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Raw Comfort Food Workshop by MAP Wellness

I'm always trying to do my best to make healthy food for my family. It's hard, but I find being knowledgeable about what you eat helps a lot. That's why I was really excited when my friend Meghan Pearson, owner of MAP Wellness, invited me to one of her raw food workshops. I didn't know much about preparing and eating raw foods but I did know it involves vegetables and nuts and other stuff that is extremely good for you. Meghan's 'Raw Comfort' class was amazing. She develops her own recipes, demonstrates how to make them, and teaches you about nutrition along the way. Last night's class focused on "comfort" dishes, and started off with mini pecan pies sweetened with dates and raisins. These tasted as good as they look:

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After showing us how easy it is to make almond milk (which Meg then turned into chocolate almond milk with raw cacao and cinnamon) she whipped up some apple sauce, also sweetened with dates.

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My little man loves corn (I hide all his protein in it) so I am eager to make Meg's creamy corn chowder, which is made creamy by the almond milk. You may think, shouldn't corn chowder be hot? This was incredibly flavourful at room temperature, which, as Meg points out, is the temperature to which most of us allow our food to cool before we eat it anyway.

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The final dish was a creamed spinach stuffed tomato with a side of whipped parsnips. Cashews and macadamia nuts get thrown in with the parsnips, along with some super nutritious and crunchy hemp hearts:

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Nutritional yeast is the magic ingredient that gives the spinach its creaminess. You would never know there is no dairy in this dish.

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If you want to check out some of Meg's other workshops, visit the MAP Wellness website for the class schedule. On February 13th, you can catch her whipping up her famous raw lasagna on the Live Healthy Now show on Rogers, and then on Global's The Morning Show making her vegan chocolate recipes on February 14th for Valentine's Day. You can also read Meg's blog entries on Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor. Rosie :)

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Le Dolci on Dundas St. West

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make those gorgeous Parisian macarons or how to really decorate a cupcake, look no further than Le Dolci. This wonderful bake shop and education studio offers amazing workshops that teach you how to make treats like cake pops, truffles, little fondant cakes, and more. Just look at these cupcakes.

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Yes, that is an London Olympics and TIFF cupcake you see. And some designer purses. I know, they are just stunning. Le Dolci is offering 15% off all their classes if you book before the end of August, so right now is a great time to check out their class schedule. I would love to do Perfect Pies with the Parkdale Princess. My pies suck. There is also Designer Cupcakes for Toronto Fashion Week and Mommy/Daddy & Me cupcake decorating classes. Le Dolci hosts birthday parties and bridal showers as well, and sells a delectable selection of treats including Augie's Gourmet Ice Pops.

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I picked up some pops when I popped in, and we had popsicle headache we ate them so fast. They are made with all-natural ingredients and are so flavourful. The Ontario peach pop is new. There is also a Vietnamese coffee flavour available. I loved the basil in the strawberry-basil-lemonade pop.

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Love these in the hot weather. You can't get Augie's ice pops everywhere but they are available at lovely Le Dolci. Rosie :)

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