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Vegan Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli Salad may be old news to many of you, especially in North America, but it’s pretty new to me! Last year, my friend brought her broccoli salad to Thanksgiving dinner and I was blown away by this fresh, crunchy, creamy, sweet and savory dish. Apparently, it’s a common holiday side dish in my country […]
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Coconut Curry Chickpeas Recipe| 30 Minute Vegan Dinner |Vegan MoFo Day 26

If you ever liked Chinese Curry Chicken or Chinese Curry Brisket, you will love this veganized version. This recipe for Coconut Curry Chickpeas was made especially for Regina Barrientos, the winner of the last “secret word” game. She requested a curry recipe made with ordinary, affordable ingredients and I was more than happy to oblige. […]
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Shiitake Rice and Beans – Quick and Easy Vegan Meal | Vegan MoFo Day 3

When I was in college, I studied as a full time student and often worked two jobs to make ends meet. Needless to say, time was my most precious commodity and when I did make the time to cook a healthy meal at home, it still needed to be quick, delicious, and easy on the […]
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Vegan MoFo Day 2: Kid-Friendly Hainanese Rice

When I was a kid, I was acutely aware that my meals were often very different from other Canadian kids. When other kids brought ham sandwiches to school, I had a container of rice, vegetables and meat. While mainstream media had me believing that kids should hate vegetables, I loved the sauteed greens that my […]
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Easy Vegan Burgers with Mushrooms & Lentils

These lentil and mushroom vegan burgers are super easy to make. Lentils make them hearty and filling while the mushroom adds a satisfying bite and bursts of juicy savory flavour. For this recipe, I used portobello mushrooms as they stay relatively firm after cooking compared to regular button mushrooms and Marmite gives them a meaty, […]
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Vegan Banana Raspberry Parfait

Creamy banana ice cream with tangy raspberry sauce is perfectly refreshing for hot summer days. Naturally sweetened with dates, this is a whole food dessert that you can feel great about! I use a ordinary $40 blender, so rest assured you don’t need a high powered Vitamix or Blendtec for this. Video Tutorial for Vegan […]
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Vegan Enchiladas Recipe

This vegan enchilada recipe is simple, easy, delicious and packed with protein from brown rice and beans. This healthy oil-free enchilada recipe is fairly quick to make but I can’t say it would be considered “authentic.” That’s because I’ve only had food court Mexican food and I don’t know if Taco Bell counts 😉 But […]
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Vegan Burmese Tofu Salad Recipe

Burmese Tofu Salad is a quick and easily meal, perfect for hot summer days. Burmese Tofu, also known as shan tofu or yellow tofu, is a soy-free traditional food from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) made of chickpea flour, water and salt. Outside the vegan community and Western countries, tofu is not seen as a […]
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Vegan Furikake Recipe – Japanese Seasoning for Rice

Furikake is a Japanese dry seasoning blend meant for rice. There are many different kinds with a variety of ingredients. A sprinkle of furikake adds delicious flavour to plain rice but store bought versions often contain bonito (fish flakes) and MSG. While I don’t mind MSG (it occurs naturally in many foods) I like to […]
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Hainanese Chili Sauce | Vegan Hainanese “Chicken” Rice Recipe

Hainanese Chili Sauce is a must when enjoying Hainanese rice, a national dish of Singapore which is popular throughout Asia. This traditional recipe is super simple with only five ingredients; we swap out just one ingredient to make it vegan. This unique sauce is fresh, bright and savory all at the same time. Try it […]
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Veganized Hainanese “Chicken” Rice Recipe

This vegan version of Hainanese Chicken Rice uses whole, plant-based ingredients to capture the authentic, savory essence of the dish but is much easier and faster to cook than the original. The main flavours come from the generous amounts of garlic, ginger and scallion (aka green onions), plus a special broth that extracts umami goodness […]
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Scallion Ginger Sauce | Vegan Hainanese “Chicken” Rice Recipe

Scallion ginger sauce is often served with Hainanese Chicken Rice which is a national dish in Singapore and is also very popular in other some other Asian countries. The sauce is normally vegan friendly as is and I absolutely love it. On rice, noodles, vegetables or tofu, it’s just delicious. It is oil-based which may […]
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Strawberry Meringue Cookies with Aquafaba

These pretty strawberry vegan meringue cookies remind me of sea foam candy, which I used to be obsessed with. Using aquafaba, these cute little candies are very easy to make. Aquafaba is simply a fancy name for the thick, viscous liquid from a can of chickpeas or white beans. This may sound very strange but, […]
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Kale and Chickpea Noodle Bowl in 10 minutes!

