Vegan weekend adventures in Ottawa fall 2023

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The fall season in Ottawa is a few weeks so you have to enjoy it. This summer was mostly rainy but it was heat wave weather at the end September straight to the colder windy days of October. If you are new to my blog I have lived most of my life in Vancouver and moved to Ottawa last year. I moved to Ottawa with my mom and last fall was dealing with her pancreatic cancer so I didn’t have time to enjoy Ottawa fall things. My mom passed away last October and this year I didn’t have many commitments which left me time to explore the Ottawa beauty and vegan food.  There really isn’t enough time to explore everything and work there is always something going on. I have also gone from not having much of a social life to having to vegan friends in the last couple of months. The beauty of Ottawa is it really is a big city small town at least in the vegan market community. Hotpotatoco one of the vendors at the market introduced me to one of my vegan friends that will be known as the other vegan g

JustEgg vs Mung bean Scramble using Vegan Hacks Pod recipe



Just Egg is a great vegan egg substitute but it is getting very expensive and it is also a plastic bottle with ingredients that I am not familiar with. This little bottle was on sale for $7 at the grocery store. 


I have seen a few different recipes of recreations of Just Egg using mung beans but they all had ingredients i didn’t want to buy. Veganhackspod had a very simple recipe on his Instagram essentially just mung beans and black salt. I had a hard time sourcing these two ingredients in my area mung beans are usually easily accessible but they have been sold out at all the stores. After months of looking I finally found a bag at the grocery store for $3. This bag will last a long time. 


I love black salt it is great for bloating and I personally like the taste. A lot of vegans will use it to make things taste like eggs. The only place I have been able to find it in my area is at whole foods but it is a giant bottle and I have very little space in my kitchen that size will go to waste. In Vancouver I had a grinder of black salt that I have ordered from Amazon but it is going to take a couple weeks to get here. I never liked the taste of eggs but I did like them the texture the ease of cooking but I usually seasoned them so I thought I could make an omelette with other flavours. Then I realized I had no chicken bullion from smell foods and this has a lot of similar spices as just egg so started with a scramble. 


I washed and soaked the mung beans before I went out for the day. They were soaked for 6 hours. Then I added some spices and ground them in the magic bullet. When I took this picture I hadn’t added old bay seasoning or oil which I did after. The just egg is much whiter because I added turmeric to the mung bean mix I put turmeric in everything. The just egg is runnier some recipes for mung bean egg add plant milk I wanted to keep this simple but I will try that in the future. 


My mom used to make pancakes out of different lentils and oats or rice. I would add cheese to that sometimes and think it was egg like. I used the same cooking method cook it like a pancake first then scramble it. 


The mung bean egg cooked for about 7 minutes. The texture and stickiness changed after awhile and it was easy to clean the pan. At the end I could still taste the mung bean flavour so I decided to add a little vegan butter and sauté it. It made it taste much better. The mung bean egg is very tasty not really egg like but it’s very good. 


Everytime I cook Justegg it sticks to the pan. It also gets a lot of air bubbles and makes me wonder what is in it. 


Just egg has a fluffy slightly rubbery texture . The mung bean egg has a chewy but softer texture. Just egg has a very salty slightly chemical taste to it. I don’t think it tastes like eggs. The mung bean tastes like mung beans with seasoning. I think it will be very good with black salt. I like the mung bean mixture I wouldn’t call it an egg substitute but for a healthier and much cheaper vegan meal it is great. I will continue to experiment with cooking mung beans and will have future blog posts about it. 






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