Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cheezy Steamed Potatoes + Sunwarrior Protein Puddings

There's nothing like a rainy sunday. It's one of those "do-nothing" days and the perfect time for some comfort food. How about some cheezy potatoes? It's very simple and very yummy. All you need is tahini and nutritional yeast and water to thin it out.

I didn't measure exactly when I made the sauce but this is around how much I used:

2 tbsp tahini
1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup water
Generous pinch of sea salt

About 3 medium red potatoes, steamed

Serve on a bed of greens.

Simple and Easy

We tried SunWarrior Protein Powder for the first time and loved it! We received a chocolate and a vanilla in the mail. I of course made protein packed puddings with them.

Avocado, Frozen cukes, vanilla protein powder. Topped with buckwheat groats and hemp seeds

Avocado, Frozen cukes and chocolate protein powder. Topped with almonds and hemp seeds.

I love how it's raw and contains no sweetener except stevia. It had a really natural taste and it wasn't chalky like I expected.

Thanks SunWarrior!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chili-Lime Guacamole Mac + RISE bar

Hello lovely readers! We've been receiving some great stuff to review lately including these RISE bars which is the old pranabar "reinvented", hope you don't mind all the products. We're kind of nerds that way, we could spend hours browsing the aisles of health food stores. It's the packaging that gets us! Why is health food always in such pretty packaging?... I think they're onto something marketing wise...

I made the most random weirdest dish because I was basically out of normal food and all I had was an avocado, brown rice noodles and limes. So what did I make??...

Chili-Lime Mac!

I know I know, it's almost like we make an effort to be weird...

It was pretty good! Basically like guacamole mixed into pasta.

For the sauce:

1 large avocado
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
A very generous pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Whizz up in your blender (I used my magic bullet of course)

Enjoy over some piping hot pasta!

Oh and one more thing, we received a whole package of rise bars in the mail!

What could be inside!

These are comparable to lara bars except they have more of a texture to them. They are primarily comprised of fruit and nuts with some popped amaranth for extra chewiness.

Lots to choose from!

Our favourite was definitely the coconut-acai and we loved how unique the flavour combos were.

Flickering in close up 

Order your own box of RISE bars HERE

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miso-Tahini Pumpkin Noodles + Pudding + King Soba

You probably already know we are big fans of tahini. 1. because it's cheap 2. because it has a low glycemic index and 3. because it actually tastes really good! I made a super yummy asian inspired miso-tahini sauce that you can use as a dressing or poured over top of noodles. In this case I used King Soba's Pumpkin-Ginger Noodles. We love this gluten-free noodle company (especially the packaging) and they're organic too! Double score! They sent us some other noodles to try so we'll also be posting recipes for those when inspiration strikes.

So to make your noodle dish first mix together the sauce:

2 tbsp of tahini
1 tsp miso paste
1/4 cup hot water (or more depending on consistency of tahini)

Mix together the miso and hot water. Add in tahini and stir until well combined. It should have a dressing consistency.

Pour over cooked noodles and wilted spinach or arugula (or whatever greens you'd like). Toss in the dressing. Eat!

Into the miso abyss


I hope you guys don't mind the simplicity of the dishes we've been making. Hopefully when the holidays come we'll get a bit more crazy.

King Soba! 

Here's a pudding I made...guess what's in it...

It's avocado and kiwi! (w/ cinni and hemp seeds on top). Simple, low-glycemic and filling. We love our avos!

Monday, November 14, 2011

How to Make Coconut Water Kefir (w/ boxed coconut water)

I've always wanted to try coconut kefir but the thought of carting home a case of young coconuts home on the subway was not very encouraging. I decided to try making it with boxed coconut water and it totally worked! I used the ZICO brand because I saw that it didn't contain any extra additives so I'm not sure if other brands will work...

So first you dump the entire container (1 liter) of coconut water into a glass jar. Make sure the coconut water and the jar are room temperature.

Next, add in the powder from two probiotic capsules

This could totally be in a photography gallery! I've never seen such a professional looking picture of pills....

Be sure that your probiotic capsules contain "lactobacillus acidophilus" bacteria.

Stir in the powder and screw on the jar lid tightly. Place in a warm environment for 1 1/2 - 2 days and make sure it's warm, I tried just putting it on the counter and it didn't work (I ended up putting it on a heat register with a towel over it to keep the heat in). You will know it's ready when it becomes significantly cloudy.

Store in the refrigerator and enjoy with meals to aid digestion and get a hefty dose of probiotics!

Drink up me hearty yo ho!....

The boxed coconut water is not as "fresh" so the kefir will be a more yellow-y colour (it was even yellow-ish in the beginning), but it's just as fizzy in my opinion! You'll know it's done when it tastes like beer and no longer contains the subtle sweetness coconut water is famous for.