This super filling and delicious vegan noodle bowl can be made in ten minutes or less and is packed with protein, iron, vitamin C, folate and other essential nutritional goodies! And for bonus points, it’s pretty cheap to make as well. I love this as a quick lunch or dinner. If you don’t have chickpeas […]
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Avocado Dill Kale Chips

These avocado dill kale chips are tangy, a little sweet, a little spicy, and crunchy delicious! Remember to adjust the seasonings to your preferences. Do be careful of adding too much salt. Taste the dressing before it goes on the kale and remember that as it dehydrates the dressing flavour will get stronger and saltier. […]
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Vegan Sweet Potato Hamburger Buns

This sweet potato hamburger bun recipe makes delicious, soft and slightly chewy buns; perfect for your next vegan burger cookout! Sweet potatoes give these buns a unique texture along with beta-carotene and other nutrients, while freshly ground flax seeds add Omega-3’s. Best of all, the recipe is really simple and easy, requiring no special equipment, […]
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Making Vegan Meringue with Aquafaba | Plus video demo

Earlier this year, vegan meringue made from “Aquafaba” swept the vegan cooking blogosphere. Kicked off from a photo of vegan pavlova by Goose Wolht in the Facebook group, What Fat Vegans Eat, members broke off and formed another group where we compared notes, learned from each other, and refined our vegan meringue recipes and techniques. […]
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Singapore Curry Lentils

This easy lentil recipe is inspired by the Singapore curry noodles that is a common dish in Chinese restaurants and one of my favourites. This dish takes the same savory flavours and infuses them into protein and iron-rich red lentils. Video Tutorial for Singapore Curry Lentils   Printable Recipe for Singapore Curry Lentils
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Quick Vegan KFC Coleslaw Recipe

Fun Fact: The coleslaw that I grew up with was never made at home. We got it from KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurants). Cringe-worthy but true. In this vegan version, I replicate the sweet and tangy flavour that I remember with Follow Your Heart (Earth Island) Vegenaise. You can also use your favourite store-bought or […]
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Spicy Vegan Beet Seitan | Vegan Recipe

This spicy seitan gets it’s red color from beets. The combination of spices in this recipe are similar to those you might find in pepperoni, giving this seitan a hearty, smoky flavour that is great in sandwiches, stir fries, and other savory dishes. I was just trying to use up the beets that had been […]
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Mushroom Dumplings 3 Ways: Boiled, Steamed, and Pan-fried | Vegan Recipe

These mushroom dumplings are bursting with savory flavour. Shiitake mushrooms impart a rich, distinct flavour, while wood ear fungus add texture and napa cabbage and carrots give the dumplings juicy sweetness. The ingredients are pretty common in vegetarian Chinese cooking, but for good reason. These dumplings are perfect as a dish for dim sum or […]
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Easy Wonton Wrappers (or gyoza wrappers or dumplings wrappers) | Vegan Recipe

Chinese dumplings are one of my favourite foods and this simple dough makes the perfect wrapper for wontons, gyozas, potstickers, and other delicious morsels. Store-bought wonton wrappers often contain egg and other icky additives but they are not at all needed for great dumplings at home. This egg-free dumpling dough recipe keeps things simple. All […]
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Vegan Century “Egg” Congee, Leek Soup Recipe and Crispy Sage | What I Ate Vegan Wednesday

In Calgary, we had a week long stretch of warm weather and I could even leave the balcony door open all day and not get a chill! It was absolutely brilliant and the clear blue skies and golden sunshine inspired me to start planning my garden. But when I woke up to start recording my […]
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Crispy Baked Cauliflower Bites | Vegan Recipe

