5 Minutes with Katrina Nerisse

Kristina is the mastermind behind the inspiring blog, Mindfully Bliss, and the wildly popular IG account (@katrinanerisse_).  She focuses on vegan living and recipes; health, wellness and nutrition; social activism; and how to be happy, inside and out. Kristina aims to educate people about vegan and plant based living, including the benefits this lifestyle offers the planet….

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…

5 minutes with Tara Tomulka

Tara Tomulka is the founder of Rawcology, a raw vegan kitchen that aims to, “unite foodies that believe real food is best in its most natural state”. Tara is a Toronto-based Certified Raw Food Teacher and Holistic Nutritionist. She also  developed (and, lucky for us, teaches!) the first ever raw vegan course at George Brown…

BAKED SESAME TOFU STICKS

There’s nothing quite like savoury tofu. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s such an awesome, high protein addition to almost anything- salads, tacos, soup. But with this peanut dipping sauce, it’s unlikely to find its way into anything but your mouth. The best part about this recipe is that it’s so clean I…

LENTIL SPINACH DAHL

This is a simple but delicious dahl recipe that brings me back to time i spent in India in my early 20s. For several months, I lived at an orphanage for children in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The food we ate was very simple, and it was often the same, day after day….

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…

CRISPY CAULIFLOWER & BLACK BEAN TACOS

There’s seriously nothing tastier than things in real corn tortillas. I found mine at the St Lawrence Market in Toronto at a shop called Manotas (which also sells vegan tamales and vegan empanadas, which are waiting in my freezer for me to devour them). I’ve also purchased a stack of corn tortillas from La Tortilleria in Kensington Market….

BLUE CHEESE, AVOCADO & JALAPENO BITES

I had a craving for some complex flavours, and so these little numbers came together. The cheese is nut-based, with spirulina added to make it look like actual blue cheese. It’s got a slightly sour taste to it, which I personally love. Others, not so much (watch a Toronto Star taste test here). The jalapenos can be store-bought,…