pizza quinoa

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Hello all! Yes I’m back and I do apologize for taking an unannounced vacation from blogging. I was just having a little crisis of spirit coupled with looking for another job AND wanting to spend every second outside because it’s so nice out. All of those conditions are not conducive to blogging. Taking a step back from this aspect of my life though helped me sort through all my weird thoughts and find solutions in the real world so it was well worth the break! But what do I know? Maybe none of you even noticed! If that is the case let’s forget I said any of this and get onto today’s post.

Lately, my food has been simple. Eating simple foods is something I have started to do because 1- it’s easier on digestion, 2- it’s fast and easy and 3- it allows you to really taste the food you’re eating instead of masking it with other flavours. And since I’m no great culinary genius, simple food has a much greater chance of tasting good than trying to get complicated.  Continue reading

detox salad

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I’m sure you all know this, but this winter was ROUGH. Long, harsh and cold. I honestly never thought we’d see spring weather let alone the patio appropriate weather we’ve had lately! It’s truly a relief to be walking outside and be too warm!

Long, cold winters usually result in the eating of a lot of comfort food. And maybe a little less exercise. If this sounds like you, it’s nothing to beat yourself up over! We are conditioned to crave heavier foods and conserve energy in those circumstances.

That being said, once the warmer weather comes along, I really like to lighten up a bit. Eat lighter and feel lighter! A detox this time of year is a wonderful thing to do. The temperatures are warm which is extremely helpful. Have you ever tried to do a detox in winter? Talk about shivering x 1208348. Spring is also a time of new beginnings and detoxing to release toxins built up in the winter will ensure you start off this season on the right foot! Continue reading

tempeh portobello sloppy joes

tempeh portobello sloppy joes #vegan #glutenfree

A few weeks back i went to a new vegetarian restaurant in town called Grasshopper. I always struggle when going to vegetarian restaurants because when faced with a menu where I have multiple options (something I have gotten used to NOT having), I freeze. I just don’t know how to choose anymore. But for some reason, at this place, what I wanted jumped off the page. Tempeh Sloppy Joes. While the rest of the menu items sounded delicious, I am a firm believer in trusting your gut instinct, so I went for it.

Fast forward 30 minutes to me wiping sloppy joe off my clothes, table, hair (how??) and trying to convince myself that I in fact, did not need that slice of blueberry cheesecake. Despite the fact that I probably ruined the shirt I was wearing, I was completely smitten with this little restaurant and the concept of the Tempeh Sloppy Joe. So much so in fact, that I decided I needed to recreate this in my kitchen. I also made a mental note to wear a bib whenever consuming this dish in the future. Continue reading

blood orange-roasted carrot bowl with farro and a miso-scallion sauce

blood orange-roasted carrot bowl with farro and a miso-scallion sauce #vegan #glutenfree

wooooow long title. but really. really necessary because all components here are equally important and beautiful.

this is not a recipe i would have ever expected to come out of my kitchen, since i don’t tend to buy oranges. i really don’t like eating them, and only use the juice or zest occasionally in other recipes. but then kristy let me be a recipe tester for her upcoming cookbook (swoon) and one of the recipes i was assigned involved oranges and lots of them. and when i went to the grocery store to buy said oranges, i could not remember for the life of me how many i needed. so i took a guess. luckily, i bought enough, but it left me with 2 spares. which sat in my fridge for a while.
 
now i hate seeing produce go to waste so this recipe was born. 

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it’s st. paddy’s day weekend! make these three…

it’s friday so it’s time for installment number 2 of my new series! and it’s only 2 weeks after #1, i’m pretty impressed guys.

since it’s st. paddy’s day weekend (because restricting the drinking and celebrating to one day is clearly not enough), i thought i would share some appropriately themed and coloured eats. 

whatever you get up to this weekend, whether it’s drinking green beer or simply drinking green tea, enjoy this wonderful excuse to pretend we’re irish! 

for breakfast why not try…

gluten-free vegan irish bread pudding - the veggie nook

a slice of this non-traditional traditional gluten-free irish bread pudding (with a side of irish coffee (same post) if you’re really givin' ‘er)

then for lunch

shredded brussels sprout salad #vegan #glutenfree #raw #paleo

give this shredded brussel sprout salad recipe a go to get some much needed detoxifying nutrients into your system

then for dinner

baby kale and shitake mushroom stir fry #vegan #glutenfree

this baby kale and shitake stir fry will fill your stomach up with carb-y goodness to help with drinking stamina, and it’s conveniently green, orange and white in colour!

and a bonus #4 for dessert (it’s a sorta-holiday guys!)

raw thin mint green tea "ice cream" cake #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

my raw thin mint green tea “ice cream” cake. because it’s thin mint green tea ice cream cake, no other reason is needed.


do you guys have any big plans for the weekend? i don’t have any st. paddy’s specific plans yet but do have a birthday party and a little reunion with old university friends on the books!

what’s your favourite green food? this question is basically impossible for me but i’m going to go with avocado because it’s so versatile (savoury or sweet) and it’s fully of fatty goodness.