Skinny Bitch author and former model Kim Barnouin has a new cookbook out, and it’s just as bitchy as the rest of the books in the series — actually, a lot gentler, I must say. It’s called Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Every Cookbook, and I’m a fan….

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In addition to truly scrumptious and creative recipes, there are great tips scattered throughout the book (kitchen tips, tips on eating seasonally, diet tips, antioxidant tips, tea tips, etc.). I’ve haven’t read a cookbook cover-to-cover in a long time…. But I did, indeed, read this one cover to cover. Rest assured, it has none of the horrifying and distressing information that made the original Skinny Bitch so powerful and provocative (and, in turn, largely responsible for turning yours truly vegan in the first place). The information in Kim’s The Ultimate Everyday Cookbook is positive and encouraging, and the photos are literally mouth-watering.

Although I’ll stick to the simpler recipes in the book, here’s a video of Kim making her Butternut Squash Ravioli on The Today Show. Enjoy!

By the way, as of today, Halloween (in 10 minutes), I’m breaking up with Starbucks soy chai lattes. We are DUNZO. I’m breaking up with this horrid drink on Kim’s advice — I love how she likens food addictions to relationships (in one of those yummy tip pages in the book). I’ve never broken up with anyone before. I guess there’s a first time for everything….

Love!

xo Haley-O


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Quintessence C. Challis (aka @TessChallis on twitter) has a much better photo of this fabulous, kids-will-love-it roasted cauliflower dish on her own blog. I overdid mine a bit. See, just because one has a “kitchen blog,” doesn’t mean one cooks remotely perfectly all the time, especially when said “kitchen blogger”’s 2-year-old decides he wants to toilet train while her cauliflower is roasting. But I digress….

At my corner organic health food store, they always have fresh cauliflower and, for some reason, I’m always compelled to buy it. This vegetable mystifies me a bit. It’s not green like other superfoods, but it’s super healthy — loaded with vitamin C, folate, fiber and various anti-cancer phytochemicals. In fact, it’s one of the only “white” foods that’s not bad for you — as opposed to white sugar, flour, rice, etc..

I love me some “Roasted Cauliflower with Rosemary and Garlic” for every-day dinners. Tess also recommends it for “Thanksgiving (or any special occasion) and can be prepared in advance.” Awesome.

My kids LOVED this cauliflower dish, and so did I. So much so that I bragged about it to my mother, on the phone, during dinner.

Here’s the recipe — stolen word-for-word with gracious permission from Ms. Challis herself. As she recommends, “simply toss all of the ingredients together and marinate overnight. Pop it into the oven half an hour before dinner, and there go you! Simple elegance.” CHECK IT:

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2):

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaf, stems removed and chopped
4 teaspoons olive oil, extra-virgin or regular
6 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
½ teaspoon sea salt (plus up to ⅛ teaspoon more if you like)
¼ teaspoon each: organic sugar (or sucanat) and ground black pepper
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3½ cups chopped cauliflower (cut into bite sized pieces)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place everything but the cauliflower in a large bowl and stir to mix. Next, add the cauliflower and combine well with the seasonings using a rubber spatula. At this point you can allow the mixture to marinate for up to 24 hours (refrigerated in an airtight container) if you like.
2. Spread the mixture onto a large ungreased cookie sheet, using the rubber spatula to scrape all of the herbs and spices onto the cauliflower. Bake for about 15 minutes.
3. Turn the cauliflower over with a heat proof spatula and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned and very tender. Remove and serve. Feel impressed with yourself for as long as you like.

Now that you’ve sampled a recipe, why not check out Tess’s awesome book (LOVE), Radiant Health, Inner Wealth: A Fun, Comprehensive Toolkit for Ultimate Wellness. This book is not only jam-packed with fun and fabulous recipes (we’ll be featuring more here soon), but also tons of guidance on everything from meditation to meal-planning, and a 2-week plan that will rejuvenate you and get you back on track when you’ve fallen off the wagon…*COUGH.* Cheaty highly recommends….

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Isn’t Tess GORJ! Many thanks to Tess for sharing her cauliflower recipe with us. Check out her blog, too, for great info, samples of her recipes, and her signature sassy wit!

Enjoy the recipe. Let us know how it goes!

Love!

xo Haley-O


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I’ve been cooking up a STORM lately. It’s part of my New Year’s Resolution. I’m going to stop going to Starbucks and ordering take-out and START cooking and REALLY paying attention to what I’m putting into my body. And, INDEED, with a little motivation, some good slippers, some help from must-have STAR cookbooks, like…

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…and a little creativity, I am SO good to go. I’m, like, DINING in my own home.

This particular recipe was adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s brillers tome Veganomicon (recipe p. 201). And it is UNBELIEVABLE. My little 2-year-old was begging me for “MORE NOODLES, MAMA!” And I…. I could not SPEAK while eating this dish. (I was even able to take a GOOD PHOTO of it — see above? — which NEVER happens; I am NOT a food photographer most days.)

In my adaptation of the recipe, I lowered the fat and salt content, and I added chickpeas for protein — making this a complete, one-dish vegan meal!

