Danielle Levy

NDG Food Depot. Non-profit Organization & Community. Montreal.

The NDG Food Depot is a non-profit organization, that addresses the important issue of food security in Montreal’s NDG, and the surrounding areas. A special local food institution, that has been serving the community for 30 years, their aim is to support people living on insufficient incomes, by providing greater access to fresh, healthy food, social networks and resources – while working to educate the public about issues of poverty in Montreal. They have an incredible, multi-faceted program model, focused on three areas: Food access and advocacy, food education and skill building, and community building.

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Raspberry Cashew ‘Cheesecake’. A Healthy No-Bake Dessert.

This bright and delicious berry dessert, is made from nutritious whole foods – with no refined ingredients. Composed mostly of nuts, dried fruit, berries, and a little maple syrup – to sweeten the creamy cashews. The frozen berries, fresh lemon and ginger, provide plenty of flavor, and balance the natural sweetness of the recipe. Texturally, the […]

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Embody: A Yoga & Nutrition Workshop. July 2017.

Happy to share this special summer event! In collaboration with yoga & meditation teacher Stellar Yoga ☞ Embody: A one-day Yoga & Nutrition Workshop. Learn the foundations of whole food, plant based nutrition, discover how to make delicious and nutritious desserts, practice Hatha yoga, and experience guided meditation. Offering you tools to integrate health into your daily life – in an enjoyable and sustainable way!

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Chickpea Flour Flatbread with Cashew ‘Cheese’ & Crumbled Tempeh.

Inspired by the flavors of both Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, I wanted to create a protein-packed, plant-based comfort dish, that featured: Creamy cashew ‘cheese’, roasted peppers, caramelized onion, meaty tempeh crumble, and socca aka chickpea-flour flatbread. Each nutrient-dense bite is rich in flavor and texture – so one slice goes a long way! Socca is a versatile base for many different savory combinations. Once you prep the flatbread/s, feel free to add whatever toppings you enjoy! Adjusting this recipe to suit your personal preferences. You can also just use the cashew cheese, and/or the tempeh crumble recipes – to incorporate into plenty of different dishes! Keep each component separate, to assemble into multiple meals throughout the week- making the most of your precious time in the kitchen. As always, my goal is to provide you with healthy culinary ideas, to inspire your whole food, plant-based cooking!

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots with Pistachios & Salt.

This simple 4-ingredient plant-based dessert is composed of nutritious ingredients, and is quick and easy to prepare. These apricots make a wonderful edible gift – a real crowd-pleaser! Inspired by middle-eastern flavors, which often feature pistachios and dried fruit – I wanted to create a sweet and salty bite, with multiple textures. Naturally ‘packaged’ in individual bites, you can enjoy 2 or 3 chocolate-dipped apricots and feel satisfied!

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Spring Vegetable Soup with Walnut ‘Parm’ Crumble.

My ode to spring! This light, seasonal dish offers a mix of nutrient-dense vegetables, and different textures – providing energizing nourishment, without overloading your digestive system. The fermented miso also provides probiotic benefits, supporting the gut/body during the seasonal transition. As we move into warmer weather, and away from heavy winter meals, we can start incorporating more fresh, and lightly cooked whole plants into our diets – like this! These vitamin, mineral, and fiber-rich foods are immune supporting, that are especially supportive during ‘allergy season’. Eating (somewhat) seasonally, allows us to rotate our diets – obtaining a wider spectrum of nutrients, and making our meals more varied and interesting!

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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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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Salt. 3-Ingredient Dessert.

This sweet and salty single-serving dessert, is my healthier take on a childhood classic. Created for a PB and dark chocolate-loving friend, on her birthday – this is a fun and special edible gift to make for your loved ones! While store-bought peanut butter cups have plenty of added refined sugars, processed milk products, and chemical preservatives – this recipe is made from just three ingredients – dark chocolate, pure peanut butter, and a touch of salt. Peanuts are a great source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats, Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and fiber. While dark chocolate is not a ‘health food’, it does contain nutrients in the form of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, Vitamins K, B vitamins, and fiber.

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