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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cultured Veggies and Cabbage

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  Cabbage is an often overlooked winter vegetable that gets very little culinary love. However, its versatility and impressive nutrition profile will surprise even your sauerkraut-loving grandmother. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family including arugula, broccoli, collard greens, horseradish, and kale. Cruciferous vegetables contain high levels of health-promoting phytochemicals, specifically antioxidant-rich polyphenols and disease-preventing fibre. They contain high levels of anti-bacterial organosulphur compounds that have been shown to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cabbage is also rich in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, all of which help to support good bone and teeth health. Use it in spring or winter rolls, slaws, salads, soups, tacos, braised with tofu, and/or fermented in sauerkraut or cultured veggies. Cultured Veggies Makes 1 500ml jar Ingredients: (Prep a few days in advance or just use veggies as toppings and omit water, garlic and salt) 1 large carrot, grated 1 small beet, grated ½ cup cabbage, thinly sliced 1 cup water 1 clove garlic ½ tsp sea salt 16 oz mason jar Directions: 1. In a large bowl… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Creamy Cashews

Care of Amy Symington of Ameliaeats.com Creamy, dreamy cashews are a plant based diet’s best friend and for good reason. They help to easily replace a cornucopia of otherwise dairy based products like milk, cheese, cheesecake, and cream toppings, fillings, sauces, and spreads. They are also delicious all on their own or try them dry roasted with a sprinkle of salt. No matter how you like your cashews though, know that they also contain many vital nutrients that our bodies require for optimal health. They contain high levels of fibre, protein, magnesium, copper, and healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. Studies have shown that consuming 1.5 oz of nuts per day helps to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and help to maintain a healthy body weight due to their satiating effect. The magnesium and copper present helps with maintaining strong and healthy bones in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D keeping osteoporosis at bay. To up your cashew consumption and eliminate that dairy, try the recipes below on your favourite whole grain bagel with mounds of sprouts, red onions, and capers! Recipe: Cashew Cheese Spread with Carrot Lox Cashew Cheese Spread Makes 6… Read More


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Discount Profile: Away Kitchen

If you’re looking for either a sunny, stylish cafe to dine in for lunch, or a nice place to go for date night, Away Kitchen’s new Queen Street location will fit perfectly for either. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the beautiful artwork and living gardens on the walls, and how big the space was with a full dining room. But of course, a restaurant needs to not only look good but serve delicious food, and this place certainly blew me away. I had been to Away’s College Street location before and enjoyed the refreshing sandwiches and soups. I had come to Queen Street to try something unique at this location: their pizza. It was some of the best pizza I’ve had in the city (or ever?!). The crust was light yet crispy, and held up well considering the fact that the pizzas were loaded with their unique toppings. This ain’t your Italian grandma’s pizza. My partner and I shared the Mediterranean which was topped with their own homemade cashew mozarella cheese, a balsamic reduction, and artichokes. The Romana was a burst of different flavours and textures, including a cauliflower… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Clementines and Cranberry Sauce

 Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  Winter has arrived, and so has its symbolic box of clementines! This tiny fruit is packed with sweetness and nutrients to help you get through the cold months. They’re a cross between a sweet orange and a mandarin orange, giving us this succulent and convenient snack. Clementines have essential vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. In addition, they are packed full of vitamin C. This antioxidant is great in aiding in collagen synthesis, leading to healthier looking skin by reducing formation of wrinkles and repairing damaged skin. Clementines are a natural source of folate which is great for our brain. Folate can help with winter sadness by reducing distress and depression. Another great addition clementines offer for the winter months is their variety of antioxidants, and its ability to help with immunity. Winter is known for colds and flu season, and a diet rich in antioxidants can help with sickness by protecting against free radical damage. Although clementines are a great healthy snack on their own, they can also be added to dishes such as salads, jams, or loaves. Try this Cranberry Clementine Sauce to serve with your favourite holiday dish. Clementine Cranberry… Read More


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Discount Profile: Cinnaholic

It’s no secret that I have a huge sweet tooth. So, of course, the opening of an all-vegan cinnamon bun shop almost right around the corner from home sent me running soon after Cinnaholic opened their first GTA location in the Promenade Mall in Thornhill. Yes, you heard that right. Vegans now have their own version of Cinnabon, but better. Why is it better you ask? Because Cinnaholic goes over the top with creative concoctions well beyond the classic cinnamon bun. The first time I went, my father and I split two flavours. One was The Cookie Monster, which is topped with, among other things, raw cookie dough! On my second trip (yes, there has already been a second trip…) I got the Hot Cocoa, which is topped with chocolate brownies and vegan marshmallows. Choosing just one or two flavours is a very difficult decision. There were flavours such as Blueberry Pie, Nuts About Maple, Strawberry Dream, and so many more. To make things more complicated, you can also choose from 17 flavours of frosting such as cake batter, banana cream, and hazelnut, and 20 toppings such as coconut, pretzels, various fruits, and caramel sauce, to create your… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Molasses

