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hot for food's Lauren and John are quickly dispelling misconceptions of the vegan lifestyle by woo'ing fans one delicious dish at a time.

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo

Sometimes all you need is a big bowl of creamy, comforting pasta for dinner. This week, shake things up with this healthy, vegan and gluten-free take on fettuccine alfredo: it incorporates all the great flavours of white wine and mushrooms, but we’ve replaced the dairy with cashews and veggie stock for the sauce!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients:
400 g brown rice fettuccine noodles
1 ½ cups raw cashews (soaked for 3 hours minimum)
1 cup water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped white onion
2 large portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
4 cups thinly sliced cremini mushrooms
4 cups fresh baby spinach
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup vegetable stock
½ cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried parsley
2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles to al dente. If using brown rice pasta, you’ll need to rinse the noodles when draining to keep the firm texture. Just before adding them to the sauce, rinse them again with cold water to prevent them from sticking to the pot.
2. Meanwhile, rinse and drain cashews from soaking water and add to a high-powered blender along with water, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Blend until very smooth.
3. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion in olive oil for 2 minutes until soft and fragrant.
4. Add mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes. When mushrooms are half cooked and start to release some moisture, stir in minced garlic, sea salt and ground pepper, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
5. Once mushrooms have shrunk and released all their water, add white wine and simmer for 7 minutes.
6. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in fresh basil and dried parsley, and cook for 1 minute.
7. Mix in the cashew cream, spinach and slowly stir in 1 cup of vegetable stock, stirring for about 4 minutes.
8. Add noodles to the pan and toss to combine everything well, coating noodles in sauce, for 3 minutes.
9. Top with vegan parmesan cheese and more ground pepper or sea salt as desired. Serve immediately.

Tip: If reheating leftovers, heat in a pan adding small amounts of vegetable stock, a bit at a time, while tossing the noodles to thin out the sauce again.

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Easy Lentil and Vegetable Curry

Curries are a meatless-Monday staple. They’re quick to make and filling, plus it’s a great way to use up all those vegetables lying around your fridge — we like to call it the “clean out the fridge” curry! It doesn’t sound too glamorous, but it’s definitely delicious. There really are no rules when it comes to what you can add to the pot, all we suggest is starting with some fragrant spices.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

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Ingredients:
2 cups brown & wild rice mix (or basmati rice)
3 ½ cups water
1 Tbsp vegan butter
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp garam masala
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger
½ cup onion, finely chopped
6 cups chopped veggies of your choice (red pepper, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, etc.)
1 cup dried red lentils
2 cups vegetable stock
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 cup frozen shelled edamame or peas
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper

Garnish (optional):
Coconut yogurt
Chives, finely chopped

Directions:
1. In a pot bring rice, water, and vegan butter to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid and cook for 45 minutes.
2. Meanwhile in a large, deep pan heated to medium, add 2 Tbsp of coconut oil and cumin seeds, coriander seeds, turmeric, chili flakes, and garam masala. Toast the spices for 6 minutes until fragrant.
3. Lower the heat so the spices don’t burn and add minced garlic, ginger and onions, and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently until the onions are translucent and soft.
4. Add another Tbsp of coconut oil and all your veggies and cook for 8-10 minutes until they just start to get soft, but are still bright in colour.
5. Add lentils and stir frequently for another 5-6 minutes, allowing the lentils to toast up and absorb some moisture.
6. Bring the heat back up to medium and gradually stir in vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cover with a lid for 10 minutes.
7. Add coconut milk, lime juice, sea salt, ground pepper and any frozen vegetables you want to add. Stir well to combine. Cover with a lid and cook for another 20 minutes.
8. Serve over rice and garnish with a dollop of coconut yogurt and finely chopped chives.

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Crispy Tofu with Sweet and Sour Sauce

This Meatless Monday we’re keeping things easy with this recipe for lightly crisped tofu doused in traditional tangy sweet and sour sauce! It’s perfect served over rice or with sautéed chinese broccoli or bok choy.

