Keep calm and taco on, The Taco Cleanse Review and Giveaway

This book is freakin EPIC!!! There’s no other word to describe how amazing this one is.

Picture this- 4 friends sitting around eating tacos one day. One said, “Hey we should do a taco cleanse”. And that’s how it all began. Wes, Stephanie, Molly and Jessica have a great sense of humor and it shines throughout the book. You are heartless if you don’t find yourself highly amused, and you should really go eat a taco- your heart might grow a size or two. You might even end up being the greatest taco scientist of all time!

“You must make the taco you wish to eat in the world”* Gandhi

It all begins with: Is it right for you? What kind of taco eater are you,  The how’s and why of a taco cleanse, What is a taco, How to prepare for a taco cleanse, But I hate cooking, But I don’t want to give up my fav foods, 1 week meal plan (anything you cook can and should go in a taco),  How to get more taco options at your favorite Vegan restaurant, Taco journaling, Your questions answered.

“Stay strong and taco on”*

Living a taco-based Life: explaining the taco cleanse in social situations, people are going to ask, and some family members may not be on board- but the taco scientists have your back. Raising kids on a taco diet…. “perhaps the twos are so terrible because they are sorely lacking in tacos”* They made a list and suggestions on what tacos to serve at: Birthday’s (yes you can stuff a piece of cake in a taco shell. New Year’s Day, V-Day, St.Patrick’s, Easter and Passover, Memorial Day/ Independence Day/ Labour   Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah. They didn’t mention Canada Day, so I’m going to offer a suggestion- how about a butter tart taco or a tofu scramble with some coffee infused sauce? You can ask Kayla to make a recipe, I just have ideas, I don’t devolve recipes. The options are endless. Or you can make them Canadian by saying that’s one awesome taco eh 😉 Because you know every Canadian says “eh”. Of course, during your taco cleanse journey, they offer DIY supplements, such as Fundamental Margarita, Avocado Margarita, Beergarita, Mexican Martini (they even have a virgin one, so the kids can drink their supplements too). What’s my all time favorite? I would have to say Rehydrating Waterita. Anything with tequlia is approved on the taco cleanse.

“The taco cleanse isn’t about perfection it’s about being aweome.”*

They end the book with taco yoga, (because with any good diet or cleanse it’s important to work out, keep moving), taco salutations, taco mudras, how to plant a taco garden, (you never know when you might want to start another cleanse, this way you are prepared and have fresh taco ingredients) other taco related plants, crossword, How to break the taco cleanse. They say if you are not ready to eat other foods, then break the cleanse slowly- don’t be a hero. Don’t worry if you are having trouble with some of the meanings, there’s a taco science vocabulary guide for you. If you are having problems with your taco cleanse, you can look up your symptoms in the handy troubleshooting guide.

I decided to make a wake and shake scramble, which is cooked in the oven and not stove top. Throw some stuff in a bag, shake it and place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. That easy. I also made an onion-cumin rice. I modified the rice recipe so I could cook the rice in the Instant Pot instead of stove top. I used one cup of rice with one cup broth. I used the saute function to get the flavor of the cumin seeds going on, then added the onion until I felt like they were cooked to my liking, added the rice for about a min. Turned the pot off, added the broth, used the manual button and cooked the rice for 3 mins, let the pressure come down naturally. I also made some rockin heated Living Chipotle sauce. That sauce is hot, if you don’t like heat- please don’t make your taco suffer because you can’t eat it, instead make another sauce. If you like it hot, this is the new Frank’s Red Hot, I take it back- this is is by far superior than those other sauces. I’m pretty sure I caught the sriracha tilt its cap with mad respect for this spicy orange sauce. It’s true.


Grab yourself a taco and check out the fab 4 by clicking on the following links. We will not be held responsible if you eat more than one taco while going through the posts. The Taco Cleanse Scientist can be found on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and visit them on their blog

I received a copy of the taco cleanse and am excited to host a giveaway. One lucky person will have the chance to keep the peace by offering tacos, one shell at a time 🙂

WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Congratulations to Pepa J!

For a chance to win The Taco Cleanse, click on the link. I’m having problem with being able to post the image. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents. Good luck!!The winner will receive an email, once one is picked. So, keep an eye on your email, this giveaway will be opened for one week. If you enter by logging in with your Facebook  account, we will attempt to also contact you via dm on FB.

* quotes are from The Taco Cleanse.

V is for Vegan- Recipe, review and giveaway

“The Greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi*

V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers a.k.a MsMarmiteLover. A little about Kerstin, she launched the supper club/pop up/ underground restaurant in the UK back in 2009 with her supper club The Underground Restaurant. How edgy is that?

Her book is broken down into an intro, knowledge is power, snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert.

She’s a believer in simplicity. I like how there is no mock meats such as TVP or facon. Kerstin prefers to use natural, unprocessed foods.

She has a brief overview of veganism, the color wheel of food, then she gets into what everyone wants…. the recipes. Not every dish comes with a picture but the ones that do, look oh so good. I find her recipes from anything simple (great to people who may not like to spend time in the kitchen) to advance, where you must take more time to prepare the dish. I love cooking, so that’s not an issue with me.

I do have to admit, she has called for some ingredients that I have never heard before, such as  rock salt. According to google, it’s large chunky nonuniform crystals and can be found in regular grocery stores.

Just a sampling of what types of recipes can be found in the book:

Snacks: 13 things on toast, hummus (there’s a few options), cheesy popcorn , energy balls, fruit leathers.

