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Gia Toronto – First Tastes

It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve been excited about a new Toronto vegan friendly spot, and I just want to bottle this feeling up and share it with all of you. Gia is the new “plant-forward” incarnation of the restaurant formerly known as Ufficio and Stephano’s Sandwiches, a short walk away from Trinity Bellwoods. They just opened Gia this month, and have a nice big patio area (with umbrellas.) We got take out, and I was very impressed with everything they had to offer AND how well...
Tags: Toronto, Vegans, GIA, Tortelli, Stephano, Gia Toronto, Ufficio, Insalata Panzanella, Mains Casareccia Salsiccia, Porcini Tortelli, Dundas Street West Toronto

FoodShare Dismantling White Supremacy Box

We have been big fans of ‘s work for years, and the programs and initiatives they do in the city. As soon as they started offering a home delivery veggie box via the GoodFoodBox a few years ago, we started ordering one. The was formerly known as the Advancing Food Justice Box, but whatever the name is, the goals have always been the same. It was designed with “the understanding that Black, Indigenous and racialized communities experience higher rates of food insecurity in Toronto, and remain ...
Tags: Google, Toronto, Vegans, Local Food, Yorkdale, Beruit, Kenji Lopez Alt, Food Empowerment Project, FoodShare, Maangchi, Bryant Terry, Vegetable Kingdom, Zucchini Lasagna, Okonomi Kitchen Back, Rawlicious, Mbowa

Nankhatai with Gur Shakkar | Indian Bakery Biscuits

Today I am sharing another recipe for Nankhatai! This one is really melt in the mouth and has a distinctive flavor as I have use Gur Shaker to sweeten it. Gur Shakkar is a great way to sweeten traditional Indian sweets. I use it in baking especially bakes that are classically Indian.  Continue reading » [Author: [email protected] (AJ)]
Tags: Vegans, Pistachio, Cardamom, Besan, Ghee, Saffron, Baking Soda, Indian Festivals, All-Purpose Flour, Tea Time, Eggless Baking, Gram Flour, Semolina, AP Flour, Nankhatai, Eggless Cookies

O’Sole Mio Vegan Tortellini & Sauces

I recently spotted O’Sole Mio Vegan Tortellini, Rosee, and Alfredo sauce while placing an online grocery order from Metro. O’Sole Mio is a family owned company started in the 90’s based in Quebec that makes a variety of fresh pastas and frozen entrees – they currently have four new vegan offerings, and we’ve tried three of them so far. Here are the packages, the nutritional information as of 07/14/2021, and some of our thoughts on each. One of the first things I noticed and appreciated was...
Tags: Toronto, Quebec, Vegans, Alfredo, Buca, Metro O Sole Mio

Whipped Mango Yogurt with Champagne Mangoes

A quick ripe Mango dessert recipe today. It is mango season and its time to enjoy mango recipes old and new!! Sharing this quick recipe that you can make if you have a bowl of mangoes on your countertop and you are itching to try something different with them. More recipes below if you have mangoes to share!! Continue reading » [Author: [email protected] (AJ)]
Tags: Yogurt, Milk, Sugar, Dessert, Vegans, Snack, Mango, Cardamom, Greek Yogurt, Healthy Eats, Annarasa, Champagne Mangoes, Mango Dessert

Pasta with Wild Garlic Pesto and Asparagus

Wild garlic pesto is incredible! It is only available for a few weeks in early spring. We enjoyed this as a spring holiday meal with a mixed salad and a bio vegan white wine. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 2 cups wild garlic pesto 16 ounces pasta (we used bow tie) ½ pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in 2-3 inch pieces Directions: Prepare the wild garlic pesto. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boil and cook the pasta al dente according to instructions. Clean the asparagus. Cut off the...
Tags: Pasta, Vegans, Asparagus

