Delicious Vegan Egg (Chickpea) Salad Sandwiches

I’m sure you’re wondering how on earth one can make vegan egg salad without eggs. It’s actually a straightforward and delicious vegan hack that will save you from all of that harmful cholesterol found in eggs. This quick and easy recipe is kid-approved and free from nuts making it a great lunch option for school as it can easily be tucked into a wrap, sandwich, or pita pocket! My kids go crazy for it! We go through so much of it in fact that I’ve taken to buying flats of chickpeas to keep up with the demand.

What’s even more exciting is that this recipe is totally free from gluten for those who have dietary restrictions, and it’s bursting with so much flavour you won’t miss traditional egg salad ever again!

I’d love to hear in the comments how this recipe worked out for you!

Natasha x

Vegan Egg (Chickpea) Salad

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Ingredients

  • 2 Cans of Chickpeas
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 1/3 Cup Vegan Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Old Style Mustard
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Method

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until desired consistency is reached
  • Serve on bread with mustard, and top with paprika and fresh basil

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I’ve Missed You!

It’s been a while!…. It’s probably been over a year since I’ve posted on my blog, so first let me say I’m sorry for neglecting you it’s been quite the year for me to say the least! Now that I’ve had a chance to regroup a little, I am hoping to make a few changes in this blog and renew my commitment to posting regularly and with complete transparency.

The new and improved blog is about new beginnings which is precisely where I am in my life right now and where I imagine many people find themselves currently. Nearly a year ago my ex-husband and I made the difficult decision to separate, neither of us had been happy for a long time. I think traveling through Europe last summer really allowed me to see how truly unhappy I was. I came home wanting more in my life, I wanted to feel valued and special to the person I was with, and I knew I had a ton of self-loving to do. 

 In March, I moved from the beautiful new big house on the hill into a small, old, and cozy townhouse that screams divorcee. The first few nights in my new home felt very bipolar, one second I was blissfully happy with my new found space and then the next moment it was the sheer terror of “What have I done!?” This went on for weeks, but my gut still told me I made the right choice and that I was a strong woman who would be able to manage being a single mom just fine.

 I had to figure out how to juggle all of the children and their various schedules while still finding quiet moments to reflect on myself and my life so far. I’ve had to learn to be gentle with myself and forgiving when I think of the many mistakes I’ve made in the past. In all honesty, this isn’t my first failed marriage, but my third and I never wanted to find myself in this place ever again. Sometimes you have to value yourself enough to know when its time to walk away and while I have moments where I feel ashamed of having failed at marriage more than once I have to stop apologizing for myself and my flaws. Marriage is a two-way street, and I am not looking to blame anyone, I know I have my share of guilt in these failures but all I can do is learn from them and be the best version of myself I can be moving forward.

So much has changed for me in the last few months, I’ve grown and evolved in some pretty surprising ways. I’ve discovered that most people aren’t there for you when you need them and that expectation only leads to disappointment. I’ve had to rely on myself making me a stronger person, and learn that self-love is what will get you through in the end. You must learn to love yourself because at the end of the day you are the only person you can count on. Everyone else is busy fighting their own battles.

I’m no longer afraid of being on my own and am embracing it with open arms, should someone one day come into my life and fit into the chaos beautifully I am open to that, but I am done putting myself out there for now. I refuse to give any more pieces of myself to anyone who doesn’t value me. I wish I had learnt this earlier in my life, so perhaps it’s something someone reading this will take into their heart and mind. 

From now on, this blog is about transparency; it’s about reclaiming life and learning to fall in love with one’s self. This blog is about what works for me as a single mother of six; it’s about finding happiness in minimalism, it’s about zero waste living, vegan food, and general hippie stuff I think will be of value to my readers. So if you’re a busy mom, a single mom, a stay at home mom, a hippie, a vegan, a citizen of planet earth then there should be something here for you!

My commitment to you and to myself is to write twice a week and just see where it goes. I’ve missed you guys!

