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Vegan Potato Gnocchi + Delicious Tomato Sauce Recipe

Gnocchi is one of my favourite pasta dishes to make! It really brings me back to when I used to eat dinner at my Nonna’s on Sundays. Back in the day (meaning about 15 years ago), my family used to get together every September and make pasta sauce the authentic Italian way. This meant buying bushels of tomatoes, cutting them, adding a bit of salt, processing them through a machine and canning them. Everything was done by hand and we spent days outside doing this! Unfortunately this tradition has died out, but I think about it every time I make pasta in my kitchen.

So today I thought it would be cool to show you a plant-based Gnocchi recipe and how I like to make my pasta sauce. The cool thing about these gnocchi’s is that they don’t require any eggs. They also only require three simple ingredients: potatoes, flour and oregano!

Ingredients:

For the Gnocchi:

  • About 8 medium sized red potatoes
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano (optional)

*A quick note on ingredients: please use these measurements very loosely! All potatoes are different sizes, so you may need more or less flour. The main thing is to form a dough, while adding as little flour as possible. Refer to the video below for full instructions ☺️

For the Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Package Yves Veggie Ground
  • 1 Jar of tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:

Gnocchi can be tricky to make the first time so I made a video to help you out! 😊👩🏻‍🍳

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Vegan Tortilla Recipe (Gluten Free)

Tacos are one of my favourite go-to lunch ideas! They’re so tasty, filling and surprisingly not that bad for you (depending on what your toppings are of course!) For years, I bought tortilla wraps from the store but all honesty, I really disliked them. I always felt like they made my vegetable wraps or tacos unhealthy because they’re filled with preservatives and processed ingredients.

I always found that they didn’t taste the best and got soggy after adding tomatoes. For years, I honestly didn’t know that there was a cheaper, healthier and tastier version to store bought tortilla wraps.

Until, My boyfriends mom Claudia showed me this AMAZING recipe!

All you need is Corn Flour (Maseca) and water! The best thing about this recipe is that it’s also 100% plant-based, gluten free and contains only one ingredient- corn treated with lime!

Ingredients:

For the Tortillas:

  • 2 cups Maseca Corn Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of water (you may need a bit extra)

For the toppings:

  • 1 block of tofu
  • 2 ripe avocados, mashed
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 tomato
  • Plant-based Spicy Mayo

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the corn flour and water. Use your hands to form a dough. I like to have a bit of water on the side just in case.
  2. When a nice and moist dough is formed, cover and set aside.
  3. Now it’s time to set up your tortilla making station: place a piece of plastic wrap over a cutting board or clean surface with the edge hanging off of the surface (watch the video above for reference).
  4. Take a golfball sized piece of dough, and place it in the center of the plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over the dough, and use a plate to press.
  5. When you remove the plate, use your hands to flatten and even out the dough into a nice circular shape.
  6. Heat a pan on medium-high heat, your pan may smoke from the high temperature so be careful.
  7. When the pan is heated, remove the top layer of plastic wrap and flip the tortilla onto your hand. Transfer it to the heated pan.
  8. Let cook for about 5 minutes, or until the underside looks golden brown. Flip and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
  9. When you remove the tortilla from the pan, it’s crucial to set aside and cover it with a lid! The steam is the secret to making these tortillas nice and soft, otherwise they won’t be flexible at all!
  10. Continue the process until all of the dough is used up and top with your favourite taco ingredients!

Quick Tips:

  • Having extra water on the side while preparing the dough really helps! It’s better to have dough that’s too moist, than too dry.
  • When cooking, the pan may smoke so make sure you cook with a window open! My fire alarm usually goes off when making this recipe.
  • It’s crucial to cover the tortillas with a lid as soon as they’re removed from heat!

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Vegan Fluffy Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

Pancakes have always been my favourite breakfast food! But ever since I went vegan, I had trouble finding a plant-based recipe that I actually liked. I found that some recipes lacked flavour, while others produced pretty flat looking pancakes (which isn’t my thing)!

