Nicole MacPherson: Meatless Mummy Con Carne

Jul
21
2014

If you're looking for the perfect summer drink, you need look no further. The Cosmopolitan is refreshing, tasty, and the perfect cocktail to sip on those warm summer evenings.

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Jul
15
2014

Opa! Greek Lemon Mushroom with Non-Dairy Tzatiki Recipe

TRAVEL TO THE GREEK ISLANDS WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR KITCHEN

Greek Lemon Mushroom with pita and tzatiki

When I was sixteen, I went on a school trip to Europe. The highlight of that trip was our time in Greece. I remember being amazed by the beauty of the white buildings against the backdrop of the impossibly blue sea, by the sandy beaches and the ancient ruins. I also remember my introduction to the cuisine, and how spectacular and tasty the food was. I had never tasted anything like it before: creamy tzatiki drizzled on warm pita bread, alongside the freshest of vegetables. It was the start of a love affair with Greek cuisine that is still torridly alive to this day.

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Jul
09
2014

You Can Bring Disney Home: Non-Dairy "Dole Whip" Recipe

Transform your kitchen into the Happiest Place On Earth

non-dairy pineapple soft-serve

A few years ago, my husband and I took the kids to Disneyland; prior to that, my last visit to the Magic Kingdom was in 1987. Much had changed since then—the addition of the California Adventure park, the Indiana Jones ride, the plethora of Cars characters hanging out for photo opportunities.

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grilled vegetable salad

I love cooking. I really do. But when it's summertime, I find myself much less inclined to spend time in the kitchensummer is so short and fleeting in my part of the world, I feel like I must carpe diem the hell out of it and spend every possible minute outside.

It's hard for a foodie to be inside when these beauties are in bloom!

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Jun
30
2014

Holy Moly Best-Ever Guacamole

SO ADDICTIVE YOU MAY NEED TO HIDE THE EVIDENCE

Best_Ever_Guacamole

Here's what happens every time I make guacamole:

1) Cheerfully, and with the best of intentions, I make a double batch so that my husband can enjoy it when he gets home from work.

2) Sample the guacamole, for seasoning purposes.

3) Sample the guacamole again, just to make sure it's okay.

4) Rip open a bag of tortilla chips and/or box of crackers.

5) Sample the guacamole WITH chip/cracker, to ensure the seasoning is correct.

6) Eat the entire batch of guacamole.

7) Hide the evidence that there ever was guacamole.

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I remember the day I had my first Starbucks Frappuccino. It was 1997. I was on a platonic coffee date with a man on whom I had an unrequited crush. He bought me a Mocha Frappuccino and it was love at first sip: frothy, sweet, and delicious. I stayed up late that night not only because of the evening caffeine consumption, but also because of the memory of that man's green eyes and square jaw.

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Jun
12
2014

Maple Grilled Butternut Squash Recipe

CONQUERING FEARS, ONE GOURD AT A TIME

maple grilled butternut squash

Here's a confession: I am terrified of the barbeque. I'm terrified that I am going to set myself on fire or blow up the house, and so I tend to eye that grill from a safe distance, usually with a glass of wine in my hand, while my husband does the dirty work.

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Jun
10
2014

Dairy-Free Coconut Cream Puff Recipe

A NON-DAIRY VERSION OF MY CHILDHOOD FAVOURITE

Coconut cream puffs with chocolate glaze.

My grandma once said that, in case of an emergency, she could take over for my mom and prepare all of our favourite meals, simply based on the state of my mom's cookbooks. She could flip through those cookbooks and stop at the pages that were crumpled, stained, or stuck together. In my mom's copy of Betty Crocker's Desserts Cookbook from the late '60s, the page devoted to Cream Puffs is nearly illegible.

