Vegan Shepherd’s Pie


This Shepherd’s Pie will not only delight the senses but warm your insides, and is the perfect comfort food to share with friends and family. It can also easily be adapted for children’s tastes as well. If you’re willing to spend just a bit of time the night before prepping the ingredients (e.g. chop veggies;…

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The Legend of the Sesame Seed and Immortality


  Black Sesame Seed / Hei Zhi Ma,  Image credit The Legend of the Sesame Seed and Immortality There is an ancient Chinese legend from the Qing dynasty that pays tribute to the importance of sesame seeds in one’s diet. It is said that during this time, a governor was sent to Yin Tai, a…

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Super Easy Rice and Vegetable Noodle Soup


If you’re looking for a fast and tasty lunch to warm up little tummies in the cold winter months, here’s a healthy recipe that’s tried and true in our household: Ingredients: 2 cups rice pasta 6 cups water 1 vegetable bouillon cube (or prepared vegetable stock) 125g of firm organic tofu, diced 1/2 cup of…

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Chocolate Mint Smoothie Stunner


The smoothie of the day (this recipe was adapted from an amazing dessert salad suggested by Dr. Aviva Romm on her Facebook page) I can attest that this is indeed both healthy and delicious!! Ingredients (makes 6-8 servings): 3 cups of mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries) 1 cup of fresh mint 3 cups of almond…

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Raise a glass to your hero: Mango-peach lemon yoghurt smoothie supreme


Are you drawn to certain people in your life over and over again? What is it about them that makes them radiate the qualities that you just can’t get enough of? These people inspire you, raise you up, help you realize your full potential. You find them and you just know that they are meant…

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Shoot me it’s good! Vegetarian mini burger with pea shoots


Looking for a fast yet healthier BBQ option for you and your family? Try these fantastic mini burgers with a quarter serving of vegetarian (soy, mushroom, tempeh) burgers and delicious pea shoots along with your favourite condiments… your kids will love these bite sized burgers coupled with the crunchy texture of the pea shoots. We…

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Must Try Recipe – The Healthy Chef: Teresa Cutter’s Chocolate Protein Power Balls


Just found this great recipe by Teresa Cutter of the Healthy Chef: http://www.thehealthychef.com that is sure to bring a smile to your day (hello, chocolate!!) as well as give you a quick boost of energy. It is also gluten-free! Ingredients: 330 g raw whole almonds 60g  protein powder – [Teresa] used a natural unflavoured WPI but any good…

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Gong Gong’s Tofu Shrimp Surprise


I have been thinking a lot about my father lately. It is coming up on the third anniversary since he passed away. I still miss him and remember the things he used to repeat to us countless times (at the time we would roll our eyes of course, but now I am so thankful that…

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International May Day Celebrations Renewed


Well here we are. May 1st. Some exciting things are happening this month! While typically here in Canada we think of Mother’s Day and Victoria Day celebrations as the highlights of May, it seems that there has been a resurgence in the popularity of celebrating the very first day of this bright and cheerful month all over…

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Spring Cleaning with Fennel, Zucchini, and Black Olive Penne


Now that spring has officially arrived, a little home spring cleaning is just what our family needs. And what better way to support that than a healthy vegetarian dish that highlights the delightfully flavorful, fennel (see image below to appreciate it in its full glory). Photo credit: http://www.lesliebeck.com/images/featured_foods/fennel_300.jpg The wonderful recipe that featured my large fennel…

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