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LIVING VEG

Vegetarian since January 2004
Vegan for 2014 + Raw for 2 months


Vegan Banana Bread

I found this recipe on www.ryleeandelle.com and have been making it ever since. Find out the rest of the steps, here

Ingredients:
2 cups wholemeal flour
¼ cup desiccated coconut
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 over ripe bananas
7+ dates
Handful of walnuts


Urban Herbivore

The GRAIN bowl from Urban Herbivore is my favourite salad in the city. With locations in Kensington Market, the Eaton Centre food court and on College Street, they are easy to access and quick to order. My salad usually consists of: quinoa and brown rice, grilled tempeh steaks (base), arugula, spinach, snap peas, alfalfa sprouts, lentils, tofu cubes, sautéed peppers and cherry tomatoes. I always drench it in the lemon-tahini dressing and ask for nuts and seeds on top. Let me know what you think! 


Cooking 

I love to cook! Stir fry's with colourful veggies and different style curries are some of my favourite dishes to prepare at home. I've also been in the habit of making chilli so I can have it to eat throughout the week. Since I don't eat meat, it's harder for me to meal prep and organize my diet, but I really enjoy the process of cooking fresh. 


Fresh

I love Fresh and have been working my way through their menu for years. The Buddha bowl [left] is my favourite dish on the menu and I love smothering it in their homemade hot sauce.

Quick note: while you wait, ask your server for the black book of ingredients that go into every menu item. The sauces are out of this world! Try them at home. 

Fresh offers both light and heavy options that are open to a number of substitutions. The thai burger [centre] is probably my favourite veggie burger in the city - Joey eaton centre has you tied - and it's BIG. If you want something with just as much substance, go with the black bean burrito, unwrapped, salad style!  

Toronto, Canada
www.freshrestaurants.ca

Sooo... I've been thinking of transitioning back into a vegan diet and after recently whipping up this delicious zucchini pasta, there really is no going back. 
To make matters easier, invest in a spiralizer to turn all of your favourite veggies into 'pasta' and experiment with different ways to create the perfect pesto (I soak almonds overnight before putting basil, garlic, pumpkin seeds and almond milk in a food processor until I get a smooth consistency). Leave in the fridge overnight and enjoy. x


Buying Local

When you live in the Little Italy-Kensington-Chinatown neighbourhood of Toronto, there's no reason to go to the grocery store. When I went vegan in 2014, I remember walking to the market at least 4-5 times a week to get fresh fruit and veggies. I basically lived on zucchini pasta and homemade pesto, portobello mushrooms, balsamic vinaigrette and chilli. Avocados are my go to and in the summer you can often find 3 avocados for $1. Sometimes when they get too ripe, I'll throw one or two in my magic bullet with 1/3 cup of almond milk, 1/2 of raw cocoa and 1/3 of maple syrup for the perfect avocado-chocolate pudding. #NoAnimalsHarmed


I came across this video online and had to share. If you're a fan of Chipotle, you won't forget these hacks next time you're waiting in line to order. 


Hogtown Vegan

Hands down the best vegan comfort food i've ever had. The lunch menu is worth checking out solely for the Unchicken Club Sandwich - everyone who tries it says it tastes exactly like the real thing. The Unchicken and Waffles are also a must-have if you haven't had them around the city - The Dirty Bird, maybe?  - and if you're not overwhelmed already, you can never go wrong with VEGAN deep-fried apple pie.

Toronto, Canada
www.hogtownvegan.com


Veg Out

When I used to live in London, Veg Out was my go-to for vegan food. I remember one time my friend Abby went in wearing a long faux-fur coat and they almost denied her service. They also used to deliver by bicycle in the downtown core and it was the cutest thing ever.  Along with amazing flavours and a menu that's always made up of new apps, entrées and desserts, Veg Out emphasizes their use of local, organic, and fair trade ingredients.

The Tempeh Wings [left], available mild or spicy, are still available on the menu and are #todiefor. 
I remember getting takeout [centre] and we ordered an amazing zucchini pasta salad - no longer available - along with the chick-pea-nut burger, bacon mushroom melt, and a piece of dark chocolate cake - *desserts vary every day/week. 

London, Canada
www.vegoutrestaurant.com


Moo Frites

I came across moo frites and they immediately reminded me of the 'weed fries' I had while I was in Amsterdam. Located in the heart of Kensington, the shop serves thick hand-cut fries that come with a variety of dipping sauces. I typically go with the garlic mayo, but I would kill for the weed sauce - THC infused/flavoured mayo - that they use in Holland.