This Tempeh Gumbo is a warm and hearty stew to enjoy on a cold winter’s night. It’s kind of creamy because of the oil and flour base better known as a roux, and some heat from the cayenne. It hails from Cookin’ Crunk by Bianca Phillips, a thoughtful gift from Sam last Christmas. Serve with some Classic Cornbread for a southern-inspired vegan feast.
We are blown away by this Moroccan-inspired quinoa salad c/o close pal of The Vegan Project and mega babe Alex! Although she is a full-on carnivore, Alex has a few signature vegan dishes and we can vouch that this sure is one of ‘em! It was the perfect blend of nutty sweetness, fresh citrus and smokey cumin. It did take longer to prepare than the quinoa salads we’re used to making but well worth the wait! We also recommend doubling the amount of dressing and using it for other salads/veggies throughout the week– it’s THAT good!
I love to browse through the local daily newspapers and always flip to the recipe section (if there is one) to see if there’s something tasty to veganize. This past Sunday, hindus all over the world celebrated Diwali or ‘the festival of lights’, thus inspiring an indian dish called Palak Paneer as the featured recipe. I scanned the ingredients, finding a few that were not vegan, but was confident that I could substitute some vegan foods into the mix. No problem! It’s spicy and green, and the softer tofu makes for a wonderful panner substitute and breaks down a bit into the sauce.
A couple of weeks ago, Bridget and I (Sam) were invited for a lovely dinner at Sula: a modern “vegan friendly” Indian restaurant in one of Vancouver’s hippest areas on Commercial Drive. As we sipped on almond milk chai and their signature “Delhi to Dublin” Cocktail, we learned so much about Indian cuisine from part-owner Sharath Vittal. He and Sula’s marketing director Rochelle Lockhart truly wined and dined us like vegan queens. It was fan-frickin-tastic.
Not only did we get to try ALL of their ridiculously tasty vegan dishes from Vegetable Pakoras and Channa Masala to Gobi Aloo and gluten-free Tandoori Roti but they also shared with us the secret recipe for their famous Bhaigan Bharta aka Eggplant Curry! It was so damn good, I was giddy like a school girl, eager to test it out myself and it did not disappoint. It was also incredibly quick and easy to make!
Friday, November 1
WORLD VEGAN DAY!
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President & Chair of The Vegan Society, to commemorate the Society’s 50th anniversary. 2013 also marks the 69th anniversary of the term ‘vegan’.
Well it was my (Sam Shorkey’s) very first attempt at a “savoury” type pie and I have to say, this little gem was just as satisfying as any dessert pie! Perhaps not my mom’s maple but deliciously flavourful and a hearty dinner nonetheless! “Galette” is a term used in French cuisine to describe various types of flat, round or free-form pastries. Broccoli is a high-fiber, cholesterol-lowering, tasty vegetable that combines nicely with the fried onions and salty black olives in this dish. For those interested in trying a yummy dessert variation, check out Bridget’s “rustic” Apple Galette.
This past Monday I had the good fortune to attend a book signing, wine tasting and canapes at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, to celebrate Food Network chef Lidia Bastianich‘s new book, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking. There weren’t too many options for me there food wise, aside from a very interesting Fava Bean and Dried Fig Soup, which I will share soon. As I was flipping through her book I noticed a lot of veg-friendly recipes that could easily be made vegan, including this Stuffed Eggplant Puglia Style. I subbed out cheese for nutritional yeast, used sage instead of mint, and added crumbled sauteed tempeh to make a complete vegan meal, and it was all so delicious!
Apple season is upon us and I can’t deny the many varieties of apples available on the West Coast. They are in season, affordable an fresh from the trees. They are also high in Vitamin C which we all need extra doses of to fight off those coughs and sniffles.
I scoured the web and put together some of my favourites, must-tries and one of my own to highlight the Fall Apple Harvest.
The markets are bursting with barrels full of fall and winter squashes. Yellow, green, orange – they seem to mimic the trees as they embark into hibernation. It’s also apple season and here in British Columbia we are blessed with so many apple varieties!
With the glutinous holiday season in full effect and a billion Christmas parties to attend, it isn’t always easy to find time for the gym. So for those of us who can only dedicate two or three days per week to working out, I (Samantha Shorkey) recommend breaking up those workouts into upper body and lower body splits. That means you’re doing a (perhaps) longer, more intense session of just upper body exercises and only lower body stuff the next gym day. If you can fit more than two workouts per week into your busy schedule, add a day of cardio or repeat this split if you can manage four workouts per week.
