2019, Community and Values

Happy New Year!

I know, I know: it’s January 23, so I’m a wee bit late. I don’t know about you but January has just passed by without me noticing. What have I been up to?

New year, new possibilities; New day, new opportunities!

Well, I’ve started my second term as a kinesiology student, enjoyed (?) many snowstorms (it’s currently snowing like crazy as I type this), felt cold temperatures that shouldn’t be legal, and tried to breathe and stay relaxed through it all.

Spoiling my plants to Beardbangs planters!


I’ve also rekindled with my love of plants and have a few new plants to call my own. I’m trying out the once-famous Pilea and loving my Pothos and Prayer plants way too much. It’s been so relaxing taking care of our plants, re-potting them, dusting them, fussing over how slow or how quickly they are growing… I’ve even started a plant journal to keep track of all their progress and see what works best. It really has been my relaxation practice of the month. Maybe it’s because of all the cold and snow, but connecting with greenery has been so therapeutic!

One of my baby Pilea!

What about food? Well, I’ve been trying to keep up with eating all the greens and making sure to drink all the water. I’ve also started to take a vitamin D supplement, and I can’t say I’ve noticed any difference. However, I know I’m not getting any sunlight as I’m waking up before the sun and coming out of uni after sunset. As my uni doesn’t have any windows in the classrooms, I’m starting to believe that the sun is as mystical as unicorns. So, a vitamin D supplement makes sense for me at the moment.

A few weeks ago, Bonny Rebecca, one of my favourite vegan Youtubers, made a video about not being vegan anymore for health reasons. I felt for her and admired her courage for “coming out”. For her to be honest about this when she has built her entire brand around veganism must have taken so much bravery and guts. Yet, soon enough, the online vegan community came up with many response videos bashing her and calling out on her integrity, questioning her “level of veganism”, some even saying that she was never really vegan. Others even said that they would never give up on veganism, no matter how terrible the health consequences might be.


After seeing all of this, I felt so ashamed. Ashamed because I spent years calling myself a vegan, supporting the diet and lifestyle, believing that it was the one and only answer to all of mankind’s problems. Mostly, I felt ashamed of the community. How can I call myself a vegan, when other vegans are so plain mean and disrespectful? For me, compassion is the driving force behind my diet change. What would it say about me if I couldn’t spread this compassion to a young woman going through health problems? I’m in no position to judge, criticize or assume anything on her life. It is not my place, and it is nobody’s place. So what’s up vegan community? Are our egos so big that we have forgotten that we are dealing with actual humans? Is the chase for recognition, views and clicks overshadowing basic respect? That’s not the community I want to be a part of.

It would be hypocritical to say that I’ve never had slip ups or that I never crave butter or eggs. I find myself asking: what is really important? To be perfect or to do my best? I choose to do my best. Nobody can live up to the pressure of trying to be perfect 100% of the time. You just try your best and maybe even enjoy the process. It goes for veganism, and all aspects of life!

Beautiful scones of my heart…

As I came back to uni, in a completely new field, I’ve felt a lot of pressure and stress: Am I good enough? Am I fit enough? Am I young enough? Is my brain still capable of studying? Are they going to judge my body? Will I make friends? Will any of my former students be in my classes?

These questions and many more started to take all the space in my mind, and I was struggling with levels of anxiety that I had never experienced before. At my lowest, I realized that I was putting all this pressure on my own shoulders. Nobody but me cared! For all I know, all the other students in my program ask themselves the same questions… and all I can do is offer my best effort. That is more than enough.

This change of perspective came like a sweet wave of relief. All of a sudden, it was okay for me to relax and not work all the time; it was okay for me to eat chocolate and not feel guilty; it was okay for me to skip a workout when I was feeling exhausted; it was okay for me to go out with my boyfriend and have a cookie even if it wasn’t a vegan. It was okay for me to simply experience and live.

