warm roasted fennel, brussels sprout and farro salad (with optional arame) {v}

warm fennel, brussels sprout and farro salad

5 years ago, this salad never would have been found in my kitchen. I mean let’s just look at the main ingredients:

fennel

Brussels sprouts

farro

arame

rice vinegar

barley miso

20 year old me would have been all, “Ummm what is this foreign language you are speaking?”

warm fennel, brussels sprout and farro salad

Pre-vegetarian and vegan me was the most unadventurous cook in the world. I literally rotated through 3 dinners pretty much every night: chicken stir fry, spaghetti with bolognese sauce and pan fried salmon. Lunches were turkey sandwiches. Breakfast was probably a bagel or some kind oatmeal packet. Dessert- Fudgeos.

How boring does that sound? Continue reading

{review & giveaway} 100 best juices, smoothies and healthy snacks

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Today I have the wonderful opportunity of sharing with you an awesome cookbook from a very special blogger Emily von Euw from This Rawsome Vegan Life. I’m sure you all know her, but in case you don’t, Emily is a wonderful vegan, high raw blogger who posts the most stunning pictures of simple, but delicious food. Her desserts are crave worthy and if you haven’t checked out her book Rawsome Vegan Baking (which I reviewed here), you are missing out on a gorgeous book both in recipes and in photos. Now she’s come out with a new book all about juices, smoothies and healthy snacks. This book is just as good as the last!

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It’s packed full of crave-worthy drinks and bites that are easy to make, with accessible ingredients. This is a book everyone can “cook” from. And what I love most about Emily’s recipes are that each of the ingredients shines through. If there are pecans in her recipe, you can TASTE pecans. No blending of ingredients and nothing getting lost. She truly brings out the best of every food!

When choosing a recipe to share with you, I decided to go against my usual sweet instincts and go with a savoury smoothie. This is not something I have ever made before, but damn was this one tasty.

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The Spicy Avocado Aviator blends together avocado, cucumber, unsweetened coconut yogurt and chilli powder so you get a smooth, creamy and insanely satisfying smoothie. Even better, Emily suggests adding mango to it. I tried mango and pineapple and these make it incredible. You must try this spin on a sweet and savoury smoothie, it will blow you away.

{review & giveaway} 100 best juices, smoothies and healthy snacks
 
smooth, creamy and a little kick!
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ cucumber (you can leave the skin on if it’s organic)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 cup (245 g) coconut yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder, to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend everything until smooth, adding the spice as desired! This is really tasty
  2. when you add chunks of mango.

Now I bet you all want a copy for yourselves! Have no fear, I have been given the lovely privilege of giving one away to you all. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter! OR if you can’t wait, click to buy 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks right away.

Here are some other delicious recipes you can expect in this book…

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Kale Craver juice

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Blueberrylicious Smoothie

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The Power Bar

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Dare to Date Squares

Now for the giveaway! This giveaway is open only to readers in Canada and U.S. (sorry everyone else!). Leave a comment below- tell me if you’ve every had a savoury smoothie (and share the recipe)! Follow me on Twitter or Instagram for extra entries and leave a separate comment for each telling me you did!

I was given this book free of charge, but was in no way obligated to post a positive review. All opinions are completely my own. 

oatmeal raisin cookie pancakes for one {v, gf}

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This year I was very honoured and excited to participate in Angela at Canned Times “Breakfast in Bed-Fest”. In this year long event, one blogger every month of 2014 shared a healthy, economical and delicious breakfast recipe. I was March’s blogger and I shared a recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes for One. Now that 2015 is upon us, it is time for the contest portion of the event! You all get to vote on which of the 12 recipes you liked the most and I would be just thrilled if you would all vote for mine!

I thought I would share the recipe here as well today because it isn’t actually on my blog (although some of you may remember me linking to it back in March). And since it’s one of my favourite healthy pancake recipes to date, it really deserves it’s own place on this lil’ ol’ blog. Continue reading

date-sweetened brownies {v, gf}

date sweetened brownies (v, gf)

Happy Wednesday!

Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you incredibly supportive people out there regarding my last post. I was truly touched by all the kind words. Some of the negative ones got a little personal so having so much positivity out there to counter it was amazing. To those of you still here and still reading, you are awesome. I am so looking forward to 2015- I feel lighter, more hopeful and inspired.

In that post I said I would continue to bring you all vegan recipes and today I am living up to that promise! You’ll notice that in the title of this post, I added a “v” to signify this is a vegan recipe. I will continue to do this in the future so you can all easily identify plant-based recipes I am posting. These recipes are still a priority for me and I will, to the best of my ability, ensure most of my recipes are vegan or have vegan options. I stand-by what I said, that no matter what diet ultimately works for you, eating plant-based as much as possible is the best thing we can all do for each other, animals and the planet.

So today, I bring you brownies- I hope that not too many of you are on intense New Years cleanses. Although, the nice thing about these are is that they might just fit in with your cleanse/detox/clean diet/whatever you are calling it because they are gluten-free, vegan and sweetened entirely with dates! Continue reading

here’s the thing…

It’s New Years Day tomorrow. 2015. And with that in mind I want a fresh start for next year.

I’ve written this post so many times in my head. There are so many ways I could say what I have to say, so many explanations, justifications and general word vomit that have built up (wow did I just use the phrase word vomit in a food blog?). But in the end I think I’m going to lay things out simply. No fuss, no frills. I hope you’ll read my words with compassion and understanding and know that these are decisions I have struggled with over the last year.

I’m sure you’ve all been able to tell that my dedication and passion for this blog has been dwindling. Posts are getting fewer and farther in between. I have to force myself to sit down and type. I have to force myself to cook. I’ve made excuses but they’ve been pretty lame. I know why, and now you all will too.

For many reasons, I have chosen to move away from a vegan diet to an omnivore one. A plant-centered omnivore one where I try and ensure all animal proteins are as ethical and healthful as possible. I started exploring vegetarian options like eggs and some dairy and now find myself delving into meat and fish territory. I still see plant-based foods as the base of my diet and have many entirely vegan days. My reasons are many, with health, both emotional and physical health, being at the forefront. I tried to maintain a vegan diet much to my health’s dismay. There were only so many days I could handle feeling awful. I won’t bore you with too many details aa there are many other bloggers who have written about their transition, including their reasons and their struggles. I won’t echo their words, but will say their transitions out of veganism resonated very deeply with me.

I still use the word “compassion” to guide my food choices, but have chosen to start having more compassion for myself. I will do the best I can in a way that still allows me to be healthy and happy.

I will continue posting vegan recipes here, because I do believe we should choose plant-based foods as often as possible for our own health and for the health of all people and the planet. Some recipes with eggs and dairy may find their way in, maybe even some meat down the road, I am not sure.

I have so much love and appreciation for all of you who choose to read this blog. THANK YOU ALL FOR READING, SUPPORTING, ENGAGING. If you choose to stop reading this blog because of what I have said today, I am sincerely sorry to see you go, but I have no hard feelings. I respect your decision as much as I respect my own to write this post. I hope you feel the same. For all of you who continue to read, thank you for staying, listening and heading into 2015 with me in a more healthful, balanced and honest way.

Love to you all xox.

Let’s have an awesome 2015.