Butternut squash risotto

Risotto, it is one of the first dishes you learn in culinary school. It was also the dish my head chef detested it with a passion. Perhaps it was because he suffered through marking students attempts at making it too many years. “Wallpaper paste…” is what he fondly called it. Now most risottos are made…

BBQ crunchy chickpea bombs

In school I was the library kid. You know the ones who quiet at the back and take the library books back on those trollies every morning. I even worked at the library through out high school. Which is why it pains me to say… my dog ate my library book. Yes, the rawmazing dessert…

Traditions – Vegan Banana Pudding

My husband has an annual tradition of “trying” to make parsnip fries. It’s now about 3 years 4 years running. I have my husbands permission to tell you all how it goes down… What happens is this. Our pastor calls a Fast at the start of the new year. The fast is essentially a vegan…

Roasted red pepper ‘Cream’ sauce – Vegan

I am pretty flexible. I don’t like routines and seldom legalistic. Somedays my husband wishes I had a bit more structure. That is the way our house approaches the Daniel fast, we are flexible. Some say you MUST ONLY EAT RAW veg at every meal. Call be a bit of a rebel but I say…

What’s for breakfast ? Coconut rice & fruit

What to eat for breakfast? That is the question I am hearing these days. My family normally would eat hot breakfast of eggs & toast. Or cold cereal with milk. After cutting out animal products my husband struggles to find suitable breakfasts that fills him. I knew eating breakfast without animal products or refined sugars…

Vegetarian chilli

Growing up I was never allowed to help make chilli with my father, unlike the spaghetti sauce where my job was to stir. Some how chilli required a great deal more secrecy. I never was sure why, perhaps it was simply the fact that as a child, if I knew what went in I was…

Grilled Polenta and Ragout – Vegan.

When I think Betty Crocker, I think of gingham, of old out dated recipes from my mothers era and those boxes of cake mixes on grocery shelves. So this dinner recipe really surprised me. I stumbled upon it when searching for Vegan and Daniel fast friendly dinners. After reading the recipe I looked to see…

Strawberry “Nice” cream

Who said vegan has to be boring rabbit food? Just because your choosing to eat plant based does not mean you need to suffer your meals. God want you to enjoy your food “Go, eat your food with gladness…God approves of this.” Ecclesiastes 9:7 One of the many reasons people struggle with plant based is…

Thai Mango lettuce cups

Mangos, one of life’s most delicious winter luxuries. Here in Canada, we get mangos seasons so to speak – one in summer perfect for tropical patio foods. Once in winter for wishful winter health foods. One of my Winter health foods is Thai peanut salads. I love peanut sauces it pears beautifully with many types…

Creamy Vegan mushroom soup

Mushroom soup is one of my favourite comfort foods. During the 21 day Daniel fast one must remove dairy, which systematically cuts out all dairy. One could replace it with coconut cream but sometimes you just don’t want that coconut flavour… like in the case of wild mushroom soup…so often times that means you go…

Happily ever after- No Sugar Fruit Crumble

As a child I always wanted to be a princess. Who knew in 2021 we would wake up and realize we’re living the Disney dream…. literally. So – if we take covid as plot development – we are well on our way to a good old fashion happy ending …but in all seriousness, during this…

Cashew cream – your secret to non dairy

Cashews can take the place of heavy cream in a recipe, it is true. If your avoiding dairy and think Creamy Pastas, soups and parfaits are gone – they can still be on the menu ! Cashew cream – sounds weird to those used to milk or cream. But Soaked cashews when puréed turn into…

No-yeast pizza crust – Jamie Oliver

When fasting with youth it is hard to get them motivated- the lack of “fun” food often puts them off. Say the word Pizza, and my kids are all ears. This recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s cook book, I love his creativity. Also because it’s Jamie we know it’s a dependable recipe – I have…

Daniel Fast- Cauliflower steaks

Fasting – for most it is not the most fun word to hear. It is uncomfortable and often trying time. For a time such as this it is fitting. Fasting is a time to restructure priorities to strengthen relationships & faith. Our church has called a time of prayer and fasting, to help strengthen both…

Date Bliss Balls

According to Jewish tradition, there are seven agricultural products that God bestowed on Israel after the exile in Egypt. These are special products that the Jewish regard as Blessings from God. These are the same products listed in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 8:8.. The original Jewish translation of this text refers to the last…

What’s on the grill?

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her Ephesians 5:25 Summer is fast approaching and if your like our family that means grilling season. My husband has blessed me with his support of my plant based lifestyle change thus far. I sit and think about this, it wasn’t…

Flax Pancakes with Berry Compote

Eggs, how do you get around Eggs. For the everyday person, they are in EVERYTHING. As a pastry chef, I loved them, not really to eat, I hardly ever ate eggs. But for their structure. They are the glue of the pastry world. For those who are fasting, going plant based or allergic…they are annoying…

Gardens, and roasted potatoes

Aside from all the crazy- I love November & December – yes it’s holiday prep but these are the months the seed companies finally slow down enough to ship out next years glorious bundles of excitement. Like those old toy catalogues we waited for each winter. Well is it worth it… it just may be……

Flat bread~ by any other name

Unleavened bread, Matzo, Lavash, Tortilla, Roti, Chaipati, Kitcha, Bannock …. “Man cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 I have one child who is testing Jesus’ theory on that. He has become somewhat of a bread expert. He knows what he likes and what…

Healthy Homemade Refried beans

I have a confession- I LOVE refried beans. I probably have eaten my weight in them. Which is why I have about 4 lbs of dry beans stashed in my pantry. Until I had kids I could buy a single can of old El Paso – chalk full of salt and preservatives and eat them…