The Essential Cracker: Quinoa, Flax + Poppyseed (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

May 21, 2015

The Essential Cracker: In Pursuit Of More

So I’m pretty excited about this one.

A few weeks ago, if you’d told me I’d be happily crafting my own crackers right here at home, I’d likely have dismissed such a statement as well, pretty silly. I mean, crackers – those snacks we all crave that you buy in a box at the store? Boxes and boxes and rows and rows of them. Mary, Leslie, Ms. Christie. They all seem to have it going on in the cracker department already, no? And really, who has the time to fuss about cooking, mixing, rolling, scoring, etc., when the plentiful (tasty) options and convenience wipe out the need completely? Turns out I do. And what fun these are to make and eat! So take my word for it on this one: you’ll make these and you will want to right away make them again. They are easy, they don’t make a mess, and they make you feel great – 100% vegan, free of gluten for those with sensitivities, and chock full of fibre and protein. Plus, they taste utterly delicious!Read More

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Paneer + Chickpea Curry

May 4, 2015
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Paneer + Chickpea Curry
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Paneer + Chickpea Curry

Hi all! After an extended break from the blog (I literally have not had the time – and have missed it terribly), I’m compelled to share just some of the vibe I’m feeling after just wrapping up one of the (hands down) most useful books I’ve come across in a very long time. If you haven’t heard of it yet, I highly suggest picking up a copy of Dan Harris’s 10% Happier. Useful. Compelling. Enjoyable. An amazing case for the benefits we can all gain from practicing mindfulness on a daily basis, and so much valuable goodness on taming our inner voices (which as he says, can often be assholes).

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10 Minute Thai Red Curry + Veggie Noodle Bowl

January 31, 2015
10 Minute Thai Red Curry + Veggie Noodle Bowl
10 Minute Thai Red Curry + Veggie Noodle Bowl

You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power.Glinda, Wizard of Oz

This recipe sort of just happened. A few weeks back, Lindsay posted a tasty looking riff on this curried lentil bowl, and cleverly used red curry paste to take the whole idea to completely new level. When it comes to Thai style food, I admit, I’m a bit of a spazz – as I generally shy away from spice mixtures and recipes that feature loads and loads of garlic – and as a result don’t make many recipes in this style. Garlic? It’s really just not my thing, never has been as I have a hard time digesting it. But this. THIS. Make it for yourself in literally 10 minutes, enough time to boil water, soak the noodles, and chop some veggies. It’s really, really easy, and exceptionally tasty. Similar to this Ramen(ish) bowl I shared last year, this is one quick meal that will quickly work its way into your repertoire. Thanks to Lindsay for inspiring me to pick up the paste!Read More

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Moroccan Spiced Chickpea + Tomato Stew

January 23, 2015

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea + Tomato Stew

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea + Tomato Stew


This recipe has been a really long time coming for me. Over the years, there have been many a chickpea & tomato based stew I’ve tried, and it really behooves me (yes, I heard this word uttered appropriately from a colleague this week and immediately logged it as a worthy add-on to my vocabulary rolodex) to point out that when it comes to reasonable and proportionate variations of onion, spices, tomato & the ever-perennial favourite – the chickpea – you really would be hard-pressed to create something that wasn’t completely and totally edible, even utterly delicious with those ingredients.Read More

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Roasted Carrot Rosemary Hummus + Whole Wheat Bread

January 10, 2015

Roasted Carrot Rosemary Hummus + Whole Wheat Bread

This week I dusted off an old food book from my collection that I’ve had on my shelves for years, tucked away in my collection of dog eared ‘health’ books – many that have been with me since I first took interest in really caring about what I ate (it was really very early in my life). Through the years, I’ve certainly read or skimmed every kind of health book (within reason, no gimmicks for me). From volumes on sprouting to food combining to eating only high vibration living foods, I’ve likely read it, and even embraced it at some point. It’s through living a belief or a philosophy that it can truly be revealed for what it is and what real value it has, and I encourage all who are curious about such things to practice whatever they are called to in an effort to feel, look, and live better (in moderation of course). A few years back I had a slight shift in my perception on these matters, one that had been forming for the better part of my twenties as a mom, cook, and caretaker of the family’s health and welfare – including my own. It was reading my trusty old book of Macrobiotics that I was reminded of the importance of food and choice to who we are and the way we carry ourselves through our days.Read More

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