Nicole MacPherson: Meatless Mummy Con Carne

May
18
2016

Skor Bar Layer Cake

Skor Big with your family!

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A few weeks ago I was in my favourite local grocery store, and I noticed they had a number of items on sale in the "Baking Needs" aisle. I am a person who loves to bake and who also likes a good sale - I may or may not save my grocery receipts just to show my husband and/ or mother just how much I received in promotional discounts on any given day. What can I say, I like praise.

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May
10
2016

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos With Avocado Cream

IN THIS CASE, "TACOS" JUST MEANS TACOS

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Okay. So I'm not the hippest girl in town. I'm not always down with the scene, I still say things like "That's the bomb!" like it's still 2009 and "It's steeped!" a la the un-hip mom in that old Tim Hortons' commercial.

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May
04
2016
Confessions of a Pulled-Together Mom | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know those moms who look totally put together at school drop-off? The ones who are wearing coordinated, stylish outfits, with blow-dried hair and lip gloss? The ones wearing wedge heels at the playground; I repeat, heels at the playground, for the love of god?

Don’t you hate those women? I mean, how much time do they have on their hands anyway? Who has time to doll themselves up like that for school drop-off? Can they hear their children crying for them over the sound of the blow dryer?

I have a confession to make: I am one of those moms.

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Apr
29
2016

The World Looks Bleak and Grim Without a Dyson Hair Dryer

SOMETIMES YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING IN LIFE UNTIL IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was uncharacteristically offline for a while yesterday, and when I finally logged in, I discovered something incredible and life-altering.

You know how you don't realize that something's missing in your life until that something is right in front of you? That's how I feel about the new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer.

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Apr
20
2016

Balsamic Glazed Baked Tofu

TOFU: THE FRIEND YOU WANT AT YOUR PARTY

Balsamic_Glazed_Baked_Tofu_With_Grilled_Vegetables | YummyMummyClub.ca

Tofu. It gets a bad rap, doesn't it? In my experience, one mention of tofu and people around you act like they just saw a mouse in your kitchen. "Ew! Tofu!"

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Apr
06
2016
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I absolutely love pasta. Pasta Night happens weekly at my house, and it is one of my favourite nights of the week. For one thing, pasta is quick and easy to prepare, and for another, everyone in my family loves it. You just cannot get better than that!

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Mar
21
2016

Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies

EXTRA EASTER CANDY? THERE'S A RECIPE FOR THAT.

Extra Easter Candy? There's a recipe for that! These Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies will help you use up your candy. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

The other day I was seduced at Costco by a giant bag of foil-wrapped Easter eggs. Who among us has not been swayed by giant bags of chocolate at Costco? I am not made of stone, people. 

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Mar
17
2016
It feels like a devilishly bad treat, but the fibre and protein make these vegan cookies a sweet and satisfying snack. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Who among us hasn't snuck a bite of the cookie dough when it is raw? A bite of raw cookie dough is one of the great pleasures of making cookies - but if there are eggs involved, it is also one of the great risks. Wouldn't it be nice to eat raw cookie dough without the fear of salmonella?

I'm glad you agree that it would; enter this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Drops, made with chickpeas. I normally think of chickpeas as a savoury dish - probably everyone else does, too - but they actually work very well as a base for a sweet treat. 

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Feb
29
2016
It's the perfect accompaniment to crudites or tortilla chips, and it can be used as a spread for a veggie wrap or a sandwich as well. Best of all, it's spicy.​ | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I frequently find myself standing in the pantry, staring at the shelves, trying to remember what it was that I needed from the pantry in the first place. If I don't make a list when I go to the grocery store, chances are I will come home with a car full of groceries and I will have forgotten the one item I went for. I recently started reading a book and realized it seemed familiar; I had read it three years ago and didn't remember it.

What I'm saying is that Still Alice fills me with terror.

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Feb
22
2016
Roasted Squash Zucchini Chickpeas Brown Rice bowl | YummyMummyClub.ca

I'm always on the lookout for meals that can be made in a flash for busy weeknights. I absolutely love recipes that utilize roasted vegetables not only because roasting brings out the rich flavour of vegetables, but also because it is so easy — there's no sauteeing or stir-frying — you simply stick the baking sheet in the oven and wait until the veggies are done. 

