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Cauliflower Rice

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It's my favorite time of year - fresh product galore! My dad has his connections at the Farmer's Market and you just never know what he will find and bring home in bulk.

This time around - we have a bulk supply of cauliflower, so expect to see a number of cauliflower recipes in the next few blog posts.

For today's lunch I tossed together a quick version of cauliflower rice.

Ingredients:

CauliflowerGarlicCeleryGingerTomatoGreen beansCarrotCayenneCinnamonCurry PowderCumin PowderBlack PepperLemon ZestApple Cider Vinegar

Process: Grate the cauliflower. You can do this with a cheese grater, food processor, or even a blenderChop some celery and place it with the cauliflower. Chop remaining vegetables and add them to a saute pan.Mix in your desired amount of spicesOnce the vegetables are al dente, toss in the cauliflower rice and celery. Mix for a minute or two and then toss a little fresh basil on top. Enjoy! 

Trying New Things

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What is the best part of a Farmer's Market? The opportunity to explore and try new things! So long as the items are gluten free and at a minimum vegetarian - I am more than happy to try them out!

On one of my recent Farmer's Market adventures - I found a product called Malanga. There was very little information on these babies - just that some other customer told the seller that they resembled a potato and one would cook them by any means you would cook a potato.

I love potatoes - Japanese or White Sweet Potatoes being my favorite, but I enjoy them all! So why not give these Malangas a try.

I did a little research - but figured eh - I'll wing it. So I steamed these little guys up - skin and all and I LOVED them! They taste almost nutty like - have the texture very similar to that of a potato - and apparently are a great hypo-allergenic food! Win-Win!

Bhakti Lounge, Canada Does Gluten Free & Vegan

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Lucky me, the Toronto Raw Food and Vegan festival happened to coincide with my scheduled visit to Toronto! Cherry on top of that - I was able to talk my sisters and aunt into joining me! :D

I was not 100% certain what we were getting into - as when we pulled up it looked much smaller than I anticipated and was tucked away in a small church-like building.

Oh well - we drive here, so minds well check in out, right?

Well we walked around the entire place - snacking on pretty much everything! Then I couldn't help by envy everyone that was walking by me with a heaping plate of yummy food! I finally located the source and double checked that it was also gluten free and I ordered my plate of what I had hoped would be just as delicious as it looked.

I don't remember exactly what I ate, but I remember it being my favorite meal the entire visit! The rice was cooked to perfection- the chickpeas seasoned just right, and the dressing on the salad was to die for! So who is responsible for t…

Who said you can't make a health meal quickly?

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Need a couple of ideas for a quick healthy meal in a flash?
Here is one of my new favorites. I made some zucchini noodles - tossed them with some homemade hot sauce, a steamed zucchini, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.  I mixed that all together and then grated some cauliflower mixed with some turmeric and nutritional yeast (aka my "cheese") 

 So while everyone else was enjoying their pasta - I quickly made mine and I have to say - everyone was a bit jealous!

This dish took me MAYBE 15 minutes to make!
Need another idea?

Zucchini noodles with pesto, homemade hot sauce, and steamed vegetables.

The pesto was made with carrot tops, garlic, water, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, and red pepper.

Make Shift Work Lunch

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It was one of those mornings that I did not feel like pre-packing a lunch. So I do what I do best - I tossed a little bit of this and a little bit of that into my lunch bag and said, "Looks like I will be getting creative later."

I made a nice side salad and found some homemade hot sauce I had left in the work fridge and then I made some nori vegetable wraps!

What a great lunch! Maybe I should force myself to be more creative on a regular basis!

My Obsession with Cauliflower

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I have always loved cauliflower - but recently I have been experimenting more and more with different recipes with the cauliflower and I have become obsessed!

 I have tried cauliflower rice with some tumeric, mint and lemon - which turns out, is one of the bigger pains (only because it gets messy ) to make but one of my favorites.
I have also done the ever simple cauliflower steak. I simply marinated the "steak" in a ton of seasonings and then steamed it. 
Lastly, this week's Co-Op brought rainbow carrots with lushes rainbow carrot tops - so of course I made a vegan pesto! I steamed the rainbow carrots and placed a cauliflower steak on top dressed in a carrot top pesto - FABULOUS!

The pesto was very simple ingredients:
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Carrot Tops
-Garlic
-Lemon
-Black Pepper
-Hot pepper of your choice
-Tumeric
-Red peper

Having Fun in the City

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I dug this old picture out and had to share. This picture was from a winter adventure I took through the Asian Markets in Philadelphia, PA.

Can you believe the size of that gorgeous Japanese Sweet Potato? Might I note, this was not even the largest potato of the group!

I keep telling myself I will return to the city, now that it is warmer and more enjoyable to walk, to find some additional wonderful ethnic finds!

Raw Can Roll Review

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I have enjoyed food from Raw Can Roll a number of times in the past. Glad to see that appear to be a bit busier these days - but does this "busyness" take away from their quality?

On a recent work team outing, I ordered from Raw Can Roll and I have to say, my dish was fine - but my coworkers were missing utensils, had small servings, freezing cold cooked dishes, and additional negative comments.

It's sad because it is hard to get people to go out of their fast-food comfort zones and to try new things and when you finally succeed in getting people to try the healthier option, they find themselves unsatisfied and likely to never try again.

While I appreciate the new menu and addition of cooked foods - I don't like how small some of the servings are now. The recently ordered pad-thai has shrunk drastically in size, and still costs just about the same as it did in the past - what happened?!?

My spring rolls came with a small side salad and was rather delicious - as I actu…

A Visit Back To Kensington Cornerstone

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It's been a couple years since my last trip to Kensington Cornerstone but I could not wait to revisit! Not only did I remember the place its self being an experience, but the food as well. I thought back on that visit and recalled that all our our dinners guests (most of which are not gluten free) pinned this meal as their favorite meal of the trip.

We arrived back to Kensington on a rainy day and tried to find our same spot that we had last visit. I noticed, the round, more communal tables had been replaced with long rectangle tables - which already made the visit less intimate than the past.

The menu had been completely revamped and I have to but my vote in and say, this change was not for the best. Our favorite appetizer board which had meats, cheese, nuts, etc was missing!
The menu seemed to have less character  - so it took us all some time to review and decide what we would select.

Finally, decisions were made. I went with the quiona burger and I substituted the side salad …