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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.
Who doesn't love a warm creamy dish this time of year? This plant based lentil casserole is a great option to bring to any Christmas dinner. With all the gatherings and eating, this vegan dish will definitely stand out. Really anything with a phyllo dough crust is sure to be delicious, but thanks to the lentil filling you can dish up seconds without any added guilt.
As every good Greek person knows, hummus should be considered as an essential, right up there on the list next to toilet paper and water! Infact, I think my body is made up of 80% water and the other 20% is hummus. For anyone who is trying to eat more plant based, hummus is such a versatile vegan spread. For that reason I have made many different versions of the classic chickpea hummus and wanted to mix it up by using fava beans as the base for this delicious dip!
Is there anything better than smooth and creamy mashed potatoes? What about a plant based vegan Food By Maria version? That's right, it's time to take your mashed potatoes to the next level. With a few choice ingredients you'll have your family asking for the recipe at Christmas dinner.
This plant based cashew milk latte is an instant cup of cheer! I love my cup of coffee in the morning, like LOVE it. I get excited at night knowing I get to wake up and have a mug full of steaming hot, freshly brewed coffee, decaf in my case. It's not even about the caffeine kick, which lets be honest doesn't hurt after the 5am wake up call, for me it's part of my morning ritual. It's a moment in my day when I get to take a breathe. Not all mornings are slow, but even on the go, coffee in hand, I still get this moment.
You've probably never heard anyone describe a salad as cozy, but after enjoying this Warm Kale Salad drizzled with a Lemony Mustard Thyme dressing you'll be adding it to your weekly winter meal plan. I've topped it with a zesty and refreshing dressing made with both fresh and dried ingredients that really give it a unique flavour. Filled with different textures and hearty nuts and fruit, this salad is not only nourishing but very filling.
Tis the season for family gatherings and plates on plates of your favourite comfort food. Most of my holiday events revolve around food, let's be honest my entire life revolves around food, so this year I wanted to put my spin on some classic American Thanksgiving side dishes. Welcome to the party, Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin! This super easy dish is sure to impress your family this year and will probably become a staple long past the holiday season.
Triscuit crackers have been a long time staple in my kitchen, making frequent appearances on platters, spreads and alongside my favorite dips but I got to thinking- there has to be other ways to use this delicious cracker. Lo and behold my Green Bean Casserole with a crunchy Triscuit topping! A warm, comforting casserole perfectly suited for the cozy Fall weather we have been experiencing, with a healthy whole grain crunch. I am always trying to think of new and creative ways to use ingredients, and I have to tell you this was a real hit in my house.