A while ago when I was buying rice flour to make Tong Yuan (Chinese sweet rice dumplings), I accidentally bought regular rice flour instead of the glutinous flour that I actually needed. So I’ve had that sitting around since. Then more recently, I scored a ginormous head of cauliflower for two dollars! Two dollars! I […]
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Movie Snacks: Crunchy Spicy Lentils | Vegan Recipe & A bit about Cowspiracy

These crunchy, spicy lentils taste like junk food but they are anything BUT! Lentils are packed with antioxidants, protein, and iron. The perfect satisfying vegan snack to sneak into a movie theater or just have any time. The crunch reminds me of Corn Nuts, a favourite when I was a kid (but I haven’t had […]
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Movie Snacks: Baked Strawberry Chips! + Cowspiracy Giveaway

If you’re lucky, your local movie theatre might have vegan-friendly popcorn. But usually vegans have to resort to sneaking in their own. For the next week, I’ll be sharing a few ideas for your next movie night that are easy, delicious, and portable! Today’s recipe is for these strawberry chips. No dehydrator needed! Video tutorial […]
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Chinese Sweet Rice Dumplings in Ginger Syrup (Tong Yuan) | Vegan Recipe

Tong yuan, or glutinous rice dumplings, are commonly enjoyed for Lunar New Year, also known to some as Chinese New Year, and especially for the Lantern festival. These rice dumplings are soft and chewy and swimming in a light ginger syrup. As a kid, I loved them. My parents would only make them occasionally, and […]
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Chinese Steamed Sweet Red Bean Buns 豆沙包; (Dou Sha Bao)| Vegan Recipe

Steamed red bean buns are a common menu item at Chinese dim sum restaurants and one of my favourites. They’re actually really easy to make too. For this recipe, the dough is actually really simple: water, yeast, flour and an sweetener. I’m using sweetened condensed milk as I find it gives these buns a milky […]
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Chinese Red Bean Paste (with unrefined sugar option) | Vegan Recipe

Red bean paste is traditional ingredient in many Asian desserts. This refined sugar-free version is super easy to make; all you need are some Adzuki beans, dates or sweetener of choice, and water. Two of my favourite Chinese sweets are made with this healthy dessert filling: glutinous rice balls stuffed with red bean (tong yuen) […]
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Spicy Edamame & Yu Choy Greens | Healthy High Protein Vegan Recipe

This dish of protein-rich edamame and green is iron-rich, high in Vitamin C and Beta-carotene and one of my favourite delicious snacks. You can also use other greens for this such as boy choy, chard, or spinach. Serve it hot or chilled, it’s perfect between meals or as a side dish. Having stir fried greens […]
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Strawberry Breakfast Pudding | Healthy High-Protein Vegan Recipe

Lately, I’ve been loving this strawberry breakfast pudding because it is super filling, deliciously decadent, but healthy and very quick to make. Its thick, creamy texture reminds me of Greek yogurt but much healthier with zero cholesterol and no animal exploitation! Video Tutorial for Vegan Strawberry Breakfast Pudding   There’s next to no prep work […]
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How to make Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou 饅頭)

This traditional Chinese recipe is already vegan; using only flour, yeast, water and, in this case, sugar. Plain steamed buns are a staple food that can be eaten with both savory and sweet accompaniments. Mantou originated in northern China as wheat was the major crop as opposed to rice in the south. Growing up in […]
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Easy Vegan Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions can transform regular dishes into gourmet masterpieces! The slow cooking process transforms the sharp pungent onion into melt-in-your-mouth savory sweetness. I love that it’s kind of a fancy topping but they are actually really easy to make. The hardest part is cutting the onions. Not the actual slicing action but the eyes-burning-omg-why-God-why part. […]
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Congee (Bat Jook) – A simple Chinese breakfast food

This simple bowl of congee takes me back to my childhood; it’s the kind of simple food that makes me feel safe and warm and comforted. Congee (Cantonese jook or Mandarin zhōu), is a savory rice porridge that can be eaten plain, with a few condiments, or made into a more substantial meal with other […]
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Vegan Honey Recipe Video

