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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Green Goddess Falafel Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I’ve always loved the idea of falafel, but only had them a few times in my life and never made ’em. That all changed when I got a craving for them a couple weeks ago. I’m sure you know what I mean by this kind of craving… you simply must make and devour whatever new delicious food idea is nagging at the back of your mind. Thankfully, my best friend, a vegetarian, was coming over so I had an excuse to whip up this concoction that I’d never even attempted before. The falafel turned out so well with all those amazing veggies and Tahini-Lemon Cream that I had to share the recipe here! 

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Cheesy Barbecue Kale Chips (Vegan, GF, Paleo)

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Kale is such a cliche, honestly: 20-year-old hipsters drinking a stringy kale smoothie, etc, etc. Though I have a strong dislike for cliches I can’t help but be one when it comes to kale. I love it so much! I’m not a huge fan of it in smoothies (probably because my blender has issues) but give me a big bowl of kale salad dressed with guacamole or balsamic vinegar and I’ll dive in headfirst. And I have no sense of control around freshly-baked kale chips. For example, when I made these Cheesy Barbecue Kale Chips last night, I ate the whole head of kale (minus three chips, which my mom ate) in a hour.

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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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