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March 12, 2014 by Leanne Vogel December 29, 2017
8-ingredient creamy tomato soup without the cream. This easy, blend and go recipe is high in flavor, nutrients and feel-good whole food ingredients. I visited Victoria last Fall for a writing workshop led by the fabulous, Alexandra Franzen. She’s a wordsmith extraordinaire, that woman. Victoria is also the home of one of my favorite people on this planet who, upon hearing that I was in Victoria, asked that we meet up for lunch at Cafe Bliss. Brilliant thinker she is. I fell in love with the joint instantly – all vegan, all gluten-free, mostly raw, juices, bowls, salads, smoothies galore. I ended up visiting the cafe 4 times in the 3 days I was in Victoria. Then, on my way back to the hostel from a sweaty yoga class, I stumbled on Be Love – the sister restaurant of Cafe Bliss. I stopped in for a light snack and decided that Be Love was even BETTER than Cafe Bliss. I swear, magic goes into every dish on their menu. There wasn’t an item that I tried that I didn’t love (although their gingerade juice takes some getting used to. Holy ginger.) Weeks after returning home, I received an email from the Cafe Bliss team wondering if I would be open to receiving their cookbook, Blissful, and sharing it with you guys if I liked what I saw. Having had such a positive experience during my Victoria visit, I was more than happy to check it out. Also, the super inspiring part to the whole thing is that all of the recipes are made by Heather Cunliffe, a lady out doing what I’ve always dreamed for myself – owning restaurants, creating food, building community, encouraging health, and rockin’ out recipe creation like no other. Mad respect. What I think you’ll love about this cookbook: simple ingredients, easy steps, photos of many of the recipes and each is packed with intense flavor. What I don’t think you’ll love about this cookbook (as with other raw food recipes): many of the recipes call for dehydrating (you can adjust the recipes to work in the oven by baking at 200F for about 1/3 of the dehydrating time) and there is a fair bit of soaking (it doesn’t take up time to soak, but it can be frustrating at times when all you want to do is cook). All in all, if you’re looking for a fresh way to approach vegan recipe prep, Blissful has my stamp of approval. If you’d like to win a copy of your very own, scroll down past this yummy recipe ;)
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.