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Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget (Win! Olivia Biermann’s New Cookbook!)

February 18, 2019

Think making vegan food is "too hard"? With her new cookbook, Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget, Halifax-based blogger and vegan cooking star Olivia Biermann proves that wrong, presenting 112 inspired and effortless plant-based recipes (from a tropical green smoothie to half-baked cookie dough pancakes to lasagna soup to spaghetti squash Pad Thai) that are simple to make and taste absolutely delicious, despite putting in minimal effort. Here, we’re sharing one of those recipes—and giving three of you a chance to win this scrumptious new cookbook! —Vita Daily

BBQ Tofu–Stuffed Pita Pockets

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"Not to sound, well, basic, but as a vegan I almost always have leftover tofu and a few veggies lingering in my fridge, and it can be a challenge figuring out creative ways to use them up. This recipe came about in a clean-out-the-fridge moment. To say I was pleasantly surprised with the result is an understatement, since it’s now in this book"

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped white onion
12 oz (375 g) firm tofu, pressed and cubed
1/2 cup (125 mL) vegan BBQ sauce
2 medium pita pockets, halved
1/4 cup (60 mL) vegan mayonnaise
2 cups (500 mL) shredded romaine lettuce
1 large carrot, shredded
1 cup (250 mL) alfalfa sprouts or microgreens

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the oil and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add the tofu cubes 
and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the vegan BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tofu is coated and the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the heat. Evenly divide the vegan mayonnaise, lettuce, carrot, sprouts and tofu among the 
4 pita halves. Serve immediately.

Liv’s Tip: The tofu in its sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat it in the microwave just before serving. Store the other ingredients separately and assemble the pitas just before serving. Photos courtesy Brilynn Ferguson. Recipe reprinted with permission courtesy of Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget by Olivia Biermann. Available where books are sold.

Win! 1 of 3 Copies of Liv B’s New Cookbook!

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We have three winners! Congratulations Brittany H. of Leduc, Alberta, Kelsey U. of Kelowna, B.C., and Stephanie L. of Hamilton, Ontario, each of whom won a copy of Liv B’s new cookbook, Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget!


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