Spiced Roasted Vegetable Lentil Salad with Arugula & Walnuts.

One of the complete-meal salads I served at Osheaga music festival and YUL eat festival this past summer! A nutritionally balanced whole food plant-based dish, that offers protein-packed lentils, vitamin/mineral-rich vegetables (including leafy greens!) and heart-healthy unsaturated fats – in the form of walnuts and tahini. I boosted the flavor and healthfulness of this salad […]

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Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ Salad with Herbs, Pomegranate & Walnuts.

Cauliflower is a wonderfully versatile vegetable that serves as a nutritious, and lower glycemic (less starch/sugars) alternative to couscous aka pasta. Breaking down the cauliflower into smaller pieces, using a food processor, and sautéing it until tender – provides a mouth-feel that is similar to couscous, while offering more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and flavor! […]

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Nori Rolls with Cauliflower ‘Rice’, Smoked Carrot & Crispy Tempeh.

This satisfying ‘complete-meal’ recipe was designed to offer a balance of fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, sustainable plant-based protein, heart-healthy fats, and deliciousness. Cauliflower is a low-glycemic (less sugars/starch), more nutritious alternative to rice. Turning it into ‘rice’ is a tasty way to incorporate more veggies into your diet! Enjoy this bite in portable roll form, or as a bowl – with ‘rice’ at the base, tempeh strips on one side, cucumber/carrot ribbon salad on the other, some cut up nori strips for texture – and the sauce as a dressing!

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Cauliflower & Caper Salad with Parsley and Almonds.

A true celebration of cauliflower, this nutritious and hearty side-dish is a satisfying addition to your lunch or dinner ‘bowls’. Enjoy it with a protein source like lentils or beans, grilled tofu/tempeh, quinoa, farro or buckwheat groats. Roasting cauliflower brings out its natural sweetness, which is delicious with the warming spices it’s coated in. The salty capers provides a burst of flavor, along with the fresh parsley, and bright lemon. The almonds provide crunchy texture, along with some healthy fats and protein. Make enough of each component, to assemble and enjoy for 3 days worth of meals!

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Spiced Leek & Turnip Soup with Roasted Cauliflower & Pumpkin Seeds.

This seasonal soup is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and deliciousness. A warming and tasty addition to any Fall lunch or dinner! While potatoes are typically paired with leek in soup, I prefer turnips – being a lower glycemic (less starch/sugars) root vegetable. Instead of processed Bouillon cubes/packaged veggie stock, I used umami-rich white miso paste to season the soup – which also provides probiotic benefits. To make the most of your time in the kitchen, I suggest prepping a big batch of soup, which is easy to freeze for future meals. Bake plenty of roasted cauliflower as well, which can be added to ‘pseudo-grain bowls’, warm salads, or enjoyed as a snack – dipped into homemade hummus for example. Having healthy dishes like this in the fridge or freezer, makes it easier to eat well throughout the week!

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Cauliflower. Inspired by René Redzepi.

Right now you can find local Quebec-grown cauliflower at grocery stores call over the city so it’s a great opportunity to get into some cauli dishes. This seemingly humble vegetable is a actually SUPER nutritious! part of the cruciferous vegetables family, cauliflower has been found to lower your risk of cancer, due to it’s high levels of glucosinolates (sulfur-containing compounds that give cauliflower its pungent smell and flavor).

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