CARAMELIZED BANANA AND ROASTED WALNUT CHIA PUDDING   There is nothing I love more then easy desserts that can be done ahead of time with only a few finishing touches to put together before serving. This dessert is exactly that. I say dessert, but I would eat this for breakfast without hesitation. The chia pudding […]

keto spaghetti squash

Keto spaghetti squash with caramelized vegetables

Keto spaghetti squash with caramelized vegetables This pregnancy has my cravings all over the place. A few weeks back, I couldn’t get enough of oranges. I had to have one, or two, the moment I woke up and the craving would stay with me all day long. Lately, it’s all about high fat foods. My […]

Creamy Sweet Potato Risotto | plant-based recipe

  UPDATED: February 25, 2018 On my first ever Instagram post, a couple of weeks ago, I shared this picture of my creamy sweet potato risotto. In the caption, I mentioned that my blog would be up and running soon… Well “soon” took a little (a lot!) longer then expected. I am no techy by […]

luscious mushroom risotto

Luscious mushroom risotto | Vegan recipe

  Mushroom risotto will forever hold a dear place in my heart. Not only has it always been one of my favorite dishes, but it was also a star dish at my wedding. The hotel venue we chose for our reception actually has a designated chef who’s sole responsibility is to make heavenly delicious mushroom […]

dark moist dense and chocolatey cake

Pineapple chocolate cake – Moist Dense Chocolatey

Every health conscious, whole foods loving individual needs a go-to cake that can be whipped up in a short amount of time, is moist and dense and chocolatey and won’t send you into a spiral of guilt and shame for using less then nutritious ingredients. Basically, a cake you can stuff your face and the […]

nutrient pack green smoothie with frozen bananas, frozen mangoes, spinach, protein powder and spirulina

green power smoothies

  Ah… the smoothies. Let’s start with a little honesty this morning: smoothies are not my thing. I know, blasphemy, right. Who’s not crazy about smoothies especially smoothly poured in a bowl. Me! Don’t get me wrong, I eat/drink plenty of them, but they’re not really something I get excited about like say, banana pancakes […]

creamy and thick broccoli soup loaded with cheesy taste and a mount of grated vegan cheese

Comfort zone cheezy broccoli soup

  Comfort food. Just saying those words you start salivating, as your minds drifts off, daydreaming of bowls of creamy pasta, giant chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven, mounts of mashed potatoes smothered in rich gravy, warm apple crumble topped with ice cream melting on the sides. I’m making you drool aren’t I? […]

beluga lentil couscous salad

Beluga lentil couscous salad

  I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to most of you, but I spend a lot of time in grocery stores. Sometimes, multiple times a day (like when a recipe is a total fail and I need to redo it but I’ve run out of ingredients!) Luckily, I truly enjoy the process. But […]

creamy vegetable soup loaded with good for you vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, lentils for protein and fiber

New Year Resolution Soup

  Happy 2018 everyone! Some of you that read my blog regularly (thank you loyal fans, I appreciate you so much!) have probably noticed that I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while. This New Year Resolution Soup is actually my first recipe since mid-December. A lot of things happened in the last month […]

Liquid Gold Salad Dressing

  I know what you guys are thinking… really Elle, Liquid Gold salad dressing, isn’t that a bit of an over exaggeration? It’s just salad dressing after all. Ahhh, but no my friends, it isn’t. This isn’t just some salad dressing and the title doesn’t only come from its golden colour. This is THE salad dressing. The salad […]

Golden polenta fries

  I know what’ you’re thinking. You’re thinking that fries have taken over my kitchen blog. And you are absolutely right! I’ve been craving these little golden gems like crazy these days so I’ve been experimenting with different kinds of fries. Monday was all about sweet potato fries (you can read the post here) but today, […]

tangy & crispy sweet potato fries

  A post on fries on a Monday? Yes, absolutely! Because not only is it my birthday today so I’m totally allowing myself to enjoy in all the foods I love eating but, these fries are actually good for you as they are not deep fried in not-so-good-for-you vegetable oil but instead, are lovingly baked in […]

Sweet & Spicy Curry

There is something so grounding and soul satisfying about eating a curry or any Indian dish for that matter . Maybe it’s the abundant use of earthy spices. Maybe it’s the time and care it takes to make Indian dishes. Maybe it’s the complexity of the flavour. Maybe it’s because the cuisine dates back over […]

Potage à la kale & dill

  Some of you may look at the picture of  this potage à la kale and dill and you start reading, you may think to yourself : “wait a minute, another soup recipe?” Yes, my friends, it is. And there are two very simple explanations for that: a) I love soup… I mean, I love […]

