Tea for Two: Citrusy Ginger & Turmeric Tea

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This soothing drink is perfect to wake you up on an early morning, relax with on morning break, or lazily curl up with on Saturdays

All you need is:

ginger

turmeric

a dash of cinnamon

a pinch of vanilla

a little pour of maple syrup

1/2 a lemon

and water

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This tea requires just 1 bowl, 1 spoon and 7 ingredients

It can be made in under 10 minutes

It’s warm, flavourful and soothing, and full of health benefits to boot.

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Citrusy Ginger and Turmeric Tea

Makes 2 large cups


  • 1 tbsp peeled and chopped fresh turmeric (about 1 small piece of turmeric)
  • 1 tbsp peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup + more to taste if desired
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of  ground vanilla
  1.  Cut and peel the turmeric and ginger and chop it into small pieces
  2. Fill a medium sized pot with the 4 cups of water and add lemon juice, chopped ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Taste and add more maple syrup if desired. Pour into 2 cups

Baby Spinach Salad with Sweet Tahini Dressing

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Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  This recipe requires just 20 minutes from start to finish and it results in a deliciously crisp and satisfying salad. It’s a mix of fresh veggies, sweet and tangy pomegranate arils, creamy avocado and a sweet and creamy maple/tahini dressing. Perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish.

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This salad is fast and simple to make, creamy, crispy, fresh, sweet, tangy and reminiscent of summer…It’s a nice change up from the heartier winter foods.

Plus it’s practically a gold mine of immune boosting ingredients to keep you healthy at a time of year when so many people are sick! It’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats!

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Baby Spinach Salad With Sweet Tahini Dressing

Makes 2 large salads


  • 2 packed cups baby spinach
  • 2 leaves of green swiss chard, chopped (or more spinach)
  • 1 avocado cut into salad sized pieces.
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium sized beet, peeled and grated
  • seeds from 1/4 of a large pomegranate (or more to taste)
  • handful of cashews and walnuts

Sweet Tahini Dressing (inspired by Kathy Patalskys Maple Tahini Dressing)

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • generous pinch of black pepper
  1. To make the dressing, mix all ingredients in a small cup or bowl. Use a fork and whisk until everything is well mixed and creamy
  2. Wash and dry the spinach well and then mix in a bowl with all other salad ingredients
  3. stir in the dressing and transfer salad to two bowls.
  4. Top with extra pomegranate seeds and nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double-Decker Carrot Cake with Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting {vegan, gluten free and naturally sweetened}

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This is definitely my new favourite carrot cake recipe and probably my new favourite cake recipe in general. This double decker carrot cake is so so good. It smells and tastes amazing, and the texture is spot on.  It’s so close to the traditional version but I think I like it even better. What’s the difference? Lose the butter, white flour, refined sugar, eggs, and cream cheese found in a traditional carrot cake and replace them with whole ingredients.  It’s just as simple and delicious but so much healthier!

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This cake is vegan, gluten free and naturally sweetened with maple syrup but the taste isn’t compromised at all!  You would never know that it’s actually really healthy! So what ‘s it like?

The taste – Delicious layers of hearty and slightly sweet carrots swirled together with rich maple-y sweetness and warm cinnamon and ginger spices. All covered in a sweet, vanilla cashew cream frosting…with a layer in the middle as well!

The texture - Sometimes with gluten free baking the results can be pretty dry, but this cake is so moist and dense with a thick, creamy cashew frosting in the middle and over the top. And it holds together perfectly

The Method - The hardest and most time consuming part is shredding the carrots. But other than that it’s pretty simple, straight forward and quick!

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Double-Decker Carrot Cake with Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting

Vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened

Makes 1 standard size cake


 

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (ground into flour – just mix the oats in the food processor until the texture resembles flour)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 medium-large carrots (peeled and ends cut of) (~490 g)
  • 1 cup maple syrup + 2-3 tbsp more to taste
  • 1/4 cup flax meal + 1/2 cup water
  • 5 soft dates, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Vanilla Cashew Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • juice of half a large lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup agave or maple syrup + more to taste
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla

To decorate

  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts to stick around the outside of the cake
  • marzipan carrots (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease two 9″ round cake pans with butter or coconut oil and dust with flour so that the inside of the pan is all covered. This makes it much easier to get the cakes out after baking.
  3. Mix flax and water. Set aside and let sit for at least 5 minutes
  4. Shred the carrots and set aside
  5. Mix buckwheat flour, oat flour, chickpea flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in a large bowl until they are well mixed.
  6. Add the shredded carrots to the bowl with the flour and spices and use a spatula or spoon to mix everything together
  7. In a mixer, mix maple syrup, flax + water mixture, dates, apple sauce and coconut oil.
  8. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the carrots and flour. Stir until everything is well combined. At this point you can try it and add more sweetener to taste.
  9. Split the batter between  the two cake pans and bake for ~45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the centre comes out clean.
  10. While the cakes are cooling, mix all frosting ingredients in a food processor. Add more sweetener to taste
  11. Once cakes are thoroughly cooled, ice one, then stack the other cake on top and ice it as well.
  12. Press the chopped walnuts around the side of the cake and top with extra blobs of icing and marzipan carrots

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies {vegan + gluten free}

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These old-fashion, oatmeal raisin cookies are so delicious! They’re rich and flavourful, packed full of raisins and crispy walnuts, thick, just sweet enough, and they have a crispy outer layer that gives way to a soft and chewy inside as you bite in.  And on top of that they’re gluten free and naturally sweetened with maple syrup and raisins.

