Quinoa and kale with baked ginger tofu

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Well, hello there! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted a recipe here. I’m sorry for my absence, but there’s been a lot happening over here these past few months, and clearly posting on my blog has not been one of them.

While I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, it has all been for other projects (like cookbook photography for Dreena and Ricki). My own recipe development has been kicked up a notch too, but I’ll have to save those details for another day.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook & a giveaway

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The Canadian cover of The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Photo: Angela Liddon.

After years of impressing her readers with delicious and accessible recipes, the lovely lady behind the popular blog Oh She Glows has released her first cookbook!

Angela’s honest and light-hearted approach to food has influenced readers around the world to eat more plant-based food, and her long-awaited debut cookbook follows that same popular style that brought us Green Monsters, overnight oats and chia pudding. The book features over 100 wholesome recipes, from revamped classics like quick and easy chana masala and raw pumpkin-maple pie with baked oat crust to fresh and inventive snacks and apps like super-power chia bread and glowing strawberry mango guacomole. Plus, there is a full-page photo of almost every recipe, styled and photographed by Angela herself!

Since receiving a copy of the book a few weeks ago, I’ve tried:

Maca mint chocolate truffles & a giveaway

Maca Mint Chocolate Truffles

I’ve never been the type to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With all the pressure to buy roses and diamonds for your love, it just seems so over-commercialized, too pricey and too stressful. There is no need for flowers or chocolates or fancy dinners for this lady.

Yet I do still find fun in the tradition of gifting valentines to family, friends and colleagues. Rather than mass-produced, cartoon-embellished cards, creating my own edible gifts always wins me huge points from anyone on the receiving end. Today I’m sharing with you a true winner: the maca mint chocolate truffles recipe from my latest Edible Gifts ebook. Lisa and I created this collection of ebook recipes to inspire you to start the tradition of gifting homemade vegan treats, and I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to put these recipes to use. It’s like your carefree, super fun and—most importantly—insanely delicious guide to gifting. (You can order your copy here.)

Cauliflower fried rice

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Ah, January, the first month of the year is already drawing to a close. As completely amazing as 2013 was, I have big plans and long lists to accomplish this year.

With so much going on, I’m embracing 2014 with simplicity on the food front. I adore one-pot meals that are delicious yet realistic and achievable with busy schedules. Brown rice with colourful stir-fried veggies is a staple in my house, but I’ve recently discovered grated cauliflower to replace rice for a more nutritious and vegetable-packed meal. Have you tried it yet? I have to say, it is incredible and super simple.

A look inside Comfortably Yum

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Today I’d like to share a beautiful new ebook I recently worked on for Allison Rivers Samson, owner of artisan vegan bakery and chocolaterie Allison’s Gourmet and award-winning food columnist for VegNews. It was a pleasure photographing (and taste-testing) her recipes for this new ebook, Comfortably Yum.