How To Make Almond Butter

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It took a couple of tries, but finally, homemade almond butter! I remember reading about how to make almond butter a few years ago. I gave it a try with my grandmother’s old Cuisinart food processor, but wasn’t able to get it creamy, just hot powdered almonds. Continue reading

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What Do You Want & How Do You Get It…

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Today’s post is brought to you by my friend Mel who you may remember from her Revitalize Cleanse in November. Mel is about to launch a new workshop series called Come Alive. I wanted to help her out by letting her share a little bit about what it’s all about with you guys. Hopefully what she has to offer speaks to at least one person reading this and can help you in this journey of life.

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Hey there Health Happy people!

Melissa here! I hope that you are having an amazing day and that this post is just going to be like the icing on the cake!

Now before we get to the icing, I want to ask you a few questions;

1)  Have you ever had an idea but then fear creeped in and stopped you from doing it?

2)  Have you ever caught yourself saying “I need to figure out my life!”?

3)  Do you admire people who are living a life filled with love, fun, and abundance?

4)  Do you have this feeling that there must be something more?

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Black Bean, Yucca and Plantain Stew

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Black Bean, Yucca, Plantain Stew

Winter is still here, no one can deny that. Some people I know struggle with winter, while others I know love it. I am somewhere in between. There are days that I curse winter, and others where I am amazed by its beauty. Although I can’t deny the allure of warm weather all year round, there is much to be appreciated about winter.   One of them is making and eating heart warming stews like this black bean, yucca and plantain stew.

This particular stew creation came about because my girlfriend and I were obsessed with making a particular recipe over and over again, because it was so delicious, pretty easy to make, and always provided us with plenty of leftovers for lunch.

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Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese, a not so healthy North American classic. A dish that brings up childhood memories for many of us. I wasn’t really a Kraft Dinner kid like so many from my generation. I probably ate it at friends’ houses more than at home. I do have memories of visiting my grandmother in England, and enjoying her homemade macaroni and cheese. Delicious! This vegan macaroni and cheese recipe is from a book called Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

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Baked Stuffed Squash

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baked stuffed squash

The truth is I am way behind on posting this recipe for baked stuffed squash. I first created the recipe around thanksgiving time while experimenting with festive holiday meals. If I recall this is what we ate at Thanksgiving. We loved it!

I wasn’t able to take pictures when I made it the first time, but made it again before Christmas and am now getting around to sharing it with you. A little late for the holidays, but I promise it will be just as delicious.

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Oven Roasted Bbq Style Tempeh

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sweet and smokey oven baked tempeh

Happy New Year everybody! It has been quite a while since my last post. Hopefully you enjoyed the holidays with friends and family, and are excited for 2014!

I certainly am! So many projects and ideas to bring to life. Looking forward to sharing them with you.

If eating better is one of your resolutions for the new year, you may want to start with this oven roasted bbq style tempeh. Some of you live in warmer climates where you can still use your barbecues, but here in Montreal we are in a deep freeze. Even if you are still grilling, I find baking tempeh in a sauce is the best way to get it to soak up flavor.

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Easy Dessert: Sautéed Apples and Pecans

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easy apple pecan dessert

It’s that time of year again. As usual I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come and I know I am not the only one who feels like this.

Being a lover of food of course I love this time of year because it means eating all types of delicious food until you simply can’t eat anymore. Yes sometimes we tend to overdo it but that’s ok. Not something I sully encourage but it always seems to happen. The most important thing is that we share time with friends and family and eat food with lots of love put into it. Continue reading

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Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe

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ethiopian spiced cabbage

Let me tell you how I came to make this Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe.

This dish was a result of my fridge being pretty much empty. I had some cabbage, a few carrots, and not much else. Sad, I know.  Maybe I am exaggerating a little but believe me, it was pretty bad.

However I did manage to take this sad state of my fridge and turn it into something delicious. At first, I lacked inspiration. Stuck. Couldn’t come up with much. There is always a way though…

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Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

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Chocolate, mmmmmm! Everybody loves it, well, almost everybody. I certainly do.

Chocolate comes in many many different forms. Some good, some, not so much.

People love to grab a chocolatey snack in the afternoon. Some people grab a Kit kat, and some people, like myself, grab one of these chocolate almond energy balls.

This is a much healthier option of course, and a whole different type of delicious.

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The Best Basic Roast Potato Recipe

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the best roast potatoes

Sunday nights during the winter meant one thing when I was growing up, and that was roast dinners. Gathering around a fire before dinner and then around the table “en famille” to enjoy a serious feast. Without fail, roast potatoes were part of these memorable Sunday nights.

I am not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point, while I was still pretty young, the potatoes changed. Changed for the better that is. What happened?

My dad had picked up the trick from Lucy Waverman ( in the Globe and Mail) about how to make these roast potatoes.

In my mind, this trick is the key to the best basic roast potato recipe. I say basic, because in the recipe I present to you, there is no added flavour, such as garlic or rosemary, but you could easily make that happen.

So what’s the trick you ask?

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