This is such a powerful drink! Click HERE to read all the amazing benefits of coconut kefir!

Also check out our EBOOK if you're looking for more fizzy recipes

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cinnamon-Butternut Buckwheat Biscuits + Pudding

I've decided to go on a sugar cleanse for a while and have been experimenting with stevia lately. I was craving some sweetness after 3 days of no sugar. Can't believe it! So I baked these cute biscuits made with butternut squash and cinnamon that's also oil/fat free! And also, if you are on a sugar cleanse and need recipes check out our ebook!

These would be perfect for thanksgiving dinner or with some soup.

Here's the team!:

1 1/2 cups raw buckwheat groats, ground finely
2 tbsp chia seeds, ground finely
1 tbsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp powdered stevia
1/2 cup butternut squash puree
1 cup of water

Mix all together and you should have a dough that's slightly sticky. Spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350F.

The biscuits are crisp on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. You could also substitute pumpkin for the butternut.

For breakfast this morning I had a delightful acai berry pudding made with avocado and frozen cucumber! Oh the insanity!

In the pudding: avocado, frozen cukes, about 2 tbsp of acai berry powder, a sprinklin' of stevia.

Check out our other sugar-free pudding recipes on our recipe page

Have a great 11/11/11 !

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Raw Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Buckwheat + JOVAN'S

Good morning! It's a bit of a dreary day today but that's expected after yesterday's beautiful fall weather. I can't believe it hasn't snowed yet in Canada this is just insanity!

I made a fall-inspired breakfast this morning, actually I made it last night and just dumped it in a bowl and sprinkled on some apple pieces, super simple.

2 tbsp of hemp seeds blended w/ 1 cup of water (or 1 cup of nut/seed milk)
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp raw buckwheat groats

Combine all ingredients in an air tight container and store in the fridge over night

Awaken to a yummy low-glycemic cereal! Sprinkle with apples.

 We got to try these yummy whole food veggie crackers from JOVAN'S. The ingredients are so pure and natural which we are of course big fans of.

The Zesty Tomato was our favourite

Zesty Tomato and Taste of Tuscany Crackers. Crunchy

That's all for today! :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Creamy Hummus Pasta w/ Spinach and Nuts + Cookies

Looks like we've been in a bit of a temporary hiatus, don't freak out though it's just temporary (30 Rock fans?) It feels kind of weird to not be posting almost everyday like we've been doing this past month for Vegan MoFo. It was fun to figure out something to post everyday but I'm also glad that the pressure's off!

I came up with an absolutely delicious, easy vegan and gluten-free lunch. It tastes like pasta in Alfredo sauce (basically...)

This is enough for 2 people:

2 fist fulls of brown rice pasta (I used spaghetti)
1/4 cup hummus (store-bought or homemade)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Liberal sprinkling of sea salt and pepper
Splash of olive oil (optional)

2 handfuls of spinach
About a quarter cup of chopped nuts (I used almonds)

Boil noodles until tender. Drain in a colander, rinse off starchiness and set aside. Add a bit of water (a couple tbsps) to the pot and return to stove. Add in spinach, cover and steam for about 30 seconds. Remove pot from stove, add in hummus, water, yeast, sea salt and pepper. Add in noodles, and drizzle with a bit of oil (optional). Stir in nuts. Serve!

Creamy tangle

This was a perfect lunch! Feel free to add any sort of vegetables or legumes or nuts to the pasta.

And we made the best chocolate chip cookies! Aren't they cute? We're thinking about opening an Etsy store to sell our baked goods. We'll keep you updated with that endeavour.

Also check out our cousin's blog! She does catering in Ontario!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Double Take Pudding + Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Hello everyone! I've got two quick and easy puddings to share with you so let's get on it! I'm loving avocado puddings for breakfast lately. Mainly because I had a bag of avocados in my fridge I forgot about (how is that even possible?!) So I've been whipping up a storm! I like the combination of avocado and banana together but you can substitute any fruit you'd like. For more pudding recipes check out our recipe tab!

Spinach-Avocado Pudding
 For the Spinach-Avocado Pudding I put in:

1 hefty handful of spinach
1 banana
2 small avocados
1/3 cup water

*It's a good idea to blend the water and spinach first so you don't get leafy bits in the pudding

Carob-Banana Pudding

For the Carob-Banana Pudding I put in:

2 bananas
1 small avocado
3 tbsp carob
1/3 cup water

And now for the giveaway winner!

The winner is...

Stacey Renee Groth from Guiltless Raw Goodies!

Stacey please email us so we can forward your contact info to

Thanks to everyone for participating!