So, this is what I want to bring to the blog. Tips and tricks to help you cope with anxiety, plant love, plant-based recipes, vegetarian recipes, exercises, books, teas and cats! I want my blog to be a warm and safe space where I can share posts that will make you feel warm and safe. I’m not striving for perfection anymore: I’m striving for a full life that I can sustainably live. And that is more than enough.

Hoping that you will all join me,


Oh, and I’ve also started taking horseback riding lessons! It brings me so much peace, and it’s such a blast working with these wonderful animals.

My experience eating raw

If you’ve read my previous post on juicing, you know I’ve been dealing with some energy and digestive issues. As cooked carbs made me extra sleepy after eating them, I turned to raw foods to see if it would change anything. Well, it did!


Now, let me tell you my backstory with raw foods. I have a friend who is completely hooked on raw foods. I mean, she does juice cleanses, grows her own sprouts and eats mainly raw all year round. She has been an inspiration, and I’ve learned a lot by talking and cooking with her. As much as I admire her, I always thought that her eating raw was a bit extreme, that it couldn’t be possible for her to get all the nutrients she needed, and that she would sooner or later hit a health problem because of it. I thought all of that despite the fact that I’ve known her for years, and that she is the banner girl of health. All that to say, I was a bit skeptic as to raw foods. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try as cooked vegan food seemed to have betrayed me.

I started by switching my morning oatmeal to green smoothies. I was so sad to say goodbye to my beloved oats, but I had to admit that only after a few days, my energy levels in the morning were great. No more morning naps! That was a huge improvement.

After this success, I went on a search for more raw recipes and stumbled upon Kate Fruit Flowers’ Freedom Foods ebook. I bought the ebook, and was glad to see that all her recipes were simple enough and didn’t require funky, impossible to find ingredients.

Now, if you are doubtful that raw foods can be good, you must try out some of her recipes! I’ve never had a cookbook where every recipe is delicious! I’m completely hooked!

Now, the recipes are delicious, but how does eating raw make me feel?


My energy levels are consistently high throughout the day: no more naps! My digestion is easy: no more bloating! But, most of all, I don’t feel like I’m starving! With Kate’s ebook I’ve discovered great recipes that keep me full and energized enough to work, train and do everything else I have to do. Another great advantage of going raw is that I feel like everything I eat tastes better: I’m enjoying my fresh fruits and vegetables so much more.

I’m enjoying raw foods so much, especially now that it is summer. As everything is in season and delicious, it’s been fairly easy to find great produce for cheap. I’m looking for any tips you might have for eating raw in the winter, so don’t hesitate to comment below!

La terre vue du coeur: Courrez à votre cinéma!

Photo de La terre vue du coeur.

Ce week-end, nous sommes allé voir le film «La terre vue du coeur». Cet excellent documentaire présente la 6ième extinction (désolé les amis, on y est), ses enjeux et ses solutions. Mettant en vedette la participation de Hubert Reeves (l’astrophysicien), de Frédéric Lenoir (le philosophe), et d’une foule d’intervenants tous plus intéréssants les un que les autres, ce documentaire explore les sphères de la pollution marine, de la destruction des écosystèmes, des systèmes agroalimentaires et surtout de la place de l’homme dans la nature.

Par des histoires touchantes, des témoignages de scientifiques et surtout les images spectaculaires présentées, ce documentaire interpelle, touche et mobilise. On est sorti du cinéma un peu sonné, un peu destabilisé et surtout très motivé à en faire plus pour aider la planète.

Photo de La terre vue du coeur.Photo de La terre vue du coeur.Photo de La terre vue du coeur.

