We are a week into the New Year, and many of us have made the inevitable resolution to get fit, and eat healthier. Believe me, I am on that train too. It is great to have a goal of watching your health, but try not to be too strict with yourself and allow yourself an occasional cheat day with your favourite guilty pleasure. Here are some of my plantbased pleasures to add to your indulgences for 2017!
If you are feeling especially naughty, Meet on Main is a haven for comfort food. With an awesome menu, it has everything from creamy mac’n’cheese, bountiful burgers, and an amazing list of fries. Russet potatoes are hand-cut in house, deep-fried and served with a variety of house-made sauces. Some of the popular combinations are chili cheese fries, “hocus-pocus” –a combination of fries and onion rings with chipotle mayo and cashew gravy, and “not-cho average” nacho fries.
Commercial Drive’s vegan grocery store and eatery is a hot spot for wholesome, organic foods. The menu has a mix of raw and cooked dishes, and an even more divine assortment of desserts. They include baked pies, gluten-free cookies, lemon bars, and fudge. Some of their desserts are raw, sweetened with dates, Stevia, coconut sugar, and maple syrup. As seasonal products come and go, be sure to check out their seasonal desserts such as nectarine pie, pumpkin pie, and peppermint patties.
With an extensive amount of online reviews, it is no wonder Deserts Restaurant is a fan favourite on The Drive. The family-owned restaurant use homemade, fresh falafel in their pitas and wraps, which are loved by many. The bonus? The portion sizes are very generous at an affordable price. Whenever your craving for a hearty Mediterranean meal arises, Deserts will become your new go-to eatery.
Who would have thought that the Canadian-renowned poutine could be reimagined as plantbased? At the Wallflower, they make two types of poutine – traditional, and vegan lifestyle friendly. While it may not be the most visually appetizing dish on the menu, the plantbased poutine with mushroom gravy, dairy-free cheese, and marinated tofu, is so worthy of a try. Definitely a delicious take on Montreal’s own for poutine connoisseurs to savour.
Lebanese restaurant Nuba has a balanced menu for with locally-grown ingredients and products. However, the star of the show has to be the chocolate quinoa cake. NorQuin quinoa is the key ingredient, a Canadian farming company that grows quinoa with no GMOs in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The cake is finished with a caramel sauce, and a side of Earnest cardamom ice cream for a rich dessert that makes the taste buds dance.
Living a healthier lifestyle requires finding the right balance but that does not mean depriving yourself of deliciousness, so treat yourself for every victory with an occasional guilty pleasure.