All posts tagged: healthy

vegan bagel fattoush with fava beans

everything bagel fattoush with fava beans

As a result of our continued eagerness to spend time outside, we grilled our dinner on the deck one night last week, each wrapped in a blanket huddled next to the BBQ. The weather here hasn’t been terribly chilly, but after spending so much time soaking up the sun on vacation I became accustomed to walking around in birks and shorts, no sweaters in sight. I can’t wait to sit on the deck with a cold radler, eat dinner straight off the grill, and relax while the warm sun fades to dusk and my new twinkly patio lights blend in with the starry night. This recipe came about as an attempt to use up a few things that have been lingering in the fridge a little bit too long. Even though I had used them for a few recipes, I still had leftover turnip, radishes, and half a pomegranate counting down the days til their demise. Rounded out by the sourdough bagels I had stashed in the freezer and the ever abundant mint and lemon balm …

vegan artichoke penne with leeks and ricotta

artichoke and leek penne with ricotta

Seems the April showers are a bit delayed this year, but I really don’t mind. I love the gloomy grey skies, getting to wear big boots and my bright yellow rain jacket, and how fresh all the rain makes the air feel. Plus it definitely helped our garden along: I came back from a week-long family vacation in the Dominican Republic only to discover some giant rhubarb, loads of mint and lemon balm, and some asparagus and garlic sprouting out of the earth! There still isn’t much in the way of local produce yet, but the few ingredients for this meal feel fresh and bright like a spring meal should. The bright pops of colour from asparagus and arugula mimic our surroundings, the greenery slowly emerging from its winter hibernation. We are definitely looking forward to more abundant farmers’ markets and the (small) bounty that awaits us in our very own backyard. Happy spring time friends! artichoke and leek penne with ricotta (vegetarian, vegan) serves 2 380 g whole grain penne salt 6 asparagus stalks, trimmed …

spring-y filo quiche

Well, it seems that spring is finally upon us. The days are slowly getting warmer and longer, and more people are spending time outside. Downtown has been filled with people the past couple weekends, and I’ve noticed a number of people in my neighbourhood outside getting their yards and gardens ready to plant once more. People are so eager to reacquaint themselves with the outdoors, buzzing with the sight of flowers at the market, the promise of BBQ season on the horizon, and to see friends they may have seen infrequently due to extreme hibernation (that would be me). As we start to spend more time outdoors, it generally means wanting to spend a wee bit less time indoors standing over the stove. This quiche is perfect if you’re feeling too lazy to fuss around with pastry (or forgot to make it the day before). It comes together quickly and makes an attractive centrepiece for a brunch with family and friends. Even though it’s still early and there isn’t much in the way of fresh local produce …

spelt collard roll with roasted red pepper sauce

spelt collard rolls with roasted red pepper sauce

Lately I’ve been getting my dose of world news from an unexpected place: the gym. I’ve been trying to get into running, so a couple days a week I find myself running in place staring at a TV (best case: watching the CBC, worse case: watching one of apparently a million poker tours). Throughout the process of piecing together the headlines, sublines, and closed captioning, I’ve become increasingly aware of my minor outbursts while watching the news. And by outbursts, I mean the occasional gasp or very audible “UGH” in disbelief at whatever asinine views or proposals the Trump administration is presenting that day. His plan to better fund the Department of National Defence (aka build the border wall) in his just-released budget means drastic cuts across the board, most significantly to the Environmental Protection Agency. His budget chief said that climate change efforts are a waste of time. A WASTE OF TIME YOU GUYS. The whole thing is so infuriating, and yet I keep moving. I guess the anger pumps my blood faster and propels …

vegan chickpea walnut pomegranate stew

chickpea walnut and pomegranate stew

A favourite past time of mine is reading my favourite food blogs and flipping through our ever-expanding library of cookbooks. I love the glossy photos, learning the story of how a recipe came to be, just completely immersing myself in someone else’s kitchen. I love the insight into other people’s everyday lives, even the seemingly mundane details of what’s in their pantry. I imagine how perfect their lives are, how the light falls perfectly into their kitchens; how they just uncorked some spectacular vintage while an incredible meal is simmering away on the stove; and it’s all captured in an effortless yet perfectly styled Instagram photo. At which point I proceed to curse the lack of light in our kitchen and living room, the continuous clutter despite the constant organizing and cleaning, and my inability to take a proper freaking picture (ie my major frustration with photographing this stew). Thankfully I have a partner who knows how to be encouraging, but is also able to calmly tell me to get a grip. I’m teaching myself new skills. Some …

