Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote (Paleo, Vegan)

I first published this recipe on my old blog this time last year but somehow forgot to post it here after I made Real Food Renegades! It’s funny because this is one of my all-time favourite recipes that I make every week in the spring and summer. I was reminded by my lovely reader Janel, who’s a very avid fan of my Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote, to share it here! This is one of the simplest batch cooking recipes you can make throughout this warmer weather with fresh rhubarb from your own backyard (it grows like a weed!) and your family can use it all week – it’s the perfect spread for waffles and pancakes, or fill the gluten-free pie shells from this recipe for something new. With the tantalizing sweet and sour flavours of strawberry and rhubarb, you can’t go wrong! 

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Mango-Cardamon Mini Pies (Gluten-Free, Vegan, No Added Sugar)

These little pies are the perfect tropical treat. Filled with a deliciously sweet filling made of only fresh mango and flavourings – no sugar added! -, the mini crusts are flaky and coconutty while being gluten-free. YUM! Toasting the coconut before mixing it into the crust dough really brings out that sweet & nutty flavour. And who knew that mango & cardamon were a match made in heaven?! The rich spiciness contrasts against the natural sugariness of the mango, and it makes these pies taste so much more complex than they are to make! So if you happen to be going on an impromptu picnic now that the lovely weather of spring is here, make a batch of these Mango-Cardamon Mini Pies. They’re easy to make and your friends will love ’em! 

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Coconut-Lemon Curd (Dairy-Free, Paleo, Lightly Sweetened)

Believe it or not, I was inspired to make this lovely, luscious lemon curd because of a song. A little jingle I wrote, actually, while skiing a couple weekends ago. You see, I got a ukulele for Christmas, and she’s (her name is Lele) the BEST THING EVER! I cannot stop strumming and this campfire-y song came to me that I call Lemon Curd (The Pie Song). It’s not quite an ode to pie, but of course it has food references ๐Ÿ˜‰ After singing about lemon curd I got a huge craving for some, so I made a batch! 

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Mango Micro-Green Salad with Spicy Sesame Vinaigrette (vegan, Paleo)

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I have a passion for creating beautiful, nourishing foods. I love spending a gray Saturday in the kitchen, not keeping track of time, allowing my hands and palate to transform whole ingredients into a flavourful dish. Unfortunately, with homework, chores, and to-do lists, I don’t always have the time anymore for such relaxed cooking, but when I do get the chance, I savour it as much as I do the finished plate. 

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Today, after yoga class, my dad and I went to the grocery store and picked up some staples for the week. I saw a package of four Ataulfos mangoes on the reduced rack and had to scoop them up – how could someone let those little golden gems go to waste?! We also got some tiny, locally-grown sunflower micro-greens. I wasn’t planning on combining the two until I got home and sliced the buttery mangoes. They seemed destined to be together with the micro-greens in a spicy salad! Hence, this recipe was born as I added macadamia nuts to give some crunch and drizzled on a homemade sesame vinaigrette for a flavour-packed, whole food salad. Yum!

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Raw Peach & Fig Tarts

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Raw Peach and Fig Tarts!!! Can I get a cheer or at least a double-thumbs-up?! Guess what, friends: I’m featured on my lovely friend Sadie’s blog… and that’s where you can find the recipe for these tarts! I’m sure you’ve heard on GoodiesAgainstTheGrain.com, the Paleo recipe site created by Sadie, a fellow teenage blogger. I’m honoured to be posting this recipe on her amazing website! 

When I think of Sadie, I think fun and cheery, just like these tarts. I also wanted to make a treat for her site (hence its name!). Here are some sneak-peak photos, but for the recipe, head on over to GoodiesAgainstTheGrain.com and check it out!

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Cookie Dough Nice Cream (Paleo, vegan, fruit-sweetened, dairy + gluten-free)

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Yum. Yum. YUM!

I’m still in a banana-induced state of yum after making this Cookie Dough Nice Cream. Wow. I think the pictures speak for themselves – look at that creamy banana goodness laced with gluten-free cookie dough made with almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)! My little sister (who is very anti-real food) and I couldn’t stop eating it. This is definitely a sweet treat. Though bananas are fruits and considered quite healthy, they can still raise your blood sugar and contain a lot of fructose. Therefore, this is best enjoyed for special occasions or when you need to treat yo self. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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Lemon Raspberry Jam (Refined Sugar-Free)

Who else is a huge fan of jam? I definitely am. I think that it’s more to do with the memories I have of making homemade jam, in huge batches with my mom and grandmother, than the jam itself. We’d fill a ginormous pot with blueberries and sugar, and I’d get to stir as we added pectin to let it set. Both of my grandmothers’ make mean strawberry jams, too! A favourite breakfast of mine would be toast slathered with vegan margarine (no butter, since I’m allergic to dairy!) and sweet berry jam.

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Honeydew-Coconut Sorbet

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Ahhh, summer. Time for fruit and coconut galore! And time to make this thick and creamy, yet refreshing, Honeydew-Coconut Sorbet. Only two ingredients but an explosion of flavour!

I have a undeniable sense of nostalgia for cold treats when summertime rolls around. I have so many memories of enjoying Popsicles and frozen lemonade outside with my friends and my sister as little kids. And I used to love Frosters. They’re basically artificially flavoured + coloured slushies. Don’t even ask me why I preferred those to actual fruit smoothies. I’m not really sure anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

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