Here ’tis! Do 3 sets of 15 reps for EVERY exercise and go heavy!
Day 1 – Upper Body
One-Arm Dumbbell Row
Seated Cable Row
Incline Dumbbell Press
Flat Bench Dumbbell Flyes
Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Incline Dumbbell Bicep Curls
Tricep Rope Pressdown
Ball Crunches (abs)
Day 2 – Lower Body
Stationary Dumbbell Lunges
Lying Leg Curl
Bench Step Ups
Single Leg Press
Adductor (inner thigh) Machine
Back (Hyper) Extensions
Seated Calf Raises
Roman Chair Raises (abs)
I know these seem like long workouts but try to get through ‘em as fast as possible. The faster you go, the more you sweat! Keep that heart rate up, turning these weight sessions into a cardio workout at the same time. Oh and feel free to enjoy some decadent vegan holiday treats from our new eBook right afterwards! How’s that for a sneaky, lil’ sales plug?
Happy, HEALTHY holidays y’all!
- Samantha Shorkey, Jacked on the Beanstalk
YEY, the holidays are finally upon us! Finally, we no longer have to hide what huge Christmas nerds we are! Yes, Bridget and I (Sam) have literally been listening to holiday music for MONTHS already. We’ve enjoyed every last minute of creating our new holiday eBook but now we’re ready to just eat, drink and be merry!
We hope you’ll come eat, drink and be merry with us as we celebrate the launch of “What to Feed That Effing Vegan: The Holiday Edition” and raise money for SAINTS (Senior Animals In Need Today Society). Perhaps one of the greatest vegan holiday events of all time, we hope you join us on Thursday December 12th at Gam Gallery (110 East Hastings Street) in Vancouver, BC.
I told you we had another gem from the talented Vancouver bakers, Kelsey Mackintosh and Shael Faber! Here’s a baked Cake Doughnut recipe glazed with amazing Raspberry Chia Jam to celebrate the 5th day of Hanukkah! (more…)
Festive events happening this December in Vancouver!
Today celebrates the third day of Hanukkah and we thought what better way to celebrate than with Jelly-filled Vegan Doughnuts! These delicious morsels come from our friends Kelsey Mackintosh and Shael Faber, head bakers at a Kitsilano Gluten-free bakery here in Vancouver – lucky us!
I finally made Vegan French Toast using The Vegg! It is by far one of the best vegan egg substitutes I’ve used to date. It even smells like eggs (kinda like a fart, but in a good way!). I followed the simple instructions on the package and the result was the crispy-on-the-outside savoury/sweet goodness of a plate of french toast.
Today’s guest post recipe comes from full-time working mom AND winning vegan figure competitor Melissa Hauser (aka Plant Powered Hauser.) This “yummy mummy” just KILLED IT at the NPC Natural Open Colorado competition on October 12th taking home a first place trophy in her division AND the overall title! Her physique was on point and she credits it to always eating nutrient-packed, high-protein meals such as this one. Quick & easy, this stir fry combines both sweet and spicy flavours in a savoury peanut sauce, whilst packing an impressive 46 grams of protein per serving!
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an episode of Twin Peaks, although I am quite aware of its resurgence, perhaps thanks to the hipster set’s fondness for reconstituting obscure cult classics. Maybe on some cold and boring night in the future I will tread down that lonely Netflix path…
I have made a lot of different banana breads in my day, and I have to say that this Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is top contender for best yet!
This time of year we open our homes to friends and family and gather for many, many meals to fuel us through the colder months. Here are a few things about the Fall Season that we just love (well, some of us) and why this time of year is so inspiring for food.
Abs… So hard to get ‘em and so easy to lose ‘em. I love how people think a washboard stomach can so easily be obtained from 100 crunches every night. If you haven’t heard countless fitness pros say it a million times, here’s once more: ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN. Or here’s an even better cheesy cliché: YOU CAN’T OUT-TRAIN A BAD DIET.
We get a lot of emails from people who are curious about a vegan lifestyle and looking for help on where to begin their own vegan journey! We always enjoy hearing the reasons why people are reaching out. It seems everyone has a slightly different motivation for making the switch. For some it’s health, others it’s ethics.
So we thought we’d share our own reasons why we (the girls of The Vegan Project) are vegan. Share your reasons in the comments below! We’d love to know! (more…)
As the days get shorter, I am craving more and more warm, hearty stews to soothe my soul and fill my belly. I have been blessed with an abundance of wild mushrooms (chantrelles) from friends so I thought I would put them to good use. This stew is high in vegan protein from the red and french green lentils, mildly flavoured and easy to prepare, which makes it a perfect Meatless Monday dinner!
