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VEGAN FIESTA BUFFALO TOFU BOWLS WITH TAHINI LIME CREMA

Wait I’m confused… what season is it?! Watermelon is still front and centre at my local grocer and yet it’s snowing (oh, how I wish I was kidding). As I edit this post, I’m enjoying a glass of crisp rosé in a poncho and fuzzy slippers — and I finally have to cave and turn the heat on! While the weather in Calgary has been less than desirable, late summer harvest has been kind to us with local tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuces popping up everywhere — and I’m taking full advantage. If you, too are in the mood for some healthy comfort food to weather the storm, you’ve come to the right place! Today I’m elated to continue my partnership with Inspired Greens and bring you my Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema — the meal that kept us nourished during our paint-a-thon this summer. I literally came up with this recipe by throwing what we had on hand into a big salad bowl, mixing it up and serving it. Upon first bite, I knew I’d be publishing it — after all, unusual circumstances typically lead to some of my most inventive recipe ideas!

My Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema are a healthy, plant based, 30-minute meal alternative to the pub food that my delicate stomach can absolutely not handle anymore. Seriously though — if chicken wings, a plate of loaded nachos and a burrito had a vegan love child, this would be it! These festive, protein rich bowls are brimming with Alberta grown, seasonal produce including Inspired Greens Red Butter Lettuce — remixed with JustineCelina kitchen staples like quinoa, black beans, olives, Buffalo Tofu (a completely addictive, plant based alternative to hot wings!) and Tahini Lime Crema — a versatile sauce we always have in our fridge that’s good on just about anything. This, my friends, is the ultimate vegan comfort food with a fresh, early autumn spin!


VEGAN FIESTA BUFFALO TOFU BOWLS WITH TAHINI LIME CREMA


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When I asked Adam what my favourite food was, he replied “Anything with lots of vegetables that you can put in a big bowl and mix up with sauces”. Well, he’s not wrong! Nourishing, plant based bowls and entree salads are definitely my favourite thing to eat (hence the endless supply of those recipes I’ve published over the years). But this one, it’s different. It’s actually inspired by pub food!

Back in my younger days, we used to frequent a local pub for 25¢ wings. As someone who’s never really been much of a meat eater (and who’s always had trouble eating around bones), chicken wings were my one weakness and something I would make an exception for. But as I grew older, frequented pubs less and embarked on my journey to plant based eating (read more about that here, if you’re interested) I found myself still craving chicken wings but having absolutely no desire to pop down to said local pub and subject my body to the deep fried, calorie laden hot wings I once loved.

Although this recipe for Buffalo Tofu is my own, the idea is not. I was perusing my friend Dana’s blog when I stumbled on her recipe for Buffalo Tofu Bites back in December of last year. Say what?!?!?! A healthy, vegan alternative to my beloved chicken wings from years past?! I tried the recipe one evening and have been totally hooked ever since. You know how you make something over and over again — and eventually it becomes your own? That’s what happened with this Buffalo Tofu. For awhile there I was eating it every week with my Tahini Lime Crema or Lemon Tahini Sauce (hint: they’re almost the same recipe!) which are major staples for us — I typically make a big batch at the start of the week and always have some on hand. So although my Buffalo Tofu recipe is different from Dana’s, her post is definitely what inspired 2017’s Buffalo Tofu craze, which then trickled into this recipe. The woman is a genius (not to mention, just a really awesome person) and if you’re not familiar with Killing Thyme, I highly suggest you stop over!

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Anyway — onto this recipe! It was one of those serendipitous creations that came together out of my desire to feed my painting crew a nourishing meal, quickly, without having to resort to take out. So, I combined some staples I had on hand into a big bowl — golden quinoa (which I often make in large batches at the start of the week), Buffalo Tofu (we had it leftover from the night before) and some Tahini Lime Crema (it’s exactly the same recipe as my Lemon Tahini Sauce, just with a different citrus base that I switch up depending on what we have kicking around!), green olives (another item always in our fridge), local cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, black beans (canned pulses are a pantry staple around here!), some arugula for a bit of peppery spice and Inspired Greens Red Butter Living Lettuce — which is all I’ve been using lettuce wise since discovering them earlier this summer (Inspired Greens now holds a permanent spot in our crisper). These Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema taste like a lightened up hot wing / loaded nacho / burrito hybrid — in the absolutely best way possible! It’s also extremely inexpensive if you’re looking for a nourishing early autumn meal to feed a crowd on a budget (a package of tofu is about $2.50 and I stock up on canned pulses when they’re on sale for $1 per can!).

