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Find Vegan Ice Cream Shops in the GTA

Care of Carla Williams Updated July 2018 Is vegan “ice cream” even ice cream? Arguably (and by that we mean technically), it is not! The important thing is we’ve got a list of local spots where you’ll find the good stuff: delicious, dairy-free concoctions that will satisfy any ice cream lover’s craving for cool. Top Picks Bunner’s Bakeshop 244 Augusta Ave. 647-350 2975  bunners.ca This all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop has two locations in Toronto but their soft serve ice cream is only available at their Kensington Market location – 244 Augusta Ave, during summer months. Enjoy the classics: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl in a cone or paired with a baked treat. See their complete listing on veg.ca Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Avenue 647-352-2207 cosmictreats.ca Toronto’s kid-friendly vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream parlour and candy shop is located in the heart of Kensington Market. They feature a rotating selection of over 40 flavours of silky smooth made-in-house, small batch, premium artisanal ice cream made using… Read More


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Discount Profile: The Social Gardener Cafe

Care of Jeanette Cabral The east end of Toronto doesn’t always get the spotlight when it comes to vegan options, but if you venture east of the DVP, you’ll find gems like The Social Gardener Cafe ready to feed you. Located on Gerrard east of Greenwood, The Social Gardener sits between two changing neighbourhoods – Riverdale to the west, and the Gerrard India Bazaar to the east. This is truly a community space that is not just concerned about their bottom line. The cafe itself is part of the Riverdale Hub, a social enterprise that also boasts an art gallery, a rooftop garden, meeting and work spaces, environmental initiatives and serves as a  training ground for marginalized women and youth. The Social Gardener also supports the Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, which shares the building with the cafe. When you visit, you know you are supporting a business that is doing good work. The first thing you’ll notice in the cafe is the space. Large wooden tables, an exposed brick wall, textiles, a cozy couch, books, and lantern style lighting fixtures give the cafe a “welcome home” feel. The surroundings… Read More


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Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits

Makes 6 servings (1.5 cups/serving) Cook Time: 18 minutes Topping ingredients: 2 cups whole rolled oats ¾ cup pecans ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds ¼ hemp seeds 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp cinnamon ½ cup chopped dried dates Sweet potato puree ingredients: 4 small baked sweet potatoes, skins on) 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp allspice ¼ tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp cardamom 13.5 oz coconut milk Garnish: 1.5 cups coconut yogurt or yogurt of your choice Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl add all topping ingredients and combine until oats and seeds are completely coated in syrup. Evenly distribute on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 18 minutes, or until mixture is toasted slightly brown. Once toasted remove from oven, allow to cool and then place into a resealable baggie with chopped dates for future use. 3. Meanwhile, in a food processor add sweet potatoes, maple syrup, and spices. Read More


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Food of the Month: One (sweet potato) Two (sweet potato)

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com The humble potato comes in many many varieties and forms, but one of the most nutrient dense versions is the rich, velvety smooth sweet potato. Sweet potatoes contain high levels of the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, helping to reduce the risk of any inflammatory disease or ailment including cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease. They are also rich in vitamin C, another powerful, antioxidant which further prevents or protects against free radicals and their damage. Moreover, due to their high fibre content sweet potatoes may also help or improve blood sugar regulation, which is ideal for those wishing to prevent or manage their Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to the beautiful, vivid orange colour, sweet potatoes can also be found in shades of purple and white. Steaming, baking or roasting are the recommended cooking methods for the preparation of sweet potatoes to ensure maximum retention of their vitamins. Sweet or savoury – eat them for breakfast in a parfait, for lunch in a stodgy salad bowl or as a stellar, well-seasoned side to your sandwich, or for dinner in a spicy mole chili! You say potato, I say sweet potato!… Read More


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Food of the Month: Eggplant

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Eggplants are that one peculiar vegetable we have never been sure if we like or not. They’re found in traditional dishes like ratatouille, baba ghanoush, or caponata. We see them more lately as a healthy alternative to pasta noodles, meat substitutes, or just a delicious component to a salad. Not only are they such a versatile ingredient, they also have very unique health components. Eggplants have zero fat or cholesterol, as well as high fibre making it great for weight loss. They contain phenolic compounds that give it their unique colouration. These compounds benefit bone health which is essential for those at risk for bone degradation and osteoporosis. They’re also high in iron and calcium which aid in overall bone health and strength. Eggplants are also great for our brain due to its nasunin content, which is an antioxidant found to protect lipids in brain cell membranes. Their chewy texture is a great pasta noodle substitute for a lower carbohydrate dish. Try our delicious recipe for Grilled Vegetable Eggplant Rollup to gain these amazing health benefits. Read More