It’s me, “Salsa Sam” Shorkey, and since my recent VERY positive juice cleanse experience, I’ve been enjoying a green juice every morning. In doing so, I’ve also been trying to come up with uses for the copious amounts of wasted pulp! I saw a “pulp cracker” recipe on my friend Danny David’s page aka “Raw Fitness Guy” and it prompted me to get creative too. And well, since we all know what a sucker I am for ridiculously healthy vegan desserts, I was determined to invent some low-calorie, gluten-free sweet treats that were low in sugar, carbs & salt and yet could still satisfy my sweet tooth.
A few years ago, Vancouver shoe designer John Fleuvog announced that his company was designing a line of vegan shoes. Fleuvog is known for unique, quirky designs, and uses leather for the majority of his pieces. At the time, I was a few years into eating as a vegan, and had recently decided to take all animal products out of my wardrobe. Frustrated by the glaring lack of selection in vegan fashion at the time, and as a woman who loves shoes and appreciates a pair of good heels any day, the prospect of vegan Fleuvogs was incredibly promising. Skip ahead to release day, waiting with baited breath, and to my dismay: the shoes were all hemp-based, beige, lace-up flats. (Note- since then, Fleuvog has incorporated several new designs into the line, in varying materials, colours and styles, that are all vegan.)
Well Bridget and I (Sam) were just discussing a topic we discuss far too often! As I make it very public, I am a huge dessert addict. I love anything and everything sweet. Dates, coconut, agave nectar, maple syrup and yes even protein powder– I ADORE IT ALL. I couldn’t really care less about salty or savory and yet, I would pretty much eat a pile of dog crap if it was covered in powdered sugar. Well, I would at least lick the sugar off of it
I had never heard of mala beads until recently when the Tiny Devotions team gave us a shout. They are ‘a hip, fresh and inspired company that creates mala beads and accessories for the bohemian girl’.
On September 3rd The Vegan Project members Sam and Bridget, and their friend non-vegan friend Alex, embarked on a 3-Day juice cleanse courtesy of the Juice Truck based right here in Vancouver.
There are ton of veg friendly events in and around Vancouver this September! Zoe’s got the scoop below…
Greetings from Cousin Paula! I’m continuing to provide a testimonial for the ebooks written by the lovely ladies of The Vegan Project.
Above: Curried Tofu Salad from Vegan Cooking at Home.
While struggling to hang on to the final moments of summer, Salsa Sam and I (Jessica) embarked on an early bird dining adventure to a local West End establishment that’s been a neighbourhood staple for eight years–Central Bistro. Located at the corner of Denman and Comox, this cozy little bistro has a nice patio that makes for some excellent people watching (aka: gazing into passing strangers’ eyes whilst casually stuffing your face).
I was so pleasantly surprised on how fresh and flavourful this Raw Ratatouille turned out! Between my Sole Food Farm share and the community garden plot, and with Jay out of town, I had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with. I froze a bunch to make sauce later this year, and still had beautiful heirloom and sunburst tomatoes left that were screaming to be enjoyed fresh. Being that I’m not really a fan of raw tomatoes (I know, I know, how can a vegan not like raw tomatoes?!), I had quite the challenge ahead of me. (more…)
Well it was my dear parents’ 40th wedding anniversary last weekend and we celebrated by throwing them a big-ass BBQ at their house. I made sure to prepare a lot of vegan food to ensure enough food for myself to eat (but more than anything, to show off some of the recipes from our new e-books). It was a huge success and a nice added bonus was that some of the guests contributed some incredible vegan dishes!! This quinoa salad was one of them!
We are so excited about aspartame free gum (that stuff is not good for you!) that we want to give some away to you! (more…)
Apricots, fresh off of our local fruit trees, are everywhere right now! I was fortunate enough to get a big box picked directly off of a friend’s tree in the Okanagan, and froze three big bags for fall and winter.
This smoothie not only has all the benefits of these delicious little fruits, including eye health (Vitamin A), boosted immunity (antioxidants like Vitamin C) and fibre, but also the anti-inflammatory and DELICIOUS additions of cardamom, ginger and cinnamon, which are excellent for digestion as well.
Join Cousin Paula as she experiments with a plant-based diet using the meal plans from our new recipe ebooks as a guide!
