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Phil and I really enjoyed hearing Dr. Williams speak at this event in Barrie last week. He is very inspiring!
07/14/2019

Phil and I really enjoyed hearing Dr. Williams speak at this event in Barrie last week. He is very inspiring!

Recently, we hosted Dr. Shane Williams, a cardiologist who has a wonderful wellness Clinic north of us in Bracebridge Ontario. Dr. Williams discussed how profound subtle changes in your diet switching to more plant-based foods can dramatically improve heart health, and the health of the entire body!

Dr. Williams hosts regular 'lunch and learns' at his clinic and supports a plant-based lifestyle.

We are honoured to have hosted Dr. Williams here at Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet last week and look forward to another seminar sometime soon!
@williamscardiology

#plantbased #plantbasedliving #hearthealth #simcoecountyliving #northoftoronto #healthyeating #highvibefood

So exciting!!!  See you tomorrow at VegFest in Port Elgin!  My demo starts at 11:45.  Seasonal salads.
07/12/2019

So exciting!!! See you tomorrow at VegFest in Port Elgin! My demo starts at 11:45. Seasonal salads.

Booths are ready, tables are set, & chairs are placed ... only 1 day left until the first ever @greybrucevegfest with headliner @jamesaspey taking the stage @ 4:15 p.m. !

This is getting really exciting!!!!

#greybrucevegfest #greybruce #saugeenshores #vegan #july2019 #sustainableliving #compassionateproducts #plantbasediet #veganlifestyle #veganiseasy #vegancommunity #veganeverything #veganvendors #guestspeaker #kidszone #plantpowered #cleaneating #healthyliving #vegansofig

07/10/2019

Grey Bruce Veg Fest! Coming up fast. Come check it out on Saturday, July 13th!!

For those you who come to our Veg Club, we have our final gathering before we pass the reigns over to the next generatio...
06/21/2019

For those you who come to our Veg Club, we have our final gathering before we pass the reigns over to the next generation, so let me know if you want to join us for this yummy evening! RSVP required for this event so I know how much pizza stuff to prep!

The last Our Healthy Plate potluck before summer is coming up soon! We will gather at Alison & Phil's on Wednesday, June 26th. Wood fired pizzas on us, and you bring salads and desserts. BYOB and lawn chair. This will be our retirement party from the club, as we turn the reigns over to Mattea Werle going forward. We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP required at [email protected]

This will be a great evening; we have heard Dr. Williams speak and he is entertaining and informative.
06/13/2019

This will be a great evening; we have heard Dr. Williams speak and he is entertaining and informative.

For those of you in the Barrie area! Dr. Williams will be a guest speaker at Vidya's on Wednesday July 3rd at 7:00pm. Learn the benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet! Get your tickets today before they sell out!! #dinnerwiththedoctor

06/12/2019
Nation Rising

THIS!!!

🇨🇦 Watch Nathaniel Erskine-Smith present our petition (e-2071) to the House of Commons! 🇨🇦

👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
Want to help our campaign to shift subsidies away from animal agriculture towards healthy, plant-based foods?

Join our mass lobbying campaign and be there in Ottawa on June 15th!!
(Links in comments)

Well done, Canada!!!
06/12/2019
Canada Bans Whale and Dolphin Captivity

Well done, Canada!!!

Newly signed Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act makes it illegal to confine and breed whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans, and protects those currently in captivity from being used for entertainment.

The summer is a great time to tour around the province and take in Veg fests!  Our own in Grey Bruce is July 13th in Por...
06/06/2019

The summer is a great time to tour around the province and take in Veg fests! Our own in Grey Bruce is July 13th in Port Elgin, and here is another one in Muskoka.

Dr. Williams will be speaking at the Muskoka Veg Fest on August 10! Come enjoy plant-based food, entertainment and shop cruelty-free products from conscious businesses.

http://muskokavegfest.com

Some of the yummy food from the last 24 hours in Matera, Italy.
05/25/2019

Some of the yummy food from the last 24 hours in Matera, Italy.

