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The Happy Cow Cookbook!

Bought The Happy Cow Cookbook yesterday…quite like it. Great recipes from vegan restaurants around the world. Thought I’d been to a lot of vegan restaurants but I see by this list that there are many more I need to visit!

Lettuce Love Cafe in Burlington, Ontario, Canada was featured in the book too…I was just there a couple of weeks ago. And yesterday I was at their sister bakery…Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (which is where I found the cookbook of course). Side note…love Kelly’s gluten free vegan cupcakes πŸ™‚



Road Trip!



I’ve been busy cooking to have some food to take on the road. Homemade lemon muffins (I even ground the oat bran into flour, myself!), a goulash dish that used to have meat and oil in it (doesn’t now of course), some dark rye, roasted roma tomatoes and roasted peppers, the white stuff on top is a non-dairy caesar salad dressing and in the back right are the infamous Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.

In the front is also some tahini free, homemade hummus. Think I have it all covered. Need a suitcase just for the food πŸ™‚

Off to The Cleveland Clinic to meet Dr. Esselstyn and take part in his Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease day-long seminar.

Woo hoo!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites


Made these tonight for my road trip on Thursday to The Cleveland Clinic.

This recipe is from Ann and Jane Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. I have made a similar version before but what’s good about this one is no vegan margarine, just oat milk (I used almond milk because I had that on hand). Yum. This from someone who doesn’t like cauliflower :).

Start Me Up

Some new stuff going on!

Friday I am going to The Cleveland Clinic to participate in Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.’s 5 hour Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Program. So looking forward to it.

Dr. E called me yesterday to go over my heart history (which is not good) and discuss his program briefly etc. He is very direct :). It is clear that I must follow the program 100%…NO OIL, no sugar, no dairy, nothing that had a face or a mother( i.e. meat, chicken, fish), no eggs, no pop.

I don’t eat meat, fish etc. but have been eating occasional eggs and I have cheese a couple of times a week maybe…mostly when eating out.

However, if I wish to live a long healthy life, these things are out.

Went to friends’ for a bbq yesterday and brought my own orzo (no oil) salad and they graciously made a mango/bean salad from Dr. E’s website. I am so grateful they understood and jumped in to help with a healthy salad for me.

I also have a brother Will, who has a blog/fb page etc. called Potato Strong and he is, as I write, in Costa Rica on Dr. John McDougall’s Starch Solution adventure trip. From his posts, it looks like they’re having a great time and eating tons Β (also no oil, no meat, no dairy etc.)

So I’m surrounded by this lifestyle…have to get with it!

Below is a Beefless Stew I made today and am having for dinner. Will let you know how I like it πŸ™‚IMG_9342

Working on a New Me

It’s that time of year…like, the beginning πŸ™‚ I feel this way in September too. After eating my way through Xmas and New Year’s (seemingly more than usual) I feel quite lousy. And what with health concerns (heart mostly), I have to get serious. Again πŸ™‚

Today I stocked up on fruits, veggies and am going to make a lovely green juice (some might not call green juice lovely :), but this one is). Baby spinach, raspberries, a pear, some ginger and water. I don’t care for ginger much but it tastes great in this juice and soothes the stomach.

My husband read an article about apple cider vinegar and how good it is for you. Of course, I have tried to get him to drink this in some water (1 tbsp./1 cup of water) but he doesn’t like vinegar. However, since he’s read this elsewhere, he is wanting to doΒ it :).

Mimi Kirk ( an older raw foodist who looks amazingly younger) writes about apple cider vinegar in her book ‘Live Raw’. Some of the benefits…helps with colds, sore throats, arthritis, high blood pressure, acid reflux and candida. And more. So we are trying it (again). A recurring thing with me. Try things, stick with them awhile, forget about them for awhile, read up, try again πŸ™‚

Wish me luck.

How about you? What vegan adventures will you be up to this year?

Cauliflower Mash…

Well, I did try making the cauliflower mash. I was kind of hoping for a mashed potato replacement but I don’t think this is it πŸ™‚

It was good, not sure it is yet ready for my ‘most favourite recipes’ book.

Basically, it is a head of cauliflower, roasted for 45 mins. along with some onion. When done, I pulsed it in the processor with a garlic bulb and some rice milk. The recipe is adapted from Joyous Health. Pretty simple. I don’t know…give it a try and let me know what you think πŸ™‚

Gearing up for the new year!

Signed up for Veganuary! (Veg challenge) Β

Just made a nice lentil loaf and a roasted sauerkraut dish for dinner and I’m going to try a cauliflower mash. If it turns out okay, I will post the recipe πŸ™‚

One of my goals this year is to develop a recipe book with my ‘go to’ recipes all in one spot so I can find them easily, especially when I’m stumped on what to make. And dump the ones that are not absolute winners πŸ™‚

I was telling a friend the other day about a pineapple smoothie I make that is so refreshing and he hadn’t even thought of putting pineapple in a smoothie. Asked me what I do…well, here goes:

Pineapple Smoothie


a couple of slices of pineapple

a banana

an orange or two plus IΒ grate the rind of one and add it

a couple of kale leaves

two tbsp. of ground flax seed

and optional…a pinch of cayenne (to rev the system up)

occasionally I add dried coconut



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