Thursday, January 26, 2012

Smoothies to die for!

Long before I began my business, my children thought it would be a great idea for me to set up a stall at the weekly farmer's market in town to sell my delicious green smoothies.  They just knew that once people started trying these delicious beverages, they'd be hooked and I'd have a successful little business.

Fast forward two years, my smoothies are selling almost as well as my delivered meals.  Yes, the green smoothie has made an appearance in town and people are talking about them.  Not only that, they're sharing them!  I love it!  Smoothies are kind of like milkshakes, only not necessarily made with milk and can sometimes be green.  Don't let that put you off, though, with the addition of sweet fruits you won't even taste the kale, the collards, the spinach and the parsley.  As my current client Christina can attest to, mango and parsley make a delicious combination.

My newest client, Michelle, has asked when the smoothie recipes from the previous week will be online.  Well, nothing like a request from a client puts me into action.  Please enjoy responsibly and don't forget to share!

Raw Vegan Sweet Kale Smoothie
This beautiful smoothie was created by none other than Tess Masters at http://healthyblenderrecipes.com. She's a rocking smoothie goddess and if you recognize her name, you should!  I have featured her recipes here before.  This smoothie is to die for.... creamy, sweet, smooth and so decadent you'll swear it's dessert.  I made a smoothie for Michelle on Tuesday morning (in actual fact I made a bunch that morning), but secretly I wanted it for myself.  After pouring it into her bottle, I poured the remainder into a glass.  I had less than 1/4 cup to sample, but it was enough for me to seriously consider keeping the smoothie for myself.  Instead, I made a Vitamix pitcher full of it and served it up to the kids and their friends for an afternoon snack.  Only my eldest son's friend Andrew could place the banana and the ginger, the rest were stumped.  Please head here to find the recipe: http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_vegan_creamy_pistachio_ice_cream_kale_shake/

I believe I have shared this recipe before, but I'll do it again because it's nice to have all recipes in one place.  The cherry beet detox smoothie is part of a 28 day Elimination Diet provided on another website.  I'm following this plan with a client of mine and after a week of drinking Tom's Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothies, we were ready for a change:

Cherry Beet Detox Smoothie
Here is the link for this beautiful fruity smoothie:  http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2011/01/cherry-beet-detox-smoothie.html

During that same week, I also made this detox smoothie...the Lemony Cabbage and Cranberry Smoothie.  Not as sweet as the one above, it was still one we enjoyed during the detox phase of this diet plan.

Lemony Cabbage and Cranberry Smoothie
I made this smoothie using lemon, red cabbage and cranberries and followed the recipe on page 98 of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.  You will find many of the recipes featured in this book (and many more) on their website: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/.

For the days when you really don't have time to eat but you need a meal on the run, you cannot beat the Superfood Smoothie from the Kindfood Cafe in Burlington, ON.  I met owner Kelly Childs at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival in September, 2011.  She runs a vegan cafe and bakery with food to die for!  I cannot wait to visit her establishment in the summer.  I came across a video on YouTube with her employee Michael Rennie who made this amazing super super-food smoothie.  Here is the link to the original recipe, but of course I've changed it up a little bit. :D  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20vcwVPtCYw

This is how it looks:
Kindfood's Super Super-food Smoothie

I have a back up smoothie recipe up my sleeve for just such smoothie making extravaganzas!  It's my  Pièce de résistance:

Blueberry Orange Smoothie
Recipe as follows:  1 frozen banana, 1 peeled and sectioned orange, 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk OR 1 cup So Nice chocolate milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp. hemp seeds.  So smooth, so sweet, so satisfying.

Next up is a very simple smoothie and yet still so good.


Tropical Green Smoothie
Recipe goes like this:  2 cups baby spinach or 2 large collard leaves, 1-2 cups water, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp. hemp seed, 1 cup pineapple or mango or kiwi (depending on your preference).  Easy, eh?  Delicious, too.

Okay, well that's it for now.  As I get more photos I will upload them and share them with you.







How this blog works (for those recently joined).

(Wow.... I just lost my entire blog post because of an error uploading a photo.  *Sigh*)

When I started my business 18 months ago it was to assist people to eat well at work. Instead of heading out at lunch time to the nearest fast food joint to get a midday meal, people can sign up to receive delicious, nourishing vegan food delivered to their home or place of employment.  These deliveries generally occur twice a week and while the portion sizes may vary, each meal contains a balance of macro nutrients and approximately 350-400 calories.  Sometimes I bring casseroles, stews, curries, stir-fries, salads, and soups.  I like to keep it different, change it up from day to day.  I offer all customers a menu from which to make their selections.  It's easy, it's affordable and it's fun.  My customers love to say "I have a personal chef." :-)

The purpose of this blog is to share information with my clients primarily, but also the followers of this blog. I like to share recipe information because if a client eats a particular food on Monday and thinks, "Darn, this is amazing, I'd like to make this at home for my family," I want that to be possible.  Through cooking for other people, I share my love of good vegan food and this blog allows me to do that... This is my vessel.  If I don't have the permission of a fellow blogger or author/publisher, I sometimes cannot share a recipe directly.  In that case I will make a reference to a cookbook page number.

Okay, so sit back and be prepared to be amazed by the quality and quantity of my cooked food.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Time to come over to the green side!

Begin reaping the extraordinary benefits of eating vegan, sign up as a client now and I'll give you three meals for the price of two in your first week (new clients only).

Here are just a few of the menus my clients have ordered from over the past few months:






Thursday, January 5, 2012

Piggy of the Month

There are a lot of people in the health and well-being community I admire, many of them are on Facebook and I'll admit to only having met three of them in person:  Julianna Hever, the Plant Based Dietitian, Jeff Novick, renowned speaker and registered dietitian, and Beverley Edwards-Miller, owner of bev-HEALTH and Wellness in Toronto.

Not long ago one of my favourite bloggers, Tess Masters, sent me an exciting email request.  She makes regular blog posts on Healthy Blender Recipes and each month she features a member of the health and wellness online community; other bloggers, fans or people she admires, to write their story for a guest spot on her blog.  She gave me lots of notice, thankfully because I tend to procrastinate, but truth be told, I was forced to write it the afternoon before the deadline.  Oops! So I sent her my story of my journey to a vegan diet, including some pictures and some recipes of my favourite foods.

Here is the link to my story on her blog: http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/pigs/top_pigs/vibeke_vale/

Here is the link to the recipe she altered slightly to make it EVEN better: http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/raw_vegan_soft_serve_mint_chocolate_chip_ice_cream/