Vegan Ranch Salad Dressing with Hemp Hearts

Vegan Hemp Heart Ranch Dressing

Hemp hearts are currently a hot topic, and for good reason. They are an easy protein source, packed full of essential fatty acids, locally grown, and super versatile. I love hemp so much I’ve share my favorite milk alternative Hemp Milk, and a yummy nutrient dense snack Hemp and Sunflower Seed Pâté in the past. This Vegan Ranch Dressing with Hemp is my new favourite way to incorporate hemp into my day. The creaminess of the hemp lends itself to this dressing, and there’s no reliance on any other nut or seed butter (tahini, I love you but I need a change). It’s a great salad dressing for those hearty cold weather salads. I love it with shredded kale, beets and carrots on top of fluffy quinoa. Yum!
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Easy Vegan Tempeh “Meatballs”

Vegan Tempeh Meatballs Recipe - Vegetarian and Gluten fre

Not even a week has passed since my return from Indonesia and I can confidently tell you that the thing I miss most is not the warmth nor the beaches, its the food. The flavours and the variety place this cuisine at the top of my list. If you haven’t tried tempeh yet and you are a lover of healthy and tasty food, boy have I got a treat for you. Indonesians enjoy it fried and spicy, and often will add it to dishes such as Gado Gado (see my simplified recipe for Gado Gado Peanut Satay Sauce Recipe) or have it cooked in a spicy sambal served with rice. It is as versatile as tofu, but many prefer the firmer texture of tempeh over its soybean cousin. Here is my play on tempeh, and a good one to get you started on your tempeh journey – Simple Vegan Tempeh “Meatballs”.
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Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese

Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese

If I have learned one thing from having a weekly vegetable box delivered to my door it is this – beets are always in season. Well, they are on Vancouver Island anyway. From June, straight through to October, they haven’t missed a beet, and I have heard down the grapevine that the winter edition is set to include even more of this tasty vegetable. I have only just begun the experience the versatility of beets, from Beet Apple and Kale Salad with Walnuts and Dill to Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Green Beans and even Gluten Free Beet Chocolate Muffins with Chickpea Flour. And now another beet inspired dish to add to the repertoire – a super Simple Beet Dip with Balsamic Vinegar and Cream Cheese. The best part? It’s only five-ingredients.
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Simple Vegetable Crustless Quiche with Feta

A simple Crust-Free Vegetable Quiche - Gluten-free

The abundance of zucchini is a guarantee that summer is in full swing. Creative uses for zucchini have taken over my Pinterest news feed – ranging from stuffed, to chips, to zucchini noodles. People are mad about this summer veg but no need to get too fancy, zucchini can produce some quick and easy dishes as well. This Simple Vegetable Packed Crustless Quiche with Feta recipe is exactly that. No stove stop required (less dishes, yes!), and with 2 1/2 servings of vegetables per serve and a whole lot of protein, it’s super healthy as well!
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Kale Salad with Beet Apple and Dill

Recipe for Beet Apple Dill Salad with an ACV vinaigrette

As the years go by, I can start to appreciate the presence of fruit in salads. Where the sight of strawberries in a salad used to make my stomach churn, I can now appreciate the surprise burst of sweetness from a blueberry or the tartness from an apple in a salad. This April the veggie stands are showcasing beets, kale and apples. When these seasonal delights are jazzed up with a little bit of fresh dill and a simple vinaigrette style dressing, an exciting springtime Kale Salad with Apple, Beet and Dill is created. What I love about this spring dish is that it continues to showcase the produce of the autumn and winter, while the addition of fresh dill reminds us that spring has come.
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Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley

Recipe for Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley

Ever thought about what’s in season in March? There is no question that Spring has arrived- the flowers are out in full force and the winter jackets are back in storage. But even though the cherry blossoms are in bloom, not much is being harvested from the veggie gardens at this time of year. Luckily, last years parsnips, carrots and beets have been kept cold in cellars for us all winter so we can still enjoy last seasons bounty while we wait for the new years crop. This Roasted Vegetable Buddha Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley is a great versatile dish, and an easy way to use up excess produce in your fridge.
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Wild Rice and Cornmeal Patties – Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

Wild Rice and Cornmeal Patties

A two in one celebration! June 21st is National Aboriginal Day and Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. We chose this day to celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit people because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice in aboriginal cultures. So let’s celebrate their beautiful culture!
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All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette

All Seasons Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs and Basil Vinaigrette

Simple. Healthy. Tasty.

Sometimes its OK to not want to cook. Sometimes its OK to rock up to a BBQ with leftover lentils, jazzed up with some fresh herbs and a vinaigrette. Sometimes does not make you a bad person.
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Pearled Barley Risotto with Fresh Asparagus and Mushrooms

Asparagus and Mushroom Pearled Barley Risotto

Learning to cook can be a daunting task.

Last week, NPR posted an article titled “Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp.” While the rest of us are busy buying into expensive supplements and “superfoods” to increase brain power, the seniors in this study took up new skills. From grandpas taking up quilting to grannies taking up digital photography and Photoshop, this research paper published in the Journal of Psychological Science was just too cute.

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Simple Crustless Spring-time Asparagus Quiche with Cottage Cheese

Simple Crustless Asparagus Quiche with Cottage Cheese Recipe

Have you ever seen how asparagus grows?

Being one of the first vegetables of spring, it sure does put in its just performance. At Pedrosa’s Asparagus Farm in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island we got to witness it first hand. You can marvel at how each individual spear head pokes itself up from the dirt, commencing its daily journey towards sunlight. We were told that on one warm day, each spear can grow… and grow… and keep growing until it resembles a 4-foot tree!
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