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Vegan Bean Bowl Fiesta

You know when you have one of those evenings when you really have no idea what to make for dinner, but you have a few things on hand so you figure, hey, let’s throw all this in a bowl and see what happens? Yeah, had that recently and this is what came of it.

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Ingredients:
Single serve

– 1 cup Bean ‘mash’
– 1 cup of guacamole
– 3/4 cup salsa of your choice
– 3/4 cup corn niblets
– 1/2 cup of Daiya

Directions:
How did I make the bean mash? Simple, opened a can my favourite beans, cannoneli and mashed the heck out of them with a potato masher, then added taco seasoning. I nuked the whole thing until the Daiya melted (it was 30 seconds in my microwave). Garnish with chopped green onion and there you have it. I also headed small corn tortilla rounds in a pan until crispy and used them to dip. This would also go well with a side dish of rice. I WISH the store I went to had Totuffi cream cheese as I would have put that as a layer above the bean paste or Tofutti sour cream would have been awesome too.

Happy eating!

 

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Whole Life Expo 2012

We went to the Whole Life Expo and I think this year it was better than last. The show is divided into three sections: 1) Food, 2) Health related products and 3) Health related services. As foodies we tend to stick to the food section and were happy to see a bunch of familiar faces.

This picture makes the show look calm, but let you tell you when people have their back packs on and aren’t paying attention this get crowded FAST.

First, we stopped at Upaya Natural’s booth – they had a wide selection of raw, vegan, organic foods and appliances. I took pictures, but I realized after we left they were blurry. I’d go so far as to say they have the most selection of any raw/vegan store, they will most likely have anything you can think of and they are always adding more products to their mix. We bought our Blendtec and Excalibur dehydrator and Omega Juicer through them – oh, and our spiralizer as well. They are more than equipment, they have every raw/vegan food item you can imagine from: dehydrated mulberries, to enema bags, to Earthings grounding shoes and more.

Giddy YoYo is a company out of Orangeville, Ontario and they make raw chocolate amongst other things. They recently change their packaging and increased the size of their chocolate while maintaining the same price. That is pretty impressive. You don’t hear of a company giving you more of a product and not charging you for it. We are addicted to the mint raw chocolate. I cherish it and eat it one square at a time. Too good. I asked Mark, one of the owners, about the shelf life of the chocolate and if it’s okay not to seal it once opened. He mentioned it was fine, oxidation does not occur, but chocolate can age like a fine wine. Mind you raw chocolate from 1960 wouldn’t be suitable to eat, but month old chocolate is okay.

Cruda Cafe was very busy with their raw tacos and desserts. These were the same tacos I reviewed at the CNE this summer. Cannot say enough good things about how good the tacos were then, we had already eaten before we came, but that really shouldn’t have stopped me now that I think about it. Ah well. If we’re in St. Lawrence market on a weekend I’m sure we’ll venture to the basement level to find the storefront of Cruda Cafe.

Rawfoodz is an organic raw vegan salad dressing company and they recently started making a raw chocolate spread that’s not on their website. I tried it during the Raw Food festival. What is on their site is their new Butter style spread both in original and garlic. That I can totally get behind – freaking tasty. I’ve tried the dressings and the spread and each are pretty darn good. I have a preference to Italian Idol, but don’t let that discourage you from trying others. They’re creamy and intensely flavourful, it’s hard to believe the dressings are raw. The dressings are great on kelp noodles, raw coleslaw, veggie dip just to name a few uses.

A new face on the raw vegan scene is Rawlly Delicious. They are operated by a husband/wife team Natalie and Derek Neal based in Caledon, Ontario. On my high raw days I have resorted to carrying nuts and seeds with me to snack on. Sure that does the trick, but why not have a fulfilling treat that provides 5g of protein per serving. Rawlly Delicious has five flavours of Energy Ball: Hulk Energy, Nuts About Hazel, Almond Crunch, The “Seed” and Coconut Bliss. They have since added one NEW product: Chaga-Maca Brawnie.

Chaga-Maca Brawnie

What I love about these Energy Balls a) they all taste amazing, yes I have stuffed my face with them and b) they’re sprouted/raw/organic. I asked Natalie how long does it take to make each Energy ball batch and her answer – four days in total. That’s commitment. I like the idea of having a product that I can eat on the go and not feel guilty about. In fact, I feel pretty darn good after eating them just because they are easier to digest. Rawlly Delicious has an auto-ship program so you can opt to have a customized order shipped to you so you never run out. I can see this being very helpful in keeping up with my new addiction.

This is the six pack of all of the Energy Ball products. At the show the price was $20. I’m not sure if this is going to be sold on their website, but hopefully it will. 