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com  When thinking of molasses we’re often reminded of the stick-to-your-ribs, molasses-rich baked beans, grandma’s sticky date spread, or hot porridge on a cold morning topped with heaping spoonfuls of the sticky stuff – past memories of our childhood. Even now, most packaging found in the baking aisle screams old timeyness. However, one should not be fooled by the nostalgia of it all; molasses has never been more “now.” Derived from cane or beet sugar, molasses is most commonly used in baked goodies. This holiday season, molasses more than surely makes a guest appearance on the dessert table in various spiced cookie and cake forms. However, its deep, rich and bold flavour can sneak its way into the most unfamiliar areas of the kitchen and we should be joyful that it does. Molasses has a great deal of (gasp) nutritional benefits to note; blackstrap molasses in particular. It is obtained after the third extraction during sugar processing and has the lowest sugar content of all the extractions (the first and second are lighter molasses and have higher sugar contents). Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of manganese and copper, as well as being a very… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Tomatoes

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Tomato Tamato! These vegetables (or fruit to be correct) are nutrition powerhouses. They can be found in different varieties from small cherry tomatoes, to large hot house tomatoes, as well as many different colours. Tomatoes are known for their lycopene content which is what gives them their bright red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful free radicals, which can prevent heart disease, many cancers, as well as accelerated aging. An interesting concept with lycopene is that the amount of it in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes. So pizza may be a healthy option after all! However, it is still recommended to consume fresh tomatoes more often, to get the other benefits such as fibre and vitamin C which is destroyed with heat. Eating tomatoes raw or cooked has amazing health benefits. Adding them to sandwiches, salads, salsas, or soups will increase your fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidant intake. Try this easy homemade tomato sauce recipe to have over vegetables, pasta, or on pizza! Tomato Basil Sauce Ingredients: – 1 head of garlic, roasted – 2 tbsp olive oil –… Read More


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Discount Profile: Boon Burger

Care of Danielle Kirshenbaum A day in downtown Barrie is always a must-do for my husband and I while staying at my in-laws nearby cottage over the summer. We love walking along the gorgeous waterfront, wandering along the famous Dunlop street where you’re always sure to see a variety of quaint coffee shops, casual and more upscale restaurants, juice bars, groups of people enjoying cold beers on patios – and now – my new favourite reason to venture to this bopping downtown mainstreet: Boon Burger Cafe is here! For those of you who have never been to this little piece of vegan heaven, the menu for this burger joint is entirely plant-based and most of the ingredients are prepared in-house. The atmosphere is quaint with picnic benches and adorable pics of animals adorning the walls. Gems from the menu include the Surf’n turf burger with bbq sauce, vegan cheese, bacon, veggies and sriracha, peach chutney & tartar sauce – surprisingly spicy but delightful; and of course my personal favourite, the Greek Almighty on the chick’n patty with Boon’s out-of-this world olive tapenade. The poutines are delicious too – as my non-vegan poutine-loving friends have… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Leeks

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com  The lovely leek is a cousin to both garlic and onions, and like garlic and onions it is a part of the health promoting allium vegetable family. Allium vegetables are rich in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which have been shown to aid in preventing heart disease and stroke. Leeks are also high in dietary fibre which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, consequently aiding in type 2 diabetes prevention and management. And like garlic and onions, they may also aid in reducing oxidative stress which in turn may reduce the risk of cancer. In addition to fibre they are also a good source of vitamin B6, iron and magnesium, and a very good source of folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Eat them thinly sliced in a slaw, slow cooked in a soup, stew or chowder or have them caramelized and on a salad, sandwich or pizza. Or of course, in this delicious sandwich! BLTA – coconut bacon, caramelized leeks and roasted tomato with avocado on cornbread Makes 6 sandwiches Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1.5 hours Sandwich ingredients: 2 tsp grapeseed oil or canola, divided 4 cups whole grape tomatoes… Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Red Curry Cauliflower

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com The cauliflower is yet another superfood to add to the list. This cruciferous vegetable can be deceiving from its simple exterior, yet nutrient-packed interior. Cauliflower is known for its high antioxidant content such as its glucosinolates. These antioxidants have been shown to slow the growth and development of cancer cells. Along with this, it contains carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants which can have cancer suppressing effects, as well as reducing other diseases such as heart disease. Another benefit is its sulphur content. Although smelly, the antioxidant sulforaphane can stop cancer growth and reduce high blood pressure. Cauliflower’s mild flavour makes it a great hidden ingredient in sauces, salads, or even carb-replacers. It can be shredded to replace rice, boiled and mashed to replace potatoes, or blended to make a cheese sauce. Cauliflower has a great source of fibre and has a low calorie count, resulting as an aid in weight loss. This versatile vegetable is super tasty and beneficial for our health. Try this easy red curry cauliflower dish to please your palette and your body! Red Curry Cauliflower Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 2 tbsp red curry paste 1/2 red pepper, sliced… Read More


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