Until, I found a recipe online and modified it! It turns out that the secret to fluffy and delicious buttermilk style pancakes is actually apple cider vinegar. When you combine apple cider vinegar with milk, it produces somewhat of a thick mixture that is perfect for achieving that cloud like texture that I’ve been craving!

This recipe is actually pretty simple and easy to make. I made sure to only include ingredients that most people already have at home, with the exception of apple cider vinegar. So without further ado, here’s your new favourite plant-based breakfast recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of plant-based milk (I used Vanilla Almond Milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter (+ a bit extra for cooking)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Start by combining the milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside and let sit for at least 5 minutes, while you measure out the dry ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and baking powder. Mix until all of the ingredients are blended together.
  3. Add the milk mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients and mix using a whisk. Be sure to smooth the batter out as much as possible! Once the batter is smooth, add in the chocolate chips.
  4. Prepare a lightly buttered pan on medium heat and use a big spoon to scoop your pancake into the pan once it’s heated.
  5. Flip using a spatula after about 4 minutes, or until the underside looks golden brown.
  6. Let cook for an additional 3-4 minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Serve hot with maple syrup, fresh fruits and icing sugar!

Quick Tips:

  • If you want your pancakes to be extremely fluffy, try using an electric mixer instead!
  • Using vanilla flavoured milk will make your pancakes taste better.
  • Make sure the pan is fully heated so the pancakes bubble a bit on the sides when you add them in!

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No Bake Apple Peanut Butter Protein Bites

One of my favourite snacks to make are my apple peanut butter protein bites! Peanut butter is a great source of protein, while apples contain a healthy amount of fiber which will keep you feeling full for longer! 💪🏼

Not to mention, my protein bites contain absolutely no preservatives, artificial colourants or flavours like most store bought granola bars. Even energy bars marketed as “healthy” contain an unnecessary amount of sugars and “natural flavours” which aren’t always vegan friendly.

I also love that they’re no bake and only take about 10 minutes to make!

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 apples
  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • 1 generous tablespoon of natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • About 2 tablespoons seed mix (I used flax and chia)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Serving size: makes about 12 energy bites

Directions:

  1. Start by grating the apples using a grater.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the grated apples, large flake oats, peanut butter, maple syrup and seed mix. Mix using your hands.
  3. Form mixture into about 12 bite sized balls and put aside on a plate.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon- all done!

Quick Tips:

  • Store in your fridge for up to 3 days to enjoy whenever you want to snack!
  • You can also use other seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin or even walnuts! Make sure to just have fun with it and customize your bites to just the way you’d like! 😋

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Healthy & Delicious Juicing Recipes

I recently posted a blog on how to eat healthy on a budget, so today I wanted to share 3 healthy, delicious and affordable juice recipes that you can make at home!

Drinking fresh fruit juice has several health benefits which include boosting your immune system, promoting digestion and aiding weight loss. Many people’s concern when it comes to using a juicer is that the fiber is lost, however juicing is a great way to cleanse your body with high amounts of concentrated nutrients!

Here are three different juice recipes that not only taste great, but are amazing for your health!

1. Green Cucumber Cleanse Juice

This juice is great for detoxifying and cleansing your body 🥒🍍🍐✨

Cucumbers are a great source of antioxidants and minerals that keep you hydrated while promoting healthy digestion. Pineapple provides a tangy sweetness that combats inflammation and also aids in detoxifying the body. While the ginger provides a nice warming effect to boost immunity and neutralize the cooling effect of the other fruits. This juice will leave you feeling amazing, while nourishing your skin, hair and digestive system!

