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For me, the new year brings a clean slate and a fresh start. It's about reflecting and rewarding yourself for the hard work you put in the past year and also taking the steps to plan for an exciting and productive year ahead. This year I am starting off with Clean Program's January Group Cleanse -a 21 day challenge! Don't worry this is not your average cleanse, let me tell you why. They don't promote weight loss or focus on dieting, instead it's a nutrient dense meal planning program to help kick start our lives.

Taco Tuesday for the win! Do you know anyone who doesn't love tacos? I sure don't and I can tell you these cauliflower tacos are next level. I am not going to lie, sometimes plant-based taco options can be a little lack lustre, missing the texture and some flavors- but not this taco, no way.  Introducing, Crunchy Cauliflower Tacos. This taco has everything you could wish for in a Baja style taco, the crunch of the protein in all its deep fried goodness, paired with ultra fresh pico de gallo, zesty cabbage, and cilantro crema. Read on to see how I made this little slice of Mexican heaven.
The New Year is here and I am so excited to get after new projects and tackle all of my goals! A lot of people like to make resolutions that include working out and eating healthy. Well I am here to help in the food department and these plant based energizing espresso cacao snack bites are the perfect place to start. Spoiler alert, they are super easy to make and will be perfect to keep you energized for all your 2019 goals.
Is it a cookie? Is it a cake pop? Welcome to 2019 where cookie meets cake pop and becomes one of the best things to ever hit your mouth! I grew up surrounded by cookies thanks to my Aunts, Mom and Grandma.  They would give them to me for breakfast or any meal really, but they were different to these. They were Greek cookies!  Let me be the first to say, these are not from some secret Greek recipe cookie vault but I guarantee they will become a staple in your cookie jar!  Let's get baking! 
I always try to have a batch of plant-based banana chocolate chip muffins in the house. They are so easy to whip up and save me every time I have to run out the door and need a quick snack. Andrew also loves having them packed in his lunch, so I always try to tuck a few in his cooler. Make these for your friends and family and you'll instantly be their favourite person because honestly who doesn't love banana chocolate chip muffins!
The holidays are such a fun time filled with family friends and food. Once the new year hits though and things get back to normal my body craves veggies and greens. Salads are always my go to when I feel like I need a boost of nutrition. They are super easy to whip up, store, and take on the go, making healthy meal prep a breeze when starting this new year.
If I'm not in the kitchen creating new plant-based recipes, I am either taking photos of food, eating food, or talking with someone about food. What can I say, food is not only the fuel that keeps me moving but it's also the inspiration for how I choose to live my life. I take what I put in my body very seriously because what you put in determines what you get out via energy levels, mood, and overall health. For this reason I prepare most of my own food, and have been doing so my entire life. When I was younger I actually did most of the cooking for myself and my siblings. But let's be real, life is busy and it's not realistic to make every meal at home from scratch.
Some of my favourite things to cook are traditional Greek dishes with a vegan or plant based spin. This plant-based moussaka is no exception; it's filled with potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and lots of delicious olive oil. I love making casseroles this time of year, they are so warm and rich, the ultimate in comfort food!
Meal planning can feel daunting even to the most organized, Pinterest planned, and creative home chef. FoodByMaria to the rescue! I've included three easy plant based meals using my favourite Yves Veggie products. Yves is a super convenient way to pack your plant based dishes with some extra flavour and texture. The best part is they don't take a lot of time to prepare and are a major time saver.
I love getting the opportunity to travel and not only see new places, but also eat my way through new cities. I think the best way to explore is by planning my day around my meals, everyone does that right? My latest adventure took me to Toronto, where I got to indulge in all the city has to offer. For all my plant based friends, please enjoy this vegan guide to Toronto!
When you dip, I dip, we dip! Say hello to my new fave creamy artichoke and chive cashew dip, here just in time for the holidays. It's the perfect vegan alternative to your average spinach dip. You know, those ones that come in a bread bowl, nothing against bread bowls but this dip is plant based perfection and will be the shining star on your seasonal spread.