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Since this meal comes together in just under 30 minutes, this from-scratch cook took a few short cuts in the seasoning and sauce departments (not even I make everything from scratch all the time — especially when I’m painting or really busy!). I was introduced to Franks RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce in Dana’s Buffalo Tofu Bite recipe. Sure, you could make your own hot sauce, but on the days I make this Buffalo Tofu I never have the time. The ingredients are actually pretty clean though and I really love the convenience factor (not to mention, it’s absolutely delish)! Second, I fry the tofu in a bit of olive oil and season it with no MSG seasoning salt and garlic power before tossing it in the sauce. It’s a quick way to get crispy, golden brown tofu without my more involved method involving corn starch — and it only takes about 10 minutes! So, let’s get cooking, shall we?


INGREDIENTS


Yield: 2 entrée sized bowls

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BUFFALO TOFU

• 1 package extra firm tofu
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1/2 tbsp no MSG seasoning salt
• 1/3 cup Franks RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce

VEGAN FIESTA BOWLS

• 1 head Inspired Greens Red Butter Living Lettuce
• 1 cup golden quinoa
• 1 can black beans
• 1 pint cherry tomatoes
• 2 mini cucumbers (or half a full sized cucumber)
• 1/2 cup pitted green olives
• 1 cup baby arugula
• Green onion

TAHINI LIME CREMA

• 1/4 cup tahini
• 1/4 cup water
• Juice from 2 limes
• 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
• 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper
• 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 small garlic clove
• 1 tsp 100% pure Canadian maple syrup
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

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INSTRUCTIONS


1. Start by preparing your golden quinoa as instructed on the package. Typically, it takes about 15 minutes to cook and we have some of work to do in the meantime!

2. Get the Buffalo Tofu going by heating a large skillet over medium / high heat. Prep your tofu by removing it from the package and pressing the water out between a dish towel. Once the majority of the water has been extracted, cube the tofu into bite sized pieces.

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3. Add olive oil to your skillet, along with the cubed tofu. Toss with garlic powder and seasoning salt. Allow tofu cubes to cook for approximately 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.

4. Once tofu is cooked, turn the burner off. Add Franks RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce to the pan, tossing the tofu to coat thoroughly. Set aside.

5. Your quinoa should just about be ready! Meanwhile, start prepping the ingredients for the Vegan Fiesta Bowls. Remove the root from the Inspired Greens Red Butter Lettuce, wash the leaves. Halve cherry tomatoes, cut cucumbers into matchsticks, slice olives, chop green onions and rinse your black beans. 

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6. While your quinoa is cooling, prepare the Tahini Lime Crema by combining all the ingredients in a Vitamix (or similar) and blending until smooth and creamy. 

7. Assemble your Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema by adding 1/2 a cup of quinoa to one side of your bowl, then add Inspired Greens to the other, along the perimeter. Build your bowls in a clockwise format, adding as much of each veggie as you like.

8. Reserve a spot in the middle for your Buffalo Tofu. Top with some extra sauce from the skillet and a drizzle of Tahini Lime Crema.

9. Garnish with arugula and green onions.

10. Enjoy immediately!

#Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema | #sponsored by Inspired Greens // JustineCelina.com


