Nicole MacPherson: Meatless Mummy Con Carne

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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Nov
27
2015
University of Ottawa Band Yoga for "Cultural Appropriation" | YummyMummyClub.ca

Admittedly it’s been a while since I was a university student, but I seem to remember the campus as being a place where opening and expanding one’s mind and thoughts were strongly encouraged.

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Nov
24
2015
Creamy Vegan Portobello Mushroom Soup With homemade croutons | YummyMummyClub.ca

When my husband and I were still in the "courting" stage of our relationship, he took me to his hometown to meet his parents. His mother had made a glorious Caesar salad, complete with homemade croutons. Since it was our first meeting, I very politely ate a normal amount of salad, and I did not sneak back in the kitchen later to surreptitiously snack on handfuls of those homemade croutons, the way I would after we were engaged and they were stuck with me.

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Nov
23
2015

Peppermint Crunch Icebox Cookies

THE DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE TREAT THAT SANTA WILL LOVE

These peppermint crunch icebox cookies are the perfect treat for Santa. They're pre-preparable, freezable, vegetarian, and easy to make vegan! | Baking | Christmas | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I just love the term "icebox cookies." It's so quaint, isn't it? When I think about them, I feel like I'm being transported back in time - like I'm actually baking in my kitchen wearing pumps, a frilly apron over my crinoline-lined skirt, and pearls. Oooh, this dough is too soft to use. I know! I'll put it in the icebox! Maybe one day my ship will come in and I'll be able to buy one of those new-fangled electrical refrigerator units.

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Nov
09
2015

Chocolate Glazed Truffle Cookies

THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OF COOKIE BAKING

fudgy and delicious chocolate glazed truffle cookies

Have you ever had great expectations for a recipe, and then had those expectations dashed dramatically? That happened to me the other day when I set out to make these cookies. I had an image in my head of what they should look like, and the resulting cookie was, visually speaking, dramatically opposite to what I had set out to make. In fact, these cookies - while delectable and fudgy - were possibly the ugliest cookies I had ever made. They were so unappealing in appearance, that I briefly wondered if I should start a "Cookie Wrecks" site.

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Nov
06
2015

5-Minute Hostess Gift: Dark Chocolate Bark

AN EASY AND VERSATILE GIFT FROM YOUR KITCHEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Dark chocolate bark is an easy and versatile hostess gift for the holidays

We are entering the festive season, and you know what that means: parties, parties, parties! It seems like there is something going on every weekend leading up to Christmas: open houses, dinners, and let us not forget the social whirl that comes with children's activities.

I don't know about you, but I hate arriving at a party empty-handed. A bottle of wine is always an acceptable (and loved!) hostess gift, but that can get expensive at this busy time of year. Why not try a homemade gift from your kitchen instead?

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Oct
27
2015
This vegan Quinoa With Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas energy bowl not only makes a satisfying and healthy high protein salad, it also teaches you how to make the most addictive snack you'll ever eat: oven roasted chickpeas! | Meatless | Vegetarian | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I have to confess: I can't get enough chickpeas lately. I've been incorporating them  into everything. God bless the chickpea. That amazing little legume is packed with protein, iron, and fibre, and when roasted, it makes an amazingly addictive, crunchy, salty snack. Roasted chickpeas must be skyrocketing in popularity, since I keep seeing bags of them on sale at the grocery store for what seems to me to be exhoribitant prices. 

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Oct
20
2015
vegan meringue cookies

Have you heard about aquafaba? Aquafaba is the sludgy liquid that you drain out of a can of chickpeas before using them. Aquafaba is the slime you rinse down the sink before you make hummus. Aquafaba is also - get this - an amazing substitute for egg whites when whipped.

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Oct
14
2015

Roasted Squash & Chickpea Coconut Curry

Simple and Warming Comfort Food For Chilly Evenings

Roasted squash and chickpea curry

There's something lovely about seasonal change, isn't there? I admit that I am more of a Summer Girl than anything else; I love sunshine and warmth and fresh, local vegetables, and am loathe to say goodbye to it. However, there is something cozy and comforting about fall; the crisp air, the crunchy leaves, the glory of orange and red trees against the blue skies. It feels festive and happy, somehow, even if it's the harbinger for winter.

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Oct
02
2015

Everything's Bett-a With Feta: Almond Feta Cheese

DIY CHEESE ALTERNATIVE, OR MAKE YOUR OWN NON-DAIRY CHEESE

vegan feta cheese recipe

Feta cheese. There's no better addition to Greek salads, Mediterranean pasta, or quinoa dishes. Feta cheese can give new life to a pizza or give a kick to dips and sauces. When I was pregnant with my second child I ate feta cheese almost every single day. Feta cheese and I have had a passionate love affair for years. 

But what if you cannot eat dairy, for one reason or another? Should you go through your life without the creamy, salty goodness of feta cheese? 

No, you should not. 

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Sep
30
2015

Creamy Pumpkin Bisque

A SOUP TO WARM YOUR SOUL

Pumpkin Soup that's good for your soul

I don't know what it's like where you are, but where I live the mornings are cold and frosty, and even the sunny afternoons feel cold. I love a lot of things about fall - the boots and sweaters and scarves, the colours of the leaves against the bright blue skies, cups of cinnamon tea and the urge to bake everything. The thing I don't like about fall - other than it's the brief segue into a long winter - is that I'm cold. Every year at this time my hands are freezing and I'm constantly chilled, trying to acclimatize to the sudden sharpness in the air. 

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Sep
15
2015
noodle salad, lunches for grownups

What is it about making lunch? To me, it feels like a chore of epic proportions. I like cooking dinner. I like baking things. I like busting out my waffle-and-tofu-scramble moves for weekend brunches. But making lunch can really get me down.

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Sep
10
2015

All Kale Caesar!

HAIL TO THIS TWIST ON AN OLD FAVOURITE

kale caesar salad with roasted chickpeas

It's no secret that I love kale. In fact, my husband took the kids camping without me, and my first thought - right after I can watch unlimited episodes of NYPD Blue and drink wine straight out of the bottle - was that I could have a giant kale salad for dinner and no one would protest. 

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Sep
04
2015
vegan sugar-free nut-free gluten-free energy bars

My best friend's daughter has Celiac disease, and one day when we were chatting about school snacks and lunches, she mentioned the difficulty of finding really tasty gluten-free "grab and go" snacks that were also nut-free.  The wheels in my head started turning, especially after talking with another friend whose daughter is allergic to dairy and sugar cane, in addition to gluten and nuts. I was thinking about them both as I found myself in the kitchen, trying to create an energy bar that would fill all those needs. Was it possible?

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