Pour nous, les dernières années ont été difficiles. On s’est vraiment senti seul dans nos efforts de véganisme et de zéro-déchet, tout petit face au reste du monde. Ce film nous a encouragé et redonné le goût de participer à ce projet de sauvetage de la planète… pas parce que on veut être cool et surfer sur la dernière mode, mais parce qu’on est vraiment chanceux de vivre sur une si belle planète, d’avoir la chance d’interagir avec d’autres animaux aussi sympas, et d’avoir le privilège de cotoyer toutes sortes de plantes et d’êtres vivants qui nous entourent. Bref, on vous encourage fortement à courrir voir ce film dans un cinéma près de chez vous!

Vegan Fest Montreal 2016 + blog announcement // Festival végane de Montréal et nouvel horaire de blog

(Version française plus bas!)

I’m super excited to let you know that Montreal’s vegan festival is coming back this week-end at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Port. Last year I had a lot of fun perusing the different stands and came back home with quite a lot of spices and an excellent book. I wasn’t too happy about the long queue I had to endure to get in, but this year, they are extending the festival to two days instead of just one, so it should be much better. How exciting!


This year’s schedule is quite extensive! At the festival, you can find all vegan foods from restaurants, farmers, and specialty products. There will also be quite a lot of very exciting guest speakers and food demos to learn new techniques! You will also be able to get in touch with animal protection associations and like-minded people. I really hope you’ll have a chance to go check this FREE festival out. See you there!

I also wanted to let you know about the blog’s new schedule. I really want to bring you with the best content possible, but it takes me a lot of time to come up with recipes, try them out, take pictures and write down the posts. As I also need to work, I’m changing the daily posting schedule to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday posting schedule. That way I’ll be able to bring you high quality content and still buy food… Cheers to that!

Je suis super excitée de vous annoncer que le Festival végane de Motréal débarque en ville cette fin de semaine au Marché Bonsecours du Vieux Port de Montréal! L’année dernière j’avais adoré me promener parmis les stands et j’étais repartie avec une tonne d’épices et un excellent livre. Je n’avais pas trop aimé la langue file que j’avais du faire pour rentrer, mais cette année le festival est étendu sur deux jours, ce qui devrait le rendre beaucoup plus agréable! C’est tellement chouette!



L’horaire de cette année est encore bien chargé avec des stands de bouffe à visiter et pleins de conférences et de démos culinaires pour en apprendre toujours plus! Il sera également possible de rencontrer différentes organisation de protection des animaux. Bref, une belle fin de semaine en perspective! Surtout que le festival est GRATUIT! On se voit sur place!

J’en profites aussi pour vous annoncer que je change l’horaire de publication des billets pour le blog. Parce que je veux vous offrir un contenu de qualité, mais que ca prend pas mal de temps à produire, je vais maintenant publier des articles le lundi, le mercredi et le vendredi. En passant, je suis déjà dans le mood de Noel alors préparez-vous!



What do you have in your vegan kitchen? \\ Il y a quoi dans ta cuisine végane?

When you transition to a vegan diet, it can be hard to know want to have in your pantry to make sure you have enough food. After juggling with this for a while, here are my kitchen essentials for vegans.


  1. A good legume variety: buying these in bulk is very cheap and they are easy to store. These will probably become an important part of your diet so it’s a good idea to have them on hand at all times. However, if you want to have a balanced amino-acid intake, you need to make sure that you eat a variety of legumes. If you’re not sure how to cook these, check out my tips.
  2. Whole grains and pasta: Wild rice, quinoa, amaranth or whole wheat pasta are all a great source of nutrients and are a great addition to any meal. As they are whole grains, they will also keep you fuller longer, so you might as well keep them on hand.
  3. Some canned tomato goods: Crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and pasta sauce are all great starting block to make simple meals: add some legumes to some pasta sauce, serve it on whole grain pasta and there you go! It’s a great lunch or dinner for when you are in a rush.
  4. Some plant-based milk: There is a wide variety of plant-based milk on the market now, and you can find some that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened. I like to stock up on almond milk when it’s on sale. That way I always have some to make oatmeal or to eat cereals. Be careful when buying: make sure it is fortified milk to get more nutrients for your buck!
  5. A wide variety of spices: Spices make everything incredible! Experiment with different types of curries, or explore the differences between paprika and smoked paprika. This will make every meal different and exciting.
  6. Fresh produce: Of course! Keep a good variety of seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables to make everything nutritious and delicious!
  7. Chocolate: No explanation needed.

