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Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

Want to be mentally transported to a tropical island? Make this smoothie and drink it in a sunny/warm spot in your home like I did :P.

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Sweet Potato Rice Balls (DF, GF, V) – Feel the Lean

Sweet Potato Rice Balls

I was pumped to try out some of the non-raw recipes from our Book of the Month, Feel the Lean by Loni Jane, and this dish did not disappoint. Flavourful and filling, this would make an amazing potluck dish that is also vegan, dairy-free AND gluten-free.

I paired mine with some salsa and avocado, Loni went with an amazing looking salad, but I could also see it with a yummy tomato sauce as a healthier/vegan friendly arancini (Italian rice ball) alternative. My mouths watering just thinking of that… can’t wait to make these again!

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Rawnola – Feel the Lean

Rawnola This recipe is taken from our Book of the Month, Feel the Lean by Loni Jane. Like most of the recipes in her book, Loni Jane’s Rawnola is incredibly easy to make, has simple ingredients, but packs a lot of nutrients. Rawnola can be used as a snack throughout the day, inside your nice cream for some crunch or sprinkled on top of a smoothie bowl.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn SquashI made these quinoa and wild rice stuffed acorn squash for a family dinner and it was a nice hearty but healthy alternative to our typical family veg-out sessions. You’re getting magnesium from the pumpkin seed, vitamin C and fibre (among other things) from the squash and it’s a complete protein meal because of the quinoa. You can also swap out the goat cheese for Daiya or nutritional yeast if you’re not down with the dairy.

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Red Pepper Pasta (V, GF, DF)

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Red Pepper Pasta

When I saw the recipe for this Red Pepper Pasta from The Minimalist Baker on Pinterest, I was all over giving it a try.

For some reason, I’ve found roasting peppers intimidating. My sister makes a mean pizza with roasted peppers, but that step always worried me because I felt like they were a step away from catching fire in the oven. After making this dish, I realize how incredibly untrue and irrational that fear was, because roasting the peppers was the easiest part of the process. You just leave them in the oven to do their thing. So, lesson learned, there’s no room for fear in the kitchen (except maybe when using the food mandolin…) because these roasted peppers add so much flavour to the dish, can’t wait to make them again!

Carrot Cake Smoothie – Joyous Health

IMG_7327I just love carrot cake, and now with this smoothie from our book of the month, Joyous Health, I have a healthy, dairy and gluten free way to get that same taste!

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Banana Bread French Toast – GF, DF

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How do you top banana bread? Banana bread FRENCH TOAST of course!

FullSizeRender-14Once you have made the banana bread, (try one of these), it is really easy to make this! Do I want this for breakfast or dessert? Yes and yes.

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