Salsa Sam Does Salsa-Inspired (no fat, no salt) Tofu!

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Well folks, I (Salsa Sam Shorkey) have perfected yet another delicious protein source for my competition dieting as a vegan bikini competitor.  It’s no surprise how much I love Mexican food.  And well, since I can’t hog out on chips & salsa these days, I can definitely salsa-up the copious amounts of tofu I’m eating.  Continue Reading …

Bhaigan Bharta – Sula’s Famous Eggplant Curry Recipe

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A couple of weeks ago, Bridget and I (Sam) were invited for a lovely dinner at Sula: a modern “vegan friendly” Indian restaurant in one of Vancouver’s hippest areas on Commercial Drive. As we sipped on almond milk chai and their signature “Delhi to Dublin” Cocktail, we learned so much about Indian cuisine from part-owner Continue Reading …

Sam Shorkey’s All-You-Need-is-an-Exercise-Ball Workout

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Here is another killer at-home style workout that doesn’t require anything except your fine self and an exercise ball!  I originally created this program for my dearest mommy to help get her swimsuit-ready for our family trip to Cuba last year.  It really targets the core, glutes and legs.  Do four sets of 15 reps Continue Reading …

Sam Shorkey’s Super Simple Slow Cooker Beans

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I love my good ol’, trusty crock pot.  Well, I should add that I certainly don’t enjoy how it makes my entire apartment reek like onions for DAYS– but using a slow cooker is oh-so convenient AND so damned easy!  So alas, I endure the strong smell of stew that lingers on my clothes and Continue Reading …

Get Jacked on the Beanstalk with this Upper/Lower Body Split Program

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  With the glutinous holiday season in full effect and a billion Christmas parties to attend, it isn’t always easy to find time for the gym.  So for those of us who can only dedicate two or three days per week to working out, I (Samantha Shorkey) recommend breaking up those workouts into upper body Continue Reading …

It’s holiday party time and you’re invited! December 12th at Gam Gallery

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YAY, the holidays are finally upon us!  Finally, we no longer have to hide what huge Christmas nerds we are!  Yes, Bridget and I (Sam) have literally been listening to holiday music for MONTHS already.  We’ve enjoyed every last minute of creating our new holiday eBook but now we’re ready to just eat, drink and Continue Reading …

Gingerbread Cookies with Almonds & Apricots

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The other day Bridget and I (Sam) tested our pal Alex’s Moroccan quinoa salad for lunch (which, for the record, is insanely good.)  I love anything sweet and this one was a real treat thanks to the slivered almonds and Turkish apricots.  After our lunch was all said and done, we wanted to make use Continue Reading …

Broccoli and Black Olive Galette

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Well it was my (Sam Shorkey’s) very first attempt at a “savory” type pie and I have to say, this little gem was just as satisfying as any dessert pie!  Perhaps not my mom’s maple but deliciously flavourful and a hearty dinner nonetheless!  “Galette” is a term used in French cuisine to describe various types Continue Reading …

Protein Packed Sweet & Spicy PB Thai Medley

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Today’s guest post recipe comes from full-time working mom AND winning vegan figure competitor Melissa Hauser (aka Plant Powered Hauser.)   This “yummy mummy” just KILLED IT at the NPC Natural Open Colorado competition on October 12th taking home a first place trophy in her division AND the overall title! Her physique was on point and Continue Reading …

Why We Love Fall

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This time of year we open our homes to friends and family and gather for many, many meals to fuel us through the colder months. Here are a few things about the Fall Season that we just love (well, some of us) and why this time of year is so inspiring for food.