VEGAN FIESTA BUFFALO TOFU BOWLS WITH TAHINI LIME CREMA
Serves 2
My Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema are healthy, plant based, 30-minute meal alternative to the bar food that my delicate stomach can absolutely not handle anymore. Seriously though -- if chicken wings, a plate of loaded nachos and a burrito had a vegan love child, this would be it! These festive, protein rich bowls are brimming with Alberta grown, seasonal produce including Inspired Greens Red Butter Lettuce -- remixed with JustineCelina kitchen staples like quinoa, black beans, olives, Buffalo Tofu (a completely addictive, plant based alternative to hot wings!) and Tahini Lime Crema -- a versatile sauce we always have in our fridge that's good on just about anything. This, my friends, is the ultimate vegan comfort food with a fresh, early autumn spin!
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
BUFFALO TOFU
  1. • 1 package extra firm tofu
  2. • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  3. • 1/2 tbsp no MSG seasoning salt
  4. • 1/3 cup Franks RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce
VEGAN FIESTA BOWLS
  1. • 1 head Inspired Greens Red Butter Living Lettuce
  2. • 1 cup golden quinoa
  3. • 1 can black beans
  4. • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  5. • 2 mini cucumbers (or half a full sized cucumber)
  6. • 1/2 cup pitted green olives
  7. • 1 cup baby arugula
  8. • Green onion
TAHINI LIME CREMA
  1. • 1/4 cup tahini
  2. • 1/4 cup water
  3. • Juice from 2 limes
  4. • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  5. • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  6. • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  7. • 1 small garlic clove
  8. • 1 tsp 100% pure Canadian maple syrup
  9. • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Start by preparing your golden quinoa as instructed on the package. Typically, it takes about 15 minutes to cook and we have some of work to do in the meantime!
  2. Get the Buffalo Tofu going by heating a large skillet over medium / high heat. Prep your tofu by removing it from the package and pressing the water out between a dish towel. Once the majority of the water has been extracted, cube the tofu into bite sized pieces.
  3. Add olive oil to your skillet, along with the cubed tofu. Toss with garlic powder and seasoning salt. Allow tofu cubes to cook for approximately 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Once tofu is cooked, turn the burner off. Add Franks RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce to the pan, tossing the tofu to coat thoroughly. Set aside.
  5. Your quinoa should just about be ready! Meanwhile, start prepping the ingredients for the Vegan Fiesta Bowls. Remove the root from the Inspired Greens Red Butter Lettuce, wash the leaves. Halve cherry tomatoes, cut cucumbers into matchsticks, slice olives, chop green onions and rinse your black beans.
  6. While your quinoa is cooling, prepare the Tahini Lime Crema by combining all the ingredients in a Vitamix (or similar) and blending until smooth and creamy.
  7. Assemble your Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema by adding 1/2 a cup of quinoa to one side of your bowl, then add Inspired Greens to the other, along the perimeter. Build your bowls in a clockwise format, adding as much of each veggie as you like.
  8. Reserve a spot in the middle for your Buffalo Tofu. Top with some extra sauce from the skillet and a drizzle of Tahini Lime Crema.
  9. Garnish with arugula and green onions.
  10. Enjoy immediately!
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Next time you’re craving pub food, I hope you give my Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema (and Inspired Greens!) a go! So many of you have mentioned you’ve spotted Inspired Greens at your local grocer and picked it up (someone even planted a head of lettuce and it started growing new leaves — how cool is that?!). If you try this recipe (or this gorgeous living lettuce), I’d love your feedback!

Leave me a comment, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them — I love scrolling through the feed and spotting your beautiful recreations! I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes if you’re looking for more plant based culinary inspiration. Enjoy the first weekend of fall, friends!


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Falling Back | Refreshing Old Staples for a New Season | Autumn 2017 // Justinecelina.com
Beauty, Fall, Fashion, Makeup, Pantone

FALLING BACK | REFRESHING OLD STAPLES FOR A NEW SEASON

Happy first weekend of… fall?! Somehow, we skipped autumn entirely this week and went straight from almost 30°C weather to snow and frigid, negative temperatures. As we’ve established, autumn is my favourite time of year, but this week I was forced to bust out my cold weather pieces — I hadn’t even finished getting my fall wardrobe together, yet wintery conditions were upon us. It was time to get creative (and warm!) and make the most of my existing wardrobe — but the good news is that our drastic weather shift here in Calgary inspired today’s post all about refreshing old favourites for a new season! Absolutely everything I’m wearing today is something I’ve owned for several months or years — and you’ve also seen most of these pieces here at JustineCelina previously.

Although I love to shop just as much as the next girl (and now it’s even become part of the way I earn a living!), I think there’s something to be said for learning how to make the most of your existing wardrobe when the seasons change and looking to new sources of inspiration to inform your sartorial choices. That’s exactly what I did for today’s look — I can’t wait to share how I styled these well loved wardrobe staples through fresh eyes for Autumn 2017 to reflect current seasonal trends! If you’re looking to maximize your existing wardrobe this season, get cozy with me tonight as I pull out my coats, sweater dresses, OTK boots, velvet accessories, fall florals and autumnal lip colours!