Simply Pho Soup

  Do you have certain food cravings that are stronger then others and just hit you out of nowhere? I have that for Asian food. Especially for Asian soups. It doesn’t hit often but when it does, I have to have it now! It used to be that I reached for the phone and ordered […]

Banana Pancakes

  Like many things we cherish, this banana pancake recipe came out of necessity. Let me explain…We always have a mountain of fruits at home but the one fruit that trumps all others in terms of quantity and eating frequency is bananas. Mainly because it’s my son’s favourite and most prized fruit. His entire face […]

healing soup

  The title of this post, “healing soup” couldn’t be more fitting: last week, the day before my husband’s birthday to be exact, our son Adriano and I caught a horrible virus that lasted 48 hours. Nothing more, nothing less, just 48 hours… but it felt like a long and horrible 48 hours let me […]

Jerk spiced stuffed peppers

  I’m calling on all my spicy food lovers out there. These stuffed peppers are for you! They are spicy, without stripping your taste buds, chewy, and loaded with good for your soul ingredients such a farro, mushrooms and collard greens. Now, here’s a few fun facts about me and where these peppers get their […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Donuts

There’s something that just feels so naughty yet so right about eating a donut, especially, for breakfast. I personally consider donuts to be high up there on the comfort food/I’m-going-to-treat-myself-because-I-totally-deserve-it pyramid. But here’s the thing, I don’t just want to eat a donut once in a while. I want be able to eat donuts often, […]

Soul satisfying cornbread

  I love cornbread. I actually love all things soul food, many of which are already vegan or can be made vegan: collard greens, grits, black eye peas, sweet potato pie… The first time I made cornbread was years ago, when I was having friends over on a Sunday afternoon to watch some football. I […]

Blueberry & Zucchini oatmeal bread

    This is what happens when I stand in front of my fridge in the evening, looking for inspiration for my next recipe, and I see a beautiful zucchini just chilling there, all alone, somewhere between the romaine lettuce heads and a bag of carrots. It must have slipped my radar when I made […]

Mango & peach oatmeal bake

  I’ve probably mentioned this to you before, at least once or twice, actually, come to think of it, I think I wrote an entire post on breakfast, but yes, food is what gets me up in the morning. And I don’t just mean it’s what gets me going. I literally mean, it’s what gets […]

Cheezy root vegetable casserole

  One of the things I love most about food blogging is the possibility to create and share recipes with all of you. I won’t lie, it can be a very frustrating and time consuming task, with multiple trips to the grocery store to get the same items and tweaking ingredients down to the last […]

Biryani cauliflower rice stuffed acorn squash

  Good morning friends, The title of this post is a bit long but I wanted to fit as much description as possible in it because I want you guys to get excited about this recipe just from the title. And trust me, you won’t be disappointed. This recipe is just delicious spicy goodness in […]

French lentil Cakes

  Happy Monday friends, Ah les lentilles françaises, un vrai délice! If you’re French is a bit rusty, that means: Ah French lentils, how delicious! French lentils, sometimes called Puy lentils (from the Puy region in France where they are cultivated) are often my go-to bean when I need to make a soup, a salad […]

Overnight festive oats

  Good morning, Did you sleep well, did you wake up fully rested and ready to start the day, was your morning rushed or flowing flawlessly?  Do you need a hearty breakfast to get your through the morning hustle or do you crave something creamy and cozy to go with that steaming cup of coffee […]

Sweet potato & red lentil soup

    Good morning beautiful friends, We are definitely in the midst of autumn now. The morning air is cool (I should actually say cold since it was 2°C – 36°F– overnight!), the grass has frosty little tips and it is now completely dark outside when I wake up at 4:50am. Yes, I wake up […]

Breakfast Zucchini Carrot Cake

  Good morning beautiful friends, We have survived Monday and I think this deserves cake! A healthy, nutrient pack, breakfast cake that is… Something a little sweet and just naughty enough to accompany a hot cup of coffee or tea, whether you’re storming out the door with mug and cake in hand or just nestling […]

Autumn Carrot & Turnip soup

    Hello my beautiful friends, It has been far too long… I had originally written almost an entire post (just not complete enough to publish it!) on Canadian Thanksgiving with more tips and tricks about hosting a stress free gathering, along with the soup recipe I was going to serve. Unfortunately, my son got […]

All vegetable stuffed peppers

    Good evening beautiful friends, I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons I enjoy cooking so much is to make other people happy. Yes, I’m a people pleaser. I like to make other people smile. It makes me happy when people are happy because of the food I made for them.  […]

Pumpkin Polenta with Caramelized Peaches and Butternut Squash

  Hello beautiful people, Thanksgiving in Canada is just a short week away. I’m already excited for all the delicious food, the family, the ambiance of festivities… If you’re hosting, Thanksgiving can require quite a bit of cooking. I find that a little preparation and cooking a few days ahead goes a long way. It’s […]

