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Have you ever had those delicious little triangle bite-sized spinach pies your mom made for dinner parties? You know the ones, they look super fancy and you probably burnt the shit out of your mouth because you didn't wait for them to cool down. That was basically my childhood, me eating my mom's homemade spanakopita (Greek spinach and feta pies) straight out of the oven! Needless to say, I have a very high threshold for piping hot food. Also, needless to say, I have taken my love for my mother's spanakopita and put my Food By Maria vegan spin on it!
Backyard BBQ season is here, and I've got the perfect vegan pulled jackfruit BBQ burger with fennel slaw for you to share with family and friends. Pour yourself a big glass of ice cold lemonade and get ready to mix up the easiest burger filling no actual barbeque required!
Let me preface this post by saying this recipe is NOT meant to be made in a microwave. Gone are the days of instant ramen noodles, put down that styrofoam cup Linda! The ramen dishes you hear about today are beautifully crafted noodle bowls, filled to the brim with all the veggies and flavours of the world. As always, I've taken this trendy dish and put my FoodByMaria vegan stamp on it and let me tell you it's absolutely fabulous. It has all the components of traditional ramen; broth, toppings, and ramen noodles, but each component is prepared vegan style with no compromise on flavour.
I'd like to say Spring has sprung, but unfortunately for some of us in Canada, it's currently snowing outside! So to get in the Spring of things (see what I did there) I'm baking up some bright, fresh, and oh so delicious vegan desserts. Starting with this simple rustic vegan berry chocolate tart. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake.
You've probably heard the saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." If you ask me, every meal is important and an opportunity to feed your body tasty and nutritious food. Whether you are eating plant-based, vegan, or whatever is on the menu, I think it's important to eat intentionally. Be aware of what you are putting in your body and why. So what did I make Andrew and myself for breakfast the other day, pancakes, and why did I make them? Because pancakes are so easy to make and fucking D-licious! Friends it shouldn't be that complicated.
Ever since I can remember, Easter meant a chocolate egg hunt and a day filled with family eating all the chocolate in sight! Now that I'm older and an "adult" I like to do the same thing, but instead of eating sugar filled treats I've come up with a crazy simple, easy and delicious peanut butter almond bar. Not only is it quick to make, but it's also vegan and gluten-free!
Did you ever think a salad could change your life? Well, this spicy Thai sunflower noodle salad might do just that! All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite veggies, and a jar full of the most amazing sunflower seed butter ever. Talk about the ultimate time saver and healthy plant-based eating on the go! Like I said, LIFE CHANGING!!
I've been traveling a lot these past few months for work, which means I have been eating out a lot. Each city has its own unique list of must visit places and inspiring new dishes to try. It has been so much fun but I must admit there is something so nice about being at home and eating some good old fashioned comfort food. This yearning for something familiar is what inspired this warm and creamy, pesto tomato lasagna. Sometimes a girl just needs a bowl of cheesy carbs!
Spring is here and we are celebrating with this super easy, one bowl chocolate chunk vegan blondies! Don't let the golden delicious color fool you, these vegan blondies are all the gooey, crunchy, chocolatey goodness you want from a brownie but in a lighter spring version. They are so quick and easy to make they only take one bowl, a few ingredients, and 30 minutes--leaving you plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather!
Spring is in the air and this girl couldn't be happier! I love the changing of the seasons, I find it so inspiring. The warming weather has me craving different foods and the longer brighter days give me more energy for creating. This cranberry apple crisp is super simple and very Spring inspired. The tart cranberries are beautifully balanced with fresh apples and will hit that warm crunchy sweet spot thanks to the oat crisp crumble.
Most people ask "how are you doing?" But what they should really be asking is, "how's your gut?". It's no coincident that good gut health and your overall mental and physical health go hand in hand. A shocking number of people suffer from gut issues, and even more don't know that their symptoms are stemming from poor gut health. Fear not! The amazing thing about your gut is that with the right diet and a few specific supplements you can heal it.
It's that time of year again when one sunny day gets everyone thinking about Spring. Unfortunately for us up in Canada we have a few months left of chilly snow-filled days. It was on one of those -20 days that inspired me to create a new soup recipe. I'm a huge fan of soups, all year round, and have made almost every kind out there. I stumbled on a traditional Italian Zuppa Toscana on Pinterest and decided to try out my own vegan version. Let me tell you, this soup is warm, hearty, and super easy to make. All you need is one pot, about 30-40 minutes and your dancing shoes (just kidding you don't need shoes to dance)!