I really like Lamb's Quarter, maybe cause it's a bit of an underdog on this side of the world. It is considered a weed in Canada and the US, which is crazy as it's highly nutritious, grows everywhere and tastes like spinach. Plus apparently you can eat the seeds like quinoa... which I haven't tried yet. Check this out, in just one cup 46% DV calcium, 5.8g protein!!! Plus lots of other minerals and vitamins. I just planted some on my patio. Now these percentages are based on steaming the greens, and I suspect that's where you're getting the high percentage of calcium. Similar to spinach the calcium content increases after lightly cooking (thanks for the tip Mom). Don't weed and trash, weed and eat!

Photo Cred Lisa Ontario summer produce is in full swing and are salads amazing right now. My go-to dressing is usually olive oil, ACV and unpasteurized honey, simple and delicious. Last night one of my favs was coming for dinner so I decided to spice it up a touch and was very please with this combo: Chili Lime Dressing 3 tbs fresh lime juice OR lemon 1 tbs unpasteurized honey 1/2 tsp crushed chilies 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbs+ finely chopped cilantro 1/3 cup organic, cold-pressed olive oil Enjoy over any salad combo, especially good with fresh, cut from the cob, corn, tomatoes and greens!

Photo Cred Lisa Some cooked recipes scream at you to be brought to life. My GF sent over this Nutty Strawberry Banana Quinoa, which was super yum cooked but could be easily raw by sprouting the quinoa rather than cooking it. Plus raw kicks up the nutritional content and while quinoa is naturally a complete protein and gluten free, when sprouted it's chalk full of enzymes too. 1/4 cup dry quinoa, sprouted 1/4 tsp vanilla pods, ground OR vanilla extract to taste 1/4 tsp cinnamon, powder 1/2 cup, raw nut milk or coconut milk 1/2 banana, sliced OR fruit of your choice 1/4 pint strawberries, sliced OR fruit of your choice 1 tbsp  coconut flakes 1/2 tsp honey OR maple syrup (optional) Mix dry ingredients by hand, add vegan milk and top with fruit. Make single serving. Dry ingredients will last in the fridge for a few days, great recipe to make on a Sunday as your morning breakfast for the week and add whatever fruit suits your taste each day.

I've been to Feel Good Guru twice in the past week, it would have been thrice had they been open yesterday mid afternoon. The location is so awesome, their food is delicious and portion sizes are impressive for a raw vegan cafe. And while I find the staff in most vegan places to be friendly this group is exceptionally outgoing. They love to talk about the food and offer up bits of interesting information (i.e. SlimCado wtf?) which makes for a feel good experience... no joke. The place is set up for takeout, with a few stools at the front. They make everything on the spot so don't expect to be out of there in under 15 minutes. While they do have a cooler with drinks, the good stuff needs to be assembled by hand so you can watch them layer all those beautiful, local ingredients. The avocado and cheese sandwich is wow at first bite, it was my Mum's first go at raw restaurant food and she loved it. The Eco Taco is perfectly spicy and in the words of Grande Jean "I didn't know a raw taco could taste like that, so fcuking good!", while the Blueberry Crumble was quickly devoured, the Rainbow Wraps proved perfect for walking and eating. It's just what the West Queen West area needed, takeout food that's truly good for you.

Photo Cred Lisa I've been itching to check out Belmonte Raw in Leslieville, so Cat and I popped in for an shared bite on a hot day. And I must say we were super impressed with everything we ordered! The Chili Fries were amazing, like I-need-to-make-those-at-home amazing. The Wealth juice was so tasty it inspired me to use sweet potoato in my Fuzzy Peach recipe  and their Peanut Butter Thimbles, with 24k gold sprinkles, make you ask reese's who? I seriously suggest checking Belmonte out. While it was pretty hot in the cafe, the atmosphere was relaxed and the staff very friendly and attentive. With a cooler of freshly made foods and bottled juices, it makes for a quick grab and go. Or you can order drinks and food to be made on the spot. It's so good to see raw joints popping up in all corners of the city, just another example of the growing demand for real food.