Miso-Sesame-Ginger Greens & Quinoa Bowls

February 3, 2016
Miso-Sesame-Ginger Greens & Quinoa Bowls
Miso-Sesame-Ginger Greens & Quinoa Bowls

I want to be important. By being different. And these girls are all the same.Sylvia Plath
This meal is something I could literally eat every day and never ever tire of. I’ve never met a bowl of dressed greens I didn’t like to some degree, and for me (as always), most all delicious meals start and end with the most basic of kitchen essentials: a truly killer dressing.Read More

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Classic Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

January 25, 2016
Classic Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Classic Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.Vicki Robin
I’m super excited to share this oldie (but SO goodie!) recipe that’s been a classic favourite of mine for as long as I’ve been cooking. In fact, it’s almost too good to share…..but it would be a terribly selfish crime not to.  It’s one I’ve made on and off for years, when the craving for richly flavoured, creamy comfort food hits – but I’m not into white refined carbs or heavy milk or cheese. Instead, I whip up this super simple sauce made with whole cashews (what else?) and a few simple ingredients that when baked, taste divine. No added thickener, no added anything that isn’t clean, nutritious, and tasty. Read More

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Pasta Dinner | Mustard + Tomato Lentil Salad

January 15, 2016
Pasta Dinner | Mustard + Tomato Lentil Salad
Pasta Dinner | Mustard + Tomato Lentil Salad

I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.David Bowie
This recipe pretty much sums up all that is good about simple eats. I’ve been recently inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, after deciding (with conviction) that my body needed an extended break from dairy and ANY over-processed irritants (even sugar that is not in a whole food form). If you’ve perused the pages of Gwyneth’s latest efforts in print with collaborator Julia Turshen, you’re likely already familiar with the gorgeous images and the simple, accessible recipes – with a focus towards minimal ingredients that demand only quality ingredients as stars. Definitely my kind of food.Read More

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Chickpea Salad with Sweet Onion, Arugula + Olives

December 29, 2015
Chickpea Salad with Sweet Onion, Arugula + Olives
Chickpea Salad with Sweet Onion, Arugula + Olives

Rest and be thankful.William Wordsworth
It’s been a heck of a year, this 2015, and I sure can’t think of a better way to close it than right here, in this paradise called Hawaii with the people I love the most. We arrived here the day after Christmas, the first one in ages that was busy in a ‘just right’ sort of way; one that didn’t seem to scar me like the usual running-around-like-a-crazy-woman kind of way that it used to.Read More

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FOOD52 Vegan | Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese + a Giveaway

December 8, 2015
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Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth.Edith Sitwell
It seems there’s always room in the repertoire for another great way to enjoy a perennial favourite. Kids love it, adults love it – because there’s really nothing like pasta to provide humble, sturdy sustenance when the craving hits for some comfort. This recipe is from the beautiful new book Food 52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw – who graciously sent me a copy this fall to enjoy. Gena is one of my original blog crushes, back when I stumbled into this world by fluke, clumsily discovering in the process this amazing community of talented, supportive souls each on a unique journey of their own to share with those who choose to read, cook, and visit these blog spaces. Gena’s original site, formerly called Choosing Raw, was one I always looked forward to visiting and still do – both for her approachable vegan recipes and for her honest way with words that always purvey thoughtful, reflective intelligence on matters close to my heart. She’s since evolved that space into The Full Helping, and to use her words, exists to help readers create and foster more peaceful, positive, and nourishing relationship with food – with a focus on plant based eating for good health.
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