What’s For Breakfast by Dianne Wenz, review, recipe and giveaway

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21 vegan recipes to jump start your day. This e-book is perfect for anyone who loves breakfast foods. Enjoy a hearty scramble at dinner or oatmeal for lunch, a juice for breakfast. What’s for Breakfast is divided by scrambles, porridges and puddings, drinks, I heart carbs, brunch and the basics. In the part The Basics, Dianne has a list of ingredients that she uses and tools you will need to make the recipe. Nothing weird or strange, in fact you likely have everything you need already. Well, a lot of people are not familiar with kala mamak which is also known as black salt, which is actually pinkish in colour- it gives tofu an eggy taste. 18 of the recipes are the most popular from her blog plus 3 brand new recipe, all in one e-book!!!

The other night after we came home from the pool, I decided to make the tofu frittata. That night we were still in the middle of a heat wave, and I thought I would regret using the oven. The frittata is insanely easy to make. Perfect for a brunch where you have about an hour (the cooking time is about 40 mins) that you can just relax and take things easy. This heats up wonderfully in the air fryer for next day leftovers. (IF you have leftovers.) Oh and in case you are wondering if I felt regret? The only regret I had was not making it sooner. Ironically just shortly before the frittata was finished cooking, the wind picked up and Mother Nature cooled my home down. It was perfect.

Guess what? Dianne is letting me share one recipe with you and I think you will really enjoy it. Be sure to add this to your Sunday brunch menu!

Tofu Frittata

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A frittata is pretty much the same thing as a quiche, but without the crust. The
benefit to making a frittata is that it can be prepared the night before and then
popped into the oven in the morning. This recipe can easily be doubled if you’re
expecting a crowd for brunch.
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon olive oil 1 small red onion, diced
6 to 8 crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 zucchini, diced
1 package firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed and drained
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
1 tomato, diced
2 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a small casserole dish.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook
for about 3 minutes, until it softens. Add the mushrooms and zucchini.
Cook for about 5 more minutes, until the vegetables become soft. Sea-
son with a little salt and pepper, to taste.
3. In a food processor, mix together the tofu, non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast,
cornstarch, basil, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, turmeric,
black pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using. Process until smooth.
4. Fold the vegetables into the tofu mixture and spread into the casserole
dish. Top with the tomato, scallions, and olives.
5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the frittata is firm and golden brown.
6. Let stand for about 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.

Recipe reprinted with permission from What’s for Breakfast? Morning Favorites
from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen. ©2017 Dianne Wenz. Purchase your copy of the
e-book here: http://www.diannesvegankitchen.com/cookbooks/

To find out more about Dianne check out her blog Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, she is also on facebook.

I can’t wait to make the other 20 recipes!! Let me know what your favorite breakfast food is and enter for your chance to win Dianne’s book What’s for Breakfast click HERE.

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Beat The Heat With These Summer Treats

Forgive me for what I’m about to tell you, but you will have to make the best of it, and enjoy with these frozen treats. There’s about 6 weeks left of summer. I know some will be happy for the kids to be back in school, but for the rest of us, who enjoy the more relaxing schedule of summer, 6 weeks nearly isn’t long enough. I hope you enjoy this round up.

  1. Cherry Lemon Smoothie Popsicles. Photo credit goes to Becky from Glue and Glitter. 4 ingredients and that’s including ice. How simple? Well you’re there for this recipe, please have a look around because she has so many great recipes on her blog.

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2. Vegan Vanilla Latte Rocket Pops. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. I haven’t had a rocket pop since I was a kid. It’s time to make up for that. Be sure to browse Kathy’s site because this was one of 7 posted in the round up she did.

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3. Mango Lime Pops. Photo credit goes to Jeanine and Jack from Love and Lemons.

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4.  Super Easy Vegan Fudgsicles. Photo credit goes to Margaret from Tree Hugger.

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5. Homemade Fudgesicles. Photo credit goes to Nicole Axworthy. Recipe by Dreena Burton from Plant Powered Kitchen. This is all kinds of awesome! I’d double the batch 🙂

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6. Cherry Lime Vodka Popsicles. Photo credit goes to Kristina over at Spabettie. Don’t worry you don’t need to add the vodka, Kristina has you covered.