Look what I found today in Alberobello!
05/13/2019

Look what I found today in Alberobello!

Some of the beautiful food I have been enjoying in Puglia, Italy!
05/13/2019

Some of the beautiful food I have been enjoying in Puglia, Italy!

05/01/2019

Many thanks to everyone who came to the spring cooking classes. I look forward to cooking with you in the fall!

More pics of tonight’s class. Aren’t you sorry you didn’t come?!
04/30/2019

More pics of tonight’s class. Aren’t you sorry you didn’t come?!

A wonderful group to finish off my spring cooking classes!  Great work by everyone tonight, sampling recipes from the Bu...
04/30/2019
8 new photos added to shared album

A wonderful group to finish off my spring cooking classes! Great work by everyone tonight, sampling recipes from the Bunner's cookbook. Thanks to everyone who came out over the last few weeks to learn new recipes and share their love of food. It has been delicious and I look forward to seeing you back in the kitchen in the fall.

Bunner’s class tomorrow!! Here is one of the recipes we’ll be making: French toast cupcakes with maple buttercream f...
04/28/2019

Bunner’s class tomorrow!! Here is one of the recipes we’ll be making: French toast cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting. All recipes are vegan and gluten free.

If you are gluten free, you know how hard it is to make certain desserts. Here is the Bunner’s sweet pastry, filled wi...
04/25/2019

If you are gluten free, you know how hard it is to make certain desserts. Here is the Bunner’s sweet pastry, filled with vegan lemon curd. It tastes as good as it looks! Want to learn how to make this, and other gf vegan treats? Join us on April 29 for the Bunner’s class. See alimentary.org for details and to register.

Last class of the spring session: baking from the Bunner’s cookbook. Bunner’s is a great vegan, gluten free bakery i...
04/24/2019

Last class of the spring session: baking from the Bunner’s cookbook. Bunner’s is a great vegan, gluten free bakery in Toronto and in this book they share all their best recipes. Lucky us! A few spots are still available if you want to join us for a sweet night April 29, 6:30 - 9:30. Details and registration form at alimentary.org

Wow, you lucky ducks: the same generous woman who gave away a free spot to last week's class is doing it again for the M...
04/14/2019

Wow, you lucky ducks: the same generous woman who gave away a free spot to last week's class is doing it again for the Minimalist Baker class tomorrow. Minimalist Baker is a cookbook we will be sampling - recipes of 10 ingredients or less, delicious flavours and of course, all plant based. We will be doing savoury dishes - a soup, salad, hummus, and several mains. The donor would like the spot to go to someone who normally could not afford to come. PM me if you are interested. A $75 gift. I will get back to you later tonight.

Dairy free? No problem! Look at all this deliciousness we made in class last night!
04/09/2019

Dairy free? No problem! Look at all this deliciousness we made in class last night!

Another yummy Minimalist Baker recipe: burrito bowls. To make this and other deliciousness, you need to come to class on...
04/09/2019

Another yummy Minimalist Baker recipe: burrito bowls. To make this and other deliciousness, you need to come to class on April 15th. For the full menu and to register, go to alimentary.org

Next up: our April 15th class features recipes from the Minimalist Baker cookbook. We will be doing a selection of dishe...
04/09/2019

Next up: our April 15th class features recipes from the Minimalist Baker cookbook. We will be doing a selection of dishes by Dana Shultz, a food blogger devoted to simple cooking. Her recipes are dependable, simple and delicious. I will post a few pics this week so you can see how delicious they are. Join us!

04/08/2019

Thanks everyone! The spot is filled for tonight’s class. More spots available if you want to jump in, just not the free one!

04/08/2019

Hello Peeps! Does anyone want to come to a cooking class at 6:30 tonight? Someone can't come and wants me to give away her spot for FREE! That is a $75 savings. Lots of fun, cooking, food sampling and learning about how to sub out dairy for plant based alternatives. First person who claims it can come tonight!