This is the taste of summer! Potatoes on the grill have have such a lovely, smoky flavour. Throw in crunchy celery, grilled summer corn, fresh herbs, and toss with creamy vegan mayo and you have a decadent potato salad that is perfect for summer dinners.
On a recent trip to Whole Foods, I decided to try to a new legume, one I had never purchased before. Behold the mug bean! Tiny little green ovals not unlike a tic-tac. I did some poking around on the web and found out that mung beans were considered healing in some cultures, and very prominent in Indian and Chinese cooking and an extremely nutrient dense legume. I also discovered that a popular way to eat them was in dip form. Below is my take on a mung bean hummus recipe that was super easy to make and very tasty with tortilla chips made from Ezekiel Wraps.
Find out what’s happening in and around Vancity for the month of August!
I wanted to highlight fresh veggies in something other than a salad. The solution? Rice Paper Salad Rolls!
Well I just woke up and when I looked into my fridge I noticed a bag of carrots that were starting to look pretty dried out so I wanted to make use of them ASAP. I decided to make some “healthy” carrot muffins for breakfast. I sweetened them with iron and magnesium-rich molasses, didn’t use any salt (baking soda only) and added a whole lot of carrot to these bad boys. You could definitely use some chopped nuts in this recipe too but I wanted to keep the fat content down. The end result was ridiculously good. This recipe will make about nine or 10 muffins.
Of course we ALL want and strive to create a nice, tight ass but hate to say that a perfectly-sculpted arse takes work!! I can, however, truthfully state that a great way to develop a fabulous vegan rump roast (I’m talkin’ Field Roast quality) AND increase athletic performance without the use of any gym equipment is through PLYOMETRIC TRAINING!
Everyone loves a summer BBQ! Yes, even VEGANS! We at the Vegan Project like to think we’re skilled at throwing a pretty happenin’ summer BBQ so we’re sharing our best tips for impressing both vegans and meat eaters alike.
Who doesn’t love a raw chocolate ball to satisfy that sweet tooth that so many of us have? Even better when it can be healthy and guilt-free! (more…)
I’m a Vancouver born-and-raised writer and marketing professional. I became vegetarian when I was twelve, and I’ve been vegan for (almost) four years.
We are gathering our friends for a Canada Day Partio – A party on the patio celebrating all things Canadian!
If you’re looking for a vegan potluck BBQ offering this summer, or even a quick vegan side you can throw together for dinner, look no further than this lovely Rosemary Yam dish with French Green Lentils. Added bonus: It took no longer than ten minutes to prepare!
So, this weekend we collected our first produce box from Organic Acres. We were particularly excited about the local garlic scapes, as we had never (that either of us can recall) eaten them before. We have been told they were similar to asparagus with garlicky tones. What more could you want?
It is with deep sadness that I let you all know that I am no longer at Graze Restaurant. I was let go by Michael Lyons due to a personality conflict that was unfortunately, irreconcilable. (more…)
Well my bodybuilding competition is finally over which means it’s time to get back into my healthy vegan baking! Those of you who know me know that I’m a HUGE dessert addict and I still can’t believe I managed to give up sugar for so long in order to win that show!
Aaaand we’re back! Jacked on the Beanstalk: A Vegan Bodybuilding Adventure came to an end on Monday, and we’ve still got visions of beautiful BC countryside and orange, rippling muscles dancing in our heads. Most of all, we’re incredibly proud of our friend Samantha Shorkey for winning first place in her division at the Northern BC Classic! She competed all-natural (no fat burners or other funky drugs) and vegan against others who built their physiques with meat and perhaps even performance-enhancing supplements. A huge victory for vegan athletes everywhere!
The day has finally arrived! Jacked on the Beanstalk: A Vegan Bodybuilding Adventure is taking off! Salsa Sam and The Vegan Project hit the road from Vancouver today, stopping in Prince George tonight, and then onto Fort St. John to cheer Sam on as she competes in the Northern BC Classic bodybuilding competition on Saturday.
This recipe is a result of growing up with an abundance of fresh vegetables courtesy of my granddad. Watercress, asparagus and jersey royal new potatoes are all in season right now and I’m missing out. Tempting as it is to take a trip back to the UK to get my hands on some homegrown goodness this delicious salad will have to do for now.
Last night I was doing my nightly Instagram creeping when I came across the profile of Joel Rosa (@JDABIG1) a vegan firefighter/paramedic from Maryland who’s also big into crossfit and did I mention, a total hottie? Joel’s instagram was filled with all kinds of plant-based food porn – and more specifically, great meal ideas for vegan athletes and bodybuilders.