Tasha

Raspberry Maca Cheeze Cake over a Cacao Pecan Crust

In the spirit of Mothers Day I decided to mix two of my favourite things! Raspberries and chocolate! I always try to out do myself every year with my Mothers Day cake, and I know my beautiful Mother appreciates it!

I’ve always been more for the rich decadent flavours while my Mum loves the light and fruity so since we are both mothers and should be celebrated I decided we would both get a little of what we love!

As with all of my cashew based cakes this recipe is quick and easy and requires no cooking! So if you’re reading this men, you too can dazzle you Mother, Wife, special someone, or well, anyone really!

Enjoy Natasha xoxo

Raspberry Maca Cheeze Cake over a Cacao Pecan Crust

The Cacao Pecan Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/8 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 6 Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Method

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor
  • Process until dough ball forms
  • Press into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan

Raspberry Maca Cheeze Cake Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 1/4 Cups Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp Maca Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen (thawed) Raspberries

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth an creamy
  • Pour over Pecan Cacao Crust and tap to remove any bubbles
  • Place in freezer or fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Garnish with fruit and flowers

 

 

 

Blood Orange Chocolate Mousse Cake

While I’m more of a savoury girl, I do have a soft spot for mousse tarts and cakes. One of my favourite combos is a lovely blood orange and chocolate mix, think Terry’s Chocolate Orange that pops up at Christmas time, but a fully veganized version… in cake form!

I’m all about simplicity, yet there is something to be said for quality and presentation. This cake truly has it all, quick and easy to prepare, delicious gourmet flavour, and easy to garnish. I especially love this cake for an afternoon tea with the ladies as it’s always a crowd pleaser.

Enjoy,

Natasha xoxo

Blood Orange Chocolate Mousse Cake

The Base

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Peacans
  • 5 Soft Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • 1/8 Cup Water

Method

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until a smooth dough ball forms
  • Remove dough and press into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan
  • Use oil on fingers from pressing to grease the side on the pan

Chocolate Blood Orange Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Dairy-free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp Blood Orange Rind

Method

  • Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Pour over base and place in freezer or fridge to set (30-45 minutes)
  • Garnish with Blood Orange, Flowers, Fruit, Seeds

Raw Mexican Cream Of Corn Chowder

After severely burning myself making breakfast this morning I decided that the rest of the days is going to be a raw day! I recall taking a Raw Vegan Challenge a year ago and thinking it was going to be torture; surprisingly, I discovered that raw vegan foods are bursting with flavour and can leave you feeling satisfied if done correctly!

During the month I took the Raw Vegan Challenge I realized I needed to adapt some of my favourite comfort foods to combat my cravings. This Mexican Creamy Corn Chowder was one of my most tasty combinations and was inspired by a base recipe by The Rawtarian! If you’re planning on going Raw Vegan her website is amazing!

Back to this fantastic soup! It’s absolutely delicious and will leave you craving more… thankfully it takes less than ten minutes to whip up so if you are looking for another bowl it won’t take long to make some more!

Enjoy!

Natasha xoxo

Raw Mexican Cream Of Corn Chowder

Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free                 Prep Time: 10 Mins                     Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh Corn
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Smokey Paprika

Method

  • Toss everything into a high-speed blender and blend until warm and smooth.
  • Garnish with spices, peppers, tomatoes, corn, onion
  • Enjoy!

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50 Ways to Connect with Yourself and Life

On my phone I have a folder for little articles and stories that I consider hidden gems, not wanting to lose these pieces of wisdom I have taken to saving them to re-read in the future. For years I have re-visited this piece written by Neil Legault from Unbelievable You which found me at a time in my life where I felt lost and desperately needing connection. Perhaps you need this in your life too!

50 Ways to Connect with Yourself and Life

1)      Practice Kindness – With everyone and everything.

2)      Exercise, sleep and listen to your body – Your body is your temple. Treat it well.

3)      Simplify your life – Your time is precious.  Spend it living your way.

4)      Be Helpful – Offer someone your help for a day.

5)      Do a Random Act of Kindness – Do a kind act out of the blue. Surprise someone.

6)      Relax and Enjoy the simple things – When you are too busy, it’s hard to enjoy anything.

