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Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Cashews

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Green Beans with Fried Shallots and Cashews

The inspiration/idea for this recipe came one evening as I was sitting out on my balcony reading through Burma by Naomi Duguid. Burma is more than just a cookbook. It is a book filled with beautiful pictures of food as well stunning visuals  of Burmese life.  You can actually learn quite a bit from this book and I find it incredibly interesting.  So much detail is provided about the country’s traditional food, you can’t help but want to learn more and most of all taste some of it!  I would recommend this book to anyone. It is simply amazing.

The recipe that inspired me for this green bean recipe was a simple dish called long-bean salad with roasted peanuts.  It called for fish sauce, roasted peanuts, fried shallots, shallot oil and lime. As you will see I changed the recipe by using cashews instead, using sesame oil, dropping the fish sauce and adding cilantro.

You may notice that in the instructions the beans are cut in half but in the picture they are whole. After having made and eaten the dish I decided I thought it was better to cut them in half. Cutting them in half will allow you to get more cashews and shallots with the beans in each mouthful. Isn’t that the point? Get all that delicious stuff in your mouth at the same time and enjoy.

Green beans are in season now so get on those fresh local beans while you still can.  Continue reading

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Vegan Basil Pesto Recipe

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Only my second recipe post since my return from Italy and guess what? Another Italian recipe. I didn’t really plan it like that, but you can’t really say it’s a coincidence. Not that making Italian recipes is something out of the ordinary for me.

(sigh) Italian food. Love it. Do you? What’s your favourite Italian dish?

Classic Italian basil pesto is made with parmesan cheese, but pesto can still be delicious without the cheese. Simply omit it. The combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and salt is a wonderful one that doesn’t disappoint. Continue reading

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The Best Gluten-Free, Paleo, & Vegan Chocolate Chip & Nut Cookies

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These pecan, chocolate chip, coconut cookies are amazing! If you eat a paleo diet you will love these cookies! If you are vegan you will love these cookies! If you eat a gluten-free diet you will love these cookies!

If you just really, really like cookies, YOU WILL LOVE THESE COOKIES! Bottom line is these cookies make me happy! And yes, they are paleo, vegan, and gluten-free. More importantly they are chocolate, pecan and coconut cookies! How good does that sound?

Well the good news is, they taste as good as they sound. I love having a cookie or two as an afternoon treat, and I don’t feel badly doing so when I know the ingredients are so good.

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Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie

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Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie

Good Morning and Happy Easter! I spent yesterday afternoon whipping up some smoothies at lululemon athletica on Ste-Catherine street here in Montreal.   The event was a blast!  I met all different types of really nice and interesting people, as I always do at events like these.  I always love hearing about other peoples smoothie making experiences and what they like to put into their smoothies.

I made 2 smoothies yesterday.  One of them was an Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie and the other was the incredibly popular Banana Nut Butter Smoothie made with almond butter, raw cacao nibs, almond milk, coconut water, and dates.  I loved seeing peoples reaction when they tried this smoothie.  They were pleasantly surprised.  Consensus is people like Chocolate! Was there any doubt in the first place?  The good news is, that even though the Banana Nut Butter Smoothie tastes incredibly naughty, it is good for you!  So if you are in the mood for a treat, go ahead,  you deserve it!

The Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie was also very well received.  Which is why I woke up this morning and made it again so I could share the recipe since it’s not up on my site yet.  People were continuously asking for the recipe so here it is! Continue reading

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Jalapeño & Lime Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Hash

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Brussels Sprouts. Good old brussels sprouts. Disliked by many, and loved as well. You either love them or hate them. I am convinced a lot more people would/could love them if they had them prepared differently. I love brussels sprouts even if they are just steamed or boiled, but ye,s they do have a strong flavour.

For those who do not share my love of brussels sprouts, a dish like this jalapeño, lime, sweet potato, brussels sprouts hash might just help change their mind. Combining them with roasted sweet potatoes definitely might help convert more of you. The sweet deliciousness of roasted sweet potatoes is hard not to love. A little love served up in the form of lime, jalapeño and cilantro. Boo ya! Now we are talking! You know you want some. It’s ok to admit it. I won’t tell anyone.

