Morning Pina Colada Smoothie

Pineapple and coconuts go together like peaches and cream. Easily one of my favorite flavor combinations. The frozen bananas add a beautiful creaminess to this delicious smoothie.

I haven’t seen or been on a beach in years, so if you’re like me, this smoothie will remind you of lounging on the beach, toes in the sand, waves crashing…even if it’s still snowing outside (geez, it’s April)! When was the last time you were on a beach?

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Morning Pina Colada Smoothie
Serves 2
1 1/2 Cup frozen Pineapple, diced
1 small frozen Banana, sliced
1/2 Cup Coconut Cream (or use Coconut Milk if you want to keep the calories down – you will lose a little bit of that coconut intensity – still delicious, though!)
1/2 Cup Coconut Water
Shaved Unsweetened Coconut, to garnish
Hemp hearts, to garnish

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve in a bowl or a tall glass. Garnish with shaved Coconut and Hemp hearts.

Limoncello Iced Tea with Lemon Ice Cubes

Hot afternoons out on the patio are within reach, so it’s time to add some bright, happy cocktails back into your roster.  This refreshing cocktail would be great on a warm, Summer day served in a large pitcher to be shared amongst friends!

Limoncello Iced Tea with Lemon Ice Cubes
Serves 4
4 Tea Bags (I used Lemon Green Tea, but Regukar Orange Pekoe would work)
1L Water
2 Lemons (1 sliced, 1 for rinds)
3/4 Cup Limoncello
1/4 Cup Simple Syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup organic cane sugar, boiled and cooled) – Optional for additional sweetness

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For the Iced Tea
In a large pot, bring 1L of water with 1/2 sliced lemon to a boil. In a large shatterproof container, add the tea bags and pour in the hot water. Let steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, (if you’re going for additional sweetness, pour in simple syrup at this point) stir and set aside in fridge to cool.

For the Ice Cubes
Taking the rind from one lemon, add to an ice cube tray and freeze.

To prepare the drink, add the tray of the lemon ice cubes and the remainder of Lemon slices to a large pitcher. Add Limoncello. Pour in the Iced Tea and fill to the top. Stir with a wooden spoon. Serve in a large, tall glass with a lemon slice as garnish (make sure each glass gets plenty of ice). Enjoy!

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45 Minute Vegan Lox

It really is amazing the flavors that you can emulate using only plants. Most of the vegan lox recipes I’ve seen require you to marinate the carrots overnight (Which I am far too impatient for!). I’ve come up with this recipe so that you can have this dish on your table to devour in less than 45 minutes. The texture of the carrots and the flavor from the dulse makes it hard to believe that this meal is vegan. Try it and I can guarantee you that you will amaze your guests!

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45 Minute Vegan Lox

Serves 4
1 Bundle of Carrots
2 cups Water
2 tbsp Soy or Tamari
2 tsp Liquid Smoke
2 tbsp White Rice Vinegar
1 Large Handful of Dulse (or 3 Nori Sheets if you can’t find Dulse)
Bagels
Vegan Cream Cheese
Red Onions, finely sliced
Dill
Capers
Grapeseed oil for roasting

Preheat oven to 375. Place the (unskinned) carrots on a roasting tray, lightly cover carrots with grapeseed oil. Bake for 30 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking. Make sure to keep checking your carrots – you want them cooked, but not mushy or too soft that you can’t slice them. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, using a vegetable peeler, cut the carrots into thin slices and place in a container for marinating.

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For the marinade, boil the water, white rice vinegar and the dulse. Bring to a rolling boil and remove from heat. Add the soy sauce and liquid smoke. Strain the marinade in order to remove the seaweed. While mixture is still warm, pour over carrots. Place the carrots in the fridge to cool.

Garnish toasted bagels with cream cheese, vegan lox, sliced red onions, dill and capers. Serve and enjoy.

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Do try this one and please leave your comments – this recipe is a winner!

Grayson’s Spring Picks

Because every little boy likes to look dapper, Grayson would like to share his picks for this Spring with his fellow little gentlemen out there.

 

(Clockwise from top left) Converse Allstar, $39.99 CAD| Rain Boots, $24 CAD |Reversible Quilted Vest, $25.00 CAD |Oslo the Otter Long Sleeve, $32 CAD | Pocket Henley, $9 CAD |Jersey-Lined Raincoat, $38 CAD |Cotton Beanie $16.99 CAD |Joggers $19.99 CAD |Cotton Hooded Sweatshirt, $14.99 CAD | Patagonia Reversible Jacket, $89 CAD