Apple Chai Granola (gluten free, vegan)

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Sometimes inspiration strikes when you least expect it – like a jolt of lightning from the celestial sphere – and sometimes it comes in fits and starts, with a half-formed idea materializing  here and another somewhere over there. Recipe development tends to be the latter for me, but the emergence of an idea, and then an improvement on that idea, still never fails to surprise me. For example, sometime a while back I decided I wanted to do another granola recipe and started running through fruits and flavours that I like. With apple season upon us the answer came pretty quickly – I’ve already got apples on the brain – but the question of where to go from there eluded me. I didn’t just want apple granola, and apple cinnamon has been done before (and many times over). Continue reading

Kale Slaw with Creamy Avocado Dressing (gluten free, raw, vegan)

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Coleslaw was a frequent dinner companion when I was growing up, and despite being a really picky eater, it was always a winner in my books. My parents made it simple and light, with an olive oil and lemon vinaigrette, and for a long time that’s how I thought all coleslaw was prepared. Then one day I discovered that thick, goopy, green mess they call coleslaw at fast food joints and chain restaurants. I thought to myself, “What’s the point of a salad if you’re going to drown it in mayonnaise?”. Well, that question has never been satisfactorily answered, but fortunately I have come across much more pleasant variations on the coleslaw theme since then. My favourite for the last year or so has been kale slaw – who knew you could slaw (and verb) anything? Continue reading

Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad (gluten free, raw, vegan)

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A lunch that’s super flavourful, won’t leave you feeling sluggish or bloated, and is ready in 5 minutes? Yup, that sounds pretty awesome to me. All you need to do to make your day run this smoothly is make the pesto ahead of time. It keeps in the fridge for about a week, so you can make this pasta multiple times or use the leftover pesto for something equally awesome. Your choice! Continue reading