A worthwhile read.
04/06/2019
Why You Should Say No to the Keto Diet

A worthwhile read.

The keto diet has swept the country with promises of diabetes reversal and weight loss. Anyone flirting with the idea of adopting a keto diet, read on.

Dairy replacement class coming up on Monday!  Life changing!  Who's in?
04/05/2019

Dairy replacement class coming up on Monday! Life changing! Who's in?

One of the delicious things we’ll be making in Monday’s class on dairy replacements. Who doesn’t love loaded nacho...
04/03/2019

One of the delicious things we’ll be making in Monday’s class on dairy replacements. Who doesn’t love loaded nachos and now you can have them guilt free! Join us!

Last night’s class on meat replacements. Great job by everyone and a yummy feast at the end. Who wants to join us for ...
04/02/2019

Last night’s class on meat replacements. Great job by everyone and a yummy feast at the end.
Who wants to join us for dairy substitutions next Monday, April 8?
Cheese sauce, creamed soup, alfredo sauce, pumpkin pie, creme anglaise....mm-mmmm!

I am excited to be back in the kitchen tomorrow night to teach the meat replacement class. So many yummy options! This w...
04/01/2019

I am excited to be back in the kitchen tomorrow night to teach the meat replacement class. So many yummy options!
This was my dinner tonight, with a favourite protein source, legumes. Pigeon peas are common in Trinidadian cooking and they are delicious and nutritious. In one cup there is a whopping 44.5 g of protein, 30.8 g of fibre, and lots of iron, calcium, B-6 and magnesium.

This is very sobering.
03/30/2019

This is very sobering.

Those of you who know our story know that we looked healthy on the outside...we were pretty lean (we’ll Adam was, shush was pregnant), we were energetic athletes and new proud parents.

But you’d also know that over 9 years ago we quickly found out that was not the exactly the case.

Adam had heart disease💔, and there were no clear outward signs. We found out by accident after he was sent home from dismissed chest pains when he was only 36 years old.

What we (as a nation) don’t realize is that children who eat the Standard American Diet are already starting to develop heart disease as of the age of 10. And it doesn’t get better from there.

So if you or your partner is a “meat and potatoes” kinda person you should think twice - think twice.

Protect your lives together and make a change like we did. It was not easy, but life has been a lot better and we are grateful to each other for our hard work.

Want to know more? Check out the full episode 👂of The Plant Trainers Podcast with Williams Cardiology & Wellness Medical Centre W. Shane Williams that inspired this quote by ☝️ clicking the link below, on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher or planttrainers.com/296.

If you like what you hear, don't forget to subscribe and share with a friend.

Vegan Mongolian beef??? Learn how to make this delicious plant based version of a classic dish on April 1st in our class...
03/28/2019

Vegan Mongolian beef??? Learn how to make this delicious plant based version of a classic dish on April 1st in our class about meat substitutes. Can you guess what the “beef” is in this dish?

Jerk tofu And Caribbean rice and beans - 2 of the yummy meat alternatives you will learn about (and sample!) on Monday n...
03/28/2019

Jerk tofu And Caribbean rice and beans - 2 of the yummy meat alternatives you will learn about (and sample!) on Monday night. Register now so you don’t miss out! Alimentary.org

April 1st & 8th are my foundational classes on how to transition to a plant based diet, or how to navigate the new Canad...
03/25/2019

April 1st & 8th are my foundational classes on how to transition to a plant based diet, or how to navigate the new Canada Food guidelines. In the first class I will show you how to swap out plant based foods for meat, and in the 2nd class you will learn about dairy substitutions. Both classes will show you that it is easy to veganize your favourite foods and enjoy delicious meals without harming your health. For more details or to register, check out alimentary.org. This class is suitable for those who want to lessen their meat and dairy intake a little, a lot or completely. All are welcome to come and learn!