What kind of Air Eater post would this be without the Nutritional Value information? (Click to enlarge) The Chaga-Maca Brawnie info is missing as it’s still being finalized. Here is a link to their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube account. Amazing that this little company has already been featured on CTV.

Overall, I am very glad we went to the Whole Life show, it was worth the parking and crowds to get the great deals we did. I felt hilarious walking around with so many raw food items, but I refuse to feel guilty about healthy pleasures.

Happy eating!

 

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Vegan MoFo: Week 4 – Creamy Cashew Spinach cheese rustic pizzza

Sometimes I find watching cooking shows, it seems the chef just throws things together. I figure, why can’t I do that with raw food? Here I’m using the week’s crust and cashew cheese, but I mixed in a bit of sweet basil. What a difference basil makes. I can’t say I was upset if I got some on my fingers, I was licking the spoon after I transfered the cheese out of the food processor.

cashew cilantro red pepper cheese

How creamy is this? Who can miss regular cheese when you have such a lovely cruel free substitute? Totally worth trying for yourself.

This time I broke the buckwheat groat psyllium seed husk crust by hand into a rustic rectangle and I think this gives the pizza its own character. It’s not perfectly cut, nor is it too awkward a shape.

The toppings: tomato, pineapple, red pepper and sprigs of parsley.

Can’t beat this with a side salad or veggies.

 

Happy eating!

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Vegan MoFo: Day 4 – Mini Raw Pizzas

I am a huge fan of mini things. I love appetizers, I love those small charms that look like miniature foods (usually found on a cell phone), little doll houses, so mini pizzas makes complete sense.

Keeping in theme with the rest of my postings, I’ll explain each part:
1. Crust – Tomato base
2. Cheese – Cashew cheese base with red pepper and spinach
3. Toppings – Red peppers, corn, baby spinach leaf with hemp hearts sprinkled.

Once you have the crust made the toppings are literally limitless. I figured that it would make sense to have the cheese reflect the toppings I had on hand. I find the best food is really what you have in your pantry/fridge. Topping a pizza is almost like creating a bento box. I can’t imagine just using one colour, it makes sense to try to represent a few colours to really make the food appealing. They saw you eat with your eyes first and I completely think that is true.

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WTF Vegan Food + The Streets I know + Snooters

  

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting two cool tweeps: @wtfveganfood and @thestreetsiknow .

Kristin, who is a vegan blogger on a year(ish) mission to travel across the United States trying every 100% vegan restaurant. (Click image to enlarge)

Luckily for us, she did manage to find her way to Toronto and I suggested we go to Bunner’s Bake Shop. I didn’t want her to miss out on the glory that is the Bunner’s curry pocket.

Until August 6th, Bunner’s is helping by donating $2 from every Strawberry cupcake they made as a special push to help Snooters Farm Animal Sanctuary. Snooters is a privately run, privately funded, farm animal sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. They offer safe, forever homes to rescue animals who have come from a variety of places. Some from families who grow tired of them, some from factory farms, some strays and many with disabilities.

If you can’t make it to Bunner’s you can make your donation to Snooters here. The animals thank you!

Kristin has been to quite a few restaurants by now and is doing something that I think is incredibly brave, she quit her job, she packed up her life and through the kindess of people started her trip. I know what it’s like to put faith in a dream and to push for it and I have nothing but kind things to say about this lovely lady. If you’d like to help her on her voyage to spread the vegan word click here.

Melanie is a Toronto blogger, who writes The Streets I know; a vegan fashion blog:

I truly enjoyed our talk about purses and things to watch out for in terms of straps breaking etc. What girl doesn’t have a tiny love of purses. Okay, maybe a bit more than that. I suppose I enjoy accessories like shoes and purses because they never change size and are comfortable. Who doesn’t enjoy putting on a pair of familiar shoes? Of course, finding vegan versions are sometimes challenging, but it doesn’t mean we have to have ugly accessories.

Either way, it was a nice time and I really liked it. Makes me excited for our VBU! Conference in 2013. I imagine that it will be as fun.  Connecting with other bloggers really made me happy. So much in common from this lifestyle. Sometimes you think you’re in a bubble, but by talking to other people it really comes into focus how alike we all are and the passion behind why we’ve made such a decision is electrifying.

