Spring Salad with Lemon Chive Vinaigrette


Sometimes all I crave in a huge salad filled with delicious greens, crunchy vegetables and a simple vinaigrette. This is especially so after a long winter filled with heartier meals of chili, stew and lots of carb-centric pasta dishes. As much as I love a good bowl of pasta, the warmer weather has me craving lighter fare. In early spring, radishes and chives are at their best. Asparagus is also a spring-time favourite. In celebration of spring, I decided to combine all of my favourite spring veggies into one heaping meal-sized salad. To keep things fresh and light, I opted…

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Double Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites


Although I eat a lot whole grains, vegetables and legumes throughout the day, I have a bad habit of having something sweet after both lunch and dinner. It’s a habit that I’m trying to break, as I know sweet treats should be…well…treats! They should not be a twice-a-day sort of thing. Nor should they be full of processed sugar and oil. But I’m such a sucker for my mom’s vegan chocolate raspberry shortbread bars. *drools* As of late, I’ve been trying out different “treat” recipes that are made with natural sugars (mainly pure maple) and filled with both protein and fibre….

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Carrots and Cake Talks Vegan Nutrition


In my last post, I introduced you to a good friend of mine – Nita Sharda – Registered Dietitian and blogger at Carrots and Cake. Last week, Nita was kind enough to share her recipe for Indian Spiced Briyani with Tofu with The Fig Tree readers. Today, Nita will be sharing one of a number of posts related to nutrition and the vegan diet. I am so excited to have such a knowledgeable (and incredibly lovely) lady sharing important vegan health & wellness tips on The Fig Tree. When I first became vegan, I felt a little lost. I wasn’t sure…

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