Grilled Vegetables With My Garlicky Herb Sauce & Edamame.

This is one of my weekly staple meals, and a recipe idea I typically suggest to my clients – as they transition towards a whole food, plant-based diet. Making a big platter of roasted vegetables and sauce to enjoy throughout the work-week, is one of the ways I encourage people to make healthily eating more efficient. Washing and chopping vegetables takes time and energy, so you may as well do it in bulk! This allows you to quickly assemble a healthy, delicious, plant-based meal – without having to start from scratch each day. Choose any combination of vegetables you enjoy, and try to purchase as much seasonal, local produce as possible.

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Grilled Fresh Fava Beans. A Whole-Food, Plant-Based Snack or Side Dish.

Fava beans aka Broad beans are a fantastic source of protein, fiber-rich complex carbs, B Vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. All podded beans and vegetables can be grilled! bringing out their natural sugars/ sweetness, and giving them extra flavor from the high-heat cooking process. I used a grill pan at home to prepare these, as I don’t have a BBQ, but you can certainly use a proper grill instead. Next time you’re BBQ’ing, throw some seasonal favas on the grill, as a change from veggie burgers or dogs!

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Swiss Chard Salad with Apple, Radicchio, Seeds, Chickpeas & Currants.

This fresh and satisfying complete-meal salad makes a great picnic dish, or healthy addition to your summer BBQ! Celebrating one of my fave leafy greens, Swiss Chard! using both the leaves and delicious stems – which are often unnecessarily thrown out. The slightly bitter, sweet, earthy and tender leaves make for a tasty and nutritious salad base, as an alternative to your usual suspects (kale/romaine/arugula). Combining the bitter chard and radicchio, with the sweet apple, currants, and maple dressing – helps to balance the flavor of this dish. Adding crunchy dry toasted sunflower seeds offers a texture and nutty taste – a completely different food compared to raw sunflower seeds. They also provide a serving of protein and healthy unsaturated fats, along with the chickpeas – another good source of plant-based protein!

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Summer Peach, Ginger & Lemon Tart. A Healthy Raw Dessert.

Ontario peaches are now in season, and I have been enjoying them in every way! Grilled or shaved in salads, turned into desserts like this tart, and simply eaten whole as a snack. This fresh, nutritious and delicious raw dessert, is quick and easy to prepare. It only require two essential kitchen tools: a mandoline and a food processor, both of which are very handy in plant-based cooking, as it allows one to turn whole vegetables and fruits into different textures and creative dishes!

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