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Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe

Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Tofu and Batter:
1 brick of medium firm tofu (or firm tofu)
3 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 cup brown rice flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1 cup cold soda water

Directions:

1. Drain the brick of tofu from the packaging water and cut into bite size cubes. Allow the cubes to sit on a clean tea towel or paper towel to get rid of excess water while you prepare the sauce.
2. To make the sauce mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Add minced garlic, ginger, and chili pepper flakes. Stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic or ginger.
4. Add in remaining sauce ingredients and whisk together over medium heat until just bubbling. Then whisk in the cornstarch and water mixture. Whisk frequently for 10 to 12 minutes until slightly thickened and reduced. Remove from the heat and set aside while you prepare the crispy tofu.
5. Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a medium sized pot to 375°F.
6. Prepare the batter by combining rice flour, cornstarch, sea salt, garlic powder, and ground pepper together in a mixing bowl. Do not add the cold soda water until your frying oil is ready.
7. When you’re ready to fry, stir in soda water to the flour mixture and combine well.
8. Using your hands coat 3 to 4 cubes of tofu and drop each one in the frying oil delicately. Fry for 2 to 2 ½ minutes. If some stick together you can gently separate them in the frying oil with a slotted fryer spoon. Remove crispy tofu from the oil with the slotted spoon and let them sit on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Continue this process with remaining tofu cubes.
9. Heat up the sauce again if needed. In 2 to 3 batches you can coat the crispy tofu with sauce by adding some sauce to a large bowl and tossing crispy tofu cubes until coated evenly. Serve over rice or vegetables.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sometimes you just have to stick to a classic! I had the urge to make the banana bread I remember eating as a kid at my grandma’s house. But I definitely don’t have her recipe lying around and it certainly wouldn’t have been vegan, so I figured it out. This is a moist and delicious chocolate chip banana bread you can bake up on the weekend or give to someone special.

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Ingredients:
1 Tbsp ground flax
3 Tbsp water
1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 ripe bananas
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 tsp coconut sugar, for topping (optional)

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Directions:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.
2. Whisk together ground flax and water. Let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to thicken.
3. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Stir with a fork until well combined.
4. In a separate mixing bowl mash the ripe bananas to a puree. Then add in vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, non-dairy milk, coconut sugar, and the thickened flax mixture. Stir together until well combined.
5. Add the wet mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and gently fold together until just combined, careful not to over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Transfer the mixture to an 8 x 4″ bread pan greased with a small pea size amount of coconut oil. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp coconut sugar on the top (optional).
7. Bake at 375°F for 50-55 mins. Stick a long skewer or toothpick in the centre to check if it’s done. It should come out relatively clean. Allow the banana bread to cool out of the pan on a rack before cutting into slices or wrapping.

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Grapefruit and Pistachio-Crusted Avocado Salad

The warm weather isn’t here to stay for much longer, so we’ve created a fancy summer salad with grapefruit and pistachio-crusted avocado to accompany all your grilled faves at your last summer BBQ.

The juicy grapefruit is not only in the salad, but we’ve made a vinaigrette from the juice too. Grapefruit pairs well with bitter greens like arugula, but you can definitely create a bed of greens to your liking using romaine, kale, mesclun or spinach.

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Ingredients:
(makes 2 entrées or 4 appetizers)

For the salad:
8 cup salad greens
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup finely chopped basil leaves
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 grapefruits
1 avocado
1/4 cup salted pistachios, shell removed

For the dressing:
1/4 cup grapefruit juice (using half of 1 grapefruit from above)
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/3 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. In a jar, combine all the dressing ingredients and shake well.
2. Mix together salad greens, dill, basil and red onion.
3. Peel and segment the remaining 1 1/2 grapefruits. Using a sharp knife, cut the top and bottom off so the grapefruit can sit flat on a cutting board, and then cut off the peel and pith around the circumference of the fruit. Place the knife between the grapefruit segments close to the membrane and lightly push the flesh out removing it from the membrane.
4. Cut your avocado in half, then in quarters and remove the peel. Finely chop pistachios or run them through a coffee grinder to get a coarse meal. Dredge the quarters of avocado through the pistachio meal.
5. Dress the greens mixed with herbs and red onion with half the dressing. Place grapefruit segments and pistachio crusted avocado on top. Sprinkle with any remaining crushed pistachios and serve immediately.

