Raw Cacao Cups with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

I’ve been binging. No, not on Netflix, but on dark chocolate bark. “I can do this!” I thought to myself (and make it with “cleaner” ingredients).  So, on Saturday, I decided to experiment in the kitchen and come up with a new recipe. As many of you know, I have made a variety of raw…

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Mosquito and Bug Repellent

So do you ever feel we’re trading one problem for another? We get so fearful of germs that we willingly lather our bodies with harmful chemicals that, in the longterm, may be more detrimental….sheesh.  What are we to do? I often feel this moral and ethical conflict when it comes to bug repellent. Of course,…

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Edamame Veggie Burgers

Warmer weather means outdoor casual dining and barbeques – yay! If you’re looking for a veggie option (and I know you are), you may wish to try out these tasty, flavourful edamame burgers. Not only are they tasty, but they’re loaded with plant-based protein and fibre. Edamame alone boasts an impressive 9 grams of protein…

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Chickpea Tomato Soup

Well, I don’t normally make soup in June, but this past week was rather chilly, and I just couldn’t warm up. Hilary, watching me wrap myself up in blankets during our office meeting, suggested coming up with a new soup recipe for this week’s newsletter. So…given that I ALWAYS listen to Hilary, here it is!…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls

This week’s recipe is thanks to our lovely Hilary. “Why don’t you make another energy ball recipe this week,” Hilary suggested at our weekly meeting. “Great idea!” I responded, as I started dreaming of cashews and dates and chocolate! We love energy balls because, not only are they yummy, but they’re simple and made with…

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Vegan Coconut Milk Chocolate Mushroom Creamsicles

Brainstorming for this week’s recipe, Hilary suggested making vegan ice cream. “With this warmer weather, it’s really got me craving ice cream, but I can’t handle dairy!” Hilary, like many of us, is either unable to handle dairy or simply choosing to avoid it altogether. Jumping on Hilary’s excellent suggestion, I immediately thought of combing…

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Easy Peasy Coconut Yogurt

For those of us cutting back on dairy, or eliminating it altogether, switching to “dairy-free” alternatives is often expensive and sometimes disappointing. We have found dairy-free alternatives to be very pricey and often loaded with various thickening ingredients and chemicals we would rather not consume. What to do? What to do? I was quite delighted…

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Vegan Gorgonzola Panini

In our early years together, Robb and I frequently enjoyed making deliciously decadent paninis with Blue or Gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions, sliced pear, fig jam and, wait for it…bacon (oh, the shame). A few years in, we abandoned meat, yet still very much enjoyed cheese. While we still enjoy cheese, we are making steady efforts…

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Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Let’s just call these the 80:20 rule. They’re about 80% good for you, which is still a pretty impressive ratio as far as food goes. Most muffins would fall much below this ratio, perhaps 40:60 or even 30:70 because they’re often loaded with sugar, bleached flour and saturated fat. Not exactly a nutrition “dream”. Having…

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Grain-Free Granola

I have always had a rather hearty sweet tooth…actually, “teeth” would be more accurate. I especially enjoy something sweet in the evenings after dinner. Wishing to avoid excessively sugar-laden treats, I’ll often rely on homemade granola. It satisfies my sweet tooth (teeth), yet it’s still nutrient-dense with lots of vitamins, minerals, plant-based protein and fats…

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