Thursday, February 26, 2015

Immune Boost Juice

Although juicing has been popular for quite a while now, I only got into it recently and finally bought a juicer last month. After doing a bit of research on juicers, a friend recommended the Omega 8006, so I checked it out and ordered it on Amazon. My intention was to start with green juices, but with cold season in full swing we've been addicted to the Immune Boost Juice from Jae Steele's Get it Ripe cookbook. It's so easy to make, and turns out a delicious red! 
Immune Boost Juice: 3 carrots, 1 beet, 1 apple, 1 chunk ginger root, half a lemon
The juice is a little spicy for Levi, but he loves feeding the veggies into the juicer.
The only downfall to juicing is all the leftover pulp... So why not turn it into muffins! There are tons of recipes online, or check out Jae's Get it Ripe cookbook for the Juicier Pulp Muffins.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ViraOne’s Chocolate Chaga Mushroom Nutrition Mix

I've never really been into shakes or nutritional powders, but with pregnancy, gestational diabetes and
now breastfeeding, I felt like I needed a little boost. I started adding some protein powders to smoothies, but often found they left a 'powdery' taste, and/or I was just trying to cover up the taste of the powder with other ingredients. Then I remembered Mark Brown had sent me some taste testers from his company ViraOne. Since the label had the word 'chocolate' in it, I decided to add it to soy milk (normally I would use Almond Milk, but with the gestational diabetes I had to switch to soy to increase my protein intake). It turned out to be delicious! It reminds me a bit of the chocolate milk we used to have as kids, made with Quick (except this is like a much healthier, not-so-sweet version). Since I had to limit my sugar intake, this also makes for a nice dessert.

The second time I added the ViraOne Mix to the "Truth Smoothie" from Sharon Gannon's Simple Recipes for Joy cookbook. It turned out to be the perfect addition, with a hint of chocolate flavor.

ViraOne’s Chocolate Chaga Mushroom Nutrition Mix is full of Good Stuff. The nutrient-dense formula is based on superfoods and superherbs. All ingredients are raw, vegan, gluten-free, sustainable, and non-GMO. Plus it's a Canadian company!

ViraOne was created in nature, not in a lab. The nutrition mix was formulated by Adele Engel in the mountains of British Columbia. When faced with a life-threatening illness, Adele used her knowledge of superfoods and herbs to create a delicious tasting and highly effective super-mix, and began to heal herself. As a nutritionist, health coach, and yogini, Adele’s work caught the interest of others, and so she started to share it.
After many years of perfecting the formula, tried and tested on a devoted clientele, Adele passed on the recipe to Mark Brown. Mark now runs the company from both Huntingdon, QC and Oshawa, ON. Mark is sticking to Adele’s original recipe, offering optimal nutrition and vibrant health to even more Canadians.
Most importantly, he continues to use only the Good Stuff in ViraOne: organic herbs, whole foods straight from the wild, nutrient-rich sea algaes, and more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vegan Caesar Dressing by Sharon Gannon

helping hand from eager chef Levi
We've tried several vegan Caesar Dressings without success, before finding this perfect recipe. Not only did my husband approve of this dressing (he can be quite selective), but my Mother-in-Law (Caesar connoisseur) even asked for the recipe! 

Caesar Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
4 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp capers (with brine)
2 large cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pepper
Caesar dressing with fresh green salad

Whisk together all ingredients. Serve over salad of your choice.
For full recipe see Simple Recipes for Joy.

Master Class and Book Launch with Sharon Gannon, November 1st, 2014, 360 St Jacques, Montreal

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vegan Meatballs with Pasta & Tomato Sauce

This was my first ever attempt at making Meatballs. I was so excited to get a copy of Sharon Gannon's new cookbook Simple Recipes for Joy that I decided to dive right in and try something completely new. They turned out extremely flavorful and the perfect consistency (I feared dry and crumbly). I served them on brown rice pasta with a delicious tomato sauce recipe also from Simple Recipes for Joy. I'm only two recipes in, but so far I'm loving Sharon's new book and excited to try out some more recipes!

