Spinach, Tofu and Quinoa

I must say this is one of the best vegan meals I’ve made yet! It had the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and a perfect ratio of vegetables to grains to legumes. If you are looking for a great dinner to make this Easter, I highly recommend this collection of super foods.

IMG_0352Looks delicious doesn’t it? I had such a busy hectic forty minutes in the kitchen! I made this last week when my mother and brother were having pizza and egg salad. So I was in there busily trying to create a plant based meal for myself. (Which my dad would later ask for my food over the family’s. Plant based: 1, Regular food: 0)

So there I was standing over the stove busily stirring my quinoa, poking at my broccoli, tossing my tofu, and flipping my sweet potato fries. Yep, it was just as hectic as it sounds. But I remained calm and collected and simply turned on the oven fan to get all the heat out. Not to mention my mother was also boiling eggs on the stove as well.

IMG_0343What you’ll need: 1 large sweet potato, broccoli, asparagus, quinoa, tofu, chickpeas, walnuts, cucumber, kale and spinach.

1. Sweet Potato Fries. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. You will begin with your sweet potato fries, where you can find my full recipe here. Cook until they are golden and crispy. *Note, I left the skin on for these ones and they tasted great!)

IMG_06642. Quinoa. Turn one of your burners to high. In a pot, pour in 2 cups of water, and 1 cup of quinoa. (Make sure you always use the ratio of 1 cup of water to half a cup of Quinoa). Once it starts cooking, turn it down to medium and continuously stir it until it’s nice and fluffy. When it’s finished, stir in 1 tsp. of coconut oil.

IMG_06603. Tofu. Turn another burner to medium, grease it with coconut oil, and fry your tofu. Cook until it has a light brown colour to it. (Remember to press your tofu before hand to get the water out).

2014-04-09 005 2014-04-09 0124. Broccoli and Asparagus. Turn one more burner to high and get ready to boil your broccoli and asparagus. Once it’s finished, squeeze lemon on top and a dash of salt.

IMG_03535. Presentation. Wash you spinach and kale and put it onto your plate. Once everything is done cooking, you can begin adding everything on top. I first added quinoa to the center, put my broccoli and asparagus to the side, sprinkled some chickpeas, walnuts, and cucumber around the edges, put my sweet potato fries to the other side, and finished with my fried tofu on top.



Family Eating Update

Hi everyone and happy Easter weekend! I finished my first year of University yesterday and I’m back at home all unpacked. I am so exhausted today but that didn’t stop me from doing some smoothie making and vegan baking. We’re having Easter dinner on Sunday so I’ve been brainstorming some ideas I can make for the family that doesn’t involve harming any animals. Comment some ideas below if you have some 🙂

2014-04-15 006 2014-04-15 002Anyways, I am writing in here now to give a little update on my families eating habits. I wrote a post last week called Plant Based Diet Challenge where I talked about how I got my parents to watch Forks over Knives, a really good documentary about the plant based diet, and even got them to go vegan for 3 days.

Since that post,  my father has been improving his eating habits and incorporating more plant based foods into his diet. I cant say how proud this makes me and how happy I am to make a change in the world, even if it’s only a small one. Vegan’s save almost 200 animals per year. Just myself not eating meat is already a change enough. But the more people I can get to stop eating meat or even cut back on their meat consumption can help as well. Change has to start somewhere, and even if it’s only one person, it makes me happy knowing I am making a difference.

Not to mention the health benefits. Forks over Knives focuses on how much better a plant based diet it is for the human body, including statistics like ‘vegan’s have a 50% lower chance of developing cancer than people who eat meat’.

2014-04-12 002 2014-04-12 001I came home from school yesterday to discover my dad has been cutting up and freezing bananas (like me) for his smoothies. He’s been having one everyday, and even making salads and cutting back on his meat/dairy/egg consumption. He says it’s easier when I am around because I always keep the fridge stocked with whole foods and I’m available to make meals for him.

2014-04-18 002 2014-04-18 016This morning I made a green smoothie and my parents both asked for some, so I made more. I told them I’d be happy to make them food whenever, as long as there are groceries available for me to make stuff!

2014-04-18 002 2014-04-18 011The toughest person to change however is my brother. He is 17 and does not eat well at all. It makes me quite angry, but I know I can’t control everyone – I just want to help, that’s all. And eating a plant based diet not only helps the consumer, but also the animals AND this planet.