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Muskoka Round-Up

Planning a trip to Muskoka? Here are some veg-friendly spots to check out on your next cottage-country adventure. Affogato Cafe This gelato shop and bakery is teeming with vegan options that are clearly labelled! They’re located right in downtown Huntsville on the water so you can enjoy a refreshing gelato while you stroll the waterfront. The Frying Dutchman Co. Keep an eye out for the bright red vegan food truck in Huntsville because you don’t want to miss out on The Frying Dutchman! They serve traditional and modern chip truck food prepared without any animal products. Don’s Bakery of Bala Don’s Bakery has been serving customers in Muskoka fresh baked goods since 1947. The staff can help point out the vegan offerings, which include cinnamon buns, scones, Chelsea buns, and Parker house rolls, or just take a look at the ingredients listed next to each item. El Pueblito Spending time up north needn’t be all about veggie sausages roasted over the campfire. Fill your craving for Mexican food with this restaurant in Bracebridge that has many clearly labelled vegan options. Read More


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Vegan Round-Up in Thornhill

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Updated June 2018 They say we all want what we can’t have. My parents complain that all the great vegetarian restaurants are downtown, but lately I’ve been finding that there are so many great vegan hot spots in the area where I grew up that when I’m home for a visit, I don’t have time to fit it all in. Places outside of the downtown core like Thornhill, Burlington, and Oakville, now have a large enough collection of their own vegan restaurants that more and more I’m finding myself planning day-trips (see my post on great hike ‘n dine day trip ideas here) instead of hopping on the subway or my bike to get to some of my favourite places. If you’re in Thornhill or Richmond Hill anytime soon, your problem won’t be finding a place to eat, but instead narrowing down your options to pick just one or two. Vegan Danish Bakery: No matter what part of the GTA you are from, the Vegan Danish Bakery is well worth the trip to the corner of Yonge and John Streets in old Thornhill. Read More


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Creamy Corn Chowder with Tempeh Chorizo

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com  Makes 12 servings Ingredients 1 tbsp grapeseed oil 2 small onions, diced 6 cloves garlic, minced 3 medium carrots, diced 5 stalk celery, diced 2 tbsp cumin 2 tbsp paprika 3 large potatoes, diced 3 cups tomatoes, diced 1L vegetable stock or water 3 cups corn niblets, about 2 cobs of corn 1 (400ml) can coconut milk 2 limes zested and juiced 1 tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper ½ tsp cayenne (optional) Tempeh chorizo (see recipe below) Garnish ½ cup thinly sliced chives Directions 1.  In a large stock pot over medium high heat add oil. Once heated add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. 2. Next add garlic, carrots, and celery and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. 3. Add cumin and paprika and sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes. 4. Next incorporate potatoes and tomatoes. 5. Deglaze pot with veg stock or water and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are soft, about15 minutes. 6. Next add corn niblets and… Read More


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Food of the Month: Corn – Friend or Foe?

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com Late summer and early fall is prime corn picking season! But is corn good for you? Just like any other food, whole, cooked, corn is; highly processed corn is not. Corn contains high levels of the carotenoid antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which help in protecting the body against certain  types of cancer and heart disease, as well as aid in healthy vision. Steaming or roasting is the preferred cooking method to retain these beneficial antioxidants. Corn is high in both soluble and insoluble fibre increasing gut motility and promoting healthy bacteria growth. Moreover, corn is rich in vitamin A, the B vitamins and vitamin C. Read More


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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Care of Andrea Howe – www.glowingongreens.com Makes 25-30 squares Ingredients Brownie Layer 2 cups walnuts 1/2 cup almonds 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  2 cups pitted dates 1/4 cup cold water 1/4 tsp salt Cheesecake Layer 1 1/2 cup cashews, soaked and drained 1 can coconut cream 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 lemon, juiced 2 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup raspberries 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional) 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (optional) Directions 1. Cover cashews in water and soak overnight, or soak in hot water for 2 hours to fast track. 2. Grease a baking dish with coconut oil and set aside. 3. In a food processor, add walnuts, almonds and cocoa powder. Pulse until crumbly. Add the pitted dates, water, and salt, and process until it’s fully combined. Add more water if it does not come together. 4. Remove from the food processor and place in a baking dish, pressing down to form a 1” layer. Place in freezer. 5. Add soaked cashews, coconut cream, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla to food processor. Process until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add raspberries and process for… Read More


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