I hope these tips will help you ease into a vegan diet and know what to keep in your kitchen. Let me know what are some of your essentials!


On me demande parfois ce que je garde dans ma cuisine en tant que végane. Eh bien, de la nourriture! Sérieusement, voici une liste des choses que j’aime bien avoir dans ma cuisine pour être certaine de pouvoir cuisiner de nombreux petits plats délicieux!

  1. Une bonne variété de légumineuses: Comme les légumineuses jouent un rôle important dans un régime alimentaire végan, il est important d’en avoir à la maison! J’aime bien les acheter en vrac et en garder différentes sortes car il est important d’en manger de toutes sortes tous les jours pour avoir un bel arc-en-ciel d’acides aminés. Si vous ne savez pas trop par où commencer pour cuire vos légumineuses sèches, vous pouvez aller voir mes petits trucs.
  2. Des grains entiers et des pâtes: Le riz sauvage, le quinoa, l’amaranthe ou les pâtes de blé entier sont tous des sources de nutriments intéréssantes et complètes bien une assiette. De plus, puisqu’il s’agit de grains entiers, ils vous garderont rassasiés longtemps!
  3. Des tomates en conserves: Sauce tomate, tomates en dés, ou pate de tomates peuvent être la base de biens des plats délicieux! Ajouter des lentilles à de la sauce tomates, servir sur des pâtes de blé entier, et voila! Un repas rapide et nourrissant en deux temps, trois mouvements.
  4. Du lait végétal: Il existe de plus en plus de lait végétal et certains d’entres eux peuvent être conservé à température ambiante avant d’être ouverts.  J’aime bien acheter du lait d’amandes et en garder sous la main pour préparer mon gruau ou manger des céréales. Attention, si vous achetez du lait végétal, faites attention de regarder si c’est du lait fortifié: autant faire le plein de nutriments!
  5. Des épices de toute sorte: Les épices rendent tous les plats plus excitants et délicieux! Testez différents types de curry, explorez les différences entre le paprika et le paprika fumé et ajoutez des épices à tous vos plats!
  6. Des légumes et des fruits frais: Parce que c’est bon et nourrissant les fruits et légumes de saison!
  7. Du chocolat: Bien sur!

Voilà, j’espère que cette petite liste vous aidera à remplir votre cuisine de délices végans. Et vous, il y a quoi dans votre cuisine végane?


Vegan Story Time, Luisa from Sardinha fora da lata!

I’m really excited about this week’s vegan story because it is from Portugal! If you don’t know what vegan story time is, you can check out the series’ introduction. Again, I would like to extend the invitation to all vegans out there to send me their stories! I love reading these because they are so motivating and touching. Don’t hesitate!


When I first read Luisa’s story I was amazed and really impressed. See, Luisa from the Portuguese blog Sardhinha fora da lata, has been through an amazing transformation when she switched her diet over. Anyways, I’ll let her tell you her story! 🙂