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Asian Noodle Salad with Sweet Ginger Dressing

Think of this beautiful salad as a superfood version of traditional chow mein! It has lots of crunch from bright and colourful veggies, a little comfort food flair with a hearty helping of noodles, and we’re sure the sweet and zesty ginger dressing will soon become a staple in your weekly menu.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 4 salads

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Ingredients:

For the Sweet Ginger Soy Dressing:
¼ cup sunflower oil
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp miso paste
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 1/2 tsp grated ginger

For the Asian Noodle Salad:
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
½ tsp sesame oil (for edamame)
½ lbs (225 g) chow mein noodles or rice noodles
2 Tbsp vegetable oil (for noodles)
1 Tbsp + ½ tsp gluten-free tamari or soy sauce (for edamame & noodles)
10 cups lacinato kale, finely chopped into ribbons/shreds
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 red pepper, julienned
1 cup bean sprouts
1/3 cup finely chopped green onion
¼ cup sesame seeds

Directions:
1. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve the salad.
2. Cook noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes or as per cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.
3. Cook frozen edamame in a pan over medium-high heat in ½ tsp of sesame oil and ½ tsp of soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari) for 4-5 minutes. They should appear toasted but still with some bright green colour to them.
4. Remove edamame from pan and keep it on medium-high heat. Add the cooked noodles and toss in the pan with 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil and 1 Tbsp of soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari), frying for 2-3 minutes.
5. Mix the finely chopped kale with shredded carrot, cabbage and green onion, and toss in 2-3 Tbsp of sweet ginger dressing.
6. Divide this mixture amongst your serving dishes. Top the greens with noodles, edamame, julienned red pepper, bean sprouts and sesame seeds. Drizzle a little more dressing on top, if desired. Serve immediately!

Note: The dressed kale mixture can keep for a day in the fridge without becoming soggy.

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Crispy Artichoke Cakes with Dill Tartar Sauce

These vegetarian cakes are definitely something your guests will be talking about around the dinner table. They’re light, tasty and so similar in look and texture to typical crab cakes that we think you’ll have a hard time convincing people they’re made of artichokes!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 10 cakes

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Ingredients:

For the dill tartar sauce:
? cup vegan mayonnaise
3 tsp horseradish
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
¼ tsp ground pepper

For the cakes:
2 cups marinated artichoke hearts
¼ cup finely chopped shallot
½ cup finely chopped celery
2 Tbsp liquid from marinated artichokes
1 tsp lemon juice
½ cup chickpea flour
2 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp old bay seasoning
¼ tsp ground pepper
¼ tsp sea salt

For the batter:
¼ cup chickpea flour
1 cup multigrain bread crumbs
½ cup almond milk
1 ½ cups vegetable oil (for frying)

Directions:
1. In a small mixing bowl stir together all the ingredients for the tartar sauce until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve the vegetarian cakes.
2. Drain the marinated artichokes, reserving 2 Tbsp of the liquid to use in the mix.
3. Finely chop the artichoke hearts and add to a large mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients for the vegetarian cakes. Combine well with a fork.
4. Heat 1 ½ cups of vegetable oil in a large iron skillet to 350-375°F.
5. Set up a dredging station. Add chickpea flour to a wide shallow dish, use another shallow dish for the breadcrumbs, and a bowl for the almond milk.
6. Take ¼ cup of the artichoke mixture and form a round thick patty with your hands.
7. Place the vegetarian cake in the chickpea flour and coat all sides evenly. Quickly submerge in almond milk and remove it from the liquid, then place in breadcrumbs. Using your hands cover the vegetarian cake in breadcrumbs ensuring to get all sides well coated, and then lightly shake off excess. Batter 2-3 at a time right before frying.
9. Delicately place 2-3 breaded vegetarian cakes in hot oil at once, depending on the size of your pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes until golden brown, flipping halfway through.
10. Remove the vegetarian cakes from the frying pan and place onto a plate covered with paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
11. Serve immediately with horseradish dill tartar sauce. Leftovers can be heated over medium heat in a pan that’s lightly coated with vegetable oil.