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7. Chocolate vegan ice cream sandwiches. Photo credit goes to Morgan over at My Vega.

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8. Sundae. Yep, pure and simple- FYI, I should make this again and get a better picture…

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And if you just not in the mood to make even a sauce for your ice cream, there’s a few brands that you can buy pretty much in any store in the US and Canada.

9. Ben and Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream. I can only find 3 flavours in Canada, but I will take it. I’ve tried all three and they are great! Photo credit it goes to Ben and Jerry’s site.

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10. So Delicious, not only do they have ice cream but bars as well. Their frozen treats live up to their name! Photo credit goes to the crew over at So Delicious.

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If I come across more beat the heat cool summer treats, I will add them. Or maybe do a part two. If you have a recipe you like to see featured, just let me know.

 

 

Beat The Heat With These Cool Summer Drinks

We are in the middle of a heat wave and I do not like it. It’s hot and gross and there are only so many hours you can hang out in the grocery store before security starts following you around. Yes, I know I have been here every day for the past week for 8 hours straight and have only bought some bananas or grapes…. ok I haven’t done that, but lately, that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

So, let’s turn to plan B. We will cool ourselves with some refreshing drinks, and even though alcohol will dehydrate you, you can have some every now and then, just make sure to drink lots of water.

The first drink you don’t have to put in the vodka, it’s just as tasty without it. I would recommend you pulse some ice in a food processer to make it extra cold.

1. Watermelon and Lime

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2. Dark Cherry Lime Slushy, photo credit goes to Brandi from The Vegan 8. I’m not a fan of cherries, but I wish I could reach through the screen and enjoy this slushy.

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3. Pomegranate Swizzle, photo credit goes to Ginny from The Vegan in the Freezer. This drink calls for rum, but I’m sure it will be just as refreshing without it.

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4. Heartbreaker Rose Syrup Cocktail, photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. Now, I wouldn’t drink more than one of these, but it looks too pretty not to try it.

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5. Creamsicle Smoothie.  The photo credit goes to Dreena from Plant Powered Kitchen. Adults and kids alike can enjoy this treat. I’d be tempted to make extras and freeze it.

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6. Creamy Blended Frozen Mocha. Photo Credit goes to Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie. I don’t drink coffee anymore, but this is exactly what I would be having for breakfast if I did.

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7. Labor Day Pina Coladas. Photo credit goes to Chef Chloe. It may say labor day pina coladas, but I’m not waiting, minus the rum it’s a nice and refreshing taste of the tropics- to go with this heat we’re having. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere else.

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8. Salted Caramel Cluster Vegan Shake. Photo credit goes to Mel from A Virtual Vegan. STOP THE PRESSES, this looks like I’m wanting this for dinner tonight!!!

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9. Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca. Photo credit goes to Amy from Veggies Save The Day. This sparkling water with watermelon will be the hit of your pool party.

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10. Peaches and Cream Nice Cream Float. Photo credit goes to Sarah from Fried Dandelions. Move over root beer float, we have a new favorite. Shh, we won’t tell them it’s healthy, ok Mom?

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11. Kiwi Strawberry Crush Cocktail. Photo credit goes to Becky from Glue and Glitter. This looks really great! You could almost get away with saying it’s a salad. Vodka is made from potatoes and then there’s strawberries and kiwi. You’re welcome 😉 Just don’t over do it.

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12. Power Grape Juice. Photo credit goes to Claire from Reboot with Joe. This is so easy to make and look at that lovely colour!!

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13. Frosty Strawberry Lemonade with Mint. Photo credit goes to Somer from Vedged Out. Oh boy, this could be had all day long!!

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14. Coquito Bonito. Photo credit goes to Terry from Vegan Latina. Sure, why not?! Maybe a little taste of Christmas will make things cooler….

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15. Double Chocolate Hazelnut Shookie. Photo credit goes to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan. Annie had me at double chocolate.

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16. Strawberry Lemonade Bliss, by Tess. Photo credit goes to Michelle Donner. Lemonade is a staple during summer. I think you will love this one.

