Hearty n’ healthy veggie pita pizza

Recipe by Megan Stulberg

Now I wouldn’t call myself lazy, but I’m all about being able to skip a step or two whenever possible. Prime example: I was going to make personal pizzas the other day, and then stumbled upon gluten-free (!!!) and vegan (obviously) pitas in the grocery store. And boom, pita pizzas happened. No crust, no fuss. You’re welcome in advance.

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Ingredients…

  • 2 standard pitas (I used Aidan’s gluten-free)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped coarseley
  • 1 cup pure tomato paste
  • 1 cup Daiya mozzarella-style shreds
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup black olives
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic (roughly 2 large cloves)
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed EVOO

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2.  Lie pitas down flat on baking sheet lined with aluminium foil.
  3. Use ice cream scoop to place heaping dollop of tomato paste onto middle of pita. Flip ice cream scoop over, using back of spoon to smooth paste evenly over pita. Leave room at edges to form crust. Repeat for second pita.
  4. Sprinkle daiya, arugula, black olives and pineapple evenly all over pita. Repeat for second pita. Feel free to substitute or add additional toppings if desired.
  5. Place in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. In a medium saucepan on high heat, let garlic sauté in olive oil. Once it has browned, add onion slices. Lower heat and let sauté 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, then cook until everything has browned and olive oil is all gone. Remove from heat.
  7. Remove baking sheet from oven. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms to pitas.
  8. Let cook in oven for an additional 5-10 minutes. Be sure to check on it every few minutes to prevent burning, as every oven is different.

Let cool 15 minutes before slicing. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings (1 individual pizza/approximately 4 slices each).

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Tofu

Recipe by Megan Stulberg 

I found myself craving Brussel sprouts in the produce section of a grocery store a couple of weeks ago, despite never trying them before. I mentioned this to my mum a few hours later, and she reminded me that my grandfather had passed away that day exactly two years ago. Apparently they were his absolute favourite food, which I didn’t know about. I’m sure it was coincidence, but like…how eerie, right?

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Ingredients…

  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, washed
  • 1 standard block extra firm tofu
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cold-pressed EVOO
  • 1/4 cup vegan “butter” spread (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp red chilli flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Chop stems off of Brussels sprouts and slice all widthwise.
  3. Toss Brussels sprouts in large bowl with vegan “butter”, sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Place on baking sheet covered with aluminium foil. Cook in centre oven rack and let roast for approximately 35 minutes. Flip every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Brussels sprouts will be light brown when done.
  5. While Brussels sprouts are cooking, press tofu block between pieces of paper towel with something heavy on top (book, cutting board, etc) until drained.
  6. Chop tofu into bite-sized chunks.
  7. Add EVOO to hot pan. Add tofu in a single layer and let cook until tofu begins to brown. Sprinkle soy sauce, garlic, nutritional yeast, thyme, chilli flakes, sea salt and black pepper on top. Flip tofu, and toss to coat with additional seasoning. Continue cooking until tofu is browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  8.  Combine tofu and sprouts. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

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Raspberry Nanaimo Bars (Raw)

Post by Megan Stulberg

I am thankful to have photographic documentation of the peppermint nanaimo bars I made last spring, because otherwise my brain would be working in overdrive trying to create an accurate visual memory. Seriously, I think about them at least once a week. So six months later, I finally caved and made another batch! I don’t know which flavour combination is *technically* better, but this recipe is accompanied by some illustrations by my internet friend Amanda Spinosa, so it wins by default. Check out her work, she is one fabulous human being.

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INGREDIENTS…..

For the bottom layer:

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the filling:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries (don’t use frozen)
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup or blue agave
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

For the top layer:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup or blue agave

DIRECTIONS….

Directions:

  1. In food processor pulse dates, pecans, shredded coconut, coconut oil and cacao powder until a crumb-like consistency has been reached.
  2. Line a square baking pan with plastic wrap tightly that covers the bottom, sides and over the edges. Pour crust mixture into pan. Press down with a fork to pack an even layer. Let set in freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Blend together cashews, coconut oil, maple syrup and fresh raspberries until creamy. Pour on top of crust and spread out evenly. Put back in freezer for 20 minutes.
  4. Blend together cacao, coconut oil and sweetener until liquid in consistency. Pour on top of raspberry cream layer evenly.
  5. Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes to semi-set. Hold onto plastic wrap and pulling upwards to pop bars out.
  6. Using a large knife, slice into 8-10 rectangular pieces. Place bars on a plate and keep in freezer for at least 3 more hours to set.

Let thaw at least 1 hour before serving.

