Cheesy Nacho Kale Chips (vegan)

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If you’re into “health food” then you will probably know what Kale Chips are.  For a small bag with a huge price tag, you can have an amazing treat.   Kale chips are mostly made in a dehydrator which is a good thing if you’re looking to eat them raw (yet crunchy).  This process takes many hours.  For those of you who do not have a dehydrator, this recipe is done on very low heat in your oven at a fraction of the time of dehydrating.  Also, soaking the cashews overnight is unnecessary as well.  You want the chips as fast as possible.  I completely understand. Continue reading

Squash Pizza Casserole with Vegan Parmesan Cheese

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I love squash. And pizza.  Moving right along on with my Vegan Summer, this fusion of the two made one tasty and incredibly healthy dish!  The combination of the salty green olives and the sweet fresh pineapple was nothing short of amazing.  I’m not a fan of vegan soy cheese so I sprinkled soy-free Vegan Parmesan Cheese on top, compliments of The Minimalist Baker.  Sheer genius on their part. You’re going to want to sprinkle it on everything!  I packed up some casserole left overs for my lunch the next and ate the rest for dinner…I couldn’t get enough. Continue reading

Creamy Curry Veggie & Black Bean Salad

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Summer is in full swing with no shortage of fresh vegetables to get creative with.  This salad pulls once serious punch of flavour.   Super-duper healthy — your body is going to love you for this one!  Make sure you pack the leftovers for your lunch the next day. Your taste buds are in for a treat!  If you’re going to serve this salad with something else, I would suggest a dish with a milder flavour.

I used a vegetable sprializer to make the zucchini and carrot noodles.  If you’re a kitchen person like me, the spiralizer is great gadget for your fresh vegetables.  Vegans and vegetarians would get a tonne of use out of it. Continue reading

Lentil Taco Salad

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If there’s one type of food I can never get enough of, it’s anything that calls to the name of Taco or Burrito.  Always so delicious and comforting.  I think I could eat it every day.  As part of my Vegan Summer 2016, this meal is no exception.  The main event in this recipe is the Lentil Taco mixture.   In this variation made it into a salad bowl but you can also use it for burritos or tacos.  Non-vegans can add grated cheese and sour cream.

Note: When I started cooking the Taco Lentil mixture, it came to mind that I could have easily put all of the ingredients into my slow cooker instead of doing it stove top.  The recipe below is for stove top. Next time, I will definitely give it a whirl in my slow cooker (6-8 hours on low). Continue reading

Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze

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Big news everyone!  Ok, not that big but sort of big.   And I’m serving up Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze to celebrate!  I decided on July 1st to go strictly vegan for the entire summer…for two reasons.  First, I need to get more veggies in me, like way more veggies.  Sad to say I have been slacking off and being just plain lazy.   Meat is my comfort food and I feel that I need to shake off that love affair and get it seriously under control.  Going vegan for the summer was my answer.

Secondly,  I want to get more in touch with vegetarian and vegan cooking to the point where I prefer them over meat.   Summer is the perfect time to go crazy with vegan cooking (and lets not forget baking)!  The Orange Cake with Lemon Glaze, you ask?  It’s Vegan!

So why not join me in this Vegan Summer Challenge of sorts?  Vegan recipes are all over the internet.  There’s really no excuse, not for me any way. Continue reading

3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudgsicle Ice Cream

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What? Only three ingredients? Truth be told, there are actually four if you include the water.  So for argument sake, I’m going to say three ingredients.

I remember eating Fudgsicles as a kid and maybe you do too.  Maybe you still eat them ; ).  This recipe tastes exactly like Fudgsicles with a bit more of an ice cream texture.

When I discovered this recipe I just HAD to try it out.  I thought if it didn’t work out it wasn’t such a big deal because it’s only three ingredients and not a lot of effort. Besides having so few ingredients, this recipe has a few other bonuses: it’s Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Churn, No Ice Cream maker needed, tastes just like real ice cream, it’s a pantry recipe, No yucky ingredients or preservatives and well, it’s  ICE CREAM!!  Altogether now, “YAY!”

As usual, I probably have way too many step-by-step pics but that’s just the way I post.  I want you see everything that I am doing so you will completely understand.  By the way, you will need a food processor for this recipe…if you don’t have one, beg or borrow.  This recipe requires plenty of freezing time, a slight drawback but definitely worth it.

One more thing…this recipe uses one can of coconut milk.  The finished ice cream  does not taste like coconut in the least.  It just tastes like Chocolate Fudgsicles.  You will just have to make it for yourself to see…and I sure hope you do!

So what are we waiting for?  Let’s get started! Continue reading

Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli

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I was in need of an easy weeknight dinner.  I made this recipe and I have to tell you it’s going to be a permanent addition to your collection.  Easy, Tasty and fast to make. You will be eating a healthy meal in no time flat. This meal made enough for two.  Be sure to double or triple if you are feeding more people.  Continue reading

My Top 13 Favourite Kitchen Gadgets!

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Kitchen Gadgets!  Useful, gimmicky, practical, and sometimes just silly.  I love my kitchen gadgets and maybe you feel the same about yours.  I decided it was time to do a post of my most favourite Top 10 Kitchen Tools & Gadgets but try as I might I couldn’t do just ten.  I could have easily done a Top 20 but my goal was to see if I could bring it down to ten.  I compromised with lucky 13.  None of my fave gadgets are in the photo above. I kept those for the pics below.

I didn’t include my favourite mixing spoon or knife that I use all the time because they’re not so much a  gadget.  Some of my gadgets are well worn which generates a “love factor”.  My gadgets listed below are in no particular order so you can assume that they are all in the Number 1 spot.  By the way,  it just so happens that the majority of my gadgets are from The Pampered Chef.  I do not work for them or get a kick back from them for mentioning their name.  They just have some great gadgets that I love.

Let’s see what I chose… drum roll please!  I’m so excited! Continue reading

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

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Finally — time for something sweet and delicious!  Before I get into the actual recipe, I just want to say that I made this recipe last night when it was dark outside.  My kitchen wasn’t bright enough to take good pics so I told myself I would take the step-by-step photos the next time I make them.   This recipe is so incredibly easy that you don’t really need the extra photos.  However, I will take the pics next time and update this post.

Ok, let’s get started. This recipe is no-bake so it’s perfect for summer.  It was hot out yesterday and the thought of turning on my oven was not appealing and I wanted to make a sweet treat for the weekend.  Let me tell you, it’s now the next day and they are almost all gone. You will need to allow 3-4 hours for setting up once you have them in the pan and in the fridge.  I cut them into 25 squares. Just the right size. Although this recipe has two coconut ingredients, I didn’t find the flavour was overwhelming and it certainly didn’t take away from the chocolate and the peanut butter.  All the flavours came together very well.  You can’t eat just one. Continue reading