23 March 2011

Daiya Vegan Cheese

Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds are making the impossible, possible. Now everyone can enjoy a bowl of comforting mac & cheese, a crispy grill cheese, or a plate of yummy nachos.

Daiya is a deliciously dairy free vegan product that has an irresistible melt, stretch and taste. Daiya is a healthy alternative that you and family can enjoy in any of your favorite meals and recipes at home.

Stretching your options for a healthier lifestyle!

Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds are made entirely from plant-based ingredients and are:

  • Cholesterol free
  • Trans Fat free
  • Dairy free
  • Free of all animal products (Vegan)
  • Free of common allergens including:
  • Dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts (excluding coconut)
  • Kosher

The full list of ingredients are as follows:

Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavours, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor), annatto.

Kale & Tempeh Cheesy Potatoes
Peanut Free Dairy Free (including lactose and casein) Vegan

Potatoes au Gratin with Kale and Tempeh Bacon

Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 60 mins

1 head cauliflower
1/2 c tofu
1/4 c basil
1/2 t dried parsley
1 1/2 t salt
2 T soy milk
5 strips tempeh bacon, pan fried and chopped into med pieces
7 medium russet potatoes, very thinly sliced
2 cups chopped kale
1 c Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds

In a food processor, combine cauliflower, tofu, basil, parsley, salt and soy milk. Blend until thick and smooth, but still a little chunky.

Spread 1/3 of the cauliflower sauce on the bottom of a greased 9 inch baking dish. Put two layers of potatoes on top of sauce. On top of potatoes place 1/3 sauce. Sprinkle 1/2 tempeh bacon on top along with 1/2 of the cheese. Layer kale on top.

Dollop the remaining sauce on top, cover with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle on the remainder of the bacon. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 50 minutes. Uncover and cook until browned on top.


09 March 2011

Bird friendly coffee

Did you know that your cup of coffee could play an important part in the survival of the songbirds in your backyard? Many of the birds that frequent our backyards in summer, fly to southern parts of Mexico, Central and South America during our winter.

With rapidly declining numbers of songbirds each year it is important to look at ways in which we can contribute to help preserve their natural habitat here and in their wintering grounds. Migrating songbirds cover thousands of miles each year. It is a long and dangerous journey for them. Skyscrapers, cell and communication towers, wind turbines along migratory routes are some of the real dangers that they must overcome. When they arrive at their destination they must also deal with the resulting loss of habitat and needed food sources that is occurring in Central and South America.

It is estimated that one pound of coffee a month that is grown organically and under a diverse shade canopy preserves approximately 1700 square feet of forest-like wintering habitat for migratory songbirds and other wildlife. For a really good cup of coffee, choose coffee beans that are shade and organically grown and fair trade certified. For more information on shade grown coffee see Silence of the Songbirds by Bridget Stutchbury and Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/coffee/

01 March 2011

Spring is in the air

Its starting to feel like spring and although we are bound to end up with some more snow you can still get a head start on the season by starting your seeds now and if that seems like a bit to much work or you are short on space keep an eye out for seedling that will be arriving at the store in months to come.

We have Urban Harvest Seeds, which are 100% certified organic. With lots of choices including carrots, beans, peas, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, Beets, cucumbers, kale, herbs, flowers and much much more come in and check them out.