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Healthy Overnight Oats with In-Season Peaches

Overnight oats is something you can make mindlessly, quickly and create so many variations that your daily breakfasts will never get boring. Using frozen fruit is the best because you can just throw it in with the oats the night before and it will melt in nicely by morning.

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Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch sea salt
1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup frozen peach slices, chopped (or 2 peaches sliced and chopped)
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp maple syrup
Note: 2 x 8 oz jars was used for this recipe.

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Directions:
1. Make this the night before. In a mixing bowl combine oats, almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, and sea salt. Stir to combine well.
2. In each jar place 1/4 cup of the oat mixture in the bottom . Then 1/4 cup of chopped peaches as a layer, half of the remaining pecans on top of the peaches. Then drizzle 1 Tbsp of maple syrup on top of the pecans. And lastly, take half of the remaining oat mixture and pour on top. Note: Leave about 1 Tbsp of pecans and 1/2 cup of chopped peaches aside for the topping in the morning.
3. Place lid on the jars and refrigerate overnight.
4. In the morning top each jar with 1/4 cup of chopped peaches, about half a Tbsp of pecans, and another 1/2 tsp drizzle of maple syrup if desired.

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Lentil Walnut Burger Buns with Creamy Cashew Pesto

We put a twist on the classic veggie burger by creating these moist, flavourful patties and using them as the bun! Add your favourite veggies along with this creamy cashew pesto spread, and you’ve got a filling and delicious meatless Monday meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 4 small burger buns

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Ingredients:

For the creamy cashew pesto:
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 3 hours)
1/3 cup almond milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove
½ cup basil leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper

For the lentil walnut burger buns:
½ cup dried green lentils
2 cups water
¾ cup diced carrot
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp coconut oil
½ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp coriander
¼ tsp ground pepper

Directions:
1. Bring lentils and water to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes. Drain excess water from the pot once the lentils are tender.
2. Meanwhile, drain and rinse cashews from the soaking water and add to a blender with the remaining ingredients for the cashew pesto. Combine until smooth and refrigerate until ready to serve the burgers.
3. Preheat oven to 375°F
4. Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and cook diced carrots for 3 minutes. Add onions and cook together for another 4-5 minutes until soft.
5. Add cooked onions and carrots to food processor with lentils and remaining ingredients for the burger buns. Combine until a soft dough forms.
6. Form patties with approximately ¼ cup of the mixture and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, flipping half way through.
7. Spread cashew pesto on one side of a burger bun, add toppings of your choice and place another burger bun on top. Serve immediately.

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Healthy Vanilla Latte Smoothie

This delicious and nutritious smoothie really does taste like an ice-cold vanilla latte! Plus, it’s got one shot of espresso for that occasional caffeine boost you might need mid-day or mid-week.

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Ingredients:
1 cup non-dairy milk
2 pitted medjool dates
1 Tbsp black chia seeds
1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 Tbsp raw almond butter
1 tsp raw vanilla powder (or pure vanilla extract)
1 espresso shot, cooled
1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
2 cups ice cubes

Directions:
– In a Vitamix or high-powered blender combine and blend all ingredients until smooth.

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Vegan Cashew Cheese Toasts with Poached Pears and Thyme

This recipe might look ambitious, but after one bite you’ll realize it was worth it. Besides, fancy toast is so trendy and impressive!

These delectable toasts combine a vegan smoked cashew “cheese” with juicy poached pears and crispy fried thyme for the perfect sweet and savoury bite. Try serving it alongside dinner, as part of an array of appetizers or make it for an indulgent weekend brunch.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Makes: 14 small toasts

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Ingredients:

Smoked Cashew Cheese:
1 cup raw whole cashews (soaked and refrigerated in water for 3 hours)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
½ tsp miso paste
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp white pepper
Powder from 1 vegan source probiotic capsule (10 billion CFU)

Poached Pears:
3 bosc pears
3 cups water
2/3 cup raw sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp cinnamon
2-3 thick slices of peeled ginger

