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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Chickpea Salad - NYE Appies!

 

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
It's Christmas today, and New Years Eve is coming up fast and I'm sure it feels even faster those those planning parties!

How about starting the new year off right with a healthy, SUPER easy, and delicious hors d'oeuvre that is bound to be a hit.
This chickpea salad (thanks to The Vegan Project for this recipe, from their cookbook: "Vegan Cooking At Home") can be serves on the side, or like above, made into easy to eat finger food.
The prep is quick and you can make it ahead of time, making party planning a breeze.

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

The Vegan Project says: "Chickpeas are high in fibre and also have a great amino acid profile. When eaten with rice, you have a complete protein. You don't need to eat the rice at the same time - on the same day is just fine." Awesome!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Lentil Loaf & Mushroom Gravy (from @TheVeganProject)

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's the holiday season, and that means MANY meals with family and friends, and the incredible task of pleasing everyone's palate and stomachs! Never fear, for The Vegan Project put together an amazing cookbook called "What To Feed That Effing Vegan: The Holiday Edition" - purchase here.


The cookbook is full of tasty holiday recipes from brunch to dessert and everything in between, including today's Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy. You can skip the turkey, turn up the flavour and please just about everyone with this tasty loaf.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

The ground nuts (cashews) add richness and texture, the poultry seasoning adds familiar flavour, and while the flax helps bind it all together, it also adds fibre to this wonderful meat alternative. The mushroom gravy is so good and fresh you almost want to eat it on its own!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan Hollandaise

 

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

I wanted to try my hand at playing with aquafaba, and saw many things for meringues and mayo, but I thought to myself "could you make a vegan hollandaise sauce out of it.

Thing is that it's not egg whites in the sauce, but the yolks. But really it's about the consistency and the flavour right? So I think I did a pretty good job after a bunch of research and googling. You're not going to get the exact same thing, but this was a great sauce, and super straight forward, so I call it a win.

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

You can use this on any kind of benny, including with eggs if you're not vegan, but I threw a bunch of veggies on one, smoked salmon on another and it all went very well together. So this is for anyone that wants to cut back on the eggs and butter in a rich sauce like this, but still have their Sunday benny.

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Breakfast Quesadillas

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

I always like finding tasty uses for lots of leftover black beans. Bonus: These can be frozen and reheated for busy mornings when you don't have much time!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

Make it vegan and go with a tofu scramble instead of eggs, and use vegan cheese to bind the quesadilla.

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Blue Majik Chia Pudding

 

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

 

This is so easy, really pretty, tasty, and easy to take with you on the go in the morning. Simple as that!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

Use the chia pudding as a base and make a bowl with a ton of seasonal fruit in it. Kinda like a smoothie bowl but with 'pudding'!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Labour Day Potato Salad!


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's almost Labour Day and the weather is still pretty great. So if you're having a BBQ, here is a perfect, vegan potato salad that everyone should love!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

If you need to go nut-free, there are tons of other vegan dressings out there on the internet. Small potatoes of different colours are now in season (purple, red AND white), so be sure to grab some from the farmers market this weekend! Also, throw as much veg as you want in this recipe. There are beautiful purple peppers out there now, which would be fun instead of the traditional red pepper (or both!).

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan Lemon Curd Breakfast Bowl


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Last week during Dine Out in Vancouver I had a lemon curd dessert from Bufala and decided I wanted to try and make a breakfast bowl version of it. I opted for vegan, and experimented with a few recipes and this one turned out the best. So enjoy!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

More toppings! I used a smaller bowl and didn't want to cover the lemon for the photo, but I wanted to add more fruit, some hemp seed and chia seeds. If you can't find pomegranate or seeds (I got the seeds from Whole Foods), go for blueberries or blackberries, or really, any fruit will do!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe Ideas with Blue Heron Creamery's Nut Cheeses!


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

This week we're bringing some recipe ideas to you, all made with Blue Heron Creamery's nut cheeses! Chef Karen McAthy is a wizard when it comes to creating really tasty cheese out of nuts, and if you're dairy free, vegan or just love nut cheese, you can sign yourself up to the monthly cheese subscriptions.

Chef was kind enough to send me some cheese and come up with some really awesome recipe ideas for them. Read on, but be warned, your mouth might water. - For more info on Blue Heron Creamery, and the subscription service CLICK HERE.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

If you're working with pasta or bread, go for the whole grains instead of just white. Making a cheese board? Add some fruit! Nachos? Use black beans!

The cheese board above features: Ashed Cashew Camembert, Hot Pepper Gouda, Apricot Wenslydale, and Fig and Saffron Kefir Cheese! Below is a close up of the Camenbert (my fav of the bunch), and it all paired really well with fruit, and also, look how pretty! Definitely great for a holiday party!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Tomato & Cashew Soup w/ Vegan Grilled Cheese


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

UGH, Winter is coming! And so is cold and flu season, which has already arrived for me. All I wanted was warm comfort food. A pureed soup that I could eat, and maybe a grilled cheese to dunk into it.

So I set about making the healthiest version of the Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese that I possibly could, and boy did it turn out delicious. And dairy-free. And vegan. I recommend making a big batch of the soup and freezing some for the next time you're feeling down and out, or cold and lazy. Or, share some with your friends and neighbours. I did both!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

The soup is about as healthy as you can get, the sandwich is what needs your attention. Be sure to pick a good healthy bread...a vegan whole wheat, or multi-grain, but get a good loaf that you can get some thick slices out of! You can add more greens to the sandwich too with spinach or kale. I just loaded it up with avocado.

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Corn Stuffed Tomatoes


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Did you cook a LOT of corn for other recipes and freeze a bunch like I did? Good call. Now take some of it out of the freezer, grab some of the late harvest tomatoes at the farmers market and make this super easy, delicious and healthy meal for yourself, or for a fancy dinner party! Works as an appy (depending on the tomato sizes) or a main dish.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

You can put a variety of toppings on top of the tomatoes when they are ready to be served, I chose a nut-based goat cheese, which is a tasty vegan & dairy free option. Feel free to sprinkle with nuts, or a bit of nutritional yeast, just keep it healthy!

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