Chocolate Dream Bowl

Chocolate Dream Bowl

Chocolate-y soft serve that's made from healthy whole foods? Yup. Only three ingredients? Yup. I know, I've got you hooked.

The recipe is super simple, really more of a method. But you can dress this smoothie bowl up or down, and customize it to your heart's desire! I went for a Valentine's Day dessert theme and topped them with decadent goodies.

Chocolate Dream Bowl
Frozen Bananas
Cocoa Powder
Milk of your choice (I used coconut)

Cut up your frozen bananas, so they'll blend more easily. Add them to your blender or food processor. Add in cocoa powder to taste (probably start slow, you can always add more!). Now, add in the smallest possible amount of your chosen milk. This is key if you want a thicker smoothie/nice cream. You want to add just enough liquid that you're able to blend the frozen bananas. Blend, and add more liquid as needed.

My BF is super into chocolate, so I wanted to amp up the chocolatey goodness in my toppings. I used:
Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch granola in dark chocolate & red berries
Some defrosted strawberries
Toasted coconut flakes
Green & Black's organic milk chocolate with chopped almonds

The options are endless. You can top yours with any sort of fruit, nut, seed, etc. If you're at a loss for ideas, I suggest you take a look at #smoothiebowl.

Prep your toppings before blending the smoothie so it doesn't melt while prepping
Put your serving bowl in the freezer to cool before adding the smoothie

If you make this recipe, be sure to share it with me here/on social media!
Happy V-day.
Or just happy Sunday, because I actually don't really care that it's Valentine's day.
I'm down to eat this nice cream bowl any day.

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Vegan Sushi: rainbow roll, spicy cauli, teriyaki mushroom

Vegan Sushi: rainbow roll, spicy cauli, teriyaki mushroom

Sushi is one of the go to take out meals in our house. There are tons of cheap and tasty sushi restaurants in Vancouver, so it’s super convenient. However, as I mentioned in my last post (coconut mushroom soup), I have been eating a vegetarian diet for the month of January, often opting for vegan alternatives. As such, our regular sushi choices are not an option at the moment. With some of my favourites in mind (like spicy tuna!), I decided to embark on an adventure of creating some healthy vegan alternatives. I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I hope you like them too.

This is not a post about the technical side of how to make sushi. I’m not an expert and there are people who get way into the dos and don’ts of how to roll or season the rice. I’m armed with some basic knowledge, but mostly I wing it. There are oodles of posts/videos/articles out there on how to make sushi and sushi rice if you are unfamiliar :) This post IS here to give you some tasty vegan filling options when you do want to make sushi!

Rainbow Roll
This roll is very open to your own modifications, feel free to use whichever vegetables you like or have on hand. To make this colourful roll I used: carrot, purple cabbage, Thai basil, cucumber, and red pepper. I chopped them all into matchsticks. Had my avocado been ripe, I would have used it as well. Other greens like romaine lettuce or spinach would also be good.
Miso Sauce:
2 tbs Lemon Juice
2 tbs Water
1 tbs Miso Paste
1 tbs Toasted Sesame Oil
½ tsp Grated Ginger (so it’s more like a paste)

Mix/whisk all of the ingredients together well. This makes quite a concentrated sauce; if you don’t want it as strong, add more water.

I used a little bit of sauce inside the rainbow roll, before rolling. Then drizzled on the rolls after. You can also use it as a dipping sauce.

Spicy Cauli Roll
Steamed Cauliflower
Spicy Mayo Sauce:
½ cup Cashews
1 tbs Lemon Juice
3 tbs Sriracha (or more)
A little water, for blending
Salt, to taste

1. Soak cashews in water for a couple hours or overnight.
2. Steam some cauliflower florets until they are softer - but still have some texture. Stop steaming them before they hit your ideal texture, they will soften a little after you take them off the heat. Let them cool.
3. Now that your cashews have soaked, add them to a blender/food processor with all the other ingredients, except the cauliflower. You are trying to make a paste/thick sauce, thus only add a little water as necessary for blending.
4. Once you have prepared the spicy vegan mayo sauce, roughly chop the cooled cauli florets. Mix sauce with the chopped cauliflower. (see photo above for texture)

You'll likely have extra sauce, depending on how many rolls you make. It's yummy, and can be used on other things :)

Teriyaki Mushroom Roll
1/3 cup Tamari Soy Sauce
1 tsp Sweetener aprox. (maple syrup, agave, honey)
1 Minced Clove Garlic
2 King Oyster Mushrooms* (thinly sliced)

1. Mix soy sauce, sweetener, and garlic in a bowl. Add the mushroom slices and let marinate for 15 minutes.
2. Add mushrooms and marinade to a pan and cook.
3. Once the mushrooms have cooled, roll with some matchstick cut cucumber.

*You could use any other mushroom, but I really like the 'meaty' texture of the king oyster for this recipe

Thanks for stopping by!
If you make any of the rolls, be sure to share with me on social media :)
Have a wonderful week.
- Fiona

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Coconut Cream of Mushroom Soup w/ Wild Rice

Coconut Cream of Mushroom Soup w/ Wild Rice

I set a goal for myself (not a new year's resolution...) that I would eat vegetarian for the month of January. This is an experiment, mostly for curiosity's sake. I don't eat a lot of meat and I've always said it would be easy for me to become vegetarian, so I wanted to see if that was actually true. Aside from a couple hiccups on the first day (which was spent in airports), it has been going well!

