FROM THE KITCHEN: WHAT I ATE IN A WEEK, THE VEGAN EDITION

It’s been a while since I shared a new recipe or cooking related post, but it’s because I’ve been a busy bee in the kitchen, trying new and delicious things. One big change in my life has been my recent shift into a vegetarian diet, which was prefaced by tons of research and food testing. But wait! Before you close this post thinking I’m about to preach to you about why you should eat vegetarian, you can relax. This is simply a fun little entry to let you know what’s been going on in my life, and if you read until the very end, there’s even a yummy cookie recipe waiting for you!

I haven’t eaten red meat in over a year now, and I decided it was time to make the jump and cut out chicken and fish, too. My love of animals, plus my long-time dislike of most meat products (my mom’s meatloaf never stood a chance) made this an easy choice. So to jumpstart this change, I challenged myself and my fella to go vegan for a week. It was a great way to prep my pantry for this healthy change, and get me to think outside of the box when it came to meal prep. I even ventured into the city to check out a local vegan food festival and tried THE most delicious vegan Big Mac – don’t ask me how they make it, but it was amazing! It has been a great change thus far, and I thought I’d share a glimpse into what I ate for my vegan challenge. Hopefully this video whets your appetite and inspires you to try something new!

As promised, click here for my favourite recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies from Oh She Glows. I’ve made them a handful of times now and they are delicious! Let me know in the comments if you end up making them, and if you love them, too!

MINT & MOJITOS

Despite the recent and unwelcome snow storms, the forecast is finally calling for sunny weather, putting me in full on Spring mode! Aside from planning my warm weather wardrobe, it’s time grab some gloves and a trowel and start thinking about prepping my little garden.

I will be the first to admit that my green thumb is closer to a shade of brown resembling dead grass. Most of the plants in my home are that of the plastic variety, as I’ve never had the best of luck keeping them alive. So I decided to seek the advice of experts and headed out to Kate’s Garden – a haven for gardening pros and newbies (see: me) alike, located just north of Toronto. The goal: Learn how to create a beautiful, potted garden and leave with a tasty new plant for my porch.

Walking in to Kate’s store is like walking into the Secret Garden and you’ll be instantly inspired to create something beautiful. Not only did I learn some great gardening tips (did you know you could eat tulips?!!), but I left with the most darling spearmint plant that I proudly potted myself. I’ve already made a refreshing mojito since bringing my new plant home (see the recipe below) and can’t wait to watch it grow.

Are you a gardening pro? Be sure to leave me your tips in the comments below!

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The Perfect Mojito

  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp fine sugar
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 2 oz white rum
  • club soda
  • ice

1. Muddle sugar and limes together in your glass / 2. Add ice cubes / 3. Pour rum over ice / 4. Throw in the lime slice that you squeezed earlier for the juice / 5. Add club soda / 6. ENJOY!