new look & a pancake round-up

Hello lovelies!

Today is pretty exciting because after over a year of back and forth my blog is finally debuting it’s new look!  I’m so incredibly happy with the way it turned out. There’s a new recipe widget which allows you scale recipes according to the number of servings you want to make as well as a gorgeous new recipe index. You can access the old standard list just by clicking “Recipes” along the top of the homepage, or you can get visual representations by choosing something like “Breakfast” from the drop down menu! Not to mention the (if I may say) adorable new logo and graphics. I really cannot say enough for Rhiannon and Valerie at LionFace Studio and all the hard work they put into this site. Thank you ladies for putting up with my constant emails and my inability to make decisions.

It’s pretty appropriate that my new look launched today because I’ve been blogging for 3 years this month. WOW. For new and old readers alike, thank you for coming back here post after post and sticking with me through dietary changes, sporadic photos and questionable photography. Just THANK YOU <3.

Now onto one of my favourite holidays of the year- Pancake Tuesday! (Or more properly known as Shrove Tuesday). Despite the fact that it’s one of my favourite days of the year (ummm an excuse to eat pancakes is never bad), I didn’t even realize it was already upon us until today! So while I don’t have a new recipe for you, I’m still giving you loads of vegan pancakes options for your eating pleasure. I hope you’ll join me in eating pancakes tomorrow, maybe even every day for the rest of the week. Pancake Tuesday is definitely turning into Pancake Week for me.

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Lemony Millet Pancakes {v, gf}

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German Chocolate Pancakes {v, wf}

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Fluffy Chickpea Flour Pancakes {v, gf}

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Grain-free Banana Pancakes {v, gf, paleo}

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Double Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes {v, gf}

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Lime Cornmeal Pancakes with Ginger-Infused Syrup {v, gf}

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Multi-Grain Apple Pancakes {v, gf}

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes for One {v, gf, single-serve}

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Lemon Raspberry Quinoa Blender Pancakes {flourless, v, gf}

Happy breakfasting all!

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

lemon poppyseed & coconut quinoa bake {gf}

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I come to you all today, with a very un-fall-like recipe. No pumpkin, no squash, apples, or anything of the like. In fact I actually chose lemon and coconut- two tropical flavours that are much happier in the spring and summer. So just what am I doing?

Fall is hands-down my favourite season, even with the knowledge that winter will follow. I love the colours, the copious amounts of tea, coffee, cider, hot chocolate, etc. that I can justify drinking, the sweaters, scarves and boots that I get to pull out of hibernation and the cool crisp breezes I feel on my face. I love the flavours of the food and the feeling of a “new start” that the school year always brings. Continue reading

earl grey tea & date quick bread

tea and date quick bread (vegan and gf) - the veggie nook

It’s been a while eh?

This past summer was both difficult and wonderful all at the same time and it left me with little time to blog. It started as an accident and became a conscious decision to take time for myself.

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oatmeal brûlée

oatmeal brulee #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree

So remember that time I decided to host a giveaway for tea and then went more than 2 weeks without announcing the winner? Well my deepest apologies for that! The winner is….

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Hannah! Yay, so excited for you and I will be emailing you shortly to arrange delivery of your prize!


Now onto today’s post. It’s been a little bit since I shared a breakfast recipe, which is pretty crazy since breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. I look forward to it starting right from the moment I finish eating my current breakfast and start imagining what I’ll have tomorrow. Sometimes I can’t wait that long and breakfast for lunch happens. Oh well, when you make sure your breakfast are healthy, there’s really no problem with that! This breakfast started as an experiment that I really wasn’t sure was going to work. I had been looking up ideas for a granola bar when I came across one with a crunchy but sweet seedy topping. It looked delicious, but frankly, I didn’t want to wait to make granola bars to enjoy it. I wanted it right then, right now.  I am clearly a child of the modern age who has no patience. I got to thinking what would happen if I made my usual breakfast oatmeal, sprinkled, seeds on top, then put it in the oven? Turns out, magic. Magic would happen.

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oatmeal raisin cookie dough pancakes for one

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wow guys, over a week since my last post…oops, totally didn’t mean for that to happen! but life just got so completely wonderful in the last few days, I simply had no time to blog.

in the last week I spent tons of time walking around enjoying the semi-good weather, seeing blogger friends, attending the yoga conference (and buying a new yoga mat, YAY), reading about herbal medicine, studying for and writing an herbal medicine mid-term (ok that part wasn’t so nice), eating delicious food, having one of my very best friends visit me, rediscovering my love for yoga and just in general, living. and it has been wonderful.

so wonderful in fact, I hope you’ll forgive that today I’m not even writing a full post here. but don’t worry- you’re still getting a pretty delicious recipe out of it.

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millet porridge with apple date puree

millet porridge with ginger apple date puree #vegan #glutenfree

i go through serious phases with foods and flavours. last summer, i swear for 2 solid months i ate only asian inspired foods and beverages- china town became my hangout spot. but in the fall/winter i phased out of that because i live just far enough from china town that i wasn’t going to brave the cold everyday for my fix.

that phase became replaced by apples. and it’s been going strong ever since. heavily enabled by my weekly produce delivery which included apples every time, they became incorporated into breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert. soon we will have access to tons of delicious in season fruit for a fair price (like berries) so i want to share my apple recipes with you before that time. because while me and apples have had a good go, i’m about ready to welcome in some variety.

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double chocolate blueberry pancakes with blueberry sauce

double chocolate blueberry pancakes

i should of had this recipe posted before yesterday. it was pancake tuesday and all, and i think you all will really like this one if you make it.

i meant to post this, i really did.

but you see, something important came up. something important that required all of my attention and time. something that simply couldn’t wait.

i have priorities.

want to guess what this urgent item was?

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valentine’s double chocolate and goji granola

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i’ve never been one for making a big show of valentine’s day, but i do think it’s an amazing opportunity to show everyone in your life how much they mean to you. not just significant others, but all friends and family. why should we restrict valentine’s day gifts and treats to one special person? aren’t all of our loved ones special?

in keeping with one of my resolutions this year, i want to celebrate each holiday with a breakfast. a nice little way to begin the day, even if the rest of the holiday follows the normal schedule. we can all use a little break from routine and what better way to do this that by making my favourite part of the day, the morning, just a little more special?

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zucchini bread oatmeal

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i was planning on sharing a different recipe here today, but i got a few requests for this one and i aim to please! can’t say i blame you all for wanting this one though. just imagining the smell that wafted through my apartment as i made this is making me want to make it again! but as i type this, it’s dinner time and i’m going to be an adult and have a real dinner ;)

this recipe came about by accident. i was craving a baked good pretty badly, but it was early and i had to leave my house in an hour. so that wasn’t happening. i’ve also been reading a lot about macrobiotics recently and getting really into it. and if you know anything about the energetics of food, you know that we should aim to achieve a balance between yin and yang foods- yin foods being cool, dark and moist and expansive while yang foods are warm, dry, light and contractive. i won’t get too into it, but basically any cooking method that increases the moisture content of a food is more yin and one that decreases the moisture content of a food is more yang. And since grains are a slightly yang food, yin cooking methods are much more balanced. therefore, making porridge = balanced, baking = more yang. did i lose you guys yet? sorry if i did, but all you really need to know is that in macrobiotics while baking is certainly allowed and done, cooking a porridge is much more advisable for regular consumption.

you can start calling me a hippie at any time now.

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