Though honey is not a vegan food by definition, vegans can still enjoy the taste of it with products like Bee-free Honee and Heeni Dandelion “Honey.” But what if you can’t get those locally and, for whatever reason, buying online isn’t a good option for you? Here’s my answer! Make it yourself. Now, I’m not […]
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Roasted Eggplant with Savory Cornbread Stuffing Video

A bit over three years ago, I made this roasted eggplant dish for my very first Thanksgiving dinner. I was usually the cook at family dinners and all my past feature dishes where animal-based. Not feeling 100% confident, I started my holiday meal testing early; about a month before Canadian Thanksgiving. This dish was one […]
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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread

This tasty vegan cornbread is the easiest thing to make. Plus it’s naturally gluten-free and oil-free but you don’t need any special flours to make it. Snack on it plain or with vegan butter, have it along side soup or chili, or stuff it into a veggie roast. Click here to skip to the printable […]
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Tomato Maki Sushi

I first encountered tomatoes in sushi a few years ago when I moved to the Town of Banff.  It was one or two days after I had arrived when my roommate took me to Sushi Bistro, which would later become one of my favourite places to eat. I flipped the menu open, expecting to be […]
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Cold Tofurkey: What I Ate Vegan Wednesdays, Failures, and Bad News (plus Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe)

Over the last few months, I have been moving away from writing for this blog and have become more and more obsessed with producing recipe videos. It’s just plain fun for me; playing at script writer, camera operator, lighting directer (haha), and video editor. I love the creative process, using skills that I learned way […]
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Vegan Stuffed Seitan Roast with Mushroom Gravy | Thanksgiving Holiday Recipe

This Stuffed Seitan Roast, smothered in mushroom gravy, is perfect for your vegan Thanksgiving. Despite having a few steps, it’s actually really easy to put together. You can prepare the roast two different ways: steam and bake for a tender roast, or bake it only for a denser texture. Personally, I prefer the steamed and […]
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Vegan Thanksgiving Bread Stuffing (Holiday Dressing)

Even though Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, I like to celebrate a second time in honour of my American friends. That is, I’ll take any excuse to eat delicious vegan Thanksgiving foods a second time, like this Traditional Bread Stuffing. Also known as dressing. Click here for the printable recipe. Video Tutorial for Classic […]
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Vegan Avocado Tartar Sauce

This plant-based avocado tartar sauce is so easy to make, but way more nutritious than the regular stuff; it’s actually GOOD for you! It’s perfect on Okara “Fishless” burgers, on Gardein Fishless Filets (my fave fave fave), or anywhere you want some creamy, tangy, deliciousness. Video Tutorial for Vegan Avocado Tartar Sauce Avocados are rich […]
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Okara Sea Burger Recipe – from soymilk pulp

Is this a fishless burger or more like a no-crab cake? You decide. This savory patty is pan-fried crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. A little bit of nori helps to bring that fishy flavour while leaving our fishy friends in the ocean! Wondering what the heck Okara is? It’s the pulp […]
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DIY Tofu: Just Soymilk, Lemon, and Water!

Make your own tofu at home with only soymilk, fresh lemon juice and water! Fresh, homemade tofu is so much better tasting than the store-bought stuff and super easy to make. And don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like lemons at all. You don’t need anything special other than cheesecloth. Click here for the printable recipe. […]
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Vegan Garlic Mozzarella – Slice it and Grate it!

This creamy vegan mozzarella is great sliced on bread and crackers but is also solid enough to grate for pizza. The recipe is based on VedgedOut.com’s Foxy Moxy cheese sauce, but has a more complex cheesy flavour due to the addition of homemade cultured cashew cream cheese. This give it more of a authentic cheese […]
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Make Your Own Rejuvelac for Culturing Cheese

Rejuvelac is a totally vegan fermented liquid that is made from sprouted grains. It’s been touted as a drink for digestive health, but for us, we’re going to be using it for it’s lactobacillus bacteria which produces lactic acid. It’s going to help our cheeses develop that complex sharp, tangy and funky cheese flavours. This […]
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Vegan MoFo: Vegan Month of Cultured Cheese on YouTube!

