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Sunshine Juice

14 Feb



Today was a pretty gloomy day outside, so I decided to make a juice to bring some light into it! We went to the Root Cellar today and loaded up on fruits and veggies so I had tons of options. I ended up using a whole fresh pineapple, 5 navel oranges, and a thumb of ginger which made a beautiful yellow colour. (Hence the name!)


1 whole fresh pineapple

5 navel oranges

1 thumb of ginger


Wash all your fruit, then dry well.

Cut both ends off your pineapple. Stand it upright and cut the skin off the sides. Still upright, cut the pineapple in half, then cut each half into strips that will fit easily into your juicer.

For your oranges, cut them the same way as the pineapple, leaving as much white on them as possible, but just cut them into quarters instead of strips.

Put all ingredients through juicer making sure to take your time.

Serve immediately to reap all the nutritious benefits! ūüôā



Simple Lentil Loaf

3 Feb

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This is a recipe that I love for when money is tight! It’s very inexpensive, tasty, and nutritious! What more could you ask for?!


1 1/2 cups dried green lentils

4 cups water

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2/3 cups uncooked rice

1/4 cup ketchup + 4 tbsp ketchup

1/2 ts salt

1/ 2 ts dried sage

A pinch of the following dried spices: Thyme, oregano, savoury, marjoram, basil, sage, rosemary.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rice according to instructions, and set aside.

Cook lentils in water until soft, about 30 minutes.

While lentils are cooking, sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent, then remove from heat.

Once lentils are done, drain well, and mash until about half them are pureed. Add in onions, garlic, rice, ketchup, seasonings, and mix well.


Lightly grease a loaf pan, then line with parchment paper so that on either side you have about an inch extra hanging out. (This makes taking your loaf out of the pan so so easy!)


Press your mixture into your lined pan, cover with foil, and put in your preheated oven for 50 minute.


Remove from oven, take off foil, and using a pastry brush or spatula, spread a thin layer of ketchup over the loaf.


Put the loaf back in the oven uncovered for 10 minutes.

Remove, and let cool for 20 minutes before enjoying!


Yam Fries with Chipotle Aioli

6 Jan


Will and I have been trying for the longest time to figure out how to make crispy yam fries in the oven, and after much trial and error, we’ve finally done it! I made two versions of fries, one is regular salted, the other is cajun spiced! Hope you enjoy!

Yam Fries Ingredients:

1-2 Yams


Olive Oil

Sea Salt OR Cajun Spice

Parchment Paper

Chipotle Aioli Ingredients:

1 Cup Vegan Mayonnaise

2 Chipotle Chiles in Adobe

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

Cajun Spice Ingredients:

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 1/4 tsp Paprika

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

3/4 tsp Dried Oregano

3/4 tsp dried Thyme

(Just mix all ingredients in a bowl to make cajun spice!)


Preheat oven to 450F. ¬†Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Peel and cut your yams into 1/2″ fry shapes. Wash yams in strainer, then dry throughly.


Put all your cut into a plastic bag, and sprinkle enough cornstarch on the fries that they get evenly coated.


Place yams in a large bowl, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil on top, and mix until all fries are coated. Add either sea salt or cajun spice, and mix well.

Place on baking sheets in a single layer, making sure none of the fries are touching each other. (They are really sticky with the cornstarch!)


Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until underside is golden brown. Using tongs, flip each fry (very gently,) and bake for another 10 minutes.

To make Aioli, combine all ingredients in a blender, or magic bullet, and blend until smooth.



Guilt-Free Banana Split

20 Dec


I’m sure many of you have already been to her site, but I just had to post this recipe I tried today because it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I am a huge sweets fan, but have always struggled with weight, so I find myself feeling very deprived at times! This recipe is 40 calories per bite, so really, how can you go wrong? The only thing I changed with the recipe is I omitted the oil, and just melted chocolate by itself. I got this recipe from one of my favourite vegan sites ohsheglows.com

Here is the link to the recipe, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

Mess-Free Banana Split Bites





Wild-Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

26 Sep

This is another recipe from the Martha Stewert website, (she has a ton of great vegan recipes!) This to me is a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s easy, inexpensive, and bursts with holiday flavours! I followed the recipe for the most part. What I did change was I added chunks of carrot and celery for some added crunch, and I forgot to buy the cherries so I didn’t put them in, but I’m sure it’s delicious with them lol! I also didn’t use any butter just because I like to cut down on grease when I feel it’s not¬†necessary. This squash was a big hit when I made it, and I will probably make it this Thanksgiving too! Click the link below to get the recipe:

Wild-Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe


End of Summer Salad

23 Sep

Yesterday really felt like the last day of summer, so I decided to make a nice colourful salad to say goodbye to the summer and greet the fall! This salad is great for a main, or you could make a smaller version an have it as a side. Happy fall everyone!


(Makes 2 main course size salads)

1/2 bunch spinach, cut into bite size pieces

1/2 head lettuce, cut into bite size pieces

1 red pepper, cut into chunks

1 yellow pepper, sliced

1 stalk celery, sliced

1 tomato, cut into chunks

2 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds

2 Tbsp raw sliced almonds

2 Tbsp flame raisins, or your favourite kind!

2 Tbsp balsamic dressing, see “Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa and Caesar Salad” for recipe

Put lettuce on plates, evenly place peppers, celery, and tomato on lettuce. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds, almonds, and raisins on top. Drizzle with salad dressing, and serve!


Chocolate Dipped Pears

22 Sep

I saw this dessert idea on the Martha Stewart website and I decided to put a bit of a twist on it to make it a little more fun. After dipping the pears I rolled the bottom half in shredded coconut and it tasted and looked great in the end. Some other ideas I had were rolling the bottom half in sliced almonds. For this recipe, see the link below:

Chocolate-Dipped Pears

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