Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes

Food and Recipe of the Month: Basil Pesto

Basil – the famous herb which is likely in everyone’s vegetable garden in the summertime. Basil is known for its fresh and flavourful taste, and is popular in many recipes in Italian and Thai cuisine. The two most common variaties of basil are Genovese basil and Thai basil, however there are well over 15 types. Basil is rich in many vitamins and minerals that can greatly benefit our health. It contains antioxidants, including chlorophyll, giving it that bright green colour. Antioxidants are able to fight free-radical damage, and reduce the risk of cancer cells and diseases from forming. Basil also contains essential oils, which are anti-inflammatory, so it may be beneficial for those with arthritis, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes. Its anti-inflammatory properties may also be helpful for those who experience headaches, poor digestion, or acid reflux. Not only does it contain these powerful nutrients, but it can also be used as a flavour enhancer in cooking, replacing added sugar or salt. Therefore, using basil in your cooking can reduce the amount of unnecessary additional seasoning. Basil can be used in a variety of dishes, including salads, soups, sauces, and tea. It’s most popular use is in pesto,… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Black Beans

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com Beans are certainly a magical fruit due to their nutritional content, but especially the black bean, being a popular legume used all around the world. It can be found in Mexican cuisine, veggie burgers, chilies, and more. Its significance may be deceiving, because even though it’s small, it is packed full of important nutrients. Black beans are famous for their fibre content. Fibre can help regulate stools, lower blood sugars and weight, as well as decrease the risk of heart disease and various cancers including bowel, colon, breast, and prostate. Just one cup of black beans contains 15g of fibre, which is half of your recommended daily intake. Black beans are also full of vitamins, specifically B vitamins. These vitamins, including thiamin and niacin are important for growth and development in children, as well as for our brain health. Finally, black beans are a great source of plant-based protein, as well as rich in iron, with about 4 grams of iron in every cup. This makes them an important ingredient for vegetarians/vegans, women, and infants. The soft texture makes them a great snack for infants, but make sure to add a little lemon juice… Read More


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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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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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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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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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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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