gluten free miso waffle

savoury miso waffles

I think as a general rule of life, breakfast on a weekday morning is always rushed. Even if I try to get up a few minutes earlier (a real struggle when it’s so cold and dark) there isn’t time to slowly savour and enjoy the beginning of my day. Winter weekends are a great opportunity to ease into the day gradually, and lately I’ve been really digging the slow pace of it all. I love being able to sit quietly on the couch with my tea, and think about all the possibilities of the day ahead. I’m trying to prioritize a ‘taking it easy’ mindset, since my usual tendency is to schedule large chunks of my weekend (ie meal prepping, cleaning, making bread, working on the blog) so I don’t feel like I’ve ‘wasted’ my free days. The downside to having accomplished so much is that when my weekend is over, I feel as if I’ve worked the whole time. My focus now is on having weekends with more balance so that I feel rested …

vegan gluten free spicy coconut soup

spicy coconut and pineapple soup

It’s raining pretty hard right now while I’m sitting here writing this, and just looking outside is giving me chills. So as I make myself another cup of tea and look at the pictures of this soup, I imagine it like a big warm blanket, warming my head to my toes, eliminating the word ‘cold’ from body’s vocabulary (even if only temporarily). At this time of year when people are often doing cleanses to start their year off right,  I try not to think about resolutions based on the calendar year and just do right by my body with a hot bowl of food accompanied by something starchy (usually in the form of bread or some cooked grains).  The new year brings people to not only make goals for the year ahead, but reflect on the year previous. Currently the internet is full of thank-god-2016-is-over type stuff. And on the one hand, I can totally agree: a lot of celebrities and influential musicians passed, an overtly sexist and racist man convinced people that he could successfully …

vegan holiday eggnog

holiday nog 2 ways

I think I love the time leading up to Christmas even more than Christmas itself. The feelings of barely being sleeping the night before and the surge of excitement the next morning have faded as I’ve grown further away from childhood. But I have only grown more fond of all the traditions that precede Christmas: baking cookies, picking out + decorating a tree, looking at neighbours’ outdoor lights and shouting “GRISWOLDS!” when an elaborate set up is spotted, or planning a theme for the Christmas Eve party at my grandma’s house. The idea for this post started out as the holiday nog featured below, and a dairy free eggnog made with actual eggs. When I went to make the recipes on Tuesday morning, I realized that we only had 3 eggs left in the carton and was confronted with the dilemma: breakfast or eggnog? Since the weather outside was frightful(ly cold) and the notion of eggs for breakfast was so delightful, I decided to forgo the eggs in my nog for now. But there are …

vegan gluten free whole roasted cauliflower

whole roasted cauliflower with tomato and chickpea stew

There is something so magical about pulling this cauliflower out of the oven. It looks so impressive in its whole form, coated in a golden crust of warming Moroccan spices, sitting atop a fragrant tomato stew studded with chickpeas, capers, and preserved lemon. I had April Bloomfield’s version of roasted cauliflower a while back (minus the anchovies), and I loved that it achieved something that many other vegetarian main dishes do not: it is a beautiful centre piece. While many holiday meals usually leave vegetarians with just a handful of side dishes to choose from, this colourful and bold flavoured cauliflower can become the focal point of your meal. This is a great dish to make for your Christmas gathering because the prep time is minimal, so you can spend more time with your family (who might otherwise be freaked out by the faux turkey/ham that you brought 😉 ). whole roasted cauliflower with tomato chickpea stew (vegan, gluten free) serves 3-4  olive oil 1 onion, sliced (about 1 cup) 4 cloves garlic, sliced 1 tablespoon ginger, minced 2 tablespoons preserved lemon, …

butternut squash soup with zhoug

I T ‘ S  S O U P   S E A S O N ! It hasn’t even been terribly cold yet and I am already in the routine of having my teapot/mug within arm’s reach. I know I will regret saying this later (like mid-January when I have to walk to work in a blizzard), but I love when the weather gets cooler. Sliding around the kitchen in my slippers. Baking cookies and treats, because you need something to go with all those cups of tea. Feeling inspired to cook again, as during the summer I am usually too hot to feel like going anywhere near the stove, and I get way more creative with fall/winter produce and the assorted beans/grains in our cupboards. I love soups, stews, casseroles, trays of roasted veg, hearty meals that leave you feeling warm and snuggly so you can lay on the couch wrapped in blankets, read a book, and listen to Miles Davis.  Right now all my body wants is hot bowls of food and baked goods, …