As you may have noticed Cooking For a Vegan Lover is taking on a number of changes; the appearance and features are slowing being updated and are in stage one of this process.  However the most notable change that has occurred is the name change to Cook. Vegan. Lover.

My blog started out as a blog to document my experiences in the kitchen cooking for my vegan lover, my now husband. When we started dating I was a vegetarian and had been for many years.  I did practice a vegan diet for a few months in high school but was not responsible or healthy in my approach so I went back to a vegetarian diet.  When my husband and I got together I was in University still and money was tight; we also lived in New Brunswick where vegan options were limited so I cooked we cooked everything at home.  This is where the name Cooking For a Vegan Lover came from- I cooked for my vegan lover.  After about 2 months of dating I noticed how little I ate dairy, eggs, honey and products that included these as ingredients and finally decided a month later that I would take on a vegan diet myself.

For the next two years – can you believe I have been blogging since 2006?- I wrote mainly about what I cooked so Cooking For  a Vegan Lover was still fitting.  In the last 6 months my blog has evolved into a site that features vegan and eco friendly products, lifestyle posts, recipe post and more recently nutrition & wellness posts.  The last addition to this blog is a result of my decision to go back to school to become a certified holistic health counselor. With all these changes it only seemed appropriate to update the blog title to Cook. Vegan. Lover., however for now the URL will stay for now (I hope to be able to change this in the future as well). After reading this post the husband has created a domain for but don’t worry still works!

Cook. Vegan. Lover. embodies what this blog is all about:

Cook: recipes, experiences in the kitchen, what I am eating

Vegan: products, lifestyle, travel, tips

Lover: this one isn’t just about my Hubz although he is included but it also is about loving life, yourself, and others. To love others you have to love yourself and part of this is being healthy, so this is where the healthy lifestyle and wellness comes in.

As part of my blog transformation I took a poll to see what readers would like to see more of.  The top three items were: recipes, tips for health & well being, and summary of my days. I am in the process of incorporating more of this into my blog.  The transformation in process and I hope to be into a more consistent routine by July.  You can look forward to seeing more post throughout the day, new recipes and frequent nutrition and health posts.  I will still have posts that include products, lifestyle and travel as well.

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog and for all your feed back on what you’d like to see more of. Please stay tuned for more improvements over the next few months.

hi ho hi ho it’s off to work I go

This morning hubby and I headed out to the farmers market but were pretty unsuccessful; we came home with some ruby chard and onions, oh well.  We did however enjoy a steamed red bean bun and a steamed vegetable dumpling with happy hot sauce.

I unfortunately will be spending most of my day working at a country music concert for work – which I am not overly thrilled about doing but oh well it’s part of the job.  After I am done though we are meeting up with our friends for a drink which gives me something to look forward to.  Since we will be basically gone the entire afternoon/evening we are packing up some dinner to save money and eat healthier. Plus we went out to Sarducci’s for dinner last night and had the most delicious dinner which I did not photograph because it was a camera/cellphone/computer/TV free evening.

So for lunch I made some delicious tofurky veggie bagel sandwiches and served up with falafel chips, salsa and a banana. I whipped out a few new gadgets that Microplane USA sent me to help in getting my veggies ready for the sandwich.

I used the straight blade peeler for my carrot and then I used the shredder face of the box grater to well….shred it. I also used the slicer face of the box grater to make thin slices of cucumber for the sandwich.  I thought the peeler did a great job and it was easy and comfortable to hold.  I also loved this box grater because it has a really great handle on the top (which I didn’t get a good shot of) but it makes it so much easier to hold than other ones that I have used.  I thought that the shredder face worked really well but I think I’ll stick to my mandolin for slicing.

As I said above our lunch also includes some falafel chips from Flamous Brands which are honestly my new favorite thing and I need to make some hummus to go with these chips. These  chips are vegan, gluten free, organic and non-GMO.  They are also super tasty and come in regular and spicy- of course loving the spice hubz and I opened the spicy first and they are delicious.

Q: Do you have days/nights/mornings when you turn off all your electronics? If you have never tried this or think that you can’t live without your phone I recommend that you give it a chance even for an hour or two.  It is really freeing and gives you time to just relax and slow down.