Three years ago I weighed about 98kg, then I decided to make things change. I set out 30 days to change my eating habits, stop smoking and start exercising. I lost 23 kg in total, quitted smoking and stopped consuming meat and fish.
I started smoothly and without exaggeration. Gradually I was losing weight and seeing the fruits of my efforts. At the end of the 30 days I was to continue, without a doubt. There were times that cost me a lot. I had eaten too much junk food and too much sugar, and I was dependent on it. The most important thing was to stay focused. I found that exercising helped me because after some time it became addictive and an important part of my routine.
Vegetarianism came as naturally. I knew it was the right option. My husband also accompanied me in this change which facilitated the transition greatly. Also after being alerted to all the environmental and health issues that meat consumption causes, it was him who urged me to research and write about this topic for others to adopt conscious eating habits.
Since out diet change, I have been feeling refreshed and less contaminated. I think our temperaments also changed. We became less bloodthirsty and were more relaxed and tolerant. I have more vitality and a passion for life that I never had before. I am happy with my choice and at peace with my body.
I cannot change the world but I leave my contribution. Finally I have a phrase that I often tell people. I did not choose to be vegetarian. Vegetarianism chose me. ♥
Congrats Luisa on your amazing transformation! It’s so encouraging to see how a diet change can turn your entire life around! If you speak Portuguese, or are looking for amazing pictures, check out her blog!
Again, if you’d like to see your story featured here, contact me! I’d love to read and share your story!



Vegan Story Time: Elizabeth from Enough Elizabeth

Another Tuesday is here! I’m really enjoying receiving and sharing all of your amazing vegan stories, so keep them coming! If you want to be featured here in a future Tuesday, you can contact me and check the guidelines. I can’t wait to read your story!


Today, I’m sharing Elizabeth’s story. If you haven’t been over to her amazing blog, Enough Elizabeth, head over there now if you enjoy yummy vegan recipes, beautiful photographs, and fun reads. Her blog is so positive and pretty, and her story is truly inspiring. Here it is!

It all began when I was sitting on my balcony one summer morning, and came across a vegan “what-I-eat-in-a-day” vlog. I was intrigued by the video because the vlogger was a girl about my age at the time (16), yet seemed so aware of her eating habits and the impact they have on the world.

            At the time, I was struggling with an eating disorder and was looking for any loophole that might lead to recovery. I was already following a bunch of vegans on social media and noticed that a lot of them had gone vegan either during, or right after recovery. I read recovery stories that told of people leaving calorie counting, restrictive diets, and unhappiness behind for unrestricted amounts of beautiful, nutritious foods on which they thrived. Right then and there, I decided to see where a vegan diet would take me.

            For a while after going vegan, my eating disorder persisted. This was truthfully because I was not ready to recover.  I did not yet understand that I had to heal my mind before I could transition to the diet I had been dreaming of. However, I continued to practice veganism because I immediately noticed amazing changes in my body that resulted from eliminating harmful animal by-products. My skin had a novel glow, my thoughts became far clearer, and everything seemed to taste a bit better. After becoming aware of the intense and vital ethical and environmental aspects of veganism, I began to wonder why I hadn’t made the decision earlier!

Then, after several significant life changes, I found myself prepared to embark on the journey that is recovery. That is when veganism came to play a larger role in my life than I ever could have imagined. When I began to recover, I started thinking about veganism instead of my eating disorder. I began to see that veganism isn’t just a diet; it’s a lifestyle that calls for loving both your own body and that of the earth. The most exciting part of recovery has been finally enjoying my own recipes and trying new vegan foods at restaurants. I can now focus on the aspects of veganism that matter, and freely embrace the health and joy that come with them. My world has evolved from a sphere of frustration to one filled with tahini, brightly colored breakfast bowls and an endless stream of recipe inspiration that  I get to share on my blog!


Thanks for letting me share!

Wow! I can’t believe how healing it can be to transition to a vegan diet. I’ve stumbled upon stories where amazing recoveries, like Elizabeth’s, are empowered through a diet change, but also stories of mental healing and changed mindsets. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for sharing your story, being inspiring and bringing such beautiful recipes and posts to the world! Speaking of amazing recipes, you should clearly check out her recipe for her molasses muffins with cape gooseberries. Seriously beautiful!

Again, if you’d like to share you favourite vegan recipe or story, contact me! Until next time, take care!

Vegan Story Time, Kate from The Vegan Wayfarer

I have another wonderful vegan testimony for you! If you are not familiar with Vegan Story Time, it is a series that I started so that people could share how and why they became vegan. If you’d like to participate, check this out and don’t hesitate!