It’s Vegan MoFo and my theme for this month is vegan cultured cheese! Regular vegan cheese usually just uses flavouring ingredients to mimic dairy cheese but there always seems to be something missing. Cultured cheese actually uses probiotics, that’s good bacteria, to produce complex blends of sharp, tangy, and funky flavours. The kind of vegan […]
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DIY Fresh Hemp Milk + Giveaway

Out of all the types of plant-based milk, hemp milk is one of the easiest to make at home and it’s one of the most nutritious too. Hemp hearts are quite soft so they don’t require any soaking and you don’t need a special high-speed blender to get it smooth. They are a wonderful source […]
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Vegan California Rolls and Uramaki Sushi Technique for Beginners

California rolls are one of my favourite kinds of sushi. Luckily, they are a cinch to veganize and the uramaki technique of having the rice on the outside isn’t as complicated as it looks. Click here for the printable recipe. Vegan California Roll Sushi Video Tutorial   When it comes to sushi-making, I am no […]
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Easy Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto

Making vegan pesto is easy. Garlic scapes add an unusual but delicious twist! Garlic scapes are the flowerstalks of garlic plants. They are usually available from farmer’s markets during the summer and taste like mild garlic. Use this pesto on pasta, as a marinade, as a spread in sandwiches or anywhere else you’d like some […]
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Simple Savory Seitan for Sandwiches

Seitan is a high-protein, low-fat vegan food made from wheat gluten. Don’t fear gluten, HAIL SEITAN!…Unless you’re allergic/intolerant of course (because in that case, I am sorry…maybe check out this gluten-free, soy-free Burmese Tofu or Black Bean falafel instead..). Click here for the printable recipe. Video Tutorial for Simple Savory Seitan for Sandwiches   This simple […]
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Video Tutorial for Quick and Easy Vegan Flour Tortillas

Vegan flour tortillas are super quick and easy to make. No special press needed and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already. These flour tortillas are soft, pliable and delicious. You can store them in a air tight container for up to a week or freeze them for later. But since they only […]
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Simple Vegan Mushroom Pizza with Cream-Cheese Tomato Sauce

This deceptively simple vegan pizza is ridiculously delicious with juicy mushrooms nestled in a bed of cream-cheesy tomato sauce on a perfect soft and slightly chewy crust that’s wonderfully crisp on the bottom, topped with vegan mozzarella cheese and finished with savory spices. Click here for the printable recipe. Usually, I won’t make the same […]
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Frozen Tropical Sunshine! Vegan Mango Ice Cream With Coconut Cream & OJ

This easy raw vegan mango ice cream is made with one ripe mango, coconut cream and fresh orange juice. It’s naturally soy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free (no refined sugars, that is). Plus, it takes only minutes to prepare (with an hour in the freezer) and it’s perfect for hot days! NO ice cream maker required. I hate those […]
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Vegan Mango Salad Rolls and Peanut Sauce with a video tutorial!

It’s pretty obvious that I love Vietnamese salad rolls since I posted about them many times, but this time I have a video tutorial to help demonstrate how to use the rice wrappers properly and how to fill them up without the wraps breaking. Video Tutorial In this video, I combine the traditional salad roll […]
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Easy Vegan Hamburger Buns – no special ingredients needed!

During my 2nd summer as a vegan, as I was trying to plan a BBQ (with mixed company), I was peeved to find that store-bought hamburger/hotdog buns were almost always non-vegan due to sneaky ingredients like l-cysteine and mono- and diglycerides. Click for the printable vegan hamburger bun recipe Since then, I have been trying […]
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Foxy Moxy Video Tutorial – Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

This Foxy Moxy cheese is a perfect vegan stand in for fresh mozzarella cheese, especially for your Margherita pizzas! The recipe is from Somer McCowan at VedgedOut.com and you can find her full pizza recipe here: Margherita Pizza Recipe. I first wrote about this amazingly easy cheese recipe when I decided to have an entire […]
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Burmese Tofu, the easy vegan soy-free tofu