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Jun
05
2014

Maybe it's part of my master plan to get really shiny hair, or maybe it's just because avocados are deliciously full of nutrients; either way, I cannot seem to get enough of that creamy green superfood these days. This avocado pasta salad has just the right amount of zing from the lemon and rich flavour from the tomatoes, not to mention the wonderful creaminess from the avocado! Oh, avocados, how I love you.

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Jun
03
2014

Healthy Homemade Fudgsicle Recipe

MY KIDS GIVE THESE VEGAN TREATS 4 THUMBS UP!

homemade fudgsicles

Summertime is right around the corner, and I don't know about you, but in my house that means that a plethora of frozen treats is required to keep the troops happy. Well, not just the troops—frozen treats make me happy, too! There is just something so lovely about cooling off on a warm summer's day with a delicious sweet treat.

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May
29
2014

How An Afternoon Tea Break Can Be A Lifesaver

The Perfect Teas for moms to relax with

How An Afternoon Tea Break Can Possibly Be Lifesaving

My children are very close in age and when they were small, life could be best described as noisy, chaotic, and messy. My days were spent in near-constant motion, days of meeting never-ending needs and tidying up never-ending messes — until naptime. That brief window of silence in my days was my chance to take a break, a few moments just for me. I could sit undisturbed and sip a cup of chai or peppermint tea, and eat a snack that I would have to share with no one.

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cauliflower pizza crust

If you've been reading my recipes for a while, you will know one thing about me for sure: I do not back away from weird food experiments.

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Roasted_Red_Pepper_Hummus

Telling someone that you are a vegetarian guarantees that you will be asked the following questions: a) Do you eat fish? and b) How do you get enough protein? If you're like me, you field the second question with a ribald joke of an answer that will make everyone around you blush awkwardly and be forever unable to look your husband in the eye.

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May
08
2014

Superfood Dessert: Avocado Lime Pie Bowls

A SWEET TREAT TO MAKE YOU LOOK AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL

Lime Pie Bowls

There are just so many reasons to love avocado; besides their creamy texture and delectable taste, they are nutrient-packed superstars. Avocados are rich in Omega-3s, amino acids, carotenoids, and antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and their fatty acids work to give you beautiful skin and shiny hair. If I could sew, I would make little superhero capes for all the avocados in the world to celebrate their superfood status.

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May
05
2014

Slow Juicing: A Great Way To Drink Your Vegetables

Plus, a green goddess juice recipe that will have you feeling beautiful inside and out

Slow Juicing: A Great Way To Drink Your Vegetables

Juicing is the latest trend in healthful living, and it really is a delicious way to pack in all those nutrients from fruits and veggies.

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May
02
2014

Vegan Kitchen Hacks: Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe

AN EASY STEP-BY-STEP TO MAKE THIS DELICIOUS NON-DAIRY TREAT

coconut whipped cream

The first time I ever attempted making coconut whipped cream was for a potluck party; I had decided I would take layer cake with coconut whipped cream and chocolate ganache. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, the whipped cream was such a failure that I found myself scrambling at the last minute to figure out another potluck contribution.

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Apr
21
2014

The Very Best Vegan Tofu Scramble

A VEGAN BREAKFAST DISH THAT PASSES THE CARNIVORE TEST

tofu scramble with waffles

Life can be full of surprises. Sometimes you can think you know someone, and then something happens that makes you question everything.

I’m talking, of course, about tofu.

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Apr
14
2014
maple coconut chocolate tahini treats

Do you have a sweet tooth? Apparently if you are always craving sweets, your diet may be deficient in protein. It seems a bit counterintuitive—want a chocolate bar? Go eat some almondsbut it is actually very true.

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Apr
10
2014
cilantro chimichurri with black beans, rice, tomato, and avocado

Some flavours are just meant to be together—it's like destiny, food-style. Cilantro and lime are flavour soul matesthey just go together like peas and carrots. The addition of cilantro and lime to a basic dish, like rice and beans, escalates it from "plain and boring" to "superstar." Add a little cumin into the mix and the flavour is out of this world.

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