Beet and Rye Bread Panzanella

We really enjoyed this salad. The rye bread is a great accompaniment to the beets. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 2 large beets, cleaned 1 red onion 3-4 slices rye bread, crust removed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 organic orange, zested, peeled and sectioned 2-3 ounces vegan feta fresh herbs: parsley, salad burnet, mint, cleaned for the dressing: 2 tablespoons organic orange zest, some reserved as garnish orange juice 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons white balsamic or fruit vinegar 1 teasp...
Tags: Orange, Vegans, Salads, Beet, Raspberry Sauce Beet Dumplings Knödel, Vegan Cheese Sauce Quinoa

Vegan Hot Dog, Potato, Pea Dinner with a Cheesy Sauce

This turned out to be a really great meal. It’s been very cold here, so a good hearty meal was appreciated. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the cheesy sauce: 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into rounds 1 cup winter squash pieces* ¼ cup nutritional yeast 3 tablespoons sauerkraut juice 1 heaping teaspoon mustard pinch black pepper splash chili sauce 2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons lemon juice pinch salt, if needed for the meal: margarine 5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in bite sized ...
Tags: Cook, Main Dishes, Vegans, Squash, Carrot, Potato, Pea, Gnudi

When you have constipation, bloating and gas despite being a plant based vegan (plus my huge balloon belly photos)

Popping was something I didn't think much about... until I stopped doing it.  Late last year I shared that I was diagnosed with an H Pylori infection, a serious bacterial infection in the stomach that causes ulcers and can lead to cancer if untreated. You can read my original post here, or watch my video on Instagram here. I also posted an update with the specific diet/antibiotic protocol I followed here.  Eradicating my H pylori infection eliminated several of my symptoms (persistent stomach ac...
Tags: Instagram, Elvis Presley, Vegans, Johns Hopkins, IBS, NP, Pylori, Boca Burgers, MiraLax, IBS Diet, Erica Justin Sonnenburg, Will Bulsiewicz

Vegan Winter Squash Walnut Bars

Not just for Halloween or Thanksgiving, winter squash or pumpkins offer many nutritious meals and treats over the winter months. We enjoy growing red kuri squash and usually harvest enough in October to carry us over until April with good meals. These squash and walnut bars are a great treat. They are easy to make and quick. The original recipe called for sweetened condensed milk, but we found vanilla soy yogurt had the right taste and texture to use as an alternative. We hope you enjoy these al...
Tags: Ap, Vegans, Squash, Walnut, Desserts and Sweets

Crunchy Granola with Almonds, Coconut, and Pepitas

Today I am sharing another granola recipe that I prepare at home. This is a recipe in which the granola has a higher quantity of nuts and seeds than is usually found in granola. It is one of my favorite breakfast foods. This granola is delicious and crunchy and can be enjoyed with warm or cold milk. It is also delicious with Greek yogurt and fresh fruits! Continue reading » [Author: [email protected] (AJ)]
Tags: Almonds, Breakfast, Cinnamon, Vegans, Salt, Vegan, Oats, Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Granola, Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Seeds, Pepitas, Coconut Flakes

Vegan Winter Casserole with Apples, Winter Squash and Chickun

We really enjoyed this casserole. It is slightly sweet from the apples but it is also a hearty and filling main meal. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: creamy cheesy pumpkin sauce: 1½ cups pumpkin puree (winter squash) ¼ cup nutritional yeast ¼ cup dry mustard powder ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼-⅓ cups vegetable bouillon 1 teaspoon thyme 1 teaspoon cornstarch salt and pepper to taste for the casserole: 3 cups pumpkin (winter squash), cubed and steamed 2 apples, chopped 1 small red bell pepper, about 1.2 c...
Tags: Apple, Main Dishes, Vegans, Squash, Chickun, Asian Dipping Sauce Red Cabbage

My Digestive Nightmare UPDATE (my h pylori diet and treatment plan) & my balloon belly photos