Fried Thyme:
30 sprigs of thyme
1 tsp olive oil (for frying)

Extras:
Loaf of sourdough bread, thinly sliced (or your preference)

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Directions:
1. Drain the soaking water from the cashews and then rinse them in fresh water.
2. In a high-powered blender, combine cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso paste, sea salt, smoked paprika, white pepper and probiotic powder. You’ll need to stop the blender frequently to move the mixture around with a spatula and scrape it off the sides to get it smooth.
3. Wrap the cashew cheese mixture in a double layer of cheesecloth and place in sealed container to achieve a round shape or scoop the mixture into a jar with a lid and let it set in the fridge for at least 24 hours (up to 36 hours for a stronger flavour).
4. For the poached pears, bring water, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and peeled ginger to a boil in a pot.
5. Meanwhile, peel the pears, cut them in halves and remove the core and seeds.
6. Once the poaching liquid is boiling, place pears in the pot and let simmer at a rolling boil for 20 minutes. To prevent pears from poking out of the liquid you can cut a circle of parchment paper (the same circumference of your pot), cut a small hole in the centre and place it on top of the liquid in the pot.
7. The pears are done when you can easily poke a fork in them and they slide off. Remove them from the liquid and allow to cool.
8. Just before serving the toasts, heat a pan over medium heat with oil and thyme sprigs. Fry for 1-2 minutes until crispy, but still contain some colour.
9. Prepare your toast to your liking in the oven or toaster. Meanwhile, thinly slice the cooled poached pears.
10. Spread smoked cashew cheese on pieces of toast, place 3 thin slices of pear on top and garnish with fried thyme. Serve immediately.

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Vegan Lasagna Roll Ups with Almond Ricotta

To celebrate National Lasagna Day we thought we’d switch things up and roll up our lasagna! These fun and healthy lasagna roll ups are stuffed with spinach and zucchini, and the most velvety almond ricotta (the ricotta can be made the day before) and can be used in so many other delicious recipes. We’re actually kind of obsessed with it right now!

Prep Time: 55 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Makes: 8 rolls

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Ingredients:

Almond Ricotta:
1 cup blanched sliced almonds
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp finely chopped basil

Tomato Sauce:
½ cup finely chopped white onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
2 Tbsp finely chopped basil

Lasagna Rolls:
8 lasagna noodles
4 cups baby spinach
1 large yellow zucchini (or 2 small)
1 tsp olive oil
¼ tsp nutmeg
Sea salt & pepper to taste

Note: The almond ricotta should be prepared one day in advance to give it time to set.

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Directions:
1. In a high-powered blender combine all the almond ricotta ingredients together except the basil. You will fold this in after the mixture is blended.
2. Once the mixture is smooth, fold the finely chopped basil into the almond mixture with a spoon, then place a double layer of cheesecloth over a large mixing bowl and pour the almond mixture into the cheesecloth.
3. Take the excess ends of the cheesecloth and tie it around a wooden spoon or something you can lay on top of the mixing bowl, suspending it in the mixing bowl. It shouldn’t be touching the bottom of the mixing bowl. Refrigerate this allowing the excess water to strain from the almond cheese for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove it from the cheesecloth and place it in a new clean dish.
4. To make the tomato sauce, heat a pan over medium and sauté white onion for 2 minutes with olive oil.
5. Then add minced garlic and dried oregano, and sauté for another minute.
6. Stir in tomato paste until the garlic and onions are well coated, then add crushed tomatoes, sea salt and ground pepper. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes. Add fresh basil, cover and simmer for another 20 minutes.
7. While the sauce is simmering for the last 20 minutes, preheat oven to 325°F.
8. Boil the noodles in salted water for about 5-6 minutes, until half cooked. Drain and set the noodles aside on a damp towel or damp paper towel to prevent them from sticking until you prepare the lasagna rolls.
9. Thinly slice yellow zucchini with a mandolin.
10. Heat another pan over medium heat with 1 tsp of olive oil, and add spinach and zucchini together with nutmeg, sea salt and ground pepper. Sauté for about 4 minutes. There will be a bit excess water from the vegetables, but just drain it from the pan before adding vegetables to the lasagna rolls.
11. To assemble the rolls take 1 Tbsp of almond ricotta and spread it across each lasagna noodle out to the edges, then layer spinach and zucchini on top. Roll the lasagna noodle snuggly.
12. Pour half the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 9” glass baking dish. Place lasagna rolls 4 across and pour the remaining sauce over each row of lasagna rolls.
13. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Citrus, Kale & Avocado Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Dressing

This bright and fresh summer salad is loaded with tons of great ingredients: oranges, raw kale, almonds and a creamy yogurt lemon dressing.