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17. Caramel Peanut Apple Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Brittney from Plant Power Couple. Need I say more? I didn’t think so. Also, I see you drooling 😉

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18. Peach Avocado Green Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Noelle from Singers Kitchen. What a great way to get an abundance of fruits and veggies into a glass.

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19. Don’t Put Down that Glass of Matcha Tropical Smoothie .Photo credit goes to The Food Duo. Great smoothie to start your day right.

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20. Watermelon MojiWatermelon Mojito. This is a nice and refreshing juice. I almost forgot about it.

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21. Blissful Citrus Thirst Quencher. Photo credit goes to Miriam from Mouth Watering Vegan. This is what you need to take on your picnic.

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22. Tropical Smoothie with Mango & Banana. Recipe by Becky from Glue and Glitter. Photo credit goes to Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen.

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23. Virgin Banana Daiquiris. Photo credit goes to Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine. Looks perfect!

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24. Nectarine Lemonade. Photo credit goes to Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe.

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25. Pina Colada Smoothie . Photo credit goes to Marly from Namely Marly. It’s green!!! Love it!

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26. Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea. Photo credit goes to Richa from Vegan Richa.I think this would be great for after dinner.

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27. White Chocolate Cake Strawberry Milkshake. Photo credit goes to Brandi from The Vegan 8. Now this is epic!!

 

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28. Spiked Orange Julius. Photo credit goes to Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack, Hello beautiful!!!

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29. Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte. Photo credit goes to Angela from Oh She Glows. I want two!

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30. Piña Colada Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Melissa from Vegan Huggs. Looks refreshing.

 

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31. Vanilla Mint Superfood Smoothies w/ Spirulina. Photo credit goes to Sarah from Well and Full. I love this colour, don’t  you?

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32. Healthy Purple Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Clint and Brooke from Grab Your Spork. I’m not a huge fan of blueberries, but I want this.

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33. Ginger Switchel Floats with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Photo credit goes to Kristina from Spabettie. This will be worth the effort.

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34. Watermelon Frosty. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Happy Life. Can’t wait to try this one.

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35. Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. What a cute glass!!


That’s all I have for now. If there’s a demand I will post more refreshing beat the heat drinks. Now that you have quenched your thirst, the next post will be about food. Stayed tuned.

Watermelon and Lime Martini

I have a great martini recipe for you. If you don’t drink, skip the vodka as this is something you want to try . If you don’t have a juicer, just blend the watermelon and then strain it (or don’t, it just won’t be as smooth.)

Watermelon Martini

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/4 of a large watermelon

1 lime

a shot of vodka or maybe two depending on the type of day you had 😉

Method:

  1. Wash the watermelon and lime before slicing.
  2. Cut your watermelon in half, then half the half, take of rind. Cut the fruit into piece that will easily fit into the juicer.
  3. Put watermelon pieces into fridge and let chill for 1/2 or so.
  4. Cut and peel the lime.
  5. On low speed, drop the watermelon in, then the lime, switch it to high.
  6. Add some ice and your vodka.
  7. Enjoy.

If you don’t have a juicer, then like I said just use a blender, but you need to juice the lime. You can get a cheap hand held citrus juicer at the dollar store, or an inexpensive power citrus juicer at a discount grocery store like Superstore, Walmart.

NOTE** If you put your watermelon in the fridge first you tend to get more juice. Fresh juice will still be good up to 72 hrs I heard, but it’s really the best very cold the day of making it or the next day.

If you are making this for a party, I would use 4-5 limes per whole watermelon.

Don’t skip the lime. The lime gives it a little something special. If you skip it, all you taste is watermelon and I personally didn’t like straight watermelon juice. I drank this juice all the time when I was rebooting, once I was done the reboot, I made this drink.

Yes, I know, it’s not in a martini glass, but this just saves me from having to get up a few seconds after making the first one, to pour another one 😉

How are you going to martini today?