Back in December, I was diagnosed with h pylori, a serious bacterial infection in the stomach that causes ulcers. You can read my original post here, or watch my video on Instagram here. HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS: My recent stool test came NEGATIVE for h pylori!! This means my treatment protocol worked!! (I'll share what I did EXACTLY below)   Eradicating H pylori, and subsequently healing the ulcers caused by them, eliminated several of my digestive pains and symptoms. UNFORTUNATELY, it did not elim...
Tags: Map, Vegans, IBS, Pylori, My GI, Florastor

Saunf wala Sooji ka Halwa | Semolina pudding with Fennel Seeds

Sooji Halwa is a classic Indian sweet! There are many versions of this sweet treat. Traditionally, Sooji Halwa is flavored with a large pinch of cardamom. Some folks like to cook it in milk, or a combination of milk and water. When saffron is added to it, its gets a light yellow color and is called Rava Kesari. Continue reading » [Author: [email protected] (AJ)]
Tags: Sugar, Vegans, Cashews, Ghee, Rava, Rava Kesari, Clarified Butter, Fennel Seeds, Semolina, Cashew Nuts, Kaju, Sooji Halwa, Gur Sakkar, Jaggery Sugar, Sooji, Sooji ka Halwa

Gnocchi with Fava Beans, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Sweet Bell Pepper

A lovely colorful meal and so tasty. It would be easy to make this for a Christmas meal as it is so red and green, but it tastes great any time of the year. We have often cooked this as a camping meal as it is so easy to make but also enjoy it at home of course with some fresh salad. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 500 grams gnocchi 250 grams fava beans 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and cut in very small pieces 1 red onion, sliced very fine and minced into small pieces 12 pieces sun-dried tomatoes...
Tags: Vegans, Tomato, Gnocchi, Fava beans, Fava Beans Sun, Sweet Bell Pepper, Smokey Tofu Lebanese Green Beans, Fava Beans Corn and Mushrooms Spinach and Sun

Pasta with Brussels Sprouts and Walnut Sauce

This walnut sauce is a vegan adaptation from a traditional Italian recipe. We found it to be delicious. There was also enough sauce left over to use over cauliflower with was also tasty. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the walnut sauce: 1¼ cups walnuts, shelled 1 slice bread 1 cup non-dairy milk 2 cloves garlic, minced 3-4 tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup nutritional yeast ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon dry mustard powder pinch white pepper (or black) small splash hot chili sauce water if needed for t...
Tags: Brussels, Vegans, Brussels Sprouts, Meals, Walnut, Pasta & Noodles, Walnut Sauce, Maple Mustard Sauce, Vegan Greek Chickun Pasta Pasta

Tortillas with Winter Purslane, Lentils, Walnuts and Salsa

Winter purslane ( also known as miner’s lettuce, Indian lettuce, spring beauty) is one of the few green salad vegetables that can take the cold temperatures. It is very healthy and has a mild flavor. It makes a very nice salad and we enjoyed it on these tortillas. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 4 flour tortillas 4 cups winter purslane, washed and large stems removed ½-¾ cups walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped splash lemon juice 2 cups lentils, cooked, drained splash olive oil 1 can crushed tom...
Tags: Vegans, Salads, Avocado, Walnut, Lentils, Winter purslane, Tofu Feta Grilled Vegetables

In Bibi’s Kitchen – Vegan Recipes

I recently got a copy of In Bibi’s Kitchen, and I ran through it to see which recipes were vegan or easily veganizable (replacing milk/eggs). I realized as I was making my list that it might be helpful to other people considering the book. I think it’s a beautiful cookbook whether you’re vegan or not – but reading through it, I also found it fairly vegan friendly, and it’s also full of rich stories of countries and places and individuals (especially grandma’s) that live in or with her...
Tags: Africa, Toronto, Canada, Eritrea, HA, Vegans, Shiro, Watermelon juice, Vegan Cooking, African recipes, Cookbook review, Shahan Ful Mashed Lima, Onions Tomatoes and Chiles Buna Eritrean, Sabaayad, Raisins Shaah Cadays Somali Spiced Tea, Kenya Kachumbari Tomato

