Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sensation and More Foodie-Inspired Nuggets…

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Lightlife Foods products now available in Canada!
Effective this week plant-based industry leader Lightlife Foods will have its products on Canadian store shelves! Nine of its top-selling SKUs will be available as part of its aggressive plan for growth in a market that now includes hard-core vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and those simply scaling back their meat consumption (“reducetarians”). The press release names Walmart and Sobeys as a few of the Canadian retailers offering the product, but I hope to see retailers in my wheelhouse (aka natural health food retailers such as Choices and Nature’s Fare here in B.C) join the list. In case you didn’t know, Massachusetts-based Lightlife Foods is owned by Canada’s largest packed meat company Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Lightlife Foods was acquired in 2017 for $140 million (as was Seattle-based Field Roast for a price tag of $120 million). Who would have ever thought that Maple Leaf would be a “plant pusher”?  Then again, considering substitute meat sales have increased an average of 9 percent a year (since 2012) – three times the rate of the processed-meat market – it’s no surprise Maple Leaf is positioning itself to be a leader in the meat-free industry. Whatever the impetus, I think this is a good move for the plant-based movement. It translates to improved accessibility and greater visibility.

I haven’t personally tried any Lightlife Foods products but would love to hear from anyone who has! Please comment on this blog post with any recommendations you can share.

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Quote of the Week

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
― Thomas A. Edison


Feature Recipe | Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sensation

This recipe marries together two of my favourite pasta sauces: basil pesto and creamy sun-dried tomato sauce. Recently I read an article in which sun-dried tomatoes were described as “flavour firecrackers” so I’ll start off by saying this sauce is nothing short of flavourful 😛

This twist on classic basil pesto features fresh minced garlic, fresh basil leaves and oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes paired with two ‘red sauce’ essentials: tomato sauce and cashew-based parmesan. No pine nut or walnuts required.  With a few pantry staples (including cashews) on hand you can whip up a deliciously creamy plant-based parmesan cheese (no nooch required!) and have this sauce ready in under 20 minutes.

Wanting to bring a few flavour firecrackers to your next meal? Here’s a few of our family favourites featuring nature’s blistered tomato:

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pizza
Homestyle Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomato & Tofu



1/Prepare one batch of Savoury Parmesan Cheese
2/Cook pasta as directed

  • Glug of olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (15g)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (20g)
  • 1 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped (155g)
  • 1/3 cup oil (from jar of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes) (60g) (See Recipe Notes)
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • 2.5 cups tomato sauce (540g)
  • One batch of Savoury Parmesan Cheese (160g)

Sauté It
Heat glug of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, fresh basil, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sun-dried tomato infused oil and salt. Sauté until the mixture is fragrant (about 5-10 minutes).

Blend It
Add tomato sauce and half the parmesan cheese to the skillet. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Note: Reserve the balance of the parmesan cheese to garnish the finished dish!

Serve It
Pour sun-dried tomato pesto sauce over plated pasta/noodles.  Sprinkle reserved parmesan cheese to elevate the savoury dimension of this dish.


Recipe Notes

*I tested this recipe using oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes only (I prefer them since the oil doubles as a go-to ingredient for sauces and spreads). You can substitute with dry sun-dried tomatoes, but the end flavour may be different.



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