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Recipes from the Centre Kitchen

In response to requests, here are a few easy and delicious protein recipes for your enjoyment. Although many new recipes have been developed over the years, these old favourites are still in demand.

If you’d like more recipes, please let me know by leaving a comment; I’d be happy to provide more.

Cashew-Carrot Loaf

6 cups chopped carrots
2 cups finely ground cashews
3 Tbsp. oil
1 cup finely chopped leeks (or mild onions if you prefer)
1 cup finely chopped celery
½ cup flour (or matzo meal for Passover)
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. sage
1 tsp. basil
½ tsp. thyme

  • Steam the carrots till soft, then blend them in a food processor or blender. Six cups of chopped carrots make about 3 cups blended.
  • Grind the cashews in a food processor or blender till they’re quite fine. If you’re using a blender, it works best if you do small batches.
  • Mix all ingredients together and place in an oiled baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until the top edges begin to look dry.

Tofu Burgers

1 cup fine breadcrumbs (any kind)
½ cup finely chopped leeks
1 lb. tofu, blended
1 Tbsp. tamari
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. Sage
1 cup nutritional yeast (for coating the burgers)
olive oil, vegetable oil or ghee for frying

  • Blend the tofu in a food processor.
  • Mix all ingredients except the nutritional yeast in a bowl.
  • Moisten your hands and form the mixture into patties.
  • Dip them in the nutritional yeast, coating both sides.
  • Fry them in oil or ghee until browned.

Breaded and Baked Tofu

½ cup cornmeal
¾ cup nutritional yeast
¾ cup sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. dillweed
2 tsp. basil
pinch cayenne (optional)

2 lb. tofu
½ cup tamari

  • Combine the cornmeal, yeast, sesame seeds, herbs and cayenne to make the breading mixture.
  • Set out two bowls, one for tamari and one for the breading mixture.
  • Slice the tofu into ¼ inch to ½ inch slices (your preference).
  • Dip each piece of tofu first into the tamari and then into the breading mixture, making sure it’s well coated.
  • Place the tofu slices on an oiled baking tray and bake at 375° for 35-45 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them.
    (For a quick meal, you can fry these instead of baking them.)

Contributed by Sharada

5 thoughts on "Recipes from the Centre Kitchen"

  • Lesley Kathryn Crystal

    Hey Sharada, its Lesley. Thanks I have often tried to recreate this cashew carrot loaf and have had some success but now I can be sure. I was wondering if you might publish the sauce that often accompanies the breaded tofu. Its amazing. Thanks again

  • Hi Lesley,
    Here are a couple of sauce recipes that we’ve served with the cashew-carrot loaf; take your pick!

    Tahini Ginger Sauce:
    ¾ cup tahini
    1 cup water
    1 cup finely minced leeks
    ½ cup finely minced or grated ginger
    1 ½ cups milk (any kind – dairy or nondairy)
    4 ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    3 Tbsp tamari
    1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
    ¼ tsp pepper

    Combine the tahini & water in a blender.
    In a saucepan, combine the leeks, ginger & the tahini-water mixture. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
    Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add the milk, lemon juice, tamari, balsamic vinegar & pepper.
    Blend the mixture in a food processor or blender till it’s smooth.

    Tahini Miso Sauce
    1 cup finely minced leeks
    ¼ cup grated ginger
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    ¾ cup tahini2 cups water
    4 ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    1 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
    ½ cup miso

    In a saucepan, saute the leeks and ginger in olive oil.
    Combine the tahini, water, lemon juice and milk in a blender, then add to the saucepan with the leek & ginger mixture, and stir.
    Turn off the heat, and mix the miso in.


  • Home from my first ever yoga retreat. The retreat was fantastic…. and so were the meals. A yoga center cookbook would be awesome. I simply would like any of the dinner recipes that you would recommend. 👍👍😀😀

  • Is there a cookbook I can purchase?

    • Hi Vivek,

      I’m afraid both our cookbooks (the first one called Salt Spring Island Cooking and the second one called The Salt Spring Experience) are out of print. However, I know you can find them online through Amazon or eBay. Used copies are usually pretty inexpensive, with the shipping costing more than the book – but still worth it. I hope you find a copy.

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