Spaghetti and "Meat" Balls
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/8 cup rice flour
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp oregano, basil
1 tsp onion powder, dry mustard, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt, pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup cooked green lentils
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp veg stock in 1/4 cup boiling water1 tbsp molasses (I omitted the molasses since I didn't have any on hand)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp balsamic vinager
1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce
6 mushrooms, sliced thinly
tomato sauce

Place dry ingredients and spices in bowl. Mix and pour into food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Transfer to bowl. Using your hands, for the mixture into small balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter. Bake 15-20 mins. Serve over your favorite pasta & sauce.
Note: This is a condensed version of Sharon's recipe. Check out Simple Recipes for Joy cookbook for the full version (with extra notes).
Don't miss Master Class and Book Launch with Sharon Gannon in Montreal, November 1st, 2014! She's one of my favorte teachers and an inspiring woman...
Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rainbow Greens

This recipe is from Lindsay S. Nixon's Everyday Happy Herbivore vegan cookbook. One of the things I love about this book is all the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less. In this recipe Lindsay offers the option of adding additional ingredients to make it a full meal. It's light and simple and works perfectly with fresh chard from the garden (or supermarket!).

Rainbow Greens with chickpeas, peppers and quinoa
Rainbow Greens
1 bunch rainbow chard (or collards/kale)
4 cloves garlic
pinch of dried oregano
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup raisins

optional additions: chick peas, peppers, a grain of your choice

Wash and chop greens.
Line a large pot or skillet with a thin layer of water.
Add garlic, oregano, and vinegar and bring to a boil, sautéing garlic over high heat for a minute.
Add raisins (and any additional ingredients) and cook for another minute, then add chard. Use tongs or spatula to stir chard around so it cooks down and incorporates with the other ingredients.
Once chard is softer and brighter in color, turn off heat and mix everything well.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe from Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins

As a kid I always loved baking and helping out in the kitchen, and I'm so happy that our son Levi feels the same way. As soon as he found out I was making muffins he wanted to help out! Since we had a whole bunch of old bananas in the freezer that needed to be used, I looked up vegan recipes that had lots of bananas but were more than just a banana muffin (as much as I like banana muffins, we were in need of a change). I came across this amazing recipe.
As much as we can, we try to buy organic. I was happy to find these organic oats at Provigo.
We pretty much followed the recipe, only changing the Whole Wheat Flour for organic Kamut (I find it a bit lighter), and replaced the Almond Milk with a sample of Coconut Milk I had been given from So Delicious at the Wanderlust Festival. They turned out moist and delicious!
Levi waited patiently to lick the spoon after we finished filling the muffin tray.

Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 carrots, grated
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas until only a few chunks remain. Add the vanilla and almond milk and mix with a fork. Whisk in the brown sugar until no clumps remain.
In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients. Fold into the banana mixture about half a cup at a time.
Add the oats and grated carrots, lightly folding until fully incorporated. 
Put batter into muffin tins or ramekins, filling only about 3/4 of the way.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean.
Recipe by The Veggielogues

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Speedy Veggie 'n Rice Noodle Bowl with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

After doing a quick google search for easy vegan recipes, I discovered this one. It's from Oh She Glows by Canadian blogger Angela Liddon. I bought the cookbook for my Mom for Mother's Day, and have been thinking of buying it for myself ever since. It's well put together, easy to read and full of great recipes.
You can mix and match the veggies according to what you have in your fridge and what's in season. Serve with a side salad, or as my husband likes best, with spring rolls and/or mock chicken.


  • 4 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 to 4 1/2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice), to taste
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 ounces/85g gluten-free brown rice soba noodles (or soba noodles of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli florets, chopped small
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shelled frozen edamame
  • 2-3 medium carrots, julienned
  • 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Prepare the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients until combined. Set aside.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
  3. For the noodle bowl: Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil and coat the pan. Add the broccoli florets, celery, and 2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce and saute for about 7-9 minutes, reducing heat if necessary.
  4. When the water boils, add the noodles and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook the noodles as instructed on the package directions (about 4-5 minutes for most soba rice noodles). Drain.
  5. Add the frozen edamame and julienned carrots to the skillet and saute another 5 minutes, or until the edamame is heated throughout.
  6. Stir the drained noodles into the stir-fry mixture along with 2/3 of the Teriyaki sauce. Cook for a couple minutes and then serve immediately with a garnish of sliced green onion and sesame seeds.
  7. Store leftovers in a container in the fridge for 1- 2 days. To re-heat leftovers, add them into a skillet with a bit of oil. Pour on the leftover dressing and toss to coat. Heat over medium until heated throughout and serve immediately.

Notes: I used coconut aminos (which is very low in sodium), but feel free to use low-sodium tamari instead. I recommend adding it to taste since it has a higher sodium content than coconut aminos so you might not need as much. To get more servings out of this dish, feel free to add more soba noodles.
Soy-free option: Omit the edamame and replace with adzuki beans, chickpeas or another bean of choice. Use coconut aminos instead of tamari.
gluten-free option: Use gluten-free soba noodles such as brown rice or buckwheat. Be sure to check the label of your tamari and other ingredients as well.