Today, I’m sharing Kate’s story. Kate is a very passionate writer, and she has amazingly yummy recipes on her blog, The Vegan Wayfarer. I mean, seriously, double chocolate covered strawberry cake and apple and white bean cake? I wish she was my neighbour so that I could talk literature while eating her delicious cakes with her. Anyways, here is why and how she became vegan!

I became a vegan for both reasons of health and reasons of conscience. I was in my early
thirties and dealing with an arthritis problem that was becoming serious. I was experiencing pain in my joints and in the bones of my hands and feet that was getting so bad that, whenever the weather turned even mildly wet, I could barely walk across the floor. I had trouble using my hands and could not handle the weight of a blanket on my feet. I was worried I was going to end up in a wheelchair for the greater part of my life and was willing to do whatever it took to avoid that fate. I began to research which foods would not cause an inflammatory response in my body and came across veganism.

I’d always respected in those who’d committed to a vegetarian or vegan diet but believed- as do many, I think- I couldn’t get the nutrition I needed without eating meat and dairy products. It was also normal to eat meat, wasn’t it? How could I give up chicken or beef? And yet, my studying had raised questions I had trouble answering. Why did I choose to eat some animals while the thought of eating others horrified me? Was perceived intelligence of the animal the criteria I was basing my diet on? The more I learned, the more I realized I had to make a change.

Fortunately, nutritionists like Julieanna Hever and Ginny Messina were there to assure me I’d get everything I needed from a vegan diet and they were right. I’ve been vegan five years and have never had a problem with low protein or missing vitamins. The arthritis in my hands and feet has vanished and I’ve been able to turn my attention to other health problems previously treated with medication. This lifestyle also reconciles with my conscience and I know that, for me, there is no going back.

I have many things I consider ‘staples’ in my vegan lifestyle. A can of organic chili beans (I like Westbrae Organic Vegetarian Chili Beans) can be added to a bowl with couscous and steamed broccoli for a meal that’s faster (and healthier) than any so called ‘fast food’. Miso paste is so versatile and I use for many things besides miso soup. I’ve already posted my Spicy Mac recipe made with white miso paste.

One of my most useful items is not food, it’s a tofu press. I didn’t think I needed one when I first became vegan. I used two plates and heavy books to press tofu and then dealt with one side collapsing and the books crashing to the floor. Finally, I broke down and purchased a press. It isn’t fancy, it cost me less than $20.00, and is worth every penny. I highly recommend getting a press if tofu is a regular part of your diet. Slide the block in the middle, tighten the screws, and the tofu can be set aside with no danger to the floor. The press gets out more liquid than books and plates ever did; something you’ll prefer if you’re like me and like a chewy texture in salads and stir fries. Now that I have it, I don’t know what I ever did without it!

Tofu Press

Ouh! That tofu press sounds amazing! It might be in my next order! I hope you enjoyed Kate’s story, I find it very touching and encouragin. If you want to check out her writing and thoughts, you can check out the Renaissance Woman. If you are more interested in her recipe, check out The Vegan Wayfarer. Finally, you can also find her on Facebook.

If you feel like sharing your own vegan story, please contact me! I really love sharing these so keep them coming! Cheers!

Vegan Story Time, Amanda from The Shared Skillet

I feel so lucky to be contacted by such inspiring and positive vegans from all over! It’s really motivating to hear different stories and how this lifestyle choice has played an incredible part in so many people’s lives and growth. Incredible! If you want to participate in this series, contact me!

This week, I’m sharing with you Amanda’s story. If you haven’t stumbled upon her blog, The Shared Skillet, you just have to go there now! She has delicious recipes for soups, desserts, meat substitutions and more! It’s seriously yummy and making me hungry every time!


Without further ado, here is her story!