This one in particular he titled the “Perfect Pick Me Up” but since it’s very much a salsa-based meal and I’m of course Salsa Sam and this is MY post, I’ve cleverly renamed it “Salsa Sam, Let’s Make a Meal.”
Recipe from “Salsa Sam” Shorkey
With the nice summer weather upon us, I would love to be sharing a fresh, new salsa recipe but alas, I am just one month away from competing in my first-ever bodybuilding competition so as you can imagine, my diet SUCKS and even something as healthy as salsa is unfortunately not allowed on this strict, boring diet plan. (more…)
We, the Vegan Project, are very proud to announce that our good friend Sam Shorkey (Salsa Sam) has been training her little vegan butt off in preparation for her first bodybuilding competition coming up on June 8 in Fort St. John, BC. We’ve watched her progress over these past few months and cannot believe how ripped and amazing she looks–all while staying completely vegan!
Wanted to try something new and we were craving cauliflower and it led to this. It’s seriously good, we’re already planning when we’re going to make this dish again. Rosemary, juniper, sumac, fennel, garlic…mmm tempted yet? It has three main components, but with a bit of multitasking it shouldn’t take longer then 40 minutes to put together. Give it a good read through and you’ll be set! It’s well worth it.
Dandelion Greens and Wild Rice Salad
Spring is a time for cleansing. It’s also a great time to get in touch with your senses. Dandelion greens not only have strong cleansing properties, but they also have a unique bitter taste, which can be enjoyed naturally, without a lot of sauces or condiments.
Allowing your tastebuds to become tuned in to the subtle flavours of natural foods is one of the best ways to make eating vegetables more enjoyable and less of a chore.
Vegan Smoky Walnut Lentil Loaf
The ‘lentil walnut loaf’ I saw at the deli last week looked less than awesome. And it had margarine in it. As if! So I set about creating my own version – free of hydrogenated fats – and much more packed with nutrition.
One of the most challenging aspects of transitioning to a healthier diet is learning how to incorporate actual vegetables into your meals. It’s important to note that fresh vegetables should be a staple in a vegan diet – in any diet, ideally – and that transitioning to a vegan diet shouldn’t just exclude foods with animal products, but should include lots of plants. It’s sound, simple advice, but can be tough to follow!
Here at The Vegan Project, we aim to provide you with tips to make vegetables an easy addition to your day to day meal plan.
Our vegan chia pudding recipe took a few tries – and some help from our readers – to make it a delicious treat.
The first couple attempts produced a somewhat snotty texture, but we found a couple key factors that can help eliminate the not-so-desirable traits of this trendy dessert.
The result of our trial and error is a creamy, sweet and delicious pudding that’s also high in fibre, protein, and cleansing qualities.
Spring is quickly approaching and you know what they say about Spring…New beginnings right? Well, we agree! We’ve been so busy with lots of new beginnings and it’s taking it’s toll. We’re tired, stressed and need a spa day. But seriously, spa days are expensive and we don’t have time for that! Thus, the home spa day is born. It’s uber easy to prep and you can use ingredients in your kitchen pantry. We’re featuring a moisturizing hair mask and an invigorating body scrub, which lets be honest, you probably need after those winter months!
Since launching this website in 2009, we’ve continuously received feedback about how transitioning to a plant based diet has helped so many of you make positive changes in your lives. It’s amazing how this small shift can lead you to new and exciting adventures.
I’m Jen, on the right. Bridget and I run The Vegan Project. She’s the director and I’m the other girl in the pictures that comes up with yummy recipes.
Even though it’s getting warmer, I’m still craving nourishing, warm vegan soups. This Indian-style cauliflower version was so good I found myself still thinking about it the morning after having it for dinner. Now that’s a good recipe!
If you like a teensy bit of heat, this soup has just the right amount of spice. It’s fibre rich, and relatively low-calorie, especially considering its robust flavour.
Here at [in the oven] we have been very busy these last few months, despite our apparent neglect to our facebook & twitter accounts. Nevertheless, we think it’s been worth it! We have developed a new product and we can’t hold it in any longer. We bring you…caramels!
Lately, I’ve had a hankering for chocolate, and since I just bought some chocolate hemp powder, I thought I’d try using it to make some vegan truffles. I have also been on a peanut butter kick lately, so why not throw some of that good stuff in there, too? Oh god… I can’t stop eating them!!
Hey guys, so we realized we’ve been sharing meal time recipe ideas for weeks now but no desserts! I mean, here we are claiming to be decent vegan bakers and haven’t shared a single recipe. Awkward!
