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Discount Profile: Pizzeria Du

Discount: 10% off Tues-Thurs, and Sunday, for take-out or delivery Veg Status: All vegan Location: 536 Queen Street West Who doesn’t love a good pizza with a crispy crust? I certainly do! So I was very excited to hear that Pizzeria Du was participating in LocalLicious in March, and offering a stellar deal of a pizza, appetizer, and pint of gelato for only $34. While Pizzeria Du is of course, known for their pizza, they have quite a few appetizers and salads to choose from so it wasn’t an easy choice! I decided to try something I haven’t had before: panelle. I was super impressed with the crispy fried coating and the brightness of lemon! The wide range of gelato flavours (they have more than 25!) also made for a difficult decision. There are classic flavours like chocolate, mango, or strawberry, and unique ones like tamarind or stout beer. I went for something in middle: hazelnut praline. Of course, the pizza was the star of the show. The Canadian Deluxe was topped with a generous mix of both veggie meats and vegetables! There was veggie pepperoni and ground beef, as well as fresh mushrooms and green peppers. Pizzeria Du makes… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Spring Mix Soup

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  The weather is getting warmer and our meals are getting brighter. The transition from winter to spring means we are able to include more fresh produce as growing season is beginning. One of the earliest and quickest growing produce we have in Ontario is Spring lettuce mix. These adaptable greens can handle cooler temperatures and moist weather. They’re a perfect April ingredient. Spring lettuce mix often includes a variety of greens including, spinach, radicchio, arugula, and frisee. This variety of greens offers a range of different nutrients. The most notable ones being fibre, vitamin K, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Fibre is a powerhouse nutrient in produce with the ability to reduce risk of cancer and chronic disease, including Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found mostly in leafy greens. It helps with blood clotting, wound healing, and can aid in bone health. Vitamin C is also a nutrient that promotes wound healing and skin repair. This means that leafy greens are an essential ingredient for healthy skin. Finally, antioxidants are found in all fruit and vegetables. Their abundance in leafy greens is quite notable. Antioxidants… Read More


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April Social Group Events

Vegetarians of High Park: Grab yourself some treats from nearby Raw Lioness or Bunner’s Bake Shop, then join us in Vine Parkette for a picnic on Sunday, April 11th at 1:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, this picnic is capped at 10 so make sure to RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by Monday, April 5th if you would like to attend. The Toronto Starch Solution Group meets the first Friday of each month at 7 pm on Zoom. Their next meeting is Friday, May 7th. If you are interested in learning more about health promotion and maintenance through whole foods, plant-based eating, join them, bringing your questions, struggles, or success stories to share. Email starch.tva@gmail.com for the Zoom link or you can go to Don Heights Unitarian Congregation’s website and click on the zoom link there. Toronto Veg Fitness is now hosting a weekly virtual HITT workout together every Thursday at 5:30 pm. Visit their  Facebook Group for more info and the Zoom link!… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegan Danish Bakery

Discount: 10% off  Veg Status: All vegan Where: 2 locations! 7718 Yonge Street in Thornhill, and 1312 Queen Street West in Parkdale I’m no stranger to Vegan Danish Bakery, and have probably written several profiles about them before. But every time I go, they seem to have new surprises that I just had to share with you! This beautiful, rather fancy bakery, will wow you with their huge selection of decorative cakes, cupcakes, and of course danishes. But having had the pleasure of enjoying those items in the past, on my recent two visits I opted to try all new items! On the first visit, I had an apple turnover that was topped with giant crystals of sugar and a vanilla glaze, and a classic chocolate croissant. That may sound like enough but how could I possibly resist the gigantic, gooey pecan caramel sticky bun staring back at me from the case? We were getting our items to go, and the owner kindly let us know we should warm the items in the oven before eating them. Was she ever right! That sticky bun fresh out of the oven was the perfect way to cozy up on… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Microgreens

Care of Andrea Howe, of Glowing On Greens Microgreens are an exciting, fairly new ingredient to add to our meals. Due to their small size, they are more concentrated, meaning they have higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants when compared to their mature, full grown counterpart. Microgreens come in different varieties, including alfalfa sprouts, broccoli shoots, amaranth, and watercress. They are a crunchy and delicious ingredient to add as a garnish, or to include in salads and sandwiches. Microgreens have become popular due to their beautiful addition to meals, and their nutrient profile. Studies of microgreen have found they have up to 40 times higher the antioxidant level compared to their more mature versions. Higher levels of antioxidants in the diet can lower the risk of many chronic diseases and cancers, including heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. These crunchy greens also contain fibre, which can help to lower the risk of various diseases and cancer. Along with benefits to your health, microgreens are a fun way to add an extra element to your dish, along with added benefits to your health. Try using them as a garnish to your soup, stew, or in this Warm Sweet Potato Couscous… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Roasted Beet and Potato Salad

