Almost Raw Vegan (ARV) Blog!

Colourful Salad w/Creamy Dressing

    I make our go-to-work (aka go-to-school) lunches every day and usually this ritual occurs at 5am and I don’t want to spend a lot of time (although I’m up at 4:30am and totally a morning person :-D) but I’m still always looking for... read more

Choosing a Blender

If you are really serious about blending, creating smoothies, creating raw ice creams, nut butters, soups, sauces and so much more – I believe it’s worth saving your pennies to invest in a high quality blender when choosing a blender. I have a way that you... read more

Blueberry Banana Citrus Smoothie

Blueberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared to 60 other fresh fruits & vegetables.  Try this Blueberry Banana Smoothie and reap all the benefits! There are several types of antioxidants and they are best sourced from fresh fruits and vegetables... read more

Kitchen Gadgets (I can’t live without!)

I’m often asked what kitchen gadgets are required for a plant-based almost raw vegan kitchen – and more specifically I am asked what do I recommend for an Almost Raw Vegan kitchen. Well, the best way to answer that question is to tell you what I personally... read more

Vegetable Stir-fry

I love stir-fry! It’s such an easy dinner to make, you can use whatever veggies you have on hand, add any legume, some cooked rice and any spices that you like. Serve with a salad and you have a delicious, filling, healthy, plant-based, whole foods dinner that... read more

Chili Stew

It’s been a little wet and cool these last few days (yup, it is June so not so normal for us!) so we wanted something a little stew-like, something that would warm your insides – and with that and a scan of the fridge this Chili Stew was created!  Inspired... read more


I love LOVE bruschetta as a treat every now and again. I say treat because there is a fair amount of olive oil, although you can make it with less oil but I must admit I love it and find it hard to have the “less oil” version – but that’s just... read more

Ruby Picante Smoothie

  A wonderful ruby red smoothie that is filled with immune boosting nutrients.  Not only is it high in dietary fibre, but it’s also very high in potassium as well as vitamins A & C. A good source of iron and calcium as well as high in magnesium and... read more

Easy Peasy Potato Salad

Ok, truth be known I have so many recipes I try that in my mind, are so easy peasy I often wonder if I should even bother to post them. But every time I do, I find you are all thirsty for the easies of recipes and they tend to be the most popular.  So here I go,... read more

Gazpacho Smoothie

I really love LOVE savoury smoothies, especially around lunch or dinner time.  They provide a different level of “comfort” for the tummy and satisfy in a different way than the fruit/green smoothies.  I’m sure you will love them as much as I do.... read more

Strawberry Dream Smoothie

We love LOVE strawberries! Combine them with avocado and banana and you get a wonderful creamy dreamy texture to your smoothie!  Yum!  This smoothie is high in potassium, dietary fiber plus a great source for Vitamins A & C and a good source of iron and calcium.... read more

Oven Roasted Vegetable Penne

I so love discovering new products and sharing them with my readers!! 😉  My latest find is from Maison Le Grand a husband and wife team located in Montreal area and they (as I have discovered) offer a wonderful product line of Pesto and Rosée Sauces.  The best part is... read more

Cashew Chewy Balls

I don’t know about you but I have a pretty active sweet tooth!  The problem is, if I have regular vegan baked goods it somehow triggers me and I eat everything in sight (ya, I have a bit of a problem that way ;-)) and then I feel awful afterwards, it lasts for a... read more

Four (4) Immune Boosting Smoothies

Whether you are fighting an illness, trying to recover from illness and/or looking to prevent illness you will want to keep your body’s immune system in top shape with these immune boosting smoothies. By increasing your consumption of fruits, vegetables and most... read more

Refreshing Greens Smoothie

I’m currently on a “green GREEN smoothie” kick  what that means is I’m using minimal fruit and mostly greens in my smoothies. I don’t know about you, but I feel sooooo much “cleaner” and “energized” when I enjoy... read more

Morning Boost Smoothie

Mmm Morning Boost Smoothie….and well, back after a week of vacation of sun and sand and back in the swing of things today. How I missed sharing with y’all Starting the week with an ever so green smoothie….Mmmmmmm, love my green smoothies. This one is... read more

Blueberry Oats & Almond Milk

Hubby’s favourite breaky that really hits the spot.  As a bonus, it’s low in sodium, high in calcium and dietary fiber, a good source for iron thanks to the pumpkin seeds and also high in Vitamins C and E. Not to mention it provides plenty of protein.... read more

Mango Kale Smoothie

Yup, I ♡♡ Mangos and I ♡♡ Kale!!  Put it together and I’m definitely feeling the ♡♡♡♡ Nutritionally this smoothie offers high dietary fiber and high potassium.  As well it’s very very high in vitamin A and C as well it’s a good source for vitamin B6,... read more

Cleansing Green Smoothie

This Cleansing Green Smoothie is one of my fav’s! I do love greeny green smoothies and have many green smoothie recipes that I’m sure you will love. Green Smoothies (vs. fruit based smoothies) will leave you feeling MORE clean, energized & vibrant.... read more

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