2. Ruby Red Antioxidant Beet Juice

This juice is great for your blood, cardiovascular system and liver 💪🏼🥕🍋✨

Not to be mistaken with radishes, beets are the red root vegetables responsible for the beautiful red pigment seen in this juice. Drinking beet juice has several health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and improving exercise stamina. Beets also contain betaine which support your liver by preventing fatty deposits from forming! And, this juice is perfectly sweet with the addition of carrot and lemon to neutralize the earthy flavour from the beets. Try drinking this juice in the morning to wake up your senses and promote healthy organ function!

3. Orange Carrot Carotenoid Juice

This juice benefits eye health, boosts immunity and promotes the look of healthy skin 🥕🍎 ✨

Carrot juice is amazing for your skin because it contains Vitamin C and Provitamin A which protect your skin from free radical damage. Carrots also contain carotenoids which support eye health, boost immunity and promote liver health. Whereas the apples provide a nice sweetness that also reduce oxidative damage. The turmeric is great for reducing inflammation, redness and promoting the look of healthy skin. Needless to say, this juice will give you a beautiful natural glow!


Other common fruits and veggies that you can use for juicing:

  • Fruits: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, grapefruit, oranges, papaya, mango, banana
  • Vegetables: celery, kale, spinach, leafy greens, parsley, cilantro, green & red pepper

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Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe

Okay so this isn’t my healthiest recipe, but it is healthier than Taco Bell’s version! I always encourage my clients to reward themselves for staying on track and being consistent with their health- and this is the perfect way. This recipe is 100% plant based and gives you that cheesy goodness that we all crave 🤤.

It’s important to realize that it is completely okay to eat junk food sometimes! If you always ate health foods such as lentils, beans and fruits, you would become very bored with your diet and eventually not want to follow it anymore. So my advice? Eat the foods that you crave- in moderation!

The great thing about this recipe is that it actually is healthier than a Crunchwrap from Taco Bell. I used soy in place of beef, and plant based cheese instead of cheese made from cows milk. Using your own veggies at home tastes a lot better than eating toppings that have been prepared for a fast food restaurant, too!

So without further ado, here is my fresh plant based version of a Crunchwrap Supreme! 🌮

Ingredients:

For the Base

  • 1 white onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Half of a green pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup of plant based beef (I used Gardein)
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of liquid smoke
  • Taco Seasoning

For the Toppings:

  • 1/3 head of lettuce
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • Vegan sour cream (optional)
  • About half a cup of plant-based cheddar
  • 4 soft tortillas
  • 3 taco shells broken or tortilla chips for the crunchy layer

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Serving size: Makes 4 crunchwraps

Directions:

  1. Start by preparing the base: chop onions, garlic, mushrooms, green peppers and grate the carrot.
  2. Place base in a saucepan over medium heat with soy sauce and liquid smoke. Let cook for 2 minutes and add in the plant based beef.
  3. Mix in a bit of water with taco seasoning and let cook for 5 more minutes, remove from heat.
  4. Now it’s time to prepare the toppings! Chop the lettuce, slice the tomatoes and mash avocados and place on either a plate or bowl to make it easier to prepare your crunchwrap.
  5. Prepare a lightly oiled pan on medium heat so that it will seal nicely as soon as it’s ready.
  6. Take a soft tortilla and layer your ingredients in the centre (make sure you leave enough room to fold the edges over) I started with avocado, then added the plant based beef, cheddar, soft tortilla chips, tomatoes and lettuce. But you can customize yours however you like 😎
  7. I watched this video to learn how to properly fold a crunchwrap and although it’s very random to watch Taco Bell training videos… I highly suggest it for this purpose haha.
  8. Transfer your masterpiece to the heated pan, folded edge side down. It should make a nice sizzle. Reduce heat to medium-low to allow all of the ingredients inside to properly melt and cook.
  9. Flip after about 3 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cook the other side for about the same amount of time and remove from heat.
  10. Cut in half and voila! You have a delicious, healthy version of the Crunchwrap Supreme made by you👩‍🍳👨‍🍳✨

Quick Tips:

  • Watch the video that I linked above to learn how to properly fold the edges over, it will save you a lot of time!
  • My Crunchwrap honestly looked far from perfect after folding it, but once I put it in the pan on medium heat, the edges sealed nicely and it ended up turning out better than I thought! So don’t be discouraged if it looks like an absolute mess at first- the cooking process is what really brings it together.
  • Thank you for reading my recipe! Check out my Recipes page for more plant-based goodness 🥰
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Black Bean Burgers

One of my favourite plant based meals to eat is black bean burgers!! Just one cup of black beans will set you up with 41 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein, and various other nutrients that all aid in healthy digestion and keep you feeling full for longer!