While I'm not partaking in a vegan diet, I do enjoy creating healthy vegan recipes and that's how this soup came about. It's ridiculously good. The best mushroom soup I've had. Though, to be honest, most of the mushroom soup I've had was from a can. Unlike the canned variety of my childhood this soup is gluten free and vegan.

1/2 Medium Onion
2-3 Cloves Garlic
3 cups Chopped Mushrooms (I recommend baby portobello/brown button)
1 tsp Dried Rosemary (Mine was roughly chopped, use less if it is powdered)
1 (400 ml) can Coconut Milk
1 Veggie Broth Cube (That would make 2 cups of broth, but don't make broth)
1 cup Water
1 cup Cooked Wild Rice (prepare beforehand)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)

1. Chop the 1/2 onion and stir fry it in a pan with the chopped mushrooms, minced garlic, rosemary, and some oil.
2. Once well cooked and soft, add about 3/4 of the pan contents into a blender with the can of coconut milk and the broth cube, blend well. After blending transfer to a pot.
3. Take the leftover 1/4 of mushroom/onion mix and add to the blender with a cup of water. Blend roughly. (If you do not wish to have some texture, omit this step and blend all of the mushroom mix and the water with step 2)
4. Add all blended ingredients and the wild rice into a pot. Test the soup and season with salt and/or pepper as needed.
5.Bring the pot contents to a boil over medium heat. Serve.

Optional: I topped mine with some sage fried shiitake mushrooms. I combined chopped mushrooms, sage, a little salt, and some oil in a pan. Then stir fried it over med/high heat.

If you want to check out my vegetarian adventures for the rest of January, you can follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (FionaElvaJane or through the image below). If you want to get involved, tag your Instagram pictures with #MeatFreeJan!

Happy Sunday, have a soup-er week! (ha.ha.)

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Coconut Lime Popsicles

Coconut Lime Popsicles

Summer is my favourite season, but judging by the 14-day forecast I should probably make peace with fall's early arrival this year. In due time I'll enjoy some comfort food and hot tea while watching the rain, but for now I'm going to cling to summer through these popsicles!

They're really light, refreshing, and not too sweet. Though that's just my personal preference, you can add more honey if you want. In fact, as with all recipes I suggest you just use these measurements as a guide and make them to suit your taste buds!

Coconut Lime Popsicles
400 mL Can of Coconut Milk
2 Limes, Juiced (aprox. 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp Lime Zest
1 Heaping tbs Honey (Dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water)

Mix all ingredients together (taste/adjust as needed), then add to a popsicle mold and freeze overnight.

If you give these a try, let me know my tagging your Instagram pic with @FionaElvaJane

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Blueberry Bowl Recipe - Açaí inspired

Blueberry Bowl Recipe - Açaí inspired

Man do I love açaí bowls. I have fond memories of heading to the market in downtown Florianopolis, buying a bowl from a small stall, and sitting under the shade of an umbrella at a plastic table enjoying a cool bowl of açaí na tigela.

For those of you who don't know, açaí bowls are antioxidant rich fruity soft serve/smoothie bowls, traditionally topped with banana and granola.

I lived in Brazil in 2007/8 and since then açaí bowls have exploded in popularity across North America, I mean have you been on Instagram? Surprisingly I have not taken part in this trend because A)holy smokes are they a lot more expensive than at a Brazilian market and B)I'm afraid they just won't be as good.

That being said, this bowl is remarkably similar to a traditional açaí bowl, with a much more affordable North American twist: blueberries! It's also ridiculously simple.

Blueberry 'Açaí' Bowl
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Cut up the frozen banana into smaller pieces. Add the banana and blueberries into a blender. Add a little water at a time to facilitate blending. You want it to be thick, so try not to add too much water. You can always add more.

Serve your Blueberry mixture in a bowl and top it with whatever fruit/nuts/seeds/etc you like. I opted for the more traditional bananas and granola, but there are some seriously colourful smoothie bowls out there.

I'm going to admit that it has been so long since I've had a real açaí bowl that this could be not quite as similar as I think it is. Regardless, it is super tasty and gives you an awesome antioxidant boost.

If you give this a try, let me know my tagging your Instagram pic with @FionaElvaJane

Happy Tuesday!

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Twisted Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Twisted Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Here in Vancouver we are in the midst of a heat wave. My Brazilian boyfriend suggests we get an air conditioner to beat the heat, but I'm thinking that might not be the most practical solution when living in Western Canada. A tastier and more economical solution is eating popsicles for every meal. Too much? Okay, not every meal. But at least you can feel good about eating these healthy popsicles at any time of day! Plus they look lovely.

Banana layer:
2 Bananas
2 handfuls of Spinach
3 tbs Vanilla Yogurt (approx.)
about 1/2 a cup of water (or as needed to blend)

Strawberry layer:
3 cups cut strawberries
1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt
water as needed

1. Choose whichever layer you would like on the bottom first. Add all the ingredients for that layer into the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour the contents of the blender into your popsicle mold, up to about the half way mark.
3. Freeze the first layer with the popsicle stick in it.
*If you have trouble keeping the popsicle stick upright, wait for the first layer to freeze a little bit then try again.
4. Once frozen you can make the second layer in the blender, then pour it over the first layer in the mold. Now place back in the freezer.

Once fully frozen, eat and enjoy!

Tip: Give the layers a taste test after blending, if you'd like a sweeter popsicle blend in some honey!

Help me! How do you beat the heat?