Burmese tofu is a soy-free, gluten-free food made from chickpea flour, water, salt and turmeric. I first learned about Burmese tofu back in January when looking for ways to use my up a huge bag of chickpea flour (chana) that I got from Superstore; they didn’t have any smaller bags at the time. Anyway, I ran […]
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Avocado Alfredo! Vegan Alfredo Sauce Recipe [ gluten-free & soy-free ]

When I was a teen, the one dish I always ordered, if it was on the menu, was Fettuccine Alfredo. The form of pasta didn’t actually matter to me; I was after that rich, buttery, garlicky sauce. Skip to the recipe. This vegan alfredo sauce recipe was inspired by Somer McCowan of VedgedOut.com. As I […]
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Pretend Like It’s Summer: Vegan Vietnamese Salad Rolls!

This weekend, I’ve been all about salad rolls. Maybe because I spent last weekend in Vancouver and had vegan salad rolls from Three Jewels Vegetarian Restaurant which kicked off some serious cravings! The thing about vegan Vietnamese salad rolls is that they are super easy to make and you can really use whatever fillings you […]
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Vegan Shamrock Shake – Healthy But Decadent!

Vegan shamrock shake just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! This vegan peppermint “milkshake” is actually pretty healthy! I used frozen almond milk blended with avocado to get that minty green color and smooth ice cream-y texture. Click here to skip the ramble and go straight to the recipe The first time I attempted making […]
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Sushi Addicts Not-So-Anonymous Pt2 – A couple fresh vegan maki ideas

This post won’t have a recipe, but instead, a few vegan sushi maki ideas for ya! If you want a run down on how to make maki (seasoning the rice, rolling the sushi, etc) check out my last post about it here. After living in Calgary for just over half a year, I still haven’t […]
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Vegan Baked Black Bean Falafel

These vegan baked “falafel” are made with black beans which are even higher in antioxidants than chickpeas or garbanzo beans! [1] They also happen to be gluten-free and free of most common allergens like soy or nuts. Click here to skip the ramble and go straight to the printable recipe. A little while ago, I […]
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Vegan Honey – Apple syrup + Lemon

Frankly, I used to LOVE honey. Not just the taste, but the therapeutic benefits too. Honey in my coffee, honey in my tea. Honey on peanut butter toast, honey on…well..everything. When I went vegan, I didn’t know what to do about it. I imagined that bees weren’t harmed by honey production; how could it? But, […]
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Brussels Sprouts Noob – Vegan Cheesy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

How to make brussels sprouts when you’ve never tasted brussels sprouts before? With the help of Google, of course! Click here to go straight to the Vegan Cheesy Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe. I had grown up hearing stories of how horrible brussels sprouts were. My impression was that they were gas-inducing, rotten cabbage-tasting, alien-brain-looking devices […]
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Smoked Tofu & Cream Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches – Afternoon Tea

Pre-vegan, I loved smoked salmon sandwiches with cream cheese. I loved them even more atop a multi-tiered Afternoon Tea stand. Veganizing this sandwich was made ridiculously simple and easy with store-bought smoked tofu and Daiya wedges. The Havarti-style variety makes for a creamy, tangy spread and thinly sliced tofu makes a great taste-dupe for smoked […]
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Raw Vegan Zucchini Pasta with Tomato Basil Date Sauce

There is something about a blissful new relationship that makes the heart sing and the weight pile on! The last nine months of impressing my SO with homemade pizza have taken a toll on my own waistline. Tonight, we’re having something much healthier. Luckily, healthy can also mean effing delicious. This is how. Raw Vegan […]
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Sugar-free Strawberry Mint Ginger Ale

Strawberry Mint Ginger Ale Servings: 2 cups Time to make: 5 minutes It was a puffy white cloud kind of day here in Calgary, Alberta. The kind of day that requires something deliciously refreshing. Enter, Strawberry Mint Ginger Ale. This recipe is simple; only four ingredients (five if you count the garnish). It’s fresh and […]
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Vegan Freezer Meal: Chick’n Quinoa with Spinach and Mushrooms