Cooking with dried black beans is also very cost efficient, with one cup only costing about $0.30 you can’t really go wrong!

The key is to use an Instant Pot if you have a bit of time to spare. Instant Pots are amazing because they can cook dried beans under 40 minutes without having to soak them overnight. They also retain nutrients and are one of the best methods for cooking dried beans, lentils and raw veggies into fresh delicious meals!

But if you don’t have an Instant pot or are short on time, you can use one can of black beans instead.

Ingredients:

For the bean burgers:

  • 1 cup of dried black beans
  • 3 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke flavouring

Toppings:

  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Romaine lettuce (I used 3 pieces)
  • Half a cucumber, sliced
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • Ketchup
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Burger buns

Preparation time: 45 minutes using dried beans or 20 minutes using canned beans

Serving size: Makes 4 burgers

Directions:

  1. Start by measuring one cup of dried black beans and placing them in your Instant Pot. Select Pressure Cook and set the timer to 35 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, start preparing your veggies and toppings. Chop the mushrooms, white onion and garlic. Grate the carrot and slice the cucumbers and tomatoes. Set aside.
  3. When the Instant Pot has a few minutes left, heat up a saucepan on medium heat with a bit of oil.
  4. Add in the mushrooms, onion, garlic and half of the grated carrot. Let simmer with the soy sauce and smoke flavouring for about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain the black beans and add directly into the saucepan. Mix until all of the ingredients are combined within the pan. Cook for a few more minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C.
  7. Start forming 4 nicely sized patties with your hands and place them on a baking sheet. No need to oil the pan!
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and now it’s time to assemble your masterpiece! Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!
  10. You can store the other patties in a container in your fridge and re-bake them again! They will stay fresh for about 1-2 days.

Quick Tips:

  • If you have never cooked with liquid smoke flavouring before- you should totally start! I order mine from Amazon or buy it at Food Basics. It’s a great addition to any food and adds that delicious smoky flavouring 😛
  • You can also add cheese to the bean burger mix and bake it in! It tastes delicious and is a great substitute to a regular cheese burger ⚡️
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Delicious Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

I love drinking a smoothie every morning! Smoothies contain high amounts of phytoestrogens, antioxidants and many vital nutrients. Adding a smoothie to your daily routine is also a great way to increase your energy levels and promote weight loss! Smoothies contain dietary fiber, which is a type of carbohydrate that is naturally found in fruits and veggies.

Research suggests that foods high in fiber are good for your metabolism, regulate digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer!

Here are three different smoothie recipes that taste great and promote optimal health:

1. Purple Antioxidant Smoothie

  • 2 cups of soy milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of mixed berries
  • 3 dates

2. Green Nutrient Boost Smoothie

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 avocado
  • Fresh kale

3. Yellow Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

  • 2 cups of soy milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Quick Tips:

  • Buying frozen fruit is a lot cheaper than buying fresh fruit! Next time you go to the grocery store, grab a bag of frozen mixed berries, pineapple and mangos to keep in your freezer.
  • Always have fresh bananas on hand! I always leave 1 bunch by my window to ripen. If they get too ripe, you can always freeze them!
  • I also love adding dates to my smoothies to add sweetness. Make sure that they are pitted!
  • And lastly, have fun with it! Combining different fruits, veggies and plant based milks to come up with the perfect recipe is so much fun!
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Chickpea Tuna

I’ve never been a huge fan of fish, but I’ve always loved the creaminess and texture of tuna! Something about the way that mayo tastes in combination with the flakiness of tuna is just soo good. Here’s the thing though: there’s a much healthier alternative that doesn’t harm our fish friends!

