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Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Quinoa

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Quinoa

This was my first time trying quinoa for breakfast and I was amazed how well it works as a porridge. Substituting quinoa for traditional oatmeal amps up the protein and fiber content.  I found it kept me full right through to lunch which says a…

Turmeric Pineapple Smoothie With Basil

Turmeric Pineapple Smoothie With Basil

Pineapple and banana are a pretty classic tropical smoothie combination, but I’ve mixed things up a bit this week by adding turmeric.  I’ve been seeing turmeric smoothies and milks flying around Pinterest like crazy lately so wanted to give it a try.  The spice has…

Healthy Carrot Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Carrot Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, that’s right healthy and cookie are in the same sentence!  These vegan carrot cake oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips are gluten-free and made without oil or refined sugar.  They are perfect for guilt-free snacking and I have to admit I’ve also made them part of…

Curried Mango Chickpea Salad

Curried Mango Chickpea Salad

Initially this was going to be just a curried chickpea salad, but when I saw the mangos at the fruit market it very quickly became a mango chickpea salad.  I just couldn’t resist and it turns out mangoes and curry go really well together (who…

Watermelon Mint Refresher

Watermelon Mint Refresher

Today was the most gorgeous sunny day; I finally feel like the nice weather is here to stay!  To celebrate we made one our favourite blender drinks; watermelon blended with ice, mint, lime juice and a touch of agave.  This whole juice is perfect for…

Asparagus Zucchini Soup

Asparagus Zucchini Soup

Leaving work knowing you won’t be coming back for over a week = best feeling ever!  Vacation begins today for us; we are off to Iceland tomorrow for 10 days of hiking, waterfalls, glaciers, caves, volcanos and hot springs.  We planned the itinerary ourselves and…

Espresso and Black Pepper Double Chocolate Cookies

Espresso and Black Pepper Double Chocolate Cookies

Black pepper ….in cookies??  It’s happening. We’ve kicked these vegan double chocolate chip cookies up a notch with espresso, black pepper and a touch of cinnamon.  Adding black pepper brings a hint of spice and a flavour profile that’s both subtle and complex.   I…

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I know it’s summer and this is totally not a summer post, but it’s a recipe that can be made with next to no fresh ingredients! Which, yes…I’m aware vegan food blogs are supposed to revel in the wonder that is summer produce.  But lately…

Rich and Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip

Rich and Creamy Spinach Avocado Dip

I am so excited to share this vegan spinach and avocado dip recipe!   I actually had it for breakfast one day this week (shhh!).  I used avocado to replace the loads of heavy dairy products found in traditional recipes and the result is still…

Spicy Spinach Vegan Mac and Cheese

Spicy Spinach Vegan Mac and Cheese

This recipe was born on one of those days when I had a craving for hearty comfort food, which for me more often than not equates with cheese.  Before I started to eat a plant-based diet, I was in LOVE with cheese.  At that time anything that…

Grapefruit and Avocado Kale Salad With Oil-Free Dijon Dressing

Grapefruit and Avocado Kale Salad With Oil-Free Dijon Dressing

For me a salad is incomplete without some type of fruit in it and I’m always experimenting with new combinations.  This time it was grapefruit paired with kale, shredded brussels sprouts, sugar snap peas and avocado.   It was actually my first time ever eating…

Kale Salad With Banana-Ginger Dressing

Kale Salad With Banana-Ginger Dressing

Banana and kale usually find their way together in our morning green smoothies but today they are colliding in the salad bowl.  I used banana to make a bright green ginger cilantro dressing that is oil-free (which is a nice change from our usual go-to…

Lemon Spinach and Asparagus Spaghettini

Lemon Spinach and Asparagus Spaghettini

I’m exhausted from my week but excited to share one of  this week’s dinner creations;  lemon spaghettini with spinach, asparagus and sundried tomato.   It’s a fresh and spring-like recipe that is perfect for weeknights when you are short on time.  I’m all about simplicity…

Strawberry Kiwi Kale Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Kale Smoothie

Just popping in quickly to say Hi!  Even though I just posted last week it feels like a lifetime ago.   I’ve been immersed in vacation-planning the last few days and feel like I haven’t had time for anything else.  We are planning to go…

Pear and Citrus Stuffed French Toast

Pear and Citrus Stuffed French Toast

This recipe is inspired by a french toast dish we tried last summer when my family went to Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.  On our last morning there we had breakfast at the Prince of Wales Hotel.  Mr. Pea and I both ordered the stuffed…

Red Velvet Baked Oatmeal

Red Velvet Baked Oatmeal

I first discovered the wonder that is vegan baked oatmeal just over a year ago and have been in love ever since. Baked oatmeal is for those mornings you where it’s been a rough week and you deserve a treat or when it’s so cold out…

Five 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Snacks

Five 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Snacks

Peanut butter, the food of my childhood, how I love you so.   I thought peanut butter deserved it’s own post, one that is simple and uncomplicated, just like my love of peanut butter;  healthy  peanut butter snacks with 3 ingredients or less. Also, I have…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pepita Squares

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pepita Squares

I originally planned this vegan salted caramel and chocolate squares as a Valentine’s Day recipe, but now that I’m looking at the pictures these would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  The pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds) bring the leprechauny green and are also responsible for the…

Cinnamon Heart Tea Smoothie

Cinnamon Heart Tea Smoothie

This smoothie uses one of my favourite loose leaf teas – Cinnamon Heart Pu’erh Tea from David’s Tea   It tastes exactly like the cinnamon heart candy except its all natural and actually good for you!  Chilled and blended with strawberries, banana, chia and a little…

Panko-Crusted Squash Tacos With Creamy Jalapeno Lime Sauce

Panko-Crusted Squash Tacos With Creamy Jalapeno Lime Sauce

Crunchy.  Spicy.  Creamy.  Those are probably my three favourite food descriptives and these vegan squash tacos are deserving of all three.  Panko-crusted baked butternut squash brings the crunch to this game-day treat and my cashew jalapeno-lime “sour cream” sauce is both spicy and luxuriousy creamy.  …

Apple-Carrot Brussels Sprout Bake

Apple-Carrot Brussels Sprout Bake

This roasted vegetable side is the perfect addition to a cozy winter dinner.  It combines brussels sprouts, carrots and onions with the sweet tartness of apples; all of which are roasted in a sweet and spicy garlic glaze.  I was going to include some new fact I learned…