Chocolate espresso nice cream

  Hello beautiful people, It’s Friday. Finally Friday! The day most of us look forward to all week… In all honesty, as much as I love Fridays, Sunday is my favourite day of the week. Maybe because growing up, Sunday meant time spent in the kitchen with my mom and often times my grand-mother (which […]

Sweet & Savoury Coleslaw

    Hello beautiful people, I woke up this morning to the perfect Fall morning. The sun wasn’t up yet (I wake up at 5am), but I could see it starting to pierce through the dark sky, the air was cool and crisp and it was a mere 12°C (53°F). Glorious! I went for a […]

Kale Caesar Salad

  Hello beautiful people, For the past few posts, I’ve shared with you my thoughts on compassion. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and I’d love to hear back from you so don’t be shy, scroll on down (after you’ve read this post of course!) and leave a comment… But now, it is time to go […]

Red lentil and butternut squash curry

    Hello beautiful people, So where did we leave off… ah yes, the steps I took to implement more compassion in my life! In my last post (with the pumpkin brownie recipe as a bonus for reading through my post! lol) I talked about what it meant for me to be vegan, what the […]

Pumpkin brownies

  Hello beautiful people, Let’s talk about compassion… Compassion is a word you hear a lot of in the vegan community.  The entire premise of the vegan lifestyle is based on compassion for animals. To not cause additional suffering to helpless creatures, to defend the defenceless and to speak up for those who have no […]

Leftover vegetable soup

  Hello beautiful people, The title of this post says it all: vegetable leftover soup! It happens to all of us. We go to the grocery store or the farmer’s market and buy all this beautiful produce. We come home, head full of ideas on what to cook/bake for our family during the week. And […]

Delicious Borscht

    Hello beautiful people, A little while back, I posted this beautiful picture of a borscht I made, on my Instagram account. I won’t lie, this was one of the best borscht I’ve ever made… after a few disappointing attempts. If you read my post at the time, I mention that a few years back, I […]

Spiced apple crumble

    Hello beautiful people, Yesterday was such an amazing day. It was the first time we were bringing our son Adriano apple picking. Well not only was the sun shining and the weather nice and warm, but the farm was holding its annual Fall Festival with live music, tractor rides and my favourite, a […]

Quick & Easy hearty pumpkin soup

    Hello beautiful people, I’m just gonna come out and say it: I love Fall! I love everything about Fall. From the crisp cool air in the morning, the colourful leafs, the soft and warm sweaters… I love it all. But what I especially love, is the food. Fall recipes tend to be heartier, […]

Lentil spinach pasta sauce

  Good morning beautiful people, What a week this has been so far. I won’t lie, I’m happy we are Thursday morning and there is only one day left before the weekend. This week has been quite the roller coaster ride. I’m still figuring out the “blogging” thing, while trying to be more active on […]

Sunday night chili

  Good morning beautiful people, I’ve ben meaning to get this post to you earlier in the week, i.e.Sunday, but the day, and the beginning of the week, has gotten the best of me. Luckily, this chili is luscious and has set the tone for a wonderful week of delicious food creation. In all honesty, […]

Glorious Fall Breakfast

Good morning beautiful people, I’m so excited about today. My mother-in-law is coming over for breakfast and then we are headed out to the flea market. Finnegan’s flea market is an outdoor market in the town of Hudson, just a 15 minute drive away from our house. The market is only open on Saturdays from […]

Protein Packed Pumpkin Spiced Nice Cream

  Hello beautiful people, I can’t believe we’re Friday already. The week has just flown, right by me. Part of me is excited, read relieved, that the weekend is just around the corner, mainly because the 3 hours a day commute to work has taken a toll on me this week (read my previous post […]

Decadent Granola

Good morning beautiful people, Today is a big day for me. My son is now in daycare full-time (he’s 13 months) which means that I’m officially back at work full-time also. Although I never really stopped working, today feels different. Very different. Probably because today is the first day that my husband dropped off our […]

Sweet Lentil Beet Loaf

As I’m sitting here, in the kitchen, in front of my computer, getting ready to type this post, I can’t help but notice that it is only 8pm and it is completely dark outside. Not only is it completely dark outisde, as in, if no lights are turned on in the house you will hit […]

Tangy Cilantro Dressing

  Hello beautiful people, I’m so excited about this post! You may be wondering why I’m so excited about posting a salad dressing recipe but the thing is, this is not just some random dressing recipe, this is a cilantro dressing  recipe. And that my friends, is the best type of dressing there is! One […]

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