Vegan Freezer Meal: Chick’n Quinoa with Mushrooms and Spinach Time to prepare: 30 minutes Time to heat from frozen: 30 minutes I LOVE cooking. When I’m eating breakfast, I’m already thinking about what to make for lunch and dinner. BUT there are occasions when I’m too darn busy to cook or (more likely) there are […]
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Vegan Caramelized Onions Recipe

Vegan Caramelized Onions Time to make: 1 – 2 hours Caramelized onions are an almost magical food. They will transform any dish from ordinary to gourmet. The trick to perfect, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and savory caramelized onions is to take things slowly. So save this recipe for some time when you have at least an hour […]
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Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Time to make: 5 – 10 minutes Servings: 2 Chocolate and bananas go together perfectly in this creamy, delicious vegan ice cream. The texture and taste will fool your taste buds into thinking you’re indulging in a fatty, sugary dessert. But this simple 4-ingredient soft serve is low in fat and free […]
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Vegan Cherry Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream Recipe

Vegan Cherry Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream Time to make: 5 – 10 minutes Servings: 2 Vanilla ice cream; it’s simple, but heavenly. Ripe bananas serve as a soft base for creamy vanilla, while the unexpected mango give it freshness. The cherries on top? Well, they’re the cherry on top! The texture and taste will […]
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Sushi Addicts Not-So-Anonymous Pt 1 (vegan sushi recipe)

Sweet Button Mushroom Maki and Negi-Kidney Bean Maki Prep Time: 20 minutes (excluding time to cook rice/beans) Makes 24 – 32 pieces; about 4 servings Scroll down to skip the rambliness and go straight to the recipe One thing I miss about living in the city is access to delicious and inexpensive Japanese food. “Miss” […]
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Quick and Easy Vegan Flour Tortillas Recipe

This evening, I was feeling particularly lazy and felt like tortilla wraps. But, alas, I had no tortillas. So I decided to make some. Never mind that I have never successfully accomplished that before. So I googled “tortilla recipes” like any other self-respecting Gen Y-er. However, all the recipes looked too complicated and required shortening, […]
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Roasted Eggplant with Cornbread Stuffing Recipe – Vegan Holiday Recipe

Fall over this delicious cornbread stuffing, smothered in herb mushroom gravy, in warm roasted eggplant. It’s my favourite vegan Thanksgiving recipe yet! This Thanksgiving Dinner feature will amaze your veggie AND omni guests! It’s so good, you may want to serve it at Christmas too! Video Demo for Roasted Eggplant with Cornbread Stuffing Added December […]
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Vegan Thanksgiving 2011: Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup Recipe

Orange you glad it’s Fall? Nothing says comfort like sweet potatoes and soup! Great for any chilly night and easy to make as well. Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 cups sweet potatoes, pre-cooked and cubed 1 cup carrots, scrubbed and diced 2 cups vegetable broth 1-2 cloves of garlic 2 tsp grated ginger 1 tsp […]
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Caramelized Onion Tarts Recipe – Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe

Caramelized sweet onions. Need I say more? Oh yes? How about tender, flaky, perfect pie crust? nom nom nom nom This vegan Thanksgiving recipe is great to trot out for appetizers. Caramelized Onion Tarts – Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe This recipe makes about 16 3″ tarts. About 20 minutes prep, 25 minutes to bake. Ingredients Cashew […]
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Vegan Thanksgiving 2011: Philly Beefless Kabobs Recipe

These kabobs are done grill-less, which is ideal for the indoor-appropriate weather we expect around Thanksgiving. I love the crunchy texture of the sweet peppers and onions alongside the savory beefless tips and ooey gooey cheese sauce! Ingredients Kabobs (Adjust amounts to your taste & how many skewers you’re making!) Gardein Beefless Tips green pepper […]
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Cheesy Fungi (Stuffed Mushrooms) – Vegan Thanksgiving Recipe

C’mon, you know you love ’em. There’s one at every party: the hilarious trainwreck cracking the most asinine jokes. But it wouldn’t be a party without one! Garlicky, juicy, cheesy, and delectably savory. This Cheesy Fungi never gets annoying, and any party is better with lots more than one. Oh, and he’s easy to boot […]
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Vegan Thanksgiving Project 2011

