Green Erth Bistro Gives Jacksonville a Taste of Vegan Persian Cuisine

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This little neighborhood restaurant focuses on Persian cuisine, and they are conscious of special diet needs. Many of the dishes at Green Erth Bistro are naturally dairy free, but they also offer vegan dishes and vegan options for numerous menu items. Just some of the vegan offerings include a Vegan Wrap with house-made tahini sauce, […]

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Third Coast Bakery Treats Northern Michigan to Special Diet Sweets

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Third Coast Bakery specializes in gourmet baked goods that are not only dairy-free, but gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan! Whether you’re looking for allergy-friendly sweets or just want a healthier treat – they have you covered. They offer a variety of goods including cookies, cakes, muffins, donuts, crackers, and granola bars. Just a few of their […]

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Ask Angela: My morning coffee recipes, Instant Pot reader poll, and more!

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I have to say, this blog series is so much fun to put together each week. Even though I reply to your comments and questions a couple of times each day on the blog, making this round-up inspires me to dig a bit deeper and try new things to help troubleshoot. I also learn so many interesting things from you all, and absolutely love sharing your tips for others to read! Let’s dive in, shall we?!

Q1. Hey Angela! With how popular superfood powders are, I’m curious if you consume any on a regular basis? 

Hi Monika, I can’t say that I use many superfood powders! They tend to be expensive and I’d personally rather spend that money on quality produce. I also want my recipes to be accessible. That said, there are a couple I like to use: DoMatcha Organic Green Tea Powder (I make green tea lattes with it and add it to smoothies) and Sprout Living Broccoli & Kale Sprout Mix. The latter is a powder made from broccoli and kale sprouts that have been gently dried and milled—I also add this to smoothies for a plant-powered boost!

Q2. Your coffee always looks so delicious on Insta Stories! Do you mind sharing exactly how you make it (including the proportions used)? My track record isn’t that good when I “wing” a recipe! 

That’s too funny, Susan—I’ve definitely had my own fair share of “winging it” disasters! I love to start my day with French press coffee, and have a couple different ways of making it. I’m not a coffee expert by any means, but I’m happy to share both ways that I prepare it!

Basic French press coffee:

I start by grinding coffee beans—I like the “Mug Shot” organic coffee from Toronto-based brand 23 Degrees Roastery, and find grinding the beans morning-of makes them extra fresh and flavourful. I scoop two heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into my small (2-cup/500 mL) French press (from Ikea). Next, I bring a small pot of water to a boil before turning off the heat to let the water sit for 15 seconds or so. Then I pour just enough water into the French press to saturate my coffee grounds before giving the mixture a stir. After this pre-soak, I add the rest of the hot water to the French press, filling to about a 1/2-inch below the top of the vessel. I secure the lid of the French press and set my timer for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, I press the coffee with the plunger and pour it into my mug before stirring in a mix of Nutpods French Vanilla Creamer and Califia Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.

Blender coffee:

I follow all of the basic French press coffee-making steps above except for adding the creamer, and instead I pour the steeped coffee into my blender. Then I add 1/2 tablespoon of Nutiva’s MCT (Medium-chain triglyceride) oil along with a tablespoon of Nutpods French vanilla creamer. Finally, I secure the lid and blend the coffee for about 20 to 30 seconds (tip: make sure your blender lid is vented as it can explode if it’s not!). After blending, I pour into a mug and enjoy! 

Full disclosure: When I need coffee yesterday (which is pretty much 98% of the time), I skip both the 15-second water resting and pre-soak periods, simply filling the French press with boiled water (this is technically a “no-no” as you can burn the coffee, but trust me when I say I’ve compared both methods and my sleepy taste buds tell me they’re virtually the same, lol). Then I follow the rest of the procedure as listed. On the average day, I like to have one of these in the morning, one in the afternoon (my caffeine cut-off is 3pm!), and a mild Matcha green tea thrown in between. #dontjudge 😉

Q3. Hi Angela, I want to make your new Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies as a surprise for my vegan husband. 🙂 Instead of electric beaters, do you think I can blend the pink frosting in a food processor? Thanks!