 

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Cookin’ Greens Indian Style

The kind people at Cookin’ Greens asked me to try their products and come up with a creative way to use their products. I picked the Designer’s Mix, which contains: Collards, Rapini, Spinach, Yellow Beans, Onion.                                                                                                                  (Click to enlarge)

I modified this fantastic recipe from thekitchn.com:

1 large onion, diced
2 packages (about 16 ounces) white button or baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped > I used 2 large portobello mushrooms 
2 medium-sized red or white potatoes, cubed
1 inch fresh ginger, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons coriander
1 Tablespoon garam masala
2 teaspoons red chili powder
1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes > I used fresh organic cherry tomatos
10 ounce bunch of spinach (or more if desired!), cleaned and cut into ribbons > I used 1 cup of the Designer’s Mix
1 cup red lentils > I can of Eden’s Organic cannellini beans
3 cups of water or broth
1-2 Tablespoons salt
3-4 scallions, chopped

This is how it turned out: Continue reading

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Quinoa and Cashew Sauce salad

 

The thing about making a lot of one thing is that you have to be creative and use it in different dishes. Apparently I made too much cashew cream, as I was going to use it as an eggless “egg salad”, but I found it so pleasant that I wanted to use it for other things. I have to thank Our Daily Salt for the recipe. Please check out the site for the details on how to make a No Egg Salad wrap. Just delicious and easy to make.

For my salad, it was pretty dang easy: Continue reading

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Semi Raw Vegan Bento

I loved making Bentos for Vegan Mofo and it took a lot more of my time than I thought. I do enjoy the painstaking details, but it really can drive someone mad. Here’s a quick and dirty, well quick if you have everything and you’re ready to assemble. I don’t think anything about raw food is quick (minus the obvious veg/fruits).

Here’s my first semi-raw bento:

Vegan and Raw Bento Box - Full view

Ani Phy raw burger, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

This delightful burger, is from an Ani Phyo recipe, it’s delightful and I wish I had made a cashew sauce for this picture. You can find the recipe here. I really enjoyed making these burgers, I would stress that when forming the patties, squeeze hard to make the items retain their shape, or else things don’t adhere very well.

Marinated portobello mushroom, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

I marinated these portobello mushrooms over night in: 1 tbsp Organicville BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp organic Tamari sauce, 1 drop of liquid smoke and 1/2 tsp olive oil. They were so tender and fantastic. I used about 3 medium sized caps.

Raw bread buckwheat groat and phyllium husk, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

I’ve made this bread before, however, this time I didn’t mix the buckwheat groats and they came out a bit textured, not necessarily a bad thing.

Organic mixed vegetables, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Just for colour and I do enjoy a little bit of mixed frozen vegetables, I threw these organic ones for fun. No ‘butter’, just plain as is, ran them under some warm water and there you have it.

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Raw Appetizer: Coconut Avocado Crudités

The more I delve into the raw food world, the more I like it. I find the art of assembling is truly that – an art. I’m not a food stylist, but let me tell you I agonize over pictures, placement, and lighting like I was a professional. I wish I had a proper studio set up, I’d love to take the food glamour shots that I dream my food can be.

This picture doesn’t really require a recipe, it’s just an assembly of items that I had on hand and thought would make a delicious combination.

Coconut square from a young thai coconut dehydrated, toped with avocado, sun dried tomato, and a dried zucchini chip.

Raw Appetizer Coconut with avocado and sun dried tomato with zucchini chip

I would totally serve this at a party. So simple to make and easy to assemble, plus the combination is a real crowd pleaser.

 

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Raw Buckwheat Groat and Psyllium Husk Pizza

Mainly, I’ve been using my tomato bread as a pizza crust, but I came across a recipe by Hannah Mendenhall and the picture blew me away, I said I have to try this. Thus my two weekend long search for Irish Moss, buckwheat groat and psyllium husk, because you know, who has this in their pantry? Apparently I do now and will be keeping as a staple. I mark this recipe as my push into full fledge hippy. It wasn’t bad enough I have two different nut cheeses, fresh young thai coconut water, (and the extra coconut meat in the freezer), plus a few other different items on hand. Now, I have two varieties of Irish Moss and know how to use it!

I digress.

Here’s what I made and you can thank Hannah for creating such a great idea. Believe it or not, the big white ball that looks like a dinner roll is actually the ‘cheese’, the line formed from the mesh bag I had it hanging from. I am surprised that I didn’t need to refrigerate this, but followed the instructions to keep it somewhere warm and as the author did, I left it hanging while sitting on my dehydrator.

Macadamian Young Thai Coconut Meat with Irish Moss Air Eater Lidia Le François 2

Raw buckwheat psyllium pizza Lidia Le François Air Eater

Raw buckwheat psyllium pizza Lidia Le François Air Eater 3

Raw buckwheat psyllium pizza Lidia Le François Air Eater 3

I did use a non raw sauce, so I can’t say the whole thing is raw, I was a bit pressed for time and as I have about 8 of these pizza shells I will most likely make a raw sauce to use the next time.

Happy eating!

 

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