I became vegan because of food intolerances/allergies, and also other digestive issues in general. No matter what I tried I still had troubles. After doing research, I decided to change. What was a 2-week trial is now 3 ½ years… mostly vegan. I sleep better, and I have more energy. I have fewer digestion issues and if I do, I know what caused it. What was difficult was cooking food for my husband when I was first starting to change. One thing in particular I remember was I told him that if he wanted macaroni and cheese, he’d have to cook it because I couldn’t smell it. Now it doesn’t affect me. He was really supportive and still is. I still crave some things, but most times I have been able to find plant-based versions that satisfy what I want from a certain recipe.

One thing I had to learn was that I didn’t have to eat meals. Especially on busy days, just grabbing fruits, energy bars, nuts, and just snacking whenever I was hungry made busy days really easy to stick to a plant-based diet.

The fun part for me was using and “manipulating” food in a way I never knew I could. It’s been so much fun to experiment and to find new flavors and new combinations. Because of that, one thing I always have in my kitchen that I never had before and I now love is nutritional yeast. I’ve slowly grown to love it, and now it’s something that has become a pantry staple.

Another staple is that I always try to have ingredients ready to make a “Chickpea Salad/Sandwich”. It’s quick, it’s delicious, and one of my favorite lunches. Here’s one of the recipes I had found early on that I started with from The Simple Veganista . I’ll be posting on my blog a few versions that are my recipes, but since I don’t ever measure anything with this, I have to make sure it’s correct!

Thanks for letting me share!

My pleasure! Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your story! I have to agree with you on nutritional yeast: it’s the best.

If you want to catch the other stories or participate, jump in!

Vegan Story Time, Traci Lyn Hobson

It’s time for another vegan story! Thank you again if you have contacted me to be featured here. I really love reading your stories and recipes and sharing them. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to share your unique vegan story!

Today, I’m sharing a recipe from the amazing Traci Lyn Hobson. Traci is a freelance writer and vegan lifestyle coach based in Wilmington, NC. Traci’s passion is to educate other women about natural health and wellness, including the health, environmental, and karmic benefits of vegan living, and the importance of living a balanced, compassionate, connected life. When she’s not writing, teaching, or coaching, Traci can be found creating new and delish vegan dishes in her tiny kitchen, hanging out with her amazing fur babies, friends, and family, or communing with nature in the Port City.

She sent  me a deliciously gorgeous recipe for a cashew sour cream! Yum!


Here is her recipe:

I confess: I’m one of those vegans who used to say things like “I love cheese,” and “I don’t know how to live without dairy.” (Mexican food and baked potatoes without sour cream? No thanks.) Now? I am coming up on my five-year veganversary and can’t imagine ever contributing to the ugliness and exploitation of the dairy industry again – and I don’t have to! Sour cream is and always has been one of my favorite condiments. This vegan version made from cashews is absolutely divine. I always have some of it on hand – for nachos, tacos, and enchiladas, or to top chili, baked potatoes, or lentils…the possibilities are endless! Add this gem to your recipe arsenal and never yearn for dairy again.


  • 1 C soaked cashews

  • 1/2 C organic rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)

  • 2 T fresh organic lemon juice

  • 1/2 t raw apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 t garlic powder

  • 1/2 t onion powder

  • 1/4 t salt

  • 1/4 t ground white pepper


  1. Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy.

  2. Enjoy!

Here’s a bonus tip: lessen the amount of liquid for a thicker version to use as cream cheese – just add fresh herbs (I like chives and cilantro) once it is blended, and voila! Vegan cashew cream cheese. Or, add more liquid and omit the spices and lemon juice and add a touch of vanilla to make cashew creamer or milk. The possibilities are endless!

If you want more delicious recipes, tips, and tricks, follow her! She can be reached through her website, tracilynhobson.com, or found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tlhobson), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracihobson), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/tracihobson).
Come back next week for another vegan story! And if you missed last week’s, here it is! Until then, keep being so inspiring!