Easy Vegan Meals

I do enjoy cooking but it’s winter – a season of darkness and cold. It’s dark by the time we get out of work, and it’s dark when we wake up in the morning, and most days, by the time I get home, I’m ready to just curl up somewhere warm and hibernate. Under the…

10 Turkey Alternatives for Your Vegan Holiday Feast

STORE-BOUGHT TofurkyThe OG turkey alternative, vegan trailblazers and in many ways still the champ.  Their product line has expanded significantly since launching the original plant based roast in 1995.  They have a ham flavoured roast too now, which I prefer to the original, and a Holiday Feast package, that includes the roast, plus gravy, and…

Toronto’s Best Vegan Smoothies

Ah smoothies! When you’re feeling a bit worn out and undernourished, and craving some quick nutrients, nothing quite hits the spot like a hearty smoothie. And they make for a richly satisfying and healthy meal – the good ones anyway – when you’re in a hurry or just don’t feel like preparing food. Since smoothies…

Monthly Updates – What’s New in the Plant Based World.

Restaurant Openings Have a restaurant opening in your city you’d like to see covered? Send the details to plantandpine(at)gmail.com Soy Boys (471 Church Street) Finally a fully vegan restaurant in the Church-Wellesley village! Soy Boys is a take-out burger joint with a simple, straight-forward menu of burgers, waffle fries and soft serve. Let’s hope that…

Meal Delivery Options for the Greater Toronto Area

If you’ve ever felt a pang of guilt for not spending hours in the kitchen preparing elaborate, fully balanced and beautifully presented meals for yourself and/or family, you’re not alone.  Social media and food influencers present meal preparation in an increasingly unrealistic manner, as though everyone can and should be able to dedicate a ridiculous…

Fall Fashions for the Conscientious Shopper

The fashion industry is notoriously unkind to the earth, and is known to be exploitative of both people and resources.  For anyone who is trying to make more conscientious and sustainable choices, clothes shopping can be frustrating. Cold weather clothing is especially a challenge for vegans, because so much of it uses animal products as…

The 2021 Halloween Guide to Vegan Candy

In general, I’ve always preferred salty snacks over sweet treats, and I don’t often indulge in candy but every October, as Halloween approaches, I feel the inevitable pang for some sugary delicacies. Whether it’s driven by nostalgia or just the seasonal marketing, who knows, but it’s become an annual ritual of mine, as a way…

Ten Fall Recipes To Ease the End Of Summer

Is there really any reason to look forward to the end of summer?  If you’re like me, you probably dread the arrival of colder weather and shorter days, but there is at least one pleasant change brought in with the seasonal shift.  Autumn flavours and ingredients help soften the harsh, rocky transition away from the…

Ten Essential Vegan Cookbooks

Finding and relishing good cookbooks is a vital part of keeping your culinary experience fresh and interesting, but there are so many vegan cookbooks floating around out there that finding ones that suit your cooking style, experience and palette can be a difficult task. I find keeping a good variety of cookbooks is also a…

Vegan Friendly Resorts & Hotels and Stays

While the pandemic is not likely to end anytime soon, it’s inevitably that as we drift into the summer vacation season, and case numbers drop, and vaccinations rates go up, we’ll start to think  and dream of travelling again. I’ve been resistant to planning anything. Even speculating about when we might be able to return…