version to make them vegan. Alternatively, you can bake the dough instead of frying. When hot out of the oven, lightly spray with oil then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top or other sweet topping of your choice.

And now a recipe for my Canada Day parfait. You will need:

  • in season fresh Canadian strawberries and/or raspberries
  • maple walnut granola
  • coconut whip and/or sweetened vanilla yoghurt (dairy or non-dairy)

To assemble, wash berries and lightly pat dry. Alternate layers of coconut whip/yoghurt and berries in glass serving dish. Top with granola.

To make granola, mix 1 cup of rolled oats with a handful of walnut pieces and a sprinkle of flax seeds. Add some maple sugar, maple syrup, a little salt and oil. Mix well. Bake in a preheated 250°F oven on a lined baking tray for at least one hour. Turn off heat and leave mixture in oven to dry out a little until it becomes crisp.

It is quite easy to make naturally meat-free snacks with Canadian flavour.

Photo by Kimberley (c)2016
Photo by Kimberley (c)2016

After all that sweetness, it’s time for a little protein to balance it out. Check out the following links for recipes and information on vegan protein sources.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/vegan-sources-of-protein/

http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/protein#comp

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