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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; cook potatoes and peel potato skins) you’ll have a perfect meal for dinner the next evening that you can just pop in the oven.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (serves 8)


780g Veggie Ground Round (2 pkgs)*
3 medium sized organic sweet potatoes
12 small organic yellow potatoes
1/2 cup organic carrots
1/2 cup organic peas
1/2 cup organic green beans
1/4 organic yellow onion
3 organic garlic cloves
1/4 cup of almond milk
1/4 cup organic unsalted butter
A few generous splashes of organic Worcestershire sauce

Combine vegetables together in a steam pot and lightly steam until colours of vegetables reach a bright hue. Chop onions and garlic and lightly sauté in frying pan with 2 tbsp of butter. Add veggie ground round and steamed vegetables and cook on medium high for 5 minutes. Add a few splashes of the Worcestershire sauce and stir with a wooden spoon. Place veggie meat mixture in a 9 x 13 inch glass or pottery dish. Add the potato mixture on top and spread evenly. Sprinkle with a dash of pepper and salt and paprika.

*Optional: use portobello or brown button mushrooms instead of veggie ground round.

Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve hot.


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:


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 organic broccoli/ peas/ edamame
1 tbsp of sesame oil

Optional: Add 1 tbsp of tamari sauce, dried seaweed, and/ or sliced ginger to taste for more adventurous eaters!


Add pasta and vegetable bouillon cube
to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium and add in the rest of the ingredients for approximately 5-8 minutes.

Serve in soup bowl. Enjoy!


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 milk
2-4 stalks of celery
1 cup of orange juice
1 banana
1 handful of cacao nibs

Almond Cherry Berry Energy Smoothie

This protein-packed delicious smoothie proved to be another real hit with the family! While I found it initially a bit too thick (kids loved it as a dessert!), I added the orange juice (indicated below) and this seemed to round out the flavor and correct the consistency. You can adjust the taste with less orange juice and more almond milk as you wish. Enjoy!


Almond Cherry Berry Energy Smoothie

Ingredients (for approximately 6-8 glasses):

-5 cups frozen cherries, blueberries, and strawberries

-1/2 banana

-3 stalks celery

-2 cups orange juice

-3 cups almond milk

-approximately 6-10 almonds

-1 teaspoon flax seed

-2 tablespoons of Vega Energizing Smoothie protein supplement*

* optional

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 to be a part of your life journey.

For me, I have a few that have inspired me at various stages in my life, namely: my kids, my husband, my best friends, a few teachers and a few notable acquaintances. But today, it’s all about my all-time fave yoga teacher. She really has been a blessing and I have learned so much from taking her classes. When I’ve completed one of her classes, it’s like the whole world is made new and fresh and inspiring again. I want to be that much better in everything. A better daughter, sister, wife, mum, practitioner, writer.

Who are yours?

If you’re looking to toast your hero this morning, try this decadent smoothie that might just become your number one fave way to honour them:

Mango-Peach Lemon Yoghurt Smoothie Supreme

Ingredients (makes approximately 6-8 glasses):

-2 organic ripe mangos (peeled with pit removed, then sliced/cubed); or approx. 1-2 cups frozen mango

-2 local grown and organic peaches (peeled, pit removed, then sliced/cubed); or approx. 1-2 cups frozen peaches.

-1-2 ripe bananas

-1 cup of lemon yoghurt (a thicker style such as Greek makes it more decadent)

-1 tbsp of chia seeds

-2 cups almond milk

-1-2 tbsp of Vega Energizing Smoothie Protein Supplement*


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 call it “grass” and this seems to sell them on this refreshing and tasty alternative to lettuce.

To ensure that everyone gets enough greens, you can serve this with a generous side helping of Greek salad and some fresh berries for dessert. Our kids eat the Greek salad sans the balsamic vinaigrette and feta but yours may be more adventurous.

What other meals do you like to make for your family in the summer?



Blueberry Smoothie Supreme

This was definitely one of my more popular smoothies that the whole family just devoured like it was dessert at breakfast. Hope you like it as much as we did!

Blueberry Smoothie Supreme

Ingredients (for approximately 6-8 glasses):

-4 cups frozen blueberries

-1 cup frozen strawberries

-1 ripe banana

-3 stalks celery

-2 cups orange juice

-1/2 cup almond milk

-1 teaspoon flax seed

-2 tablespoons of Vega Energizing Smoothie protein supplement*

* optional