Rather than smothering this gorgeous dish with multiple artery-clogging dairy products, we used light coconut yogurt and made some homemade tofu feta instead. Trust us — it will blow your taste buds away!

Serves: 4-6

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For the tofu feta:

Ingredients:

1/2 brick extra firm tofu, cubed
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt

Directions:
1. In a bowl or glass container, whisk together rice vinegar, lemon juice, non-dairy milk, basil, garlic and sea salt.
2. Submerge the cubes of tofu in the liquid and cover bowl with plastic wrap or fit the lid to your container.
3. Refrigerate micture for a minimum of 3 hours and up to 24 hours to develop more flavour.

For the salad dressing:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp agave nectar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp each sea salt and pepper
1/2 cup snipped chives (optional)

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together non-dairy milk with coconut yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, agave nectar, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Stir in chives, if using.
2. Store dressing in the fridge until ready to use.

For the salad:

Ingredients:
1 small bunch of kale (approx. 10 cups)
1 seedless orange, peeled and cut into segments
1/3 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled tofu feta (as per above)
1 ripe but firm avocado, peeled and cut into cubes

Directions:
1. Trim the kale by cutting out and discarding the tough ribs of leaves.
2. Stack leaves and then slice crosswise into strips about 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) wide.
3. Place kale in a serving bowl and add orange segments, almonds and tofu feta, and gently toss.
4. Drizzle with about 1 cup of dressing, then gently toss in avocado.
5. Refrigerate remaining dressing up to 5 days.

Tip: for even more flavour, toast almonds for a couple of minutes in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant.

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Vegan & Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

What better way to indulge on a Fryday than with these delectable vegan and gluten-free cinnamon sugar doughnuts. They’re obviously delicious any time of day, but this particular version is best enjoyed for breakfast, paired with a big ol’ cup of coffee.

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Note: This recipe will only work with a flour blend that contains xanthan gum and baking powder. Look for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Biscuit & Baking Mix at your grocery store. It’s fairly common as most commercial grocers carry this line of products and have specific gluten-free sections.

Ingredients (makes 12 medium sized doughnuts):
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp ground flax
3 Tbsp water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup organic golden sugar (same as unbleached granulated sugar)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup gluten-free flour mix
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Doughnut Coating:
1/4 cup organic golden sugar (same as unbleached granulated sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Directions:
1. In a small bowl mix together ground flax and water. Let sit for 15 minutes in the fridge to thicken. In another mixing bowl combine soy milk and apple cider vinegar, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. After letting these 2 components sit for 15 minutes, heat up vegetable oil in a pot to 375°F while you prepare the rest of the dough.
2. In a large mixing bowl add 2 cups of gluten-free flour mix (the other ¼ cup is for rolling out the dough) and mix with cinnamon until well combined.
3. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, vanilla extract, sugar and flax mixture to the bowl with soy milk and apple cider vinegar, and whisk together until well combined.
4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until it just comes together into a sticky ball of dough.
5. On a clean, dry surface spread out 1/4 cup of the flour and place the dough from the bowl onto the floured surface. Knead the dough into a little bit of flour while ensuring you keep the surface floured to prevent the dough from sticking. It will become a little less sticky to handle as you incorporate a bit more of this flour into it. Pat the dough down with your hand until it’s 1/2” thick.
6. Cut 3 1/2” circles from this dough, making sure to lightly coat the cookie cutter with excess flour on the counter. Bring the excess dough together in a ball again, ensure you’ve spread out a bit more of the excess flour across your surface/counter and flatten the dough again to 1/2” thick. Continue to cut out circles. After this second round of cutting out circles you should be left with just enough dough to make 1-2 more doughnuts with your hands.
7. To make the centre hole you can lightly coat the thicker end of a chopstick with a bit of excess flour. Then stick it through the middle of the circles and roll it around a little to create a small 1/4” hole.
8. Combine sugar and cinnamon for the coating in a shallow dish and have it near your frying oil. You’re going to sprinkle the doughnuts right out of the fryer.
9. Ensure your oil has reached a temperature of 375°F and place 2 doughnuts in the hot oil. After about 1-1 1/2 minutes they should be floating at the surface. Using a slotted frying spoon, gently flip them. Let them fry for another 2-2 1/2 minutes until golden.
10. Lift them out with the slotted frying spoon allowing excess oil to drip onto paper towel. You can let them sit for a few seconds but you want to get them coated with cinnamon sugar almost immediately while they’re still hot. Roll the doughnuts around in the cinnamon sugar until evenly coated and place them on a separate clean plate. Continue this process until all the doughnuts are fried.

