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My definition, my definition is this: Veganism

I wasn’t sure what to write about and asked my Twitter followers and two of them suggested I write about meat (and not in the way that I usually would ANGRY), but in a compassionate way, but I really can’t do that very well. Another suggestion, write about how you became vegan, a progression into being healthy. It made me think of Dream Warriors, “My definition”.

I love this song, I also love local Toronto music, it’s too bad these guys didn’t blow up big time.

Either way, like the Dream Warriors, who have their clear definition everyone has their own story and what their beliefs mean to them.

Here’s my definition of being vegan:
– Do no harm
– Respect all creatures
– Flesh is death and not a meal
– By-products of animals are not a fashion statement

Like Lisa Simpson, I had a moment where I just couldn’t eat meat:

I kept thinking of the way it got to my plate. Like Homer, my dad reacted in a similar way. Lidija, chicken? Even chicken? Sigh.

I do think you can make friends with salad, a lot of friends in fact and I have found a personal solace in my direction in life.

I don’t tell people: how to eat, what to wear, what to listen to, I believe I deserve the same respect. It’s all a matter of who you surround yourself with. I do believe I am lucky enough to have some pretty awesome friends (who aren’t vegan as well) and that makes me seriously grateful.

Happy eating!



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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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Spaghetti and Wildwood Foods “Meatballs”

We were at Organic Garage this weekend and a package of Wildwood Meatballs caught my eye. Most of the time vegan meatballs are made with flour and what really impressed me was this product was vegan AND gluten free. Amazing. Had to try it at home and what better than the traditional spaghetti and ‘meatballs’.

So, what’s in these things you ask?

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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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Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn or the Everything Snack

During monthly times I have the need to snack on something and most of the time I can’t identify what that is. I want a certain texture, a certain taste, a mouth feel, (can you tell I used to work for a food company) that will make me happy. Last night I came up with such a recipe that not only made me happy, but caused a few squeals.

I call it Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn – the Everything snack. A little bit of everything thrown in minus the turmeric I refrained from throwing on; in the right mind set, I might be persuaded for that too.

So here’s what I made:
3 tbsp worth of air popped corn
1 tbsp melted Earth Balance
1 tbsp organic peanut butter (I prefer chunky)
1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate – I used Enjoy Life brand (you can add more if you like)
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Combine all items and fold in gently. I saved the chocolate for last so I could see and control my drizzling. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this snack and the salty sweet combination was just perfect for my tastebuds. Please do let me know if you make this and if you have your own variety.

Happy eating!



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Product review: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

The very kind people at Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils sent me a productto review. I used to pass by hemp hearts in the grocery store and wonder what the heck they were. Did they look like hearts, what did they taste like, would I be upset if I bought some and felt I had wasted my money?

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Here are the answers: No, like walnuts and not in the slightest. As you can see they’re circular and some still have a bit of husk on them. This doesn’t deter from the taste. I have a hard time putting the bag down and not eating directly with a spoon.

  What the heck are hemp hearts? Continue reading


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Recipe review: Blissful Bites: Un-tuna Salad & Raw Corn Tortillas

Summer is coming up and I love having a recipe in my back pocket that I can whip up quickly when going to a party. Christy Morgan of Blissful Bites, has an un-tuna salad recipe that I’ve tweaked a bit. You’ll have to get her book, Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet to find out what it is. However, I will say it involves chickpeas, mustard, tamari and a few other goodies.

What I like best about this book is the organization and thought put into the ingredients. It makes both logical and fiscal sense to cook with in season ingredients. I like how Christy has colour coded her book and organized recipes by season. Makes things so much easier when flipping through and deciding what to make.

As for the recipe, I took it in another direction and mashed it up a bit more making it almost a paté. As I wouldn’t have regular bread to make a sandwich, I made some raw corn tortillas.

Corn Tortillas: Continue reading


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Air Eater Contest No. 12 – FREE Coupon for Galaxy Nutritional Food Product

I’m not a fan of Galaxy Nutritional Foods after I tried their cream cheese, maybe you will like their products, they seem to have quite a few. They were kind enough to send me a free product coupon and two $0.55 off coupons. As I have no interest in their products, I’m giving them away.

Image from: couponkatarina.com

How to enter:
Comment below: I want to win a glutenfree vegan prize from Aireater.com

BONUS entries:
1. Tweet at me, “@LidiaLF I want to win a #glutenfree #vegan prize from Aireater.com #aireatercontest”
2.  Like the Air Eater Facebook page and comment on the wall, “I want to win a glutenfree vegan prize from Aireater.com”

Conest details:
– Only Canadian residents as the coupons are not good in the US
– Start date: Feb. 22, 2012 @ 9:30am EST
– End date: Feb. 24, 2012 @ 12:00pm EST
– Winner will be picked at random

Good luck!


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Raw Collard Wrap

Being on this raw kick has me being inventive and looking for inspiration where I can find it. During our visit to Belmonte Raw, we had a fantastic collard wrap and I just loved it. Carol you are the master of these things! I think I need to get bigger wrap leaves as I really couldn’t close mine, perhaps I over loaded it, but either way I managed to eat it.

So here’s what I did:

1 Collard leaf
1 tbsp macadamia nut cheese (or any “cheese” really)
1/2 red pepper
1/4 cup tomatoes sliced
1/4 cup red cabbage

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Belmonte Raw Visit

Finally @MathieuLLF and I went to visit Carol, the owner and head chef of Belmonte Raw, and were fabulously welcomed. The first thing I noticed was the menu was gone and the format of Belmonte Raw is more so of a take away joint. Carol wants to focus on her cleanses and provides handy week kits to those interested. At the table next to us two ladies were excitedly talking about how they were ready to cleanse as they went through their bags of goodies.


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Mat and I both had a collard wrap with: carrot, purple cabbage, avocado, jicama, sprouts and I do believe there was a nut sauce, but I’m not sure. The wrap was very well wrapped, it wasn’t one of those moments where you bite into it and everything falls out, instead it was a pleasure and easy to remain clean while doing so. The wrap came wrapped with a piece of twine and it sat upon a salad bed of baby spinach and sprouts sprinkled with halved almonds and dried figs. The garlic and lemon dressing came on the side and was the perfect amount. I never would have imagined how filling this wrap and salad was and I mean exhaustingly filling like my mouth was tired from chewing, but I felt incredibly good!

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We also had a drink called Continue reading


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