Food of the Month: Ginger Molasses Cookies

Care of Andrea Howe at  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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Cookie Pizzas in Grange Park

The Vegan Baking Group presents Cookie Pizzas in Grange Park. We’ll be gathering on Sunday August 27th from 2 to 5 pm at the newly re-opened Grange Park, located directly south of the Art Gallery of Ontario on Dundas between Beverly and McCaul. This time around we will be… Read More

Passover Desserts: Vegan Style

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator People have always found it a bit strange that I actually quite enjoy Passover food. While my family has never kept Kosher for Passover, I always take advantage of this time of year to enjoy matza bagels and whip up a batch of Isa Chandra Mokowitz’s wonderful matza ball soup or Chloe Coscarelli’s matza brie (which you can find on her website if you’re interested!). A couple of years ago I even found a recipe online for vegan gefilte fish and brought that to my family Sedar! When it comes to dessert for Passover though, I actually haven’t had to think outside the bread-filled box at all. While I’m sure I would (for some strange reason) enjoy some sort of store-bought vegan dessert made with matza meal, it just so happens that several of my favourite go-to desserts are already Passover-friendly! Here’s my list of desserts I turn to when deciding what to bring to wow family at our annual Sedars. Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge from Doug McNish This recipe which appeared in the Toronto Star in 2011 literally melts in your mouth and is so decadent and… Read More

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These are a few of my favourite things

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator If you know me at all, you know that I like to eat. Food is never far from my mind and I’m usually daydreaming about my next meal. By 10 am, I’m starting to countdown to lunch. I don’t consider this something to be ashamed of. We’re taught to eat three meals a day but many dietitians and nutritionists now say that having 1-2 snacks throughout the day is healthy and that you should eat as soon as you begin to feel hungry rather than have big gaps where you work up a huge appetite. It keeps your metabolism moving throughout the day and prevents binge eating at meal times. Banana Oat Date Cookies, photo from Also, while we vegetarians like to give off the impression that a plant-based diet is far superior to an omnivorous one in every way, authors and dietitians like Ginny Messina have taught me that there is nothing wrong with admitting that some vegetarians and vegans may in fact need to eat more in order to feel full and satiated. Plant-based food is naturally lower in fat than animal products and this is a good thing! But, eating a… Read More

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Flax Pumpkin Cookies

Care of Andrea Gourgy       Ingredients:  3/4 cup whole-wheat flour 3/4 cup all-purpose white flour 2 tbsp flax seeds 2 tsp allspice 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp sea salt 3/4 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/4 cup ground flax 1/3 cup water 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup raisins Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).  In a large bowl, whisk together whole-wheat flour, all-purpose white flour, flax seeds, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and sea salt. In a second bowl, whisk together brown sugar, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, flax meal, water and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Stir in raisins. Using your hands, form into balls and flatten on prepared baking sheets. Bake until cookies are firm and lightly golden (about 10 minutes). Makes about 30 cookies. Read More

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