2014-04-06 007 2014-04-06 008But last night and this morning, my brother has made smoothies AND he has put almond milk in it! Okay, he still puts regular milk in it too, but I’m hoping since he’s currently adding both that he will soon be able to omit the cow’s milk and permanently switch to almond milk! Eek, so exciting. My mom also told me she’s been using my almond milk as well! 😀

If you are a vegan or vegetarian who faces similar circumstances, comment below; I’d love to hear about it! Also, I found a ‘vegan save’ calculator which tells you the amount of animals you’ve saved and how much CO2 you’ve prevented from going into the atmosphere. I’ve been a vegetarian for 5 months now, so I’ve saved: 84 animals, 81 pounds of meat, and 670 pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.  WOW, that puts the biggest smile on my face. Want to calculate your vegan save? Click here.

Have a great long weekend everyone!

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Kale and Quinoa Salad

I think I’ve said this before but.. salad’s are my favourite. When you tell people you had salad for dinner, they either think you’re depriving yourself, or you’re boring. Well I am here to tell you that my salads are never dull, small, or boring!

2014-04-06 007 2014-04-06 006This Kale and Quinoa salad is packed with vitamins, nutrients, and tons of flavour. Not to mention I get super full after I eat it, so there goes the myth that salads never satisfy you.

For this salad you need quinoa, kale, mushrooms, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 0021. First start off by washing your kale and putting it into a bowl.

2. Cut up your veggies into small pieces.

3. Pour 2 cups of water into a pot, and boil on high. Add in 1 cup of quinoa. Once it starts to boil, turn it down to medium, and cook until your quinoa is soft and fluffy looking. You may or may not need to add more water depending on how it absorbs it and cooks.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 0034. Pour your quinoa into your salad and mix it together.

5. Add in all of your veggies, along with dried cranberries, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

6. Top with your favourite kind of dressing. I used mixed berry vinaigrette.

I ate my salad with a side of broccoli, asparagus, and sweet potato fries. Enjoy! 🙂

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Plant Based Diet Challenge

Over the weekend I asked my parents to watch the documentary “Forks over Knives” with me. It’s a movie that explains the importance of a plant based diet, and how it not only helps your body, but also cures and reverses many sicknesses and diseases. In a world where heart disease and obesity are the number one killers, it is up to us to find natural, homeopathic remedies to heal our bodies.

After watching the film, I asked my parents if they would be willing to try to go vegan for 3 days and only eat whole plant foods. My mother said she’d try, but wouldn’t switch completely. My father though, surprised me the most by saying he would be willing to try to go fully vegan for 3 days. He also smokes daily so he has been trying to cut back on that, so now he is trying to only have 1 cigarette at 7pm.

To help them with this challenge, I said I would prepare their meals for them, and teach them how to make certain things.

Day 1
I made us bowls of oatmeal with fruit, nuts, hemp hearts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and chocolate brownie nut butter from Sweet Spreads.

2014-04-05 001 2014-04-05 003For lunch I made us green smoothie bowls that included: frozen bananas, pineapple, spinach, peanut butter, and water. Topped with pineapple, muesli, banana, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and a strawberry.

2014-04-05 004 2014-04-05 001For dinner we made a group effort and together we made a cous cous strifry with tons of vegetables, along with baked potatoes.

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I was busy in the kitchen making two kinds of pancakes for breakfast: sweet potato and spinach.

IMG_9678For lunch I whipped up a delicious smoothie in the blender: frozen banana, strawberries, dates, cacao powder, peanut butter and water.

2014-04-06 003 2014-04-06 017For Sunday night dinner, I prepared a delicious meal: kale and quinoa salad, sweet potato fries, broccoli and spinach. My brother was cooking lamb for himself and my grandpa, but my mother, father and I all stuck to our delicious plate of whole foods.

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For breakfast I made vegan french toast (the recipe is in my E-book) and my parents loved it!

2014-04-07 005 2014-04-07 002For lunch I made green juices and smoothies. The smoothies included frozen banana, spinach, peanut butter and water. The juice was kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, Macintosh apple, strawberries, frozen banana, and water.

2014-04-07 003 2014-04-07 002Since I made so much food for Sunday night’s dinner, Monday nights dinner was just left overs!

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That pretty much sums up the three day plant based diet challenge. It was a pretty fun experience for both my parents and I. I was busy in the kitchen making lots of foods, and they were gaining a new experience by trying all of these things. My dad even said that after today, he’s not going to go completely vegan, but he’d like to stick with mainly plant based foods, but still be able to have his regular food, but with smaller portions.

On Sunday night when we were eating dinner, my brother and grandpa only had meat on their plate – no greens! It was terrible.. I cringed a little bit. We tried to get them to eat some but they refused. My dad now says that rather than having his plate 80% meat and 20% veggies, he wants to have it the other way around.

I’m glad I was able to share this with them and introduce them, even if just a little bit, to a whole and healthy lifestyle. If you haven’t watched the documentary Forks over Knives, I highly recommend it.