Colorful Fall Salad with Squash and Tahini Dressing

What a lovely salad this was. It looked almost too pretty to eat, but it was also very tasty. It was also easy to make, and actually did not take long to make as well. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1 medium Hokkaido (Red Kuri) squash 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium bunch young leaves Swiss chard 1 large handful young leaves arugula 1 red onion 1 large yellow or orange bell pepper ¼ cup sweet and spicy candied walnuts* ¼ cup pomegranate arils for the tahini dressing: ½ cup tahini paste 1+ ta...
Tags: Vegans, Salads, Squash, Walnut, Swiss Chard, Pomegranate, Apple Salad, Field Salad Kohlrabi, Tahini Dressing

my vegan Digestive nightmare + what it finally took to fix my gut (I have h pylori)

I've spent the last 2 years in agony, with unexplained and seemingly irrational GI symptoms. My symptoms also became progressively worse over time.  (I'll list my symptoms below). Unable to pinpoint what was causing my symptoms on my own, I consulted with a specialist who told me to remove coffee, wheat, corn, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. I was also prescribed a probiotic that contained ox bile and bone broth. I took neither, not because I was vegan, but because it was too "woo woo" for me.  (I'...
Tags: Vegans, IBS, Pylori, Viome

Sunflower Seed Bread | Eggless Baking

An easy way to add seeds and nuts to the diet is to bake it into bread. While there are all kinds of sweet breads that include seeds and nuts, its great to have a savory option that includes these nutritious and tasty ingredients too. Sunflower seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. they are packed with minerals and vitamins and are a great addition to our diet. Here I add these seeds into one of my favorite bread recipes to add flavor and provide a satisfying crunch too.  Continue reading »...
Tags: Bread, Breakfast, Milk, Vegans, Yeast, Honey, Eggless Baking, Yeast Breads, Sunflower Seeds, Rolled Oats

Spicy Vegan Parmesan Walnuts

These spicy walnuts are really tasty. They are a great and healthy vegan alternative to store bough snacks. They are not really a “hot” spicy unless you add extra cayenne. They taste great and are easy to make. Yield: 1½ cupsIngredients: 8 ounces walnuts, shelled4 ounces vegan Parmesan*1 teaspoon dried parsley1-2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs½ teaspoon garlic powder1-2 pinches cayenne powder1 pinch salt4 tablespoons aquafaba Directions: Have your walnut pieces prepared (s...
Tags: Snacks, Vegans, Walnut, Pearl Barley Kale, Spicy Vegan Parmesan Walnuts

Review: Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad

We really enjoyed this salad from the award winning “Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed” cookbook by Bryant Terry tonight. The carrots, apricots and wheat berries offer a lovely combination of sweet and crunchy and it is especially nice with the cinnamon flavor. It is the second recipe we’ve made so far. The book arrived last week. We have a lot of mustard greens growing, so last night I made the Curried Tofu with Mustard Greens recipe. ...
Tags: Reviews, Books, Vegans, Salads, Caribbean, Apple Salad, Mustard Greens, Bryant Terry, Wheat Berries, Cinnamon Soaked Wheat Berry Salad, Purple Cabbage Salad Field Salad Kohlrabi

Quinoa and Pickled Beet Salad with Pears and Mint

This is a lovely salad, full of flavors, textures and color. There are also a lot of alternatives that would taste nice, see the notes below. Serving Size: 4Ingredients: 4 medium beets, washed, peeled, cut and pickled1 cup quinoa2 cups beet cooking/pickling liquid , can be stretched out with water if neededhandful mint leaves, minced or julienned2 ripe pears, peeled and slicedhandful sunflower seeds, toasted (can also be pine nuts).1 ounce vegan feta, crumbled Directions: ...
Tags: Cook, Vegans, Salads, Meals, Quinoa, Pear, Optionally, Apple Salad, Beet, Pickled Beet Salad, Beet Leaf Pesto Eggplant Towers, Raspberry Sauce Beet Dumplings Knödel, Vegan Cheese Sauce Field Salad Kohlrabi

