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! […]
Herbed tofu ‘ricotta’, fresh basil, tomato sauce, grilled seasoned eggplant. Make the walnut ‘parm’. To a food processor, add 1 cup of raw walnuts, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, and a big pinch of salt – pulse until it forms a crumble. Set aside in the fridge. Roughly cut up a block of firm (organic/GMO-free) rinsed […]
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!
This spring pea spread or dip is a delicious and nutritious alternative to hummus. Protein and fiber-packed green peas are more easily digested than chickpeas, which makes this recipe appropriate for those with digestive issues. Given their inherent sweetness, kids love green peas too! You can make bean dip/hummus out of any legume, and often I encourage my clients to experiment with different beans, lentils, and peas – to get a wider spectrum of nutrients, and prevent sensitivity developing from over-consuming one type of food (chickpeas!). Customize your legume dips with any fresh herbs, spices, citrus zest, and aromatics you enjoy. Eat this dip with raw or roasted veggies as a snack, or spread it onto a whole grain wrap or sandwich for lunch. These crostinis were made for a catering event I did, but can easily be made at home for dinner parties and gatherings for friends and family!
This is part 2 of my last recipe using the same ingredients, but in a different way! Swiss chard leaves or collard greens make a delicious and nutritious alternative to tortillas or rice paper wraps. This recipe demonstrates one of the many dishes you can make using greens, the most nutritious family of vegetables!
This delicious and nutritious ‘complete meal’ plant-based salad is a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Using cauliflower instead of couscous (pasta) or rice, provides a lower-glycemic (less starch) and more nutrient-dense dish.
I made these nutritious and delicious seasoned nuts & seeds as holiday gifts for friends and neighbours. They make for a protein-rich snack, or as a salad topper – for texture and good fats!
This simple, grilled asparagus salad is quick and easy to prepare, offering plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Lightly grilling asparagus brings out its natural sweetness, and allows it’s tender yet toothsome texture to remain in tact. Radishes are usually served raw, but are fantastic when roasted, braised, or grilled. The sharp ‘spiciness’ of radish dulls when cooked, and the inherent sweetness of this beautiful vegetable is released. Try adding asparagus and radishes to your BBQ vegetable medley for a wonderful mix of tastes and textures!
This is a light and refreshing salad that is made up of a wide variety of colourful whole foods, offering a spectrum of nutrients, tastes and textures! like all salads, this is a versatile dish that can be made using whatever fresh crunchy seasonal green vegetables you have access to or enjoy. The watercress, scallions, and radish are now in seasonal in QC, the fava beans and pears were on sale, and the green beans and yellow wax beans looked fresh at my local grocery store. Stocking up on a range of vegetables and fruits allows you to put together more interesting salads and other plant-based dishes. These naturally delicious whole foods simply require a little care: washing, prepping, cooking and assembling!