Breakfast: smoothies and shakes, light as crumpets, black cat pancakes with bananas, cinnamon and maple syrup, scrambled tofu on truffled sourdough bruschetta,  tofu shakahouka.

Lunch: Zurek sour rye soup, hot and sour soup, popcorn chowder, 3 kinds of sliders and all the fixin’s, onion rings.

Dinner: Freekeh with purple sprouting broccoli and almonds, fresh vegan pasta, flower and herb pasta, Benign dictatorship saffron spaghetti, watermelon stir-fry with rice, wild mushroom forest pie.

Dessert: Rhubarb crumble with custard, custard, roasted peaches with lavender and coconut salted caramel, chai seed, rose and raspberry falooda.

From what I understand, Kerstin has taken all the food she’s tried from her travels and re-created them so she could share with us. I do like her intro’s as she explains how the recipe(s) came to be.


The recipe I’m going to feature today is a mixture of lime, lemon and chocolate goodness:

**Black & Green Cheesecake with Bengali Lime & Avocado

 Key limes or Mexican limes used in Key lime pie are very different from the usual “Persian” limes that we usually see. Key limes are smaller, more acidic, and the flesh is yellow. Once dried into black lime, they are a useful ingredient in Middle Eastern cookery. The strange thing about both Key limes and Persian limes is that they are ripe when the flesh is yellow, not green.

As it’s sometimes hard to get hold of Key limes, I use normal limes. But if you can get hold of Bengali limes (I buy them at Asian supermarkets), then do. They are perfumed, floral, and exotic.

 Serves 6 to 8

 Oil spray, for greasing

For the crust:

1¼ cups [150 g] Oreo cookies, finely ground

3 Tbsp coconut milk

For the filling:

1¼ cups [150 g] cashew nuts, soaked in water for 2 to 4 hours, then drained

2 small avocados, peeled and pitted

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp vanilla paste or 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Scant ½ cup [100 ml] agave nectar

Juice of 2 lemons

Scant ½ cup [100 ml] coconut oil

Juice of 5 limes, plus the pared zest of 1 for the top (optional)

Slices of kiwi fruit, for the top (optional)

Lightly spray a 7-in [18-cm] loose-bottomed cake pan with oil.

In a mixing bowl, combine the ground Oreos and coconut milk. Press the mixture into the bottom of the cake pan. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Put all the ingredients except the lime zest and kiwi fruit into a powerful blender. Process until smooth. Then take the cheesecake base from the fridge and ladle in the green filling.

Decorate with curls of pared lime zest, or with overlapping layers of kiwi fruit slices, or both. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours before serving.



I received a copy of V is for Vegan, and I’m so excited to be able to host a giveaway. Click on the link below to enter. Good luck. The contest is only open to U.S residents.

CONTEST NOW CLOSED!! Congratulations to Sarah O, she won V is for Vegan 🙂

For a chance to win V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers, click on the link. I’m having a problem with being able to post the image. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents. Good luck!!. The winner will receive an email, once one is picked. So, keep an eye on your email, this giveaway will be opened for one week. If you enter by logging in with your Facebook  account, we will attempt to also contact you via dm on FB.

Get to know Kerstin and follow her on Twitter, Underground Restaurant, her blog

*quote from her book.

** recipe and picture used with permission from Quadrille.


You wanted juice? You’ve Got Juice

The freshest refreshing juice in the world…….. Somer McCowan’s, juices from The Abundance Diet. I can’t give out the recipes, but I’m sure you can figure out what’s in them by the name of recipe.

Australian  carrot, apple, celery refresher


This is close to the juice I make the most, only this one doesn’t have lemons in it- but it has celery. Yummy!!! I used Granny Smith apples bc I like my juices on the tart side.

Chia Limeade


Someone commented that this looks like a snow globe- I think I’ll rename it to chia globe! Normally I see recipes calling for 5 lemons and hardly anything else. I was shocked at how little juice was called for this and how  it packs a great flavour. Those other people who call for 6 lemons WRONG!!! Do not listen. This recipe doesn’t call for lemons, but limes (same thing, I’m trying it with lemon next time).

This drink would be perfect when you are having lunch with the girlfriends, or if you drink- add a shot of vodka (or two) for a girls night in!

Be sure to check out Somer’s book The Abundance Diet for the recipes to these and more……

It’s the middle of winter here, but I am dreaming of summer. Which makes me wonder, what are your fav juices to bring  on your picnics?




Meal Plan Jan 11-17, 2016

Kathy Hester talks about Ginny McMeans‘s new book called The Make Ahead Vegan. Kathy was able to post a recipe from the book and I knew, I had to make them. Pizza rolls sounds great on a Friday night, or Sat night or any night. I’m even thinking this should be on your Game night menu plan along with the nacho’s.

Breakfast Banana Cake

Lentil, carrot potato hash

Cashew rice bowl (GF)

Take pics and use the hashtag #veganinthefreezer so we can find you food porn pics 🙂



Jill Nussinow has a recipe on her blog from her new book Vegan Under Pressure, so we need to cook this:

Brussels sprouts with maple mustard sauce

Winter Veggie and Barley Soup

Sunny Spanish squash

Use the hashtag #theveggiequeen so we can find all the food!


Juice bar

An Energizing Green Juice

Mean green

Apple, carrot, lemon juice with a kick

use hashtag #flirtygirlsjuicebar so we can follow.

What did you make this week that you can’t get enough of? Me? All the fresh recipes!