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Food and Recipe of the Month: Spinach

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Spinach, a favourable leafy green, is famous for being packed full of non-heme iron, as well as shrinking down into almost nothing when cooked. This vegetable is unique as its mild flavour can be incorporated into almost every type of dish, from smoothies and green pancakes, to pasta and salads. Not only is it impressively versatile, but it comes with an abundance of nutrients. Spinach is an excellent source of iron, which is especially important for infants, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers, and those not eating meat. Iron travels in the blood attached to hemoglobin to help deliver oxygen around the body. It is best absorbed with vitamin C, so add a little lemon or lime juice over your spinach salad for maximum nutrient benefits. Spinach is also packed with potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, and calcium, which are all important nutrients for strong bone health. These nutrients can strengthen bone density and reduce fractures, especially in older adults and women over the age of 50. Spinach loses volume when wilted and condenses, which is the best way to maximize the benefits of these nutrients. Spinach can be found in various forms, such as… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cilantro Lime Taco Sauce

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com Cilantro, also known as coriander, is an herb many people love or hate due to its particular flavour. Cilantro are the leaves and stem of the plant, and are commonly found in Mexican dishes, while the seed, commonly found in Indian dishes, is named coriander. However, all parts of it can be incorporated into a variety of dishes including soups, salads, and sauces. Cilantro, along with many herbs, are packed full of antioxidants. These immune-boosting components are known to fight damage and inflammation in the body, from viruses, pollution, smoke, and other free-radicals. Antioxidants neutralize and repair the damage, helping reduce risks of cancer formation, as well as slow the growth of existing cancer cells. Along with their free-radical fighting abilities, coriander contains antimicrobial compounds which have been seen in studies to fight certain infections such as salmonella, and urinary tract infections. Additionally, coriander appears to act as diuretic, helping the body flush excess sodium and water which can lower blood pressure and levels of LDL cholesterol. In populations that consume large amounts of coriander, heart disease rates tend to be lower. So, next time your cilantro-hating friends and family members doubt… Read More


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Discount Profile: Sweets from the Earth

Sweets from the Earth is one of the longest standing vegan bakeries in the GTA and is famous for its delicious, well, sweets of course! Since social distancing became the norm in the GTA, they’ve added some savoury and bread items to their online store, and I couldn’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity to try them out! If the incredibly delicious quality of their caramel pecan bars or apple pie squares, that I’ve become accustomed to, was a sign of what to expect from their breads, I knew I was in for a treat. I ordered a sandwich loaf, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, and mini bagels, all of them in whole wheat. The sandwich loaf was surprisingly large, more slices than a typical loaf you’d buy in the grocery store. It had a nice slightly crunchy crust, but the bread itself was very light, soft, and fluffy. The mini bagels were nice and dense and chewy, just like you want a bagel to be. Next time I might give the apple cinnamon version a try! The hamburger buns were also very fresh and soft. In addition to using them as a hamburger bun, I absolutely loved simply toasting… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Kale Caesar

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Kale is the king of salad greens. It is among the most nutrient-dense foods out there, with one cup containing around 200% of your daily Vitamin A levels, and about 700% of your daily vitamin K levels. This cruciferous vegetable belongs to the same family as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, all which are known to have powerful health benefits. Kale is packed full of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamin C. These antioxidants bind to free radicals to reduce oxidative damage. Essentially, they can prevent cancer cells from forming, reduce the risk of many diseases, and reduce the signs of aging. Additionally, the abundance of fibre in kale has many benefits to our health. The fibre in kale can help reduce cholesterol and blood sugars, thus reducing the risk of many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. That pungent, sulphuric taste and smell that cruciferous vegetables are known for come from a compound called sulforaphane, which in many studies has been seen to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. So, if you or anyone you know is fighting cancer, increasing their kale intake may not be a bad idea. Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Grilled Lemon and Garlic Asparagus

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  With Spring on the horizon and buds beginning to grow, local asparagus is the perfect April vegetable to have in your fridge. Grilling, steaming, or roasting, this vegetable is so versatile and can be prepared with a variety of meals. Asparagus is known for its bright green colour and crunchy texture. This green colour is from a pigment called chlorophyll, which is a phytonutrient with abilities to reduce inflammation and stop free-radical damage. This means it can reduce cancer cell formation, heal wounds and tissue damage, as well as increase energy levels. Additionally, that crunch from asparagus is from their high fibre and water content. Studies show that a diet rich in fibre can help with a variety of comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It makes us feel full longer, reduces blood sugar and blood pressure, and improves overall well-being. Although blanching asparagus is the healthiest way to cook it, they can be prepared in just about any way. Try this Grilled Lemon and Garlic Asparagus recipe to serve at your next dinner party. Grilled Lemon and Garlic Asparagus – 1 bunch asparagus – 1 lemon, juice and zest… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegan Danish Bakery

