Vegan Cheese Dip

Growing up, I loved cheese. I ate it all the time. But when I went vegan and found out about how cruel the dairy industry was, I stopped craving cheese altogether. (If you haven’t seen it already, watch Dairy Is Scary on YouTube. I promise, there’s a great life after cheese!) I have, however, wanted to create charcuterie boards for parties and sometimes don’t have time to stop at Vegan Supply for one of their (expensive) pre-made cheeses. They have tons that are delicious and add amazing flavour to a charcuterie board, but they are definitely more expensive than this one – and it’s a tad out of my way.
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Pumpkin Spiced Energy Balls

A few weeks ago, I realized it was finally autumn in British Columbia. The trees are starting to change colour, the air is cool, the rain has been consistent and the smell of pumpkin spice has me feeling all the feels. While we were out grocery shopping last week, I picked up my first (of many!) cans of 100% pumpkin. It sat in my pantry for a few days until the idea of pumpkin spiced energy balls popped into my head. I figured I could replace any oils/nut butters with the pumpkin and that it would act as a binder, and then I could pack in as much flavour (and healthy ingredients) as possible. So, I did, and now I have a delicious snack waiting for me in the fridge filled with healthy plant protein and flavour! I’m working on a few autumn drink recipes to use up the remainder of the pumpkin and will update this blog when I’ve completed them!
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Vegan Spinach Dip

When I was in university, we used to go to Wilf’s at least once a week and always ordered their spinach dip. It came hot out of the oven with pita and chips (but you could also request just one or the other) and I swear it was sent from heaven. It was salty, cheesy, goo-ey and delicious. It was also packed with unhealthy ingredients (& very cruel ones) – so as soon as I went vegan I needed to find a replacement that was much healthier, and didn’t contain vegan versions of those unhealthy ingredients. This is one of my favourite recipes and would be perfect to bring to a holiday party, family gathering or potluck. You can even create it a day in advance and heat it up in a small crockpot or in the oven before you’re ready to serve.
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Vegan Flatbread Three Ways

These flatbread recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners or Friday night parties. Each can serve one person as a main entrée, or can be used as an appetizer for 2-3 people. They are quick and delicious, but look beautiful and elegant! They are easy to double or triple to serve more people. The Big Mac Flatbread is savoury and delicious, like an open-faced Big Mac. The BBQ ‘Chicken’ Flatbread is perfect to serve company on Saturday nights and tastes like vegan pub food. The Onion & Pear Flatbread is fancy and elegant and would be perfect for a romantic date night.
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The Best Green Smoothie Bowl

Ya’ll, this is a recipe made for hot summer days. It’s refreshing, sweet, healthy, customizable AND easy to make. What else could you ask for? Not sure what to do with the rest of your frozen mango? Try these Creamy Mango Overnight Oats for a quick & delicious breakfast! As always, if you decide to try this recipe, post a photo on Instagram and tag me so I can see your creations @thatcanadianvegan. Enjoy!

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Creamy Mango Overnight Oats

I know I’m like 5 years behind on this whole “overnight oats” craze – but oh my goodness. I’m obsessed. I love throwing overnight oats in my car and having them right after I work out. They’re easy, so filling and there’s endless flavour options! I love this mango version because it’s creamy, sweet and so perfect for summer. It honestly tastes like dessert, and I’m so excited for you to try it!

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Sweet and Smoky Chickpeas

I’ve been adding chickpeas to my buddha bowls for months now. I love them because they’re full of flavour and so filling! This recipe is perfect for adding to salads and buddha bowls or can be enjoyed all by itself! Actually, I just flew from Vancouver to Toronto and brought this on the plane – sweet and smoky chickpeas, half an avocado, tomato wedges and cucumber slices. It was so tasty (even cold!), and it kept me full for the whole flight!

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Almond Butter Balls

These almond butter balls are my latest obsession. They take 15 minutes to make and are full of healthy, delicious (and vegan!) ingredients. My in-laws recently gifted me an amazing food processor for my birthday, and I’m so excited to start sharing more food processor recipes! I used the s-shaped blade in the food processor for this recipe.

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5 Layer Vegan Nacho Dip

When I was younger, I loved nacho dip with sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese and salsa – especially when it was premade at the grocery store. I haven’t had it in years, but last week I was driving and the idea for this recipe came to my mind out of nowhere – and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The next day I tested this recipe and it was so delicious, my husband and I couldn’t believe how good it was. I tested it a few more times making minor changes, and now I am convinced this is the tastiest layered nacho dip, ever! It would be perfect for family gatherings or potlucks, or any event that you’re expected to show up with a side-dish. Plus, it only takes 25 minutes to make (as long as you have soaked cashews on hand) and it sits well in the fridge overnight!

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The Best Vegan Macaroni Salad

With spring here, we’ve all started planning summer trips and family BBQ’s. This pasta salad is perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike and is the perfect dish to bring to a family gathering! It’s easy to prepare in advance and is full of fresh veggies and delicious herbs. If you decide to try this recipe, post a photo on Instagram and tag me so I can see your creations @thatcanadianvegan. Enjoy!

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