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Discount Profile: Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie has recently added some new items to their menu, along with special deals on certain nights of the week, so we couldn’t resist going back! My partner and I arrived on a cold winter night, so we were very happy when the garlic knots arrived super warm and soft. These were beyond any garlic knots I’ve had in the past! Not simply dusted in a garlic spread, they were so full of fresh herbs and chili flakes that they were actually colourful. We also enjoyed the skillet mac and cheese, which once again was generously topped with extras including veggie bacon, extra parm, and parsley. It was so difficult to decide which pizzas to order. Thank goodness there were two of us so we could pick two and share! We contemplated the Superfunghi, which comes not only with mushrooms but also a potato cream and truffle almond ricotta, and the Stranger Wings, which is topped with spicy buffalo cauliflower, scallions, crispy shallots, and more! But we ultimately settled on two different options. The Street Corn was such a unique twist on pizza. Rather than layered with tomato sauce, it’s crust was topped with a garlic butter sauce and cilantro lime… Read More


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Discount Profile: bloomer’s

With so many new restaurants to try every month in Toronto, sometimes I can forget to go back to the old favourites. It had been a while since I’d sat down for a meal at bloomer’s and as soon as I did, I instantly regretted not coming by every week! I’m glad I was there with three others (two of them not veg!) so we could share a couple of appetizers, because the selection was too much to bare. I knew from the past how good the kimchi fries were, but we settled on the tempeh wings which were so perfectly battered and fried, crispy but not overly greasy, and the avocado wedges which were crunchy while also being bright and fresh, thanks to the lime juice in the pico de gallo it came with. For my main I had the biscuits and gravy, which were perfect and hearty for the day of Toronto’s first major snowstorm. But the real treat was the end of the meal: my partner and I shared two donuts that I afterward claimed were the best vegan donuts in the city. They’re huge! They’re fluffy! And there were so many unique flavours… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Vegetable Barley Soup

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  As the cold winter months progress, choosing hearty dishes is essential to stay warm. Barley is an impressive grain due its vast health benefits, and its ability to keep us feeling full for a long time. Barley, like other whole grains, is rich in B vitamins which aid in brain health, red blood cell development, and increasing energy levels. Additionally, barley is rich in soluble fibre, particularly beta-glucan which causes us to feel full for longer thus reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss. This fibre can also reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, lowering the risk for cardiac diseases. Beta-glucans also produce short-chain fatty acids which reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer cell formation. Not only do these powerful grains have amazing health benefits, they are also delicious and easy to cook. This chewy and nutty grain can be served is many dishes like soups, stews, salads, or on its own. Check out this Vegetable Barley Soup recipe to gain these amazing benefits. Ingredients – 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 yellow onion, diced – 3 carrots, peeled and diced – 3 stalks of celery,… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts with Shitake Bacon

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com This month’s recipe and picture from Amy’s book The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based Recipes for Optimal Health, available on Amazon, Indigo, Costco and TYPE Books (as well as many other local book stores across Canada).  All author proceeds go to fund the important cancer support programming at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto! Photography credit: Darren Kemper   Stop animation video of the recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqT9rd5IJWY&list=PLhehiplX_s_ewmfYqmgAMOHP5EM_b7yVQ&index=10 Often half-heartedly chased around the dinner plate and too frequently synonymous with the most widely hated vegetable, Brussels sprouts do not get the delicious recognition and love they deserve. As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, Brussels sprouts are full of sulphuric compounds, which help in cancer prevention, lowering LDL cholesterol levels and reducing one’s risk of age-related macular degeneration. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and K as well as a good source of fibre, folate, potassium, B6 and the omega 3 fatty acids. Due to their high fibre content Brussels sprouts are good for gut health, gastrointestinal movement and aiding in the multiplication of existing beneficial bacteria.  They are a low glycemic food which aids in the regulation of blood… Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Ravioli

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  I bet you thought pumpkin season was over, but not yet! Pumpkins are such a versatile vegetable and are packed full of beneficial nutrients. They are a great fall staple to incorporate into your diet. Pumpkins are known for their rich orange colour. This comes from the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene which our body converts into vitamin A. This antioxidant is able to stabilize free radicals from damaging our cells. Free radicals are toxins found in our environment from pollution, smoking, alcohol, and more. Free radical damage can cause advanced aging as well as certain diseases and cancers. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for our bodies. It is known for maintaining adequate vision, as well as strengthening our immune system. Studies show that high amounts of vitamin A in our body can reduce risk for certain cancers including lung, bladder, and cervical. Additionally, pumpkins are rich in vitamin C, another powerhouse antioxidant. Vitamin C is known to increase white blood cell protection, strengthening our immune system as well as aiding in skin and bone repair. Pumpkins just may be the perfect food to give you all the nutrients needed to fight… Read More