It’s best to eat these immediately while they’re still warm!

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Creamy Vegan Roasted Corn Chowder

Here’s a delicious and easy recipe for using up left over corn on the cob. If you’re feeling ambitious, this corn chowder is totally worth it. While it may seem a little complicated it really isn’t, and it’s so darn tasty!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked for 3 hours)
1/2 cup water
1 cup roasted corn kernels (4 cobs)
1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cup carrot, finely chopped
1 cup celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups roasted corn kernels
4 cups baby spinach leaves

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Directions:
1. Drain and rinse soaked cashews. Place in a vitamix or high powered blender along with 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of roasted corn kernels. Blend until smooth and set aside.
2. In a large pot, saute yellow onion in 2 Tbsp of grapeseed oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until soft. Stir in minced garlic and cook for another minute. Then toss in celery and carrots and saute for another 5-6 minutes, until everything is soft and has started to release moisture.
3. Add in thyme, smoked paprika and chilli powder combining with the carrot and celery mixture. Saute for another 1-2 minutes, while the herbs and spices become fragrant. Add in sea salt and pepper plus 2 cups of vegetable stock and stir to combine. Simmer this mixture for 8 minutes.
4. Then add in all the cashew cream you blended earlier, 2 more cups of vegetable stock and 1 1/2 cups of roasted corn kernels. Simmer on medium for 7-8 minutes, until a light bubbling occurs. Then fold in 4 cups of spinach leaves and simmer on low for another 20 minutes to allow the flavours to combine.

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Vegan Corn Zucchini Fritters with Jalapeno Cream

It’s National Corn Fritter Day! We love celebrating this tasty comfort food so we’ve come up with an easy vegan recipe with all the elements of a classic corn fritter. Plus, we whipped up a spicy and tangy jalapeno cream to dip them in. You can thank us later!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 fritters

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Ingredients:

Jalapeno Cream (makes 1 cup):
¾ cup cold-pressed olive oil
½ cup non-dairy milk
3 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp pickled jalapeno slices (5-6 slices)
1 garlic clove
¼ tsp ground mustard
¼ tsp sea salt

Corn Zucchini Fritters:
2 cups frozen corn, thawed and drained
1 ½ cups shredded zucchini
¼ cup finely minced shallot
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup fine corn meal
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground pepper
¼ cup non-dairy milk
4 Tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)

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Directions:
1. In a blender, add non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, ground mustard and sea salt. Blend on high while slowly adding the olive oil. Blend until thick and smooth. Then add pickled jalapenos and a garlic clove, and continue blending until they’re well combined into the sauce. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
2. Place shredded zucchini in a strainer and coat with ¼ tsp of sea salt. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then squeeze the excess water out of the zucchini shreds with your hands.
3. Place zucchini in a large mixing bowl with corn, minced shallot, all-purpose flour, corn meal, nutritional yeast, and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, ground pepper, paprika and nutmeg. Stir to combine well.
4. Then stir in non-dairy milk and combine into a thick batter.
5. Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat with 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil. Use a scant ¼ cup of batter for each fritter and shape into a patty with your hands.
6. Place 2-3 fritters in the pan at a time and fry 1 ½ – 2 minutes per side, until golden brown on the outside. Add another 2 Tbsp of oil to the pan once you’ve fried about 6 fritters.