Ps. All new foods you see in this post will be on my blog with a recipe within the week!

Here are some extra photos from the past 3 days.


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All this for only $19! Except for the bananas – I got them separately. Included in that is kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, oranges, apple, kiwi, and strawberries.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potatoes; my favourite vegetable and a well known super food. I try to incorporate sweet potatoes into many of my meals because all of the health benefits of them. I’ve tried making sweet potato fries in the past, and although they have been good, I never thought they were worthy enough to post the recipe on my blog. But last night I finally made a batch that I think I have perfected.

IMG_0712They are perfectly crispy, and ever so sweet. In the past when I’d try to make them, they were never crispy enough, or I’d end up burning a few of them – but not these ones. Plus, I added a delicious avocado dip which tastes delightful with them.

2014-04-06 007 2014-04-06 006Okay, so the first step you have to do is cut up your potatoes depending on how much you want to make, and how many people you want to serve. For this batch I did one potato for myself, and I wanted more, so if you are serving just one person, I’d advise you to do 2-3 large potatoes. If you want to make them for multiple people, perhaps do 5-6.

1. Peel your potatoes, or leave the skin on; it’s really up to you. I like them both ways! Cut them in half so they’re easier to cut, and start slicing them into french fry shapes.

2014-03-21 001 2014-03-21 0012. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Get a plastic bag, dump your fries into it, and get ready to shake and bake.

2014-04-20 006 2014-04-20 0034. In the bag, (depending on your yield, I did 1 potato) add 1 tsp. of olive oil.

5. Add 1 tsp. of brown sugar, and 1 tsp. of  sea salt.

6. Start shaking. Make sure you get all of the ingredients mixed in with all of your fries, and shake it well.

7. Pour them onto a cooking pan, and spread them all out so they cook well. Dab them with paper towel to ensure they aren’t too wet.

2014-04-20 005 2014-04-20 0018. Stick them in the oven for 15 minutes, take them out, flip them all, and put them in for another 15-20 minutes depending on how
they look.

9. Once they are brownish and crispy, or however you like them, you can take them out and eat them.

IMG_0664For the avocado dip, I simply mushed up 1 whole avocado, and added a few squirts of lemon. That was plenty for 1 person, with a tad bit extra left over, so depending on how much you want, you can decide how many avocados you want to use.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, and choose to make your own healthy fries rather than the processed fast food ones! 🙂


What I Ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday’s! Or should I rather say, ‘What I eat‘  Wednesday’s, as this is more of what I eat on a regular basis rather than just today.

WIAWbuttonI’ve never done one of these before, but I’ve seen others do them and they look fun, so I thought, why not. Haha, okay, first up is breakfast. As usual, I had oatmeal topped with fruit and nut butter. This is probably my favourite breakfast (next to pancakes) because it is so simple, and ever so delightful. It doesn’t take too long to make, and it’s easy to throw everything together. Don’t get me wrong, I love making and eating pancakes, but sometimes I don’t have the time or tools (because I am away at school) and so oatmeal is the best choice for me.

IMG_8817Next up would be lunch. For lunches I usually make a  strawberry banana smoothie bowl, chocolate banana ice cream, or a green smoothie. This right here is a spinach and kale smoothie with banana and almond milk. Delicious.

IMG_9430I usually have a snack in between lunch and dinner around 2:30-3:30. It usually consists of apples, oranges,muesli, nuts, and/or tea. Recently I went to Whole Foods and purchased Lara Bars for the first time because I’ve heard many good things about them, so I’ve included a photo of them on here for my snack. 2014-03-24 002 2014-03-24 001Finally the dinner photo. Now, my dinners all depend on where I am. I could either be at University (where I usually am), therefore I usually have a big salad with veggies and/or tofu, or sometimes even stir-fry, potatoes, and rice. However when I’m at home, I always make much better foods myself. Since I was home this weekend, I have included a photo of what I had for dinner one night, which consisted of home made sweet potato fries, brown rice, broccoli, and Sourdough Bread which was dipped in Balsamic Vinegar. I know that the picture doesn’t look like much and doesn’t do my dinner justice at all, but I just snapped this quickly because my family was sitting down to eat, and after I sat down, I of course loaded up way more, especially of the rice and sour dough bread. (It was my family’s first time trying the bread with the balsamic vinegar, and it was delicious!)

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Night #1

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Night #2 (With spinach and kale salads)

And no my eating doesn’t stop after dinner. I do tend to get hungry for a little snack later on in the evening. Sometimes I have an apple with almonds, cashews and a tea, or sometimes (most times) I have dates with peanut butter which is my favourite.

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