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: One of the best ways to make eating more vegetables convenient and tasty is to smother them with a delicious and nutritious vegan sauce or dressing. This creamy concoction is guilt free (packed with nutrition), animal free (duh), and … well, certainly less expensive than conventional store-bought dressings.
Combining hip hop music and plant-based eating is a perfect marriage in our world.
We had the privilege of trying this decadent Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup at the Vega Headquarters last week courtesy of their in house chef, Morgan Shupe. It was the perfect accompaniment to our big salads from the salad bar: lettuce, spinach, kale, quinoa, sprouts, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, chickpeas, and drizzled with Vega Antioxidant EFA Oil Blend - oh my!
Made this Coconut Lime Curry Chickpea Stir-Fry from Thrive Fitness last night and it was delish! Once all the veggies were cut, it was just a matter of a few minutes in the pan, serve over quinoa and voila! (more…)
The secret ingredient in this Ultimate Baked Beans recipe is fermented [aka black] garlic. We’d never used it before. So when in doubt google it, right? We discovered that the black color is created when the sugar and amino acids in garlic are fermented as they create melanoidin.
This is a recipe that was inspired by my (Erica) time spent in Greece. Last summer I spent a couple weeks island hopping and exploring local culture. This included eating A LOT of food.
Beet greens, the big long stems and leaves that you get when you buy bunched beets, are some of the most nutrient dense vegetables available. Unfortunately, they are often tossed aside.
Either way you do them up, let’s all resolve to never throw them out again!
No pain, no gain, so they say.
I don’t cook with tempeh very often, however after making this quick Barbecue Tempeh last night to complete a classic dinner of roasted potatoes and vegan caesar salad, I will be adding it to my weekly shopping list.
Last week we shot our first hair tutorial on how to straighten hair using the vegan and organic line created by DermOrganic.
Charlotte, Jessica’s mom, was our model, and it was amazing to see her hair transform into a sleek and sexy ‘do.
Our favourite dish in the world is a falafel wrap. When they are done right that is, but often, they aren’t! We are obsessed with finding the most delicious falafel and figuring out what makes it the best. While we were living in London we stalked down local falafel joints and tasted, examined and critiqued their falafel wraps. We think we’ve decided what a falafel needs in order to be amazing and we’re willing to share that with you. (You’re welcome!)
These Lasagna Roll Ups have been named ‘one of the best dishes ever’ by my boyfriend, which says a lot, because he is a man of few words when it comes to food. There are a couple of different steps, but onces everything is made, assembly is a cinch. I use Tinkyada Brown Rice Lasagna Noodles and they handle really well!
We’ve recently discovered one of Vancouver’s many hidden gems. This one takes place every Saturday in south Van. It is the Natural Foods Market put on by UNFI.
I’m not much of a sweet breakfast eater, but I was recently gifted some delicious, real Canadian maple syrup from Salsa Sam, so I decided to switch up my breakfast game.
I saw this delicious recipe for Quinoa Black Bean Stew in Alive Magazine, and knew it would be perfect for an easy weekday meal…and I was right! It was REALLY simple to throw together, so hearty, and high in protein and fibre, which satisfied my post workout appetite.
Dreena Burton, author of ‘Let them eat vegan!’, which included this exciting recipe for Jerk Chickpeas, was kind enough to send us a copy of her book to delve into. Since we already had a copy ourselves, we want to pass a copy onto one of you!
The holidays are now over and we’re back to the daily grind. We hope you all had a great time with family and friends and took some time to enjoy their company while still getting some time for yourself! Now that we are back to work, the countdown to summer can begin! Nevertheless, days are still short, nights are still cold, and we’re all looking for a simple, hearty, healthy meal to make on evenings when we just want to put our feet up. This soup is just that, it’s so filling and is so simple to make.
While I am not the gluten-intolerant one of the group (sorry Jen <3), I am interested in gluten free products whenever possible, thanks to William Davis’ Book, Wheat Belly. Silver Hills has always been a favourite bread product of mine, and now they have two different gluten free options to explore: Gluten Chia Chia Bread and Gluten Free Omega Flax Bread.
This Festive Rosemary Olive Pate is vegan and gluten free, and is made with pecans, which can easily be substituted for almonds, walnuts, or even hazelnuts.
It’s very festive, and was my vegan dish for a potluck I went to last weekend. It was one of those dishes I whipped up without a recipe, with an inkling of inspiration, and was ecstatic when tasting the first bite.