Category - Vegan-ish

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Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”
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Veggie Lettuce Wraps
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Sprouting—I’ve Been Growing Actual Food On My Countertop!
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What Is “Veganish”?
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Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry

Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

Ask any former meat eater and they’ll likely have an achilles heel—the one dish that makes them involuntarily salivate whenever they smell it. For me, it’s spicy chicken wings. It’s not the chicken, but the sauce that gets me. As a vegan-ish person I was thrilled to discover these Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” at a local pub. I ate a few. Okay, I ate enough to actually hurt myself.  I made them at home to serve at a party recently and they were gone in seconds. Even my carnivore friends loved them. I’m definitely making these again. But I’ll pace myself this time. 

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Sprouting—I’ve Been Growing Actual Food On My Countertop!

I’ve been sprouting! And not just that one persistent hair on my chin. Thank you hormones. I’m sprouting beans. I am growing actual food like a farmer, only my field is my kitchen counter. While perusing the The Green Living Show in Toronto a few months ago, I came across the Sprouting World booth. I had no idea sprouting was even a thing. I’d never really thought about where bean sprouts came from. I just assumed they came from Whole Foods. Of course you can buy sprouts and sprouted salads from a variety of quality grocery stores, but you’ll pay mega beans. Sprouting dried organic beans at home is a much more economical option. Plus, it’s fast food (in a good way), totally easy to do, and the kids love watching the beans sprout. It’s like a science project on our counter 24/7. Since our family started following a veganish diet, we’ve bean (pun intended) enjoying having this fresh and nutritious bounty at our fingertips. Blended in a smoothie, added to a sandwich, sprinkled on top of soup, in a salad or simply eaten by the handful (sprouted green peas taste like fresh peas from the pod) there are lots[…]

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What Is “Veganish”?

Please allow me to explain my family’s dietary lifestyle choice, but first just let me make myself a ham and cheese sandwich. Kidding. I haven’t eaten a pig (on purpose) since 1990. I may have scarfed down some bacon in a hungover daze or ingested the occasional undetected bacon bit in a Caesar salad over the years, but for the most part, there is never intentional pork on my fork. I wasn’t really a meat lover growing up, but I tucked in because I needed the meat derived protein. Hello, Canada Food Guide conspiracy. More on that in an upcoming post. My family ate mostly chicken, fish, and the occasional lamb chop—to be clear, I was really only interested in the mint jelly sauce. Steak at our house was rare (as in infrequent, but cooked to a leathery chew-until-next-Tuesday texture). We ate eggs and drank milk, because, ahem…healthy. Little did we know milk, touted for its mega calcium propelled bone building properties, was in fact leaching the calcium from our bones. More on THAT later too. Spoiler alert: Casein is a dietary devil cloaked in a milky white washed dairy deception. In 1990, my first year at university, I wrote[…]

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Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry

  This post is about gorditas. Not true Mexican gorditas, but the gorditas you might find at a fast food restaurant except these gorditas are muy delish. How many more times can I say gorditas in this paragraph? But you have to admit it’s a fun word, right? Especially if you can really get your Rs rolling. Gorrrrrrditas! So what’s with the Luke Perry reference? Just look at my son’s face. Honestly this kid. He’s always acting and hamming it up for the camera. On this particular night, he was clearly Luke Perry in a sombrero. And yes, my daughter IS holding a chihuahua. No we didn’t eat it— our ground meat of choice is turkey. We also enjoy Lentil Walnut Taco “Meat.” (Recipe at the end of this post) Gorditas are basically hard tacos wrapped in a soft tortilla. They’re great for kids like my daughter who has fine motor issues. She finds holding the soft shell easier and it catches a lot of the filling if the hard shell cracks. Note I said “a lot,” not all. That’s what the chihuahua is for. Clean up. Here’s how we make our gorditas:   Our family’s fave fillings include: refried[…]

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