The summer has barely ended, but in Canada, it’s already time to plan Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s my first holiday on a vegan diet and I’m both excited and anxious. But, even Bree Van de Camp didn’t present her holiday dinner without a full rehearsal first! So for you, my dear reader, I will trot out […]
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Warm Avocado Butter Bean Salad Recipe

I had neglected to do my shopping, so the other morning, I didn’t have any greens for my usual steamed greens lunch. But, I did have some butter beans from the night before. In a hurry, I chopped up some veggies that needed to get used up, half a meatless sausage, and threw in some […]
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Vegan Recipe: Crazy Cashew Cream

This vegan recipe is CRAZY easy and CRAZY delicious! Use it as a granola topping, fruit and veggie dip, cupcake icing…whatever! It’s just awesome. Ingredients 1/2 cup raw or dry roasted cashews dash of sea salt 1 tsp your favorite sweetener (totally optional and to taste) water, just enough to submerge the cashews Directions Blend […]
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Vegan Recipe: Tantalizing Thai Curry Tofu Scramble

A couple weekends ago, a girl friend and I went down to Seattle for some shopping and nightlife. While the shopping was mediocre, we definitely had a fun night. So the next morning we needed some serious breakfast therapy. We stumbled around in Belltown until we happened upon Cyclops. Not a one-eyed monster, but a […]
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Refreshing Sugar Scrubs

I’ve been making my own soaps and skin care products for a number of years, but lately I haven’t really had the urge to create new things. However, my parents are going overseas and asked me to make some gifts to take with them. This was the perfect opportunity to use up some supplies that […]
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Vegan Avocado Chickpea Pasta Salad

This delicious salad makes a quick and easy side dish. It’s also substantial enough to feature as an entree. Ingredients 2 cups cooked rotini, or your favourite pasta shape (use gluten-free if you like) 1 avocado, cubed 1 cucumber, seeds removed, diced 2 tbs finely chopped chives 2 sprigs of dill weed, finely chopped 1 […]
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Vietnamese-inspired Spicy Peanut Salad Rolls

Vietnamese salad rolls are incredible in the summer because they are filled with fresh, yummy, water-filled, crunchy vegetables. Plus, you can make them with virtually any veggies you have on hand. The Chipotle Chickpea Peanut Spread gives these salad rolls a protein kick. Ingredients 2 round sheets of rice paper 1 handful of bean sprouts, […]
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Boxed into Veganism

I like meat. There I said it. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with being a meat-eater. Despite the PETA cults and celebrity activists, no one decries the lion for killing and devouring the antelope. HOWEVER, after learning about how the leather, food, entertainment, research, and pet industries treat animals, I am ready […]
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The War on Aphids Continues…

Over the last few months, I have been fighting against a relentless aphid horde. Soap spray hasn’t affected them, and they’ve spread from two strawberry plants to nearly every plant in the windowsill garden. Only the lavender, basil, and grape plants seem to be resisting. Or, perhaps, the aphids are saving them for last. I […]
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Vegan Windowsill Pesto

I don’t use basil very often in day-to-day cooking, so my basil plant has gotten too big for its britches..er..pot. Time to make pesto! It’s really easy and I hope you try it! Most recipes call for a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese too, but I prefer my pesto without. Ingredients 1 packed cup of […]
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Zombie Apocalypse: Why Prepare?

The first justification I usually give about preparing for the zombie apocalypse is that preparing for the zombie apocalypse prepares one for most other, likelier disaster scenarios (ie. earthquake, nuclear disaster, war, civil upheaval). I don’t usually volunteer the fact that I think such a eventuality isn’t so far fetched at all. It’s bound to […]
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The War on Aphids

AH!!! I hate them so much! A couple months ago, I picked up two baby strawberry plants and promptly gave them their own spot in my windowsill garden. Very quickly, one of them started producing fruit, which I was uber excited about. However, the other plant was growing slowly and its leaves started to yellow […]
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