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Winter Wonderland At The Tower and Starting Out With Vegan Cashew Cheese


I’ve arrived. Day three of being at the tower. Good thing they brought in a snow plow to clear the paths to the outhouse, storage sheds and cabin. It would have been days of shoveling. Day 1 of the fire season and I’m starting with a base of 36 cm of snow!

And guess what?

It’s still snowing. I’ve been in a snow cloud now for a solid 24 hours and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. That’s not a bad thing necessarily. It’s giving me lots of time to “settle” in. Unpack boxes and suitcases. It also provides me lots of time to try and find things like where do they keep batteries, the broom and the mop? This place has been shut up since last October so there’s a bit of cleaning to do. And I have nothing but time.

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By on April 23, 2013 in Appetizer, Blog, Cashews, Condiment, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Snack, Vegan

Carrot and Cucumber Veggie Noodle Salad with Cilantro Hemp Pesto (DF, GrF)


Even though it’s still snowing as I write this, I still feel like spring is in the air. Probably because the sun is finally starting to rise before I do and set at a reasonable hour (not 5 pm). At least for me, with spring comes the unquenchable need for veggies. More Veggies! I can’t get enough. So I decided to ditch the grains and fill up on vegetable “noodles.”

Yup, veggie “noodles.”

Whether you’re trying to lean down, avoiding wheat for digestive issues, trying to get more veggies into your diet or simply tring to be more heart smart, veggie “noodles” are a great addition to a simplified meal.

Sure you can buy a spiralizer to make noodle shapes out of raw vegetables, but if you’ve never tried it before, you may not want to invest in a fancy gadget. After all, we don’t need to create kitchen gadget cemeteries in our kitchens? A carrot peeler is a great way of testing out the concept like we did here for Carrot Parpadelle. A mandoline  (this is the one we use) works great too, if you have one. Or in this case, my sister picked up an inexpensive julienne peeler.

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By on April 17, 2013 in Blog, Carrot, Condiment, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

TV Tuesday #29 – 10 Minute Homemade Hot Sauce

As part of my own personal whole food journey, I find that one of the hardest thing to replace are convenience items like pre-made sauces (any hot sauce addicts out there?). It’s gotten waaayyyy better, but in the beginning it was so challenging in fact, (at least that’s how I felt) that it almost made the whole food thing a bust. If something is too hard or too time consuming or too much of a pain in the butt, we often quit.

Ok, maybe it’s only me, but I actually don’t super like to be challenged. Ok, that’s not entirely true. When I’m rested, not stressed out, have lots of time, challenges..bring ’em. But after I’ve had a long day at work, I’m tired, we have a million and one obligations…not so much.

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By on October 23, 2012 in Blog, Condiment, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Peppers, Recipes, Sauce, TV Tuesdays, Vegan, Vegetarian, Videos

TV Tuesday #25: Sushi Series Part 1 – How To Make Homemade Pickled Ginger


We’re doing a 2 part series on healthy sushi. Yes it is possible to eat sushi without all the sugar and fake ingredients.

Sugar and fake ingredients in sushi?

You bet. One of my favorite parts about sushi is the pickled ginger. Since I found out that most pickled ginger contains aspartame, I no longer eat it. In fact, I have yet to find a store bought pickled ginger without aspartame. What the heck is aspartame doing in pickled ginger anyway! Gawd that’s annoying.

How could I not taste the chemically metal taste of aspartame? I’M NOT SURE.

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By on September 25, 2012 in Blog, Condiment, Ginger, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, TV Tuesdays, Vegetarian, Videos

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