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Raw zucchini linguine with creamy pesto sauce

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Happy spring!!! It's finally here! Spring is by far my favourite season. The smell of wet earth, flowers growing, the warmth of the sun and enough sunlight to actually see you home after work! When it comes to food, it's also the time that we get to welcome fresh, light foods back into our lives after a winter of heavier, root vegetable fare.

Here's an easy, light dish dish that speaks of warm weather and blooming herb gardens - even if they're only on an apartment balcony.

To make the pesto
1/4c pine nuts
2T flax or olive oil
1/2c basil
1 clove garlic

Blend together.
Add a bit of water as needed to achieve consistency you want.

To make the pasta
2 zucchini
1 avocado, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped

Using a knife, cut the zuccinni in thirds, but don't cut all the way through. With a vegetable peeler, peel thin slices of the zucchini - bec…

Vegan Quiche Yum Yum

When I was younger I loved quiche. Loved it! And it was one of the dishes I mastered and loved to make as a kid as well (the others being chocolate chip cookies and meringues). When I became vegan, I wasn't quite ready to give up on quiches, and trying to make one was actually one of the first vegan things I tried. I had an excellent recipe in university, particularly the one time that I mixed up the ingredients and put all the oil that was meant for the crust in the filling - yum! Sadly though, I misplaced the recipe and haven't been able to find it since.

We were originally supposed to have one of his exciting salads for dinner. But, he went out and I ate all the lettuce (it's not my fault! You can't leave me alone with a head of lettuce! It's one of my many weaknesses!)...So, I had to find something else I could make for dinner, fast. Luckily, he had also bought medium firm silken tofu instead of our usual extra firm tofu (pffft! what a tofu amateur!). What els…

Raw dinner with kelly!

I've moved! Visit my new blog La Belle Vie for more recipes and healthy living tips. Don't forget to update your bookmarks! Carrot and cucumber salad with a spicy peanut dressing, sprinkled with hemp seeds.
Recently my husband went to Costa Rica for a week. Lucky boy, but I missed him tons. I had this plan to do all this stuff while he was away. Yeah...didn't happen. Instead, I was reminded that I am so not good left to my own devices. I eat crap and watch way too much tv and then feel sick from eating too much and so poorly and generally can't wait for him to come home. BUT one thing that helped both the missing him and the eating crap blues was having someone over for dinner!

So I had my buddy kelly over! Yes, the very same kelly who this blog is named after! yay kelly!
We had...
mushroom soup with zucchini soba noodles and marinated enoki mushroomsa carrot cucumber soup with spicy peanut dressingraw sushi filled with almond pate, carrots, cucumbers, avocados and enok…

steel cut oats (or, what I'm having for breakfast)

I'm a girl who likes, as my husband calls it, a "serious" breakfast. If I have cereal or a piece of toast with nut butter and honey, within an hour I'm starving. Normally I have scrambled tofu with tomato, red onion, garlic and olives. Sometimes I have it with toast as well. But sometimes a girl needs a bit of variety. Of course, when a serious breakfast is required, finding different things to fit that bill can be seriously difficult.

Enter steel cut oats. I heard about them, and bought some. Then I put off making them for about a year, under a misguided impression of how difficult they'd be.  But, when I finally did get around to making them, I couldn't believe how easy and delicious this healthy breakfast is.

Topped with chopped apples, blueberries, dried cranberries, walnut halves and cinnamon.
Steel-cut oats are whole oat groats, which have been cut into two or three pieces rather than rolled into flakes. Incredibly high in fibre, whole oats are the perfe…

lentil carrot salad

I went to Cuba recently for a very belated honeymoon. And let me tell you, Cuba is no place for vegans. And especially especially no place for vegans who cannot eat gluten. I was very lucky that my hotel at least had an amazing salad bar. And even luckier that I love love love salad. But even still, seven says of salad, 2x a day, everyday...well, it can leave a food-happy vegan girl a little...unsatisfied. And this is coming from someone who ate salad for a year straight. But at least that salad had beans.

I think I could have made it through a little better if there had been coconuts, the soy yogurt that's supposedly ubiquitous in cuba, or even cuba's "famous dish" of beans and rice. But, nada. I tried, quite hard and in my brand of broken spanish I might add, to monetarily convince someone - anyone - to send some soygurt my way. No one was having it. And you should have seen the looks of confusion and, dare I say it, concern at my sanity when I asked for beans an…