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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Easy Pan-Fried Gnocchi

Gnocchi is one of my new-found loves. Growing up, we never had gnocchi. I had never even heard of it until my husband (way before we were married) started buying it at the grocery store. Now, I’m obsessed with it for quick and easy meals! We buy this brand of pre-made gnocchi (because who has time to hand make it?) and it is accidentally vegan (it doesn’t say it’s vegan, but the ingredients are all safe for vegans!)

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Crunchwrap Supreme – Veganized!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m obsessed with Que Pasa Sweet & Spicy Ranch chips. They’re almost like a cool ranch dorito, but with a bit of a heat kick (and vegan, of course!). They’re packed with flavour, made in British Columbia, and so yummy! I had 1/4 of a bag left, and most of them were broken, so I decided to add them into a flour tortilla – and now we have this glorious recipe! It’s almost like the Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme – I think. I’ve never actually had it. But this crunchy, gooey and comfort-foody recipe is perfect for an easy Friday night snack!

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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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8 Things To Do If You Want To Be Vegan

Recently, my brother and I read some of the comments on the Earthlings documentary on YouTube (be aware it may be difficult to watch as it exposes the reality of factory farms and animal abuse that we pay for when we choose non-vegan products). We noticed in the comments that so many people said the movie helped them become vegan, but a lot of people also said they wanted to go vegan, but didn’t know where to start. Those comments inspired me to make this blog of eight things you should do if you want to go vegan.

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Vegan Mac and Cheese

I’ve decided to start a new series on my website called the Vegan Comfort Food Challenge – and here is my first recipe! I’ve taken the classic creamy, cheesy and definitely not vegan mac and cheese, and veganized it! This recipe is so easy, so delicious and only requires 8 ingredients! If you have a comfort food that you loved before vegan, or one that’s stopping you from going vegan now, leave it in the comment section below or on my Instagram and I will try to add it to the series!

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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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DIY Vegan Sushi

When I first went vegan, I found myself craving vegan sushi rolls but not feeling comfortable enough going into non-vegan sushi restaurants and requesting vegan options. I don’t eat at a lot of non-vegan restaurants, because you never really know what goes on in the kitchen. There are no vegan sushi places near me, or even places that advertise that they have vegan options, so I was determined to make my own. After doing a bunch of research, I was convinced that I didn’t want to add rice vinegar to my rice and I didn’t want to use a bamboo mat (only because I didn’t have one, and didn’t want to find one!)

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So I decided to start a blog…

Welcome to my journey.

My name is Cindi and six months ago, I realized that the standard Canadian diet is absolutely barbaric (and so unhealthy!). I have been an avid gym-goer for the last 4 years and was sucked into the lifting lifestyle of chicken breast, eggs and salmon. Even typing this out now makes me feel sick! During a late night Friday dinner, I realized halfway through my meal how disgusted I was by what I was putting into the body I so passionately wanted to protect.

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