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Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Blondies 

Recipe by Alexandra Courts 

It’s about time that we posted sometime pumpkin-related! Ditch your Starbucks PSL (wow, what a pity) and make these sweet treats instead.

   INGREDIENTS:

For the blondie base….

  • 1 1/2 cups raw macadamia nuts, soaked overnight
  • 2 1/2 cups dates, soaked if desired
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed

For the pumpkin cheesecake filling…

  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (including coconut oil at the bottom of the can)
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger

Directions…

  1. Blend macadamia nuts, dates, coconut and flax until thoroughly ground and incorporated. Press mixture into the base of an eight-inch square cake pan lined with wide strips of parchment paper. Ensure that base is flat to form an even crust.
  2. Blend cheesecake filling ingredients until smooth and creamy in consistency. Add more agave if necessary to further smooth.
  3. Pour cheesecake filling onto base and allow blondies to freeze for 1-2 hours or overnight if possible. If freezing overnight, allow blondies to thaw at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before slicing.
  4. Garnish with toppings of choice. Pictured is a dash of cinnamon and shredded unsweetened coconut.

Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 blondies.

Raw lemon cheesecake with fresh berry topping 

Post by Megan Stulberg

I’m vegan because I love animals! I believe that they are not ours for consumption, nor should they be viewed as a commodity. I can’t say I’ve thrown too many dog birthday parties, but for this special pup I jumped at the chance to make a cake he and I could both enjoy. We ate too much and spoiled our lunches.


INGREDIENTS:

For the base…

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp pink mountain salt

For the frosting…

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked 1 hour
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp organic vanilla extract
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Dash of cold water, as needed

For the topping…

  • 1-2 cups fresh fruit topping of your choice! I used organic strawberries and blueberries.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line the base and sides of a round cake or pie pan with plastic wrap.
  2. In a high-speed food processor or blender combine walnuts, dates and salt.
  3. Press mixture firmly down into bottom of pan with fork to form even crust.
  4. Set pan aside in freezer for now and allow for crust to set.
  5. Drain cashews.
  6. Blend together cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, lemon juice and cold water.
  7. Remove pan from freezer. Spoon frosting into pan and spread over crust in an even layer.
  8. Place pan back in freezer and leave overnight.
  9. Remove pan in morning. Lift edges of plastic wrap up to pop cake out of pan. Carefully plate and let thaw in refrigerator at least 1 hour.
  10. Add fresh fruit immediately before serving. Slice. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 6-8 servings.

Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Tarts

Post by Alexandra Courts

Got some unused mason jars kicking around your kitchen? Of course you do! Everybody does! Pop the lids off and follow this recipe to achieve greatness.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups dates, soaked
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked
  • 1 cup raw walnut pieces
  • 1 cup light coconut milk (canned)
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup raw blue agave
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL BASE…

  1. Blend together 1/2 cup raw cacao powder, dates, walnuts and shredded coconut together until combined.
  2. Press mixture into base and sides of each mason jar lid, keeping middles low to be filled momentarily. Set aside.

FOR THE NEXT LAYER…

  1. Blend cashews, 1/2 cup agave and coconut milk together until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached.
  2. Spoon filling into the centres of each mason jar lid. Set tarts in freezer while you prepare the next layer! So many layers.

FOR THE RAW CHOCOLATE TOPPING…

  1. Whisk together melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup agave and 1/4 cup raw cacao powder. Cool in fridge for 1 hour, then spoon a dollop onto each tart. Finish with a pinch of salt
  2. Let tarts set in freezer overnight, then thaw at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

Serve chilled. Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 servings.

Raw Peaches and Cream Cheesecake 

Post by Alexandra Courts

You know that scene in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World when Scott tells Ramona that everything is “peaches and gravy”? That’s a pretty gross combination. Peaches and cream is totally the opposite, I promise.


INGREDIENTS:

For the base…

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax (optional)

For the cake…

    • 3 medium peaches, skinned
    • 1 can light coconut milk
    • 2 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
    • 1/2 cup raw agave/100% maple syrup

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend raw walnuts, shredded coconut, hemp seeds and ground flax together. Add soaked dates to mixture and continue to blend until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Press mixture into an 8-inch spring cake pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Set aside in freezer.
  3. Blend raw cashews, agave and coconut milk until smooth.
  4. Pour half of the cake mixture over crust in pan and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. While waiting, add peaches to remaining mixture and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour peach layer over top of cashew coconut layer.
  7. Ensure cake is levelled before placing in freezer to set for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  8. Thaw cake in fridge 1 hour before serving.
  9. Top with shredded coconut and peach slices before serving, if desired.