KALLALOO! VEGAN CARIBBEAN SOUP

One of our favourite books at home is a sweet story called, “Kallaloo! A Caribbean Tale”. It was a gift to my kids from their papa. The story is about a community that comes together to make a big pot of soup that everyone shares – each contributing something small (although they think it’s a “magic…

PIZZA NACHOS (and “hiding” veggies)

So i asked my almost-6-year-old what she wanted for her Super Special Birthday Dinner. Her response: “Pizza Nachos!!!!”. Not quite sure what she meant (supporting details were not provided), so I took to Google to solve my problems. I sought out a nacho cheese sauce that was vegan, and wasn’t greasy, gross (i.e.chunky) or fatty….

A KINDER COBB SALAD

I can only be convinced to eat a salad for dinner if it’s really awesome, filling and hearty. This cobb salad fits the bill! Not only is it downright pretty, but it contains a tonne of protein, good fats, and veggies. I actually made two identical salads- the one pictured was brought along to work…

VEGAN THAI COCONUT SOUP (TOM KHA TOFU)

When I was younger and unattached, I spent close to a year in Thailand. I loved a million things about the country –  the warmth, the people, and the food. The spices were so varied and complex, meaning I could eat the same type of food every day (soup) and yet always enjoy a variety of flavours. A…

CLEANSING DETOX SOUP

I’m about to embark on a 2 week cleanse with my naturopath Christina Carreau from Degen’s Health Group in Scarborough and the recipe below is part of her meal plan. To me, a spring cleanse is a great way to press the reset button in my body. I feel like I’m down with the clean eating part,…

EASY GINGER-GARLIC CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE

I admit it, I’m a bit obsessed with the humble cauliflower. But it’s really a magical veggie and its uses  in vegan cooking are endless. Imagine my surprise when my mother-in-law taught me how to make fried “rice” using cauliflower! Not that there is anything wrong with rice but cauliflower offers some added nutrition and…

REVIEW: THE BUTCHER AND THE VEGAN – A NEW CONCEPT IN DINING OUT

When my husband and I go out for dinner, there’s usually a bit of a tug of war between “vegan” and “mainstream”. With the former, I’m fully at ease with all the menu choices. With the latter, I’ve got a tonne of questions, some doubts, and a bit of poking around in my food to be…

“CHEESY” ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & POTATO CHOWDER

There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of chowder for dinner. Back in my fish-eating days, I could be talked into almost anything over a bowl of clam chowder in a bread bowl. This vegan version is just as tasty (bread bowl optional) and really easy to pull together. Have it for dinner one…

BUCKWHEAT NOODLES WITH KALE PESTO AND VEGAN PARMESAN

I know, I know. This doesn’t do much for our reputation as being kale-smoothie guzzling hippies, but I just…can’t…help…myself with this one! Kale pesto, smothered on steaming hot noodles, is a match made in heaven. Not to mention all that Vitamin K! Folks, this recipe is EASY street. The pesto keeps for about a week…

CASHEW MUSHROOM LOAF

A vegan can often find a plate full of “sides” a bit tiresome, and so this loaf hit the spot at a recent holiday function. It was easy to prepare and cook the morning of the dinner party, and then slice once I arrived. Everyone tried a slice! Everyone LOVED it! The recipe was provided…