This is such a great article!  It demonstrates that eating a plant based diet can be very economical.  People often try ...
03/23/2019
How I Ate Plant-Based On a $5/Day Budget | Forks Over Knives

This is such a great article! It demonstrates that eating a plant based diet can be very economical. People often try to say that it is too expensive but what is really expensive is buying processed and prepared foods vs. cooking from scratch. In addition, processed food is not as healthy as what this woman made for herself, on a very small budget. An interesting read!

Eating cheap and eating well are two benefits of plant-based diets people often overlook. See how possible it is to eat extremely well on $5 a day here.

03/22/2019

Last day to register for Soups & Salads class March 25th! Details on alimentary.org

I enjoyed some hearty green split pea soup today for lunch. This is one of the delicious soups we’ll be making on Mond...
03/21/2019

I enjoyed some hearty green split pea soup today for lunch. This is one of the delicious soups we’ll be making on Monday in the Soups & Salads class. Friday is the last day to register for this class! Sign up today at Alimentary.org

People often say they don’t have time to cook from scratch. Here is a time saving idea. Make one big batch of somethin...
03/20/2019

People often say they don’t have time to cook from scratch. Here is a time saving idea. Make one big batch of something and then use it to make several different meals. Most of the work is done the first time and then you change it up to kept things interesting. Here I made a baked ratatouille and served it over pasta for dinner #1. You could also serve it over rice or polenta.
For dinner #2 we made pizza dough and used the ratatouille as the topping. Delicious again! All we added was some sautéed mushrooms and vegan cheese. Add a salad and that was a really quick dinner prep.
For dinner #3 I puréed the remaining ratatouille in the blender with a bit of veg stock and some tomato juice and served it as a pasta sauce. Full of flavour and different again. Three meals, 3 different ways to enjoy a good base recipe and all quick and easy.

Soup and Salad class is a week from tomorrow! Still a few spots available. Sign up on alimentary.org today!
03/18/2019
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Soup and Salad class is a week from tomorrow! Still a few spots available. Sign up on alimentary.org today!

Alimentary Brings You Spring Cooking Classes Learn More Below

03/16/2019

Check out my new website for details on spring classes! alimentary.org

03/12/2019

I am super excited to announce my first ever website! Thanks to Tracey Ellis, my clever friend, for setting me up! All the spring class details can be found there, as well as the registration form to sign up.
Please check it out at alimentary.org

The first class in the spring series is Soups & Salads on March 25th. It is great to have a solid repertoire of quick an...
03/12/2019

The first class in the spring series is Soups & Salads on March 25th. It is great to have a solid repertoire of quick and delicious soups to turn to, as they can be either a lunch or a dinner choice.
Split pea soup, miso, lentil, Leek potato and kale, French onion, Smoky tomato basil with cashew cream, chickpea veg with sweet potato.
Salads will include Greek, coleslaw, Syrian beet, simple spinach, pesto potato, quinoa tabouli, Asian noodle.
Register soon to secure your spot!

Last Sunday at the Optimistic View, Tracey and I made Mushroom Risotto in the Instant Pot. What I love about risotto is ...
03/11/2019

Last Sunday at the Optimistic View, Tracey and I made Mushroom Risotto in the Instant Pot. What I love about risotto is that it is very versatile. You can take a basic recipe and play with the vegetables you add to it. This weekend I did a bit of a fridge clear out and made a new to me version: sweet peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli and spinach. It was delicious. What is your favourite way to flavour this comfort food?

Teaser: this is one of the yummy dishes we will be making in our April 15th class featuring Minimalist Baker recipes. Th...
03/10/2019

Teaser: this is one of the yummy dishes we will be making in our April 15th class featuring Minimalist Baker recipes. Thai Quinoa Meatballs served on steamed carrot ribbons with home made peanut sauce. Oh my!!!! So good!! Dana Schultz is a popular food blogger and this is her first cookbook. You won’t be disappointed!

Classes start st the end of this month! Hope to see you in the kitchen soon!
03/08/2019

Classes start st the end of this month! Hope to see you in the kitchen soon!

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