About Us

Creating easy, accessible, and delicious vegan food for everyone.

Our Story

Grow Your Roots began as a premier vegan restaurant in the Ottawa food scene. Chef Melanie Boudens took her favourite recipes and transformed them into vegan masterpieces for everyone to enjoy. Beautifully presented, mouth-watering creations were prepared and served in the small restaurant that had a heart and soul larger than life. Known across the city for the finest tofu benny and biscuits, getting there early was the only option to indulge in the famous Grow Your Roots brunch...until now!

Grow Your Roots was reimagined in 2020, bringing on a new business partner, Sarah Hogg, and a #covid friendly way of sharing delicious vegan food. Melanie took her most popular restaurant dishes, and we recreated them in a way that you can bake and cook them at home with just a few simple ingredients.

Both animal lovers, and passionate entrepreneurs, we wanted to make plant-based food easy to prepare, accessible, approachable, and most of all, delicious! We truly believe that our daily choices shape our future, and we are here to share all the benefits of incorporating more plant-based foods into your world. Whether you’re vegan AF or simply working on meatless Mondays, you will love our easy-to-make recipe mixes and delicious, nutritious, chef-created food!

Thank you for bringing us into your kitchen, whether it’s a regular Tuesday or your most special occasion, and sharing our delicious vegan eats!

Melanie + Sarah

Our Values


Vegan food should never be complicated! Whether you’re just getting started with your first plant-based recipe, or you’re a seasoned pro in the kitchen, you will love our approachable recipes! 


We believe in a kind and compassionate world, and we’re here, first and foremost, for the animals. We hope that when you try our delicious recipes you will feel inspired to make kind food choices.


The foods we choose, how they’re processed, packaged, and distributed matter. We are committed to keeping the packing of our products as earth-friendly as what’s on the inside!

Latest Recipes

Mel's Maple Garlic Meatballs

Mel's Maple Garlic V-balls made easier than ever with our GYR Burger Mix! Make these for game night or movie night, or serve as the main course on basmati rice with a veg side! These are hearty and healthy with the same great base used for burgers. 

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Chai Spiced Scones

Use our Buttermilk Biscuit Mix for scones, and change things up based on your preference with different fruit or spice combos! Find our Fall favourite version below.

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Mel's Oat Fudge Bars

Oat Fudge bars made vegan... and better than Starbucks. You will love these! If you're looking for a healthy dessert, you've come to the wrong place my friends. But, if you're looking for an unreal vegan dessert, you've found it!

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