Welcome Summer!

June 20th, 2012 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, Savory, Snacks · Comments

Welcome Summer – I have big plans for our time together.

The past few weeks have been pretty packed for me. On Sunday I taught a fun classes on Getting more Greens on behalf of the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

It was hosted by Carol at Belmonte Raw (my favourite food purveyor in the city). It was a wonderful night. I went home all a glow with enthusiasm – and also ecstatic that it marked my last workshop until the Fall.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE teaching classes on vegan cuisine. In fact, I hope one day it will be my full-time job. But, right now it isn’t and sometimes it is a bit of a challenge to find a balance between my passions and my commitments.

Instead of carting around ingredients and aprons this summer I plan to:
1. Finish recipe testing for Allyson‘s upcoming book

2. Finish creating a beautiful eBook with Nicole

3. Improve my 10km time from the Spring.

4. Complete my kickboxing program

5. Invest time in crafting delicious sweets for the Treat of the Month Club

Beyond the tasks I hope to complete, I’m looking forward to a season full of:


Farmers Markets


That’s it… It is going to be glorious 🙂

To help you all welcome the Summer season and to get you excited about spending early mornings strolling farmer markets – I have a great recipe from my Getting More Greens class to share.

Kale Granola! It is a delicious options for breakfast or an afternoon snack that I discovered on my recent trip to New York. Thanks to the recommendations from my friends JL and Kate I stopped by Life Thyme Market to try out their leafy green delicacy. I fell instantly in love and set to recreating the recipe as soon as I took that last bite. Luckily for my bank account and vacation days it was a success!

Kale Granola


  • ½ cup medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 bunch of curly kale
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup dried cherries (or raisins)
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds
  • 2 TBSP sesame seeds


  1. In a bowl combine the orange juice and dates. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the kale leaves from their stems and tear into bite-sized pieces. Toss in a large bowl.
  3. In a food processor blend the orange juice and date mixture into a thick paste (stopping to scrape down the sides as needed). Add the cinnamon and sea salt and pulse to combine.
  4. Pour the date paste onto the kale leaves and massage with your hands to coat each leaf.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to distribute evenly.
  6. If you have a dehydrator - distribute the mixture evenly over 3 teflex-lined trays and dehydrate at 115 for 10-12 hours. If you do not have a dehydrator - distribute evenly on 1 or 2 parchment-lined baking sheets and bake in your oven at 300 degrees for 35-40 minutes. The texture is even better if you can prop your oven door open during baking.

Happy Solstice everyone.



  1. Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Those are some great summer goals! Enjoy spending more time working towards your goals!

    That kale looks ridiculous- as in ridiculously good! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:01 am

      You’re welcome – the great thing about having more relaxed summer goals is more time to post fun recipes here. Happy Summer!

  2. Posted June 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    what a beautiful post! what a gorgeous lake! and those dishes look delicious! yum!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Thank you! To me this is what life is about – being outside, walking by the water and eating, fresh, delicious food. 

  3. Posted June 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous summer. I feel like all my weekends have been booked already, it is kind of nerve-wracking! I just need to remember to keep everything in balance… and kale granola??? What a great idea! If there is one thing growing well in my garden, it would be kale. Definitely adding this to try. 🙂

  4. Posted June 21, 2012 at 5:44 am

    What a wonderful summer you are bound to have!  (and I’m most excited to be a part of it!)

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

      We’ll celebrate the summer together. Patios and picnics abound.

  5. Arlene
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Have a wonderful summer. The kale looks so beautiful. Before realizing it was kale, I thought it looked like a forest.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

      I hope I get to see you this summer. 

  6. Posted June 21, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Happy Solstice to you too, and good luck with your summer endeavors. Sounds glorious!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Happy Summer Kaitlyn! I hope yours is full of fun, friends and farmers markets too.

  7. Posted June 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    you had me at kale.  chocolate kale chips i’ve done before but never kale granola!  happy summer indeed 🙂

    • theveganlisa
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

      I really think you’ll love it – of course, like any granola, the variations are endless.

  8. Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

    It looks like you have a wonderful summer in store!  I’m glad you’re planning to slow down and enjoy the good stuff.  That kale granola looks so nutritious and a perfect way to start the morning.  Beautiful pictures, as always!

  9. Mindy
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, Lisa.  Your website and blog look so beautiful.   It looks like you made a change a couple of months ago, and my RSS feed stopped working.  Hadn’t seen a post since late April – starting to worry about you.  Glad I found a moment to go to the website and subscribe again, so I won’t miss so much.  Hope your summer is all that you dream of and more.   Mindy
    PS  I love kale, but in granola?  Hmmm.  I’ll definitely give it some thought.  I know there are still people out there who think the same thing about putting kale in a smoothie, and I know how great that is, so maybe I will give it a go.   🙂

  10. Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

    So much luscious green in this post! You just keep on showing me how beautiful Toronto is, Lisa. xo

  11. Posted June 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Ah, lovely.  I want some of your summer 🙂 

    I see that you couldn’t resist the urge to recreate the kale granola, either. I ended up with two kale granola recipes! LOL  Your recipes looks terrific. xo

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