Vegan & Vegetarian Cooking Tips

Vegan Brunch Recipes & Breakfast Options

June 20, 2013

Check out these great vegetarian and vegan brunch recipes and quick breakfast options to start your day. We have delicious recipes and tips for toast, cereal, granola, muesli, hot oatmeal, apple pancakes, miso soup, tofu scramble and more.

Don’t feel like cooking? Go out! See our new Vegetarian Brunch & Breakfast Guide 2013 for a complete list of Toronto and surrounding area spots that serve brunch and breakfast.

Quick Vegan Breakfast Options

Toast with tahini and apple slices.Try other nut butters such as ...


Wild Blueberry Date Pie

April 26, 2013
Care of Amy Symington

Wild Blueberry Date Pie 2


  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups wild blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ a lemon, zested


In a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt and flaxseed and fully incorporate.  Cut in the coconut oil using a fork or potato ...


How about a date?

April 26, 2013

Care of Amy Symington

The date palm tree is cultivated for its succulently sweet fruit.  Found in dried, fresh, crystal or syrup form its uses are unending. The date fruit is the most widely known use of the date palm tree, however there are an array of additional uses as well.  The tree is also tapped for its sap which is made into sugar and molasses, its leaves are harvested and eaten as vegetables and its seeds are ground and used ...


Kale: Real Fast, Real Food

December 18, 2012

Care of Karen Soper and Lisa Pitman

In the realm of fast food there is a plethora of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We can literally go to every street corner and find something to eat. Books have been written about our “Fast Food Nation”, scrapping and devouring our land resources, contributing to epidemic proportions of disease and illness, putting an entire food system into an inequitable state, and yet food to us must be fast. Must it be real?

It is ...


Food of the Month: Dandelion Greens

December 18, 2012

Care of Lisa Pitman and Nimisha Raja

Do you just walk right past those green leafy veggies in the produce section? Does the mention of dandelions conjure up images of endless digging in the garden to rid the pesky weed? Let’s stop and take a second look. Dandelion greens are some of the most nutritious greens you can consume (but get them from your farmers’ market or produce section unless you know for sure the ones in your garden are safe ...


10 Easy Ways to Use Sprouts

December 17, 2012

Care of Lisa Pitman

Photo care of Vegan Cookbook Critic

1. Add fresh sprouts to any salad or rice bowl to boost the nutritional profile.

2. Dump a handful of green sprouts (e.g. sunflower sprouts) into a fruit smoothie to satisfy your greens quotient.
3. Make your own Essene or Manna bread by combining sprouted wheat berries, a drizzle of olive oil and your favourite flavour ...

Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2012

October 01, 2012

[image: Art work showing a turkey sitting with people at a table eating a vegetarian meal]
Illustration by PJ Chimiel, printed by permission. See for more art, and food photos.

This Canadian Thanksgiving enjoy a vegetarian feast. We have tips on what to serve and links to the best recipes.

Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the harvest. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find fresh seasonal produce such as squash, ...


Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2011

October 03, 2011

This Canadian Thanksgiving enjoy a vegetarian feast. We have tips on what to serve and links to the best recipes.

Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the harvest. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find fresh seasonal produce such as squash, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, peppers, arugula, kale, broccoli, etc.

Avoid stress when vegetarians and meat eaters will be at the same meal. See our page for suggestions on:

  • Catering to vegetarians (when you aren’t one yourself)
  • Being invited to a home where meat is ...

Ideas for Vegetarian Meals

April 29, 2011

Here are some suggestions for preparing a delicious and satisfying vegetarian meal.

Main meals

Hearty soup. Start with water or a soup base made from vegetable bouillon cubes, vegetable juice, tomato juice or packaged soup mixes. Add potatoes, split peas, lentils, carrots, spinach or any leftover vegetables. Season with bay leaves, salt, herbs or miso. For additional flavour add fried leeks, onion or celery.

Pasta. Cook up your favourite noodles, then add a sauce such as tomato, pesto, béchamel, mushroom, or herbs and ...


Vegetarian Easter: Recipes and tips

April 03, 2011

Easter is a celebration of resurrection and rebirth, so it is the perfect occasion for everyone – veggies and non-veggies alike – to enjoy a delicious meat-free meal. Here are some helpful resource for finding vegetarian Easter recipes. For vegetarian Passover recipes, click here.

Musubi Easter Eggs

Vegan Lunch Box has a post about making Easter eggs out of Japanese sticky rice.

“I pressed the sticky rice into a plastic Easter egg sprayed with nonstick spray ...

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