Vegan Butternut Mac and “Cheese” 3 Ways

Butternut mac and 'cheese' 3 ways

Dairy free, gluten-free, guilt free and deliciously creamy with a variety of toppings, this butternut mac and ‘cheese’ is the perfect fall comfort food! Spicy mushroom and walnut ‘chorizo’, tangy and funky kimchi kraut, toasty and roasty cauliflower… choose one, pick all three, try your own or eat it plain… whatever you decide this mac and ‘cheese’ is absolutely delish!

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Almond Pear Crisp

Almond Pear Crisp

Crunchy almonds, warming cinnamon and a hint of coconut… this pear crisp just might be the most delicious crisp E V E R.  As it bakes and bubbles in the oven, the most delectable scent permeates through the entire house. I can’t even describe how good it smells… so make it for yourself and see!

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Potato Onion Apple Cabbage Hash

Potato onion apple cabbage has topped with a fried egg

Our maple tree has officially been stripped naked of it’s leaves and more water has fallen from the sky than I ever thought was possible. We are definitely in the middle of fall! Cabbage has been making it’s way into nearly every meal along with all of it’s seasonal companions. At this time of year this is my go to hash…  the sweetness from the apples compliments the bitterness of the cabbage and it’s all cooked up with tender potatoes and sautéed onions. The perfect fall dish that can be eaten for any meal!

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Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan green beans

Aromatic ginger and garlic, salty tamari, spicy sriracha, these green beans are so delicious I could eat an entire pan of them. You blister the green beans in a hot pan, then add in the garlic, ginger and green onions, next… working quickly you add the sugar, tamari and sriracha. This is where the dish transforms from being boring old green beans to coated in a sticky sauce packed with deep caramelized flavours.

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Grow it: Planting Garlic

Garlic for planting

If you plant one thing in your garden, I think it should be garlic. A cool season crop that is easy to grow, low maintenance and immensely rewarding. Once you grow your own garlic, you’ll have a hard time going back to the store bought (often bleached and shipped from who knows where) varieties. There’s some kind of magic when it comes to growing garlic… you put a single clove in the ground and 9 months later you have a fully formed head with the most juicy and delicious cloves you’ve ever eaten!

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Fermented “Pickled” Jalapeños

Fermented Jalapenos

Tangy, salty, crunchy and spicy, these fermented jalapeño peppers make a delicious addition to your morning eggs, nachos, burrito or anything really. This recipe is so simple, I don’t even know if it can be called a recipe… submerge sliced peppers in a salt water brine, let it sit out for a week or so and before you know it you have preserved sour ‘pickled’ jalapeños ready to be enjoyed all winter long!

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Chinese Eggplant

Chinese Eggplant

Sweet, spicy, salty and sour this dish is saucy and comforting. The eggplant is sautéed until cooked through but still has good texture, the sauce is reduced and the eggplant is added to the sauce to soak up all the delicious goodness. The perfect meal during this time of transition, when heat loving eggplants and tomatoes are slowing down their production and I’m not quit ready to dive head first into fall ingredients.

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Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread

Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread with Tahini and Blackberries

This vegan zucchini banana bread has been my go to snack these past few weeks. A great way to use up zucchini, this recipe makes two delicious loaves. Eat one right away, slice and freeze the other (I separate the slices with parchment paper). With a hint of cinnamon and crunchy walnuts, my favourite way to eat this is topped with a generous amount of tahini (or peanut butter) and fresh blackberries!

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Coconut Green Bean Curry

Coconut Green Bean Curry

Creamy and aromatic this coconut green bean curry is rich yet summery. Here I use the most delicious sungold cherry tomatoes (but you can use any tomatoes you like, even canned ones work well) as a base for the curry and cooked them down to concentrate their flavour. They give the curry a beautiful bright colour and lend a nice sweetness to the dish.

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