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How to Style a Poncho // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Fall, Fashion, How to Style it, Makeup

HOW TO STYLE A PONCHO

I’m so happy to be sharing more fashion content with you this fall and winter! To kick things off today, I’m starting a new series here at JustineCelina called HOW TO STYLE IT — showing you how to style a specific on-trend item that you might not think you can pull off, or may be intimidated by.

I’ve loved ponchos for years, and will always wear what I love regardless of whether or not it’s trendy — but I’m pretty excited that ponchos are everywhere this fall! They’re such a statement piece, and a great way to add interest, depth and texture to your fall wardrobe. The one I’m wearing is actually from Garage Clothing (yeah that’s right… I was shocked too!) — it’s so cozy and luxurious feeling. Come take a look at how I styled this beautiful bohemian poncho for autumn!


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#Vegan Fiesta Buffalo Tofu Bowls with Tahini Lime Crema | #sponsored by Inspired Greens // JustineCelina.com
Dairy Free, Dinner, Food, Gluten Free, Lunch, Salads, Vegan, Vegetarian

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


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

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!

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

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!).

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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

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!


Disclaimer: Thank you to Inspired Greens for sponsoring this post. JustineCelina uses affiliate and referral links, which allow me to receive a small commission when you make a purchase through one of my links. Thank you for supporting the brands and businesses that support JustineCelina!

Summer 2017 Trend Guide | Kimono Love // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Fashion, Hair, Makeup, Summer, Trend Guides, Vintage

SUMMER 2017 TREND GUIDE | KIMONO LOVE

Things I’m happy about today: it’s almost the long weekend, the weather is gorgeous, and I’m wearing a kimono! I’m not ashamed to admit I have 13 kimonos currently hanging in my closet — they’ve been my most worn summer item for as long as I can remember and I love to collect them (I even have a few vintage kimonos!). Naturally, I’m elated to bring you my first SUMMER 2017 TREND GUIDE today highlighting one of my favourite seasonal trends — luxe, loungewear inspired kimonos! Like ponchos, kimonos have always been a staple in my wardrobe, regardless of whether or not they’re particularly on trend that season.

Those of you who know me personally are probably used to seeing me in kimonos, especially during the warmer months. So, I used one of my favourite kimonos as a statement piece in today’s post and paired it up with a handful of summer trends — including bold botanical prints, fringe hem denim, mules, millennial pink, eyelet, tassels, circular cross body bags, hexagon sunglasses and sunset inspired makeup. I’ve also included tons of shoppable links and image carousels for you at every price point in today’s post — because hey, a girl’s gotta have options, am I right?! Fix yourself a refreshing cocktail and let’s chat about what’s on my hit list this season!


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Spring 2017 Trend Guide | Gingham Style // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Fashion, Life, Makeup, Pantone, Travel, Trend Guides

SPRING 2017 TREND GUIDE | GINGHAM STYLE + MOTHER’S DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS

Welcome back for the first of many Spring / Summer 2017 TREND GUIDES coming to JustineCelina this season! Today we’re kicking things off with a bang — my Spring 2017 Trend Guide | Gingham Style was shot at 2900 feet atop Sulphur Mountain in the Canadian Rockies! Knowing my Mom was the woman behind the lens of my style content, my friends at Brewster Travel Canada reached out earlier this month, offering to treat us to a chocolate tasting and wine pairing at the Sky Bistro for Mother’s Day (how incredibly thoughtful is that?)! I’d been trying to mastermind a way to get my Mom to the mountains for Mother’s Day for quite some time, so when the opportunity to spend a day learning about chocolate from master chocolatier Bernard Callebaut presented itself, she simply couldn’t pass it up. We had the best time — I know many of you enjoyed coming along in my Insta Stories last weekend!

Today I’ll be sharing a few highlights from our day along with key seasonal trends — we’re talking yellow, red (and that Spring 2017 Pantone Fashion Color Report!), gingham, embroidery, flats, novelty denim and more. This post is part Spring 2017 Trend Guide | Gingham Style and part Mother’s Day in the Mountains! I’ve condensed our Mother’s Day experience to the first part of the post, so if you’re just here for the FASHION, you can find that towards the middle. I hope you enjoy the change of scenery, the style and a few snippets of our mountain getaway!


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Effortless Travel Style // JustineCelina.com
Beauty, Fashion, Life, Spring, Travel, Winter

EFFORTLESS TRAVEL STYLE

Hello from Vancouver! It’s been awhile since I’ve traveled outside of Alberta and I’m so thrilled to be exploring this gorgeous city. I actually didn’t plan to publish a dedicated style post for this look, but many of you were interested in what I was wearing when I posted a photo of this outfit on Instagram yesterday — so where we are! While all of the style content you see here at JustineCelina is reflective of my fairly eclectic personal style, I like to keep things interesting, so I showcase a range of looks. Today’s outfit is such an easy one for me to wear and very representative of my everyday style — a simple, no fuss look incorporating some of my favourite wardrobe staples. In fact, I’ve worn every single piece (except my new-ish Zara sweater!) in previous style content.

I take in as much as I can on foot while I’m traveling (I love to discover new things around each corner!), so I do a lot of walking. While comfort and warmth are my first priorities, I also like to look polished and up for anything. Most locals have been complaining about the weather, but it’s -20°C in Calgary, so not having to be totally bundled up and deal with snow sounds pretty good to me right now (it’s been a long winter!). My Effortless Travel Style is achieved by packing a small but cohesive wardrobe full of quality, simple pieces and great accessories that I’m able to combine in unique ways to create a variety of outfits. Stick around if you’d like to see some of what’s in my suitcase!


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Christmas in November 2016 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge // JustineCelina.com
Fall, Fashion, Food, Life, Travel, Wine & Cocktails, Winter

CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER AT THE FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE

We’re back from Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and tonight I’m recapping our experience! What is Christmas in November, you ask? Basically, it’s a giant meeting of people who love all the same things I love — great food, wine, entertainment and seasonal inspiration. This past weekend we cooked with celebrity chefs, learned about holiday decor from industry experts, came away with tons of culinary inspiration and tasted wine from all over the world. Sounds like a good time, right? Now, imagine that experience set in a charming, rustic lodge, overlooking a serene mountain lake in a picturesque National Park. That, my friends, is what Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is all about! I’m sharing every detail of our trip — including the accommodations, the food, and drink, the lodge, the spa, the setting, the sessions, the after parties, who we met and what I wore! Come along with us to Jasper, Alberta on this festive retreat nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and let’s kick off the holiday season in style!

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Autumn 2016 Trend Guide | New Romantic // JustineCelina.com
Fall, Fashion, Hair, Makeup, Music, Pantone, Trend Guides

AUTUMN 2016 TREND GUIDE | NEW ROMANTIC

I’m so excited to share the first post in a of a series of AUTUMN 2016 TREND GUIDES here at JustineCelina, where I’m breaking down this seasons biggest trends and showing you how to wear them! I’ve mentioned previously that fall is my favourite time of year for many reasons and fashion in definitely one of them. There’s just something about autumn that makes me want to start anew and refresh my wardrobe to reflect current trends — so today I’m sharing a few of the updates I’ve made and how I like to style my new additions. Today we’re chatting about the new romantic trend and combining 70’s inspired fall florals, waistcoats, rich reds, military greens, statement sleeves, mini bags, velvet, matte lips, chokers, shades of grey, over the knee boots and suede to achieve the look! Oh… and you didn’t think I want going to publish a post without mentioning the Fall 2016 Pantone Fashion Trend Report, did you?


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