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Discount Profile: Hibiscus Restaurant

Hibiscus is a cozy restaurant tucked into Augusta Street in Kensington Market. While they offer delicious crepes (sweet and savoury!) and house-made ice cream; the item that members get for a discount is the soup and salad combo. The soup arrives in a mug, and it’s super cute! The flavour changes daily and seasonally. The day we visited it was sweet potato coconut. I’m not usually a fan of sweet potato, but I really enjoyed this soup, the coconut gave it a nice creaminess and it was pleasantly thick. The salad comes with a raw cracker, which is delicious on its own, but I also liked dipping it in the soup. Speaking of the salad–it’s gigantic! Hibiscus says that there are 42 ingredients in the salad, and I can definitely say that it’s not an everyday salad. Mine came with no kelp — I don’t like it– but the salad was flavourful, packed, and really more like a bowl than a salad with all the different ingredients. My favourite was the tofu, and the berries–they were so sweet!   We followed up this healthy plant-based lunch with a scoop of their house-made ice cream; the flavour… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Tahini Dill Dressing

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com  Contrary to popular belief, tahini isn’t solely used for making hummus or just topping falafels. Its rich and creamy texture lends itself to both savoury and sweet recipes. Use it in noodle bowls, stir-fries, dressings, marinades, sauces, dips, on toast with fresh figs or in cakes, muffins, or cheesecakes! Even though it is simply just ground up sesame seeds, its flavour is quite complex. It has a mildly sweet, yet slightly bitter taste and is often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. It is rich in protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E and is a source of calcium. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties helping to minimize inflammation in the body and consequently reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Try the below creamy and dreamy tahini dressing as a fun and flavourful way to reinvent those winter root vegetables whether they are roasted, spiralized or just straight up raw! Recipe and photograph by Darren Kemper are shared from Chef Amy’s cookbook “The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based recipes for optimal health” available for preorder online here. All author… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cherries and Cacao Cherry Cheesecake

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  Cherries hold the prize for being the most popular summer fruit in our kitchens! They’re tart, sweet, and that perfect treat on a hot day. Not only are cherries bursting with flavour, but they are also packed full of amazing antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Cherries are known for their deep red/purple colour. That bright colour comes from a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin. These antioxidants can aid in cell damage repair, and preventing further harm from occurring, resulting in a reduced risk of many cancers and chronic disease. They can also reduce blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels, and increase metabolism. Are you an athlete? Cherries have been seen to enhance exercise performance and speed up recovery time by reducing muscle soreness in marathon runners. They can also reduce inflammation in those individuals with arthritis or inflammatory diseases due to their ability to fight free-radicals and reduction of uric acid levels in the body.  So, not only do cherries taste good, but they are a powerhouse for combating many health conditions. Add this superfruit into your diet with this Cacao Cherry Cheesecake… Read More


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Discount Profile: Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant

For those who still think all the good veg options are only in the downtown core, you obviously have not yet been to Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant at Finch and Islington! I recently visited for the first time and was blown away by how flavourful and delicious everything was, not to mention the generous portions at a very affordable price! We started with two appetizers. The fried wontons came with a delicious, soft filling to contrast with the crispy, fried shell. We also delighted in the shredded mock meat rolls. The shredded mock meat was wrapped in a soft, rice paper roll and stuffed with plenty of lettuce too, which meant that even though it was a “meaty” dish, it tasted fresh and light. My partner and I almost laughed when the two main dishes we ordered came to the table because they were so huge! How were we going to finish so much food? Well, it turns out it was just so tasty we couldn’t stop ourselves and finished every last bite. The Huey-Style Vermicelli Bowl is actually a spicy soup with a wide assortment of veggie meats, vegetables and noodles too. It had a nice,… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Peaches

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  Summer weather calls for peachy moods, and peach-filled recipes. This bright fruit is packed full of flavour and nutrients, and a perfect addition to your plate. Peaches are known for their abundance of antioxidants. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that aids in cell repair from free-radical damage, protecting your body from aging and disease. Additionally, they contain fibre, that key nutrient for improved overall health. Fibre reduces inflammation and can improve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS. It also reduces LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, thus reducing risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. This juicy fruit can be enjoyed in a variety of ways like baked in a tart, sliced in a salad, or grilled as a decadent accompaniment. Peaches are an Ontario grown summer fruit and can be found at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Try this rich grilled peach pancake recipe at your next family brunch. Blueberry and Grilled Peach Pancakes Ingredients – 1 cup oat flour – 1 tbsp flax seed – 1 tbsp baking powder – 1 tsp cinnamon – ½ tsp salt – 1 cup… Read More


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