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Seven ingredients for successful vegan meal prep sessions

Meal planning and weekend meal prep sessions are the top two systems that can save you time in the kitchen. They'll also save your sanity! For anyone who wishes to eat more home-cooked meals and less processed food and take-out, it is a game changer. For vegans who...

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Vegan Food Prep and Batch Cooking Challenge

Do you scramble to put dinner - any dinner - on the table on weeknights? Do you end up serving processed food or ordering take-out more often than you'd like? If you want to eat more home-cooked vegan food made from scratch, you probably already know what you need to...

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8 simple meals you you can learn to improvise

Even with the best laid plans, you will occasionally find yourself having to prepare a meal that you haven’t planned for. Maybe you didn’t make it to the grocery store. Or your significant other has been… but brought back the wrong ingredients. Or you are trying to...

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7 tips to make your best ever vegan soup

Soup is such a beautiful thing. It is warm, filling, comforting, and can be quite inexpensive to make. It can catch all the leftover veggies in your produce drawer before it's too late. Best of all, it can be delicious and nutritious too. I enjoy soup and, thankfully,...

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What to do when you crave cheese?

One only needs to participate in any online forum for vegan beginners for about an hour to see THE question come up: "What is the best vegan cheese?" (Often followed with: "I tried XYZ brand and hated it.") Here is my answer. The 30-day Cheese Detox Dairy cheese is...

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How to get the most out of a pantry challenge

The goal of a pantry challenge is not to find out how many days or weeks your family can last on a year-old bottle of ketchup and a bag of pearl barley. It's a learning experience. If you invest a little bit of time upfront, and commit to cooking mindfully, you will...

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11 tips to eat better on vacation

Just like many other vegans with families, I prefer renting a cabin or condo when going on vacation. That way, I have a full kitchen to prepare our meals instead of depending on dubious (and expensive!) restaurant fare. In this video filmed on premises in Hawaii, I...

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Feature ingredients

Carrots

Ask anyone to draw a vegetable and chances are they'll draw a carrot. North Americans consume many fewer carrots (under 10 pounds per year) than potatoes (almost 50 pounds per year, most of that as French fries, and including 5 pounds of potato chips). But, aside from...

Black beans: the perfect gateway ingredient for your omni friends

One of my soon-to-be-proven theories is that black beans are one of the best ingredients to use when introducing omnivores to vegan cuisine. Their texture and color are something meat eaters can relate to, and they are also common in many meat-loving cultures. Plus,...

Star of the week: Asparagus

Let's talk about child labor. The good kind. Every May and June throughout my childhood, from 7 years old or so, I was awoken by my mom at 5 in the morning. My brother, my dad and I would head out for the sandy field with our sharp knives to cut asparagus. We'd walk...

Star of the week: Mushrooms

My 3rd grade physical education teacher was, in my classmates' eyes, a weirdo. He was teaching us meditation techniques, long before "school mindfulness" programs became a thing. He also said, in a class devoted to the Canadian Food Guide, that beans and mushrooms...

Star of the week: Walnuts

I set off to write this post with the idea that I would share how walnuts are the healthiest nut. Well, they are not. It's not that they aren't healthy, it's just that it's complicated. It turns out that it is quite comparable to the other mainstream nuts (almonds and...

Star of the week: Good old oats!

Until just a few months ago, I would have hit "trash" right away if I received an email that crowned oats as the star of the week. I probably would have unsubscribed from the newsletter altogether! That's how strong my prejudice was against oats. I would only...

Star of the week: Red lentils

Such modest, unassuming little legumes. When I told them they'd be star of the week, they went into hiding into every crack of my kitchen cabinets. I think I got them all back.) I have a big jar of red lentils on my countertop. First of all, I find them pretty. More...

Star of the week: Collard greens

Collard are a favorite in the South but, born as I was in the land of cold (Québec), I had absolutely never heard of them until about two years ago. My mom, a horticulturist, has yet to encounter them and couldn't come up with the French name. (For the record: it's...

Need a vegan meal plan?

Download your free 2-week meal plan consisting of 10 delicious and nutritious dinner recipes that the whole family can enjoy. Designed with your busy family in mind. Includes a prep session plan so you can get organized and feed your family more healthy vegan dinners without losing your mind.

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