Hi Nathalie, what a cute surprise for your husband! I wouldn’t have thought to make frosting in the food processor…such a fun idea! Your question made me super curious, so I just had to test it out in my food processor to see. I’m happy to report that the frosting came together quite well with this method. I tried adding the vegan butter first to “whip” it, but I found the butter just stuck to the sides of the processor bowl, so I’d recommend adding all of the ingredients into the processor at the same time. I also found that I needed to add a bit more almond milk than usual and had to stop to scrape the bowl down a few times throughout. I hope this helps you have pink frosting success!

Q4. Hi, is tomato paste the same as tomato purée?

Hey cb, Great question! Tomato purée and tomato paste are made using different methods, which accounts for their distinct flavours and textures. Tomato paste is made by cooking tomatoes slowly until they become thick and pasty, resulting in tomato paste’s sweet, rich, and intense flavour (similar to sundried tomatoes). Tomato paste tends to be sold in small cans or jars, whereas I find tomato purée is mostly sold in larger quantities. Tomato purée is made more quickly, cooking tomatoes briefly to soften before processing into purée, resulting in a thinner consistency and flavour more like that of fresh tomatoes. In the photo above, tomato paste is on the left and tomato purée is on the right. (A special thanks to Livestrong for the distinction.) With all this talk of tomato sauce, I’m now craving spaghetti squash with marinara! lol.

Q5. Hi! Your Roasted Carrot and Dill Hummus recipe sounds amazing!! Just wondering if it’s best made the day you want to eat it or just as good made the night before?  

Hey Larissa, My recipe tester and I found the flavours were a bit better the day of, but it’ll still keep well in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Homemade hummus thickens when chilling, so it’s probably best to let it come to room temperature before serving so your dip can soften (if you can wait that long!). 🙂

Q6. Hi Angela! I love the rebranding of the Friday FAQs series to “Ask Angela”—I think that’s a great idea! I’ve wanted to ask you for ages whether you have an Instant Pot and whether any of your recipes would be suited for it? What with this Instant Pot craze going on now, I’d love to be able to make your delicious recipes quickly in this new gadget! 

Hey Sandra, ohh you know what? I’ve been asked this question a lot lately and it’s making me super curious about Instant Pots! I don’t have one as I’ve been trying to avoid purchasing another small appliance, but I have considered it. I’d love to hear about your own experience, though! 

I’m also curious how many OSG readers use an Instant Pot these days, and would love to hear from you all in the comments!

Do you have one and would you recommend it (if so, which version/model do you have)? Have you tried any of my recipes in the Instant Pot successfully, and if so, which ones worked best? Would you like to see new Oh She Glows recipes developed specifically for use in an Instant Pot? Thank you so much for chiming in! I’ve been wanting to ask about this for a while. I may also do a poll on Insta Stories soon too. 🙂

“I love your 10-Spice Vegetable Soup! I found this recipe a year ago and make it about twice a month. It is so versatile. I can make it very spicy for our family or less spicy for those who do not love spicy food. I shared it with some co-workers and they love it too! Thanks so much for the amazing work you put into your site and recipes. We are paying attention and the world is getting healthier one recipe at a time thanks to you Angela! Keep up the great work!”

Hey Lyne, It really means the world to me to read this! I agree about how easy it is to customize the spice level in the 10-Spice Soup. I always add a lot more to my own portion (I’ve been known to dump it on!) because I can’t get enough of that intense flavour. Getting healthier one recipe at a time…I LOVE that!! Thank you.

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OWYN Plant-Based Shakes: Ready-to-Drink Protein in 3 Flavors

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There’s a new protein shake in town, and this one is top allergen free! It’s also low in sugar and made with a relatively “clean” ingredient list. OWYN Plant-Based Shakes are currently available in three Ready-to-Drink flavors: Dark Chocolate, Smooth Vanilla, and Cold Brew Coffee. According to the company, each shake boasts 20 grams of […]

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Garlicky Greek Chickpeas & Spinach for a Super-Easy Meatless Meal

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Chickpeas are one of my favorite lunchtime proteins. They’re versatile, nutritious, and light, but filling. I often toss them over salads. But lately I’ve been enjoying them in warm, plant-based dishes, much like this Greek Chickpeas & Spinach recipe. This recipe was originally submitted to us by a reader almost 12 years ago! Their version […]

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Gluten Free Keto-Friendly Salted Caramel Cheesecake

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Sugar is a staple in most baked goods, but there are many ways to work around that and make your favorite treats with healthier sweeteners. Proving my point is this delicious new recipe for Gluten Free Keto-Friendly Salted Caramel Cheesecake.