OH! And some of the ingredients may seem scary, I know. But, just buy a pack of Udon noodles (I used Kamut), some delicious Umeboshi vinegar (or Mirin, a Japanese rice wine), some brown Miso, and, really, any mushroom will do — I splurged on Shiitakes because they’re apparently among the most healthful. Just go out and buy them. Be adventurous! It’s no biggie, really, and the recipe’s a cinch.

Speaking of healthful, among the shiitakes, the miso, the umeboshi vinegar, the kale and the chickpeas (cooked from scratch), this is not only a ridiculously delicious dish, but it’s also a disgustingly HEALTHY dish.

Check it!

INGREDIENTS

1 package Udon noodles
1 tbsp Oil (I used olive oil – and cooked dish at low to medium heat)
1/2 Onion (thinly sliced into “half moons”)
3 cloves Garlic (minced)
1/2-1 cup Shiitake Mushrooms (stemmed and chopped)
2 tsp fresh Ginger (grated/minced — use 1 tsp ground ginger if you must!)
1 tbsp Umeboshi Vinegar (OR Mirin)
1 cup Water
3 tbsp Brown Miso

2 cups cooked Chickpeas
2 big handfuls Kale (lovingly tear it up into bite sized pieces)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook the Udon noodles (see package instructions).

2. Meanwhile, using low-to-medium heat, sauté onions, mushrooms, and garlic in the olive oil — until onions and shrooms are just softened (about 5 or so minutes).

3. Sprinkle ginger and continue to sauté a little longer.

4. Next comes the umeboshi vinegar, water and miso. Sauté, sauté, sauté.

5. Add the kale and chickpeas, stir it up, and cover until kale is softened.

6. Add in the noodles, mix, and mix.

7. I’d let it sit for a bit — allowing the noodles and chickpeas to really absorb the flavours — if you can resist, that is….

8. ENJOY!

9. Let us know if you LOVED it, too!

Serves 4-6.


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My kids ate their salad last night. We’re talking carrots and LETTUCE. Romaine lettuce. And it was all because of Dreena Burton’s “Sesame Mustard Tahini Sauce” (from her awesome cookbook Vive le Vegan p. 56), which I drizzled generously on their salads. I am telling you, this dressing is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted. It’s so good, I’m bringing it to dinner tomorrow night — for my entire extended family and friends to enjoy.

Here — look how happy:

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The beauty of this dressing, too, is that it’s versatile. It’s great not only on salad, but also on grain dishes and veggie burgers. Since it gets thicker over time, it makes a dip that’s actually better than hummus.

The ingredients in this dressing are also beyond healthy — a healthy dose of apple cider vinegar (great for arthritis, I hear), and tahini (which is a good vegan source of calcium, protein, B vitamins, and essential fatty acids for GORJ skin, etc.). And the kids never have to know….

Check it!

DREENA BURTON’S SESAME MUSTARD TAHINI SAUCE

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INGREDIENTS

(Note: See Dreena’s book for further recommendations for use. I have altered the ingredients only slightly to make it more raw, and because I only own cold-pressed sesame oil!)

1/2 cup water (if desired, add more water to make it thinner)
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic (sliced)
1.5 tbsp agave nectar
3 tbsp low-sodium tamari
1 tbsp sesame oil (cold-pressed unrefined, if possible)
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

Easy: Just stick it all in a blender and puree until smooooth!

Enjoy!

Posted with the permission of Dreena Burton.


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Lately, I’ve been having consultations with the lovely Caroline Marie Dupont who wrote what is perhaps my favourite food book, Enlightened Eating: Nourishment for Body and Soul (Cheaty HIGHLY recommends):

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In our most recent meeting, some mornings ago, Caroline invited me into her kitchen and made me a chai — because she knows I have that, erm, wretched little GRANDE STARBUCKS SOY CHAI LATTE addiction. I didn’t expect much, to be honest, because nothing thus far has compared to Starbucks’ chai, and I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING. But, I decided to humour her, and I watched with great interest as she pitted the dates (best sweeteners, by the way, for smoothies).

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Much to my surprise, this chai FAR SURPASSED Starbucks’. Yes, Caroline did it again. So, I told her I HAD to share it with my readers. And, since this recipe is not in her book, she typed it up just for us. Enjoy! But, first, Caroline’s cat — because LOVE….

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ALMOND CHAI (SERVES 4)
A richly spiced creamy treat.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup soaked almonds
4 cups fresh water
1 ½ Tbs ginger
2 tsp cinnamon, or 2 inches cinnamon stick
½  tsp nutmeg
½  tsp cardamom
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp black pepper, or 4 black pepper balls
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup soft dates, or soak ½ hour
2 Tbs raw honey (vegans who don’t eat honey can substitute with 1.5 tbsp agave nectar, or to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS
Rinse soaked almonds and blend with water and all other ingredients at high speed until smooth.  Pour through a fine strainer, pressing with a spoon to remove all milk. Or, use a nut milk bag available through naturallyalive.ca (or do a search under “nut milk bags” on the internet). Taste and adjust sweetness if desired.

Serve slightly warmed, chilled or at room temperature.

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Caroline and I sipped our smooth sweet chais during the consultation in THIS lovely room that OOZES spirituality (an area in which I have been GRAVELY lacking of late)….

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BLISS!

Love!

xo Haley-O

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