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Feb
09
2016

Simply Superb Strawberry Cake

A CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-FROSTING ADVENTURE

This is a delicious, not-too-sweet cake that can be made vegan or not, depending on your preferences. It goes wonderfully with coconut whipped cream, or layered with buttercream or cream cheese frosting. However you slice it, it's bliss! | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Every Sunday I make a big dinner for our family, and that includes dessert.

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Jan
31
2016

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

SO DELICIOUS, YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE SECRET INGREDIENT

This Vegan Chocolate Almond Smoothie has spinach as a secret ingredient to help boost your iron intake. | Vegetarian | Health | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Can I boast about myself for a moment? I have - and I am trying to say this modestly, but am failing - amazing iron levels. Impressive, I know! I'll be over here, taking a bow.

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Jan
18
2016
Why is Cauliflower so expensive? | In the News | YummyMummyClub.ca

Have you noticed the price of cauliflower lately? I kid, of course you have. In fact, if the internet is any indication, there is no one who hasn't noticed the outrageous cost of a tiny head of cauliflower. There are memes, cartoons, and tweets all dealing with this very important subject. Some discuss taking out a loan or second mortgage to buy cauliflower, others dream of winning the Powerball lotto just to have the roasted cauliflower meal of their dreams.

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Jan
10
2016

5 Reasons People Fail at Going Vegan

Screw Veganuary. Do This Instead.

Have you heard of Veganuary? It's a pledge to eat a vegan diet for the month of January. But a lot of people fail - they feel tired and deprived. Here's why. | Health | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Have you heard of Veganuary? It's a pledge to eat a vegan diet for the month of January, touted by such celebrities as Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Beyonce. For those who are curious about vegan and plant-based eating, it's a great catalyst to cutting meat, dairy, and eggs out of one's diet. 

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Jan
08
2016

Best Ever Vegan Chili

A CONTROVERSIAL, DIVISIVE TOPIC

Vegan Chili with Lentils | Food | YummyMummyClub.ca

Did you know that chili is strangely divisive? People can get very passionate about it. Here's a fun psychological experiment: the next time you're at a party, randomly ask people for chili recipes. You'll be amazed by a) the wide spectrum of ingredients used, and b) the shocked faces at the description of recipes that differ from their own. 

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Dec
31
2015

Tropical Green Smoothie Bowl

LIKE A SUNDAE BAR, BUT HEALTHY!

This healthy delicious tropical green smoothie bowl will give you energy and fill you up for hours - so go and seize the day!​ | YMCFood | Nutrition | YummyMummyClub.ca

I have been thinking about desserts and festive treats, it seems, for weeks. Months, even. Rich desserts, rich appetizers, wine and cocktails and Baileys in my coffee - that has been my focus for the last little while and now, suddenly, I am in desperate need for a fresh start. 

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Dec
20
2015

Chocolate Coated Cookie Bars

A DELICIOUS (AND VEGAN) LAST-MINUTE DESSERT

Chocolate Covered Cookie Bars | YummyMummyClub.ca

I know, I know. This whole month is a whirlwind of activities. There are parties to attend, potlucks to gorge at, concerts and performances and tournaments to applaud. Not to mention tree-trimming, shopping, wrapping, and watching Elf for the twentieth time while guzzling wine and wondering how you're going to find the energy to bake something for the class party tomorrow.

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Dec
09
2015

Vegan Mint Chocolate Squares

"THE BEST DESSERT YOU HAVE EVER MADE" - QUOTE FROM MY HUSBAND

These Vegan Mint Chocolate Squares are so good, even non-vegans will exclaim that this is the best dessert recipe you've ever made. | YMCFood | Christmas | YummyMummyClub.ca

Is holiday baking fatigue setting in yet? It sure is for me. I always spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen, but between November and December, that inordinate amount of time seems to triple. Basically, I'm constantly covered with flour at this time of year. There are just so many things: classroom parties, cookie exchanges, pot lucks, and at least six or seven recipes that I MUST make for my family or all will be ashes and sadness.

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