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Pineapple Blueberry Parsley Green Smoothie

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As some of you know, I spent yesterday afternoon doing a smoothie demo at lululemon athletica Ste-Catherine here in Montreal.   I just wanted to say a big Thank You! to everyone who came out yesterday. You guys made it a huge success and in the process, I got to meet with some great people.  Thank you to everyone who tried the smoothies and asked questions, I loved your enthusiasm!

I hope that the smoothies I made yesterday inspired some people to start making some healthy smoothies on their own, or to try new ingredients in their smoothies.  People loved the green smoothie that I made which was awesome.  The Lemon-Ginger Zing was a hit! You can find the recipe on the back of my new business card! Check it out! Continue reading

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Shaved Fennel, Pear, Arugula, & Walnut Salad

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As some of you may know, I have never been a huge fan of salad. Over the years I have come to appreciate a variety of salads and more since changing my diet to a more whole food, plant based one. However, I still am not someone who eats a big salad everyday, but I have decided I should eat more of them. They are so easy to make, and if made with a little thought and love, so really good.

This is the first time I have eaten raw fennel. Not something I ever thought of doing, because I imagined the taste would be too strong. I am sure that many of you who have never tried it might be thinking the same thing right now. “Raw fennel? Really? Are you sure Kieran?” YES, YES, and YES! Don’t worry about it. It’s delicious, and not the overpowering taste I expected. Continue reading

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Spiced Tropical Fruit Superfood Smoothie

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Stop what you are doing. Right now. Go make this smoothie. Seriously. I love the flavour of the cardamom with the mango, and orange. Not to mention the creaminess that the hemp seeds bring.

Are you wondering what maca is? I didn’t know about it either until about two years ago when I read the Thrive by Brendan Brazier. That was the book that really got me into whole food plant based eating. I discovered a whole bunch of delicious foods thanks to Brendan.

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Fennel Top, Strawberry, & Orange Green Smoothie

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It’s not everyday you see fennel this beautiful. Fennel with big beautiful greenery still attached. Fennel the way it should be. At supermarkets the fennel greens have always been removed,( the same as when you buy beets or carrots). What a shame! So where do you find fennel with its greenery still intact ? Why, I never thought you would ask! You are more likely to find some at an organic food store or farmers market.

While most people have never consumed fennel leaves and would never think of it, in many cultures, fennel leaves are quite commonly used in cooking.  Probably not so much in green smoothies but they are used to add anise flavour to cooked dishes such as pasta and fish as well as chopped raw into salads etc. The good news is they also taste great in green smoothies. Continue reading

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Raw Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts – Vegan Chocolate Mousse & More

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Let’s be honest, Valentine’s day eating is really all about dessert. Chocolate to be more specific. However, most tradiotnal desserts aren’t what most people would consider healthy. While indulging once in a while is fine, there are tons of healthier dessert recipes out there that will still make you smile. These vegan desserts are incredibly delicious and made with whole foods. They are made with natural sugars, healthy fats and yummy ingredients such as raw cacao, and cashews. Most of the recipes are completely raw which means the nutritional value of the ingredients aren’t lost in the baking.

I wouldn’t recommend indulging in these vegan Valentine’s day treats every day, because yes, many of the desserts are high in calories. However, because the ingredients used are whole foods, you can feel good about what you and your loved one are eating.  You can also feel great about feeding these to your kids.  I am pretty sure they will love them and be none the wiser.

I was sure to select recipes that are relatively simple and straightforward, so that success is almost guaranteed. You can either surprise your Valentine by making one of these vegan Valentine’s day desserts ahead of time or plan on making one together. Making food together can be very romantic. If you are a man who doesn’t cook often, suggesting an evening of preparing food together might be just the thing to thrill your wife/gf/date.

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