 

 

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These cookies are a great breakfast to grab and go or a perfect snack dipped in a glass of almond milk, coffee, or tea.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Makes ~20 cookies


  •  5 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp agar agar
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (not melted)
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or other lighly flavoured oil)
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. Mix the flax seeds and water in a small cup or bowl and set aside
  3. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients – oat flour, buckwheat flour, almond meal, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, agar agar, raisins, walnuts and salt.
  4. In a mixer, mix coconut oil, grapeseed oil, flax + water mixture and maple syrup. Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir together until everything is well mixed.
  6. Spoon the dough onto the two cookies sheets in heaping spoonfuls. Dip a fork into hot water and use it to flatten the cookies (when the dough starts to stick wet the fork again)
  7. Bake for ~15 minutes or until the outsides are golden brown.

 

 

 

 

Little Bit of Everything Bars

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These soft and chewy bars are full of fiber and protein and make a perfect mid afternoon pick-me-up or a filling snack for anytime of the day.

They’re..

vegan

gluten free

refined sugar free

filling, healthy and delicious

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Each little bar is packed full of oats, nuts, and seeds, sweetened with figs and maple syrup, and drizzled with a thick peanut butter chocolate sauce.  It’s a great option when you need a healthy energy boost.

They’re also super easy to customize. The figs can be swapped for dates, almond butter for any other nut butter, and any combination of nuts or seeds can be used to change up the flavours.

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Little Bit Of Everything Bars

Makes 10 bars


  •  1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (roughly 8) large, soft figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line a 9″ baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
  3. In a mixer, mix the almond butter, almond milk, figs and maple syrup until you have a smooth mixture.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well until everything is combined
  5. Pour it into the baking pan and even out the top with a spoon
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1/2 cup smooth, unsalted peanut butter
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 tbsp almond milk or other milk
  • 1 tbsp unsweetenened cacao powder
  • pinch of ground vanilla
  • salt to taste (optional)
  1. Stir the peanut butter and maple syrup together until well combined.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of milk and stir until you have a sticky, caramel like consistency
  3. Mix in the cacao and vanilla
  4. Add more milk a little bit at a time until it has a pour-able consistency
  5. Pour over top of bars once they are cool

 

Garlicky Basil Pesto

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This delicious pesto is quick to whip up, super flavourful and is a perfect addition to any pasta or pizza. And it couldn’t be easier to make. One bowl, 10 minutes, 6 ingredients.

Start by blending together a cup of fresh basil leaves.

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Then add garlic, pine nuts, sea salt, cracked pepper, and oil.

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Stir in some vegan parmesan cheese and you’ve got a delicious, thick, garlicky pesto that you can use right away or store in the fridge for up to a week.

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Stir it into some pasta, use on pizza instead of tomato sauce, or use it as a dip or spread.

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Garlicky Basil Pesto

Serves 2 generously


  •  1 cup basil leaves (packed down)
  • 2-5 cloves of garlic (Depending on how garlicky you like it)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • up to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Toast the pine nuts in a small frying pan without oil for 5-7 minutes or until they start to brown. Stir them around every minute or so.
  2. Process the basil leaves in a food processor and then add the garlic, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix again on low and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it’s your desired consistency
  4. Stir in more parmesan cheese if desired and season with salt and pepper
  5. Serve on pasta, pizza, sandwiches or as a dip

Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

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From the end of November until Christmas time, the streets of most major cities in Europe are bustling with excitement and buzzing with a cheery atmosphere as people wander and peruse an endless array of food, crafts, and handmade Christmas decorations at the annual Christmas Markets. People shop, socialize, and huddle around outdoor bar tables with good food and a warm drink. The smell of warm spices, roasted nuts, and gingerbread wafts from the quaint wooden stands and Christmas carols can be heard amidst the chatter and laughter of the crowd.. There’s really no better way to get into a festive spirit than munching on freshly roasted chestnuts and cradling a hot mug of mulled wine (known as gluhwein in Germany).

The markets are full of all kinds of people. Business people who need an after work pick me up, young friends laughing and drinking, holiday shoppers, and children coming to sip hot chocolate and go ice skating. The Christmas cheer is everywhere.

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Mulled wine is by far the most popular drink here and can be found everywhere during the holiday season. It’s a sweet and warming drink traditionally made with red wine, sugar and mulling spices and served hot. It’s incredibly easy to make on your own and tastes much better than the overly sweet store bought kinds.

All you need is a handful of basic ingredients and one pot.

Start by placing a sliced orange in the bottom of a small saucepan with cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves

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Then add a bottle of your favourite red wine and bring the mixture to a boil.

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After simmering for 15 minutes pour into mugs and enjoy. It’s that easy

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Mulled Wine (Glühwein )

Makes ~4 glasses


 

  • 1 bottle of your favourite red wine
  • 1 medium sized orange, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 tsp whole cloves (~20-25 cloves)
  1. Get out a medium sized sauce pan.
  2. Slice orange into thin slices.  Slice the two ends a little bit thicker and squeeze them into the pot (it should give you about 1 tbsp of juice but if its a little more or less it’s ok)
  3. Place all ingredients into the pot.
  4. Give it a good stir and then bring it to a boil over medium-high heat stirring once or twice
  5. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. While it’s simmering, use the back of a spoon or fork to press down on the orange slices and release some of the juice.
  6. Strain or use a ladle to serve and garnish with cinnamon sticks, star anise, and orange slices.