Being from Thornhill, I’ve been a patron of the Vegan Danish Bakery’s Yonge Street location since they opened, and have many fond memories of swinging by to pick up the most delicious pastries, birthday cakes, and of going for a gigantic plate of waffles for brunch. Last weekend I went for my first visit to their Parkdale location on Queen Street West, and was delighted to walk in and find the same beautiful, elegant atmosphere, with plenty of seating under crystal chandeliers. The case was stocked full of a wide variety of vegan pastries I have never seen anywhere else in Toronto, ones that I have never even heard of! The name is now escaping me, but I was mesmerized as the server described to me some kind of treat that was filled with layers of marzipan and marshmallow and coated in chocolate. I tried something labelled Weinerbread, but no, it wasn’t a veggie piggie in a blanket. It was a pastry stuffed with an almond flavoured custard and topped with a bit of melted chocolate. Continuing with the pastry and chocolate theme, I also opted for a chocolate croissant. The layers of flaky pastry were perfectly buttery and slightly… Read More


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March 2020 Social Groups

Vegetarians in Their Twenties Vegetarians in Their Twenties are going swing dancing on Saturday, March 21st at 7 pm at the Dovercourt House! Come throw down some dance moves with like-minded friends! Meet at 7:00 or 8:00 for dance lessons, come for the dance party, or dance the night away with all of the above! Full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/799024563916376/ or email vitt@veg.ca. Toronto Veg Fitness Enjoy a winter walk on the Crothers Woods Trail on Saturday, March 21st from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Meet at Loblaws at Redway and Millwood. Details and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533319566826742/ or email fitness@veg.ca. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington On Sunday, March 29th at 12:30 pm, join the Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington for lunch at Beertown Public House (2050 Appleby Line in Burlington). This restaurant has launched a plant-based brunch menu, and in addition, they have an extensive regular vegan menu, vegan kids menu, vegan dessert options, and gluten-free options. RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Read More


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Magnificent Mushrooms: Tofu & Mushroom Ramen

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com This year-round (fun)gi and the life of the dinner party is an ingredient everyone should have in their kitchens. Mushrooms are versatile and have the best seasonality due to their growing environment being in a greenhouse. Their famous umami flavour makes them a great addition to just about any savoury dish. Another bonus, they’re jam-packed full of a variety of nutrients. Mushrooms are well known for being a natural source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin, especially those living in the Northern hemisphere, like Canadians. This vitamin aids in bone strength and repair, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, studies show that adequate dietary vitamin D intake appears to reduce the risk of dying from certain cancers, including breast and colon. Mushrooms are a great source of B vitamins, which are known to have protective factors for the heart, red blood cell production, and maintaining healthy skin. Mushrooms can be used as a meat replacement due to their chewy and tender texture. Try them in veggie burgers, mushroom loaves, or in this savoury tofu and mushroom ramen recipe. Tofu and Mushroom Ramen Ingredients: – 1L vegetable… Read More


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February Social Groups

Veggies of Halton-Peel This group will meet on Saturday, February 8th at 1 pm at the Beertown Public House (271 Cornwall Road in Oakville). This pub offers a number of plant-based items on their menu featuring tacos, wraps and bowls, plus a vegan brunch on Saturdays. Please RSVP to haltonpeel@veg.ca. Vegetarians of High Park This group is getting together to check out the new location of South Indian Dosa Mahal (9 Roncesvalles Avenue) on Thursday, February 13th from 6 to 8 pm. RSVP required by February 8th to highpark@veg.ca. TVA Reads Join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm to discuss The Cheese Trap, by Dr. Neal Barnard, and to enjoy a vegan potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share, your own cutlery and plate, and drink if you wish. We meet at the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst in June’s room on the 1st floor. Please RSVP to tvareads@veg.ca. Vegan Baking Group Are you someone who LOVES baking, LOVES animals, and LOVES sharing your homemade treats with like-minded pals!? If so, this event on Sunday, February 16th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm is for you! Please bring a (vegan, of course) baked item of your choice (sweet or savory) to share with the… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Artichokes and Vegan Crab Cake

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com Although a commonly forgotten vegetable, the artichoke is a versatile and nutrient-packed ingredient. It can be used as a meat or fish replacement due to its tender and pulled-like consistency. Artichokes can also be used year-round due to being found in canned form. Artichokes are an impressive vegetable due to the high fibre and folate content. Fibre is a key nutrient for overall health as well as weight-loss. It works to decrease hunger, decrease blood sugar and cholesterol, thus reducing risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Its high folate content is important for pregnant women or those in child-bearing years due to reducing the risk of neural tube defect in the fetus. It is also important for blood cell development and producing energy in the body. Additionally, artichokes are packed full of antioxidants which aid in repairing free-radical damage, thus lowering the risk of cancer cell development. Wondering how can you enjoy this superfood? Try it in a salad, on a pizza, or this delicious, meaty crab cake recipe. Artichoke Crab Cake Ingredients • 2 cans of artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed • 2… Read More


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