All posts by Lauren Lobley

Curry Spiced Chickpea Veggie Burger

Curry Spiced Chickpea Veggie Burger

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I’ve been on a veggie burger kick lately. Call it a passion project to find the perfect veggie burger that every palate can enjoy. I’m still testing, but I wanted to share this curry spiced chickpea burger because frankly, it’s awesome.

One of the best things about these veggie burgers is that you can make the patties ahead of time and keep them on hand in the freezer.…

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Mushroom Walnut Vegan Bolognese

Mushroom Walnut Vegan Bolognese

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As the daughter of an Italian mother, my childhood was filled with the most incredible Italian food. I loved my mom’s cooking, but what I loved even more was my Nana Rita’s cooking. Whenever we made the drive from Montreal to Toronto, no matter what time we arrived (it was usually 3:00am), my Nana Rita would have a pot of pasta sauce and sausage on the stove.…

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Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Potatoes

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This dish of roasted beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes is a great way to warm up your winter, but in truth, roasted vegetables are great at any time of year. These roasted veggies can dress up a salad, making it beautiful and nutritious, but they are also perfect when served warm alongside fish or your favorite protein.

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Beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes all come in different colors, and each of those varieties is packed with slightly different nutrients.…

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Soy-Free Dairy-Free Spinach Artichoke Dip

Soy-Free Dairy-Free Spinach Artichoke Dip

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I love me a warm savory dip! But I don’t love the heavy creams that tend to be the reason for the creaminess of those dips.

You can imagine my delight when I discovered this cream-free recipe for warm spinach artichoke dip. This recipe contains no soy and no dairy, but still retains a delectable creamy quality due to the cashew ricotta “cheese” base.…

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Cashew Ricotta Cheese

Cashew Ricotta “Cheese”

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One of my all time favorite restaurants is Cafe Gratitude. Apart from having a tranquil and beautiful atmosphere, they also have amazing vegan food – good enough to please even the most staunch carnivore (says me). I received their cookbook as a Christmas gift, and I already have a new favorite: cashew ricotta cheese.

The great thing about cashew ricotta cheese, just like regular ricotta cheese, is that you can use it as the foundation for so many amazing dishes.…

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Pumpkin Hummus for Parties, Snacks, and Holidays

Pumpkin Hummus for the Holidays

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It’s American Thanksgiving, and what better ingredient to work with at this time of year than pumpkin! This recipe for pumpkin hummus will make for the perfect addition to your holiday table this year. It’s a definite show stopper, but it only takes a few minutes to put together. Score!

As far as what to dip in your pumpkin hummus, the options are pretty limitless.…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Balsamic Reduction

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I’ve learned the secret to enjoying the wonderful Brussels sprout: caramelize them! When I was little, I hated Brussels sprouts. They smelled like, well, we don’t have to say what they smelled like. But it was enough to turn me off ever wanting to eat them.

Thankfully, my palate has changed, and as an adult I truly enjoy this little sprout.…

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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This recipe for quinoa stuffed acorn squash is not only delicious, but is also so hearty that you can serve it as a meal. It’s a great side-dish for the holiday table or any time of year if you’re just craving that autumn feeling.

When it comes to nutrition, the little acorn squash packs a punch. It is high in fiber and full of vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, and calcium.…

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Spicy Kale and Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Kale and Cauliflower Rice

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When I’m craving a big ol’ bowl of rice, this recipe comes to the rescue. Not only does it satisfy my craving for those pesky carbs, but it also packs a big dose of nutrition and killer flavors all into one dish.

And, if you’ve got little ones around who you are trying to get to eat their veggies, this recipe would be a hard one for them to turn up their noses at.…

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Healthy Homemade Pecan Butter

Healthy Homemade Pecan Butter

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I’m kind of obsessed with pecan butter. It’s creamy and sweet, and yet there is no sugar in it. Something about those pecans just makes everything taste sweeter.

And since my husband, Ted, likes pecan butter so much (and often polishes off a batch before I’ve had a chance to fully enjoy it), I’ve invited him into the kitchen with me this week to learn how to make it.…

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Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

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I have a strong affinity for mushrooms — the culinary ones, not the other ones. I especially love cooking with shiitakes, and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them. Shiitakes are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but also possess some amazing anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing properties.

This recipe can stand on its own, but can also serve as a hearty side dish or even as a co-star in an entree featuring a protein like fish, chicken, or your favorite vegan alternative — if you eat those things, of course.…

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Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

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It’s summertime and there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold beverage. Make your tea more interesting this summer with this refreshing recipe for peach raspberry iced tea. It’s great to have in the refrigerator, is pretty enough to serve at parties, and is so simple to make it’s almost silly.

And the best part? It’s sweetener free! So you can indulge all you want and stick to your healthy eating goals.…

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