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Beets take the prize for the prettiest and brightest vegetable. Their bright red colour and earthy taste can be a great addition to salads, juices, or roasted on their own. Beets are a root vegetable and are generally harvested at the end of the summer and late fall. Like other root vegetables, they can be stored for many months and be a great addition to our diet in the winter months. Beets have an impressive list of nutrients that provide many benefits to our health! Their bright red colour comes from a pigment called betalain, a unique antioxidant not found in many other red fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants have been seen to have anti-inflammatory effects, and to reduce oxidation in the body. Basically, they can help fight harmful factors in our body that can lead to the development of disease. Beets are also exceptionally high in nitrates, which play a role in lowering blood pressure, enhance exercise performance, and reduce inflammation. Finally, beets are packed full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that is important for immune function and skin repair. While beets contain many benefits, their antioxidant content is what is… Read More


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Discount Profile: bloomer’s in Bayview Village

Discount: 10% off  Veg Status: All vegan Where: 3 locations! This profile features the location in Bayview Village Shopping Mall, but they also have one at 715 Queen St. West and 873 Bloor Street West. Unless you are brand new to Toronto, by now you should be familiar with one of Toronto’s longest-standing all-vegan bakeries. bloomer’s has been delighting Torontonians for years with their array of donuts, muffins, sandwiches, and more. But now, those living north of the downtown core can enjoy their treats too, and even more! On my way to visit my parents, I decided to stop in to perhaps grab a donut or two. I had no idea how large this new location of theirs was and was blown away! In addition to their cases of freshly baked goods, there was an entire wall of freezers packed with all kinds goodies! There are homemade bagels, cream cheeses, pot pies, and ready-to-go full sized cakes. I grabbed a couple of everything bagels which were almost gigantic, as well as a mini curry pot pie which was just perfect heated up on a cold winter’s night the following week. After oohing and… Read More


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Food of the Month: Lentil Walnut Meatloaf

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com Winter is a time when we Canadians turn to hearty, warm meals, often using more canned foods. Since our climate is not capable of growing fresh produce all year round, using canned products, like lentils, is a great way to still use local products. Lentils are a nutrition-packed ingredient you should definitely be including in your diet. They are so versatile and because they have a mild flavour, they’re great in most dishes. Lentils are rich in iron, fibre, B vitamins, and a great source of plant-based protein. Just one cup of cooked lentils provides about 18g of protein. Additionally, their fibre content comes in at about 15g for 1 cup, giving you about half of your daily needs. Fibre is a nutrient most people do not get enough of. Increasing fibre in your diet can help reduce blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and the risk of developing various chronic diseases and cancer. Their B-vitamin content also makes them great for our brain. B vitamins, such as thiamine and folate aid in healthy brain development in infants, as well as the maintenance and function in adult brains. Additionally, lentils are a great source of… Read More


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Discount Profile: Copper Branch

Discount: 10% off  Veg Status: All vegan Where: 18 locations across Ontario! Copper Branch’s food is so delicious and the portions so generous, that going just once over the past couple of months wasn’t enough. I was back after just a few weeks. My partner and I were lucky enough to be passing by the Oshawa location during a lull in COVID cases in the summer, and were actually able to dine in. This location is huge with different dining areas that include both regular tables as well as a more cozy area with a sofa. No matter how many times I go to Copper Branch and tell myself I should try something new, I just can’t ever pass up their signature Copper Bowl. It comes with the most delicious, gooey veggie chicken, plenty of healthy steamed broccoli, and a creamy slaw on top of whatever base you choose (noodles, quinoa, or brown rice). We also enjoyed the classic poutine which could have been a meal unto itself! I loved their style of thinly cut fries, still with some skin left on, and the dollops of gravy and cheese were beyond generous. This is one decadent, saucy poutine!… Read More


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Food of the Month: Ginger Molasses Cookies

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  December is a time when we turn to warm, comforting foods. Especially in the heart of a pandemic, food is an easy thing to bring is warmth and joy. And ginger is the perfect ingredient for that. Ginger’s zingy and spicy flavour is a great ingredient to bring a dish to life, whether it’s a stew, soup, sauce, or baked good. Ginger has been used as a staple ingredient in a variety of cuisines such as Indian, Thai, Caribbean, and more. Ginger is famous for its healing properties. It’s often used to treat digestion, nausea, and cold and flu symptoms. This is because of an antioxidant called gingerol which can help reduce oxidative stress. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory effects which can be helpful when treating many chronic illnesses such as arthritis, heart disease, certain cancers, and general joint and muscle pain. In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, ginger has been seen to have anticancer activity. This means that ginger may be a preventative and therapeutic ingredient when dealing with cancer growth and development. This powerful plant can be used for its zesty and warm flavour, as well as its many healing benefits. You… Read More


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