Food & Recipes

Cooking Beans on the Wood Stove

COOKING ON THE WOOD STOVE Cooking beans on the wood stove instead of the electric stove fulfills four of my heart’s desires: 1)  To never use electricity from the grid ever again (I’m not there YET but it feels good to minimize usage). 2)  To be extra frugal.  Using the wood stove to heat the…

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Rustic Chili

Rustic Chili Why rustic?  Because its hearty, filling, and wholesome.  I feel like I could walk out my door and just gather the ingredients in the forest (if beans and tomato paste grew in the forest, that is). With superfoods like shiitake mushrooms, walnuts, and quinoa, its not only incredibly filling but its full of…

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Plant-Based Weight Loss Challenge

Plant-Based Weight Loss Challenge I had such a good time creating and implementing the Whole-Foods Plant-Based Budget series, I decided to take it a step further.  This challenge is a plant-based weight loss plan to drop pounds after Christmas (or anytime).  On the budget plan I lost 5 pounds without even trying.  This new plan…

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Whole-Food Plant-Based Budget: Finale

Whole-Food Plant-Based Budget:  Week 4 Since I only had $18 left in the budget, the plan for this week was:  Shop in My Pantry and Freezer. Some meals from Week 3 lasted into Week 4 so I only needed 10 lunches and dinners plus 7 breakfasts this week.  (Plus I have to admit, I bought…

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Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget: Week Three

Whole-Foods Plant Based on a Budget:  Week Three Progress Report Week 2 was a success!  Once again I felt nourished and satisfied and STUCK TO THE BUDGET! I’m finding that by only shopping once a week its easier to resist temptation and only buy what’s on my list.  This works if the foods that are…

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Sweet Potato Burgers with Cashews & Smoked Tofu

Smoky, garlicky, and full of flavor. The tofu in these burgers absolutely MUST be the smoked kind, otherwise the flavour will be bland. Sweet Potato Burgers with Cashews & Smoked Tofu Makes 6-8 burgers Ingredients 2 medium-large sweet potatoes or yams (the larger the potato the more patties you’ll get without having to adjust any…

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Whole-Food Plant-Based on a Budget: Week Two

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Eating on a Budget:  Week 2 Week One went well.  I stuck to the meal plan, didn’t buy anything extra, and ate some yummy, yummy foods.  I’ve been eating heaping bowls of soups and stews at each meal  – pretty much stuffing myself without overeating.  I’m feeling nourished and satisfied. This diet includes…

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Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget: Week One

Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget:  Week 1 I sigh when I read about Americans who eat healthy on $2 a day.  In Canada, no es possible, mi amigo.  The cost of food in Canada is much higher than in the USA where you might find a 16 oz can of organic chickpeas for $1.99.  Here…

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Jen’s Split Pea Soup

Serves 4  Ingredients 6 cups of veggie broth (or 6 cups of water plus 2 low-sodium vegetable broth cubes) 1 cup yellow split peas, dried 2 bay leaves ½ onion, chopped 1 potato, chopped into ½-1 inch pieces 3 carrots, chopped into ½-1inch coins salt & pepper Instructions Place water/broth/cubes into large saucepan and bring…

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Jen’s Green Smoothie

What!?  That’s not green!  Yep, you can fool even the most picky of eaters into eating their greens by using lots of berries. I aim to have a large green smoothie for breakfast 5 days a week.  This way I ensure I’ve had 3-4 servings of fruit and 3-4 cups of raw greens daily.  The…

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