Good Stock Restaurant & Catering

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On the morning of Saturday June 10th, Good Stock  (located at 11409 40th Ave Edmonton AB T6J 0R4) opened its doors to the public for the first time. As I was being lazy for most of the day, checking in on face book posts from friends or those who are in the same group I’m in, and seeing all the delicious looking pics, I knew I had to do something. I missed what I wanted to get, which was the weekend brunch special my fault- I was in a mood, wanted to take the kids to Pride, but they were gone for the weekend, conflicted on what I wanted to do (I just wanted  to stay in pj’s all day long and not go anywhere- but-). I decided I’m going to check this place out. It’s not 100% vegan, but promised to be clearly labelled, I thought, why not. Let’s check it out. FYI, anything with honey in it IS clearly labelled.

I got there, kinda nervous as I’m there alone. I was sure I would be the only one to come alone. NO I was not. I entered the clean modern feeling place and noticed a man sitting by himself, there was a family that entered before me, they were all smiles and laughing and having fun. Behind me was an older couple, quiet and more serious. The (lone) man was looking around taking it all in. A fellow people watcher I see.

I came in knowing what I wanted to eat. After looking at the menu in real life… I couldn’t choose. The family ahead of me ordered the donair, cheese burger and potato salad, not sure what the child ordered as something caught my attention, or maybe I stopped people watching. It was my turn… I still didn’t  know what I wanted…..

Cashier “Welcome, how are you today?”

Me “umm, I’m good… how are you?” he totally threw me off in a good way.

Chashier “I’m good, thank you. I just wanted to let you know unless otherwise stated this is a vegan restaurant”

Me 🙂 “I know, thanks” I’m liking this place already.

Cashier “What would you like to order?”

Me “One of everything” the look on his face “Seriously, I can’t do that today, so…. tell me what’s in your cheese burger?”

Cashier “well I’m not exactly sure, I’ll find out for you”

Comes back with the Chef. Michelle, even though really busy explained what was in it. I assumed because of what was in it, it would be kinda loose. She said no not loose, it holds together well. Even when I went with another choice and thanked her, her attitude didn’t change, she maintain her friendly smile, and even though I can’t remember what she said to me, I felt like everything was ok. (She is more professional than I am sometimes). The main reason why I didn’t get the burger was because potato salad. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes but room temp is the coldest I go and I don’t like mayo on my potatoes.

I order the smoked TLT, which has tofu, lettuce, tomato and in-house mayo made from cashews. The sandwich had a nice smoky flavor to it, nicely cooked (I’m picky when it comes to tofu, I hardly ever order it) paired with fresh tomatoes and crunchy lettuce and a hint of vegan butter and cashew mayo…. I was in taste bud heaven. I had my choice of soup, so I decided to go with a chickpea barley. It was hardy, savoury- it was perfect. I didn’t finish it all as I wanted to try more food, and leftovers that’s always the test. (This soup is still amazing 2 days after being ordered)

As I was eating my meal, the lone male went up to order more food. I know he ordered bagels but not sure what else. None of my business really, but I wanted to talk to him to see what he had and what it was like.

I went back up, and had to thank the cashier for the wonderful meal I had. I asked for a kids mac n cheese, a multi grain bagel with cream cheese. Again, just when I thought I knew what I wanted, after hearing the options, I couldn’t decide. They all sounded wonderful. In the end I opted for the Italian herb. I asked if the cream cheese could be in a separate container as I didn’t plan on eating it right away. I had ordered this food to go, but when I got it.. I had to sample the mac n cheese when it was fresh. OMG: I seriously had to stop myself from eating the whole thing. The kid’s mac n cheese comes with a side of veggies. Some celery, carrot and red pepper sticks. The adult portion comes with a rainbow salad.

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The next day I had the bagel and cream cheese. Oh yeah baby- you’re right up there with someone who I hold the upmost respect for. The cream cheese can’t be compared to any other cream cheese that you buy in stores. No, this reminded me of Miyoko’s cheese. Yummy. I need some more, seriously, you can not get enough.

 

Before leaving, I needed to talk to the people who I assumed were prepping, I didn’t want to bug Chef Michelle, even though I wanted to express the gratitude I felt. I thanked them for the great tasting food. I was impressed. I love(d) everything about Good Stock.

Bottom line, you need to eat there. One of these days I will make it over there for their brunch special. Also, they have a special going on each day.

If you have been there let me know what you have tried. If you don’t live here, place it on your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed.