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    Double Chocolate Protein Bars

    Why buy protein bars when it takes ten minutes to whip up a batch in your own kitchen? These protein bars are packed with protein (obviously), healthy fat, complex carbs, and are lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup! The icing on the cake, so to speak, is the raw chocolate glaze. Made with just four ingredients (cacao butter, raw cacao, maple syrup, and almond milk), it propels these protein bars into “I can’t ever go back to store-bought” territory.  Well, we made it to Friday. If you have a Monday to Friday job, happy weekend! If, like me, you still find yourself working retail on weekends, I feel ya! Hopefully…

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    Raw Vegan Green Goddess Pesto + Pesto Power Bowls

    This raw vegan Green Goddess Pesto is bursting with good-for-you ingredients and fresh summer flavours! Avocado, cashews, basil, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil combine into one delicious spread that you won’t soon forget. While it is phenomenal on pasta, I offer a less traditional application for it: as a component of a Mediterranean-inspired power bowl!  Basil and summer are synonymous with one another. While I am not a fan of summer heat in the least, I am thankful for the luscious crops that it produces: basil, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, berries, corn, cucumber, eggplant. These are a few of my favourite things, and I spend months of the…

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    Peanut Butter Cup Muffins

    Hi, friends! I feel as though it’s been a minute since I’ve posted here. When I started this blog, I thought that I would have time to post every. single. day. I have since been humbled by the amount of time and energy that goes into creating, testing, and photographing recipes while also working a full time job and marathon training! I’m not complaining or making excuses, just saying that I have a newfound appreciation for all those who juggle many life things at once!

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    Mediterranean Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers with Cashew Tzatziki (Vegan)

    Get ready for your taste buds to EXPLODE! These Mediterranean-inspired veggie burgers are bursting with flavour from umami-rich sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs, and are packed with complete protein from chickpeas, quinoa, tahini, and sunflower seeds. The cashew tzatziki sauce takes them over the top into OMG territory. They are delicious on artisan burger buns, ciabatta buns, or even lettuce leaves!  Whenever I set out to create a veggie burger recipe, I have a strict set of criteria that said burgers must meet: They must be packed with protein. They must be ultra-flavourful. They must satisfy both vegans and omnivores.

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    Vegan Essentials: Cashew Tzatziki

    Here is my second “vegan essentials” installment! Everybody loves tzatziki, but vegan and dairy-free folks often go without. Not anymore, with my vegan tzatziki sauce that tastes as good as, if not better than, the “real” thing! Cashews provide the dreamy, creamy base for this tangy, salty, and fresh-tasting tzatziki sauce that plays well with veggie burgers, kebabs, and all Mediterranean dishes! Cashew Tzatziki Servings: 1 1/2 cups Time: 5 minutes + 4 hours soaking time for cashews Cuisine: Vegan, Plant-based Ingredients: 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for a minimum of 4 hours and drained 1/2 cup filtered water 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cloves garlic 3/4 tsp…

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    Vegan Essentials: Sunflower Seed ‘Parmesan’

    It would seem as though every food blogger and her dog has a vegan ‘Parmesan’ recipe in her collection. Here is mine. It’s really nothing complicated or particularly original; however, I use sunflower seeds here because they are more affordable, more often locally produced, and less allergenic than the more typical cashews. This ‘cheese’ is versatile and can be sprinkled on everything from pasta to salads.  Hello again! I hope that you have had a lovely weekend. I’m dropping in with a quick and easy “vegan essentials” recipe: sunflower seed Parmesan. There are more vegan ‘Parmesan’ recipes on the web than I could shake a stick at, but I created…

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    Fresh Town Smoothie with Hidden Greens + Plastic-Free July

    This smoothie will knock your socks off and wake you right up on a hot summer morning! Fresh mint and kale are hidden beneath a layer of chocolate, banana, and Medjool dates, creating a refreshing and sweet smoothie packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!   Some things were made for each other. Peanut butter and jam. Cam and Mitch. (Veggie) Burgers and (sweet potato) fries. Apple and cheese. A kiss and a squeeze. To that list, I will happily add chocolate and mint. Ever since I was a young one and discovered the magic that is the Girl Guides chocolate mint cookies, I have been hooked. However, my preference now…

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    Tempeh Chorizo

    This tempeh chorizo is guaranteed to please vegans and omnivores alike! It’s intensely flavourful and can stand in for the “real thing” on pizza, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, and more! Rich in complete protein and without a single processed ingredient, I can’t think of a healthier (or more delicious!) faux meat! 

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    Mahalo Kale Salad with Peanut Marinated Tempeh and Coconut Basil Lime Dressing + a few thoughts on gratitude

    ma·ha·lo ˈmäˌhälō/ exclamation & noun: a Hawaiian word used when thanking someone As local produce starts to flood the farmers’ markets at this time of the year, my heart overflows with gratitude. Gratitude for the local farmers who work tirelessly to maintain the integrity of the land and put food on our tables. Gratitude for Mother Nature, who continues to provide for us in spite of the destructive forces that humankind exerts on her to no end. Gratitude for my family and chosen family. And even some gratitude for my healthy mind and body, both of which I now see as good friends and allies in my holistic health journey.