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Superfood Peach Pie Smoothie Bowls // JustineCelina.com
Breakfast, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten Free, Paleo, Smoothies & Juices, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian

SUPERFOOD PEACH PIE SMOOTHIE BOWLS

Are you ready for autumn, friends? It’s been a crazy hot, smoky summer this year and I never thought I would say it, but I’m finally ready for fall. I had 2 food related epiphanies as I worked on this post — first, I really seem to love creating dessert-inspired breakfast recipes (I mean… who doesn’t love pie for breakfast?!) and second, I’ve never published a peach recipe here at JustineCelina. If you knew just how much I loved peaches, you’d be as shocked as I am! Each year we receive a shipment of peaches straight from a family friend’s orchard in British Columbia (if you’re keeping track, yes – it’s the same orchard where our apple surplus and endless supply of homemade stewed tomatoes come from!). It seems every year I find a different way to work with them and they end up trickling into almost every meal for a week or two until we get through them all. And alas, another seasonal recipe is born!

Today I’m bringing you my Superfood Peach Pie Smoothie Bowls — a simple, seasonal breakfast bowl inspired by the classic late summer pie and brimming with powerhouse ingredients, plant based protein, antioxidants and healing, autumnal spices. The best part? If you, too are experiencing peach overload, this recipe actually gives variations for frozen and fresh peaches (I just finished freezing a whole ziplock bag full!). I even snuck a vegetable in there — if you’ve made my Cherry Crumble Smoothie or Autumn Energizer Juice, you may have an idea what it is! Try my Superfood Peach Pie Smoothie Bowls while those juicy Okanagan peaches are at peak ripeness or freeze them now and indulge in a peach pie inspired smoothie bowl anytime you want to treat yourself to a quick, nourishing breakfast this autumn. As always, it’s free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar — and absolutely delish! 

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August 2017 Beauty Favourites // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Fall, Makeup, Monthly Favourites, Nails, Natural Products, Reviews, Summer

AUGUST 2017 BEAUTY FAVOURITES

Well hello, beautiful souls! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?! Not to worry — I’m back today with another Monthly Beauty Favourites post! The first part of September has been very busy with client work, so this post is coming to you a little late. That said, it’s packed full of some great new beauty finds and rediscovered products across eye, cheek, lip, complexion and nail categories, so I hope it was worth the wait. I’m definitely starting to transition into more autumnal makeup but have been enjoying lighter, fresher lip colours — so I guess we have a little bit of a summer-meets-fall vibe happening again today (there’s definitely a theme here at JustineCelina this month!).

Settle in on this crisp, late summer evening and let’s chat about everything I’ve loved putting on my face (and nails) lately! My August 2017 Beauty Favourites including the ultimate warm eyeshadow lovers dream palette, a natural, neutral lip liner that goes with everything, a luxurious, extremely unique lip cream, a fantastic lipstick for everyday wear as we transition into fall, the most heavenly drugstore bronzer I’ve ever worn, the perfect rosy blush in one of my all time favourite formulas and a decadent berry polish with nail helping, healthy ingredients (it’s infused with kale!). If you’re looking to incorporate a touch of autumn into your beauty routine, I have so many fantastic recommendations for you today!


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DIGITAL BLOOMS SEPTEMBER 2017 | FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPERS

Flower loving friends, the first month of autumn is upon us — and we’re easing into it slowly here at JustineCelina with September 2017’s Free Desktop Wallpapers! This month, Rebecca Dawn Design and I were inspired by the PANTONE Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report for September’s DIGITAL BLOOMS (yes, we’re back on those Pantone Colour Reports again… expect to become very familiar with this one over the next few months and I work with this palette across categories!). This month’s free floral wallpapers are a little bit summer and a little bit fall, just like this gorgeous month — I think they’re my favourite set yet!

