Tag: quick and easy

Spiced Almond and Quinoa Salad

We often hear about the benefits of eating a diet rich in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, pulses, and grains. As this advice is very general in nature, I was interested to read about the suggested goal to aim to eat at least 30 of these plant-based foods a week.. The benefit of this is that research claims that this mix will promote a more varied gut bacteria which will ultimately lead to a healthier gut microbiome.

Raw Ginger Bites (Vegan and GF)

Ginger is one of my kitchen staples and I appreciate its versatility as a kitchen spice for both savoury and sweet dishes.

Not only is ginger valued for the bite it adds in the kitchen but, historically, ginger has also been used as a preservative, a tonic to treat common ailments and is renowned in both Eastern and Western medicine as a digestive aid. After the holiday season, which can involves eating more rich foods than normal or, in general day-to-day eating, ginger can serve as a natural remedy to assist with the digestive process.

One Bowl Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan and Gluten Free)

There are a number of countries that celebrate Thanksgiving and although the dates, culinary offerings, and nature of the celebrations vary from country to country, the purpose of the festivities is to express gratitude, often for the fall harvest, and generally includes a feast to be shared with the community.

Around Thanksgiving, pumpkins are a popular ingredient in many dishes. For a pumpkin dish this year, I decided to made a quick and easy recipe for chocolate pumpkin muffins. The muffins are vegan, gluten free and, as the name suggests, can literally be made in one bowl!

A Toast to Toast

My early memories of toast is a breakfast food usually topped with the basic spreads of butter and jam. At that time toast was considered a “thrifty” choice and was often an economical way to use up stale bread. Over the years, this “comfort food” has evolved and become a significant food trend to the extent that some toast creations are now often referred to as “artisan”.

Plant-Based Ice Cream (“Nice Cream”) with Caramel Sauce

Ice cream is probably one of the most popular desserts enjoyed globally. Although various forms of the frozen treat have been around for centuries, today’s commercial ice cream can be full of saturated fats, refined sugars and preservatives. Fortunately, there are tasty, low fat, plant-based alternatives that mimic the creaminess of traditional ice cream but are without all fats and sugars.

Tropical Vacation Granola

As the summer evenings move into fall, try this Tropical Vacation Granola to keep summer at home all year long! Not only does it taste delicious but this light and colourful granola is full of fiber, nutrients, antioxidants and heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Lemon Tahini Based Sauces and Dressings

In plant-based cooking, I have come to believe that it is all about the sauce!  Previously, the idea of preparing a meal with a sauce would not have been entertained.  For one thing, I was haunted with flashbacks from school days and the intricacies involved in making items like a […]

Dessert with Benefits: Chocolate Avocado Mousse

A dessert with nutritional benefits may seem too good to be true! However, there is no catch and just by including fruits and vegetables in desserts and selecting choice sweetening agents, this can be a reality. Chocolate (Cacao) Avocado Mousse is a creamy, rich mousse made with avocado and is […]

Healthy Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

The versatility of a recipe is a high priority for me when cooking or baking and I tend to gravitate towards dishes that can withstand a degree of creativity and tolerate substitutions to whatever might be at hand. These chewy granola bars fit this bill. I have always preferred chewy […]