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Best Vegan Baked Potato Salad Ever

Potato salad is the perfect side dish in the summer. Here’s a vegan version that some say is the best they’ve ever had!

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Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

Potatoes
1 ½ lbs small red potatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
Sea salt & ground pepper to taste

Dressing
½ cup vegan mayonnaise (store bought like Veganaise or Wild Wood)
½ cup sweet relish
1 tsp dijon mustard
½ tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp dill fronts (finely chopped)
1 cup celery (finely chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)

Toppings

1/4 cup Vegan Coconut Bacon
1 Tbsp snipped chives

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
2. Cut the small red potatoes in halves and toss in sea salt, ground pepper, and olive oil until evenly coated.
3. Bake for 45 minutes in a oven safe dish. Meanwhile prepare the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients until well combined.
4. Refrigerate until potatoes are fully cooled from baking.
5. Right before serving toss baked potatoes in the dressing.
6. Top with coconut vegan bacon and chives. Serve immediately!

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Easy and Nutritious Green Mango Smoothie

Here’s an easy smoothie that will take you to the tropics without having to leave the comfort of your kitchen. It’s got the powerful flavours of mango and banana combined with protein packed hemp hearts and nutrient rich spinach.
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Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen mango chunks
½ banana
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 Tbsp hemp hearts
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 cup coconut water

Directions:

1. Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

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Easy No-Bake Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

These simple and easy no-bake granola bars are guaranteed to win over every family member. Eat them as a snack, breakfast on the go, or after workouts. It’s best to make granola bars from scratch rather than opting for store-bought versions because then you know you’re only eating the good stuff!

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Makes: 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes (if using melted chocolate)

Ingredients:
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
½ cup raw walnuts
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ cup mixed dried fruits
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp  ground cinnamon
1 cup nut butter (almond, peanut, or sunflower)
2 Tbsp unsulphured molasses
1 Tbsp maple syrup
pinch sea salt

Optional Topping:
¼ cup (1.5 oz) dark dairy-free chocolate or vegan chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a food processor, add walnuts and almonds, and pulse on low until they are roughly chopped.
2. Add rolled oats and continue running the food processor just until the oats are broken up.
3. Place oats, walnuts, and almonds into a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined.
4. Line a 9” x 9” baking pan with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan, spreading out evenly to the edges with your hands.
5. If adding drizzled chocolate on top, melt dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate on top.
6. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting into individual bars. Store bars in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Slaw and Avocado Crema

Everyone wants to eat a little lighter when it’s hot outside, so we’ve come up with a clever and delicious meat-free meal. Grilled cauliflower, mango slaw and avocado crema come together for a sophisticated vegetarian take on fish tacos, perfect for a family picnic or easy weeknight meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: makes 12 tacos

Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Slaw and Avocado Crema

Mango Slaw:
1 cup thinly sliced red onion (approximately ½ an onion)
1 thinly sliced red pepper
1 thinly sliced red mango
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
½ lime, juiced

Avocado Crema:
1 ½ avocados
2 limes, juiced
2/3 cup canned coconut milk
1 garlic clove
1 tsp hot sauce
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper

Grilled Cauliflower:
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cumin

Extras:
24 corn tortillas

Directions:
1. In a bowl toss together all the ingredients for the mango slaw and refrigerate until ready to serve tacos.
2. In a blender, combine all the ingredients for the avocado crema until smooth and refrigerate until ready to serve tacos.
3. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil, minced garlic, chili powder and cumin, and grill for 20 minutes on the barbecue over medium-high heat.
4. Assemble each taco with 2 corn tortillas as a base to prevent tacos from tearing. Place a small amount of mango slaw on the bottom, then a few pieces of grilled cauliflower and top with a dollop or drizzle of avocado crema.
5. Add a squeeze of extra lime on top if desired.

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