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Guide to the Best Dairy Free Coffee Creamer Options

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Updated for 2018! A decade ago, a reader named Mary emailed to ask me about dairy-free coffee creamer options. When I first posted this Q&A, there were just a few options on the market. Now there are about two dozen to choose from! This list includes ALL of the dairy-free creamers we’ve found, and we […]

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Introducing Glow Getter: Entrepreneurs making waves!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family, or a special someone today, I hope you have a great one. And if all else fails, I have a feeling my Easy Vegan Sugar Cookies, Pink Power Detox Smoothie, or Cheerful Vegan Nachos will give your taste buds the lovin’ they’re looking for. 😉

This morning I woke up with a bit of nervous energy washing over me! We’ve been working hard on a brand new Oh She Glows series these past few months and today is the day I get to finally share it with you all. It wasn’t easy keeping things secret, I tell ya! The Glow Getter series is our way of spreading the love to fellow wellness entrepreneurs: inspiring, plant-powered business owners who share their daily rituals and secret recipes for success. I can’t think of a better duo to kick off our Glow Getter series than Pippa and Neige Blair, founders of Canadian natural deodorant brand routine. Over the years I’ve tried countless all-natural deodorants, and I was honestly starting to lose hope until I found routine. Now it’s all I use! (A special shout-out to my sister Kristi for introducing me to the brand!) 

Pippa and Neige Blair are sisters-in-law from Calgary, Alberta who “believe armpits are lovely and deserve the best.” From the first moment I checked out routine’s website, the pair’s playful personalities jumped off the page. Each routine product name features a fun nod to pop culture favourites—Sexy Sadie, Blackberry Betty and Johnny’s Cash, to list a few—and product descriptions with pizzazz: “A vegan formula (no beeswax) with top notes of cedar, pine and lumberjack, with bass notes of rock n’ roll” (Johnny’s Cash). Who knew shopping for deodorant could be so much fun?! 

After her first daughter was born, Neige became passionate about ensuring her growing family had only the best all-natural products in their home and began developing essential oil-based products for baby, home and body. She soon realized the product most lacking in mainstream retail was all-natural deodorant, and set to work creating her very own to sell. For six years Neige worked to perfect her product, sharing results with family and friends all along the way. She created one base recipe that she would make from memory, gradually tweaking ingredients until the overall consistency felt just right. Over 30 variations of routine cream later, Neige’s devoted legion of guinea pigs (the human kind, that is—routine doesn’t test on any animals!) finally convinced her to share routine with the world, and in 2011 Neige brought routine cream to Calgary’s Market Collective for the first time. Getting ready for the big day, Neige enlisted her sister-in-law Pippa, a marketing expert who’d previously worked with brands like Nike, Rogers, and Hudson’s Bay before rerouting careers to enroll in nursing school. The two stayed up until 2am printing and pasting labels onto each beloved jar of routine, and from there a dream team was born! Are you inspired? I sure am!!!

Their hard work certainly paid off: routine was an instant hit at Market Collective. Available in sleek and stylish bathroom-counter-ready tubs, routine cream’s packaging is fully eco-conscious to boot! Full-size jars are made of glass and filled to last 3-6 months, and both those tubs and the box they’re wrapped in is entirely recyclable. In 2015 the pair’s all-natural product became available to ingredient-conscious shoppers across Canada at Whole Foods; in 2017, the deodorant won Cert Clean’s “Best Natural Deodorant Award” and just this November, Neige and Pippa were listed in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 segment. To say that Pippa and Neige are two Canadian entrepreneurs absolutely killin’ it is an understatement, and I’m so proud to kick off this series with them today.

One of my favourite things about this new series is the fun rapid fire survey we developed to get to know our featured entrepreneurs. Below, Pippa and Neige chime in on their 2018 goals, go-to exercise, favourite munchies and more. Take it away, Glow Getters!

I hope you’ve loved getting to know our first Glow Getters as much as we have—we’d love to hear what you think of the new series in a comment below! Thank you so much to Neige and Pippa for sharing their lives and path to success. It’s been so inspiring getting to know you two! 

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