The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!

The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!

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You know when you climb into bed with a great cookbook and wind up equal parts ravenous (‘tho too lazy to get up and fix yourself something), inspired, and more than a little bit charmed? That was my experience with The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing by Emma Knight (with Hana James, Deeva Green and Lee Reitlelman), and I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be the same for many of you too. It’s the first book from the creators of Toronto’s wildly popular cold-pressed juicery, The Greenhouse Juice Co., and features 100 plant-based, gluten-free meals and drinks that promise to nourish and energize with nutrient-dense delicious goodness anyone can make and adapt (vegetarians and omnivores alike). Penguin Canada was kind enough to send me a copy and allow me to share one of my favourite recipes from the book, the Tuscan White Bean Soup with Dinosaur Kale.  Continue reading “The Greenhouse Cookbook: Plant-Based Eating and DIY Juicing + Win a copy!”

I’m obsessed with these balls + A giveaway!

I’m obsessed with these balls + A giveaway!

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Some things can’t be rushed: A good stew. A moonlit walk. A Sunday trip to the farmer’s market. Especially when the farmer’s market is next to a fantastic park and all kinds of shops like ours at Lansdowne. And since I know when we go we’ll be out for a while, I like to carry a few snacks in my bag to ward off the hangry.  Continue reading “I’m obsessed with these balls + A giveaway!”

It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow

It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow

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Can we talk about Gwyneth Paltrow without mentioning her conscious uncoupling? Apparently not. But I’m going to try. Because this is a cookbook review, not a Gwyneth review, and you want to know if the recipes are all good (oh sorry, that’s her last book) and all easy like she says. You already know they’re all gorgeous and it’s true, the photography is stunning. It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook is Gwyneth Paltrow’s third cookbook and the first one I’ve tried, this one the answer for those who “find themselves in the kitchen at the end of their overextended day and [want to] be able to prepare something delicious and quick.”  Continue reading “It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow”

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz + Win a copy!

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz + Win a copy!

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What is “everyday cooking” to you? Quick, fuss-free meals using ingredients you have on hand? Me too. Hands up if that means making the same six or seven dishes again and again. (Hand up here!) This week I found fresh inspiration in Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-Based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes by Dana Shultz of the wildly popular blog, Minimalist Baker. And I think you will too. Each recipe takes 30 minutes or less to prepare, has 10 ingredients or less, or uses one bowl or one pot (that last bit I really like). These are breakfasts, appetizers, mains, desserts and drinks simple and practical to make on the regular and full of flavour and nutritious goodness.  Continue reading “Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz + Win a copy!”

Made with Love by Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie + Win 1 of 5 copies!

Made with Love by Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie + Win 1 of 5 copies!

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I don’t know any magic tricks and I can’t tell a joke to save my life, but I can make a chocolate chip cookie that will dazzle and delight. It’s the cover star of Made with Love: More than 100 Sweet and Savory Plant-Based Recipes for Every Moment in Life by mother-daughter duo Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie of Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Love Lettuce Café, and it’s worth the price of the book alone. You want to bake someone happy? Bake these.  Continue reading “Made with Love by Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie + Win 1 of 5 copies!”

Whole Bowls by Allison Day + Win a copy!

Whole Bowls by Allison Day + Win a copy!

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It’s a fantastic year for plant-tastic cookbooks, and last week saw the debut of another: Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day by Allison Day, nutritionist, food stylist, photographer and creator of the award-winning blog Yummy Beet. These are wholesome, satisfying meals and desserts you can assemble as quickly or leisurely as time allows, preparing components in advance to have at the ready or building all at once like I did (and maybe nibbling as you go). Use Allison’s whole bowls formula to adapt the recipes to your taste and/or what you have on hand and discover the plant-iful pleasures to be had in a bowl brimming with flavour, colour and texture.  Continue reading “Whole Bowls by Allison Day + Win a copy!”

Healthy snacks at the ready with SnackBreak + Win!

Healthy snacks at the ready with SnackBreak + Win!

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t get through the day without my snacks. Especially between lunch and dinner. You know how the kids come home from school so ravenous it’s like they haven’t eaten in a week? That’s me at 3 o’clock. And I don’t always reach for the healthiest thing either. Really if it isn’t nailed down, it’s going in my mouth. Easter chocolate (I’m doing a fine job getting through the leftovers), pretzels, cookies I’m making that day for a book review. All things that satisfy in the moment, but make me feel like curling up for a snooze soon after. (You too?) But if I have a bunch of well-balanced snacks at the ready — snacks that will satisfy my cravings and (bonus!) keep my energy up, well it’s another thing altogether. So when I learned about a new Canadian snack subscription box company that would deliver all kinds of delicious goodness to my door, I jumped at the chance to try it. And since something tells me you’d like try it too (we’re all about trying small things here, right?), well I might have a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to offer you as well.  Continue reading “Healthy snacks at the ready with SnackBreak + Win!”

Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward + Win a copy!

Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward + Win a copy!

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I don’t have anything in my teeth, do I? I want to look my best for the party! Today I’m partnering with Simon & Schuster Canada and three other bloggers to celebrate the debut of Ella Woodward’s second cookbook, Deliciously Ella Every Day: Simple Recipes and Fantastic Food for a Healthy Way of LifeIf you’re familiar with Ella, you’ll know her for her relaxed and relatable approach to healthy living through plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free meals, snacks and desserts made with readily available ingredients, and a zest for life that encourages self-care and celebration over deprivation.  Continue reading “Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward + Win a copy!”

Superfoods 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

Superfoods 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

Superfoods 247 by Jessica Nadel

If two vegans have an argument, is it still called “a beef”? What do vegan zombies say? “Graaaaaains! Graaaaains!” How many vegans does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one to change it, and one to check for animal ingredients. Vegans may be the subject of many a punchline, but for anyone who’s avoided vegan food, well the joke’s on them. I tested a few of the recipes in Jessica Nadel’s vegan Superfoods 24/7 and I’m here to tell you, they’re plant-tastic! So go for the goji berries, stock up on the spinach and make no beans about beans! Let Jessica show you how to make them go-to’s in dishes you’ll love.  Continue reading “Superfoods 24/7 by Jessica Nadel”

The UnDiet Cookbook by Meghan Telpner + Win a copy of your own!

The UnDiet Cookbook by Meghan Telpner + Win a copy of your own!

The UnDiet Cookbook by Meghan Telpher

What do you look for in a cookbook? Do-able, nourishing recipes you can feel good about eating and sharing, gorgeous photography that makes your mouth water, a strong point of view that gives you a real sense of the person and the expertise behind them? The UnDiet Cookbook by nutritionist Meghan Telpner is all that (oh yeah!) and much more. Okay I’m gushing I know, but when you’re in love, you want to sing it from the rooftops! And I heart this book. Meghan’s philosophy is all about making plantiful (that is to say, plant-based) choices and living a more joyful, vibrant, intentional life. “Let’s aim to wake up feeling happy and feeling good, and to do what we can to make that happen,” Meghan writes, “whether that means dining on green juice, smoothies, and incredible salads, or having a night of celebration where we raise a glass to those we love most and indulge in a treat without attaching the word cheat to it.” Huzzah! Continue reading “The UnDiet Cookbook by Meghan Telpner + Win a copy of your own!”