After working as a chef in several restaurants, Jean-Philippe Cyr now lives his passion for cooking from home where he shares simple and tasty vegan recipes online. In its first book, La cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Ses 100 meilleurs recettes véganes, Jean-Philippe uses his expertise to offer healthy and delicious vegan recipes.
On the menu, a variety of vegan dishes that combine simplicity and flavours under the following themes: lunches and brunches, salads and side dishes, soups, main courses, desserts, drinks, toppings, and snacks. We have selected 3 recipes from the book that we want to share with you!
We think it is not a coincidence if the pancakes recipe is the first one in the book! They are so delicious than they could be ate without topping or maple syrup. The preparation itself take less than 10 minutes and you get around 10 to 15 pancakes.
What do you need? 3 cups flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup vegetable oil (+ extra for cooking), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 3 cups vegan milk, maple syrup, and fruits.
How to proceed? Step 1: in a bowl, mix dry ingredients together then add vegan milk, vanilla extract and oil. Mix with a whip until you get a homogenous texture. Step 2: in a pan, heat vegetable oil then pour about 60 ml (1/4 cup) of the pancake mixture uniformly. Step 3: cook each pancake for about 2 minutes on each side and add oil as needed. Step 4: Top with maple syrup and fruits.
If you use a non-stick pan, you don’t need to add extra vegetable oil. Moreover, feel free to substitute vegetable oil by coconut oil. If you plan to top your pancakes with maple syrup and fruits, you could also avoid adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar.
2. Pad Thaï
Among our top 10 world favorite cuisine, Thaï food is one of them! The particularity of Thaï food is the harmony of the following flavours: salt, sugar, spicy, and sour. Curious to learn how to do Pad Thaï at home in less than 45 minutes?
What do you need? 5 oz rice noodles; 1/2 block firm tofu cut into cubes; 1/4 cup corn starch; 1/4 cup vegetable oil; 2 shallots, finely chopped; 2 green onions, finely chopped; 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped; 2 carrots, grated; 1 tomato, diced; 1/4 cup soya sauce; 1/4 cup sugar; 1 tsp hot sauce; 2 cup beans sprouts; 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped; 2 tsp rice vinegar; salt and pepper.
How to proceed? Step 1: cook the rice noodles, drain and set aside. Step 2: coat tofu with corn starch. In a wok, fry the tofu in little oil for 6-8 minutes and set aside. Step 3: Use the rest of oil and stir fry shallots, green onions, garlic, carrots and tomato for 5 minutes. Step 4: add soya sauce, sugar and hot sauce. Mix. Step 5: add the rice noodles, beans sprouts, peanuts, fried tofu, and rice vinegar. Continue cooking for 3 minutes while stirring constantly.
If you don’t have a wok, you can use a casserole such as T-Fal Cook N’ Serve, it works too (we used it for this recipe). To get better result, use large rice noodles because medium rice noodles become sticky very quick and are delicate to manage. Additional tip, you can also cook the noodles right before step 3, it takes only 3-4 minutes and the noodles will be ready right on time for step 5.
Humus is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine and it’s very simple to cook. The recipe requires just few ingredients and less than 15 minutes.
What do you need? 1 can of chickpeas, 3 tbsp tahini, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp cumin, 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ extra 1 tbsp for topping), 1/3 cup water, 1/2 lemon (extract the juice), salt, and smoked paprika.
How to proceed? Step 1: in the food processor, grind the ingredients together until you get a homogeneous mixture. Step 2: set the humus in a plate, top with olive oil and smoked paprika.
If you don’t want to use canned chickpeas, you can soak dry chickpeas for 24 hours and then cook for 30-40 min. Drain the cooked chickpeas and follow the recipe.
Where to find the book? The book is available online and in store such as Renaud Bray and Chez l’Éditeur Café, please visit La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe blog or his English Facebook page The Buddhist Chef for more info.