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What I’m bringing to Thanksgiving this year!

Giv­ing a lot of thanks this year for many things. A new house and a new love on the way! That’s right, we’re expect­ing. I’m 19 weeks preg­nant. I have lots to share about my expe­ri­ence so far.. includ­ing what I’ve been eating/ what sup­ple­ments I’ve been tak­ing. Stay tuned for upcom­ing posts. I would love to hear from other preg­nant vegan mamas out there!

In the mean­time, I wanted to share with you what I’m plan­ning to make for Cana­dian Thanks­giv­ing this year.

I’m super excited for this recipe. I couldn’t sleep the other night, was brows­ing Pin­ter­est and came across this gem.

Puff Pas­try Wrapped Lentil Loaf!

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I’m cur­rently on the hunt for vegan pas­try that I can quickly braid over the lentil loaf. This recipe looks so scrumptious.

I’ll be mak­ing my Por­to­bello Mush­room Gravy to pour on top. I’m mak­ing a dou­ble batch this year as I’ll be attend­ing two din­ners and I def­i­nitely don’t want to run out. mmmmm mush­room gravy.…

Instead of mak­ing pump­kin pie this year, I’m tak­ing the easy way out and buy­ing a vegan pump­kin pie. Actu­ally I’ve already bought a few of them. One for each din­ner and an extra for daily con­sump­tion (obvi­ously). Right now many Toronto bak­eries are stock­ing them includ­ing Apieca­lypse Now, Through Being Cool Vegan Bak­ing Co., Bunner’s Bake Shop, Tori’s Bakeshop and even Whole Foods (Yorkville)!

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I will also be bring­ing a Tofurky Roast for fun.

I’m count­ing on oth­ers to pro­vide the roasted veg­gie side dishes. But if you are look­ing for ideas, here are some tasty ones.

So happy thanks­giv­ing to one and all. Let us take time this thanks­giv­ing to think of the beau­ti­ful, intel­li­gent, and socia­ble turkeys who are killed in the name of a hol­i­day which is sup­posed to be about grat­i­tude and the harvest.

Let us instead enjoy the mul­ti­tude of plant-based dishes avail­able to us and cher­ish being with loved ones big and small. Happy thanksgiving.

Oy Vegan!

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Restaurant Review: Yamchops

I heard about Yam­chops this past sum­mer and it is a real shock that I wasn’t able to make it there until a few weeks ago. That being said, it was well worth the wait!

Two words: vegan lox.

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Are you kid­ding me?! Amaz­ing! Yam­chops can be described as a veg­e­tar­ian butcher, mar­ket, and juice bar all rolled into one. When you walk into the Col­lege and Grace area store­front, you will be warmly greeted by one of the delight­ful staff and, if you’re lucky, a mem­ber of the Abram­son fam­ily will rec­om­mend some of their fab­u­lous in-house ready-made dishes that you can take home or sit down and eat.

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It really does feel like a deli counter, but instead of dead ani­mals, you have the option of choos­ing beet burg­ers, sweet potato Yam­chops, Indone­sian grilled tofu, and many other mouth-watering dishes.

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I believe this is the only place in the city, per­haps in Canada, that serves Vegan Chik*n Shawarma! …And let me tell you, it is fab­u­lous! Another star is their Kale Cae­sar salad with coconut ba-con.

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Owner, Jess Abram­son, fel­low veg­gie Jew, spoke with us about her vision for Yam­chops explain­ing it as a place where one can come and grab some pre­pared foods and also shop in the vegan mar­ket at the back of the store. She also kvelled about her line of cold-pressed organic juices made in-house called AuJus. These juices are really tasty. I’ve tried a lot of juice bars around the city, and these ones really stand out. We tried Salad Days and BBQ Apple Pie and were thor­oughly impressed.

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So if you are in Toronto and haven’t vis­ited them already, take a trip to 705 Col­lege Street (Just west of Mon­trose on the South side) and give Yam­chops a try. I promise, you will leave with a smile.

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Excit­ing news! Yam­chops caters! Have an upcom­ing simcha/ spe­cial occasion/holiday?

Give them a call: 416–645-0117 or e-mail them: talktous@yamchops.com

All photo cred­its: Sasha Arfin

Oy Vegan!

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Pesach 2014– What to make!

Pesach is quickly approaching!

Here are five tasty look­ing recipes that I am excited to make for Passover this year. Whether you are hav­ing a fully vegan seder (kudos to you if you are!!!!!) or are bring­ing a dish to a large gath­er­ing, you want to impress. These recipes might just do the trick. Let me know which ones are your favourites!

1. The Best Shred­ded Kale Salad. This is EXTREMELY tasty. I’ve made this for lunch quite a few times and I can never just eat one bowl. So you might want to dou­ble the recipe. It’s that good.

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2. Per­haps this Por­to­bello, Spinach, and Potato Matzo Mina with Basil Wal­nut Pesto and a Cashew Béchamel Sauce will float your boat.

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 3. Or how about a sim­ple, gorgeous-looking, Roasted Beet Salad with Mint.

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4. These Vegan and Gluten-Free Stuffed Pota­toes are a nice addi­tion to any seder meal.

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5.  Of course, a clas­sic Vegan Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Veg­eta­bles is a great starter.

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Gutt Yon­tiff!

Oy Vegan!

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