This simple roasted squash and arugula salad is satisfying and nourishing – one of my favourite fall dishes! Offering plenty of flavour, texture and nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fibre, and heart-healthy fats. The key is to season the sliced ‘Delicata’ (or use ‘Sweet Dumpling’ squash! with spices, and roast until tender – bringing out its […]
I used a high-powered Vitamix (for extra creaminess!) but if you don’t have one – opt for a food processor, and scrape down the sides as you mix. Top your edamame hummus with toasted sesame seeds or za’atar (Middle-eastern thyme/sesame spice)! While regular chickpea hummus is always delicious and nutritious, this edamame rendition is a […]
This nutritionally balanced and complete recipe offers fiber-rich carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. These bars serve as a sweet snack, pre or post-workout bite, or healthy dessert! Making our own nourishing and delicious bars, using whole (unprocessed) ingredients, is a simple, and healthy choice compared to store-bought bars – which are often high […]
Inspired by one of my favourite Thai desserts, ‘mango sticky rice’, this recipe uses black rice aka ‘forbidden rice ‘- which offers more nutrition than white rice. It also has a delicious nutty flavour, and beautiful dark pigment – due to the presence of anthocyanin antioxidant (also found in blueberries!). Black rice provides protein, fiber, […]
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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.