I stopped eating tuna when I learned that for every pound of fish caught, up to five pounds of aquatic life is discarded and killed (this includes dolphins and turtles!) And I’m sure that we have all heard the statistic that we will have fishless oceans by 2048.

Now is the most important time to make sustainable life choices that do as little harm as possible. That’s why I love this recipe- it’s 100% vegan, tastes just like tuna and is even easier to prepare! It’s also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and contains 26 grams of plant-based protein. Say goodbye to that fishy smell, and hello to the freshness of chickpeas 😎

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon vegan mayo
  • 2 sheets of sushi seaweed
  • half of a lemon

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serving size: Serves 1-2 people

Directions:

  1. Start by preparing your ingredients: chop the white onion and garlic into small cubes. Strain and rinse the chickpeas.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sized pan and cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add in the strained chickpeas and continue cooking for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove pan from heat and pour the ingredients into a large glass bowl (this is where you’ll mash them!)
  5. Use a masher to mash the chickpeas to a consistency that you like. You can mash them completely or leave some chickpeas whole- it’s up to you!
  6. Break up the sushi seaweed with your fingers and add in along with the mayo. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  7. Add lemon, salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Now you have some nice chickpea tuna! You can put it on a vegetable wrap, in a sandwich or even have it plain as a side. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy 🙂

Quick Tips:

  • I used canned chickpeas in this recipe because it speeds up the preparation time, but cooking dried chickpeas in an instant pot is healthier and a lot more cost efficient. So if you’re not short on time, pressure cook them instead!
  • I find that this recipe tastes better when it’s been chilled first, but serving it warm tastes good too!
  • Thank you for reading my recipe, now go put some good music on and have fun cooking🥳❤️
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Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are honestly my absolute favourite! And they’re perfect for when it’s getting cold out too. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, dried ginger is called Gan Jiang and is used in herbal medicine to warm the interior. Which basically means ginger produces a warming effect when consumed- this is great for boosting the immune system and fighting common colds!

I really like this recipe because it’s 100% plant based which means that there are no eggs, butter or dairy products. So if it makes you feel any better, these cookies are *healthier* than non-vegan gingerbread cookies 😉 And you also get to enjoy all of the benefits from the real dried herbs used!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon powdered ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ​¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup vegan butter (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation time: 15 minutes prep time + 8 minutes bake time per batch of cookies

Serving Size: Makes about 36 medium sized cookies

Directions

  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Mix and set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, add in the butter and brown sugar. Use an electric mixer to beat until smooth (you should see no brown sugar clumps!) Add in the molasses and vanilla and continue mixing until uniform & creamy.
  3. Begin adding the flour mixture to the butter mixture, one spoonful at a time while beating with the electric mixer. Make sure you scrape down the sides with a spoon.
  4. As the mixture starts forming a dough, use hands to knead.
  5. Once dough is formed, preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C.
  6. In the meantime, sprinkle a flat surface and rolling pin with flour.
  7. Place dough ball in the centre and roll outwards until it’s about 1/8 inch thick.
  8. Cut dough using cookie cutters, I used small and medium sized hearts but you can use any shape you want! The classic gingerbread man is very cute~
  9. Transfer cookie shapes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. These cookies don’t expand too much in the oven so you can place them about 1/2 apart.
  10. Bake for about 8 minutes.
  11. Let cool down a lil and enjoy while warm! You can also put them in a container and save them to snack on for a few days.

Quick Tips:

  • If you chill the dough for up to 3 hours, it will be much easier to handle and shape. It’s a good idea to chill it if you want your cookies to look more photogenic.
  • Make sure you use a larger bowl for the butter mixture because you need enough space to add the flour mixture in.