September has us lusting after Pantone’s Ballet Slipper, Butterum, Autumn Maple, Golden Lime, Tawny Port and Neutral Grey — I’m crazy about those deep tones and warm neutrals accent by pops of blush and grey to keep things light and airy as we transition into Autumn 2017. If you’re ready to embrace the seasonal change and a brand new colour story on the background of your computer, tablet or phone, click through to download September’s Digital blooms! We’re curated a lovely collection of fresh flowers, foliage and berries — including Quicksand and Mother of Pearl Roses (learn more about them here), Tinted Solidago, Angel Wings Begonia leaves, Larkspur, Poppy Pods, Hypericum, Sweet Peas and Ranunulus (other than being one of our favourite flowers, did you know they’re in season almost year round?). Oh, and if you’re new around here (welcome!) — yes, they really are absolutely free!

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Summer to Autumn 2017 Trend Guide | Orange Crush // JustineCelina.com
Fall, Fashion, Makeup, Nails, Pantone, Summer, Trend Guides

SUMMER TO AUTUMN 2017 TREND GUIDE | ORANGE CRUSH

I’m strutting into September with fresh SUMMER TO AUTUMN 2017 TREND GUIDE for this transitional time of year! Today I’m sharing a versatile look that I’ve worn many times this summer in both personal and professional settings — and I’m also showing you how to style it into the first days of autumn. I’m planning to enjoy summer for as long as I possibly can — the weather is exceptionally beautiful here in Calgary (there was actually a heat warning on the day we shot this post and it was 34 °C!) and therefore I’m going to utilize every possible opportunity to wear sandals and open toed shoes (Canadian girls, I know you feel me)!

In this pre-fall TREND GUIDE, I’m merging a handful of key trends from Summer / Autumn 2017 — including orange, butterum, eyelet, embroidery, cork and natural textured accessories, bright whites, strappy sandals and tailored, wide leg trousers. I’m finally showing off my birthday present here at JustineCelina (to myself, from myself!) — the absolutely stunning, Gaia’s Ark Bamboo Clutch (which has been on heavy rotation in my summer wardrobe but hasn’t yet made it to the blog!). I’m also sharing autumn styling options by simply changing up my accessories to include an office appropriate, daytime bag that doubles as a briefcase, gorgeous tasseled pumps a classic watch! And last but not least, it’s that time of year again — today I’m introducing you to the PANTONE Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report and chatting about how you can incorporate fall colour trends into your wardrobe right now to extend the life of your favourite summer pieces as we transition into autumn. If you’re not quite sure what to wear during this time of year, hang out with me today for some fresh ideas and outfit inspiration as I style this colourful look for both seasons!


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August 2017 Soundtrack // JustineCelina.com
Music, Summer, Travel

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With my favourite month of the year coming to a close, I bring you my August 2017 Soundtrack! Fear not friends, there are still over 20 days of summer officially left, so let’s enjoy them! These 55 tracks were the background music to all my August adventures — and there were many. From embarking on our huge paint-a-thon to spending a couple of weekends out of the city, to lots of exciting projects on the go and the behind the scenes grind (autumn is going to be an exciting time!), this playlist fueled a very productive month. My soundtracks make for great working, thinking and creating music — so if you’re looking for a little audible inspiration during the day, give my 3 hour, 46 minute August 2017 Soundtrack a listen! I’ve also updated the format of these monthly soundtracks to include my 5 most recent playlists (some have never been published here at JustineCelina) — so be sure to check out the bottom of posts if you’re looking for even more MUSIC.

Some of my favourite songs this month include Bay Ledges Hearts, Handsome Ghost’s beauty / bends,  ayokay and Straight Face’s Being Honest, courtship’s Sail Away, FRND’s Substitute, Work Drug’s Midnight Emotion, Elohim and Whethan’s Sleepy Eyes, Nude’s Work Me,  Small Black and Keith Sweaty’s Personal Best, Lastling’s Urges, Anna of the North’s Someone, Doombird’s Fog Rolls In, No Name, Cam O’Bi and Raury’s Diddy Bop, Tennis System’s Such a Drag, In The Valley Below’s Pink Chateau, The Horrors Something to Remember Me By, Netherfriends Picture Your Favourite Place, Sigrid’s and Griffin’s Don’t Kill My Vibe and absolutely everything from The War on Drugs, who’s new album, A Deeper Understanding, has been on repeat this past week (they have sort of a modernized Tom Petty vibe — and I love it! It brings me back to my younger days road tripping to interior BC to see Tom Petty live at Pemberton Music Festival). Have you guys been to any live shows or festivals this summer? I need to get back to doing more of that!

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