Tag Archives: Vegan

How To Create A Delicious Vegan Cheese Board

miyoko's vegan cheese

I love creating epic cheese platters.

So when my friend Jenni suggested we host a baby shower (see my fave gift ideas) for our friend Lindsay (who is vegan), I offered to do all the food. Now I’ve never catered a vegan party before – but I love eating healthy and am definitely interested in cooking more vegan meals.

So a vegan cheese platter? It’s not as intimidating as you think. Luckily, Lindsay sent me a list of her favourite cheeses that I easily paired with fruit and crackers. Here’s what I suggest for your own vegan cheese platter: (more…)

Raspberry + Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Almond Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies

I love thumbprint cookies. There’s something so fulfilling about eating your way to that sweet and tart jam centre – which makes it totally addicting, so I start again with another cookie! They also pair really well with a nice rich cup of coffee.

If you’re planning on doing some holiday baking this month – this recipe is it. I fell in love with these raspberry and almond thumbprint cookies and not only is it delicious and packed full of protein, it’s also vegan AND gluten-free! (more…)

Easy Banana Ice Cream


Photo courtesy of Yonanas

Have you tried making banana ice cream yet?

It’s pretty much become my go-to dessert. Trust me, if I could eat ice cream everyday – I would. But to avoid becoming a million pounds I try to limit my intake of desserts – even though I have an incredibly intense sweet tooth. That being said, I’m always on the hunt for healthy desserts. No seriously, if you have any healthy dessert ideas send them MY WAY.



Photo courtesy of Yonanas

Yes, there IS a Santa Claus because these such things exist! Which brings me to banana ice cream. You seriously take frozen bananas + frozen something else, blend it together and you have frozen banana ice cream.

Don’t believe me?

You NEED this in your life.

Some of my favourite banana ice cream combos include:

  1. Banana + Frozen Straberries
  2. Banana + Match Green Tea Powder
  3. Banana + Frozen Peaches
  4. Banana + Nutella
  5. Banana + Cocoa Powder + Chocolate Chips

You can blend all these items together in a blender, but to get a super awesome soft-serve consistency you can try using a Yonanas machine which gets the texture just right. Banana ice cream is also vegan and dairy-free for those that are latcose-intolerant, this is perfect. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Ruth Tal


Ruth Tal, founder of Fresh Restaurants and Juice Bar in Toronto


Ruth Tal knows healthy eating. I make it no secret that one of my favourite places in Toronto is Fresh Restaurant and Juice Bar, a growing vegetarian chain she founded back in 1999. As soon as I land, I head straight to the Queen West location for their crunchy Quinoa Onion Rings and a Baby Beach Bowl with Grilled Tofu.

Since I am such a major fan of their healthy and affordable eats, I was thrilled for the chance to interview Ruth to learn about her own health journey, life advice and career path. Meet Ruth Tal!


What inspired your love of vegan foods and juicing?

My love for this planet and animals inspired me to find ways to tread as lightly on it as I possibly could. Choosing a plant-based diet and juicing were the natural outcome of this intention to help and make a positive difference in the choices I make every day.

Apart from that, I grew up loving my mom’s colourful Moroccan cooking and liberal use of fresh fruits and vegetables. Focusing on vegan foods and juicing meant I could indulge my love of eating legumes, grains, fruits, greens and vegetables even more!



This Beautiful Life: Tarek Al-Azbat



I first met Tarek Al-Azbat through my fashion blogging friends: Nelia, Sharon and Kim. I had only heard lovely things about him and it was so great to finally meet him in-person to learn more about his Canadian-grown vegan handbag collection – Nella Bella.

I own a Nella Bella tote that I use to carry my laptop around in. Everywhere I go, people are stopping me on the street complimenting my bag and asking me where I got it from. I am not only happy to support Tarek, but a true Canadian designer producing functionable and fashionable products for women. Meet Tarek Al-Azbat!


How did you decide on a career in fashion?

I have always wanted to work in fashion! It started at a very early age. I loved sketching dresses, suits and outfits – I was drawn to all things art.



This Beautiful Life: Lauren Toyota

Photo by: Arthur Mola

Photo by: Arthur Mola

By: Lisa Ng

I first met Lauren Toyota when I was judging a ping-pong and bowling food competition (for reals) in Toronto. We had bumped into Lauren at the end of her work day at MuchMusic and convinced her to come play ping-pong with us!


What did I learn? Lauren and I are terrible at ping-pong, but she is such a down-to-earth and super easy person to get along with. Lauren thinks fast on her feet, has interviewed some big name celebs and is a serious inspiration. She’s also an amazing vegan cook!


What made you decide on a career in television?

I grew up in front of the television and I was pretty obsessed with it. I used to be ashamed of saying that because you’re not supposed to watch a lot of TV, right?! But I am not ashamed because it taught me everything I know! I always dreamed of being on television and one day it happened.