Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash

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For the love of Butternut squash!

I was first introduced to butternut squash this fall when I decided to pick one up at Vancouver’s Farmers Market (I love farmers markets). The first time I cooked a butternut squash, I roasted it with herbs and ate it as a side dish. It was absolutely delicious and quickly became a regular in my kitchen.

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash:

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1 medium-large butternut squash

1 can no-salt added garbanzo beans, drain & rinse

3 cups of water

1 Tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

1 large carrot

1 low sodium vegetable bouillon cube *Or you can replace the water with low sodium vegetable broth.

1/2 a large or small-medium sweet onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic (or more or less depending on garlic preference), crushed

1 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like spicy)

Sea salt & fresh black pepper to taste

Top with nutritional yeast

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel, de-seed, and cut squash in cubes. Place squash on parchment paper lined baking pan. Brush squash with oil, season with pepper, dash of salt & garlic (or spices of choice). Bake for 45 minutes or until soft.

2. Heat oil in a soup pot on medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until golden. Add carrot and spices.

3. Add water or veggie stock, roasted butternut squash, and garbanzo beans.

4. Bring ingredients to a boil & then reduce to a simmer. Puree using an immersion blender or blender.

*If you are using a blender or food processor be careful not to burn yourself when transferring to the blender and back to the pot.

5. Top with fresh-black pepper & nutritional yeast.

Enjoy!

I make this soup for myself or one other person; I love having leftovers for school or work the next day. Leftovers are the healthy fast-food 🙂

Paige xo.

Green Tea Matcha Latte

How do you warm up on a cold winter day?

I am not a coffee drinker so my latte choice is a matcha latte (I am also a tea addict). Pure matcha does so much more then warm you up on a cold winter day (that is just one of the many benefits). Pure matcha offers more health benefits than green tea because when you ingest matcha you are drinking the whole leaf. Amongst matchas many benefits it: it is an antioxidant powerhouse, boosts metabolism and fights calories; boosts energy to help get you through your day whether at school or work leaving you without jitters and a caffeine crash.

Ingredients: 

Serving size: 1 Matcha tea latte

– Pure matcha powder

–  1 cup of almond milk (or milk or choice)

– 1/4 cup of water

ImageHow to make a Matcha Latte:

– On the stovetop, warm up your almond milk in a pot. Use a medium heat & whisk milk as it heats up.

– While milk is heating on the stovetop; add the 1/4 cup of boiled water to the teaspoon of matcha- vigorously whisk 1 teaspoon of matcha in a zig-zag motion until all lumps & clumps have dissolved.

-Once milk is steamed pour it into a mug and add  the matcha & water.

-Now enjoy!

-Feel free to sprinkle the top with matcha dust or my favourite is adding a dash of cinnamon.

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Happy Matcha.

Paige, xo.

Avocado Broccoli Slaw Salad

Tonights dinner was Avocado Broccoli Slaw salad. One of my favourite salads & it is always absolutely delicious. I love this salad for a number of reasons: not only is it delicious, it is also healthy, vegan, quick & easy to make! Does it get much better then that?

Ingredients:

– 1 Lime

– 1 Avocado

– 2 garlic cloves (or whatever you prefer)

– 1 pear (I used an asian pear)

– Fresh ground pepper to taste

– 1 bag of Organic Broccoli Slaw

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For Christmas my mom gave me “M&M Garlic’s” Minced Garlic – I love their garlic products & they are from my hometown, so that is even cooler! Better yet, already having the minced garlic on-hand makes this salad even quicker to make!

Salad Preparation:

– Empty the bag of broccoli slaw into a bowl

– Dice the asian pear & add it to the broccoli slaw (mixing it in)

*I made the dressing in my Blendtec blender but feel free to use an immersion blender.

-Remove the skin & pitt from the avocado. Add the avocado to the blender.

-Add as much garlic as you prefer to the blender. I love garlic and used a tablespoon of minced garlic.

-Cut the lime in half and squeeze all of the lime juice into the blender. Cut the pulp out of the lime & also add it.

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-Add fresh pepper grinds.

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– & blend until you have a creamy dressing!

*I LOVE garlic & pepper- almost all of the food I make I add a ton of garlic and pepper!

– Add the dressing to the salad & mix in!

ImageSince this is all I was making for dinner tonight, I decided to add quinoa to make it more filling. Quinoa is great in salads- the salad becomes more filling & more nutrient rich. Quinoa is full of benefits, to name a few: it is full of fiber (makes for a happy tummy), protein & magnesium rich, contains iron & is gluten free (it is not related to the wheat family).

Quinoa cooking instructions:

1. To add quinoa to this salad- measure out 1/2 cup of quinoa.

Image2. Rinse Quinoa. Why? Quinoa naturally comes with a bitter coating called saponin. You can rinse quinoa or soak to remove the saponin coating.

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3. After rinsing, add it to the cooking pot, add 1 cup of water. I also added a veg cube to add more flavour to the quinoa.

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4. Bring water to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid, and turn the heat down to simmer.

