Special Feature: Roni Zaide 

ABOUT RONI

Roni Zaide became vegetarian on her 11th birthday. Years later she made the transition to a full vegan, plant-based lifestyle. Roni has been cooking in kitchens around the world since 2004. She has worked at The Coup in Calgary for 7 years, before opening her business, Roni’s Kitchen, in 2014.

 

Roni loves to share her passion for delicious, healthy eats through a variety of plant-based cooking classes, and together with her wonderful staff, they offer catering services as well.

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In December 2019 Roni published her first cookbook, which contains 100 plant-based recipes and the stories behind them.

 

"This book features some of my favourite recipes and the stories behind them. There are recipes from the different projects I have created in the past few years – the brunch pop-up, the weekly meal service, and my cooking classes, as well as some family recipes and recipes I discovered and created on my travels. Some recipes are easy and quick, and some are fancier, but I can promise you this – they are all delicious…".

Anything goes pesto

-Roni Zaide

This one is called "anything goes pesto"

as it allows you to use what is available at the moment + room for creativity. 

Makes: 1 1/2 cups, Prep time: 10 minutes. 

 

"I have always loved pesto. It’s such a great addition to so many recipes, or just on its own with some crackers on the side.

I love making different kinds of pesto from whichever herbs and nuts are available in my kitchen. This is a great way to add greens to your diet - or sneak it into your kids’
foods - and wonderful use of herbs that may not look so great anymore, but are still packed with flavour. "

INGREDIENTS: 

 

  • 4 cups chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, or a mix of different herbs)*

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2/3 cup nuts or seeds (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or a mix of different nuts and seeds) 

  • 2 garlic cloves 

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor, scraping the sides of the food processor as needed. 

  2. Place into a jar and top with 1 tbsp of olive oil. 
     

*You can use chopped fresh nettles or kale for an extra nutritional boost.

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GF, NF

Serves: 1, Prep time: 5 minutes

"Golden milk is an Ayurvedic, soothing, warm drink. I enjoy drinking it both in the morning and in the evening. It is a magical way to both energetically start a day, and unwind with at the end of a day."

  • 1 1/2 cups almond, soy, or oat milk

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

  • A pinch of ground pepper

  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. In a small pot, warm up the milk, then add the spices.

  2. Mix well and serve.

  3. Add coconut oil and maple syrup if desired.

Golden Milk

-Roni Zaide

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