Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes

Black bean and sweet potato shepherd’s pie

December 22, 2014

Care of Amy Symington

Black bean and sweet potato shepard's pieMakes 12 servings


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cremini mushrooms, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 3 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cups black beans, cooked
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch dinosaur kale, stems removed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • 8 medium ...

Holiday Grain Salad with Clementines

November 24, 2014

Care of Ashley Sauve

Clementine SaladDuring the holidays we eat more than any other time of year! This recipe is the perfect healthy side dish to bring along to a big dinner, or to serve at your own holiday shindig. Try getting creative with grain choices or combinations to impress your guests.

Serves 4



1 pound (about 4 cups) brussels sprouts, cleaned and sliced in half

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 clementines

1 cup pomegranate seeds

2 cups ...


Creative in the Kitchen

November 10, 2014

go veggie grilled cheeseBy Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Many vegetarians and vegans in the GTA will be familiar with Go Veggie! cheeses which have been on shelves in health food stores and larger grocery chains in Toronto for many years. However, for vegans, the “green line” remained off limits since it contains casein, a protein from dairy.

Enter the purple line: completely vegan and dairy-free cheese now available from More

Curried tofu tacos with brussel sprout slaw

November 06, 2014

Care of Amy Symington

Brussel sprout tacosIngredients:

  • 1 (350 g) package extra firm tofu, cut into long ¼” thick strips
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tsp ground coriander
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 6 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 (398ml) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ tsp salt

Slaw Ingredients:

  • 6 cups brussel sprouts, chiffonade
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime zested and ...

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

September 29, 2014

Care of Ashley Sauve

Cauliflower Mac n CheeseFall is a time of comfort foods, and mac and cheese is basically the ultimate comfort food. This recipe is low fat and uses a creamy vegetable-based sauce. It is the ULTIMATE, guilt-free, healthy mac and cheese recipe!

Serves 6


  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1lb macaroni of choice (rice, corn, whole wheat, quinoa etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 ...

Sweet corn with avocado basil butter

August 28, 2014

Care of Amy Symington


  • 6-7 cobs of sweet corn, husked, washed and roasted or grilled
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime zested & juiced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt & cayenne


1. Prepare the sweet corn. Depending on the size of the cobs, roast or grill for 10-15 minutes at 375°F or on medium heat until the kernels are tender.

2. Place all the remaining ingredients into a food processor and mix until smooth. Spread on ...


Watermelon Mint Sorbet

August 01, 2014

sorbetCare of Ashley Sauve

An extremely simple dessert (or breakfast)!

Serves 4


  • 4 cups watermelon cubes, frozen
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • Zest from one small lemon


1. In blender or food processor, blend frozen watermelon with fresh mint and lemon zest.

2. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and enjoy!


Lemon Raspberry Pie with Dark Chocolate Filling

June 26, 2014

Care of Amy Symington

Pie Pastry

Raspberry LemonIngredients

  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar


Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in the coconut oil. In another bowl mix the water and vinegar. Add wet to dry ingredients and knead into a dough. Let it rest for 10 minutes covered with a damp towel.

Next, roll out 2/3 of the dough and place ...


These are a few of my favourite things

June 14, 2014

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator

If you know me at all, you know that I like to eat. Food is never far from my mind and I’m usually daydreaming about my next meal. By 10 am, I’m starting to countdown to lunch.

I don’t consider this something to be ashamed of. We’re taught to eat three meals a day but many dietitians and nutritionists now say that having 1-2 snacks throughout the day is healthy and that you should ...


Grilled Maple Balsamic Radicchio

May 29, 2014

Care of Ashley Sauve

RadicchioA wonderful side dish for your summer BBQ!

Serves 4


  • 1 head radicchio, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark maple syrup
  • Pinch salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds/walnuts/pecans to garnish


1. Heat a grill to medium-high.  Slice the radicchio into quarters and place in a bowl.

2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, salt  and pepper.

3. Pour the olive oil mixture over ...

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