5. Cook for approx. 15 minutes.

6. Remove quinoa from heat & allow to sit for 5 minutes with the lid left on.

7. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, eat plain or add to the salad!

ImageImageImageIt was my 1st time adding quinoa to the avocado broccoli slaw salad and it was delicious. There was also enough left overs for our lunches tomorrow!

Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do!

Paige xo.

“I think I’ve died & gone to heaven” -after eating my 1st vegan poutine!

How funny that I start a food blog & my 1st post is on a vegan meal that I never even cooked! I had every intention of making dinner last night & writing my 1st blog post on it! For real, I bought parsnips at WholeFoods today so that I could make parsnip fries for dinner! Maybe today or tomorrow…?!

Karim & I made a trip out to Steveston today because I wanted to walk along the Dyke (something I’ve always wanted to do since living in Vancouver) and Karim wanted to check out Mini Outpost Doughnut Co. (Karim loves doughnuts). Well i’m happy to report that Karim got his doughnuts but we never made the it to the Dyke. After walking around Steveston; we decided to leave the walk along the Dyke for another trip!

1st stop Mini Outpost Doughnut Co. – I didn’t try the doughnuts because they aren’t vegan & gluten free. Karim tried all of the available flavours & approved of them! I must say- CUTEST doughnut shop ever! I loved it & I didn’t even try the doughnuts!

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I’m sorry for teasing all of you vegan & gluten free eaters with doughnuts that don’t fit into the vegan or GF category but this doughnut shop was just to cute to not mention or take a picture of 😉

On the way home while driving down Main Street, I remembered that The Wallflower just happens to be on Main St.- & guess what? It’s a restaurant I’ve always wanted to try after seeing a picture of their vegan poutine! It doesn’t take much to convince Karim that we should try a new restaurant out! I love trying new restaurants… especially when they have a good selection of vegan options! & better yet- vegan AND gluten free options! now that makes for a happy tummy!

First of all, The Wallflower is a super cute modern diner! It is not a vegan restaurant but it is most defiantly vegan friendly & gluten free friendly! It caters to all diets! How great is that! And yes it is true- vegan poutine! I was so excited to try the vegan poutine; I am from Canada- obviously I love poutine!

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Of course, I took a picture of vegan poutine! Who wouldn’t?… Karim wouldn’t, that’s who! He was actually embarrassed when the flash of my camera went off in the dim restaurant. Looks like I may be eating out on my own a lot more now?! I can’t be the only person that takes pictures of exciting food? I guess Karim just doesn’t get excited about food like I do; he is able to eat whatever he wants (lucky guy)! I have diet restrictions so I get super excited about food- especially when I find a good vegan restaurant. I’m so happy to report that the vegan poutine was amazing! I’m not just saying this because for the past 2 years I haven’t been able to have poutine; it was actually tasty & delicious! Karim also agreed & he isn’t even vegan!

I decided to go all out last night & treat myself to a veggie burger with a gluten free bun & side salad. I usually don’t order food that I can make at home (I make veggie burgers, but who am I kidding… as if, I make gluten free buns). I also usually don’t have such a huge appetite; but I am  still in holiday mode. Lucky for me, I am Ukrainian and Ukrainian Christmas is on Monday!

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I am happy to report & so is my tummy, that the burger was also delicious and it was probably one of the best gluten free buns I’ve had! Lucky for me, I was wearing stretchy pants at dinner because I had to finish every last bite!

I have my favourite vegan restaurants in Vancouver but I have a feeling The Wallflower is making that list. I can hardly wait to go back & order something off of the brunch menu!

I was so full that dessert for me was Candy Cane Green Tea from Trader Joe’s. Like I said… still on holidays! If you know me, you know that I am not a big dessert person but a tea addict!

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Photography: I am not a photographer (or a professional photo-taker anyways) and I do not have a fancy camera (I am a poor university student & spend all of my money on food). I am a photographer in the sense, that I love taking pictures and use my Iphone camera!

Thanks for stoping by & for putting up with my photography skills. It is on my wish list to own a nice camera one day! And don’t forget to check out The Wallflower for yourself!

http://www.thewallflowermoderndiner.com

Cheers,

Paige xo.

“You have brain…

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

I needed inspiration & Dr. Seuss inspires me- so I thought I’d start my 1st ever blog post out with one of my favourite quotes!

I’m not sure where I’m going or where I’ll end up with this blog; heck, I’m not even sure what I am doing! Any WordPress masters out there? But one thing that is for sure, is my love for food. It has been a journey of a happy & not so happy tummy of figuring out what works for me. Right now, I’m happy & healthy with green eats & healthy treats! I am thankful & inspired by other food, fitness & health bloggers; maybe that is why I’ve decided to start my own blog- to share my passions?

I feel that right now would be a good time to introduce myself; tell you my story and share my journey on how I’ve ended up here today. I would love to do just that; BUT after 24hrs of trying to introduce myself & write my story; I still don’t know what to say or how to say it. So my story will come once I figure it out & how to write it. I really had no idea it would be so hard to write about myself… maybe I don’t sound that good in text?

I also had no idea how hard it would be to hit the “Publish” button…

Cheers,

Paige xo.