Marinated Kohlrabi and Mango Salad

This is a very nice fall salad. By marinating the thin kohlrabi slices, they become softer and very flavorful. The salad tastes especially nice with the vegan cream cheese and the mint and basil dressing. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the salad: 1-2 med. kohlrabi, peeled and thinly sliced 4 tablespoons sunflower seeds or pine nuts, toasted 1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces ¼-½ cups thickened soy yogurt or vegan cream cheese for the ma...
Tags: Vegans, Salads, Mango, Apple Salad, Kohlrabi, Field Salad Kohlrabi, Mango Salsa Taco Salad

Thai Curried Hokkaido Soup with Kale

We enjoy many various recipes for pumpkin (winter squash) soup,; but this is by far our favorite. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 medium onion or shallot 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, de-seded and chopped 2 tablespoons ginger, grated 1 stalk lemmon grass, chopped or 1 teaspoon powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 3 tablespoons vegan red curry paste 1 15 ounce can puree winter squash or pumpkin (Hokkaido, butternut), or 1 (14 oz.) can, rinsed and drained, or 3½ cups ...
Tags: Cook, Soups, Vegans, Kale, Squash, Pearl Barley Kale, Chickpea Burgers Vegan Pea

Broccoli and Sweet Potato Stir-Fry

Sweet potatoes and broccoli are a very nice combination. We enjoyed this lightly spiced meal as a main meal served at lunch-time. Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and cut into medium sized pieces 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion sliced thinly 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped in bite-sized pieces 1 medium head broccoli, cut into florets 6-7 cherry tomatoes, halved fresh chopped basil leaves as garnish for the sauce: ¼ cup sweet Thai chili sauce 2...
Tags: Main Dishes, Vegans, Broccoli, Sweet Potato

Strawberry Coffee Cake | Eggless Baking

Strawberries may seem like an odd choice in a baked product, but they actually taste really yummy enveloped in a sweet batter cake. They cook and become incredibly soft and jammy. You almost feel like you are eating a jam cake with all the best flavors surrounding it - vanilla, cinnamon, strawberry. The crunch of the cinnamon sugar adds a wonderful texture to the finished product. There are two ways (well, so many actually!!) to enjoy this cake. The first is warm with a good vanilla ice crea...
Tags: Fruits, Yogurt, Milk, Dessert, Vegans, Strawberry, Baking Soda, Atta, Eggless Cake, All-Purpose Flour, Eggless Baking, Cinnamon Powder, Vanilla Extract, Baking Powder, Strawberry Recipes, Strawberry Coffee Cake

Warm Salad of Roasted Potatoes, Spiced Chickpeas and Spinach

This is a tasty, warm salad that we enjoyed right after harvesting the first potatoes of the year. It would be lovely any time. It’s warm, hearty and filling. Warm Salad of Roasted Potatoes, Spiced Chickpeas and Spinach Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: for the salad: 1 pound potatoes, cut in ½ inch pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and patted dry 2 tablespoons taco seasonings 6 ounces baby leaf spinach, washed and spun dry for the vinaigrette:...
Tags: Vegans, Salads, Spinach, Potato, Optionally, Chickpeas

Burger Buns | Burger Rolls | Eggless Baking

Baking at home is always a game changer. Once you learn how to handle yeast, the entire world of bread opens up - you are literally ready to bake breads of the world! Of course there is more to baking bread than understanding yeast. A lot has to do with the different kinds of grains, flours, liquids, nuts, seeds, seasonings, and oil that go into the bread. Dough preparation process, baking times and baking temperatures also play a significant role in getting to that delicious loaf of bread at ho...
Tags: Bread, Vegans, Yeast, Olive Oil, All-Purpose Flour, Eggless Baking, Bread Rolls, Eggless Bread, Burger Rolls