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Articles and videos
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
I have never made so much pizza at home as since going vegan. The first reason is that I really LOVE pizza, and so does everyone in my family. Is it pizza that I love, or a slice of warm, golden bread with some luscious toppings? After a couple of years of trials and...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
Scraping slimy cilantro leaves off the bottom of the produce drawer is just gross. But what about all the food abandoned in your cabinets? Flours and nuts go rancid, dried fruit turn into rocks, spices lose their kick. What a waste! Every ounce of food required energy...read more
"I have never had a single concern about my child's eating" said no parent, ever. There are worries at all stages of life, from infancy ("is she getting enough milk?") to teenage ("too much junk food!"), with many years in-between spent bemoaning picky eating habits....read more
Like so many other vegans, the only regret I have about veganism is not embracing it earlier. Going vegan in my mid-20s would have been so much easier. Back then, I was living with roommates and mostly cooking for myself. I even ate a lot of accidentally vegan food,...read more
Sometime around 3:30 pm, my kids turn into voracious snack monsters. I have to be prepared for the after-school munchies or they will they will run me into the ground with their “hangry” demands for processed food from the community centre’s vending machine. Every...read more
Quit eating from a package: three easy homemade vegan staples to get you started cooking from scratch
Whether you are trying to avoid allergens or additives, making your own staples from scratch at home is a great way to gain more control over what goes into your body. But forgoing the convenience of ready-made items has a cost: it takes time. On the flip side, it...read more
Picture a Wednesday night. You just got home after a big day. Your preschooler is clamoring for a snack and you wouldn't mind one yourself. You think you should really get on with cooking that roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad you pinned for tonight instead. As...read more
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...read more
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...read more
I have not yet met a vegan parent who didn't worry (at least one teeny bit!) about their kids' intake of precious nutrients. Are you concerned about iron and calcium since ditching meat and dairy? Does your mother-in-law say that your children won't get enough...read more
If you are your household’s Chief Kitchen Officer (perhaps better known as the meal fairy), chances are you are a bit burned out. You rush to fill your kids’ lunchboxes in the morning, later regretting that you chose to shower instead of cutting the carrot sticks to...read more
After a few months of sub-par cooking, and too many take-out meals for those nights when I just couldn’t pull it off, I realized something had to change. I needed to acquire new knowledge and skills about those different ingredients and preparation techniques. I...read more
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...
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,...
Quinoa made its big debut on the foodie scene about 10 years ago, earning kudos from Oprah and the "superfood" designation with a whole book dedicated to it in 2009. I always get suspicious when an ingredient gets hyped up as a superfood, but I do enjoy eating quinoa...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...