Deconstructed Spicy Avocado Sushi Bowl

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I started JSA almost four years ago, and it's so odd to look back through the archives and see how far it's come. Not only how my writing, my recipe development skills and my photography skills have come, but also how far I have come. The first two years of my blog were spent baking and eating whatever the hell I pleased. I gained weight from the sheer amount of butter and sugar I consumed. And then I got a little more health conscious and started to actually look at what I was putting in my body. To be fair, I still ate whatever I wanted, but what I wanted were strawberry popsicles made … [Read more...]

Curried Zucchini Noodles with Sweet Potato

Curried Zucchini Noodles with Sweet Potato

Okay so I finally invested in a spiralizer after years of lusting over the beautifully curled vegetable noodles that were gracing the likes of healthy food bloggers on Tumblr and Instagram. I've tried raw zucchini  noodles all but a handful of times, but raw food restaurants are always crazy expensive. I get it, good quality, organic produce is expensive, but hot damn I just want to eat spaghetti without having a food baby afterwards. I was waaaay too excited once I got the spiralizer and I think I ate zucchini noodles for a week straight because all I wanted to do was spiralize … [Read more...]

Fried Apple Rings

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by SweeTango apples, all opinions are my own. Thank you for reading and supporting JSA =) It’s apple season. Instead of making pie, make apple rings instead! When I was younger, I used to be allergic to apples. It was awful. All the kids eating candy apples or caramel apples during Halloween, apple slices and caramel dip, basically the luxury of eating an apple off of the core was something I couldn’t enjoy. I could eat cooked apples as applesauce or in cake, but let’s be real, there’s nothing quite like taking a bite of a fresh apple. Somehow I … [Read more...]

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosted Butternut Squash Cake Cookies

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosted Butternut Squash Cake Cookies

When life gives you failed whipped butternut squash, make cake butternut squash cake cookies. Prepare yourself, today's post is sort of stream of consciousness: It's been well over a month since I've developed a recipe specifically for JSA and it feels weird and good at the same time. It felt weird to be going place to place, with no strict routine or stable timeframes to work on recipes for JSA. After I came back from camp, I went straight to Ottawa to see Chris, then came back to volunteer for the Veg Food Fest. Sleep deprived, and mentally and physically exhausted after 2 weeks of … [Read more...]

Raw Beet Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing

Raw Beet Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing - Produce Made Simple

Life is getting the better of me and I'm struggling to find a routine that allows me to blog and work and have a social life at the same time. I'm still adjusting, but it's going to work. In the meantime, I developed this raw beet salad for Produce Made Simple this week, so you guys should go check that out! I love beets, and this recipe showcases their wonderfully sweet flavour with some ginger lime dressing. I've been slowly cooking more now that I'm home, but it's been the same stuff that I always make when I need comfort food. Kale soup, spaghetti squash with vegetarian "meat" sauce, … [Read more...]

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet Cookbook Launch

Spiced Lentil Stew

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet is the second cookbook I've been lucky to have been a part of. It's a great initiative for raising money for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Central Florida. I know that's not exactly Canada, but I do Trick or Eat every year, I volunteer for The Stop Community Food Centre, and I used to volunteer at the food bank at uOttawa. Needless to say, I am very passionate about food security and ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious food. We live in a world where we export the majority of our lentils (Canada's top producing export) when people should learn … [Read more...]

The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide Cookbook Launch

The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide

So I'm back from band camp! Hurrah! But I'm super swamped trying to play catch-up from work after coming to Ottawa to visit Chris. However, I was super lucky to have contributed to not just one, but two cookbooks this year! Both launched this weekend too, so yes! No recipe up for the next couple posts but hey, cookbook giveaways huzzah. Some of you have tried the black bean brownies that I posted last year, but since they're not vegan, I veganized them in this cookbook for one of my blog friends, Brianna from Flippin' Delicious. She has amazing GF recipes that are easy, innovative, and … [Read more...]