Peanut Lovers Mighty Chocolate Granola

July 26, 2015
Peanut Lovers Mighty Chocolate Granola
Peanut Lovers Mighty Chocolate Granola

Unlike any other form of thought, daydreaming is its own reward.Michael Pollan

I can’t tell you the number of hours I spend drooling over recipes – day dreaming of elaborate spreads of food and beautiful, delicious combinations. Bookmarking, taking iPhone pics from recipe books, even tearing out magazine pages (sometimes stealthfully like say, at the dentist’s office or gym). Colors, textures, compositions. Flavours, contrasts, and just plain loveliness. I mean, who doesn’t love to get lost in a gleeful creative daydream where possibilities are endless and there are no limits or constraints of our everyday lives? In the end though, I’ve a pretty good idea (and I bet you do too) of just HOW many of those daydreams ever really come to light, but that’s really not the point of day dreaming now, is it? 😉 Read More

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Ultimate Kale Caesar Salad w/ Mint + Jalapeno

July 8, 2015

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Well, that was sure a fun one! Pardon me, but I’m still reeling here from a much needed little break from busy life to get out and live: in my fave city of all time. The family and I just returned from my longest ever stay in New York, complete with our two lovely ragamuffin daughters in tow – their first time and boy did they love it as we thought they would. To say they are ragamuffins isn’t exactly accurate though – my eldest is already (gasp) on the cusp of full adulthood, and this trip was part of her high school graduation celebration. The family is growing up, so the pressure is on a little to make the years really count.

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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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