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.

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{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! 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

lemon poppyseed truffles for a very special baby shower

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Today is a very special post. You see, the lovely and wonderful Ella of Pure Ella is having a baby (and very soon!). Since we can’t all be physically together but we wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion, myself and other bloggers have decided to come together and throw her a virtual baby shower!

If you don’t know Ella, well shame on you, head over to her blog right this second! The recipes are delicious, simple, accessible and gorgeously photographed. Ella is also one of the kindest most beautiful souls you will ever come across. Is it any wonder we had to celebrate her?

lemon poppyseed truffles #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

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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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ranch hummus

ranch hummus - the veggie nook #vegan #glutenfree

a few weeks back, my coworkers and i threw our bosses a wedding shower because they’re pretty much the most amazing bosses ever. and since i work with foodies. nutritionists, a culinary school grad and health nuts, the spread was amazing.

gluten-free mocha cupcakes, rice paper wraps with peanut sauce, fresh fruit and veggies, roasted chickpeas in multiple flavours, punch, bruschetta, mini pitas, gluten-free crackers and this hummus.

i volunteered to make the hummus and i wasn’t in the mood to make the traditional fare. and since i know most of my coworkers eat hummus on a fairly regular basis, i figured they would appreciate a bit of a mix-up as well.

then somehow, this happened. and it was a very very fortunate occurrence.

this hummus tastes just like cool ranch doritos. the best kind of doritos. or kind of like you mixed half ranch dressing and half hummus. either way you put it, this hummus is the bomb. in fact, it’s so good that when you taste it, you miiiight just start dancing around your kitchen to this song while you eat spoonfuls of this straight from the food processor wondering what magical forces came together to allow this hummus to be made. i sure did.

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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.

raw apple sauce

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

hope you all enjoyed the raw caramel recipe! and i hope it’s whetted your appetite for the big finish. for those of you who follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen it. but let’s just keep it on the down low for the rest of them shall we? ;). in case you missed the first component, check it out here.

raw apple sauce

we continue with my blog’s 2 year anniversary today with the second component of our big dessert: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. mmmm, i cannot wait till friday to show you how it all comes together!

today we will continue with a raw apple sauce or butter which is completely delicious eaten by itself as a snack or dessert. it’s spiced with cinnamon, sweetened with dates and thickened with flax seeds. it’s fiber-rich and because it’s raw, all the vitamins in the apples are retained. the same recipe is used for apple sauce and butter except for a little extra sweetness from maple syrup for the apple butter. mmmmm.

Raw Apple Sauce
Uncooked applesauce retains all the enzymes and vitamins in the apples, making this a nutritious snack or dessert. Add the optional maple syrup for apple butter!
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10min 2cups
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Raw Apple Sauce
Uncooked applesauce retains all the enzymes and vitamins in the apples, making this a nutritious snack or dessert. Add the optional maple syrup for apple butter!
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10min 2cups
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10min 2cups
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  1. If your dates are dry, soak them in some water for about an hour to soften.
  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.
Recipe Notes

* you can keep the apple peels on (I did) unless your apples aren't organic, then you should peel them as they are part of the dirty dozen!

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raw vegan caramel

raw almond butter caramel apple cheesecake

last week through me for a little bit of a whirlwind. and in all the unexpected goings-on, i completely forgot to celebrate my little blog’s second anniversary! i can’t believe i have been writing for 2 years and i can’t believe the support i have received during that time. none of this would be possible without all of my wonderful readers, some who have been here since the beginning. thank you all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to read, comment, try my recipes and most importantly connect with me over something i am truly passionate about. here’s to another 2 years, hopefully during which there will be some big changes going on!

this week will be devoted to building up to an apex recipe, one that is worthy of a celebration like a second anniversary. raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. a mouthful- yes. but delicious? hells yes.

i decided to split up the components because each could stand on it’s own without the others. today we will start with a raw vegan caramel sauce.

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