Saturday, December 28, 2013

THREE BEAN SALAD

I absolutely love beans! This is a great recipe that I found online and tweaked to my liking. If you love bean salad this just might be the best you will ever have! The colours of this salad are perfect for the Christmas holiday season or perhaps New Years dinner. It is a great side dish or appetizer and is best served chilled.

BONUS-- It is super easy to make :)

INGREDIENTS
Salad:
- 15oz can chickpeas
- 15oz can kidney beans
- 15oz can green beans
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 4 green onions, chopped
Dressing: 
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard, ground
- 1/4 tsp onion powder 
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
- sesame seeds (optional)

PREPARATION 
1. Rinse and mix beans in a bowl, add in onion and celery.
2. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl (not sesame seeds). 
3. Combine beans with dressing and mix. 
4. Top with sesame seeds. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

FOREVERGREEN BACHELORETTE BASH!

A HUGE THANKS GOES TO MY POOKIES SUZANNA AND GLORIA FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THE PERFECT BACHELORETTE PARTY!!! YOU GIRLS MADE ALL OF MY WORRIES FADE AWAY WITH DRINKS, INCREDIBLE VEGAN FOOD, FITNESS, MORE VEGAN FOOD, MORE DRINKS AND LOADS OF DANCING! THANK YOU!!!! 

Thank you to my wonderful sister Christiane who helped out as much as she could while studying for her board exams, thank you for all of your help. Thank you Emma, my beautiful cousin, who worked some magic and glammed me up for the big night out. Thank you Soraiya for always being there for me and helping me get ready for my bridal shower and bachelorette day, also thank you for escorting me on both big days :) 

To all of my friends who came out in such a big snow storm, THANK YOU, it means the world to me. 

 
CHEERS TO THE BESTEST FRIENDS
IN THE WORLD!
 FOREVERGREEN VEGAN BUFFET
 CANNOT DESCRIBE THE DELICIOUSNESS!
 TRUFFLES - Dates, cacao and other good S**T!
 Cucumber topped with cashew cream,
 roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes.
 SUSHI STUFFED WITH HEAVEN!!!
 :P
 PUNCH BOWL 
 Cucumber,  mint and some naughty stuff :P
 LOADS OF VEGGIES, HUMMUS, BEAN DIP, 
CAULIFLOWER POPCORN, & KALE CHIPS
 AERIAL FITNESS FUN
 ME CONQUERING SOME FEARS :P

After games, food, drinks and fitness and more drinks, we went to an incredible vegan restaurant in downtown Toronto called Grasslands. The food was phenomenal! Here are a few pics of the deliciousness we nom nomed. I have added a link to the Grasslands restaurant on my blog, but for your convenience--- Grasslands Restaurant



 This was my dish ^ and it was INCREDIBLE!!!

REUNITED AT BIER MARKT 
CHUGGING SOME VEGAN BEERS 
WITH LOADS OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY :P
GRATEFUL

MY VERY OWN BRIDAL SHOWER


November 10th 2013, what an amazing day! I am so grateful to have had such a beautiful bridal shower with my family and friends. It was perfect. I would like to thank my Aunt Elinor and cousin Kate for hosting such a wonderful day. It means the world to me that you hosted a vegan shower in my name, thank you. I must add that the food was incredible and everyone loved it and asked for the recipes afterwards. Delicious!

I am the only vegan in my Italian, Irish, Polish and French family and it was a big shock to my family, my fiances family and some of my friends. Having said that, I have such amazing family and friends who embrace me for who I am and have chosen to accept all of me, even my differences. I have been told by some family and friends that I have inspired them to stop buying products that are tested on animals and many have started doing their own research on the vegan lifestyle. I am grateful. At the end of the day my mission is not to change anyone. To each their own, but I know that I would have been grateful to have walked along this path many years ago so I want to give others the same opportunity that I had over a year ago, to become educated on the vegan lifestyle and see all of the love it brings to one's health, the environment and the loving creatures of this earth.

 Delicious and nutritious vegan dishes made
 by my loving Aunt Elinor and cousin Kate.
Mouth watering, decadent desserts. YUM! 
Chocolate & vanilla cake, so moist and delish!
TOO CUTE!
Thank you to all of my family and friends who came out to my bridal shower and showered me with love and generous gifts. Thank you!  

***ONE WEEK TODAY*** :D