7)      Do what you Love – Make the time for YOU and what you enjoy out of life.

8)      Drop the useless stuff – Eliminate the non-essential stuff cluttering your life.

9)      Focus on what matters – Remind yourself often about what’s most important in your life.

10)   Have Fun – Don’t take life or yourself too seriously. It’s meant to be an enjoyable.

11)   Reassess your priorities – Is what you’ve been focussing on a priority?

12)   Compliment others – Tell someone about a quality you admire in them.

13)   Compliment yourself – Remind yourself about the qualities you admire about you.

14)   Treat yourself to a day off – Take a mini vacation from your routine. No guilt. Just enjoy!

15)   Make a list of what you love doing – This helps you see more clearly into you.

16)   Write down what you love about you – This list reminds you how special you are.

17)   Get away from negative people – Some people drain all your energy. Be positive and say NO!

18)   Have a day off from technology – It’s amazing how quiet you feel when it’s not there.

19)   Be there for someone – Really be present and listen.

20)   Have that awkward conversation you’ve been holding off – You’ll be happy it’s done with.

21)   Find a personal mantra and live it – Find something that resonates with you and read it daily.

22)   Show someone you really care – Caring for someone is caring for yourself at the same time.

23)   Make space – Clean out your desk, closet, garage… You’ll feel better when it’s finally done.

24)   Laugh as much as you can – Watch funny movies, going out with friends and have a silly time.

25)   Stop trying to fit in – Your happiness and freedom is in being you! You’re wonderful already.

26)   Spend some time alone doing just YOU things. – This grounds you and fosters Self-Love.

27)   Go with the flow – Don’t decide. Let Life move you. If you are invited somewhere then go.

28)   Meditate – Go for a clam peaceful walk, stop thinking and feel yourself being here.

29)   Smile as much as you can – Try to be as genuine as you can.

30)   Connect with Love – See if you can let the feeling of Love be present without an attachment.

31)   Don’t take yourself too seriously – When we do, life gets heavy and grim. That’s the ego.

32)   Forgive yourself – We’re all human and we make mistakes. Let the past go. Today is a new day.

33)   Cut out what’s not working – Is it time to let go of someone or an activity and move on?

34)   Do something unexpected – Try something new. You just might REALLY like it!

35)   Listen to music – Listen to music that really inspires you and fosters joy. This works great!

36)   Practice Self-Love – This is hard but the more you get to know YOU and become the genuine person inside, the easier it gets. Love emanates from the core of your being. It cannot be possessed or given away but the more it flows out of you in every direction the more you become it.

37)   Get rid of Self criticism – We are our own worse critics. We put ourselves down way too often!

38)   Let go of worry – Take a few steps and try to trust that Life will provide for you.

39)   Trust yourself – Have confidence in you and your abilities.

40)   Tell yourself the Truth – This is the foundation of respecting and loving yourself. It is also the cornerstone of your spiritual path.

41)   Grow in Spirit – You grow in spirit when you become more peaceful, kind, loving and compassionate.

42)   Appreciate yourself – Take the time to enjoy just being you.

43)   Cultivate your dreams – Focus on what brings joy and bliss to you. Take a step into it every day.

44)   Feng Shui Your Life – Make changes and surround yourself with things, people and activities that make you feel you.

45)   Try to see the Beauty in all things – So much of life is hidden in front of you.

46)   Have great Sex! – There is nothing like a deep, romantic, loving, passionate connection to make you feel really alive.

47)   Spend time with your lover – Don’t speak, just touch or caress each other. Go for a long walk and be fully present with them.

48)   Spend quality time with your pet – Pets like a dog or a cat are wonderful because they love you unconditionally most of the time. 🙂 That’s why so many people have them. It’s extremely therapeutic spending time petting an animal. It forces you to be present, it forces you to feel.

49)   Spend quality time with your kids – Your complete attention is the greatest gift you can give them.

50)   Spend quality time with yourself – The most important thing you can do 🙂 and the one we neglect often.

“To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction is to live twice.” ~Kahlil Gibran